The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have this month issued a safety alert regarding the risk of exposure to harmful fumes from welding. This is in light of new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that exposure to all welding fumes can cause lung cancer. It has also been indicated that there could be a link with kidney cancer.
It has been reported that two patients at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow have recently died after contracting fungal infections caused by pigeon droppings. Both patients developed cryptococcosis, which is caused by fungus from soil or bird droppings.
On the 26th September 2018, the UN held a General Assembly on tuberculosis (TB) to discuss measures to end the spread of this disease. It is hoped that this meeting will lead to increased research into the condition, which, experts warn, may now be becoming drug-resistant. Following the meeting, the UK has already pledged increased funding towards development of new treatments.
A recent study has shown that people who have heavy exposure to certain types of metal are at increased risk of heart disease. The research team at the BMJ have confirmed this after reviewing studies of around 350,000 participants from around the world.
The NHS have recently agreed to fund a new drug which aims to treat severe asthma. The injection of Benralizumab, which costs almost £2,000 per dose, will be used for those suffering from eosinophilic asthma. Following approval for NHS by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) the drug will be given to patients as an injection once every four weeks for three months and once every eight weeks thereafter.
I took my 7 year old son to see Peter Rabbit over the Easter Weekend at the cinema; we had heard good reviews about it and thought we would give it a go.
A former NHS Chief has spoken out this week about the dangers of 3G football pitches. Nigel Maguire's son Lewis died this month 4 years after receiving a diagnosis of the blood cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma and his father is concerned this may be related to his regular games of football on 3G pitches. As a result, he has urged the government to ban the construction of further pitches until they can be declared completely safe.
Sir Andrew Barron Murray, OBE is Scotland’s greatest ever tennis player. In 2013, Dunblane’s very own became the first Scottish tennis player since Harold Mahony in 1896 to win Wimbledon and has gone on to win it twice. In fact, Andy Murray is probably Scotland’s greatest ever athlete, becoming World No 1 in men’s singles on 7 November 2016.