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Health Check grapples with health issues on a global scale, investigates discoveries and solutions in healthcare, and looks at how to deliver a healthier world.




“Misleading” Information from Drinks’ Industry Over Cancer and Alcohol

Drinking alcohol - particularly in large amounts - increases our risk of developing various conditions including cancer. Alcohol industry websites display information about those risks – but how much can we rely on them? An international team of public health experts has reviewed the information available – and found that it doesn’t always tell the whole story and sometimes key facts are distorted or left out. Their analysis is published in the journal Drug And Alcohol Review, revealing...

Duration: 00:26:38

Could Reducing Stress Help Improve Cancer Treatments?

Although stress doesn’t cause cancer, experiments in the laboratory do suggest that stress hormones might be implicated in the progression of tumours. A British team has been trying to understand this mechanism better – so they might boost the chances of chemotherapy working. They are also analysing how exercise and pampering sessions can reduce stress hormones in women with breast cancer. Can graphic design save your life? That’s the question posed by a new exhibition at the Wellcome...

Duration: 00:26:48

What To Do If There’s an Acid Attack

The rise in acid attacks in London has challenged emergency services – with bystanders also playing a key role in the vital first aid which helps to reduce the severity of any resulting burns. Countries such as India and Bangladesh have long had to deal with similar attacks – where acid is thrown into the face. Copious amounts of water can help to reduce the risk of permanent facial disfigurement and blinding. Harsh penalties for such assaults and for carrying acid as a weapon appear to...

Duration: 00:26:29

Good Bacteria Save Newborn Indian Babies’ Lives

A dose of “good bacteria” has helped to cut the number of babies’ deaths from sepsis in a trial in India. Sepsis occurs when the body is overwhelmed by infection and then turns against itself. The study – which involved giving babies a mixture of probiotics and prebiotics – was stopped early, so that all babies could benefit from the preventative treatment, which reduced deaths by 40%. When people hear voices in their heads, it can be a symptom of schizophrenia, but not always. Some people...

Duration: 00:26:29