Health roundup September 19

International News

A new study has found that smokers are more likely to quit smoking after speaking to a nurse or other trained health professionals. Hospitalization was found to be a good opportunity to quit – particularly when patients were told about the slow healing process that accompanies the habit.

An NGO has revealed that too much time spent on the computer and Internet can seriously damage your mental health – particularly in children and teens. Internet users who spent excessive time in front of screens were more likely to suffer from mental health issues such as depression and compulsive behaviour.

Country Updates

African-American doctors in the U.S. are calling for a ban on menthol cigarettes, as studies show that they are heavily preferenced among African-American citizens – leading to a disproportionate amount of deaths. The FDA almost banned menthol cigarettes in 2013, with doctors rallying once again to stop the sale.

Studies show that the deadliest form of cancer for children in the U.S. is brain cancer. Due to advancements in treating blood-related cancers, such as leukemia, one in three children who die from cancer will have suffered from brain cancer.

Health Advice

Expensive and trendy superfoods are not necessary to live a healthy life, experts say. Sticking to traditional healthy items such as leek and courgette are just as beneficial to a healthy lifestyle as kale and quinoa.

Companies in the U.S. are utilising fitness accessories such as the FitBit as an incentive to live a healthier lifestyle. By tracking their employees’ activity on an app, businesses are offering reimbursements on their employees’ health insurance plans to workers who maintain an active lifestyle.

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Rosy Parrish

Rosy Parrish grew up in Britain and now lives in Madrid. She divides her time between teaching English, writing about expat life, and befriending dogs in the street.