Health roundup September 26

International News

Pregnant women with a higher level of Vitamin B3 in their bloodstream may have a lower risk of their children developing eczema. The study, from the University of Southampton, showed that infants whose mothers had higher levels of the vitamin in their blood had a 30 per cent lower chance of developing the condition.

Marital breakups are known to cause mental ailments such as stress and depression, but new research suggests that they can also have an impact on your physical health. Around 60% of people going through a divorce or breakup can expect to experience side effects such as eczema, muscle tensions, or migraines.

Despite warnings that antibiotics are overprescribed, there is no change in the amount of the drug being used in hospitals. With the emerging threat of superbugs, 23,000 people a year in the U.S. will die when they contract bacteria that can’t be treated with antibiotics.

Country Updates

Environmental health ministers in the U.K. are lobbying for the ban of smoking in places heavily frequented by children. These locations are set to include parks, playgrounds, zoos, and theme parks. The act is intended to stop children believing that the use of cigarettes is normal.

Health Advice

Consuming large amounts of alcohol affects your body more negatively as you age. These effects can range from minor things such as disrupted sleep to more serious neurophysiological changes.

Stressful situations can cancel out the benefits of eating healthy fat, studies show. The results confirm that consuming a high calorie and high fat diet while stressed can cause your body to burn fewer calories.

People are reminded to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds to stop the spreading of germs – particularly during flu season. To keep germs at bay you are advised to wet your hands, lather with soap for 20 seconds, and rinse. It is also beneficial to sneeze and cough into your elbow rather than your hands.

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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.