Weekly health roundup – 27th March

International health news

Research into a male birth control pill has found that it appears to be safe. This is a big step forward in the development of this contraceptive pill.

According to the latest evidence, taking antibiotics for a long time during late adulthood may be linked to a higher risk of death among women. It has been advised that antibiotics should only be used when absolutely necessary.

Country updates

The World Health Organisation has reported that over 1,300 people in Yemen have been diagnosed with diphtheria. Nearly 80% of cases are young adults and children.

Researchers in the UK have discovered that muffins sold by cafes and supermarkets can contain up to 8 teaspoons of sugar. One muffin could contain more than the recommended daily limit intake of sugar for an adult (7 teaspoons).

Health advice

A new study shows that living abroad can clarify your sense of self. Expats were found to have a clearer idea of their individual beliefs and of who they are. 

Scientists have cautioned that those who drink sugary drinks over the age of 45 have an increased risk of dying from heart disease. Those who drank 24 ounces or more of sugary drinks had twice the risk of death from cardiovascular events than those who drank less than one ounce.

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