In the news this month:
News in profile: Your Christmas Dinner
– Your Christmas dinner could be good for you!
– The NHS rolls out the first round of vaccines
– Father Christmas confirmed as immune
– Managing fear of needles
Global Health news
– WHO publishes its annual Malaria Report
– Rapid flow testing – available to buy online
– Great new product to manage back pain: the Backrack™
News in profile
The health benefits of your Christmas dinner
The recent bleak news about further Christmas COVID restrictions may make it seem like there isn’t very much to celebrate this festive period. So, we were pleased to see a recent story from the consumer champions, Which about the health benefits of the traditional Christmas dinner! As this is normally considered to be an unhealthy time of the year for eating and drinking we were interested to read more!
Here are some aspects of the annual feast which can be considered positive:
Turkey is relatively low in fat and is also high in protein, selenium, B vitamins, zinc and phosphorous, making this one of the best meats to eat.
Roast potatoes are one of the key ingredients of Christmas dinner! Potatoes contain starch, fibre and vitamin C. Goose fat or oil does offset some of the benefits but both are fine for a Christmas treat.
Sprouts & Carrots
People tend to have firm views about sprouts (for and against!) but they are always eaten at this time of year. Sprouts contain a flavenol compound called kaempferol which is both an antioxidant and an anti inflammatory.
Carrots contain beta carotene and antioxidant properties which are good for your eyes. They are also rich in B vitamins and potassium (which can help to regulate blood pressure).
Nuts are popular at Christmas as either a snack or in a nut roast as a vegetarian option. They contain essential fatty acids, vitamins E and B, protein and fibre. The only downside is that they are high in calories so it is preferable to not eat too many.
Although not always considered healthy, red wine does contain elements which have an antioxidant affect but always make sure to drink in moderation! Cheers!
Other Christmas foods which can have positive health benefits include salmon, cranberries, and dried fruit.
Just remember to go easy on the chocolates!
The NHS is rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine
It is tricky to keep up to date with the pace of the coronavirus and the ongoing restrictions on society. However, one definite positive is the ongoing rollout of vaccinations to help manage the condition in the future.
The following people are currently being prioritised for the jab and will be directly contacted to arrange an appointment:
- People aged over 80 (particularly those who have required a recent hospital appointment)
- People living or working in care homes
- Priority health care workers
The current vaccination process requires two doses 21 days apart to be effective. 2021 will see a further rapid rollout to reach as many people as possible.
Phew! Scientists confirm that Father Christmas has been vaccinated!
Children and adults everywhere will be relieved to hear that the US infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, has confirmed that Father Christmas has been vaccinated against COVID-19 so is ‘good to go’.
Some great news in a challenging festive period!
Tackling fear of needles
As we consider the positive news about the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, a recent article in the Mail Online looked at the fear of needles, a condition which is officially known as trypanophobia.
Although many of us feel uncomfortable at the thought of an injection, for some people (up to 10% of the population) this is a genuine phobia which can be serious enough to prevent them from getting vaccinations or having important medical procedures. Like many fears it produces a flight or fight response which preps the body for danger and can cause dizziness, light headedness, palpitations and nausea. Humans are naturally programmed to be wary of sharp objects so the fear is rational, but it is usually a bad experience, often as a child, which creates a full blown phobia.
There are treatments which can help including exposure therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) both of which have been proven to have positive outcomes.
Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital in London has used a method called ‘applied tension’ for those who are prone to fainting when faced with a needle. This requires the patient to tense their arms, legs and upper body muscles until their faces feel warm then release for 30 seconds and then repeat. The method temporarily raises blood pressure which can help to manage fainting spells.
Global Health News
WHO 2020 Malaria Report
In the midst of a global pandemic we can sometimes forget the world’s other major health challenges, one of which is malaria.
The World Health Organization has recently published its annual malaria review, with some grim statistics:
- There were 229 million new malaria infections worldwide in 2019
- 409,000 people died of malaria in the past year
There are also some positives to reflect on as well:
- 1.5 billion cases of malaria have been averted since 2000
- 7.6 million malaria deaths have been averted since 2000
The message from the WHO is that progress is being made but has leveled off in recent years.
More funding, global coordination and political leadership will be required to meet the ultimate objective of eradicating this dreadful disease.
Two exciting new products!
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Introducing the Backrack™
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Finally we would like to wish all of our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We look forward to working with you again in 2021!