Thursday, 25 October 2018

Microplastic found in humans for first time

Microplastics have been found in humans for the first time leading to fears they could be causing a raft of health and fertility problems.

Although previous studies have calculated that Europeans could be ingesting as many as 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic a year, by consuming seafood or accidentally eating bits of packaging, it has never been proven until now.

Scientists at the Austrian Environment Agency and the University of Vienna who analysed the stool samples of people from eight countries around the world, including Britain, found every one contained microplastics.

In some cases nine different types of plastic were found in just one sample. On average, the researchers found 20 microplastic particles per 10g of human waste.


Heartbreak can kill you

The grief of losing a loved one can cause life-threatening inflammation, new research shows.

Researchers at Rice University interviewed 99 people who had lost a spouse in the last two weeks, and took blood samples.

Those who were struggling to move on, depressed, and pining for their lost loved one had significantly higher levels of bodily inflammation than those who were not.

Compared to the most composed, grieving people had 53.4% more inflammation in their bodies.


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Omega 3 fatty acids found in seafood tied to healthy aging

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People may be more likely to age without health problems when they have more omega 3 fatty acids in their blood, a recent study suggests.

The study authors focused on so-called healthy aging, or the number of years people live without developing disabilities or physical or mental health problems. They examined data on 2,622 adults who were 74 years old on average, following them from 1992 to 2015. Only 11 per cent of participants experienced healthy aging throughout the entire study period.

"We found that older adults who had higher levels of omega 3 from seafood were more likely to live longer and healthier lives," said lead study author Heidi Lai of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston.

"These findings support current national dietary guidelines to consume more seafood," Lai said by email.

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Coconut oil caused newborn's skin ACNE 'worse than a teenager's' to disappear

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A mother whose newborn's acne was 'worse than a teenager's' revealed how his skin miraculously cleared up within just a day of using coconut oil.

Henry Holdsworth was just three weeks old when his stay-at-home mother Alex, 31, noticed red spots on his cheeks and were swiftly followed by white heads that covered his entire body, including several pus-filled spots on his face.

After trying multiple remedies, including washing his face in breast milk, a friend recommended Alex try a coconut oil from a baby skincare range.

Mrs Holdsworth, from Kettering, Northamptonshire, said: 'I couldn't believe it when I could see the redness disappearing before my eyes.'