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Alan H
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Health

#1 Postby Alan H » February 9th, 2016, 8:36 pm

Not sure we have a thread for general health topics...

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Re: Health

#2 Postby Alan H » May 14th, 2016, 11:11 pm

Probiotic goods a 'waste of money' for healthy adults, research suggests
Fans of probiotic drinks and foods may be wasting their money, according to a review of current research into the supplements that suggests they may be of no benefit to healthy adults.

A Danish team looked at the results of seven trials of the products – often sold as milk-based drinks, biscuits, sachets, or capsules – and found no evidence they changed the composition of faecal bacteria in healthy adults.
Alan Henness

There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: Health

#3 Postby Alan H » June 22nd, 2016, 10:14 pm

This is interesting. it's a collaboration between Sense About Science, Professor David Spiegelhalter and others: UNDERSTANDING CHILDREN'S HEART SURGERY OUTCOMES

The problem with comparing things such as hospitals and doctors is that the Government think it can be done with simple numbers such as the survival rate. A moment's thought shows this is not just stupid and ignorant, but positively harmful. This website explains why and instead gives a better way of judging whether a particular hospital is performing as it should by comparing performance to a predicted range of survival:

A hospital's predicted range of survival, calculated by a formula, depends on the particular children treated at that hospital. So a hospital treating children with more complex medical problems will have a lower predicted range.

A hospital's survival rate should only be compared to its own predicted range. It is not valid to directly compare survival rates between hospitals.
Alan Henness

There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: Health

#4 Postby Alan H » July 21st, 2016, 7:10 pm

Public Health England publishes new advice on vitamin D
PHE advises that in spring and summer, the majority of the population get enough vitamin D through sunlight on the skin and a healthy, balanced diet. During autumn and winter, everyone will need to rely on dietary sources of vitamin D. Since it is difficult for people to meet the 10 microgram recommendation from consuming foods naturally containing or fortified with vitamin D, people should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D in autumn and winter.
Alan Henness

There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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#5 Postby Dave B » July 21st, 2016, 8:09 pm

Alan H wrote:Public Health England publishes new advice on vitamin D
PHE advises that in spring and summer, the majority of the population get enough vitamin D through sunlight on the skin and a healthy, balanced diet. During autumn and winter, everyone will need to rely on dietary sources of vitamin D. Since it is difficult for people to meet the 10 microgram recommendation from consuming foods naturally containing or fortified with vitamin D, people should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D in autumn and winter.

The idea that the elderly who cannot get out in tge sun should take calcium/vit D tablets in old.

I have started doing so because various problem have made my ability to get out a bit spasmodic and the gout diet precludes oily fish, red mest, offal etc. That leaves me fortified spreads and bread plus lactose free milk. Oh, eggs are just sbout ok, but mostly boring without forhidden stuffs to jazz them up a bit!

The suppliment tabs are cheap and can't do much harm in normal doses.
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Re: Health

#6 Postby Alan H » July 27th, 2016, 11:34 pm

This blog post is topical and shows the problems with the way science is reported: When news headlines tell a conflicting tale

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There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: Health

#7 Postby Alan H » December 10th, 2016, 1:57 pm

Alan Henness

There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: Health

#8 Postby Palwood » January 27th, 2017, 7:00 am

Alan H wrote:Probiotic goods a 'waste of money' for healthy adults, research suggests
Fans of probiotic drinks and foods may be wasting their money, according to a review of current research into the supplements that suggests they may be of no benefit to healthy adults.

A Danish team looked at the results of seven trials of the products – often sold as milk-based drinks, biscuits, sachets, or capsules – and found no evidence they changed the composition of faecal bacteria in healthy adults.


I figured as much. I've been taking probiotics and haven't noticed any changes at all.
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Re: Health

#9 Postby Alan H » January 27th, 2017, 10:13 am

Palwood wrote:
Alan H wrote:Probiotic goods a 'waste of money' for healthy adults, research suggests
Fans of probiotic drinks and foods may be wasting their money, according to a review of current research into the supplements that suggests they may be of no benefit to healthy adults.

A Danish team looked at the results of seven trials of the products – often sold as milk-based drinks, biscuits, sachets, or capsules – and found no evidence they changed the composition of faecal bacteria in healthy adults.


I figured as much. I've been taking probiotics and haven't noticed any changes at all.
But probiotics is certainly a good marketing term to use to boost sales! However, it's defined as a health claim and subject to the EU rules on nutrition and health claims made on foods and at present, 'probiotics' has no authorised claims. That means that you should not see it on foods in the EU/EEA.
Alan Henness

There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?


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