Welcome back to The Medic Portal’s News Summary blog. We post the key things you need to know about medical and health news every week. This summary will cover the biggest stories from the 3rd October to the 9th October.
This week has seen research published that indicates obesity and lifestyle factors are accountable for seven in every ten deaths. In addition to this, a new immunotherapy drug has shown promising results in treating head and neck cancer, and a study published has found no link between night shifts and the development of breast cancer.
The top risk for death was found to be high blood pressure followed by smoking, high blood sugar and high body mass index. The study also showed that UK adults are spending a longer proportion of their life suffering from ill health. Previous health concerns such as HIV, malaria and measles have been replaced by poor diets, smoking and consuming too much alcohol.
A recently published study has found no link between working night shifts and an increased risk of developing breast cancer. In 2007, a review published by the World Health Organisation found seven studies that linked sleep disturbances to the development of cancer. The review combined seven UK-based studies that found no link between night-shift work and breast cancer development. The studies were purely observational, so it is possible that night-shift work could increase the chances of smoking or obesity that in turn may cause cancer development. Experts recommend that those who do work night shifts offset their risk of developing cancer by maintaining a healthy weight, taking regular exercise, quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption.