Hello and welcome to the first 2017 edition of the news summary blog. I hope you all had a good Christmas break and wonderful New Year! This edition will cover the key stories in health news from 19th December to 8th January. The number of urgent operations cancelled in November reached a record high and research was published that indicated a link between dementia and living by a major road. Additionally, committees of MPs have called for a cross-part review of social care and data released indicates that children in the UK are eating half their daily sugar allowance before 9am.
Research published recently has indicated that people who live near major roads may have higher rates of dementia. The Canadian study found that people who lived within 50 metres of a busy road were more than 7% more likely to develop dementia than those who lived 300 metres or more away from a busy road. The study that included 6.8 million people adds to previous research that has indicated heavy traffic may have an effect on dementia. Although the reason for the link remains uncertain, further research will need to be conducted into the link of traffic and air pollution on the development of dementia.
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