Smorgasbord Health Column – Health in the News – Prostate Cancer, Measles

There have been some interesting breakthroughs in a number of health areas recently and it is important to keep up to date on common conditions particularly, as it enables you to interact with your doctor in a positive way when discussing treatment.

How prostate cancer could be cured in just FIVE DAYS: Radiotherapy breakthrough as doctors trial high doses that clear tumours much quicker

  • Researchers gave five stronger blasts of radiation to patients over two weeks
  • Found it caused no more side effects than current eight-week standard therapy
  • It could save patients months of gruelling treatments by condensing care

Prostate cancer patients are set to benefit from a radical new approach to radiotherapy which cuts the length of treatment from eight weeks to five days. Traditionally, radiotherapy is given over 39 days – requiring men to go to hospital every weekday for nearly two months. But doctors have conducted a trial that delivers far more powerful beams of precisely targeted radiation in only five sessions.

Read the rest of the article Daily Mail

Measles outbreaks are causing great concern in countries that previously had a high percentage of vaccination cover providing herd immunity..Here is an extract from a report from the World Health Organisation in April which shows the current trends. Also some of the headlines from around the world with regard to current outbreaks. WHO – Measles 2019

Measles cases have continued to climb into 2019. Preliminary global data shows that reported cases rose by 300 percent in the first three months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This follows consecutive increases over the past two years.

While this data is provisional and not yet complete, it indicates a clear trend. Many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises in cases. Current outbreaks include the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Myanmar, Philippines, Sudan, Thailand and Ukraine, causing many deaths – mostly among young children.

Over recent months, spikes in case numbers have also occurred in countries with high overall vaccination coverage, including the United States of America as well as Israel, Thailand, and Tunisia, as the disease has spread fast among clusters of unvaccinated people.

Measles is one of the world’s most contagious diseases, with the potential to be extremely severe. In 2017, the most recent year for which estimates are available, it caused close to 110 000 deaths. Even in high-income countries, complications result in hospitalization in up to a quarter of cases, and can lead to lifelong disability, from brain damage and blindness to hearing loss.

In the USA – CDC update on Measles Outbreaks 2019.CDC Measles

In Australia – Measles rate rises amid global outbreak but Australia’s immunity remains high –  2019 on track to have 300 infections, the second-highest year for reports since 1997.

This article highlights the dangers of air travel when those who are as yet not symptomatic fly in from countries that are undergoing a measles outbreak.

On Tuesday Victorian health authorities issued a warning after a person with measles flew from Melbourne to Christchurch on 19 March. This was after an earlier incident when a woman attended the Moto GP while infectious. There have also been measles outbreaks in New Zealand, Japan and the US in recent months, and more than 200 people have died in the Philippines this year.

Number of children unvaccinated in UKMeasles: Half a million UK children unvaccinated amid fears of ‘public health timebomb’

More than half a million British children are unvaccinated against measles, new figures show, as the head of NHS England challenged social media giants to block “grossly irresponsible” anti-vax propaganda.

The hike is thought to be a direct result of the drop in vaccinations that followed the publication of fraudulent research linking the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) jab to autism by the disgraced British doctor Andrew Wakefield in 1998.

Health chiefs warn children will die if measles isn’t stopped as they reveal four European countries including the UK have been stripped of their measles-free status in the last year

  • There have been more measles cases this year than in the whole of 2018
  • The UK, Albania, Czech Republic and Greece have lost their measles-free status
  • Experts in Britain said it was ‘disheartening’ to see countries go backwards
  • Europe is slipping away from eradicating measles as four countries have lost their measles-free status, the World Health Organization has warned.

The UK lost its elimination status just 10 days ago and Albania, Greece and Czechia have all also lapsed in the last year. And 89,994 cases of the killer infection were diagnosed in the region in the first six months of this year – more than in the entire of 2018. The WHO warned children will die if it’s not brought under control, adding that every region in the world – except the Americas – is experiencing a rise in cases.

You can read the rest of the article here: Loss of Measles Free Status

©sallycronin Just Food for Health 1998 – 2019

A little bit about me nutritionally.

I am a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on radio in Spain. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago, based on my own weight loss of 154lbs. My first clinic was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Since then I have written a men’s health manual, and anti-aging programme, articles for magazines and posts here on Smorgasbord.

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As always delighted to get your feedback and questions. This is not intended to take the place of your doctor’s presence in your life. But, certainly in the UK, where you are allocated ten minutes for a consultation and time is of the essence; going in with some understanding of how your body works and is currently functioning can assist in making a correct diagnosis.

Some doctors believe that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. However, I believe that understanding our bodies, how it works, how we can help prevent health problems and knowing the language that doctors speak, makes a difference.  Taking responsibility for our bodies health is the first step to staying well.

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have found the news useful.. thanks Sally.


26 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Health Column – Health in the News – Prostate Cancer, Measles

  1. Hi Sally, My husband, Eric, was given six weeks radio-therapy for prostate cancer several years ago and it had several, unpleasant side effects, BUT at least he was cured! This new, shorter, treatment sounds promising Do hope so. Thank you. Hugs xx.

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  2. Thanks for this Sal. As I mentioned to Joy here, my hub had the max – 39 treatments and we know the damage he still suffers. I can’t help but wonder if 39 condensed to 5 might just be too extreme? ❤

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  3. One dead father and one older brother who had his prostate removed puts me at risk. PSA remains fairly consistent–on the low end. Sure would hate to be on the receiving end of that monster machine! Don’t want side effects either. But alive is better than dead–unless the after effects are TOO bad.. Maybe if I get it, I’ll get the slow growth sort with a low Gleason score. Or maybe I’ll miss it altogether.

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  4. You know, Sally, when I read a post like this, it just makes me cross at peoples complete irresponsibility when it comes to vaccinations. I think modern people have become so used to having modern medications cure their ailments that they have forgotten the real horrors of these terrible diseases that vac prevent. I have little sympathy for people in first world countries who suffer illness due to not vaccinating – they have to learn the hard way apparently.

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