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XPOMET© Healthcare News Round-Up: 16.12.19

Whether its the latest breakthroughs in healthcare or the latest going ons at XPOMET©, our Healthcare News Round-Up is your one-stop shop to get an idea of what’s happening in the industry. From new drinking guidelines to organ harvesting scandals to the latest breast cancer breakthroughs, read on to learn everything about Healthcare News today. 

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Put Down That Stein!

New guidelines drawn up by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council specify that one should drink no more than 10 drinks a week, roughly 1.4 drinks a day. Their latest review of evidence showed that the risk of dying from alcohol-related disease or injury remains below 1 in 100 if you stay below this limit. 

Underweight Boys More Likely to be Infertile 

According to researchers from the Aarhus University in Denmark, men who were born with a weight in the lowest 10%, are more likely to develop infertility problems later on in life. Analysing 11,000 people born between 1984 and 1987, they concluded that 8.3% of boys born this small were likely to experience infertility later in life compared to 5.7% of boys born at an average weight. 

Western Companies May Have Contributed to Chinese Organ Scandal

Swedish non-profit, the Institute to Research the Crimes of Communism, have concluded that 20 Global Companies have been profiting from the Chinese organ scandal, whereby innocent people have had their organs forcibly harvested. According to the report, Western companies such as Pfizer, OrganOx and Roche, have contributed devices. The commission also concluded that China was a criminal state and called on the global community to take action. 

Breast Cancer Drug Carries on Working After Use

Anastrazole, which blocks the hormone oestrogen —which helps to fuel the growth of breast cancers — thereby preventing around half of all breast cancers, has been found to work even after its use has been ceased. According to Prof. Jack Cuzick, the director of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Queen Mary University of London: “We now have an agent that looks really effective, with minimal side-effects”. 

Apple Offers Free Genetic Tests 

AC Wellness, a clinic set up by Apple for its employees, allows them to access free genetic screenings for disease. This aim is to move healthcare in a proactive fashion, taking preventative steps as opposed to dealing with issues later on in the line. This follows a variety of American companies with their own in-house healthcare system. 

Nurses Sleep Less Before Work Days

A study from New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing has found that nurses sleep an hour and a hour less before a shift than on a day off. They reported just under 7 hours of sleep before a work day while they had over 8 hours prior to a non-work day. According to researchers, this has knock on effects on performance, raising the debate about how long shifts should be.