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XPOMET© Healthcare News Round-Up: 20.01.19

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 the Blue Monday Myth to a new virus in China to Diabetes increasing suicide risk, read on to learn everything about Healthcare News today. 

Blue Monday Myth 

Today, the third Monday of January, is commonly known as the most depressing day of the year. But, as it turns out, Blue Monday is just a complete myth: The BBC reports that it was coined by a psychologist in 2004 after a prompt from a Holiday Company! So don’t worry about it, remember to exercise and drink lots of water. 

Diabetes Increases Risk of Suicide Among Young Adults 

A study from Quebec of more than one million people revealed that people between 15 and 25 who suffer from diabetes are 325% more likely to attempt suicide. Lead author of the report, Dr Marie-Eve Robinson, stated that the pressure of injecting insulin every day can have a real negative effect upon young people: “Diabetes burnout is a very real condition that can affect people with diabetes of any type. People can find themselves unable to continue with the pressure of managing a condition day in, day out.”

New Virus Cases in China Tripled Over Weekend

A new strain of Coronavirus, previously unidentified in humans, has tripled over the past weekend, spreading from Wuhan in China to other major cities. 136 new cases of the respiratory illness have now been confirmed, with total known infections exceeding 200, causing three deaths. Thankfully authorities have affirmed that the virus should still be “preventable and controllable”. 

One in Five Deaths Attributable to Sepsis 

A new report from the University of Washington estimates that 11 million people a year die from sepsis, outranking cancer as one of the world’s biggest killers, responsible for one in five deaths. These mostly come from patients in low- and middle-income backgrounds. Thankfully the comprehensive analysis has also shown that the number of cases and deaths has fallen since 1990.