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Today’s top health stories 13 April

April 13, 2015

Young people more likely to develop back pain due to mobile use

back pain
Image source: The Telegraph

A survey conducted by the British Chiropractic Association, showed that 86 percent of the 2,000 participants said they had back and neck pain, with 45 percent of them between 16 to 24 years old. The rise from last year’s 77 percent is due to the modern lifestyle, said Tim Hutchful, a BCA chiropractor. Most people spend most of their days in the office on their computers and looking down at their phones. Hutchful said “When people use laptops or mobile phones in bed they tend to forget their posture, hunch over the screen and leave their spine unsupported, which can damage posture and cause back or neck pain.”

Source: The Independent, The Daily Mirror, The Telegraph


Dogs can smell prostate cancer

Image source: The Independent
Image source: The Independent

A study has showed that trained German Shepherds were able to detect prostate cancer by sniffing urine samples. The study by the Department of Urology at the Humanities Clinical and Research Centre in Milan had two German Shepherds sniff 900 samples of urine and detected that 360 of them had prostate cancer, with a 98.7 and 97.6 percent in accuracy.

Source: The Independent, The Telegraph


Caesarean section is not for “too posh to push” mothers

Image source: The Telegraph—ALAMY

World Health Organization stated that caesarean sections should only be used when necessary, not because the mother is “too posh to push”.  According to the WHO, unnecessary caesarian sections can increase the risk of causing disability or death. Moreover, the increased cost and high rates of unnecessary operations can pull resources away from other services in overloaded and weak health systems. Caesarean sections should only be performed when there is a complication in natural birth, such as prolonged labour, fetal distress, or when the baby is in an abnormal position, stated the WHO.

Source: The Telegraph,