In March 2020 researchers from the USA published the results of their study which looked at how the environment affected SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, and SARS-CoV-1. SARS-CoV-1 was responsible … Read more
Individual response to COVID-19 is ‘as important’ as government action
In March 2020 researchers from Imperial College and University of Oxford in the UK and Utrecht University and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in The Netherlands … Read more
Researchers in The Netherlands discover an antibody which can prevent the coronavirus from being able to infect and can also help in the detection of the virus
On 12 March 2020 a research paper from a team of researchers in The Netherlands was posted online on BioRxiv – a website where biologists can publish their research paper … Read more
Coronavirus – “Children react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children.” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 2020)
As usual there is a lot of false information currently circulating on the internet about the current coronavirus pandemic. A recent example is the information which is purported to have … Read more
Abbott Pharmaceuticals Ltd, and their Foundation, the Abbott Fund, launch their ‘Future Well Kids’ programme to help students live healthier, fuller lives
In October 2019 Abbott Pharmaceuticals Ltd, together with its foundation, the Abbott Fund, launched Future Well™ Kids, which is a programme partnering with schools and community organizations around the world … Read more
On 04 March 2020, following their investigation which found asbestos in a makeup kit marketed to girls and other cosmetics, the Environmental Working Group and others called on the FDA (US regulatory Authority) to require cosmetic companies to test for asbestos in their products
Laws vary from country to country and European laws concerning cosmetics are more stringent than in the USA, eg as of 08 March 2020 the EU has banned 1,328 chemicals … Read more
The World Health Organisation releases the strains of influenza to be included in the influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2020 – 2021 northern hemisphere influenza season
The influenza strains to be included in flu vaccines to be used in the upcoming flu season differs according to where the flu vaccines are to be used. If the … Read more
Medicine, herbal medicine, homoeopathic product, medical device, cosmetic, or food supplement?
Many people fall foul of the law, sometimes through ignorance, sometimes through greed. There are also many false claims for certain products being made on internet. The Regulations that apply … Read more
Medicine made by men for men
This is an edited extract from the book “Pain and Prejudice” by Gabrielle Jackson, published by Little, Brown.
For much of documented history, women have been excluded from medical and … Read more
Oxybenzone is known by many names including (2-Hydroxy-4-methoxyphenyl)-phenylmethanone, benzophenone-3, and 2-Hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone. It may be found in sunscreens, facial moisturizers, lip balm, lipstick, anti-aging creams, hair conditioners, hair spray, nail polish … Read more
Octocrylene is known by many names including 2-Ethylhexyl 2-cyano-3,3-diphenyl-2-propenoate, 2-Ethylhexyl 2-cyano-3,3-diphenylacrylate, UV Absorber-3, 2-Propenoic acid,2-cyano-3,3-diphenyl-,2-ethylhexyl ester and octocrilene and is found in many cosmetic products including sunscreen, lip balm, face … Read more
Octinoxate is known by many names including octyl methoxycinnamate, ethylhexylmethoxy cinnamate, escalol, neo heliopan, etc and is found in many skin and cosmetic products, including makeup foundation, hair dye, shampoo, … Read more
Acrylamide is a chemical that naturally forms in starchy foods during cooking at high temperatures, including frying, baking, and roasting. This chemical process ‘browns’ food and affects its taste. Acrylamide … Read more
Perchorlate, in large amounts, has the ability to interfere with thyroid function as it interferes with iodine uptake, and individuals exposed to excessive amounts of perchlorate for a long time … Read more
The human body needs iodine to make the thyroid hormone. This hormone is critically important during foetal development, infancy, and childhood, for the brain and nervous system to develop normally. … Read more
Organic milk in the UK has been found to be 44% lower in iodine than conventional milk with UHT semi-skimmed milk being 27% lower in iodine
In January 2018 researchers from the UK published the results of their study to assess the iodine content of conventional, organic and UHT semi-skimmed milk as milk is the largest … Read more
Phthalates are not a single chemical, there is an entire family of them and they do not behave in the same way.
Phthalates are plasticizers which are added to make … Read more
A biomarker is something that can be measured and evaluated to examine normal biological processes. It is a substance obtained from the blood, body fluids, or tissue that reflects processes … Read more
Sleep discrepancy is the difference between between self-reported sleep duration and actigraphy-measured sleep. Actigraphy is increasingly being used to determine sleep patterns in normal, healthy adult populations, infants and children, … Read more
Wine – red vs white
The main components of wine are water, carbohydrates, organic acids, minerals, alcohol, polyphenols, and aromatics. Polyphenols have an antioxidant activity which is necessary for good cardiovascular function.
The polyphenol … Read more