This Week – Edition 69

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Tom Harvey takes us on a whistle-stop tour of five interesting articles observed by team Haelo this week (commencing 6th July 2015).

  1. 10 years on. I remember being in a local corner shop at the age of 12 and noticing the special edition papers documenting the awful events from the morning of the 7th of June 2005. I was young, I had no phone and it was the first I’d heard about it, just after 3pm that day. I wonder now why the teachers hadn’t said anything at school; maybe they were protecting our innocence. One hour after the bombings of the London Underground a Stagecoach number 30 bus exploded in Tavistock Square outside the British Medical Association building where a meeting was taking place between fifteen doctors. This is their story…
  1. ‘A national of pill pushers’That’s how The Telegraph are describing us after the number of prescriptions given out in Britain last year rose by 34.5million on the previous year, that’s a 55 per cent rise in the last decade. It begs the question, are we relying too much on medicine for treatment? For me, taking medicine is a last resort, but it seems that for many it may be all too easy to take a pill to help treat illness rather than employing changes in lifestyle and diet, or even simply talking to someone, although this is easier said than done for some people. The drugs that have seen the sharpest increase include anti-depressants, Viagra and heart disease pills.
  1. Breath detection. Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia are working on a laser system that they hope will one day be able to rapidly screen for diseases like cancer, diabetes and infections. Our breath contains molecules which the spectrometer laser system can analyse for defects using light. The system they are calling the ‘optical dog’s nose’ has the potential to detect diseases quickly and non-invasively whilst staying on site, reducing costs for healthcare industries and hassle for patients.
  1. The BMI debate. Body Mass Index (BMI) is the standard measurement for individual health and has been for centuries, but a graphic produced by New York-based firm Body Labs has thrown serious doubt into how accurate the measurement is. They’ve proved how people with very different body shapes can have the same BMI reading. This is because BMI only considers height and weight and not important factors such as where an individual stores their fat, as well as their muscle and bone density.
  1. And finally… Incredible time-lapse animation reveals London’s busiest skies over 24 hours.

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