Weekly Roundup of Need to Know Health News (May 15 – 21)

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1. Urgent recall on Children’s Panadol due to allergic reaction fears

Multiple batches of children’s paracetamol products from Panadol have been recalled over contamination fears. [Yahoo News]

2. Global flooding ‘will threaten billion’

A British aid charity is warning that by 2060 more than a billion people worldwide will live in cities at risk of catastrophic flooding as a result of climate change. [BBC]

3. For a Long Life, Don’t Be Too Thin Or Too Heavy

‘Today’s overweight individuals have lower mortality than so-called normal-weight individuals’. [TIME]

4. High potato intake linked to high blood pressure

Researchers link increased potato intake to high blood pressure in adults. The study is only observational, but the findings are likely to spark debate. [Medical News Today]

5. Life expectancy worldwide has increased by 5 years, UN reports

Life expectancy worldwide has increased by about five years in the last 15 years according to a report issued by the World Health Organization in the fastest gain since the 1960s. [Fox News]

6. If You’ve Ever Had a C-Section, Probably Best to Avoid Home Birth, Experts Say

Pregnant women who’ve had a cesarean delivery in the past should not plan a home birth because they face a higher risk for complications, researchers warn. [Health.com]

7. FDA approves new drug to treat bladder cancer

A new drug to treat bladder cancer was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. [UPI]

8. Expecting Mothers Be Warned, Popular Pain Medication May Cause Birth Defects

A study, published in the journal Neurology, revealed that women who were exposed to pregabalin during the first trimester of their pregnancy were three times more likely to give birth to a child with birth defects. [Nature World News]

9. Can Most Cancer Really Be Prevented?

In a report published in JAMA Oncology, determined that lifestyle factors, like diet, smoking, and exercise, account for 20% to 40% of cancer risk. [TIME]

10. Bright light alters metabolism

Exposure to bright light could affect your metabolism, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. [Science Daily]

Surprising discovery:

Your Brain Will Age Better If You Do This

One of the best ways to keep your brain sharp as you get older may be to stay busy, according to new research. [TIME]

#QuoteoftheWeek – “My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass” ~Leslie Grimutter

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