Shocker…

I have heard a lot of stories about meat from fast food chains or supermarkets, but never have I heard a story as shocking as this. According to the World Health Organisation, processed meat such as bacon, sausages and ham do cause cancer. Its report said 50g of processed meat a day – less than two slices of bacon – increased the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18%. Is the benefit these meats give to your health worth it, if it gives you a higher chance of developing a cancer? I think that next time I would think twice about having that 5th slice of bacon!   

Go for it!

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I was pleasantly surprised to read that people are still giving generously to charity, with 74% making donations in 2012, compared with 72% in 2010. I think it’s great that more people are gradually beginning to donate to charity, and I think that we soon will be able to get that number even higher! It is especially important for people in my generation to be involved in more charity events as we are the future, and it is imperative we are bought up with the right ethics of helping those in need. So go for it!

Ouch! That hurts!

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Experts at Oxford University say that very young babies can feel pain and have a lower threshold than adults, according to a study of infants’ brains which overturns the medical consensus. Until this discovery doctors were working under the assumption that the brains of very young babies are not developed enough to feel pain and often left them without painkillers even during invasive procedures!

~Zaina Alam

Screen time! Oh no!

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Have you got your GCSE’s coming up soon?
Watching a few hours of your favourite TV shows a day?
Well you are probably watching a few hours too many…
A study, published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, found that every hour spent each day by teenagers watching television, browsing the Internet, or playing computer games knocks the equivalent of two grades off their performance at GCSE (BMJ2015;351:4764).
So maybe I’d rethink that 6 hour Netflix marathon!

~Zaina Alam