Health & Fitness HEALTH NOTES: Britons have an average of seven fillings
Test and Trace working on 'immunity passports' for vaccinated Britons
Baroness Dido Harding told NHS bosses her team was investigating the passports. She hoped the NHS Covid-19 app would soon be able to display whether someone was vaccinated.Baroness Dido Harding told NHS bosses that her team was looking at updating the contact tracing app to also display vaccination status.
The average UK adult has had no fewer than seven fillings, according to new research.
It's more than twice the number than the average American, who has just three.
According to figures collated by international dental website dentaly.org, one in four Britons visit the dentist only when they have a problem, compared with one in five US citizens.
However, only six per cent of Britons have none of their own teeth, compared with roughly 30 per cent of Americans.
A 'digital optician' used at home can spot common eye conditions that could cause blindness.
Britons now crave red cabbage as trimming with Christmas dinner
It may be overlooked on our plates at Christmas among the slices of turkey and piles of pigs in blankets, but it seems red cabbage is fast becoming a British seasonal staple. The vegetable is squeezing in alongside sprouts, roasties and bread sauce as an essential component of a festive dinner – but it seems many families aren’t sure how to prepare it.Red cabbage was the most searched recipe on the website BBC Food on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day last year. Recipes online included red cabbage with beetroot and red cabbage with coriander seed, but braised red cabbage with cider and apples was the most popular.
Millions of Britons suffer conditions such as diabetes and macular degeneration that affect the macula – part of the retina which sends signals to the brain and, if damaged, leads to blindness.
Patients need monitoring every few weeks at hospital. But now experts at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London are trialling a smartphone app, called Home Vision Monitor, which allows patients to do DIY sight checks.
The twice-weekly tests involve identifying one shape out of dozens that is slightly different. Picking the wrong one repeatedly could mean vision is declining – and preventive action can be taken.
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'This will improve patient outcomes,' says Konstantinos Balaskas, ophthalmic surgeon at Moorfields.
How to make an extra £500 by selling old items
One in four Brits are looking for alternative ways to make some extra cash amid COVID-19 related financial uncertainty and a rise in spending over Christmas, according to new research from Ebay. Brits at all stages of life could make up to £500 in extra cash by selling old unwanted items online, the research found. Moving out Young people moving out of their family home after spending 2020 locked down with parents could make some extra cash by selling childhood items they won’t be taking to their new home.Finding a new home for old toys can help young movers fly the nest — the average selling price for Hot Wheels toy cars is £10.50, while Pokemon cards can fetch £9.55.
Not washing children's bedsheets so regularly might be good for their health.
As unhygienic as it sounds, exposure to micro-organisms in bedding could reduce children's risk of developing asthma and allergies.
Scientists at Copenhagen University analysed dust in unwashed sheets from children's beds and found nearly 1,000 different types of bacteria and fungi.
They then took swabs from children's throats to measure bacteria in the airways.
The results found the wider the variety of bacteria in children's beds, the more they had in their respiratory tract – in theory, strengthening the immune system.
'Leaving sheets on for longer may have an impact on reducing asthma and allergy risks in later years,' says Professor Soren Sorensen, who led the study.
One in four home-workers have suffered back pain as a result of being hunched over a laptop at the kitchen table, according to a new poll of 1,000 people.
Stiff necks and shoulder pain were also among the complaints of employees who've stuck to the 'work from home' order since March.
Mental health is also suffering, according to the survey by office suppliers Fellowes Brands.
More than half are working longer hours at home than they were in the office, and a third feel constantly stressed or isolated.
Just 32 Britons hospitalised with coronavirus after being vaccinated .
Research has found that of the 74,405 patients in the UK that were admitted into hospital with Covid-19 between September and March, just 32 had been vaccinated.Research by the UK Coronavirus Clinical Characterisation found that of the 74,405 patients that were treated in hospital for coronavirus between September and March, just 32 had been given a jab at least three weeks before.