Health Briefs: If you do one thing for your health
Get to know as much as possible about your family's health history. Family history is an important factor to understanding diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. So, make the time to quiz close relatives.
Download everything you have learned about them and present the information to your healthcare worker. Do you need help coming up with a list of questions? No sweat. The US Surgeon General's Family Health Portrait offers easy instructions.
For additional information, visit www.hhs.gov/familyhistory - Gezzy Sibisi
BREAKTHROUGH OF THE WEEK
WOMEN preparing for fertility treatment get a series of daily, sometimes uncomfortable, hormone shots to kick their ovaries into overdrive, but a European review of studies suggests one long-acting shot may work just as well.
In an analysis of four past studies involving more than 2300 women with infertility, researchers found the women were just as likely to get pregnant when they got a single, long-acting dose of follicle-stimulating hormone. For in vitro fertilisation, extra FSH is used to trigger ovaries to grow and release multiple eggs, which are fertilised outside the body and transferred to the uterus. - Reuters
BEWARE of eating at fast-food outlets.
It was discovered in the UK that Nando's children's meals contained a day's allowance of salt.
Nando's had children's meals containing three times as much salt as a McDonald's Happy Meal of a hamburger and chips, a study has found. The survey found significant variations in the amount of salt in meals, even at the same restaurants.
However, the survey also found that it was impossible for parents to make healthy choices at the restaurants because of a lack of nutritional information on menus. - ©The Daily Telegraph
BIZARRE OF THE WEEK
FIVE Japanese diners paid $250 each to eat artist Mao Sugiyama's private parts.
The meal included the penis, scrotum and testes. Why would he do this? According to Mao, he is a self-proclaimed asexual, having opted to surgically remove his genitalia . - Weird Asia News