The Anonymous Widower

Treatment Turns Up Heat On Tumours

The title of this post, is the same as that of an article in Tuesday’s Times.

It describes research at the Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering, where ultrasound is used to heat liver cancers to over 39.5 °C. The raised temperature then triggers the release of a drug.

The last quote of the report is from a researcher involved.

We can now begin to realise the promise of precision cancer medicine.

I’ve read about other ideas with the same outcome of precision.

I suspect my grandchildren will have a much higher chance of being cured of cancer.

July 12, 2018 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Smoking In World Cup Statia

This document on the FIFA web site is entitled Stadium Code Of Conduct.

This is a sentence under Prohibited Actions.

Smoking in any stadium zone, except in dedicated outdoor smoking areas, if in existence.

That appears to be pretty clear.

So why was a fat oligarch or similar, smoking an equally fat cigar in a very plush seat, when he was caught on camera yesterday?

 

 

June 17, 2018 Posted by | Health, Sport | , | Leave a comment

London Mayor Sadiq Khan Plans TfL ‘Junk Food’ Advert Ban

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

I don’t buy junk food, except for the odd bag of gluten-free chips from McDonalds, where there is nothing else I can find.

The move is to cut obesity in the capital.

I think a relately problem is the steadily-growing numbers of fast food shops in places like Kingsland High Street, near where I live?

  • They offer unhealthy food.
  • Few offer food for those like me, who have special needs.
  • They contribute largely to litter all over the place.
  • They are always dropping junk mail through my door.

Walk past these shops, just after school has finished and they are full of kids, stuffing themselves.

So what is Sadiq Khan doing to curb the numbers of the unhealthy places? Precisely, nothing!

In the BBC article, Karl Mercer the BBC corespondent says this.

It seems the mayor is trying to have his (low-calorie) cake and eat it.

Perhaps aware that high sugar, fat and salt ads bring in around £13m for TfL he says his new ban will not apply to companies – just to their less healthy products.

I think it is unworkable policy, that if it results in reduced advertising spend for TfL, could result in higher fares or Council Tax.

 

 

 

May 12, 2018 Posted by | Food, Health, Travel | , , , , | 1 Comment

Can I Have Some Serious Rain, Please?

I haven’t really felt well since, I went to Sunderland a few weeks ago!

I’ve searched weather maps and systems and I can’t find any serious rain, anywhere!

Even Manchester hasn’t got any!

It’s all a Russian plot to kill me! Or at least get me seriously ill!

February 24, 2018 Posted by | Health, World | , | 4 Comments

Why I’m Not Sorry About Kentucky Fried Chicken

The troubles of Kentucky Fried Chicken don’t bother me one smallest of an iota.

In fact as a coeliac, I think it is huge laugh.

This page on their web site is the allergy and nutrition list of their menu.

It is probably the most coeliac-unfriendly list, I’ve ever seen from a restaurant chain and treats our gluten-free dietary needs with contempt.

It says to me that KFC believe, that anybody who doesn’t eat gluten is a Grade A Pain-In-The-Arse, and deserves to be poisoned.

The people I feel sorry for are kids, who are coeliac, who probably miss out on a few parties.

I’ve never knowingly eaten any Kenchucky Fried Chicken products in the past and never will in the future, unless the chicken-free problems brought about by DHL, result in a menu that doesn’t try to kill me!

February 22, 2018 Posted by | Food, Health | , , | 1 Comment

Sainsbury’s Now Sell Celias!

I took this picture in the Angel branch of Sainsbury’s.

I only buy the odd bottle these days, as the Adnams Southwold Pale Ale 0.5%, which is available in Marks and Spencer is more to my taste.

 

February 8, 2018 Posted by | Food, Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Angelina Jolie Gene Testing For All?

The title of this post is the same as this article on the BBC.

This is said.

Testing all women for the “Angelina Jolie gene”, even if not considered at risk, would prevent cancers, save lives and is cost effective, say doctors.

Having lived for forty years with my wife, who suffered breast cancer and then a few years later died from a squamous cell carcinoma of the heart, I know a lot about the emotional problems of cancer.

Many cancers and other diseases, like my coeliac disease, can be found in our genes.

Our youngest son died of pancreatic cancer, which was probably not helped by his smoking and poor eating and health habits.

If he had been a coeliac, which could have been likely because of my genes, that wouldn’t have helped either! But he wouldn’t be tested!

Speaking for myself, my life might have been very different, if I had been genetically tested as a child!

In the future, genetic testing will become much more the norm, as doctors, researchers, scientists and engineers will reduce the cost of doing a full genetic test.

The BBC article also says this.

The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, estimated the impact of screening all 27 million women over 30 in the UK.

They said it would:

  • prevent 64,500 more breast cancers
  • prevent 17,500 more ovarian cancers
  • save 12,300 more lives

The study also said mass screening would be cost-effective for the health service.

But why stop at breast and ovarian cancer?

I feel strongly, that anybody likely to be a coeliac, should be tested at birth.

Keeping to a gluten-free diet, is getting easier every year and research at institutions like Nottingham University has shown, that coeliacs on a gluten-free diet are significantly less likely to get cancer, than the general population.

 

 

 

 

January 18, 2018 Posted by | Health | , , , | 2 Comments

Increasing GP Service Capacity

Yesterday, I phoned my GP at 14:00 and saw him at 16:00, as I was allocated a cancellation.

This article on the BBC is entitled One In Five Patients Regularly Misses GP Appointments. This is said.

Up to one in five patients is regularly missing GP appointments in Scotland, new research reveals.

A study of more than 500,000 people in the country found poorer patients living in affluent areas were the most likely to miss an appointment.

My GP Surgery is in a mixed area, but it does have a comprehensive text message system, so you can cancel appointments.

Surely, if any percentage of the missed appointments could be cancelled and reallocated, this would increase the capacity of the GP service.

December 7, 2017 Posted by | Health | | 7 Comments

Where Are The Small Cooking Spoons?

My mother had a very small wooden cooking spoon about twelve or so centimetres long. It was ideal for warming baked beans or making scrambled eggs in a non-stick milk saucepan.

Her’s had suffered an accident and I can remember that one side was slightly burned, but it was still usable. And absolutely the eight size!

I’ve been looking for over fifty years since I left home and not found one yet!

This is the best I can do!

But it’s still too big! Note I have drilled a hole through the handle and fixed a cable-clip in it, so I can hang it up above my cooker.

Is it a Health and Safety requirement that spoons must be big enough, so we don’t get our fingers burned?

I’d actually like one in a high-tech plastic, as it would be easier to clean!

Baked Beans

On the subject of baked beans, I usually buy my small tins in Waitrose.

I should say, that I have a tendency to not eat enough soluble fibre and this was raising my cholesterol. A dietitian recommended that I eat one small tin of baked beans a week and use Benecol instead of margarine. It worked and meant, I avoided going on special drugs.

Last week, I fancied some baked beans with a poached egg for lunch and I was out of stock.

So I went to the corner store close to my house and bought a couple of tins of Heinz baked beans.

Obviously, no problem with cooking, eating or taste, but I found washing up of the saucepan and the spoon much easier!

Which is surely a bonus for the thirty pence extra cost of the beans.

November 8, 2017 Posted by | Food, Health | , | 5 Comments

The Joy Of Physics

On the One Show on BBC television, yesterday there was a report about a man called Ian Tansley, who has invented a vaccine fridge for use in places like Africa, where the electricity is not reliable.

This Wikipedia entry for Sure Chill Technology describes the technology and this report on the BBC, describes how the invention has been backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Physics to many is a dull subject at school, but to me, it’s the key to so many interesting inventions and ideas that will shape our lives in a better way.

October 24, 2017 Posted by | Health, World | , , , | Leave a comment