As per usual, we’ve been busy scouring Twitter all week to bring you the latest goings-on in health. Here are the Tweets we’ve singled out for special attention:
Last Monday, International Diabetes Federation shared this insightful collection of infographics put together for their Eyes on Diabetes Campaign, in support of World Diabetes Day taking place later this year on November 14th. Among these, they share the frightening statistic that the number of global adult cases of the condition (presently at 415 million) is expected to rise to 640 million by the year 2040. They also stress the importance of regular screening and early detection in preventing complications such as sight loss:
On Tuesday, Locala Sexual Health’s account Chlamydia Screening Programme (CHLASP) shared this helpful resource for teens and young adults looking for guidance on sexual health issues. Scarleteen is a moderated forum covering a range of topics, from pregnancy and parenting to gender and sexual identity:
Deciding what to eat (or not to eat) before and after a workout can be tough. Exercising on a full stomach after a stodgy meal certainly isn’t the most comfortable experience in the world, and the last thing anyone wants to do a few hours after completing a rigorous session is undo the effort they’ve put in. Which is why on Wednesday, this piece shared with us by Lanre Idewu and Dr Healthnut caught our attention. California-based PT Todd McCullough gives his take on ideal pre- and post-workout meals:
Scientists have made an interesting discovery in the study of malaria. On Thursday, SleepBetter.org shared with us news that researchers have found chickens to produce natural odours which act as a mosquito repellent. It is a discovery which the authors think may prove useful in the control of some insecticide-resistant strains of malaria present in Sub-Saharan Africa:
Lastly on Friday, Dietetics and Nutrition expert Penny Brooks shared this fascinating piece by Nsikan Akpan for PBS on circadian rhythms, why teenagers are more likely to sleep in, and how the effects of habitual sleep deprivation might not always be obvious:
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