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HEALTH NOTES: Parents are dodging awkward chats with their children about dieting, survey suggests

HEALTH INFORMATION: Parents avoid awkward conversations with their kids about diets, study suggests

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Only a third of parents say they talk to their children about diets, a study suggests.

And most of those who avoid the potentially awkward chat say they do it to promote a healthy body image.

But about 90 percent of parents surveyed said they would be happy if others talked about diets around their children.

More than 80 percent of parents willing to talk about eating habits waited until their children were 15, according to the survey of 2,250 British parents conducted for the weight loss advisory group Juniper.

A survey shows that only a third of parents talk to their children about diets (file image)

A survey shows that only a third of parents talk to their children about diets (file image)

Liverpudlians are happier with their GP than people elsewhere in the UK.

In surveys of over 200 NHS regions, Liverpool and The Wirral were the top two for patient satisfaction and the number of GPs per inhabitant. Blackpool and Manchester followed closely.

The study found that 95 percent of Liverpool residents had confidence in their GP and believed their health needs had been met at their last GP appointment.

The area had about 1,200 patients for each primary care physician, compared to the national average of about 1,600 patients, according to digital health company Healthcare Transformer that analyzed the data.

Heart problems first spotted by fitness technology

Apple Watches and Fitbit activity trackers are more effective at detecting dangerous, irregular heartbeats than traditional heart scans, according to a US study.

The condition, atrial fibrillation, can lead to strokes. If a patient goes to the hospital with shortness of breath or chest pain, or feels weak, they will have a heart scan or EKG to check for abnormal spikes in heart rhythm.

But researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found that wearing a digital device to monitor heart rate would be faster and cheaper than regular hospital checkups.

Apple Watches are more effective at detecting dangerous irregular heartbeats than traditional heart scans, study has shown (file image)

Apple Watches are more effective at detecting dangerous irregular heartbeats than traditional heart scans, study has shown (file image)

Apple Watches are more effective at detecting dangerous irregular heartbeats than traditional heart scans, study has shown (file image)

Scientists are developing a treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) using gold.

While there is no cure for the painful condition that affects the gut, doctors can prescribe treatments to reduce the severity of symptoms.

However, researchers at Sun Yat-Sen University in China believe they have discovered signs of a treatment that could eradicate the disease.

Mice with IBD were given a drug made from ultra-tiny gold particles that almost immediately reduced inflammation in their gut and did not return.

What’s the difference between a stroke and a mini-stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, causing damage.

Depending on how bad and where in the brain the damage is, long-term disability can occur.

The most common type is an ischemic stroke, when a blood clot blocks blood flow.

Clots usually form in areas where the arteries have narrowed or blocked over time by fatty deposits known as plaques — a process called atherosclerosis.

A stroke can also be caused by a burst blood vessel in the brain.

A mini-stroke, or a transient ischemic attack, has the same cause as an ischemic stroke. However, the blockage is short-lived and there is no permanent damage.

They are usually a warning sign that the risk of stroke is high.

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