HEALTH notes

Coventry Telegraph - - HEALTH & LIFESTYLE -

THREE cups of espresso a day may halve the risk of prostate cancer, a study re­veals.

Re­searchers at the Neu­ro­log­i­cal In­sti­tute, in Pozzilli, Italy, looked at al­most 7,000 men aged 50 or over for five years. They found 100 new cases of prostate cancer were di­ag­nosed – and they had a lower coffee in­take than the oth­ers.

Re­searchers claimed in the In­ter­na­tional Jour­nal of Cancer that men who drank at least three cups of Ital­ian-style coffee daily had a 53% lower risk of prostate cancer than those who drank fewer.

HEALTH of­fi­cials are calling for more black peo­ple to vol­un­teer to give blood.

NHS Blood and Trans­plant says 40,000 more donors are needed to meet grow­ing de­mand for “Ro blood” – a spe­cial sub­type more com­mon in black peo­ple. It is used to treat sickle cell dis­ease – a con­di­tion par­tic­u­larly com­mon in peo­ple with an African or Caribbean fam­ily back­ground.

To get the best treat­ment, pa­tients need blood most likely to come from some­one of the same eth­nic­ity.

But NHSBT says just 1% of donors in Eng­land are black. Visit blood.co.uk, call 0300 123 23 23 or search for the NHS Give Blood app.

DON’T know any­thing about rheuma­toid arthri­tis? You’re not the only one. De­spite 700,000 Brits hav­ing the con­di­tion, most of us re­main un­aware of the facts.

Now the Na­tional Rheuma­toid Arthri­tis So­ci­ety’s Rheuma­toid Arthri­tis Aware­ness Week aims to change that.

A big part of this year’s Be­hind the Smile cam­paign fo­cuses on how RA is an “in­vis­i­ble” ill­ness, as peo­ple don’t un­der­stand the pain suf­fer­ers en­dure. For ad­vice and tips on spot­ting symp­toms and to get in­volved in rais­ing aware­ness, visit nras.org.uk/ be­hindthesmile

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