HEALTH

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Wor­ry­ing num­bers of young teenagers are risk­ing tooth de­cay and obe­sity by reg­u­larly con­sum­ing high-sugar sport drinks, den­tal ex­perts warn.

Cardiff Univer­sity’s School of Den­tistry found 89% of 12 to 14-year-olds quizzed used the drinks – 68% at least once a week with most par­ents and chil­dren un­aware the drinks aren’t suit­able for chil­dren.

Re­searchers found the 160 chil­dren sur­veyed at four schools were at­tracted to the drinks be­cause of their sweet taste, low price and avail­abil­ity.

Half said they drank them so­cially rather than in a sports set­ting, and only 18% claimed to drink them be­cause of per­ceived per­for­manceen­hanc­ing ef­fects.

Maria Mor­gan, se­nior lec­turer in den­tal pub­lic health, says: “The pur­pose of sports drinks is be­ing mis­un­der­stood.

“This study clearly shows ev­i­dence of high-school aged chil­dren be­ing at­tracted to these high sugar and low pH level drinks, lead­ing to an in­creased risk of den­tal cav­i­ties, enamel ero­sion and obe­sity.”

More than 1,000 women in the UK die ev­ery month from se­condary breast can­cer – when it has spread to other parts of the body. Sadly, there is cur­rently no cure but a new char­ity launches to­day to raise funds for re­search. Se­condary1st has been set up by the fam­ily of Rosie Choueka, 38, who died from the dis­ease last year.

Her hus­band El­liot says: “We will tena­ciously raise as much money as we can to en­able the bright­est peo­ple in se­condary breast can­cer re­search to pur­sue the an­swers so ter­ri­bly needed.”

Visit se­condary1st.org.uk.

OOOAn app has been launched which mea­sures ex­actly how much sun ex­po­sure your skin can safely take be­fore it burns.

Hap­pySun has been de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Euro­pean Space agency and uses satel­lites to mea­sure dan­ger­ous UV ra­di­a­tion in your lo­ca­tion. It then com­bines this with your per­sonal data in­clud­ing your skin type and your sun­cream’s SPF.

Free from Ap­ple and An­droid App stores, or at hap­pysun.co.uk.

AN­DREW GREGORY is the Mir­ror’s Health Edi­tor

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