How unhealthy is sugar really? –

Sugar makes things tasty. Few people get enthusiastic about sugar-free cakes, chocolate or biscuits. It is of course not really healthy, but how much harm can a little sugar in its time?

Not much, as long as you keep it in its time. Sugar in itself is not carcinogenic or harmful. The overweight that comes from too much sugar is. Ellen Kampman, professor of Nutrition and Disease at Wageningen University, says in the AD: “More than 15,000 scientific studies have now been conducted on nutrition, exercise and cancer prevention. This shows that we need to limit added sugars as much as possible. “

It increases the risk of obesity. “And being overweight increases the risk of more than a dozen cancers.” But if you eat a biscuit or drink a glass of fruit juice, you get none of it. “It is about structurally ingesting too much energy and exercising too little.”

So don’t worry too much about the harmfulness of sugar, but keep an eye on the scales a bit.

Bron (nen): AD


almost one in five corona patients develop mental illness –

Almost one in five corona patients will develop a mental illness within three months of the positive test, such as depression, insomnia, an anxiety disorder and even dementia. This is evident from a study by Oxford, about which The Guardian writes.

The relationship was also the other way around: people with mental illness were 65 percent more likely to be infected with Covid-19, even after adjustment for factors such as age, gender and illnesses present. A psychiatric condition should be added to the list of risk factors for Covid-19, the researchers find.

The analysis is based on data from 70 million Americans, including more than 62,000 people with a corona infection, who did not have to go to hospital.

Of particular concern was the doubling of the number of dementia diagnoses in the three months after people tested positive. A visit to a hospital or doctor may also reveal other illnesses, such as dementia, emphasizes Paul Harrison, professor of psychiatry at Oxford.

“That said … it is not unlikely that the coronavirus will affect the brain in some people, causing neurological symptoms and problems,” said Harrison. He believes more research is needed to determine cause and effect. “We should not over-interpret the relationship.”

It is not the first study to suggest that the coronavirus can affect the brain. In July, neurologists published on brain inflammation, strokes and nerve damage in 40 corona patients.

Bron (nen): The Guardian


‘Immunity after corona infection does last a long time’ –

The big question is how long you will remain immune to the virus after a corona infection. Scientists come up with the strongest evidence to date that humans are immune for a long time, possibly years. The Guardian writes about this.

Researchers at New York’s Rockefeller University found that not only does the immune system continue to remember the virus, but it also improves the quality of the protective antibodies after the infection is over. If the corona virus enters your body a second time, your immune system is therefore quickly and well able to expel it.

“This is very good news,” said Rockefeller’s chief of molecular immunology Michel Nussenzweig of the study. “It is expected that humans will be able to produce antibodies quickly and resist infection multiple times.”

It’s still unclear how long the immune system’s memory stores the virus, but Nussenzweig says you’re potentially protected for years. The discovery may explain why reinfections are so rare so far.

Bron (nen): The Guardian


“Unfortunately, the bad days are becoming more frequent” –

Goedele Liekens, sex therapist and politician has skin cancer, she let know via Facebook.

“You know, it is not in my nature to disguise things. And I want to tell you myself. I have skin cancer, ”she writes. “It started a few months ago with such a weird stain that dermatologists have been warning about for years. That stain was immediately removed. When that turned out not to be enough, an operation was carried out to cut the thing out quite deep. ”

“Unfortunately too late: the cancer cells had found their way into my body and were already in the glands. From there the road to further metastases is of course open. “Once a melanoma is inside, it makes strange jumps,” said the oncologist. Sic, swallow, a verdict that a lot of people have to hear, I know. But more and more often that does not have to be a death sentence, thanks to our good healthcare. It’s treatable, I’m lucky. ”

“There are good days when I live happily and energetically as if nothing is wrong. Then I force myself to enjoy while I can. There are bad days when the side effects of that treatment leave me exhausted, nauseous and sick. Having to stop halfway up the stairs before you get upstairs in your bed, limp and feverish in the chair ‘confused … fellow sufferers know it.

Bron (nen): HLN (€)


Holding back the wind is fine. And a kiss on a sore spot really helps –

There are those grandmother’s wisdoms that you will take to heart in the context of ‘if it doesn’t help, it won’t harm’. Such as: don’t go outside without a coat or an onion next to your bed when you have a cold. But does that also make sense? Six such pieces of advice: are they true or false?

A kiss in a place where it hurts.
You wouldn’t expect it, but that really helps, says GP Rutger Verhoeff to “You feel pain less if you simultaneously experience a different feeling, but also if you teach yourself that certain actions have a pain-relieving effect. The memory of this is kept in the brain and retrieved again if you apply either method, again with that pain-relieving effect. ”

You get a cold from cold
You learn it from a young age: put on your coat when you go out, otherwise you will catch a cold. That is not true. However, we do catch a cold more quickly in autumn and winter, because we are more often together indoors in poorly ventilated rooms. “In winter, the air is often drier, which makes it easier for the flu virus and other viruses to survive.” The corona virus, for example, also really likes winter.

Bitter foods are healthy
A bitter taste is usually not a favorite. Think of Brussels sprouts, lemon, but bitter foods are generally healthy. Verhoeff: “Everyday bitter products, such as chocolate and olive oil, are also healthy. Chocolate lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of diabetes. The substance oleocanthal from olive oil does the same as ibuprofen. 3.5 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil has the same anti-inflammatory effect as one-tenth of a normal dose of ibuprofen.

Holding back winds is unhealthy
It might be an excuse to give up a little breeze, but it’s not right: holding back a breeze isn’t unhealthy. “We let about 28 winds a day. The morning frost, the first wind of the day, is the largest, ”says Verhoeff. “Really holding back is impossible. You can still push it away for a while, but if you go jogging or during defecation, you will consciously and unconsciously lose some air. Holding a breeze can cause bloating and stomach cramps, but that’s all. ”

Anti-wrinkle cream is useful
Handsome guy who once invented the anti-wrinkle cream. And convinced people that it is useful to buy the much too expensive pots. Because it doesn’t help a bit. “You can’t get rid of real wrinkles, such as a frown or smile wrinkle, with anti-wrinkle cream. A good cream with a sun protection factor is the only scientifically based anti-wrinkle cream, ”says the doctor.

An onion next to your bed against a cold
Such a smelly onion next to your bed: rather not. But yes, if it opens your nose nicely, it is better to sleep. Still, it doesn’t really help. Verhoeff: “Your cold will not go away sooner, it only works as a symptom relief.”

Bron (nen): HLN


Does it make sense to lose weight in order not to die from Covid? –

In the second wave, people who are overweight seem to be affected even more than in the first wave. More obese people become critically ill, more of them die. Does it still make sense to lose weight, or are you already too late?

Doctor Guy T’Sjoen, endocrinologist, tells HLN that 60 percent of the corona patients who ended up on Belgian ICs had a BMI of over 25. About 30 percent were overweight and 30 percent obese. “How come? Overweight people more often also have other health problems, such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease or (predisposition to) diabetes. In addition, it is more difficult to properly ventilate obese patients. The fat mass in the abdomen presses on the chest, making it less easy to open the lungs. “

The virus enters our body through so-called ACE2 receptors. These are a kind of antennae that are located on the outside of the cells. “These receptors are mainly located in the lungs, but also in adipose tissue, among other things,” says Professor T’Sjoen. “If you have a lot of adipose tissue and therefore a lot of those gateways through which the virus can enter, you get a much more serious infection.”

In short: in addition to washing your hands and sneezing into your elbow, it is also beneficial not to be too fat. Does it still make sense to try to lose weight?

Doctor T’Sjoen says that this is certainly useful. And even losing a little weight helps, according to him. “Losing a little weight if you are overweight is the only meaningful way to boost your immunity,” says T’Sjoen. “Taking food supplements doesn’t do much. Slimming down if you are overweight or obese is another essential but so far missing corona measure, in addition to washing hands regularly, wearing face masks and keeping your distance. ”

According to Dr. T’Sjoen, overweight people don’t even need to lose that much weight: 5 percent is enough. “If you weigh 100 pounds, try to lose weight until you weigh 95. This does not require too great an effort. You can go a long way with more and more frequent exercise and a healthier diet. By Christmas you can already have a good result. ”

Bron (nen): HLN


Indians less ill from corona: how is that possible? – – Welingelichte Kringen

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“Corona vaccine works, so bring it to the market now” –

The corona vaccine should already be on the market, says Dutch doctor and professor Marcel Levi, head of seven hospitals in London. According to him, the vaccine is safe enough to be used on a large scale. “The alternative is much worse,” he explains to

“You take a certain risk by already releasing a vaccine. But it is a limited, very small risk. And you take that because the alternative is much worse. Let’s assume a 1 in 50,000 risk of a serious side effect with the Oxford vaccine. The chance that you will have a road accident in the Netherlands is 1 in 1000 per year. Nobody is talking about that. You have to put things in perspective. ”

According to the professor, there is sufficient evidence that the vaccine works. “The Oxford vaccine is now being tested on such a large scale. The initial results – at Pfizer too – showed that almost 100 percent of the test subjects build up antibodies against corona. And the phase 3 trial has been underway for a long time, but has been temporarily halted once due to a serious side effect that has not even been established as a result of the vaccine. Then I think: put it on the market and vaccinate even larger groups. You can perfectly keep track of which side effects occur and how often. This gives you more and more information about the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine. ”

Levi is critical of the well-known experts. “I’m going to say something ugly. All those virologists and microbiologists: they know an insane amount about viruses and testing, but I am a bit disappointed how much they know about immunology and defense. They say the craziest things. ‘Oh, the antibodies against the virus are declining. They always decline. But that does not mean that you no longer have protection against a virus because of the immunological memory you have built up. They apparently no longer remembered that from lectures. ”

Vaccine for Christmas
Levi has been ordered to work out a plan to vaccinate two million Londoners before Christmas. According to him, that should also be possible in the Netherlands. “In terms of admission to the market, the British are still in line with the rest of the EU, so yes. AstraZeneca’s Oxford vaccine was developed in England and a lot is produced here too, so they will have more doses of that here. But the EU has also bought the vaccine, just like that from Pfizer. ”

Bron (nen): AD


DNA research determines medicine –

The lives of men with metastatic prostate cancer can be extended by two to three years by determining which drug is most effective on the basis of DNA research.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Normally, patients receive radiation or chemotherapy. But the tailored approach through DNA analysis improves the outlook significantly.

Medical oncologist Niven Mehra of Radboudumc explains to RTL News how the treatment works. “We take a piece of tumor tissue from men with metastatic prostate cancer, which contains detailed information about the type of cancer cells.”

“Mutations cause prostate cancer cells to develop differently in everyone. Therefore, treatment must be targeted at the person. For a prostate cancer patient, a drug that is normally used for lung or skin cancer, for example, can work effectively. ”

Research in 75 patients shows that the approach extends life by two to three years. “In all these cases, the treatment was only started when the patient was finished, so when chemo and radiation no longer work. A patient is then physically exhausted. ”

Immediately after diagnosis, the treatment would have even more effect, says the oncologist. “We are now going to investigate this by treating about 600 patients with prostate cancer on the basis of DNA research.”

Bron (nen): RTL News


the ‘laughing jihadist’ who killed three people in Nice –

The terrorist who killed three people in Nice on Thursday morning has been given a face. A smiling face. Brahim Aoussaoui (21) was photographed with a broad smile at the beginning of this month by the local authorities in the port of Bari, in southern Italy, after the Tunisian arrived by refugee boat. He then traveled by train to France, where 21 days later he slit three people’s throats in Notre Dame Basilica.

His mother Gamra Kmar was confused when he called her from France.

“But boy, right”, said Kmar. “You don’t speak French at all, do you? And you don’t know anyone there. What are you going to do there all by yourself? Why the hell, why did you go there? ”

On Thursday morning, Kmar got the answer to that question when the police came to tell her that her son had been shot by the French police after he had just stabbed three people to death in the Notre Dame basilica in Nice. They showed her the picture of Brahim with visible gunshot wounds to his chest, flank and leg. The woman collapsed. “That’s Brahim, that’s my son. But he is not a terrorist. I don’t know my son like that. ”

Bron (nen): HLN