A handful of stories around health and wellbeing from the news recently.

HPV vaccine linked to dramatic drop in cervical disease

Researchers in Scotland have reported a dramatic drop in cases of cervical disease reported in women who have had the vaccination for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).  This transmissible disease has links to cervical cancer, and researchers say that there has been a 90% drop in the incidence of pre-cancerous cells found in young women who have been immunised, since the programme was introduced 10 years ago. The programme was expected to reduce two types of HPV, which account for 80% of pre-cancerous conditions, but have found it to be effective against a further three types, reaching nearly 90% of cases.

You can read more on the BBC website.


Moisturisers with sunscreen not effectively applied

A new study has found that people who use moisturisers with sunscreen apply that differently to how they apply sunscreen, meaning that parts of the face are left vulnerable to sun damage. The study showed that users are less likely to apply moisturiser to their eyelids, meaning that this skin, which is particularly thin and vulnerable, is left unprotected.

The team carrying out the research recommends that sunscreen is used if the wearer is going to be out in the sun for prolonged periods, even if the moisturiser has the same SPF as the sunscreen used.

See more, on the BBC website.


Medical Device Awareness Card for diabetics

Diabetics who use insulin pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring devices (CGMs) often run into difficulties at airports, as the manufacturers of these things advise that their products are not subjected to x-ray screening and full body scans. Regulations allow passengers with these medical devices to ask for an alternative security screening process, but that doesn’t always solve the problem if staff at the airports are not sensitive to the needs of the traveller.

The Civil Aviation Authority and the Airport Operators Association have now jointly sponsored a card which covers bot these types of device, to be issued to people to use them, which will facilitate their passage through airports, it is hoped.  The Medical Device Awareness Card contains instructions for the airport security operative, and the passenger.

You can read more about it, and download a copy, on the site of the petition that was started to ask for something to be done.