There have been numerous health related discoveries in the year 2015. This includes the discovery of new medicine, new facts regarding the best way to lead a healthy living and change in legislation governing the health sector. Below is an analysis of some of the most significant changes and discoveries that have affected the global health sector.
1. Cancer Linked To Processed And Red Meat.
In October, a panel of health professionals organised by World Health Organisation(WHO) released new information linking consumption of processed and red meat to cancer. According to the report, there is a high risk of developing colorectal cancer from consuming processed meats such as sausages. This is due to a formation of carcinogenic materials such as hydrocarbons that are used as part of the processing.
The report also linked consumption of red meat with increasing the chance of getting cancer, however, the findings were not conclusive. There was no discovery of any carcinogenic material in red meat. As a matter of fact, red meat link to cancer was mainly found to be because of the way it is cooked, for example, grilling and barbecue expose red meat to hydrocarbons that are carcinogenic, this in turn increases the chances getting cancer.
2. The New Legislation On Abortion In The United States.
House Republicans passed a bill that prohibits state or federal funding to abortion. Women in the United States have a right to terminate a pregnancy in certain circumstances such as when the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother or if the pregnancy was due to rape. The previous provision of the law was that the federal government funded such cases subject to consent and professional health expert opinion. However, the bill passed earlier this year bans the federal government from funding abortion for whatever circumstances.
3. Coffee Linked to increasing lifespan.
According to a new report released in November, consumption of coffee is likely to increase the lifespan of an individual. Coffee was found to reduce the risk of stroke and diabetes type 2. The report, however, insisted on moderate consumption of caffeine due to effects such as interfering with the sleeping habits and the different ways different individuals react to caffeine.
The above are just some of the major headlines that shaped a new way in health matters, there were also other new issues such as the banning of commercial surgery by the Indian government, this affected the global health sector owing to a large number of people especially from Africa who seek surgery services from India.