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The Week That Was: Health & Wellbeing (29/06/18)

29th June 2018

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New social media app aims to do some good

Wave goodbye to trolling, a new social media platform has launched with the aim of doing something good – helping people bond through shared experiences such as anxiety, motherhood and body image. Upload your journey and others can connect with you to share their personal stories and advice. It’s great to see a platform with a positive ambition, compared to the likes of Instagram that has been criticised for harming mental health.

Research discovers you should not use Vaseline to heal wounds
On the label, Vaseline states it can help heal cuts and scrapes, but new research from the University of Leeds has found that the skin creates its own “natural plaster” to help heal yourself. These oil-based substances actually disrupt these processes and can, therefore, increase the risk of infection. Looks like natural really is best!

UK startup raises £2.2 million to create immediate video consultations
A start-up is using tech to make therapy available to a wider pool of people. Healios uses video calls and online services to bring more patients and trained mental health therapists together, at times that suit them. Now, with over £2m of funding behind them, they’re committed to making this the future of therapy.

Endurance swimmer aims to tackle plastic waste
Endurance swimmer Lewis Puch is really putting his talent to the test with his latest challenge – swimming the length of the English Channel (560km). It’s not just for fun – Puch is supporting the worldwide Action for Oceans campaign which calls on the government to fully protect at least 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030.

Four cups of coffee can improve your heart health
Heinrich-Heine-University and the IUF-Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Germany has found that coffee can improve the health of your cells which line your arteries and veins, and strengthen their ability to recover from damage. Time for the office to up their coffee intake!

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