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Junk food adverts could be banned before 9pm in fight against childhood obesity

Junk food advertisements could be banned before 9pm in an effort to stamp out the ‘epidemic’ of childhood obesity. Currently, record levels of children.

Research has shown that watching more than six junk food adverts a week can lead to children eating an extra 18,000 calories a year.Adverts for junk food could be banned from TV and the internet in an effort to tackle childhood obesity (Picture: PA)Cancer Research UK estimates the additional calories are the equivalent of around 70 Mars bars or 60 cheeseburgers – and could amount to a 5lb (2.3kg) weight gain each year.Plans for the new watershed have been put out for public consultation in a bid to combat the growing crisis, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said.Boy who lost his legs after being tortured by parents takes first stepsTV chef Jamie Oliver said: ‘If we don’t find effective ways to improve our kids’ health, UK children will live shorter lives than their parents.‘It’s a fact that kids are hugely influenced by junk food ads – so the media and the food industry has a real opportunity here to do something about it.’Adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt will be consulted on, with the proposed pre-9pm ban affecting TV programmes, online streaming sites and social media companies, the DHSC said.
Jamie Oliver has welcomed the move (Picture: ITV/REX)Junk food adverts during children’s TV shows have been banned since 2007 but research by Ofcom claimed that 64% of the time children spend watching TV they are watching shows not aimed at them.Public Health Minister Steve Brine said: ‘The NHS is already preparing to treat more and more children for the serious effects of extreme obesity in the future, so we have a duty to address the underlying causes.’Lover tried to poison diabetic fiancé using ‘remote controlled insulin pump’Up to 1,000 more children per year are expected to require treatment for severe obesity-related problems like diabetes and asthma by 2022-23, the DHSC said.Campaigners, doctors and politicians welcomed the announcement.Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, who said: ‘This is now the first generation of children that will live shorter lives than their parents.’Top spending crisp, confectionery and sugary drinks companies in the UK spend £143 million a year on advertising compared to just £5 million spent annually by the Government on its healthy eating campaigns, research by the Obesity Health Alliance found.

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Artificial intelligence diagnoses flu, gastro more accurately than junior doctors

In the near future your first contact at a hospital might be with a computer that decides whether you have glandular fever or just the flu.
Now it appears doctors may also be in line, with scientists reporting they have built a system that automatically diagnoses common childhood conditions as accurately as a trained physician.
Nature Medicine, a group of researchers in the United States and China reported they had trained an AI on medical records from 1.3 million patient visits at a major medical centre in Guangzhou, China.
When tested on previously unseen cases, the AI could diagnose glandular fever, roseola, influenza, chicken pox, and hand-foot-mouth disease with between 90 and 97 per cent accuracy. When tested against 20 doctors, the AI system made more accurate diagnoses than junior medics.
It was more than 90 percent accurate at diagnosing asthma; the accuracy of physicians in the study ranged from 80 to 94 percent.In diagnosing gastrointestinal disease, the system was 87 percent accurate, compared with the physicians’ accuracy of 82 to 90 percent.
Could a robot do your job? Search our database to find out how your job is affected.Dr Kang Zhang, chief of ophthalmic genetics at the University of California and the lead author of the report, said the AI could help sort hospital patients according to their severity, as well as improve the diagnosis of complex, rare conditions.
“Our study provides a proof of concept for implementing an AI-based system as a means to aid physicians in tackling large amounts of data, augmenting diagnostic evaluations, and to provide clinical decision support in cases of diagnostic uncertainty or complexity,” Dr Zhang said. “When you’re busy you can see 80 patients a day.
And you can only grasp so much information. That’s where we potentially as human physicians might make mistakes.
AI doesn’t have to sleep, it has a large memory and doesn’t lose energy.This doesn’t mean computers will replace doctorsThis week, the same day as the Nature MedicineMany organisations are developing and testing systems that analyse electronic health records to detect medical conditions such as diabetes and heart failure.
In July last year, an AI system beat a team of 15 doctors in a competition that looked at the ability to diagnose brain tumours. The NHS report proposes that smart speakers – like Alexa and Siri – could soon be used with a “mental health triage bot” that engages in conversation while analysing text and voice for suicidal ideas and emotion.
Technology such as this could help save millions of hours of GP’s time, it says.”Our review of the evidence leads us to suggest that these technologies will not replace healthcare professionals, but will enhance them .
giving them more time to care for patients,” the authors of the report conclude

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