Seven cups of tea a day increases prostate cancer risk
Men who drink more than seven cups of tea a day could be at a greater risk of developing prostate cancer, a study has revealed.
A team of researchers from the University of Glasgow in Scotland has found those that consume high amounts of tea are 50 percent more likely to develop the disease than men who drink three cups a day or less.
However, they have admitted they do not know if the link is just a coincidence; it might be that the heavy tea drinkers just lived to an age when prostate cancer is more common.
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They came to their conclusion after tracking the health of more than 6,000 male volunteers over a period of 37 years.
Participants were aged between 21 and 75, and provided the team with information about their consumption of tea, coffee and alcohol, as well as information about their general health and details of any smoking habits.
Almost a quarter of those involved in the study drank seven cups of tea a day or more, and of that proportion, 6.4 percent suffered from prostate cancer.
The researchers also identified their risk of developing the disease was significantly higher than those who drank less tea, and they said that for every cup of tea consumed over seven cups, the risk increases.
The study was led by Dr Kashif Shafique, from the university’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing.
Commenting on the results he said: “Most previous research has shown either no relationship with prostate cancer for black tea or some preventive effect of green tea.
“We don't know whether tea itself is a risk factor or if tea drinkers are generally healthier and live to an older age when prostate cancer is more common anyway.
“We found that heavy tea drinkers were more likely not to be overweight, be non-alcohol drinkers and have healthy cholesterol levels.
“However, we did adjust for these differences in our analysis and still found that men who drank the most tea were at greater risk of prostate cancer.”
The results of the research has been rebuffed by tea experts; members of the UK Tea Council and its Tea Advisory Panel, who have said they contradict the results of previous studies.
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LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”