Daily digest August 24 2015

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Older people warned over alcohol consumption

One in five people over 65 who drink is consuming an 'unsafe' level of alcohol, say researchers.

Researchers writing in BMJ Open used anonymised GP data from 27,991 people aged over 65 living in London.

For older people, the report said, drinking more than the recommended amount carried an additional risk of confusion and falls.

To read more of this story see BBC Online

'Mental anguish' of teenage girls revealed in survey

Today's teenage girls are more likely to worry about cyber-bullying and looking good but ignorant parents still believe teenage pregnancy and smoking are their number one concerns, a survey has suggested.

Young girls said mental health, cyber-bullying and jobs were the biggest worries in their lives, and an increasing number considered self-harm and depression as the most significant health issues facing their peers, above drug or alcohol abuse.

But teenage girls felt misunderstood by adults, saying their parents worried more about drug and alcohol use than mental illness.

To read more on this story see the Daily Telegraph website

3D printers to mend damaged bones and tissue

Australian researchers are on their way to changing the future of our hospitals through 3D printing technology.

Researchers at Queensland University of Technology have been exploring ways to replicate broken bones and damaged tissue using 3D plastic fibres thinner than human hair.

Mia Woodruff, who leads the Biomaterials and Tissue Morphology Group at QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, has been researching the technology over the past few years.

To read more on this story see the Sky News website

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