NHS local doctors running out of flu vaccine
And the Dept. of Health has got its eyes closed and fingers in ite ears
In one of the worst flu outbreaks in recent years, surgeries in Oxfordshire, Kent, Derbyshire, Hertfordshire and Gloucestershire have all reported vaccine shortages.
Dr Peter Holden, a GP in Matlock, said: “In Derbyshire – with just over one million people in total – we have 1,300 doses left. “I suspect this is not a different story from elsewhere in the country. I have been talking to colleagues this afternoon and I think the bottom line is this: there’s enough vaccine for pregnant women who need it, and that’s it.”
Another doctor said yesterday that her surgery in Dulwich, south London, had run out of doses as those who were eligible for the jab on the NHS finally came forward because of fears that the virus was spreading. Dr Rosemary Leonard said her waiting list was “growing by the hour” and she called on supermarkets and pharmacies to hand over their stocks to the health service so that at-risk groups could benefit.
Margaret Hickmott-Stapely, the manager of The Westerham Practice in Westerham, Kent, said doctors were having to ration doses to the most vulnerable as supplies were running low. She said: “We are having to prioritise who gets it as we have only got a very small supply remaining. I’ve tried three manufacturers and I’ve not been able to get any.”
In some areas hit by the shortages, GP practices with surplus stocks have had to donate their supplies to those without until new batches arrive from wholesalers or elsewhere.
Vaccine manufacturers warned last night that they had run out and could make no more. All the flu vaccine has already been sent out and any GP surgeries that were short would have to call pharmacies, wholesalers and other practices to obtain more, a spokesman for the UK Vaccines Industry Group said.
Last summer, there were 14.7 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine ordered, including private orders, but all of it has now been delivered.
The Department of Health admitted last night that some parts of the country were experiencing shortages and said it had asked manufacturers how many doses of vaccine they had stockpiled in Europe that could be used in Britain if necessary. Manufacturers cannot make more vaccine to order in time for this winter because it takes six months to produce. In any event, all of the manufacturing plants are currently working to fill orders for the coming winter in the southern hemisphere.
A spokesman for Sanofi Pasteur MSD, one of the manufacturers, said the company had only “a few thousand” of one particular type of vaccine left, called Intanza, which was only licensed for patients aged 60 or over. He said stocks of other types had run out. “We are aware of some reports of supply issues in some areas,” a Department of Health spokesman said. “We are working with the NHS at the local level to ensure available supplies of surplus vaccine are moved to where there is a need for them.”
Dr Leonard, a prominent television medical expert, said the situation was getting worse as a surge in the number of cases prompted more of those in the at-risk groups to come forward for the jab.
The latest figures on the scale of the outbreak will not be released until later today but, by the end of last week, 39 people had died – mainly of the swine flu strain – and more than 700 were in critical care. Before Christmas, cases rose faster than before the last epidemic in 1999-2000, which killed up to 25,000 mainly older people.
Children under five are the worst affected. It is feared children going back to school this week and workers returning from the Christmas break will exacerbate the spread of the virus.
Dr Leonard said: “There is a problem now with the vaccine supply, in that GPs ordering their vaccines earlier in the year order enough generally for our at-risk groups. But at the beginning of December there was loads and loads of vaccine — now unfortunately there has been a rush. I spent the whole of yesterday afternoon trying to get more vaccine for our surgery. We have a list of 40 people waiting, and growing by the hour, of people who are in the at-risk groups.”
GPs should have ordered enough vaccine last summer for the people on their practice lists who are eligible for the jab on the NHS. These are people aged over 65, health care workers, carers, people aged under 65 with long-term illnesses such as heart disease or asthma and pregnant women.
Pharmacists and supermarkets are also offering the vaccines on a private basis to adults, while many companies order vaccines for their employees.
Dr Leonard added: “GPs are now in the situation where we have patients who ought to be getting it and we can’t get hold of supplies. So I would urge people: if they are worried well, not to have the vaccine, and please, the supermarkets, give it to the NHS chain.”
Dr Holden said the late decision to add pregnant women to this winter’s priority list — made in September — had not helped matters. “We would need an extra 100 vaccines out of the 1,800 we had ordered to cover them,” he said. His surgery had run out of vaccine and a ring-round of five manufacturers had last night failed to yield results.
The Department of Health insisted last night that there was no evidence of widespread shortages.
Bureaucracy triumphant in a new height of British insanity
Asylum seeker who keeps trying to return to Morocco sues Britain for STOPPING him
A failed asylum seeker is suing the UK Border Agency for locking him up for five years – even though all he wanted to do was go home to Morocco. In an extraordinary case that exposes the immigration system to ridicule, Rashid Ali is seeking a six-figure compensation payout after being detained following his six attempts to stow away on ships leaving Britain.
Although UKBA has spent five years trying to deport him, officers did not want him to be freed from detention in case he escaped Britain illegally. [Why?]
Now the 32-year-old has gone to the High Court for compensation after being freed on bail from the detention centre – where his stay was costing taxpayers £100 a night. The Moroccan has been given a room in a shared house in Ilford, East London, and food vouchers worth £140 a month pending a court hearing to determine whether he should receive damages. His prolonged detention has already cost taxpayers more than £360,000.
Ali said: ‘I am not a murderer. I am not a rapist or a paedophile; I am a simple man who only wanted to go home. They should not have locked me up. It has cost British taxpayers all this money to keep me locked up because I didn’t want to stay in this country. ‘They want to deport me but I should have just been free to make my own way. I know other people have got £100,000 from the Government for three years’ detention. ‘I should get hundreds of thousands of pounds of compensation for being locked up for this long.’
Dreaming of a better life, Ali came to Britain in 2000 at the age of 21 by hiding on a cargo ship from France. However, he became an alcoholic after working at a bar in Bristol and, when his claim for asylum was turned down, decided to try to find a passage home to Morocco. The first ship kicked him off at Milford Haven in South Wales in November 2004. Several stowaway attempts followed and the furthest Ali got was Ireland.
On his fifth attempt in June 2005 he was found aboard a Russian ship and sent back to Avonmouth, where he stole some food and a coat to keep warm.
He was jailed for nine months by a North Somerset magistrate who ordered he be deported after serving the sentence. On his release, he was sent to a detention centre for three years, despite constant pleas to go home.
In October 2008 he was offered a flat in Newcastle amid fears that he could seriously injure or kill himself hiding on vessels. But two days later he was found hiding on another boat leaving Bristol. He was charged with stealing a mobile phone and jacket and damaging a door, which he admitted.
When he appeared at Bristol Crown Court in December, a judge called for an inquiry into the fiasco. Judge Michael Hubbard, QC, said: ‘The sooner he gets back to Morocco, the better for everybody. ‘It beggars belief that during that time in detention it wasn’t sorted out for him to return home.’
He was held at Colnbrook Removal Centre, near Heathrow, until four months ago when, despite objections, he was freed at an asylum and immigration tribunal.
The UK Border Agency says it has been unable to deport him as he has refused to provide a passport or any identity papers. However, Ali says he has never had any papers.
Yesterday Migrationwatch UK chairman Sir Andrew Green said: ‘Words fail me. Alice in Wonderland describes this case. ‘Surely … the best thing would be to turn a blind eye and just let him go home under his own steam.’
Jonathan Sedgwick, deputy chief executive of UKBA, said: ‘We will rigorously defend this challenge. ‘Mr Ali’s continued presence in the UK is a frustrating situation, caused by his own failure to provide appropriate evidence, which would allow him to be returned. ‘We believe that those who break the law have no right to be here, and we are doing everything we can to remove them from the UK.’
A TaxPayers’ Alliance spokesman described the case as ‘farcical’.
Top British detective blasts ‘culture of silence’ that allows Asian sex gangs to groom white girls… because police and social services fear being branded racist
Police and social services have been accused of fuelling a culture of silence which has allowed hundreds of young white girls to be exploited by Asian men for sex.
Agencies have identified a long-term pattern of offending by gangs of men, predominantly from the British Pakistani community, who have befriended and abused hundreds of vulnerable girls aged 11 to 16.
Experts claim the statistics represent a mere fraction of a ‘tidal wave’ of offending in counties across the Midlands and the north of England which has been going on for more than a decade.
A senior officer at West Mercia police has called for an end to the ‘damaging taboo’ connecting on-street grooming with race. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Edwards said: ‘These girls are being passed around and used as meat. ‘To stop this type of crime you need to start everyone talking about it but everyone’s been too scared to address the ethnicity factor.
‘No one wants to stand up and say that Pakistani guys in some parts of the country are recruiting young white girls and passing them around their relatives for sex, but we need to stop being worried about the racial complication.’
In a briefing paper, researchers at University College London’s Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science concurred that victims were typically white girls while ‘most central offenders are Pakistani’. The offenders were not viewed as paedophiles but had picked the girls ‘because of their malleability’.
The report concluded that ‘race is a delicate issue’ that should be ‘handled sensitively but not brushed under the carpet’.
The grooming usually begins with older groups of men befriending girls aged from 11 to 16 they meet on the street. In a typical scenario, the victim is initially treated as a girlfriend and showered with presents and attention. But the relationship quickly becomes more sinister as the abuser plies the child with drink and drugs before effectively pimping her out to friends and associates. The worst cases involve young girls being moved around the country to be repeatedly abused.
Charities and agencies working in conjunction with the police to help victims of sexual abuse in such cases have publicly denied there is a link between ethnicity and the on-street grooming of young girls by gangs and pimps.
But researchers identified 17 court prosecutions since 1997, 14 of them in the past three years, involving the on-street grooming of girls aged 11 to 16 by groups of men. The victims came from 13 towns and cities and in each case two or more men were convicted of offences. In total, 56 people, with an average age of 28, were found guilty of crimes including rape, child abduction, indecent assault and sex with a child.
Three of the 56 were white, 53 were Asian. Of those, 50 were Muslim and a majority were members of the British Pakistani community.
Those convicted allegedly represent only a small proportion of what one detective called a ‘tidal wave’ of offending in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and the Midlands.
The claims come after five Asian men were jailed in November for a total of 32 years for a string of sexual offences against girls aged between 12 and 16 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The presiding judge Peter Kelson QC, told the men they were ‘sexual predators’, adding: ‘You had what you regarded as your fun. Now you will take your punishment. ‘All five of you were convicted of sexual activity with a child. The clue is in the title: a child.’
Weeks earlier, nine Asian men were jailed for the ‘sustained sexual abuse’ of a privately-educated schoolgirl who was forced into sex slavery aged 14 after being picked up by a gang in Rochdale, greater Manchester.
Mohammed Shafiq, director of the Lancashire-based Ramadhan Foundation, a charity working for peaceful harmony between different communities, said last year: ‘I think the police are overcautious because they are afraid of being branded racist. ‘These men are criminals and should be treated as criminals — whatever their race.’
Former Labour MP Ann Cryer provoked a fierce in 2003 when she said the traditional culture of arranged marriages could have caused a criminal minority of Asian men to target vulnerable young white girls for sex.
The cases of on-street grooming in the UK have borne comparison with incidents in the Netherlands involving young white girl being groomed for prostitution by Moroccan pimps, known as ‘loverboys’.
A tri-nation study in Utrecht in 2005 and 2006 involving Barnardo’s saw a Dutch women’s group attack the ‘double moral standards’ of offenders who ‘guard the chastity of their sisters, but… use other girls for their loverboy practices’.
A project in Blackburn has been established to confront the issue while a report by the Derby safeguarding children board in the wake of the arrests last year said there should be greater consideration of ‘whether the ethnic background and culture of the perpetrators had any bearing on their decision to take part in this activity’.
Must not question the British police
You will be censored if you do
Officers investigating the murder of Jo Yeates reacted against a media backlash today by banning ITV News from a press conference. The move came after reporter Geraint Vincent suggested detectives were not carrying out routine inquiries properly during last night’s News at Ten.
Meanwhile, the police officer in charge of the investigation took an apparent side swipe at a national newspaper by rubbishing the significance of CCTV pictures published today. The images in The Daily Mirror show an unidentified woman walking close to Miss Yeates’s home on the evening she vanished. Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones said: ‘I’m aware of the CCTV footage that has been recovered from the Hophouse pub. ‘It is very poor quality footage and there is better CCTV footage from the Tesco Express.’
He confirmed that officers had examined the film at an earlier stage in the investigation and added: ‘This is a complex investigation and we are meticulously investigating.’
DCI Jones – who is described as a highly experienced officer -has come under increasing pressure to make a breakthrough in the ‘complex’ investigation. Criticism has mounted in the last few days and came to a head in ITV’s report last night.
Bristol and Avon police today hit back by complaining to Ofcom for what it called ‘unfair, naïve and irresponsible reporting’ during the piece to camera. In a statement, it added: ‘As we are still awaiting a response to our complaint it would be inappropriate for us to comment any further at this time.
‘A live murder investigation has been underway now for just 12 days and the media have played an important role in helping us to appeal for witnesses. ‘While we appreciate the support we have received so far from most of the media we must step in if we feel coverage will hamper the investigation. Our primary aim will always be to secure justice for Joanna.’
David Mannion, the editor-in-chief of ITV News responded by saying: ‘We stand by our story and we also stand by the procedure which the police have now taken [to complain to Ofcom]. If Ofcom decides to uphold that complaint we will respect that.
‘There’s an issue in the interim period if we have a situation where there’s numbers of the press summarily banned from press conferences – and that’s what happened this morning before the complaint was made. ‘We made numerous attempts to contact Avon and Somerset police – between eight and 10 – before the programme went out and didn’t get a single response.’
During the contentious report, a former murder squad detective suggested that ‘certain routine inquiries’ such as a new painstaking search of the scene where the body was found had not been carried out.
The detective leading the investigation felt compelled to respond to criticism in one national newspaper that police failed to publicise CCTV footage of Miss Yeates apparently being followed on the evening she was last seen alive.
Days after her body was found, Miss Yeates’ father David claimed his family were being kept in the dark by police investigating the killing. He said: ‘We’re sure police know more about what happened than they are telling us, but at the moment we are not questioning them because we feel they are doing their best.’
Britain’s metastasizing employment tribunals
The number of tribunals has trebled in just five years following their ruthless exploitation by greedy workers and lawyers, business chiefs said yesterday. The increase in claims means three out of five cases end with the employer paying off the worker to save the cost and embarrassment of a full-blown tribunal case.
One manager at a leading charity said the tribunal system has become ‘legalised extortion’.
The complaints of abuse, backed by two of the biggest employer organisations in the country, come against a background of record numbers of tribunal claims. Last year there were 236,000 claims, up 50 per cent in a year – and nearly three times the number just five years ago.
The British Chambers of Commerce released a report which said it typically costs a firm £8,500 to defend a case at a tribunal, but only £5,400 to settle it by paying off the worker who complained.
The BCC and the Confederation of British Industry have called for radical reforms to tribunal laws. They want to see anyone who brings a claim of wrongful dismissal or discrimination to be made to pay a fee, to discourage spurious cases. They also called for the great majority of cases to be settled by negotiation rather than by a tribunal with expensive lawyers.
Helen Giles, human resources director of the homeless charity Broadway, told BBC Radio Four’s Today programme: ‘What was set up in the 1960s to protect us from bad employers has become legalised extortion. ‘It’s easy and costs nothing for an employee to cook up a claim.’
Academy (Charter) status for one-in-10 British secondary schools
One-in-10 secondary schools has been converted into an independent academy in the most radical shake-up of state education for decades, it is revealed today.
Under the Coalition Government, the number of schools given new powers to break free of local council control has more than doubled to 407, figures show.
Many of the schools granted academy status are poor-performing comprehensives placed in the hands of third-party sponsors – private companies, fee-paying schools, universities and charities – in an attempt to drive up standards. Firms such as JCB, BT and the Co-operative Group and independent schools such as Sevenoaks in Kent are among organisations now helping to run academies.
Last night, the National Union of Teachers warned that the Government was creating an “unaccountable” system of state education in England. But Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, said schools benefited from greater independence, insisting figures showed exam results among academies increased faster than the national average. “The Coalition believes that head teachers and teachers – not politicians and bureaucrats – know best how to run schools,” he said.
Academy status gives individual head teachers almost complete freedom over budgets, the curriculum, hiring staff, term times and the length of school day. Some 203 state secondaries were converted into academies under Labour as part of one of the former Government’s most contentious education reforms.
The proposals are strongly backed by both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats who both pledged to expand the number of academies. In one of the first pieces of legislation passed by the new Coalition, all state school can now apply for academy status. Outstanding schools can be fast-tracked into academies, while local councils are being told to draw up hit-lists of poor performing schools that can be converted under the leadership of a sponsor.
New laws also give primary and special schools the power to become academies for the first time.
According to figures released by the Department for Education, some 204 schools have converted into academies since September. Of those schools now named as academies, 36 are primaries and 371 are secondaries. Academies now account for more than one-in-10 of the 3,127 secondary schools in England. In total, 46 of the new academies have been opened under the leadership of a third-party sponsor, often replacing a struggling comprehensive.
Kunskapsskolan, the profit-making Swedish education firm, has stepped in to run two schools in south-west London, it was disclosed, and JCB is sponsoring a school near its Staffordshire head office. BT is co-running a school in Manchester and construction firms Bovis Lend Lease and Laing O’Rourke are also co-sponsoring an academy in the city.
Some private schools, including Sevenoaks, are also involved in the scheme, helping to appoint senior staff and sharing facilities with the new schools.
The Coalition wants academy status to become the “norm”, eventually paving the way for all 21,000 state schools to break free of council control.
But Christine Blower, NUT general secretary, said academies remained among the minority. “It is quite clear that schools are thinking twice about taking up academy status,” she said. “What we need to see for the benefit of all our children’s future is a democratically accountable education system operating within the local authority not some patchwork unaccountable provision”.
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT union, said: “This is no cause for celebration. The clear motivation for academy status is that most schools are being duped into believing that they will get extra money at a time when schools and education are facing savage cuts.”
Ecofascist projects her own Fascism onto others
I thought the absolute rock bottom had been reached by the San Fransisco Chronicle’s article that global warming caused the Haiti earthquake, but only one day later, The Guardian newspaper manages to sink to new depths . . .
The Guardian newspaper has a column which argues that emitting Co2 is genocide, and equates capitalist democracy with Nazism (it probably makes some kind of sense in bizzaro-world).
The author of the column, Ms Polly Higgins, is a lawyer and activist who campaigns for laws against what she terms ‘ecocide’ – the destruction or degradation of the environment, which she places on a moral par with genocide. Her website, Trees Have Rights, lists some examples of Ecocide:
the threatened existence of the low lying Maldives due to rising sea levels;
* the shrinking of the Greenland ice sheet;
* the melting of the Himalayan Glaciers;
* the pacific gyre, the ‘island of garbage twice the size of Texas’, slowly spinning in the ocean.
Although a lawyer, Ms Higgins seems to have a problem grasping the difference between an innocent person being executed by a tyrannical regime, and someone being found guiltt of criminal damage by their peers in an open court. Discussing the recent guilty verdict a jury pronounced on several activists who broke into a coal-fired power station with the intention of shutting it down, she writes:
“Sophie Scholl, a Munich University student, was executed for revealing the truth about the activities of the Nazi authorities; today 20 brave Ratcliffe whistleblowers have been sentenced at Nottingham crown court for plotting to draw attention to the truth of the activities of another German entity. This time, replace the tyranny of the Nazis with the tyranny of the energy giant E.ON.”
Was Ms Higgins off law college sick on the day they lectured on the idea of proportionality and justice? She doesn’t say. What she does say is that democracy and capitalism are allowing ‘Ecocide’ to take place: “climate campaigners do not have the support of the judiciary in preventing the corporate ecocide that is daily occurring under our very noses. Ecocide is permitted (as genocide was in Nazi Germany) by the government and, by dint of the global reach of modern-day transnational business, every government in the world.”
This, according to the Guardian newspaper article, has resulted in the tyranny of democratic capitalism: “Sixty years ago the tyranny was Nazism. Today it is pursuit of profit without moral compass or responsibility.”
Say what? Democratic capitalism is a tyranny? Ms Higgins clearly and repeatedly compares capitalist democracy with Nazi Germany. I don’t know about you, but I find this kind of instrumentality deeply repugnant.
At the end of it all, this article is a perfect example of what belief in global warming has done. It has allowed extremists like Ms Higgins to broadcast their fanatical views in what is supposedly a liberal publication. Having tried to label global warming sceptics as ‘deniers’ so as to equate them with holocaust deniers, they now trivialize the wholesale and deliberate, planned slaughter of people in Nazi Germany by equating it with the production of electricity which powers our schools, hospitals and homes.
This is the kind of thinking behind global warming.
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Study that linked autism with MMR vaccine was fraud: British Medical Journal
A 1998 STUDY that unleashed a major health scare by linking childhood autism to a triple vaccine was “an elaborate fraud”, the British Medical Journal has charged.
Blamed for a disastrous boycott of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in Britain, the study was retracted by The Lancet last year and its senior author disgraced, after the country’s longest-running hearing, for conflict of interest and unethical treatment of patients.
But the BMJ, taking the affair further, has today branded the paper a crafted attempt to deceive, among the gravest of charges in medical research. “The paper was in fact an elaborate fraud,” the BMJ said in an editorial, adding: “There are hard lessons for many in this highly damaging saga.”
It pointed the finger at lead author Andrew Wakefield, then a consultant in experimental gastroenterology at London’s Royal Free Hospital. Wakefield and his team suggested they had found a “new syndrome” of autism and bowel disease among 12 children. They linked it to the MMR vaccine, which they said had been administered to eight of the youngsters shortly before the symptoms emerged.
Other scientists swiftly cautioned the study was only among a tiny group, without a comparative “control” sample, and the dating of when symptoms surfaced was based on parental recall, which is notoriously unreliable. Its results have never been replicated.
But the controversy unleashed a widespread parental boycott of the jab in Britain, and unease reverberated also in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Hundreds of thousands of children in Britain are now unshielded against these three diseases, said the BMJ. In 2008, measles was declared endemic, or present in the wider population much like chicken pox, in England and Wales.
Wakefield was barred from medical practice last year on the ground of conflict of financial interest and unethical treatment of some children involved in the research.
The BMJ, delving into the accuracy of the study as opposed to its ethics, said Sunday Times investigative journalist Brian Deer had “unearthed clear evidence of falsification”. Not one of the 12 cases, as reported in the study, tallied fully with the children’s official medical records, it charged.
Some diagnoses had been misrepresented and dates faked in order to draw a convenient link with the MMR jab, it said.
Of nine children described by Wakefield as having “regressive autism,” only one clearly had this condition and three were not even diagnosed with autism at all, it said.
The findings had been skewed in advance, as the patients had been recruited via campaigners opposed to the MMR vaccine, the journal added. And, said the BMJ, Wakefield had been confidentially paid hundreds of thousands of pounds through a law firm under plans to launch “class action” litigation against the vaccine.
Deer, in a separate piece published by the BMJ, compared the scandal with the “Piltdown Man” hoax of 1953, when a supposed fossil of a creature half-man, half-ape turned out to be a fake.
The Wakefield study “was a fraud, moreover, of more than academic vanity. It unleashed fear, parental guilt, costly government intervention and outbreaks of infectious disease,” he said.
Wakefield, who still retains a vocal band of supporters, has reportedly left Britain to work in the US. Wakefield and his publishing agent did not respond to calls and emails from AFP requesting comment.
Wakefield has previously accused Britain’s General Medical Council of seeking to “discredit and silence” him and shield the British government from responsibility in what he calls a “scandal”.
The Lancet told AFP it would not comment on the BMJ accusations.
Autism is the term for an array of conditions ranging from poor social interaction to repetitive behaviours and entrenched silence. The condition is rare, predominantly affecting boys, although its causes are fiercely debated.
Wakefield should be burnt at the stake. He killed a lot of kids by frightening parents into avoiding vaccinations
The wonders of green tea again
This is just speculation. No form of disease was actually studied
Green tea could protect the brain against Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, say scientists. The drink, which originated in ancient China, may also play a vital role in guarding against cancer, their study suggests.
Scientists at Newcastle University set out to discover whether the protective properties of the tea – previously shown to be present in the freshly brewed form – are still active once it has been digested.
Dr Ed Okello, from the university, said: ‘What was really exciting was that we found when green tea is digested, the resulting chemicals are actually more effective against key triggers of Alzheimer’s. The digested compounds also had anti-cancer properties, significantly slowing down the growth of tumour cells which we were using in our experiments.’
Two compounds are known to play a significant role in the development of Alzheimer’s – hydrogen peroxide and a protein known as beta-amyloid. Previous studies have shown that polyphenols, present in black and green tea, bind with the toxic compounds and protect brain cells.
When ingested, the polyphenols are broken down to produce a mix of compounds and it was these the team tested in their research, published in the academic journal Phytomedicine.
Dr Okello added: ‘Green tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and what we have here provides the scientific evidence why it may be effective against some of the key diseases we face today. ‘There are obviously many factors which together have an influence on diseases such as cancer and dementia – a good diet, plenty of exercise and a healthy lifestyle are all important. ‘But I think it’s fair to say that at least one cup of green tea a day may be good for you and I would certainly recommend it.’
Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the charity Alzheimer’s Research Trust, said: ‘Diet and lifestyle almost certainly play a part in every person’s Alzheimer’s risk.’