Black cab drivers in London are to be trained to respond to medical emergencies and terror attacks.
Taxi hailing app mytaxi has developed a course to boost the ‘health, safety and people skills’ of its 17,500 drivers in the capital.
The Knowledge+ programme, which takes its name from the navigation exam sat by all London taxi drivers, includes life-saving techniques such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use a defibrillator.
Participants will also be taught how to deal with emergencies such as acid attacks, choking, strokes and severe bleeding.
Chris Phillips, former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, will advise on counter-terrorism and security training.
A psychologist will also provide body language tips in a bid to help drivers put passengers at ease by reading situations more easily.
As part of a weekly series, in association with LloydsPharmacy, Colin Dougall from LloydsPharmacy in Glasgow answers your common medicine queries…
Tofu is significantly associated with prostate cancer, a study reveals, however, experts stress ‘much more research is needed’.
Plant-derived compounds known as phytoestrogens, which are mainly found in soy products such as tofu and edamame beans, have previously been linked to the condition due to them being structurally similar to a hormone that increases the disease’s severity.
Lead author Dr Jianjun Zhang from Indiana University, said: ‘Our study offers novel evidence that dietary intake of isoflavones [a type of phytoestrogens] has different effects on advanced and non-advanced prostate cancer.’
Yet, other experts argue much more research is required to determine soy’s prostate cancer-effects before it can be reliably linked to the condition.
Prostate cancer affects around 11 percent of men at some point in their lives. Due to it being slow growing, treatment is not necessarily required if the patient suffers no symptoms.
High levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol are linked with a risk of heart disease, strokes and heart attacks.
But you don’t need to wait for a hospital appointment or to see your GP to check your levels as there is an array of devices that allow you to measure your cholesterol levels at home.
They work in a similar way to a finger prick test for diabetes. Martin Cowie, a professor of cardiology and an honorary consultant cardiologist at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust in London, tested a selection on himself and identified five of the best.