Health Check

BBC World Service

Health, Fitness & Nutrition, Technology

Health Check grapples with health issues on a global scale, investigates discoveries and solutions in healthcare, and looks at how to deliver a healthier world. Presented by Claudia Hammond.


Are laws on marketing formula milk tough enough?

June 1st, 2016

Episode 93 of 118 episodes

The International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes was published by the World Health Organisation back in 1981. Now, a report from the WHO and UNICEF has found that although 135 countries have put at least some legal measures in place following the Code, only 39 countries have laws covering all the resolutions, and only six countries have dedicated budgets for monitoring and enforcing prescribed practice. Marie Rumsby, Head of Hunger and Nutrition at Save the Children, discusses the issues. Every year 15 million babies around the world are born before 37 weeks and are classed as premature. They’re very delicate and susceptible to infection, so they need to be kept in incubators, but this means they have much less skin-to-skin to contact with their mothers than most newborn babies. Something called kangaroo care can help – where a mother can hold their baby close to them for a few hours a day. But if the baby is very small or ill then even that is not always possible. Now a Chilean company called BabyBe has come up with a solution. The BBC’s Jane Chambers went to intensive care unit for premature babies in San Borja Hospital in Santiago to see how it works. This week’s medical myth: Does using moisturiser stop your skin from producing its own natural oils? We asked consultant dermatologist from Dr Tony Bewley from Barts and the London Hospitals. Boredom is boring – but could it be good for us? Psychologist Sandi Mann is a Senior Lecturer in psychology at the University of Central Lancashire says we shouldn’t write it off, so Claudia asked her how boredom might be of benefit. Photo: Baby feeding milk bottles. Credit : TEK IMAGE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY