Disease X Next Big Threat After Covid & Monkeypox, Know all the latest Health Updates

30 Jun, 2022

Only My Health brings you a quick round-up of all the latest health news that you need to know.

  • With a string of infectious diseases hitting the United Kingdom, health experts have urged the government to prepare for much dreaded ‘Disease X.’

  •  Indian researchers have developed a reusable, recyclable, washable N95 mask with 5-year shelf life using 3D printing technology.

  • Switching back and forth between calorie-restrictive and normal diets can be more harmful than never adopting a healthy diet, a new study finds.

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'Disease X' -  Next Big Threat After Covid & Monkeypox

In the United Kingdom, there is widespread concern about an unknown pathogen. The unknown pathogen has been dubbed 'Disease X,' and health experts have urged the UK government to remain vigilant in the event of a new pathogen.

Unknown pathogens with pandemic potential that may emerge in the future are referred to as Disease X.

The warning comes at a time when the country is dealing with the Monkeypox outbreak, and while poliovirus has been found in sewage samples in London, no cases of polio have been reported.

The threat of disease x looms over the entire globe. Moreover, several studies have suggested that climate change may be the cause of the next pandemic.

As the temperature rises, wild animals will be forced to migrate to more populated areas. This raises the possibility of a viral jump to humans, which could result in the next pandemic caused by disease X.

The World Health Organization has also warned that "Disease X" is currently hypothetical, but if and when it occurs, an unforeseen outbreak could lead to serious diseases all over the world.

N95 Mask With 5 Years Shelf Life Developed

Tired of constantly changing masks? This may soon be a thing of the past, as a group of researchers from Amity University in Haryana and the University of Nebraska collaborated to develop a four-layer N95 mask with a shelf life of more than five years.

The mask was created with 3D printing technology. It is reusable, recyclable, washable, odourless, hypoallergenic, and antimicrobial.

Not only that, but the filter's outer and first layers are nanoparticle-coated. This is why it is referred to as 'Nano Breathe.'

The 'Nano breathe' can help prevent severe lung diseases such as Silicosis in addition to preventing Covid-19 infection.

The mask can also be used in different industries where workers are exposed to high volumes of dust and can be modified as per the requirement by changing the filter configuration.

Yo-Yo Diets Are Bad for Your Health

'Yo-yo' dieting has become popular among many people who attempt to eat healthier in order to lose weight but fail to do so consistently.

However, according to a new study conducted by Georgetown University researchers, an unstable and changing diet can cause long-term harm and even increase the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.

Although the study is still in its early stages, researchers are concerned that people who constantly change their caloric intake may be harming themselves.

Previous research has also discovered severe consequences of changing dietary patterns. According to WebMD, it can cause inflammation and increased stress levels.

This is why weight-loss diets must be carefully planned for long-term health benefits, especially if you want to lose weight quickly.

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