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New insecticide method ‘100% effective’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The researchers say the new coating kills some of the most insecticide-resistant mosquitoes A new method of applying insecticide to netting has proved 100% effective against some strains of mosquito, an international study … Continue reading

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NHS staff offered Zumba to stay healthy

Image copyright Thinkstock NHS staff will be offered exercise classes in a bid to keep them fit and in work, NHS England’s chief executive has announced. Simon Stevens outlined his £5m solution for cutting the NHS bill for staff sickness, … Continue reading

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Children paralysed in polio outbreak

Image copyright SPL Two children have been paralysed in the first polio outbreak in Europe for five years, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Both cases were in Ukraine where only half the children are fully immunised. It is … Continue reading

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New Ebola death in Sierra Leone

Image caption Sierra Leone was reporting more than 500 new cases a week at the height of the outbreak A woman who recently died in northern Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola. It comes as a setback to the … Continue reading

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Wasp venom ‘a weapon against cancer’

The venom of a wasp native to Brazil could be used as a weapon to fight cancer, scientists believe. A toxin in the sting kills cancer cells without harming normal cells, lab studies suggest. The University of Brazil team say … Continue reading

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Learning difficulties ‘over-medicated’

People with learning difficulties in the UK are being inappropriately over-medicated, patient records suggest. A study in the BMJ looked at GP data spanning over a decade and found that more than a quarter of 33,000 adults with learning difficulties … Continue reading

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Poor sleep may make you prone to colds

People who sleep six hours a night or less are more likely to catch a cold when exposed to the virus, a novel human experiment has found. For one week, 164 healthy volunteers were asked to wear a wrist sensor … Continue reading

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NHS funds spent on ‘patient treats’

Image caption Massage was one of the uses for the personal budget… Thousands of pounds from NHS “personal health budgets” are spent on “treats” such as holidays and clothes, a Freedom of Information request has found. Pulse magazine said money … Continue reading

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Meningitis B jabs start for UK babies

A new programme to vaccinate all newborn babies against meningitis B has started in the UK – the first scheme of its kind in the world. The Men B vaccine will be given to babies at two, four and 12 … Continue reading

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The great e-cigarette war

E-cigarettes are far less harmful than tobacco and could be prescribed to help smokers quit, a report in England found. But the Welsh government wants to ban their use in public places. Why are approaches in the neighbouring countries so … Continue reading

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