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Bird flu outbreak hits Abbotsbury swannery in Dorset

Bird flu outbreak hits Abbotsbury swannery in Dorset

An outbreak of avian influenza has been detected at the historic Abbotsbury swannery in Dorset, where 80 birds have died. The H5N8 strain of bird flu has been confirmed in nine mute swans but testing stops once the presence of the disease has been establ

9 January 2017 in Health
 
How has stigma around mental health affected you?

How has stigma around mental health affected you?

Theresa May has spoken about the government’s plans to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness, with a focus on social efforts in workplaces and schools rather than extra money for services. We will reduce stigma around mental illness, says Theresa May

9 January 2017 in Health
 
Decline of the dentist's drill? Drug helps rotten teeth regenerate, trial shows

Decline of the dentist's drill? Drug helps rotten teeth regenerate, trial shows

Dentists have devised a treatment to regenerate rotten teeth that could substantially reduce the need for fillings in the future. The therapy works by enhancing the natural ability of teeth to repair themselves through the activation of stem cells in the

9 January 2017 in Health
 
'We had nothing to give him': the human cost of malnutrition in Maharashtra

'We had nothing to give him': the human cost of malnutrition in Maharashtra

The most valuable thing in Devganga Sawra’s hut is a memory card wrapped in lined notepaper and hidden in an earthen pot by the family shrine. The card, barely the size of his fingernail, has the only four images of his youngest son, Vishwarnam. “You hav

9 January 2017 in Health
 
We will reduce stigma around mental illness, says Theresa May

We will reduce stigma around mental illness, says Theresa May

The government is to announce measures aimed at reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness, the prime minister has said, claiming social efforts were more important than providing extra money for services. Theresa May said the importance of support n

9 January 2017 in Health
 
Ambulance workers say new cost-cutting measure risks lives

Ambulance workers say new cost-cutting measure risks lives

Paramedics have accused their own NHS ambulance service of endangering lives in a bid to save money by cutting a system under which they abandon meal breaks to respond to patients with life-threatening conditions. Crews at the South East Coast ambulance

8 January 2017 in Health
 
'The worst conditions in memory': NHS doctors describe their week in A&E

'The worst conditions in memory': NHS doctors describe their week in A&E

The Guardian asked a number of doctors working in A&E departments across the country to explain how their departments have coped over the past seven days, said to have been the worst week ever for NHS emergency departments. These are some of their...

8 January 2017 in Health
 
How colour-changing cats might warn future humans of radioactive waste

How colour-changing cats might warn future humans of radioactive waste

Plans for a new fleet of UK nuclear power plants are under way. Last month, for example, Hitachi and the Japanese government confirmed a plan to construct 5.4 gigawatts of generating capacity at UK sites. But what about the waste? And what happens when,

8 January 2017 in Health
 
Buddha branding is everywhere – but what do Buddhists think?

Buddha branding is everywhere – but what do Buddhists think?

New year, new tenuously legitimate diet rooted in spirituality. The Buddha diet is one of January’s horde. Ostensibly rooted in sensible, restrictive eating, it’s also one of the latest examples of consumer society co-opting asceticism to sell stuff. The

8 January 2017 in Health
 
Will new FDA rules curb antibiotic use in farm animals?

Will new FDA rules curb antibiotic use in farm animals?

New federal rules went into effect last week that ban the use of antibiotics to help livestock gain weight, a practice that leads to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that pose health threats to humans. Meat producers will also need a veterinary prescription

8 January 2017 in Health
 
Theresa May denies 'humanitarian crisis' in Britain's NHS

Theresa May denies 'humanitarian crisis' in Britain's NHS

Theresa May has rejected claims by the British Red Cross of a “humanitarian crisis” in the health system but acknowledged there were “huge pressures” on the NHS. “I don’t accept the description the Red Cross has made of this,” the prime minister said. “Y

8 January 2017 in Health
 
Bird flu found in North Yorkshire back yard

Bird flu found in North Yorkshire back yard

Bird flu has been found in a small flock in a back yard in North Yorkshire, the UK’s chief veterinary officer said, warning that people who kept chickens and ducks in their gardens needed to be vigilant. A 3km protection zone and a 10km surveillance zone

8 January 2017 in Health
 
Designer babies: an ethical horror waiting to happen?

Designer babies: an ethical horror waiting to happen?

Comfortably seated in the fertility clinic with Vivaldi playing softly in the background, you and your partner are brought coffee and a folder. Inside the folder is an embryo menu. Each embryo has a description, something like this: Embryo 78 – male • No

8 January 2017 in Health
 
Changing the way you think

Changing the way you think

Many of us may already be struggling with our New Year’s resolutions, but at least we can take comfort in modern neuroscience. Forty years ago, we’d have been less hopeful. Back then neuroscience would say that the brain was fixed after early childhood.

8 January 2017 in Health
 
Now, open wide. Then I can tell how rich you are

Now, open wide. Then I can tell how rich you are

A study published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation reports that more than 100,000 A&E visits a year are caused by tooth problems, with patients trying to avoid NHS dental charges by going to hospitals for free treatment, frequently at...

8 January 2017 in Health
 


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