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Poor toilet hygiene behind E. coli superbug spread

Image copyright Getty Images People not washing their hands after going to the toilet, rather than undercooked meat, is behind the spread of a key strain of E. coli. Experts looked at thousands of blood, faecal and food samples. They found human-to-human transmission was responsible – “faecal particles from one person reaching the mouth of […]

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Heavy social media use linked to poor sleep

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Some teenagers may be struggling to disengage from social media for fear of missing out Teenagers using social media for more than three hours a day are more likely to go to bed after 23:00 and wake during the night, UK research suggests. This affects one in three teens – […]

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Blood pressure pills ‘work better at bedtime’

Image copyright Getty Images To get the best out of your daily blood pressure medication, take it just before you go to bed, say researchers. It’s a simple tip that could save lives, they say in the European Heart Journal. The pills offer more protection against heart attacks and strokes when taken at bedtime rather […]

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Babies born at 22 weeks ‘can now survive’

Image copyright Getty Images Improving survival rates for extremely premature babies mean it is now possible to save the lives of babies born at 22 weeks, guidance says. Previously it was recommended that only babies born at 23 weeks or later were given treatment to save their lives. But there is now evidence those born […]

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First drug that can slow Alzheimer’s dementia

Image copyright Getty Images A US drug company says it has created the first therapy that could slow Alzheimer’s disease, and it is now ready to bring it to market. Currently, there are no drugs that can do this – existing ones only help with symptoms. Biogen says it will soon seek regulatory approval in […]

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Eating disorders: Over-65s unable to access some clinics

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“At my age, who gets an eating disorder? It’s a teenage disease.” Over-65s with eating disorders are being prevented from accessing some specialist clinics despite NHS England saying they are open to all ages, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has found. For some, such support is seen […]

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Are we ready for men to take the pill?

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have been working on the male contraceptive pill for almost half a century. Yet despite encouraging news reports, an over-the-counter version is not just around the corner. Lack of funding and presumed disinterest from men means that one has never been mass produced. Instead, women are still generally expected to […]

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‘George Michael’ comment NHS doctor struck off

Image copyright PAImage caption Dr Serban Gheorghiu repeatedly made sexual comments to colleagues and patients An NHS bowel surgeon who told patients to “assume the George Michael position” when he carried out examinations has been struck off. Dr Serban Gheorghiu, who worked at Scarborough Hospital, also repeatedly asked colleagues about their sex lives. He was […]