Sunday, 25 June 2017

Health

06/06/2017 - 11:43

At least 15 children have died in South Sudan from a botched attempt to immunise them against measles, officials say.

They were vaccinated with the same unsterilised syringe, and the vaccine was not stored properly, according to an investigation into the deaths.

06/02/2017 - 03:16

The number of children dying worldwide of diarrhoea fell by a third between 2005 and 2015, researchers have found.

The Lancet study says better access to clean water and sanitation is key, with fewer weak and malnourished children becoming infected.

New vaccines have also had a positive impact.

06/02/2017 - 03:13

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been jailed for 15 years after carrying out unnecessary cancer operations.

Paterson, 59, was convicted over operations on nine women and one man, but there were hundreds of other victims.

06/02/2017 - 03:10

US scientists have re-engineered a vital antibiotic in a bid to wipe out one of the world's most threatening superbugs.

Their new version of vancomycin is designed to be ultra-tough and appears to be a thousand times more potent than the old drug, PNAS journal reports.

05/29/2017 - 00:35

Further evidence has emerged of the link between alcohol consumption in women and an increased risk of breast cancer.

According to a report from the World Cancer Research Fund, half a glass of wine or a small beer a day increases the risk of breast cancer.

05/29/2017 - 00:33

Most fitness trackers are good at measuring heart rate but poor at measuring calories burned, a study suggests.

As a result, people should be cautious about using them to judge what to eat, Stanford University scientists said.

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