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‘Wash salad’ advice after two die from E. coli

Shoppers are being reminded to thoroughly wash mixed salad leaves amid concern that this food could be the source of an E. coli outbreak that has killed two and infected more than 150 people in the UK. Public Health England says it is still working to establish the exact cause. Many of those struck down by the E. coli O157 bug ...

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WHO urges use of polio detection systems to screen for Zika-linked disorder

A neurological condition linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus could be targeted globally with existing national programmes for detecting polio, a paper co-authored by World Health Organization researchers has said. Guillain-Barre syndrome is a rare neurological condition, most common in adults, that can cause temporary paralysis. Some victims may need intensive care for breathing difficulties, but most people recover fully, ...

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Born in Bradford awarded new grant to continue with research

The landmark Born in Bradford project which is tracking the lives of more than 13,500 children across the city has been awarded a £3m grant to expand its research into why some stay healthy but others don’t. The award, made by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), will ensure that new studies examining ...

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First live broadcast cardiac surgical training from London to USA

  Barts Health NHS Trust is leading the training of pioneering heart care, broadcasting a complex operation to clinicians in the USA live and for the first time enabling them to put their questions direct to the medical team. On Wednesday, 29 June 2016 at 13:40pm (GMT) Elliot Smith, Consultant Cardiologist at Barts Health NHS Trust, led the 30 minute ...

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NHS first and a new hope for people with uncontrollable high blood pressure

  First time in the UK that the device, slightly larger than a two-pound coin, is implanted in patients at high risk of stroke and heart attack Attached to carotid artery in the neck, it tunes into the cardiovascular system – the body’s natural blood pressure control system – to send signals to the brain to control blood pressure ‘Truly ...

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Malaria vaccine loses effectiveness over seven-year span

An experimental vaccine against malaria known as Mosquirix – or RTS,S – weakens over time and is only about four percent effective over a seven-year span, researchers said Wednesday. The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, are based on a phase II clinical trial involving more than 400 young children in Kenya. There is currently no vaccine ...

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New game to resist fast food cravings

Researchers at Drexel University have developed a computer game and smartphone app to help people control unhealthy eating habits and ultimately lose weight. The game is designed to improve a person’s “inhibitory control,” the part of the brain that stops you from giving into unhealthy cravings — even when the smell of French fries is practically begging you to step ...

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NHS first and a new hope for people with uncontrollable high blood pressure

    First time in the UK that the device, slightly larger than a two-pound coin, is implanted in patients at high risk of stroke and heart attack Attached to carotid artery in the neck, it tunes into the cardiovascular system – the body’s natural blood pressure control system – to send signals to the brain to control blood pressure ...

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Playing card games aids stroke recovery

Playing Jenga, bingo or a games consol like Wii worked equally well. They told the Lancet Neurology that the type of task used for motor rehabilitation might be less relevant, as long as it is intensive, repetitive and gets the hands and arms moving. The researchers designed their study to test whether virtual reality gaming, which is increasingly being employed as a ...

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Voluntary unpaid blood donations must increase

Voluntary, unpaid blood donations must be increased rapidly in more than half the world’s countries in order to ensure a reliable supply of safe blood for patients whose lives depend on it, WHO said on World Blood Donor Day on June 14. This year, the theme of World Blood Donor Day was “Blood connects us all”, highlighting the common bond ...

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