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Flu: Why we still need to worry about it this winter

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The flu contributes to about 11,000 deaths each year in England Health officials are ramping up efforts to ensure everyone who needs a flu vaccine has one. The UK’s largest flu-immunisation programme so far will see 30 million people in England offered the vaccine. …

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Coronavirus: Obesity ‘increases risks from Covid-19’

Image copyright Getty Images Being obese doubles the risk of hospital treatment from Covid-19 and increases the risk of dying by nearly 50%, a global analysis suggests. Obesity makes other diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure more likely, the US researchers say. Along with a weakened immune system, …

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First Scotland deaths after positive test for six weeks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There had been no new deaths following a positive test reported in Scotland since 16 July The deaths of two people in Scotland are the country’s first confirmed coronavirus fatalities in six weeks. It is the first time since 16 July that the deaths …

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WEF postpones Davos 2021 over coronavirus fears

The World Economic Forum has abandoned plans to hold its annual meeting in the Swiss mountain town of Davos next January, pushing the landmark event in global power brokers’ calendars back to the summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Klaus Schwab, the WEF’s founder and executive chairman, told …

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Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding diagnosed with breast cancer

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Harding shot to fame in 2002 as a contestant on ITV’s Popstars: The Rivals Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding has been diagnosed with breast cancer, which she says has spread to other parts of her body. Writing on Twitter, the 38-year-old told fans she …

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Spreadsheet error led to Edinburgh hospital opening delay

A mistake in a spreadsheet set in motion a series of events that delayed the opening of a £150m hospital, a new report has revealed. Last-minute issues with ventilation prevented the opening of Edinburgh’s new children’s hospital last July. An NHS Lothian-commissioned review found a “human error” in a 2012 …

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Oral sex linked to vaginal condition bacterial vaginosis

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption BV bacteria covering cells Oral sex may create an environment for a common vaginal condition called bacterial vaginosis or BV, according to research in the journal PLoS Biology. BV is not a sexually transmitted infection. It is an imbalance of the usual bacteria found …

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Face coverings U-turn for England’s secondary schools

Image copyright Owen Humphreys Image caption Pupils in England will wear a mask on public transport – and now sometimes in school Secondary pupils in England will have to wear masks in school corridors in local lockdown areas of England, after the government reversed its guidance. Head teachers in any …

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Coronavirus: Nottinghamshire woman, 75, ‘first positive test within UK’

Image copyright Radoslav Zilinsky/Getty Images Image caption Tests on samples showed the woman, 75, from Nottinghamshire, tested positive on 21 February The earliest person to contract coronavirus within the UK has been identified, scientists believe. Analysis of samples by the University of Nottingham showed a 75-year-old woman, from Nottinghamshire, tested …

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Africa to be declared free of wild polio in ‘milestone’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Polio can only be prevented through immunisation Africa is to be declared free from wild polio by the independent body, the Africa Regional Certification Commission. Polio usually affects children under five, sometimes leading to irreversible paralysis. Death can occur when breathing muscles are affected by …

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