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Drug target for curing the common cold

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY UK scientists believe they may have found a way to combat the common cold. Rather than attacking the virus itself, which comes in hundreds of versions, the treatment targets the human host. It blocks a key protein in the body’s cells that cold viruses normally hijack to self-replicate and spread. […]

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How long are you going to live?

Life expectancy is rising globally – people born in 2016 will on average live seven years longer than those born 25 years ago. Enter your information below to find the life expectancy for people of your age, country and gender, as well as the proportion of your life you can on average expect to be […]

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Twitter fails to take down Xanax adverts

Image copyright TictocImage caption The use of fake Xanax is on the rise, according to Pfizer Twitter and Instagram have been criticised by an MP for failing to remove posts advertising Xanax. There is evidence the anti-anxiety medication is increasingly being used recreationally by young people, some of whom have needed hospital treatment. Xanax’s manufacturer […]

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Tessa Jowell tribute: Funding doubled for brain cancer research

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDame Tessa Jowell: From social worker to London 2012 The prime minister says she hopes government funding for brain cancer research will create a “lasting legacy” for Baroness Jowell, who died on Saturday aged 70. Theresa May confirmed the government would double investment for research into tackling […]

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Prince William praises ‘wonderful’ NHS staff

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS is “one of our country’s greatest treasures”, Prince William will say on Monday in a video message to those working in the health service. In a special recording to be played at an awards ceremony for NHS staff, the prince will say they are the “most wonderful thing” about […]

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Severe allergic reactions in surgery ’caused by antibiotics’

Image copyright Getty Images Antibiotics are the main cause of life-threatening allergic reactions during surgery, a new report suggests. The Royal College of Anaesthetists says more patients are claiming to be allergic to penicillin, leading to other riskier antibiotics being used. Out of nearly 300 life-threatening reactions, there were 10 deaths in one year in […]

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Should we sleep and wake early to boost our health?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Should we ditch the weekend lie-in and get up earlier to boost our health? When a recent study looked at health differences between late and early risers, it appeared to make grim reading for night owls. Increased risk of early death, psychological disorders and respiratory illness were the stark findings […]

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ME protesters gather in London

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSymptoms of ME can include devastating fatigue and brain fog Protesters have gathered in London calling for more research into chronic fatigue syndrome. The long-term illness, also known as ME, can leave people bedbound for years – but despite its severity it’s still not well understood. It […]

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Foreign worker charge ‘tears families apart’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Foreign nurses who work in the NHS and their families should not be charged to receive healthcare, union leaders say. The Royal College of Nursing said the £200 overseas health surcharge, which is paid per family member for every year on the main sponsor’s work permit, was tearing families apart. […]

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‘Nursing took me to the South Pole’

Image copyright AFPImage caption Ben Cooper at the South Pole On International Nurses’ Day, three nurses tell their surprising stories of how life has led them to places as far afield as Cambodia and the Antarctic. ‘Nursing has given me some incredible experiences’ Although Ben Cooper, 44, works as a nurse in Northern General Hospital […]