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New Cigarette Packaging Rules Come Into Force

New Cigarette Packaging Rules Come Into Force

The measures are designed to prevent young people taking up the habit – but some say they are “a declaration of war on consumers”.

Cigarettes are being sold in the UK in standardised green packaging with explicit images from today, under new rules designed to cut the number of smokers.

New cigarette packing rule in london comes after the world’s read more

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New Scan Test Could Stop Cancer Spreading

New Scan Test Could Stop Cancer Spreading

The technique, which has been developed in the UK, uses MRI to map regions of oxygen deprivation within tumours.

A new scan test could help pinpoint cancer before it spreads.

The technique, which has been developed in the UK, uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to map regions of oxygen deprivation within tumours.

Lack of oxygen – known as hypoxia – is a sign that a cancer is growing aggressively.

Once the scan has located dangerous tumours, high-dose radiotherapy could be used.

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Lancashire Homes Forced To Boil Water Due To Cryptosporidium Bug

Lancashire Homes Forced To Boil Water Due To Cryptosporidium Bug

More than 300,000 households in Lancashire have been told to boil drinking water after contamination with a microbial parasite.

Routine tests by United Utilities found traces of cryptosporidium at Franklaw water treatment works outside Preston.

Some customers said they were not alerted quickly enough but the company said it had done “everything possible”.

Traces of the parasite, which can cause gastrointestinal complaints, were read more

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Air Pollution Alert: UK Set For Hottest Day

Air Pollution Alert: UK Set For Hottest Day

People who suffer from lung and heart conditions are being warned as pollution reaches very high levels in the UK.

The elderly and people with health problems have been warned to avoid strenuous activity because of harmful levels of air pollution expected to blanket parts of the UK.

The warning comes as forecasters say Britain could enjoy the hottest day of the year so far, with parts of eastern England predicted to reach highs of 22C (71.6F).

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Mosquitoes Heading For Warmer UK

Mosquitoes Heading For Warmer UK

Rising temperatures will make the damp British climate perfect for the disease-carrying insects, according to scientists.

mosquito 1Mosquitoes carrying potentially deadly diseases, such as dengue fever and West Nile virus, could become widespread across the UK in the next few decades, experts have said.

Writing in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, scientists claim warmer temperatures and more rainfall – both outcomes of climate change – could provide ideal conditions in the UK for read more

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Care Homes In England Risk Being Shut Down

Care Homes In England Risk Being Shut Down

All 25,000 care homes in England are to be reviewed and rated, with those failing to make the grade at risk of being shut down.

Every care home in England is to be inspected and rated in a new drive to prevent abuse and neglect of residents.

All 25,000 care homes and homecare services will be assessed by the Care Quality Commission, starting in October.

And from April next year, those rated as inadequate face being put into special measures.

If they fail to improve care within a set time limit they could be closed down.

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Failing Care Homes Risk Closure

The move follows the success of read more

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What Is Tech Doing To Children’s Brains?

What Is Tech Doing To Children’s Brains?

School students will be invited to participate in a study into how technology affects young people’s memory and brain development.

 Participants will do computerised tests to measure their brain function

Participants will do computerised tests to measure their brain function

Thousands of schoolchildren in the UK are being recruited for the world’s largest study on the impact mobile phones have on things like memory and attention span.

The Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones, or SCAMP, will assess 2500 11 and 12-year-olds over three years.

It will examine whether mobiles and other wireless devices affect children’s read more

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Taking Digital Devices To Bed ‘Prevents Children Sleeping

Taking Digital Devices To Bed ‘Prevents Children Sleeping

The charity Tablets for Schools warns that almost half of children are addicted to smartphones as it advises children to buy alarm clocks rather than take internet-enabled gadgets to bed

children using phones in bed

The document says that use of internet-enabled devices in the evening can stimulate brain activity and prevent children getting

Children have been told to buy traditional alarm clocks rather than rely on smartphones to wake them up in the morning amid fears over widespread “addiction” to electronic gadgets.

Guidance being sent to schools advises pupils to switch off iPhones, tablet computers or laptops in the evening to give them proper time to sleep.

The document – drawn up by an industry-backed technology read more

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Peanut allergies treated using peanuts

Peanut allergies treated using peanuts

Children with life-threatening peanut allergies have been successfully treated, by eating peanuts.

The largest clinical trial of its kind has shown that by eating increasing amounts of peanut protein every day children were able to train their immune systems to tolerate the nuts.

By the end of the study 84% were able to eat at least five nuts without suffering an allergic reaction, according to results published in The Lancet medical journal.

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