HPV jab will be given to boys, government says

HPV jab will be given to boys, government says

Image copyright Getty Images A jab that protects against a virus that causes cervical cancer will be given to boys aged 12 to 13 in England. The policy decision brings England into line with Scotland and Wales. HPV vaccine is...
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New drug for recurring malaria

New drug for recurring malaria

Image copyright Science Photo Library A new drug to treat malaria has been given the green light by authorities in the United States. The medicine is specifically for the recurring form of malaria – caused by the parasite plasmodium vivax...
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Low NHS morale is ‘heartbreaking’ says Matt Hancock

Low NHS morale is ‘heartbreaking’ says Matt Hancock

Image copyright Getty Images Seeing how NHS staff feel “undervalued” is “heartbreaking”, the new Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said. In his first speech since taking the job, Mr Hancock said he was horrified at the level of bullying...
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Brazilian plastic surgeon known as ‘Dr. Bumbum’ arrested after patient dies

Brazilian plastic surgeon known as ‘Dr. Bumbum’ arrested after patient dies

A plastic surgeon known as “Dr. Bumbum” or “Dr. Butt” on social media because of his buttock-enhancement operations was arrested on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, four days after one of his patients died, police said. Story continues below Police...
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Alternative cancer therapies linked to reduced survival

Alternative cancer therapies linked to reduced survival

Image copyright Getty Images Cancer patients who use alternative therapies may be more likely to shun conventional treatments and risk their chances of survival, research suggests. A study of 1,290 patients in the US found people who received such therapies...
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‘Dangerous complacency’ to global HIV epidemic risks resurgence

‘Dangerous complacency’ to global HIV epidemic risks resurgence

Image copyright Getty Images A “dangerous complacency” in the response to the global HIV pandemic is risking a resurgence of the disease, according to a report. Experts said a stalling of HIV funding in recent years was endangering efforts to...
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Private firms cash in on over-stretched NHS

Private firms cash in on over-stretched NHS

Image copyright Getty Images Under-pressure NHS services in England are spending over £1bn a year buying care from outside the NHS because they are unable to keep up with demand. The bill is being racked up by hospitals, ambulances and...
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HPV jab should be given to boys, committee says

HPV jab should be given to boys, committee says

Image copyright Getty Images A jab that protects against a virus that causes cervical cancer should also be given to boys, an advisory committee has recommended. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommends a “gender neutral” HPV ...
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Editing human embryos ‘morally permissible’

Editing human embryos ‘morally permissible’

Image copyright Getty Images Should we or shouldn’t we be allowed to modify human DNA in future children? An inquiry into the ethical issues surrounding genetically altering a human embryo has found there is “no absolute reason not to pursue...
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Hot summer leading to ‘toxic’ algae

Hot summer leading to ‘toxic’ algae

Image copyright Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Image caption A freshwater ecologist says blue-green algae had been a particular problem this summer Potentially toxic algae is blooming in rivers and lochs during Scotland’s long, hot summer, scientists...
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