‘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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Heatwave causes spike in insect bite calls to NHS

Heatwave causes spike in insect bite calls to NHS

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe horsefly slices a small cut in your skin and soaks up the blood Although many of us are enjoying the balmy temperatures of this year’s heatwave, unfortunately for some, biting insects...
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The eye doctor who could not see the stars

The eye doctor who could not see the stars

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow an app gave a boy his sight back For many years, Dr Andrew Bastawrous could not see clearly enough to spot the leaves on trees or the stars in the sky....
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Mencap wins ‘unaffordable’ overnight back pay appeal

Mencap wins ‘unaffordable’ overnight back pay appeal

Image copyright Getty Images Care workers who had to stay overnight as part of their job will not be entitled to back pay at the minimum wage after a Court of Appeal ruling. The charity Mencap, who won the appeal,...
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‘Virtual reality cured my fear of heights’

‘Virtual reality cured my fear of heights’

Image copyright Fay Nugent Image caption Fay celebrating her achievement at a rooftop bar Fay Nugent developed a fear of heights in her 30s. “It began after I went on a girls’ weekend away,” she says. “We had gone on...
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Emerging sex disease MG ‘could become next superbug’

Emerging sex disease MG ‘could become next superbug’

Image copyright Getty Images A little known sexually transmitted infection could become the next superbug unless people become more vigilant, experts are warning. Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) often has no symptoms but can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which...
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