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February 12, 2018NHS England is urging parents to take their children to pharmacists if they have minor health issues after research suggested GP and A&E visit for those conditions cost the service £850 million every year. Sky News.

February 12, 2018Nine states censured by EU over illegally high air pollution levels. The Czech Republic is one of nine EU states summoned to Brussels recently to explain what they're doing about illegally high pollution levels. Officials from the nine, including Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and the UK,  were censured at an air quality ministerial summit on 30 January. They were warned that if they don't lower their levels they'll be referred to the European Court of Justice - and cases against Bulgaria and Poland have already commenced. EU air quality limits are currently breached in 130 cities in 23 EU countries and every year, more than 400,000 Europeans die prematurely from air pollution. Liveleak. 

February 12, 2018Paraffin-based skin creams routinely used for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis have caused dozens of deaths. 37 in England since 2010. And those are just the ones that have been reported. Hundreds and thousands of people with conditions like these use these creams without perhaps knowing that they contain the flammable ingredient paraffin. And if they don't change their sheets or clothes regularly, it can soak into the fabric and become a fire-trap. In just seven out of ten 38 paraffin based skin creams have warnings on them. All it takes is one dropped cigarette or aflame form your cooker, and it can become deadly. Presenter Vanessa Feltz. Radio 2.

February 12, 2018A three-month-old Pakistani girl has undergone a life changing surgery in which surgeons removed a lump from her neck that was bigger than her head. Zareena Mangro from Loralai in Pakistan’s Balochistan province was born with occipital encephalocele – a rare condition in which brain fluid bulges out of the skull bone. Liveleak.

February 12, 2018. Data from the world organisation for animal health indicates that this outbreak has already resulted in the death of a million pigs. With a vaccine many years away, we're asking how African swine fever virus can be prevented from spreading west into Europe, and east into China. People think the answer is to build fences between countries, genetically engineering pigs, and bringing in an army to hunt down the disease spreading wild boar. African swine fever virus kills almost all of the domestic and feral pigs and wild boars it infects in 10 days.  The Food Chain. BBC World Service.

February 12, 2018The Daily Mirror reports that the NHS spent £30m in the past five years fixing plastic surgery that had been done abroad. The paper says it found more than 1,000 women a year needed operations to correct surgery. Papers.

February 12, 2018The Financial Times also features the question over Oxfam's government funding on its front page. The paper says the charity could lose £32m of funding if it fails to hand over information about the misconduct of aid workers. Papers.

February 11, 2018Some of Sunday's front pages follow up on the Oxfam allegations that have dominated the news over the past couple of days. The Observer reports that the charity is facing fresh claims of staff involvement with prostitution in a second country, Chad. Oxfam says its staff in Chad lived under a strict curfew and it highlighted its 2011 investigation resulted in the creation of a dedicated safeguarding team. Meanwhile, the paper's lead story focuses on Labour's attack on the privatised water industry, calling the amount in dividends paid to shareholders "scandalous". Papers.

February 10, 2018A scientific mile-stone. Researchers at Edinburgh University in Scotland have managed to grow human eggs to maturity in a laboratory for the very first time. There are potential implications for young girls undergoing cancer treatments which can damage fertility. But, the technique is still at an early stage. Only 10% of the eggs developed fully, and it is not clear yet how viable they are. We've been working on this in our laboratory for 20 years. The Edinburgh team have managed to do what we were trying to do. To find out someone has actually achieved this is a landmark. Its early days when one talks about translating this to patients and patient care. We are still some years away from that. BBC News. 

February 10, 2018The Guardian claims that safety breaches at UK laboratories could have exposed scientists to potentially lethal diseases. It reports that the Health and Safety Executive has investigated mistakes over the past two years that led to lab scientists failing ill. Papers.

February 10, 2018. The Times leads on its Oxfam investigation for a second day. It reports that the charity failed to warn aid agencies about staff caught using prostitutes in Haiti. Oxfam insisted there had been no cover up. Papers.

February 9, 2018There is worrying evidence that our youngest children are self-harming, and if that wasn't alarming enough, the numbers are soaring. NHS England recorded more than a thousand incidents of self-harm by 3 - 12-year-old's in the last year. That is a 95% increase on five years ago. A survey out today by the charity Place2Be found 45% of school-leavers said they struggled to get mental health support for their pupils. ITV News.

February 9, 2018The telomeres, the protective structures at the end of our chromosomes. In this lab, they are trying to find a way to rebuild telomeres. If they succeed, they will have created immortal cells, and it might delay the ageing process in all of us. What we have observed is that young cells have long telomeres and old cells have short telomeres and so if we can prevent the cells from continuing to shorten their telomeres, then we will extend the life-span of cells. Inside Science. BBC Radio 4.

February 9, 2018The front page of the Daily Mirror. Its lead story carries the strap line "health service in crisis" and reports figures from NHS England showing a record 1,042 patients had to wait on trolleys last month for more than 12 hours. Papers.

February 9, 2018The Times claims the charity Oxfam covered up the use of prostitutes by senior aid workers in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Three men were allowed to resign and four were sacked, a confidential 2011 report revealed, the paper says. Papers.

February 8, 2018. Manila (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has told the Philippines that it has begun a preliminary examination of a complaint accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of crimes against humanity, his spokesman said on Thursday.The complaint, which says Duterte is complicit in the illegal deaths of thousands of Filipinos during his war on drugs, was “a waste of the court’s time and resources” and the examination would be the end of the process, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said. About 4,000 mostly urban poor Filipinos have been killed by police in the past 19 months in a brutal crackdown that has alarmed the international community. Activists believe the death toll is far higher. Duterte has dared it to bring him to trial and said he would rot in jail to save Filipinos from crime and drugs. Reuters.

February 8, 2018US suicides rise after Robin Williams death. The death of Robin Williams has been linked to a rise in suicide rates in the United States. According to a by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health the number of people who took their own lives went up by nearly 10 percent after the comic actor's demise. Many were copycat deaths, like Williams, by suffocation. Researchers found that in the five months from August to December 2014 some 18,690 deaths by suicide were recorded - an increase of 9.85 percent from the expected number of cases for the period. The study was published in the scientific journal PLOS One. Williams, the Oscar-winning star of " Good Morning, Vietnam " and " Good Will Hunting " who was beloved for his humour, died in August 2014 at age 63 in a suicide that shocked fans worldwide. LiveLeak. 

February 8, 2018. Pre-eclampsia is a relatively common and dangerous situation that happens in about 6% of pregnancy where a pregnant woman will develop high blood pressure and protein in the urine from about halfway through the pregnancy. We think that the underlining problem is something going on in the blood vessels of the placenta where the mother and baby's blood supplies are mixing, and it has a serious of consequences for mother and baby. The problem is, you don't really get any symptoms so that's why it's so important during anti-nasal checks during pregnancy that the blood pressure is checked and the urine checked for protein. Health Check: BBC World Service.

February 8, 2018Brave sisters who have lived bedridden all their lives because of rare disease wish to study and make life worth living. A pair of Indian sisters have not led a rare condition that breaks their bones even with the slightest touch, affect their zeal for life. Rakshi and Sonam Hussain, 25 and 21 respectively, have not stepped out of their house in four years. LiveLeak.

February 8, 2018A cookie could kill me’ - Mum’s warning after common ‘secret ingredient’ triggered near-fatal allergic reaction. A mum who could be killed by a cookie has spoken out after a common but little-known ‘secret ingredient’ triggered a near-fatal allergic reaction. Fiona Cooper Smyth went into life-threatening anaphylactic shock in September last year after accidentally eating a tiny amount of the legume lupin, commonly used in baked products. LiveLeak. 

February 8, 2018The i reports hundreds of unaccompanied youngsters with a legal right to come to the UK are stranded in France. The papers says the "children who dreamed of Britain" are "crushed" and prepared to take "extreme risks" to cross the Channel. Papers.

February 8, 2018Metro carries a Cambridge University study into the marketing of low-alcohol drinks. The beers and wines could add to health problems because they are being sold as healthy and replacements for soft drinks, the experts say. Papers.

February 7, 2018. Almost one in three evening meals contain no meat  or fish amid the rise of vegetarians, so-called flexitarian's. The nations eating habits are undergoing a remarkable shift said Sean Paul in the Daily Mail earlier, with Britain's young adults shunning meat. Presenter Steve Wright: Radio 2.

February 7, 2018When it comes to building a love that will last, experts say there's one activity all couple should learn to do well together. Marriage therapists say its pretty simple. Happily married couples are comfortable doing nothing together (sometimes). Just hanging out together allows couples to casually communicate.  Presenter Steve Wright: Radio 2.

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