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February 6, 2018. On an average dishcloth, there are 4 billion living germs. Using the washing machines at 40 degrees is not cleaning them - clean it on a very high-temperature wash every month. Tea and bath towels are so dirty because people don't wash their hands properly, then they dry them on the towels which could have salmonella. The fridge should be fully wiped down once a week. Clean bins with a paper towel daily. The herpes virus can be found on dirty bath towels. Clean at least 60 degrees. Lime-scale helps germs to stick to shower curtains so clean every two days. Clean toothbrushes with a mouthwash or hot water regularly. Duvets should be aired daily and washed every three months. Sheets cleaned once-a-week. Vacuum the mattress once a month. ITV This Morning. 

February 6, 2018. New vaping ciggs are coming where they use heat, and not burnt tobacco. A pregnant woman who smokes should be encouraged to smoke E-Cigarettes which are 95% safer than regular smoking.  Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

February 6, 2018. Google's A.I (artificial intelligence) can diagnose problems earlier than doctors. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

February 6, 2018. The new opportunity of how hydroponics is opening up, and how it might change the world. This salad has been grown hydroponically. With its roots just dangling in water. That means no soil, no fields, and no farms, at least not as you know them. When you take away farms you can grow things in arid deserts, in dense cities, deep underground, and even under water. World Hacks. BBC World Service. 

February 6, 2018Metro leads on Donald Trump's attack on the NHS in a tweet. The paper says the US president sparked a new diplomatic row after saying the health service was "broke and not working". Papers.

February 6, 2018The Times reports that the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and the head of the NHS England both intervened in the "transatlantic spat". The paper says Simon Stevens "goaded" Donald Trump with an invitation to visit hospitals so he can see healthcare delivered at half the cost of the US system. Papers. 

February 6, 2018. "You're sick Mr President", is the headline in the Daily Mirror. It says Donald Trump has "blundered again" with his comments on the NHS - wrongly thinking protests against underfunding were anti-health service. Papers. 

February 6, 2018The Daily Mail highlights the £1.7m payments received last year by the chief executive of a company providing taxpayer-funded cars for the disabled. The paper says the money spent by Motability is being questioned by a member of the Commons Treasury committee. Papers. 

February 6, 2018The UK's "big freeze" is the lead for the Daily Express as it reports the country is set for the coldest night in six years. The plunge in temperatures to as low as -15C (5F) has sparked a health alert for the elderly and vulnerable, says the paper. Papers. 

February 5, 2018. British student with Aspergers who is accused of hacking into the FBI's computers punches the air after learning he will NOT face trial in the US. Briton Lauri Love is accused of hacking US defence and intelligence agencies. He has Asperger syndrome and his family said he could not cope with extradition. High Court judges ruled in his favour but suggested he could be tried in the UK. British prosecutors are looking at the case after judges paved way for UK trial. Mail. 

February 5, 2018A cure for baldness could be on the horizon thanks to a chemical used in McDonald’s fries. Scientists have regrown hair in mice using a ‘simple’ technique – using human stem cells. When is the next solar eclipse? This generated fresh follicles capable of sprouting luxurious new locks. Within days the lab rodents had furry backs and scalps. Preliminary experiments suggest the ground-breaking therapy will also work in people. The Japanese team’s breakthrough came after they managed to mass produce ‘hair follicle germs’ (HFGs) in the lab for the first time. These are the cells that fuel follicle development. They are the ‘Holy Grail’ of hair loss research, as they have never been regenerated before. Prof Fukuda said: ‘This simple method is very robust and promising. Jacob Rees-Mogg really has the daggers out for Philip Hammond ‘We hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). Metro News.

February 5, 2018. If you’re fond of vaping, cinnamon, vanilla and butter e-cigarette flavours, we have some bad news. Mixing them up is even worse, a new study found. Flavouring chemicals and liquids used in the battery-powered devices are toxic to the white cells in the blood, warn scientists. Exposure can cause significant inflammation to monocytes – the biggest type of white blood cell in the immune system that combat bacteria and viruses. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Physiology, adds to growing evidence on the harmful health effects of e-cigarettes. Dr Thivanka Muthumalage, of Rochester University, said, ‘Cinnamon, vanilla and butter flavouring chemicals were the most toxic but our research showed mixing flavours of e-liquids caused by far the most toxicity to white blood cells. E-cigarettes may carry health risks, but these are nowhere near the risks of continuing to smoke tobacco. Metro News.

February 5, 2018Lions hunting antelopes, foxes eating rabbits. Our closest animal cousins chimpanzees will catch and eat monkeys when they get the chance, so surly its natural for homophobias to eat meat. Papers.

February 5, 2018The cold temperatures feature on the Daily Express. The paper says the "coldest spell of winter" could last for 10 days with a foot of snow predicted in some parts of the UK by the weekend. It adds the mercury could dip below -14 C.  Papers.

February 5, 2018The Mirror also reports on what it says will be "the coldest week of winter". It carries a warning for drivers of "treacherous conditions".  Papers.

February 5, 2018The Daily Mail claims men are missing out on prostate examinations because they are "too embarrassed" to visit a doctor. It reports on research suggesting men see the discussions of intimate problems being a "violation" of privacy and masculinity.  Papers.

February 5, 2018Seven of the Queen's swans in Windsor may have been struck down by bird flu, the Sun reports. It says scientists are testing the dead birds, which are 10% of the total flock.  Papers.

February 4, 2018The pop singer Lady Gaga has cancelled the last ten dates of her European tour. Because of what she describes as severe pain. She suffers from a condition called fibromyalgia. it characterised by wide-spread muscle pain, so head-to-toe muscle pain. Extrema tenderness to touch, and profound fatigue. BBC News.

February 4, 2018Vegan is a term that was originally coined in 1994, bringing together the letters at the beginning and end of the word vegetarian, as the nest step on. Vegans won't use or consume anything that came from an animal. Diets high in saturated fats, precessed meat products and consuming too many calories are directly linked to poor health. BBC World Service: The Why Factor.

February 4, 2018The Sunday Telegraph's front page reports that woman given all-clear misdiagnosed by test blunders. Up to 60,000 cancer test results may have to be reviewed after 1,000 woman were found to have been wrongly given the all clear.  Press Preview.

February 4, 2018Olympics step up anti-doping measures. Final preparations are under way in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where 2018 Winter Olympic Games are set to open on Friday. Already hard at work, the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says the upcoming games will offer the most comprehensive and independent anti-doping measures in Olympic history. Every athlete who does well at a Games knows they are going to be tested at the end of competition. Liveleak.

February 3, 2018By the age of 35, people start to lose muscle, roughly about 1% of your muscle mass every year. You probably won't be able to notice it until you come across a threshold where you lose the ability to carry out tasks like climbing up the stairs, getting out of chairs, those kind of things. The good news is, this loss of mass can be prevented by weight training exercise. There are other important benefits for having bigger, stronger muscles is, they can reduce our risk of type 2 diabetes among many other medical problems To build muscles, you don't have to use weights. You can use your own body weight with exercise like press-ups or squats. Aim for twice a week and keep going until you're tired. BBC 1. The Truth About Getting Fit. 

February 3, 2018THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is what gets people high. At elevated doses its also been linked to anxiety and an increased link of mental health problems. The other key substance in marijuana is canabidiol (CBD), sometimes recommended to help with pain and inflammation. A small trial recently conducted at the institute of psychiatry, in London found the substance acts as a psychotic and might counteract some of the negative affects of THC. We know it does produce analgesia and pain relief. Do we have enough science to say the majority of people will get this result. We don't, we need more evidence. People with bio polar disorder, depression and schizophrenia should not be taking it.  BBC World Service: Health Check.

February 3, 2018The Guardian reports half of all food bought by British families is made with industrial ingredients and packed with additives. It says real food has been replaced by salty snacks, sugary cereals, ready meals and reconstituted meats. The paper adds research shows people in the UK buy more "ultra-processed" food than those in 18 other European countries, with Germany coming second. Sky News: Press Preview.

February 3, 2018According to the Daily Mail, if prostate cancer received the same funding as breast cancer 7,000 lives would be saved. It says £290,000 a week would make funding for each disease the same. The paper adds charity Prostate Cancer UK estimates £15m extra a year could mean a national screening programme could be available within five years. Sky News: Press Preview.



February 3, 2018The Mirror reports A&E waiting time targets have been scrapped as it says NHS cuts are making them impossible to meet. The paper says the bid to see 95% of patients within four hours has been postponed until April 2019. Sky News: Press Preview.

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