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February 23, 2018. E-Skin keeps vital heart information in handy place. Wearing your heart on your sleeve could make a whole new meaning thanks to an electronic skin that displays an electrocardiogram- a waveform representing heart activity on the back of the hand. Presenting the e-skin at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Professor Takao Someya of Tokyo University said, displaying medical data on the skin makes information more assessable. Metro.

February 23, 2018. Vietnamese coal-fired power plant Vinh Tan 2 dumping toxic metals into ocean. Coal-fired power plants in Vietnam have been dumping millions of tons of toxic metals into waterways. The massive fish kill was caused by water pollution from toxic industrial waste discharged. About 5 million Vietnamese people in four provinces were hurt by the toxic in last year alone. Liveleak.

February 23, 2018. The Daily Mirror continues its campaign for an opt-out organ donation system ahead of the vote in Parliament on Friday. papers.

February 23, 2018. The i leads with research showing that medicine mix-ups are costing lives. The paper reports that blunders happen 237 million times in a year. papers.

February 23, 2018. The environment secretary will announce a ban on plastic straws to prevent further environmental damage, says the Daily Mail, which hails it as a victory for its campaign to cut the use of plastic. papers.

February 23, 2018. The Times leads with research from Oxford University revealing that anti-depressants do work, but some are more effective than others. papers.

February 23, 2018. At least one million extra people need medication for depression, as research has found that only a fraction of sufferers are getting the necessary help, the Sun reports. papers.

February 22, 2018. A letter containing white powder purporting to be anthrax has been sent to Prince Harry and his fiancĂ©e Meghan Markle. Counter-terrorism officers are investigating, according to UK media , which says the package was intercepted before reaching the couple and the contents were found to be harmless. Sky News.

February 22, 2018. Scientists in England have harnessed the power of sound to levitate small objects -  a development that could lead to medical advances. Researchers at the University of Bristol have used ‘acoustic tractor beams’ to suspend items in the air, including ants. The technique appears to have no harmful side effects, so far. The levitating ant crawls away afterwards, seemingly unaffected.  "It's a force field that can apply and do different functionalities," he said. "So, it's like a pair of hands - or a robot pair of hands - except there is no robot. It's purely a force field that's applying the required position, rotation and then moving things into position." Dr Asier Marzo, a researcher at the University of Bristol, said the technology may one day be applied to medicine. Liveleak.

February 22, 2018. The outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria which has made hundreds ill and has killed at least 43 people. Symptoms include bleeding from eyes, gums and noses. Survivors can be left with life-long deafness. it shares some similarities with Ebola but is less infectious and can sometimes be mild. Its usually passed on a by a particular breed of rat and more rarely, from person-to-person. The UK public health rapid support team is preparing to send people over to Nigeria if required. Health Check: BBC World Service.

February 22, 2018. We should all being eating more fibre. It builds up the population of microbes that live in and around our body but largely our guts, and if you focus on that, it can have an impact on your brain, your mood, blood sugar levels and more. Dr Rupy. ITV This Morning.

February 22, 2018. Mari Lopez who ran the food channel at home in Houston, Texas with her niece Liz Johnson told thousands of viewers she had rejected traditional treatment for breast cancer in favour of a 90-day juice cleanse when she was diagnosed in 2015. Within four months of cutting out animal products, she claimed to be in remission - and insisted the new regime (and God) had 'healed' her of her 'gay lifestyle'. But Liz has now revealed that her aunt passed away in December 2017, after the disease spread to her blood, liver and lungs, and belated attempts to try chemotherapy and radiotherapy failed. Speaking to Babe, Liz blamed her own mother for triggering Mari's relapse by feeding her meat and microwaved food. There is no scientific evidence to support Liz's claims. Mail.

February 22, 2018. The Times leads with research from Oxford University revealing that anti-depressants do work, but some are more effective than others. Papers.

February 22, 2018. At least one million extra people need medication for depression, as research has found that only a fraction of sufferers are getting the necessary help, the Sun reports. Papers.

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