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Meningitis jab ‘protection hope’

Meningitis jab ‘protection hope’

A vaccine against one of the most common forms of childhood meningitis could reduce the number of deaths in the UK even further.The current vaccination programme protects against only some of the bacterial types involved. A Chilean study, reported in The Lancet medical journal, found …

Rise in number of ‘younger’ knee replacements

Rise in number of ‘younger’ knee replacements

Data suggests there has been a big rise in knee replacement operation rates, particularly for younger patients.Figures for the UK, US and Finland show an emerging trend of requests for arthritic ‘baby boomers’ in their 50s. UK experts believe the nation’s growing obesity problem is …

Processed meat ‘linked to pancreatic cancer’

Processed meat ‘linked to pancreatic cancer’

A link between eating processed meat, such as bacon or sausages, and pancreatic cancer has been suggested by researchers in Sweden.They said eating an extra 50g of processed meat, approximately one sausage, every day would increase a person’s risk by 19%.But the chance of developing …

Health warning for deskbound workers

Health warning for deskbound workers

Office workers need to get out of their chairs more and talk to people face-to-face instead of using email, according to researchers.They are warning that people are spending too long sitting at desks. A study, to be presented at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Occupational …

More time at school ‘boosts IQ’

More time at school ‘boosts IQ’

  Spending more time at school may increase intelligence, according to a study of Norwegian men.The research, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggested that an extra year in the classroom could boost IQ by nearly four points. The authors said that extra …

Ice skating can be a dangerous sport

With temporary ice rinks appearing in towns and cities across the UK, the Society of Sports Therapists is reminding people that ice skating can be a dangerous sport.It warned of a risk of serious injury and advised people take precautions. It recommends jogging to warm …

Test ‘improves cancer screening’

HPV is now known to cause the vast majority of cervical cancers in the developed world. Smear tests designed to cut deaths from cervical cancer could be improved by adding a further test looking for signs of a virus which causes it. When smears from …