Alarm as ‘super malaria’ spreads in South East Asia

The rapid spread of "super malaria" in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning.This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs.It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in sou
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Mental health staff on long-term stress leave up 22%

The number of NHS mental health staff who have had to take sick leave because of their own mental health issues has risen by 22% in the past five years.Those taking long-term leave of a month or more rose from 7,580 in 2012-13 to 9,285 in 2016-17, BBC freedom of information requests found.The union
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Loneliness: The cost of the ‘last taboo’

Researchers have put a financial price on an "epidemic of loneliness" - estimating it costs £6,000 per person in health costs and pressure on local services.But the London School of Economics study of older people says for every £1 spent in preventing loneliness there are £3 of savings.Deborah Mo
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Epilepsy drug warnings ‘not reaching women’, survey shows

Almost 70% of women surveyed about a powerful epilepsy drug have not received new safety warnings about the dangers of taking it during pregnancy, the BBC has been told exclusively. Sodium valproate, known as Epilim, carries a 10% risk of physical abnormalities in unborn babies. About 20,000 childre
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New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus - making it harder for HIV to resist its effects.The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the phar
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Neanderthal brains ‘grew more slowly’

A new study shows that Neanderthal brains developed more slowly than ours.An analysis of a Neanderthal child's skeleton suggests that its brain was still developing at a time when the brains of modern human children are fully formed. This is further evidence that this now extinct human was not more
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Epilepsy drug’s safety reviewed over pregnancy risk

Women whose children have been harmed by the epilepsy drug sodium valproate will give evidence to a European-wide safety review in London next week. The European Medicines Agency will examine whether warnings about risks to unborn babies are strong enough.About 20,000 babies in the UK alone have bee
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Australian schoolgirl raises alarm over flesh-eating disease

An Australian schoolgirl suffering from a flesh-eating ulcer is calling for better government funding for research into the infectious disease.Ella Crofts, 13, is slowly recovering from a Buruli ulcer, a skin disease usually found in the developing world. Her case has prompted doctors to warn of a g
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My dwarfism

Mary Russell, a black woman with dwarfism, set off on a 21-day, 900-mile trip down the Ho Chi Minh trail with five other disabled people. She imagined it would be a unifying experience, but in fact she felt isolated among people she thought would be more like her. "What made it for me was the beauti
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Winter flu

NHS bosses are warning we should be braced for a bad flu season. They cite the experience of Australia and New Zealand, which have just gone through their winters. What happens there, they say, tends to be a good pointer to how flu spreads in the UK.They've certainly had their worst flu season for a
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