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Houseflies Are More Capable of Spreading Disease Than We Realised

It’s never a nice feeling to watch a fly land on your next bite of food, but as new research shows, you may be justified in wanting to throw that delicious morsel in the garbage. Read More >>

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Government Raises Spectre of Compulsory Bike Helmet Laws

Comments made by transport minister Jesse Norman have been taken to mean that the government's considering implementing laws that would make helmets compulsory for cyclists, with a review of cycling safety potentially handling the radioactive potato in the future. Read More >>

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Nuclear Fallout Declared Only as Bad For You as London’s Air Pollution

A team of researchers looking into the niche world of what happens after a nuclear accident have some good news. They say we shouldn't all be evacuated, as evacuation leads to stress and stress is bad in itself. Also, we'd only be likely to lose a few months off our lives as a result of the exposure to radioactive matter, which is about the same end result as choosing to live in a polluted metropolis for your productive youthful years. Read More >>

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Scientist Sleuths Used DNA to Track Spread of Superbug

When an outbreak occurs, in order to effectively figure out how to stop it, researchers typically try to figure out how it started. The answer to that question, though, can be elusive. And as so-called superbug infections have spread across hospitals, scientists and public health officials have subsequently struggled to understand how these pathogens spread. Read More >>

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Could the Personalised Medicine Revolution Actually Slow Innovation? 

The promise of personalised medicine is a pretty big one: tailoring treatments to a patient’s genes, their environment or their lifestyle, the thinking goes, will result in treatments that are much more likely to work. The same disease can manifest differently in different people, so why treat patients with a one-size-fits-all-approach? Read More >>

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Canadian Company Accused of 6,000 Per Cent NHS Drug Price Increase

A drug company has been accused of ripping off the NHS to a massive extent by whacking up the price of a not particularly glamorous thyroid treatment, by increasing the pack cost from £4.46 to £258.19 over the course of a decade. Read More >>

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Antioxidants Will Not Stop You From Dying

When you hear something is chock-full of antioxidants, the mental conclusion is often: That’s it—that’s the elixir of life, I have to eat a lot of that. But why do we all assume that loading up on anti-oxidants will somehow be the key to infinite youth? Read More >>

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In a Major First, Scientists Edit DNA Within the Human Body

For the first time in history, scientists have edited the DNA inside of a patient’s body, in an attempt to cure a genetic disorder by permanently changing the human genome. The news, reported Wednesday by the Associated Press, represents a major landmark in science. Read More >>

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Coke Lorry Targets the Poor and Ought to be Banned by Councils, Says the Government

Coke's fun-loving habit of hijacking Christmas by driving a lorry about the country to establish lifelong brand loyalty in a new generation has come under fire, with Public Health England suggesting the company's festive truck of sugary liquid routinely heads for the poorest parts of the land in order to ensnare kids into a life of additional sugar consumption. Read More >>

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Commuters Asked to Intervene in Potential Suicides

A new campaign that will strike fear into the hearts of the antisocial has been launched today, under the banner of Small Talk Saves Lives. Which is ironic, as suicide often feels preferable to having to do small talk. Read More >>

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The Apple Watch Can Accurately Detect Hypertension and Sleep Apnoea

The data that fitness trackers collect about your body goes far beyond just how many steps you’ve taken, and researchers are just beginning to understand how to harness all that valuable data-collecting power. Read More >>

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The FDA Just Approved a Pill With Sensors in It For the First Time Ever

The era of digital pills is here. This week, for the first time ever, the Food and Drug Administration approved a pill with sensors inside to inform doctors how often the drug was taken. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Alexa Now Has an Alcohol Tracker Thanks to Cancer Research UK

To mark cancer awareness week (aka this week), Cancer Research UK has released a new skill for Amazon's Alexa. It's designed to let people track how much alcohol they've been drinking, as well as raise awareness of the links between alcohol consumption and cancer. Read More >>

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Welsh Boozers Face Breath Tests Before Being Allowed to Buy More

People trying to buy more booze in Cardiff might find themselves being asked to blow into something unusual before they're served, with a handful of shops in the worst alcohol-apocalypse-hit parts of the town centre using breathalysers to check their shoppers' drunkenness levels first. Read More >>

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Loads of Car Drivers Can’t See Properly

A survey of some of the nation's optometrists has found that people who are warned that their eyesight is not up to scratch are paying no attention and driving home anyway, with the stats suggesting that as many as 30 per cent of UK drivers might be doing so with eyes that would fail the driving test's squint-at-a-number-plate system if taken today. Read More >>