Peanut allergy treatment 'lasts up to four years'

Peanut allergy treatment 'lasts up to four years'

An oral treatment for peanut allergy is still effective four years after it was administered, a study has found. Children were given a probiotic, with a peanut protein, daily for 18 months. When tested one month later, 80% could tolerate peanuts without any allergic symptoms and after four years, 70% of them were still able to eat peanuts without suffering any side-effects. Food allergies have risen dramatically in recent decades, with peanut allergy one of…

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Meningitis jab uptake 'worryingly low'

Meningitis jab uptake 'worryingly low'

School-leavers are putting themselves at risk of deadly meningitis if they do not take up the offer to be vaccinated against the disease, nurses are warning. People living in England who are aged 17 and 18 are eligible for the free jab. The Royal College of Nursing says only a third took up the offer last year. Charlotte Hannibal, now 21, lost both her legs and all of the fingers on her left hand due…

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Maternity 'must improve' at baby-deaths hospital trust

Maternity 'must improve' at baby-deaths hospital trust

Maternity services at a health trust at the centre of a baby deaths inquiry must improve, inspectors have said. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered an investigation into the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust in April. A Care Quality Commission (CQC) report said overall care had got better but safety in maternity services “needed further improvement”. The trust said challenges needed to be resolved and it wanted to work more closely with GPs. Read more…

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Time spent frail in old age 'doubles'

Time spent frail in old age 'doubles'

The amount of time spent needing daily care at the end of life has doubled in England over the past two decades, a study suggests. The Newcastle University study found men spent 2.4 years on average needing regular care and women three years. This includes everything from help with washing and dressing each day to round-the-clock care. Researchers said it suggested there needed to be a sharp increase in the number of care home places…

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Japanese fungus spreading in UK hospitals

Japanese fungus spreading in UK hospitals

More than 200 patients in England have been infected or contaminated with a drug-resistant fungus first found in Japan, health officials have confirmed. Hospitals are on the lookout for further cases and are putting in place measures to help control any further spread of the fungus, Candida auris. Public Health England says in some cases patients will have no symptoms, but the infection can cause serious bloodstream and wound infections. So far, no UK patient…

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'Fat but fit' still risk heart disease

'Fat but fit' still risk heart disease

People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of heart disease even if they appear medically healthy, experts are warning. The work, in the European Heart Journal, is further evidence against the idea people can be “fat but fit”. The researchers studied health data on more than half a million people in 10 European countries, including the UK. Normal blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels were no assurance of good heart health…

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Anger and hatred can make us feel happy, says study

Anger and hatred can make us feel happy, says study

People are happier if they are able to feel emotions they desire – even if those emotions are unpleasant, such as anger and hatred, a study suggests. The results of the study, compiled by an international team of researchers, found happiness is “more than simply feeling pleasure and avoiding pain”. Researchers asked participants what emotions they desired and felt. This was then compared to how they rated their overall happiness, or life satisfaction. The researchers…

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Breast cancer helpline founder paid herself £31k

Breast cancer helpline founder paid herself £31k

A national breast cancer charity is being investigated after its founder paid herself £31,000 in breach of charity law. Wendy Watson MBE, who launched National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline in 1996, has resigned as a trustee. Financial irregularities were uncovered by the Charity Commission, which has issued an official warning for “significant breaches of trust”. Lawyers for Mrs Watson and the charity described the payments as “an error”. Mrs Watson, of Derbyshire, founded the charity…

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