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Washing hands in cold water 'as good as hot'

0SHARESShare US scientists say they have poured cold water on the theory that washing hands with hot water kills more germs than unheated water. The small study of 20 people found using water at 15C (59F) left hands as clean as water heated to 38C (100F) . The report, in the Journal of Food Protection, suggests this could help cut ...

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Hundreds of Welsh children treated for sleep problems

0SHARESShare Hundreds of children are being treated for sleep problems in Wales every year. In some cases, babies, infants and teenagers have been admitted to hospital while in north Wales alone, the number being prescribed medication rose by 20% in the last three years. Cases have included severe neuro-disabilities and epilepsy, but experts said many also suffered from insomnia, sleep ...

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Global diarrhoea deaths down by a third

0SHARESShare The number of children dying worldwide of diarrhoea fell by a third between 2005 and 2015, researchers have found. The study says better access to clean water and sanitation is key, with fewer weak and malnourished children becoming infected. New vaccines have also had a positive impact. However, diarrhoea is still the fourth-biggest killer of children globally, with almost ...

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Joshua Paul: Nanny Viktoria Tautz guilty of killing shaken baby

A nanny who shook a 10-month-old boy to death “in a fit of anger” has been jailed for four years. Viktoria Tautz, 34, was caring for Joshua Paul at his home in Haringey, north London, when he suffered “catastrophic brain and spinal injuries”. Joshua was rushed to hospital but died three days later. Tautz had denied prosecution claims she “snapped”. ...

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Long waits for surgery 'have tripled in four years'

The number of patients waiting six months or more for surgery has tripled over the past four years in England, the Royal College of Surgeons has said. In March, nearly 130,000 people had been waiting for operations after being referred to a consultant, compared with 45,000 in March 2013. But nine out of 10 patients were still treated within 18 ...

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Police looking at claims of data 'fiddling' at hospital

Claims a hospital’s waiting time figures were ‘fiddled’ to meet targets have been passed to police. It follows a BBC investigation into alleged misconduct at Kettering General Hospital which left thousands waiting over a year for treatment. The trust which runs the hospital denied manipulating data but apologised for losing track of patients. Northamptonshire Police said it had not yet ...

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Drug shrinks ovarian tumours in early trial

Media playback is unsupported on your device A new targeted treatment for ovarian cancer has shown “very promising” results in women in the advanced stages of the disease. It shrank tumours in about half of women who took part in a small trial. Researchers had only been testing the drug to see if it was safe for humans to take, ...

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Dutch families win right to test DNA of sperm bank doctor

A Dutch court has approved a request by families seeking DNA tests on the belongings of a late fertility clinic doctor accused of using his own sperm in dozens of cases. Jan Karbaat is suspected of fathering about 60 children at the centre he ran in Bijdorp, near Rotterdam. Tests will now be conducted on items seized from his home ...

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TVs in children's bedrooms 'increase risk of obesity'

Children who have TVs in their bedrooms are more likely to be overweight than those who do not, a study by University College London scientists suggests. For girls in particular, they found the longer spent watching TV, the more likely children were to put on weight. Researchers say there is now an urgent need to see if similar patterns exist ...

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Prostate cancer treatment 'could help more patients'

One of the largest clinical trials for prostate cancer has given “powerful results”, say UK researchers. A drug for treating prostate cancer that has spread was found to save lives when offered earlier, a study found. The trial looked at abiraterone as an additional treatment in patients with prostate cancer who were about to start long-term hormone therapy. Abiraterone improved ...

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