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Knife crime: 1,000 young victims hospitalised last year

Media captionPC Rob Pedley: “You’re carrying the county’s number one murder weapon” More than 1,000 10 to 19-year-olds were admitted to hospital with knife wounds in 2017/18. The figure, from NHS England, reveal a 54% rise in the number of children and teenagers treated for injuries from knives over five years. It comes as a […]

Mosquitoes ‘put off biting’ by human diet drugs

Image copyright Alexander L Wild Image caption Female mosquitoes are the only ones which bite humans – for a blood meal Scientists say they may have found a way to reduce the appetite of blood-hungry mosquitoes, by giving them human diet drugs. This left them feeling full and bloated and put them off biting, US […]

Beer before wine? It makes no difference to a hangover

Image copyright Getty Images “Beer before wine and you’ll feel fine, wine before beer and you’ll feel queer” – many of us may swear by this time-honoured tip when “mixing” our drinks. But a new study has refuted the idea that the order we have alcoholic drinks in affects the severity of a hangover. To […]

Mosquitoes ‘put off biting’ by human diet drugs

Image copyright Alexander L Wild Image caption Female mosquitoes are the only ones which bite humans – for a blood meal Scientists say they may have found a way to reduce the appetite of blood-hungry mosquitoes, by giving them human diet drugs. This left them feeling full and bloated and put them off biting, US […]

Screen time: Children advised not to use electronic devices at dinner

Image copyright Getty Images Mobile phones should be banned from the dinner table and bedtimes as part of a healthy approach to devices, the UK’s four chief medical officers have said. Children should also take a break from screen-based activities every two hours, the government advisers said. And they added industry must do more to […]

Son’s 200-mile London-Devon journey beats ambulance

Image copyright Mark Clements Image caption Mark Clements travelled from London to Exmouth before paramedics reached his mother A man who travelled nearly 200 miles to reach his injured mother arrived before an ambulance reached her. Mark Clements caught a bus, tube and two trains from London to Exmouth, Devon on Saturday after his 77-year-old […]

Dementia risk factors not known by half of population

Image copyright Alex Wallace Half of UK adults cannot identify any key risk factors for dementia, according to a study by Alzheimer’s Research UK. The charity surveyed 2,361 people and found that only 1% were able to name the seven known risk or protective factors for dementia. The six risk factors are heavy drinking, genetics, […]

‘Xanax’ linked to more than 200 deaths

Image copyright Family photo Image caption Kyle Remzi, a computer science student at Essex University, died aged 20 after an overdose in 2017 At least 204 deaths have been linked to the misuse of anxiety drug Xanax in the UK since 2015, figures seen by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme reveal. Of these, there were […]

‘X-factor’ golf swing linked to back pain

Image copyright Getty Images Striving for a supercharged golf swing could play havoc with your back, according to US doctors. The modern “X-factor” swing favoured by many professionals may hit balls harder and further but it can also put extra strain on the spine, the Barrow Neurological Institute experts say. They look at the example […]

‘Deadlock must end’ over cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi

Media captionLuis tells the Victoria Derbyshire programme: “I wish I could just have a normal life” The government must use its powers to break a deadlock in making a life-extending drug available to people with cystic fibrosis, campaigners say. Vertex, which makes Orkambi, has refused a £500m offer for the drug over five years – […]