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Middle-aged told to walk faster

Image copyright Thinkstock Middle-aged people are being urged to walk faster to help stay healthy, amid concern high levels of inactivity may be harming their health. Officials at Public Health England said the amount of activity people did started to tail off from the age of 40. They are urging ...

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Lithium in tap water may cut dementia

Image copyright Getty Images People with higher levels of lithium in their drinking water appear to have a lower risk of developing dementia, say researchers in Denmark. Lithium is naturally found in tap water, although the amount varies. The findings, based on a study of 800,000 people, are not clear-cut. ...

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Vaginal seeding after Caesarean ‘risky’, warn doctors

Image copyright Getty Images New mothers should not embrace the trend of “seeding” their babies with vaginal bacteria, say doctors. It exposes children born by Caesarean section to bacteria that could have coated their bodies if they had been born vaginally. The idea is bacteria help train the immune system ...

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HIV home-testing kits warning

Image copyright Getty Images People should not use the Hightop HIV/Aids Home Test Kit, the medicines regulator has warned. It has seized 114 of the kits, which could be giving out unreliable results, from two suppliers in the UK. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) advises anyone who ...

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Language tests

Image caption Polina Ralutin thinks the language test is too difficult Polina Ralutin was an experienced nurse in the Philippines and keen to take up a post in the NHS, at the Lister hospital, in Stevenage. First, she had to pass an exam testing her knowledge of the English language. ...

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Green man road crossings ‘too fast’

Image copyright Getty Images The green man walking sign on pedestrian crossings may be too fast for elderly people to cross the road safely, suggest new draft guidelines for local councils. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence wants to make it easier for people with limited mobility to ...

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Inquiry call against health board over killer Kris Wade

Image copyright South Wales Police/Family photo Calls have been made for an independent inquiry into the handling of sex assault allegations against a hospital worker who later killed a woman. Nursing assistant Kris Wade admitted murdering neighbour Christine James in a sexually motivated attack in 2016. An internal report found ...

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Ashbrooke Care Home closed over ‘serious risk to life’

Image caption Ashbrooke Care Home in Enniskillen is operated by Runwood Homes “Systemic care failings” that posed a “serous risk to life” have led to the closure of a care home in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) took the decision after an unannounced inspection at ...

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‘Safer’ Down’s syndrome test to be introduced in Wales

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amniocentesis increases the risk of having a miscarriage A safer and more accurate test for Down’s syndrome is to be introduced for pregnant mothers in Wales, the Welsh Government has announced. Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) will be offered from 2018. The decision by the ...

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Glasgow School of Art project personalises prosthetic limbs

Image copyright Jeroen Blom Image caption The project has brought together amputees and artisans Craftspeople have been working with amputees who use artificial lower limbs to create more personalised prosthesis. Jeroen Blom, a researcher at Glasgow School of Art’s Highlands and Islands Creative Campus, brought the team of three artisans ...

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‘I felt awful’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A tick bite caused Matt Dawson MBE to contract Lyme disease When former England rugby player Matt Dawson was bitten by a tick in a London park early last year, it caused a bacterial infection to spread through his body. “I had two days ...

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Calories in popular foods must be cut, say health officials

Image copyright wildpixel Targets are to be set to reduce calories in pizzas, burgers and ready meals as part of the government’s drive to tackle child obesity in England. Health officials believe the move is needed as people are consuming 200 to 300 calories too many each day. It could ...

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