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Plants ‘hijacked’ to make polio vaccine

Plants ‘hijacked’ to make polio vaccine

Image copyright John Innes Centre Image caption A close relative of tobacco has been turned into a polio vaccine “factory” Plants have been “hijacked” to make polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transform vaccine manufacture, say scientists. The team at the John Innes Centre, in Norfolk, says the process is cheap, easy […]

‘Fat but fit’ still risk heart disease

‘Fat but fit’ still risk heart disease

Image copyright Getty Images 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 […]

Anger and hatred can make us feel happy, says study

Anger and hatred can make us feel happy, says study

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Study finds the secret to happiness may lie in feeling more negative emotions 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 […]

Type 2 diabetes rise in children ‘disturbing’

Type 2 diabetes rise in children ‘disturbing’

Image copyright Getty Images More than 600 children and teenagers are being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales, and the rise in cases is a “hugely disturbing trend”, local councils are warning. The figures come from a report by child health experts which found 110 more cases among under-19s in 2015-16 than […]

GM pigs take step to being organ donors

GM pigs take step to being organ donors

Image copyright EGENESIS The most genetically modified animals in existence have been created to help end a shortage of organs for transplant, say US researchers. The scientists successfully rid 37 pigs of viruses hiding in their DNA, overcoming one of the big barriers to transplanting pig organs to people. The team at eGenesis admits preventing […]

Eggs scandal: EU food safety chief calls for end to ‘blaming’

Eggs scandal: EU food safety chief calls for end to ‘blaming’

Media captionHow safe are Dutch eggs to eat? The EU’s food safety commissioner has called for an end to countries “blaming and shaming” each other, after eggs were found to contain traces of an insecticide dangerous to humans. Vytenis Andriukaitis said EU ministers and regulators should meet urgently. Eggs, coming mainly from the Netherlands, have […]

Vitamin B3 may prevent miscarriages and birth defects, study suggests

Vitamin B3 may prevent miscarriages and birth defects, study suggests

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Study finds taking niacin might help prevent miscarriages Taking Vitamin B3 could prevent miscarriages and birth defects, a study on mice suggests. Researchers from the Victor Chang Institute in Sydney called it “a double breakthrough”, as they found both a cause and a preventative solution. With 7.9 million babies […]

Widow shocked over husband’s ‘avoidable’ death

Widow shocked over husband’s ‘avoidable’ death

Image copyright FAMILY HANDOUT Image caption Father-of-two Stefanos Vavalidis died after a private GP failed to monitor the effects of a prescribed drug Barbara Vavalidis had been planning a carefree retirement after decades of hard work and a busy family life. Instead she is mourning the loss of her partner of 45 years, the father […]

Surgery waiting numbers highest in decade, says NHS England

Surgery waiting numbers highest in decade, says NHS England

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people waiting for routine surgery in England is at its highest level for a decade, figures from NHS England show. It is estimated more than four million people were waiting for operations in June – a figure last seen in 2007. The rise is partly because of growing […]

Widow shocked over husband’s ‘avoidable’ death

Widow shocked over husband’s ‘avoidable’ death

Image copyright FAMILY HANDOUT Image caption Father-of-two Stefanos Vavalidis died after a private GP failed to monitor the effects of a prescribed drug Barbara Vavalidis had been planning a carefree retirement after decades of hard work and a busy family life. Instead she is mourning the loss of her partner of 45 years, the father […]