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How smallpox claimed its final victim

Image copyright Other Image caption Janet Parker worked as a photographer at Birmingham Medical School Warning – this story contains graphic images. In the summer of 1978, the last known case of smallpox was reported, claiming the life of 40-year-old medical photographer Janet Parker. But how did the disease, thought to have been eradicated across […]

Gel and acrylic nails allergy warning

Gel and acrylic nails allergy warning

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Allergic reactions from gels and pastes can cause a rash anywhere they touch the body Skin experts are warning a chemical found in gel, gel polish and acrylic nails can cause an allergic reaction. Methacrylate chemicals can cause a severe, itchy rash anywhere on the body, not just the […]

Regular exercise ‘best for mental health’

Regular exercise ‘best for mental health’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption All types of exercises were found to improve mental health no matter people’s age or gender Regular physical activity lasting 45 minutes three to five times a week can reduce poor mental health – but doing more than that is not always beneficial, a large US study suggests. A […]

Footballer heart death risk ‘underestimated’

Footballer heart death risk ‘underestimated’

Image copyright Getty Images The risk of footballers dying because their heart stops beating is higher than experts thought, a study suggests. There have been high-profile deaths, including that of Marc-Vivien Foe while playing for Cameroon aged 28. Former England defender Ugo Ehiogu, who was a Spurs coach, died last year aged 44. The study, […]

Ditching tight pants ‘improves sperm count’

Ditching tight pants ‘improves sperm count’

Image caption Loose-fitting boxer shorts, like those worn by Gary Lineker on Match of the Day after Leicester City won the Premier League, are linked to improved sperm counts Wearing looser underpants could be a simple way for men to improve their sperm count and the hormones that control it, a US study suggests. In […]

Beauticians dropped from new cosmetic filler register

Beauticians dropped from new cosmetic filler register

Image copyright Science Photo Library Beauticians have been banned from joining a new register designed to make getting injected with fillers safer. The voluntary register was opened by the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners in April to everyone trained to a high standard. But now it will include only those with medical training, after doctors […]

Why stealthy viruses are making you ill

Why stealthy viruses are making you ill

Image copyright Getty Images A trick used by viruses to make us sick – “stealth spheres” – has been discovered by scientists. It had been thought viruses were all lone wolves, each on a solo campaign of infection. Instead they can form “packs” of up to 40 viruses and surround themselves with a fatty sphere […]

UK among worst for life expectancy rises

UK among worst for life expectancy rises

Image copyright Getty Images Increases in life expectancy in the UK have stalled and the slowdown is one of the biggest among 20 of the world’s leading economies, ONS data shows. Rises in life expectancy dropped from 12.9 weeks per year for women from 2006 to 2011 to 1.2 weeks per year from 2011 to […]

‘I saved my teenage son’s life with a defibrillator’

‘I saved my teenage son’s life with a defibrillator’

Image copyright Askew Family Image caption Ethan has no memory of what his dad Stuart did for him When 15-year-old Ethan Askew started to feel ill in a sports class, he went to tell his teacher and collapsed into his arms – he’d stopped breathing. And it was his Dad who used the school’s newly […]

Coaching parents may reduce child’s obesity

Coaching parents may reduce child’s obesity

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Parents were advised food wasn’t always what a baby needed Changing the way that parents interact with their infants could help combat child obesity, a US study suggests. New mothers were offered ways of responding to babies’ needs, including avoiding comforting with food. By the age of three, children […]