Parents can HALVE their baby"s risk of asthma if they avoid exposing them to house dust, nuts, eggs and dairy products


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Parents can HALVE their baby's risk of asthma if they avoid exposing them to house dust, nuts, eggs and dairy products Findings contradict the 'hygiene hypothesis' that exposure to allergens and germs boosts immunity 11% of children protected from allergens such as nuts and dairy products developed asthmaCompared to 27% of those exposed to the allergens By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 16:56 GMT, 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:56 GMT, 21 March 2013 Protecting babies from highly allergenic foods and dust mites in their first year of life can prevent the development of asthma during childhood, a new study has discovered.

Visitors banned and more wards closed as hospitals battle worst norovirus outbreak for five years


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'Please, please don't visit': Hospitals in lockdown amid worst norovirus outbreak in five years Birmingham's City Hospital has imposed the ban until further notice after an outbreak of the bug forced four wards to close Comes as Doncaster & Bassetlaw trust takes to Twitter, begging those with any symptoms to stay away Cases of winter vomiting bug up 72% on last year | UPDATED: 13:16 GMT, 14 December 2012 Hospitals are going into lockdown in a desperate bid to get the winter vomiting bug under control.

Family of cancer victim refused life insurance payout because he didn"t disclose PINS AND NEEDLES


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Family of cancer victim refused life insurance payout because he didn't disclose PINS AND NEEDLES Nic Hughes died from cancer of the gall bladder leaving wife and young twins Insurance company Friends Life refused to honour his critical illness policySaid he had not disclosed 'reduce alcohol' advice or pins and needles painBut doctors said he drank within correct limits and pains were not relevant Friends say insurer's decision are 'morally repugnant' and started campaign | UPDATED: 21:54 GMT, 12 December 2012 The family of a man who died from cancer will not receive their insurance payout – because he didn’t declare he had pins and needles.

Scandal-hit hospital forced to pay 1m compensation for "inhumane and "degrading" treatment of patients


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Scandal-hit hospital forced to pay 1m compensation for 'inhumane and 'degrading' treatment of patients Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust paid out the significant sum as compensation for 'inhumane and degrading' treatment, say lawyers News comes a month ahead of report of the public inquiry into the serious failings at the trustBetween 400-1,200 patients feared to have died needlessly between 2005-2008 | UPDATED: 14:39 GMT, 10 December 2012 A scandal-hit hospital where thirsty patients were forced to drink out of vases and others left to sit on their own excrement has paid out more than 1 million in compensation for 'inhumane and degrading' treatment.

All school children in Britain should be tested for mental health illnesses, say experts


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All school children in Britain should be tested for mental health illnesses, say experts Screening all 11-year-olds could reveal those at greater risk of conditions such as depression, claim researchersThis could help health authorities treat youngsters early and stop them descending into more hard to treat conditions However, other experts warn that labeling people as 'vulnerable' at such a young age could do more harm than good | UPDATED: 11:08 GMT, 29 November 2012 All school children should be screened for risk of mental illnesses such as depression, say leading mental health experts.

Wealthy Qatari man, 49, hires private jet to Britain to be treated for new strain of deadly SARS-like virus caught in his home country


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Wealthy Qatari man, 49, contracts new strain of deadly SARS-like virus at home – then hires private jet to Britain for hospital treatment.

Calming angry patients and mopping up sick: Ad shows what nursing is REALLY like


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Calming angry patients and mopping up sick: New advert shows what nursing is REALLY like. ‘We are showing reality of nursing’ says Union chiefAdvert highlights difficult circumstances nurses must often work in. Follows negative publicity about patient neglect

Giving babies antibiotics too early could lead to obesity later in life, say scientists

Giving babies antibiotics early on could lead to obesity later in life, say scientists Children given antibiotics before they were six months were 22% more likely to be overweight by the age of three | UPDATED: 10:45 GMT, 21 August 2012 Treating babies with antibiotics risks making them overweight as they grow up, say scientists.

Babies born naturally "have higher IQs than those delivered by caesarean section"


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Babies born naturally 'have higher IQs than those delivered by caesarean section' | UPDATED: 21:00 GMT, 8 August 2012 Scientists claim that babies born naturally have higher IQs than those delivered by caesarean Babies born naturally may have higher IQs than those delivered by caesarean section, new research claims.

Three week wait to see your GP as practices cut weekend and evening hours


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Three-week wait to see your GP as practices cut weekend and evening hours Half of England’s PCTs reported a decrease in the number of GP surgeries offering care outside normal working hours last year | UPDATED: 16:24 GMT, 25 July 2012 Labour contacted 91 of England's 151 PCTs – 56% of them reported a decrease in the number of surgeries offering extended opening hours Patients are being forced to wait for as long as three weeks to see their GP after practices are reducing their evening and weekend appointments, Labour said.