Birmingham is the sexually transmitted disease capital of the UK


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Birmingham is the STI capital of the UK, with more 30-somethings getting infected than ever before East London and Glasgow were also STI hotspotsChlamydia was the most commonly treated STI, followed by gonorrhoea and genital warts Average age of diagnosis is now 34.9 By Rachel Reilly PUBLISHED: 17:00 GMT, 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:00 GMT, 23 April 2013 Birmingham is the sexually transmitted infection capital of the UK, according to new research.

Health minister wants ban on smoking in cars to help protect children from second-hand smoke


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Health minister wants ban on smoking in cars to help protect children from second-hand smokeConfined space means the fumes other passengers breathe in can be 11 times more concentratedAround 300,000 children in the UK visit the GP each year due to second-hand smoke By Tamara Cohen PUBLISHED: 23:47 GMT, 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:47 GMT, 27 February 2013 Anna Soubry is the first frontbencher to suggest the proposal Smoking in cars should be banned to protect children from second-hand smoke, a health minister declared yesterday.

First there was norovirus, then came flu and next there will be whooping cough as figures show there have been 9,000 cases this year


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First there was norovirus, then came flu, now whooping cough makes a comeback with 9,000 cases this year Number of whooping cough cases increased by nearly ten times last yearFigures for November show a total of 1,080 confirmed casesMeanwhile, flu cases highest in children aged five to 14, says HPANorth East England appears to be worst affected area of the country Doctors given the green light to prescribe antivirals to those who need themThose in at-risk groups yet to be vaccinated are urged to have flu jab | UPDATED: 15:54 GMT, 22 December 2012 The number of cases of whooping cough has jumped from 944 last year to nearly 9,000 this year, according to the latest figures After doctors up and down the country have dealt with an influx of patients suffering from norovirus, followed up by a wave of flu patients, medical staff are now gearing themselves for people needing help for whooping cough.

Record number of people in UK with the HIV virus, but a quarter "do not even know they are infected"


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A record 100,000 people in UK with the HIV virus, but a quarter 'do not even know they are infected'One in 20 'men who have had sex with men' are believed to have the virusPeople of African descent are at higher risk, with 37 per 1,000 living with the infectionOverall HIV prevalence in the UK was 1.5 per 1,000 people | UPDATED: 09:57 GMT, 29 November 2012 The number of people living with HIV in the UK has reached a record high.

Using illegal drugs "is like eating junk food or gambling": Row as charity calls for a softer line on cannabis


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Using illegal drugs 'is like eating junk food or gambling': Row as charity calls for a softer line on cannabis Taking cannabis classed as another 'risky' behaviour like a poor diet, finds the UK Drug Policy CommissionIndependent advisory body say growing cannabis for personal use should not be a criminal offence | UPDATED: 07:11 GMT, 15 October 2012 Taking drugs is just like eating junk food, a controversial report claims today.

Simple blood test could save thousands of lives by accurately detecting beginning stages of breast cancer and lung cancer – and has potential for…


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Simple blood test can detect breast cancer and lung cancer long before symptoms emerge Test works by mixing enzymes from patient's blood with a dye and certain amino acids.

Eating a high fat diet can "prevent obesity and improve your metabolism"


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It's the way you eat it: Gorging on a high fat diet can 'prevent obesity and improve your metabolism'Timing of food consumption takes precedence over the amount of fat contained in the food This, scientists claim, leads to improved metabolism and helping to prevent obesity | UPDATED: 11:39 GMT, 13 September 2012 It's welcome news for anyone who has ever tried to shift a few pounds.

Hospital admissions for stress jump by 7% in just one year… and more men were treated than women


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Hospital admissions for stress jump by 7% in just one year…

How having an operation can send you delirious: Terrifying post-surgery hallucinations strike up to half of the over-65s


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How having an operation can send you delirious: Terrifying post-surgery hallucinations strike up to half of the over-65s | UPDATED: 23:46 GMT, 10 September 2012 When Gordon Sturmey came around after surgery, he was convinced people were trying to kill him.

Recession has left middle-aged men "most at risk" of suicide in England


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Recession has left middle-aged men 'most at risk' of suicide Men aged between 35 and 49 are now at higher risk of killing themselves than young men | UPDATED: 12:00 GMT, 10 September 2012 Middle-aged men are now the most likely group to commit suicide in England, it was revealed today.