Norovirus: Winter vomiting bus continues to wreak havoc as cases hit a five-year high

Winter vomiting bug continues to wreak havoc as cases hit a FIVE-YEAR high New figures show number of cases 72 per cent higher than last December Schools from Plymouth to Fife forced to close after soaring numbers of children fall victim to the highly contagious norovirusIn some schools, up to a quarter of pupils are off sick and parents banned from attending nativity plays Dozens of hospital wards also closed as bug spreads | UPDATED: 18:05 GMT, 12 December 2012 The winter vomiting bug is continuing to wreak havoc across the country, with new figures out today showing cases are a staggering 72 per cent higher than this time last year.

First new drug to tackle C.Diff stomach bug for 50 years to go on sale

First drug in 50 years to tackle C.diff goes on sale today | UPDATED: 01:09 GMT, 26 June 2012 Good news: The first new drug in more than 50 years to tackle the deadly C.diff stomach bug goes on sale today The first new drug in more than 50 years to tackle the deadly C.diff stomach bug goes on sale today.

The true toll of that festive tipple: Hour by hour, how excess plays havoc with your mind and body

The true toll of that festive tipple: Hour by hour, how excess plays havoc with your mind and body Why is that first festive drink so cheering — and why can’t you stop there And what exactly makes you feel so dreadful the morning after As the Christmas party season gets into full swing, we ask the experts what happens to the body during and after drinking alcohol — and how you can minimise its effects. After just one drink, alcohol boosts the levels of four key brain chemicals – dopamine, serotonin, naturally occurring opioids and gamma-aminobutyric acid 8pm: THE HAPPIEST YOU’LL BE ALL NIGHT When that first drink reaches your stomach, the alcohol enters your bloodstream, where it makes a beeline straight for your brain’s pleasure centres.