UK resident in intensive care battling potentially fatal SARS-like virus

UK resident in intensive care after becoming 10th person in world to contract potentially fatal SARS-like virus The patient, who recently returned from the Middle East and Pakistan, is being treated in ManchesterIs infected with a new type of coronavirus, which can cause the common cold but also severe illnessThe latest case is the second to be identified in the UK in a patient who died from a severe respiratory infection in June 2012.

High blood pressure, smoking and alcohol are the biggest global killers

High blood pressure is the biggest global killer…but obesity isn't far behind, warn leading scientists Smoking and alcohol came second and third, says study which looked at 43 risk factors over 20 yearsToo much salt and not enough fruit partly to blame High body mass index was the biggest ‘climber’, moving from tenth place to sixth | UPDATED: 17:56 GMT, 13 December 2012 High blood pressure killed more than nine million people worldwide in 2010, making it the greatest overall health risk.

WARNING: The Olympic germs heading here. Why health officials will be high alert

Warning, Olympic germs heading here! Why health officials will be on high alert | UPDATED: 03:10 GMT, 26 June 2012 The conversation is one being repeated across the country: ‘Feeling hot and everything aches.

Fresh hope of vaccine for killer meningitis B that could prevent illness in 80% of children

Fresh hope of vaccine for killer meningitis B that could prevent illness in 80% of children | UPDATED: 00:36 GMT, 7 May 2012 New hope: The jab to protect againt Meningitis B proved successful in the majority of teenagers giving hope for future inoculations A jab to protect against deadly meningitis B is being developed by scientists.

Watch your tackle! England football fans warned about groin-biting insects at site of Euro 2012

Tick-Borne Encephalitis is a viral infectious disease that causes swelling of the brain and spinal cord. England and Ireland football supporters have been warned to ‘watch their tackle’ in this summer’s Euros because of a deadly biting insect that attacks the groin.

Want an asthma-free child? Get a pet while you are pregnant

Want an asthma-free child Get a pet while you are pregnant Babies who have indoor prenatal pet exposure have a pattern of lower levels of an antibody linked to asthma and allergies Mothers who spend time with pets during their pregnancy are less likely to have children with allergies and asthma, a study has revealed.

Malaria is twice as deadly as first thought after disease claims 1.2million lives in a year

Malaria is twice as deadly as first thought after disease claims 1.2million lives in a year U.S study found malaria death rate twice the number cited by World Health Organisation Malaria is killing almost twice as many people around the world than was previously thought, a study has shown.

Majority of new HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis B cases are found in immigrants

Majority of new HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis B cases are found in immigrants coming to live in Britain 75% of TB cases reported last year were born abroadAlmost two-thirds of HIV cases and 80% of hepatitis B cases were found in immigrants High rates of tuberculosis, HIV and hepatitis B are found in migrants coming to live as long-term residents in Britain, according to a report.

Pregnant women and new mothers are 70 times more likely to get tuberculosis

Pregnant women and new mothers are 70 times more likely to get tuberculosis GPs warned: Pregnant women are at much higher risk of tuberculosis (posed by a model) Pregnant women are at much higher risk of tuberculosis, researchers claim. A major study has found that expectant mothers or those who have given birth within the past six months are 69 per cent more likely to get the illness. The researchers from the Health Protection Agency warned midwives and GPs to look out for the symptoms of TB because it can be fatal if not treated