Bird flu strain has begun to mutate into form "more likely" to cause human pandemic

Bird flu strain has begun to mutate into form 'more likely' to cause human pandemic Warning comes days after authorities in China announced they had identified cases of H7N9Flu experts are currently picking through DNA data of victims to assess severity of the strainVirus needs a 'very close eye kept on it' say experts By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 16:59 GMT, 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:59 GMT, 3 April 2013 A deadly strain of bird flu previously unknown in people has begun to mutate into a form more likely to cause a human pandemic, scientists say.

Flu can spread before symptoms show, finds study in ferrets

Flu can spread before symptoms show, according to study in ferrets Virus can be transmitted into the air through normal breathing Ferrets are the best animal model for studying human flu | UPDATED: 08:14 GMT, 30 August 2012 If you are reaching for your handkerchief it might be too late to stop the spread of flu, research suggests.

Parents furious as girls, 13, given contraceptive implants at school without their knowledge

Parents furious as 13-year-old girls given contraceptive implants at school without their knowledge Devices temporarily prevent pregnancy by releasing hormones into the bloodIn 2011, 1,700 girls aged 13/14 were fitted with implants Under 'patient confidentiality' rules, school staff are banned from seeking permission of parents beforehand Girls as young as 13 are being given contraceptive implants at school without their parents’ knowledge.

Abortion statistics: Nearly a third of pregnancies in Europe end in termination

Nearly a third of pregnancies in Europe end in abortion Northern Europe and the U.S fare have a higher abortion rate than western Europe Unwanted pregnancy: 17 out of 1,000 of child bearing age in the UK had an abortion in 2008 Nearly one in three of pregnancies in Europe are terminated, according to an international group of scientists. The startling statistic came to light as Dr Gilda Sedgh from the Guttmacher Institute in the U.S, revealed the data from the latest global abortion study. According to the research, the long-term decline in the rates of abortion worldwide has stalled while the proportion of unsafe terminations that put women's lives at risk is rising.