One in 10 bank cards carries illness-causing bacteria

One in 10 bank cards carries illness-causing faecal bacteria 26 per cent of hands sampled showed traces of faecal contamination and bacteria including E.coli60 per cent of participants surveyed admitted they didn't wash their hands before eating | UPDATED: 13:56 GMT, 15 October 2012 Cards carry a surprising amount of illness-causing bacteria Next time you get your debit card out, you might want to use it to buy some hand wash.

Holidaymaker discovers six centimetre long FLATWORM trapped in her arm when she returns from Malaysia

Holidaymaker discovers six centimetre long FLATWORM trapped in her arm when she returns from Malaysia Holidaymaker noticed an itchy lump in her arm in July but didn't get it check until SeptemberDoctors believe she contracted parasite eating undercooked fish or meat Lump is pain-free until doctors probe it, when it becomes irritated | UPDATED: 17:17 GMT, 24 September 2012 A holidaymaker returned from Malaysia with a six-centimetre flatworm lodged in her arm.

Grant Museum of Zoology: A jar of moles, half a chimpanzee’s head and the skeleton of a loris

A jar of moles, half a chimpanzee”s head and the skeleton of a loris: Inside the incredible Grant Museum of Zoology where tens of thousands of animals and insects are preserved . A chimpanzee”s head chopped in half, a glass jar of tiny moles and a small aardvark curled up as if it is just sleeping are just a few of the 67,000 specimens preserved in fluid display at a London museum.

Meet the planet’s “vampire” bugs which spend every waking moment looking for ways to extract blood

They”re out for your blood: Meet the planet”s vampire bugs as you”ve never seen them before | UPDATED: 02:10 GMT, 28 August 2012 From our comfortable spot near the top of the food chain, it is easy to forget that we are still prey for numerous animals.

Manmade climate change is driving outbreak of tummy bugs in Europe, claim scientists

Manmade climate change may be driving tummy bug outbreaks in Europe, claim scientists Vibrio bacteria, which is normally found growing in warm and tropical waters, now thrives in the Baltic Sea Bacteria strains will multiply as seas warm, predict researchers The bacteria causes illnesses from cholera to gastroenteritis | UPDATED: 09:55 GMT, 23 July 2012 Tummy troubles: There is increasing concern that climate change may be driving bacterial waterborne infectious diseases Climate change is driving the growth of a group of water-borne bacteria in northern Europe that can cause illnesses from cholera to gastroenteritis.

Hospital blunders: Almost 12,000 preventable deaths in hospitals every year due to errors in care

Hospital blunders 'result in almost 12,000 preventable deaths in hospitals every year': Junior doctors badly supervised, says study 60% of the preventable deaths occurred in elderly, frail patients | UPDATED: 13:56 GMT, 14 July 2012 Nearly 12,000 patients die needlessly in hospital every year due to blunders by staff, researchers warn.

One in five breast cancer victims who refuse mastectomy need second operation

Warning to cancer victims who refuse breast removal: One in five who opt for less drastic surgery need second operation | UPDATED: 09:32 GMT, 13 July 2012 Thousands of breast cancer patients who refuse to have a mastectomy – and instead opt for a less drastic operation – will need further surgery to remove tumours, a study reveals.

Stressed expectant mothers "60% more likely" to have babies with health problems

Stressed expectant mothers '60% more likely' to have babies with health problems Stress during pregnancy leaves a baby more at risk of breathing difficulties and being placed on a ventilator for the first half hour of its life | UPDATED: 10:15 GMT, 3 July 2012 Expectant mothers who suffer from stress are 60 per cent more likely to have babies with health problems, according to a study.