Just one sick person in the office means HALF of the communal surfaces are contaminated by lunchtime


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Just one sick person in the office means HALF of the communal surfaces are contaminated by lunchtime Some of the likeliest germ hotspots include doorknobs, photocopier and lift buttons and the office fridgeEmployees far more likely to get ill from touching surfaces rather than someone sneezing near themBut simple interventions such as hand washing, wipes and hand gel can drastically reduce the risk of infection By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 15:57 GMT, 1 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:43 GMT, 1 February 2013 We've all had that sinking feeling when a stoic colleague turns up to work coughing and sneezing.

Feeling under the weather? It could be because of all the rain: Scientists link stomach bugs to wetter conditions and storms


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Feeling under the weather It could be because of all the rain: Scientists link stomach bugs to wetter conditions and stormsTorrential rain leads to drains overflowing which spreads bacteriaThe bacteria, if ingested, makes us illViroclime project looks at climate change and waterborne viruses By Steve Nolan PUBLISHED: 16:30 GMT, 6 January 2013 | UPDATED: 07:47 GMT, 7 January 2013 Sick: The weather might make us miserable, but it could also be making us ill, according to scientists It's not unusual for the inclement British weather to make us feel a little miserable, but it could also be making us ill, say scientists.

Flu can spread before symptoms show, finds study in ferrets


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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.

One in six cancers are caused by preventable infections


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One in six cancers are caused by preventable infections Cervical cancer accounted for around half of the infection-related cancers in women UPDATED: 22:00 GMT, 8 May 2012 Two types of the human papilloma virus (HPV) cause around 70 per cent of all cervical cancers One in six cancers are caused by preventable infections, research shows.

Supermarket "bag for life" can give you food poisoning…so put it in your washing machine to kill the bugs!


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Your supermarket 'bag for life' can give you food poisoning…so put it in your washing machine to kill the bugs! | UPDATED: 00:47 GMT, 10 April 2012 Many of us fuss over a clean loo and kitchen sink, but what about the other household items we use every day Experts reveal the neglected areas you should be spring cleaning to MATTHEW BARBOUR…

Why being stressed can wreak havoc with your immune system and make you physically ill


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Why being stressed can wreak havoc with your immune system and make you physically illTests showed the immune systems of those who were stressed were less sensitive to cortisol | UPDATED: 00:35 GMT, 3 April 2012 As many of us know, stress can leave you feeling run down.

Body clock "alters" immune system: Not sleeping enough CAN make you ill


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Not sleeping enough CAN damage your immune system and make you ill, says study A disturbed sleeping pattern can lead to illness, scientists say.