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Jul 2019

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria survive on hospital gowns even after being cleaned with disinfectant

Research carried out by the University of Plymouth has shown that surgical gowns still carry superbugs even after being disinfected. The study exposed hospital scrubs to three different strains of Clostridium difficile (C.diff), which can cause fever, nausea and diarrhoea. The gowns were cleaned for ten minutes with a disinfectant containing 1,000 parts per million…

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23
Jul 2019

Wales sees slowdown in cancer survival improvement rates

According to new analysis by cancer experts, Wales has seen a slowdown in cancer survival improvement, and the gap in survival rates for lung and breast cancers is widening between richer and poorer parts of the country. According to the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit (WCISU), a range of wider social and economic factors…

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23
Jul 2019

One in ten children worldwide missing out on life-saving vaccines

A report by Unicef and the World Health Organisation details how 19.4 million children worldwide were ‘not fully vaccinated ‘ in 2018, a figure which has increased from 18.7 million in 2017 and 18 million in 2016. These ’insufficient’ uptake rates are exposing children to the risk of everything from diphtheria to tetanus, whooping cough…

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23
Jul 2019

Vaccine ‘supercharges immune system’, destroying ‘up to 60% of hard-to-treat tumours in the breast and lungs

Scientists in the States have developed a vaccine that boosts a patient’s cancer-fighting cells, allowing more of them to penetrate stubborn tumours. When cancer-ridden mice were given the vaccine alongside CAR-T cell therapy (which involves programming a patient’s immune cells to destroy tumours) the treatment combination completely eradicated solid tumours in 60 per cent of…

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