October 25, 2021

Life expectancy progress in UK ‘stops for first time’

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By Alex Therrien From BBC Life expectancy in the UK has stopped improving for the first time since 1982, when figures began. Women’s life expectancy from birth remains 82.9 years and for men it is 79.2, the figures from the Office for National Statistics, for 2015-17, show. In some parts of the UK, life expectancy […]

UK: Zizzi diners told to wash clothing after nerve agent traces found

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By Owen Bowcott and Haroon Siddique From The Guardian UK The announcement from Public Health England is aimed at as many as 500 customers who ate at Zizzi restaurant or were in the Mill pub last Sunday and Monday. The public health notice says that although the risk is very low repeated contact with clothing […]

Ex-Russian spy critically ill after ‘unknown substance’ exposure

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By Solange Reyner From Newsmax A man exposed to an “unknown substance” in Salisbury, England, on Sunday was identified as Sergei Skripal, a Russian national convicted of spying for Britain, BBC reports. Skripal, 66, and a woman were found unconscious on a bench near a shopping area and were taken to a nearby hospital where […]

Cayman Islands Councillor and Chief Officer at PAHO meeting

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Councillor for Health Roy McTaggart and Ministry of Health Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn recently attended a meeting of health representatives from Caribbean British Overseas Territories. The meeting was organised by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and held at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. on 28 and 29 July.  In addition to representatives from each […]

Pre-JMC Meeting in TCI concludes

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Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin and other Overseas Territories leaders attending the pre-Joint Ministerial Council meeting in Turks and Caicos continued discussions on Thursday concerning Britain’s exit from the European Union and the plans they will make ahead of the regular JMC meeting later this year. Day Two of the Pre-JMC meeting began with leaders and […]

Royal College of Physicians says E-cigarettes can ‘prevent almost all the harm from smoking’

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By Jacob Sullum From Forbes In 1962, two years before U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released his famous report on the health hazards of smoking, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) covered the same subject in a report that went further than Terry’s, linking cigarettes to cardiovascular disease as well as lung cancer and chronic […]

Superbug resistant to ALL antibiotics reaches Europe

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By Ben Spencer Medical Correspondent from The Daily Mail UK Danish patient becomes infected with untreatable form of salmonella that is ‘probably already in Britain’ The patient’s current state of health cannot be disclosed, scientists say But they fear this is the start of a global epidemic of untreatable infections Announcement comes just weeks after […]

Resist urge to control e-cigarettes’, WHO told

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By Jane Dreaper Health correspondent, BBC News Some doctors argue it is too early to know whether benefits outweigh potential risks, as Jane Dreaper reports A letter signed by more than 50 researchers and public health specialists is urging the World Health Organization (WHO) to “resist the urge to control and suppress e-cigarettes”. The letter […]