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Poor toilet hygiene is bigger E.coli risk than uncooked food – research

We are more at risk of spreading E.coli bacteria through poor toilet hygiene than under-cooked meat or other food, according to new research. Scientists have found that most superbug infections associated with E.coli are caused by harmful strains found in human faeces rather than in chicken, pork or other types of meat. However, there are

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Dementia care crisis: People forced to quit jobs to look after ones

Research by the Alzheimer’s Society looked into people who have had to quit jobs, reduce hours, or change working patterns to care for their loved ones and estimates that this has cost businesses in England £3.2bn in the last year. Up and down the country, families are desperately trying and often failing to get the good

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Man, 83, with dementia is attacked by motorist for taking too long to cross St Ann’s road

An 83-year-old man who has dementia was assaulted and thrown to the pavement as he crossed the road in St Ann’s. The elderly man was using a zebra crossing in The Wells Road with his daughter when he was attacked, dragged off the road and thrown to the ground. His daughter, who asked to remain

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Woman found guilty of slavery after keeping vulnerable pensioner captive in her home

A woman has been found guilty of slavery offences after stealing a vulnerable pensioner’s money and keeping her captive in her home. Maria Miller, 64, subjected the woman to a seven-year ordeal after encouraging her to come and live with her in Chingford, northeast London. Miller manipulated the pensioner, now aged 74, into performing chores

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Care Support Alliance – Getting the right care makes all the difference

Campaigning for the care we need No one deserves to suffer in silence when they are denied the basic care to help them with their illness or condition. Yet at least 1.4 million people, that’s larger than the population of Birmingham, are not getting the care they need. That’s help with getting dressed, or help with meals,

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Antibiotics in world’s rivers hit danger levels, new study finds

Dangerous levels of antibiotics have contaminated hundreds of rivers worldwide, a pioneering UK-led study has found. Drug pollution is one of the main ways that bacteria in the environment can build up resistance to life-saving medicines, rendering them useless. There is also the threat of the contaminated water entering drinking supplies and the food chain.

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Measles and mumps outbreak prompts vaccination calls

Mumps cases in England have increased almost three-fold in the first three months of this year. Public Health England figures show that there were 795 cases in the first three months of this year, compared to 275 during the same period last year. There have been 3,789 cases of measles across the continent during the

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“I have the poo cancer… There’s nothing pink about my cancer, it’s just brown!” – Deborah James

Deborah James was 35 when she found out that she had stage 4 bowel cancer. While undergoing treatment, she has written and spoken out about the need for people to be aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer and why we need to pay more attention to our poo. She has a column in The

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Sepsis – the warning signs

Every year more than 50,000 people die after contracting sepsis. Many thousands more are left with disabilities and life-changing consequences. Symptoms include: slurred speech extreme shivering or muscle pain passing no urine in a day severe breathlessness “I feel like I might die” skin mottled or discoloured Symptoms in young children include: looks mottled, bluish or pale

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