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16/01/2018 - Surgeon reports hazards of not sneezing
Holding back a sneeze may seem the polite thing to do during the flu season – but it can carry its own dangers, a surgeon warned today. More

09/01/2018 - Repeated flu vaccine mean reduced symptoms
Elderly people who have had repeated influenza vaccinations gain protection from severe disease, according to a Spanish study. More

04/01/2018 - Virus helps to tackle brain tumours
British scientists have successfully identified a virus that trigger a form of immunotherapy for brain cancer, it was announced last night. More

29/12/2017 - Flu surge – but not an epidemic
British GPs reported a sharp increase in patients seeking treatment for flu-like symptoms last week, according to figures released yesterday. More

29/12/2017 - Web before GP, college says
People who think they need to see a GP should check on the internet first, the Royal College of GPs says. More

28/12/2017 - Internet clinic boosts STI testing
An internet-based testing system for sexually transmitted infections can hugely increase uptake of services, British researchers have reported. More

27/12/2017 - UK boost to global vaccination
A new UK-led research initiative aims to increase the supply of critical effective vaccines, it was announced today. More

19/12/2017 - Screening drop off puts cervical cancer reductions at risk
Cervical cancer may cease to kill young women within 20 years – but will remain a problem for older women because of complacency about screening, according to a new analysis. More

14/12/2017 - Global flu toll increases
Seasonal influenza is responsible for up to 650,000 respiratory disease deaths annually worldwide, according to an analysis published today. More

12/12/2017 - Man flu and Peppa Pig pose GP problems
It's time to stop snivelling about men who claim to have "man flu" - researchers in Canada believe that the phenomenon could be real. More

08/12/2017 - Plea for pregnant women to get flu vaccine
An urgent appeal has been launched by senior doctors to ensure pregnant women get flu vaccination. More

01/12/2017 - HIV drug resistance increasing
Resistance to HIV drugs is rising, according to the largest analysis ever undertaken and reported for World Aids Day. More

01/12/2017 - Cancer drug could help HIV patients
A drug used to treat cancer could also wipe out HIV-infected cells. More

10/11/2017 - Three smear tests a lifetime thanks to vaccine
The HPV vaccine means that women need many fewer cervical screens than at present, British researchers say today. More

01/11/2017 - HepC patients unaware of treatment possibilities - conference
Britain is lagging behind other countries in the identification of patients with hepatitis C infection, a global conference will hear today. More

27/10/2017 - New drive for zero measles deaths as UK pumps cash into vaccines
The number of people dying from measles worldwide last year was less than 100,000 for the first time, it was announced last night. More

18/10/2017 - HIV prevention cost-effective
A national programme of pre-exposure prophylaxis for men who have sex with men is cost-effective, according to an analysis published today. More

27/09/2017 - HIV problem among over-50s
HIV infection is increasingly being diagnosed in adults over the age of 50 in Europe, according to an analysis published today. More

26/09/2017 - Dengue virus antibodies effectively treat Zika infection
Antibodies taken from people with Dengue virus can be used to treat Zika infection in rodents, offering new hope for a single therapy that will treat both viruses in humans, researchers reported last night. More

21/09/2017 - Fatigue syndrome review as private treatment passes test
A major national investigation into chronic fatigue syndrome is to be launched, it has been announced – as one study shows that a private treatment is promising. More

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