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Flu vaccine ‘working better for children’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The flu vaccine is so far proving more effective in children than in adults in the UK, mid-season figures suggest.The nasal spray flu vaccine is 87% effective in children aged two to 17 against the main circulating flu strain, influenza A(H1N1)pmd09, Public Health England data indicates.Meanwhile, the flu vaccine is 39% effective against the same strain in adults aged 18 to 64.No data is yet
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Princess Royal Maternity Hospital: Dead babies had ‘extremely rare’ infection

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption The babies has been born extremely prematurely at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital Two newborn babies who died in a Glasgow maternity hospital had been infected with a rare bacterium that has never been seen before in Scotland. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde announced on 31 January that the two premature babies had died at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital.The health board has now
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Richard Coles: Mental health hospital ‘saved my life’

[ad_1] Image copyright BBC/Duncan Stingemore Image caption The Reverend Richard Coles was an inpatient at St Andrew's Healthcare in Northampton in the late 1970s Pop star-turned-vicar the Reverend Richard Coles has credited a mental health hospital for saving his life when he was 17.The former Communards keyboard player said he was an inpatient at St Andrew's Healthcare in Northampton when he had an episode of clinical depression.Mr Coles said he
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PTSD affects ‘one in 13 by age of 18’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images One in 13 young people in England and Wales experiences post-traumatic stress disorder by the age of 18, the first research of its kind suggests. A study of more than 2,000 18-year-olds found nearly a third had experienced trauma in childhood.And a quarter of these then developed PTSD, which can cause insomnia, flashbacks and feelings of isolation.Researchers say, with many young people not receiving the
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East of England Ambulance Service ‘destroyed health’ says sacked worker

[ad_1] Image caption Gordon Flemming worked as a motor vehicle technician with the ambulance service An ambulance worker who suffered mental health problems at work has accused his employers of "destroying" his life and health, after a tribunal.Mechanic Gordon Flemming, from Norwich, won a case of unfair dismissal against the East of England Ambulance Service.The tribunal panel said it was "appalled" at some of the behaviour towards Mr Flemming, who
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Sepsis campaigner takes son’s ashes to Buckingham Palace

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Melissa Mead received her MBE from the Prince of Wales A health campaigner whose son died of sepsis carried his ashes in a teddy bear as she visited Buckingham Palace to collect an honour.Melissa Mead's son William died of blood poisoning following a chest infection in 2014.She was presented with an MBE by the Prince of Wales for services to raising awareness of
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Nephew, 5, inspires hairdresser’s Spargoland ‘sensory’ salon

[ad_1] A hairdresser has told how his five-year-old nephew, who was born with cerebral palsy, inspired him to create a salon in Essex for people with different disabilities. Oscar, from Wickford, suffered brain damage at birth and needs full-time support and care. His uncle Ian Marshall, from Brentwood, Essex, decided to start Spargoland, a salon for people with autism, learning and physical disabilities, which has since won an award. Oscar's
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Asthma: Young people in the UK ‘more likely to die’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Young people in the UK are more likely to die from asthma than those in other wealthy countries, a report has found.Death rates for asthma in 10 to 24-year-olds was highest in the UK among all 14 European nations included in an analysis of 19 high-income countries.The UK also had the highest obesity rates for 15 to 19-year-olds among the European nations.The government said it