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15/06/2008
The Sunday Telegraph
By: Laura Donnelly
Alternative healers to face safety prosecutions
Strict regulations are to be imposed on herbalists and acupuncturists amid growing concerns about the safety of their treatments. With one in three people having used complementary medicines, a government report says there is an urgent need to protect the public. It recommends that anyone offering the treatments should be required to register with a regulator, who will require new practitioners to take a degree in their subject.
 
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16/06/2008
Daily Telegraph
By: John Bingham
A taste of honey ousts marmalade
Honey has replaced marmalade on the nation's breakfast table after health gurus labelled it a "superfood". Sales of honey in Britain have risen 11 per cent in the past year to £78 million, overtaking marmalade, which increased three per cent to £76 million, according to analysis by TNS.
 
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14/06/2008
Daily Telegraph
By: Staff
Allergy risk higher for children who live near main roads
Children who live near busy roads are 50 per cent more likely to develop allergies, researchers said yesterday. They found that traffic pollution drastically increases the risk of developing diseases such as asthma and eczema. Those living less than 50 yards from a busy street were the most at risk, the team of German scientists reported in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. They also had a greater chance of developing a food allergy.
 
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16/06/2008
Daily Express
By: David Gibbs
New wonder drug to beat arthritis
Sufferers crippled by arthritis were offered new hope last night with a wonder drug that makes conventional treatment three times more effective. Actemra is being hailed as a major breakthrough in halting the progression of rheumatoid arthritis for hundreds of thousands of patients. The drug, also known as tocilizumab, is an antibody developed by pharmaceutical giant Roche with Japanese company Chugai Pharma.
 
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14/06/2008
The Guardian
By: Polly Curtis
Teenagers turn away from swimming
The proportion of teenagers who swim regularly has dropped dramatically in the last decade, according to new figures which swimming teachers suggested showed older children are rejecting the nation's favourite sporting activity.
 
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16/06/2008
The Guardian
By: John Carvel
NHS and Health Sector News
More than a quarter of NHS trusts in England are at risk of losing their licences to treat patients because of failure to comply with hygiene regulations, the government's health watchdog revealed today. The Healthcare Commission said 41 hospitals and 62 other NHS organisations have admitted failing to observe one or more parts of the hygiene code. Separately, GPs are being pressured to move into proposed new "super-surgeries" with claims that their current practices are not up to health and safety standards, doctors' leaders claim today. In other news, more than half of hospital trusts are treating fewer heart attacks since the ban on smoking in public places came in last year. Nearly six in ten NHS trusts are reporting a dramatic fall in the number of heart attack patients being admitted to emergency wards. Finally, the NHS' new IT system is in a state of chaos, an influential group of MPs will warn. The Public Accounts Committee will use a key hearing to question leading figures in the NHS as they attempt to quantify the problems confronting Connecting for Health, the project to electronically link every GP's surgery and hospital in England and provide online records for up to 50 million patients.
 
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