Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 28/07/2011 - 08:11

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Hold the front page: porn stars get STIs

Here’s a surprise: rates of sexually-transmitted diseases are high among performers in the adult film industry.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 21/07/2011 - 14:07

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Vaccine double U-turn lacks transparency

Sheila Bird :: Wed, 12/01/2011 - 16:47

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Rush for flu vaccine worth celebration

Let’s celebrate the public’s approval for vaccination . . .

Sheila Bird :: Wed, 05/01/2011 - 10:31

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Swine flu data: through a glass darkly

By 16 December 2010, there were 182 patients with swine flu in intensive care units in England, equalling the worst week in 2009 (180) and deaths from H1N1 had risen from 10 (when doctors first d

Sheila Bird :: Mon, 27/12/2010 - 14:13

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Where are the statistics on swine-flu 2010?

The number of patients with swine flu who need intensive care has already matched the peak reached in 2009 (12-18 November 2009) prompting health reporters to draw a parallel – but finding

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 25/08/2010 - 15:07

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Hysteria on STIs is overdone

Sex sells papers, so today’s made hay with new figures for sexually-transmitted diseases. “Drunk ladettes fuel a boom in STIs” was the Daily Express headline.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 05/07/2010 - 11:21

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Flu deaths: a triumph of statistics, not virology

Dame Deirdre Hine’s report on swine flu, published last Friday, acquits all involved of blame for spending £1.2 billion on a pandemic that turned out to be mild.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 14/06/2010 - 14:33

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Screenwash and Legionnaires' disease

The BBC, and other media sources, report that operating a windscreen washer without added screenwash increases the risk of catching Legionnaires’ disease.

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 27/11/2009 - 10:24

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H1N1 deaths: why is England the odd one out?

The latest figures for deaths from H1N1 flu, published by the Health Protection Agency for week 48, raise an interesting question. 

Sheila Bird :: Fri, 20/11/2009 - 14:35

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Tracing changes in the impact of swine flu

The latest figures for patients hospitalized in England for suspect swine flu provide an opportunity to compare the current cases with those in the first wave in July.