Flu vaccine ‘working better for children’

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 […]

Japan Battles Worst Measles Outbreak in Years

Health officials in Japan are combating the country’s worst measles outbreak in years, with many infections clustered among attendees of a Valentine’s Day gift fair and a religious group that avoids vaccinations. A total of 167 cases were reported in 20 of Japan’s 47 prefectures as of Feb. 10, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases […]

Richard Coles: Mental health hospital ‘saved my life’

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 […]

Why Do We Yawn? – The New York Times

Q. Is there a purpose to a yawn? I know it means you’re sleepy, but is the body trying to accomplish something by the act of yawning? A. People yawn when they’re tired, but also when they wake from a night’s sleep. We yawn when we’re bored, but also when we’re anxious, or hungry, or […]

PTSD affects ‘one in 13 by age of 18’

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 […]