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James Meikle

Fears of new deadly virus mount

Health authorities fret at the prospect of a global outbreak similar to the 2003 Sars crisis.

Halitosis raises a stink in stem cell research

The noxious chemical that causes bad breath, or halitosis, may help in the development of valuable treatments converting stem cells into liver cells.

Hot passions and cold feet

Women may fool their sexual partners by faking orgasm, but their brains cannot lie. Reaching a proper sexual climax is, for women at least, a mind-blowing event. Large parts of their brains that deal with emotion and fear appear to shut down so that they can enjoy the thrill.

Be my valentine -– share my STD

The British government launched an explicit advertising campaign on Monday as part of a drive to reduce the rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Radio advertisements warn of the risk of developing genital warts, and spoof Valentine cards are being distributed in clubs, student unions and other social haunts of young people.

Be my valentine -– share my STD

The British government launched an explicit advertising campaign on Monday as part of a drive to reduce the rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Radio advertisements warn of the risk of developing genital warts, and spoof Valentine cards are being distributed in clubs, student unions and other social haunts of young people.

Dagga may not be irie

Doctors have said that 30 000 Britons a year might eventually die from smoking dagga and have called for a battle against the drug to mirror that belatedly waged against tobacco.

UK plans water flouride

United Kingdom government ministers plan to extend the fluoridation of tap water in England and Wales, believing that proven benefits to dental health outweigh civil liberties objections and the possibility of increased medical risk.

Health watchdog to ban herbal remedy

Health watchdogs in the United Kingdom are preparing to ban kava-kava, the popular herbal remedy for anxiety that has been linked to liver damage and death. A voluntary agreement with manufacturers and retailers to keep it off the shelves, adopted last December, has not been universally followed.

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