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Most C. diff infections are 'not hospital spread'

<b>Most cases of C. difficile are not actually caused by the bug being spread round hospitals, a study suggests.</b><p>A team from the University of Oxford said "more and more deep cleaning ain't going to do any good".<p>Analysis of every C. diff infection in Oxfordshire for more than three years showed less …

Microbiology

'Chemotherapy-sparing' test offered

Nearly 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK each year<p><b>A breast cancer test that could spare thousands of women the ordeal of chemotherapy has been approved for use in the NHS in England and Wales.</b><p>The test works out the odds of a some tumours spreading round the body and can be …

Cancer

England's MMR jabs 'highest ever'

<b>The number of two-year-olds who have received the MMR vaccination in England is at its highest level since the jab was introduced more than 20 years ago.</b><p>But at 92.2%, coverage is still lower than the 95% target set by the World Health Organization (WHO).<p>The MMR jab protects against measles, mumps …

Public Health

London's A&E units facing 'very bad' winter

<b>Accident and emergency units in London are facing a "very bad" winter, politicians and doctors are predicting.</b><p>Latest data shows the capital's major A&E units are already missing the four-hour treatment target - despite summer just coming to a close.<p>Ministers have already set up a bailout fund for …

Radiation Therapy

Even Low Arsenic Exposure Linked With Heart Disease Risk

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer<p>Published: 09/24/2013 11:15 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>Exposure to even low levels of arsenic in drinking water and food may increase the risk of developing, and dying from, heart disease, a new study suggests.<p>In the study, researchers analyzed urine samples from 3,575 …

Why Heart Disease Strikes Women Later Than Men

By Tia Ghose, Staff Writer<p>Published: 09/24/2013 01:09 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>Women tend to develop heart disease about 10 years later than men, and new research suggests this is partly due to women's bodies being better at compensating for insensitivity to insulin, which controls blood sugar.<p>The …