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Questions raised over BPA plastic

Thursday Apr 1 2010

The Independent has published a series of reports into bisphenol A (BPA), a “controversial chemical” that, it says, is present in some of best-known foods and in some leading-brand baby bottles. The newspaper...

Call to ban smoking in cars

Wednesday Mar 24 2010

The dangers of exposing children to cigarette smoke are widely reported today. Many newspapers have focussed on a call for smoking to be banned in all vehicles, parks and play areas, as an extension of the current smoking ban.

Legal drug 'meow meow' probed

Wednesday Mar 17 2010

The legal drug “meow meow” is being investigated in the wake of two teenagers’ deaths, says The Sun. The two boys from Scunthorpe are believed to have taken the stimulant, also known as mephedrone, shortly before their deaths. Several...

Toddler eyes 'burnt by detergent'

Friday Mar 5 2010

Children’s eyes could be seriously damaged by capsules of laundry detergent, doctors have warned. Capsules of concentrated detergent first went on sale in 2001, designed to be less messy and inconvenient than washing...

Salty soups cause a stir

Thursday Feb 25 2010

Several newspapers have reported that many shop-bought soups contain very high levels of salt. The Daily Mail reported that some soups can have as much salt as ‘16 bags of crisps’. The Daily Express, said that...

Genetic test to classify tumours

Friday Feb 19 2010

News reports on this technology are based on a press release from Dr Victor Velculescu and colleagues at John Hopkins University. Their press release discusses forthcoming research that will be presented...

Ruling on doctor in MMR scare

Friday Jan 29 2010

The doctor who sparked the MMR controversy was “dishonest, irresponsible and showed callous disregard for the distress and pain” of children ...

Slimming pill suspended over safety fears

Friday Jan 22 2010

A slimming pill should be withdrawn because it can “lead to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes”, The Times and other newspapers reported. It said that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended...

Womb transplant 'years away'

Thursday Oct 22 2009

Widespread coverage has been given to reports that the first human womb transplant could take place within two years. Most newspapers said that research presented at an American...

Food poisoning bug in chicken

Wednesday Oct 7 2009

A government food survey released yesterday has found that most raw chicken sold in the UK contains campylobacter, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning. The survey...

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