Life and Style Michael Mosley holding up a piece of human tapeworm as Mosley lived with tapeworms in his guts for six weeks for a documentary

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Asthma victim wins 999 damages

A HIGH Court judge ordered an ambulance service to pay pounds 360,000 yesterday to a mother brain damaged after a delayed response to an emergency call.

Hay fever sufferers urged to visit GPs

HAY FEVER sufferers were warned yesterday that they run the risk of developing asthma if they do not get effective treatment for their condition.

Mother waits in torment for body of her 'wee boy'

MARGARET McKINNEY, 68, sits by the telephone in her neat west Belfast home, waiting to hear from Gardai in the Irish Republic that they have recovered the body of her son, Brian, from marshland in Co Monaghan. Her face is etched with the pain of the 21 years of loss, which began when the IRA took away her son, then aged 22, and killed him for apparently using one of its guns in an armed robbery.

Obituary: Roy Howard

ROY HOWARD was one of the first Allied troops to enter France on D-Day, 6 June 1944. As part of the largest and most spectacular airborne invasion of the Second World War, Staff Sergeant Howard piloted a Horsa glider which landed with two others in Normandy a little after midnight to spearhead the capture of Ranville Bridge over the River Orne some six hours before the seaborne invasion. Three other gliders were to land 200 yards away at Pegasus Bridge over the Caen Canal.

Asthma in young linked to work

FARMERS AND farm workers are more than twice as likely to have asthma than office staff, raising concerns that the countryside can be more damaging to health than the inner cities.

Smoking ban in Lords as peers worry about their constitution

THE DAYS of political deals being done in smoke-filled rooms are drawing to a close. A smoking ban is to be imposed in the House of Lords.

Leading Article: Give germs a chance

TELEVISION MAY do no harm, but other aspects of modern life are definitely bad for you. Doctors are puzzled by the rise and rise of allergic conditions, such as asthma, eczema and hay fever. It is often assumed that these are caused by new poisons pumped into the environment by our heavily industrialised society. But another theory is put forward in The Lancet tomorrow, which is that it is the very cleanliness of modern lifestyles that is making us ill. The "hygiene hypothesis" is that the lack of infections to fight plays havoc with the human immune system, and causes it to overreact to minor irritations.

Smokers killing 125 babies a year

PARENTAL IGNORANCE about passive smoking causes 125 cot deaths a year, a leading expert claimed yesterday.

Obituary: Adrian Love

LIKE MILLIONS of other radio listeners in the South East, I grew up with Adrian Love. He was part of life in London. Capital Radio saw to that, and later, his show Love in the Afternoon on BBC Radio 2 became a regular date for many nationwide.

The Jungle Massacre: `My escape from the Hutus'

"THANK GOD I took an acting class at school," said Linda Adams, who escaped from Hutu guerrillas after she was captured early on Monday .

`I escaped by faking asthma'

"THANK GOD I took an acting class at school," said Linda Adams, who had managed to escape from Hutu guerrillas after she was captured in the early hours of Monday morning.

Standford Rook shares at yearly high

STANDFORD ROOK, the little biotech company, jumped 24p to 166.5p, its highest for more than a year. Talk of a forthcoming link with a major pharmaceuticals group with an asthma treatment was behind the surge.

A new line in hypocrisy

IT WAS good to see old Jarvis Cocker stick his head above the parapet again this week, choosing to expand on his theory of cocaine socialism at the NME Premier Awards on Tuesday night. First formulated in a track of the same name for his latest album, This Is Hardcore, his argument is that champagne socialism has been superseded under New Labour by something far more pernicious. Cocaine socialism, then, is the politics of selfishness, and it is thus named after the overwhelming do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do self- absorption that is one of the most noticeable behavioural characteristics of someone on a cocaine high.

Poetic Licence: The Winterval Manifesto

In order not to offend people of other religions, Birmingham City Council has renamed its 42-day programme of Christmas festivities, "Winterval". In the ensuing backlash, Church leaders have said that their faith is being censored in the name of political correctness

Asthma epidemic suddenly recedes

THE ASTHMA epidemic which has swept Britain for the last 20 years, condemning millions to a life of wheezing, appears to be in decline.
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