News This 1348 painting shows how plague devastated European cities like Florence

Black rats are also implicated in both outbreaks, which took place 800 years apart

World Health Organisation warns there could soon be 'no effective treatment' for gonorrhoea

There could soon be “no effective treatment” against the sexually transmitted infection, gonorrhoea, which infects more than 100 million people globally every year, the World Health Organisation warned today.

Jeremy Laurance: The best defence against Legionnaires is vigilance

The citizens of Edinburgh are understandably worried. A lethal infection has swept through an area in the south west of the city claiming one life and infecting 20 others, 12 of whom are critically ill. More cases are expected before the outbreak peaks. It is a scenario out of the Hollywood blockbuster Contagion.

Legionnaires' is not contagious and doctors have said it is safe to go out

Cooling towers blamed as worst outbreak of Legionnaires in Scottish history leaves one dead and 12 critically ill

The worst outbreak of Legionnaires disease in Scotland’s history has been blamed on a network of  industrial cooling towers in the south west of Edinburgh that have left one man dead and 12 critically ill in hospital.

Caesarean births are linked to childhood obesity, says new report

Babies born by Caesarean section are twice as likely to be obese in childhood, researchers claim.

Operations for appendicitis could be cut out for good

One of the most common operations performed in Britain – on which generations of trainee surgeons have honed their skills – is outmoded, research suggests. Surgery for appendicitis should be abandoned and replaced with a course of antibiotics, experts say.

'Yellow Dragon Disease' threatens fruit crop

A citrus disease that has killed millions of trees and cost growers billions of dollars across Florida and Brazil has been detected in California, despite the industry's best efforts to keep it at bay.

Campaigners warn over beach litter

The number of balloons littering the UK's beaches rose last year, with campaigners warning jubilee and Olympic celebrations could make the problem worse.

Banknote 'dirtier than toilet seat'

Banknotes can carry more germs than the average toilet seat, with some harbouring E.coli, an expert said today.

LOSER: Chris Hoy
Call yourself a referee Chris Hoy? Well actually, he never did, but that didn't stop angry Tottenham fans from venting their frustration at the Olympic gold medallist who was mistaken for referee Chris Foy on Twitter.

Team GB told not to shake hands at the Olympics

British athletes are being told not to shake hands in case they catch a bug which wrecks their Olympic dreams.

Open windows could help beat superbugs, says expert

Florence Nightingale may have had a point when she insisted 150 years ago that open windows were the hallmark of a healthy hospital ward, according to a microbiologist who believes air conditioning and an ultra-sterile environment may actually contribute to infections.

Killer infection came from taps

An infection that killed three babies at a hospital has been traced to taps in its neo-natal unit.

Intensive care unit cleared after bug kills three babies

Expectant mothers transferred after deaths are linked to bacterium in Belfast hospital

Babies moved out after third death at Belfast's Royal Hospital

A neonatal room at a hospital in Northern Ireland is being emptied after three babies died from an infection, medical staff said.

Legionnaire's found at Hong Kong's government headquarters

Bacteria which cause Legionnaire's disease have been found throughout Hong Kong's brand new, £432 million government headquarters.

Leading article: Science comes a step closer to Spider-Man

Bulletproof skin, super-fine netting strong enough to bring down a fighter jet, artificial tendons that are even tougher and more flexible than the real thing. The potential uses of spider silk might be nothing out of the ordinary to Peter Parker, but scientists in the real world have struggled in vain for decades trying to work out ways to produce enough of the stuff to be useful. Not for much longer, perhaps.

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