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HPA scientists found evidence of link between GlaxoSmithKline's Pandemrix jab and narcolepsy cases in children

Japan radioactivity found in UK

Extremely low levels of radioactive iodine from the tsunami-hit Japanese nuclear plant have been detected in parts of the UK, the Health Protection Agency said today.

Steep rise in HIV cases leads to new guidance

More than 20 years since the first UK advertising campaign against HIV urged people "Don't die of ignorance" the number contracting the disease in the UK has almost doubled in a decade.

Scottish water supplies normal after alert

Thousands of Scots who were told not to drink their tap water following an aluminium alert have been told supplies are now back to normal.

Apple's reputation suffers in China over 'poisoned' workers

Queues to buy iPads and iPhones stretch around China's expanding network of iStores, but Apple's reputation is coming under severe scrutiny in China after workers at a factory making touch screens on contract for the tech giant urged Apple to address their grievances over a chemical poisoning they said could still harm their health.

Health chiefs prepare for flu case surge

Parents are being urged to remain vigilant over the threat of flu amid an expected rise in new cases as people return to work and school following the Christmas holidays.

Flu outbreak claims another 12 victims

Twelve more people died from flu last week – all but one under 65, the public health watchdog said.

Flu death toll hits 39

Twelve more people have died from confirmed flu in the past week, taking the death toll to 39, according to the latest UK figures.

Government play down flu epidemic fears

Under-fives were excluded from this year's flu vaccination programme on medical not cost grounds, the Government insisted today as it played down concerns that the UK was headed for an epidemic.

Waste crisis means 80 giant furnaces set for go-ahead in 2011

A grassroots revolt is growing over a new generation of controversial incinerators planned across the UK, which would see the amount of household waste sent to be burnt more than double. Incinerators are currently being planned on more than 80 sites under the so-called "dash for ash".

Michael McCarthy: What's the official line on incinerators? There isn't one

Campaigners stress this is a huge waste of money – an incinerator can cost £100m – which will be diverted from recycling

Intensive care flu cases double in a week

The number of people in critical care with confirmed or suspected flu in England has risen to 460 - more than double the figure a week ago.

Britain's flu death rate is the highest in Europe

Britain's winter flu outbreak worsened suddenly last week with 10 new deaths reported, figures published yesterday show. Total deaths since the start of the current outbreak in October now stand at 27, putting the country at the head of the European league.

302 flu victims in intensive care

More than 300 people are in intensive care with flu, Government figures showed today.

Mum-of-four with swine flu fights for life

A pregnant mother of four children is in intensive care with swine flu. Fallon Devaney, 25, was taken to hospital after struggling for breath.

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