Rise in mumps cases prompts vaccine call

Why are university students getting mumps? The disease is caused by a virus that infects and causes painful swellings in the parotid glands under the ears. In rarer cases, it can lead to viral meningitis and swollen ovaries or testicles. Mumps is one of the infections the MMR vaccine protects against or at least lessens the symptoms of. However, many of the students now at university were born at the peak of the MMR-autism scare around the turn of the century, when vaccination rates dropped. The autism link, made by disgraced doctor Andrew Wakefield, has since been completely disproved. “If you’re going to university, now’s the time to catch up if you missed out as a child,” said Mary Ramsay, …

William reveals mental health pressures

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Duke of Cambridge says he felt “pain like no other pain” after the loss of Princess Diana The Duke of Cambridge has said he felt “pain like no other pain” after the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Prince William made the disclosure in a BBC TV documentary about mental health. He said the “British stiff upper lip thing” had its place when times were hard, but people also needed “to relax a little bit and be able to talk about our emotions because we’re not robots”. William also spoke of how working as an air ambulance pilot left him feeling that death was “just around the door”. He said dealing …

Apple to warn iPhone users about update impact

“To ensure compliance with consumer law, Apple has formally agreed to improve the information it provides to people about the battery health of their phones and the impact performance management software may have on their phones,” the CMA says on its website. Apple believes that changes to the way it allows users to monitor their battery’s performance among other improvements it has made mean that it is already in accordance with the CMA’s wishes. A spokesman declined to provide further comment.

Calls for Jeremy Kyle show to be axed

The broadcaster said everyone at the show was “shocked and saddened” and “thoughts are with the family and friends”. An inquest into Mr Dymond’s death is likely to be opened within the next few days, a spokeswoman for Portsmouth coroner’s office said, and they are awaiting the result of the post-mortem investigation. Commenting on the case, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Broadcasters and production companies have a responsibility for the mental health and wellbeing of participants and viewers of their programmes. “We are clear they must have appropriate levels of support in place.” ‘I worked on The Jeremy Kyle Show’ The pre-recorded episode Mr Dymond took part in was based on the subject of infidelity and it …

Bedbugs ‘outlived the dinosaurs’

Male bedbugs have a dagger-like penis, with which they stab the female to inseminate directly into her bloodstream. How bed bugs ‘dodge insecticides’ Bed bugs repulsed by certain colours “It’s the reproductive version of peacock’s tail – it’s so extreme,” said Prof Siva-Jothy. “These animals are so strange – they don’t do anything like any other animal does. Image copyright University of Sheffield Image caption The researchers had to search remote caves for their bedbug samples, where most of the species live and feed on their bat hosts Prof Siva-Jothy added that the bedbugs’ biological “Achilles heel” could be hidden in their genetic code – particularly in the parts of the genome that were unique to the two species that …

Is this the future of the school run?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIs this the future of school travel? A primary school is leading the way to make the daily commute better for the environment and for pupils’ health. When Ysgol Hamadryad opened in Cardiff, those in charge were determined that pupils would walk further than from a car outside the front gate. As well as cycling and scooter lessons, they made local roads unsuitable for parking and provide a walking bus for pupils to get to school. Now the school has been invited to advise ministers and other schools. The drive to ensure every pupil travels to their lessons in a sustainable way means the air around the school has less traffic fumes …

‘Huge’ variation in mental health spending

Mental health spending has been made a priority in recent years. In 2016, extra funding was announced and this was added to last year when the government announced its 10-year plan for the NHS. The analysis by Mind showed all areas were increasing their mental health budgets in line with the overall increase in spending – part of a requirement set by the senior leadership in the NHS. But that masked the big variations that still existed, according to the projected spending levels in 2018-19. The biggest spenders (per person, per year) South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw £220.63 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly £207.97 North Central London £205.11 The lowest spenders (per person, per year) Surrey Heartlands £124.48 Shropshire and …

Tobacco display ban ‘safeguards young’

What is the law on tobacco displays? Image copyright Stirling University Image caption Dr Allison Ford led the research into the impact of the tobacco display ban What’s the reaction to the findings? The research, which has been published in the British Medical Journal’s Tobacco Control, was funded by Cancer Research UK. Its tobacco control manager, Kruti Shrotri, said the findings proved the laws had made a difference to public health. She said: “Glitzy displays and glamorous packaging helped the tobacco industry to lure the next generation of smokers into taking up a deadly addiction. “But contrary to Big Tobacco’s belief that banning displays would make no difference this study shows that by putting cigarettes out of sight and out …

‘Bring your own lunchbox to cut waste’

“People are saying that they are buying food to take out because life has got busier,” says Hubbub’s Tessa Tricks. “It’s that sense that, ‘I’m important and having this on the go will make me do things more efficiently,’ but sometimes sitting with crockery and cutlery and enjoying it would be better.” Ms Tricks argues it is usually both healthier and cheaper to make a packed lunch, but the charity is also encouraging people to pop a plastic box in their bag alongside their reusable coffee cup, if they plan to buy takeaway food. Food outlets ‘should list all ingredients’ ‘Eco-friendly’ bags survive three years in soil Food waste ‘worse for climate than plastic’ Does your dinner come from a …

‘I Instagrammed my boyfriend’s drug habit’

“Incarceration and love aren’t meant to exist together, but we used Instagram to try to work out our way through it.” Warning: Contains images of drug paraphernalia Lisa and Elliot’s story is a romance with a difference. Elliot Murawski is just two weeks out of prison after serving more than two years for supplying Class A drugs, and is a recovering cocaine and heroin addict. The 28-year-old’s girlfriend, Lisa Selby, has been supporting him, while also sharing their struggles through social media. Image copyright Lisa Selby / @bluebaglife Image caption Elliot Murawski first tried drugs at the age of 12, and had moved on to Class A substances by the time he was 15 The couple, from Nottingham, met through …

Top officer calls for social media boycott

Starting on Monday, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will hold two weeks of hearings focusing on internet companies’ responses to the problem, during which Mr Bailey – and executives from Facebook, Google, Apple, BT and Microsoft – will give evidence. Instagram ‘biggest for child grooming online’ Facebook and Twitter grilled over MP abuse Viral app Yolo raises abuse concerns Social media effect ‘tiny’ in teenagers Mr Bailey is the chief constable of Norfolk and also leads on child protection for policing body the National Police Chiefs’ Council. He told the Press Association that the government’s online harms White Paper could be a “game changer”, but only if it leads to effective punitive measures. Published last month, the White …

GP numbers in first sustained drop for 50 years

The pressures on GPs are being looked at by the BBC as part of a special day of coverage, including a Panorama investigation. Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, president of the Royal College of GPs, said: “General practice cannot be allowed to fail. It is an absolute cornerstone of the NHS.” NHS bosses maintain that steps are being taken to improve access, with more GPs being trained and extra support staff recruited to work alongside them. Where not to live if you need a GP Have waits for GP appointments got longer? NHS ‘no chance of training enough staff’ Scotland has more GPs than rest of the UK GP numbers on their way down Dr Carmel Boyham Irvine has worked at the …

Falklands veteran to sue in medal row

Mr Ousalice’s lawyer Emma Norton says the MoD has made similar statements in the past. ‘It was a double life I was living’ Mr Ousalice is a former radio operator who now lives in Southampton. He served in the Falklands War in which he lost two comrades, did six tours of duty in Northern Ireland and was also posted to conflict zones in the Middle East. “I loved life in the navy, because of the comradeship,” he said. “It was my life.” His work was praised by his seniors and he was awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct medal in 1991. But he knew when he joined up that he had to hide the fact that he was bisexual. …

Jason Manford shares mental health battle

‘Not failing’ “It’s taken me this long to be brave enough to say it… I’ve been struggling, you know, finding things hard and I think sometimes social media can not help with that,” he said. Manford said it was not just trolls but also “bad news and nastiness… even down to comparing your life”. The father of five said he suffers from anxiety and depression and at his lowest, he “felt like I’d let my kids down and I couldn’t do my job any more”. Manford said he wanted to pass on the advice he was given that “still gets me through to this day”, which was “just because you’re struggling, doesn’t mean you’re failing”. “The next time you’re struggling, …

Nurse record title reviewed after dress row

No scrubs Jess is a senior sister at the Royal London Hospital. Her work in an acute medical admissions ward is fast-paced and she wears scrubs to work every day. So when she decided to challenge the title for the fastest woman to run a marathon in a nurse uniform, she sent Guinness World Records a photo. She was told that her actual uniform did not meet its criteria for a nurse’s uniform. She went ahead and ran anyway, completing the course in three hours, eight minutes and 54 seconds. That was fast enough to beat the record. Jess believes the rules about wearing a dress apply to anyone wanting to challenge the record title – including men. “Some of …

Egypt death couple ‘exposed to chemicals’

A preliminary report from Dr Nick Gent suggested neither radiation, natural causes, carbon monoxide poisoning nor food poisoning caused the couple’s deaths. While the cause of death is still unknown, Dr Gent told the court it was most likely exposure to an “infectious biological agent or toxic chemicals”. Image caption Susan Cooper worked for Thomas Cook in Burnley Hotel records showed housekeeping had been called to the Coopers’ room at least three times on the day before the couple died and the room next door had been fumigated. Coroner Dr James Adeley asked lawyers representing the hotel and Thomas Cook for a raft of documents ahead of a full inquest. He also requested the hotel’s air conditioning maintenance logs, as …