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The smoking ban in public places is leading to reduced numbers of asthma sufferers being admitted to hospital, new research has found

Smoking ban 'cuts' asthma cases

Hospitals are dealing with nearly 2,000 fewer admissions of asthma patients every year thanks to smoking being banned in public places, according to new research. The study carried out by a team from the University of Bath looked at hospital emergency admission data during the three years following the introduction of the ban in England in July 2007.

Scientists have developed a new technique which introduces disease-blocking bacteria into mosquitoes

Anti-virus study targets mosquitoes

Scientists believe they have developed a technique to help halt the spread of diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and potentially malaria. It works by introducing disease-blocking bacteria into mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are unable to spread viruses when infected with the bacteria Wolbachia - but it has been difficult to spread because it reduces the mosquitoes' ability to lay viable eggs.

Many British travellers are continuing to play down the financial risk of getting sick or injured when out of the country

Uninsured face hefty medical bills

Nearly a quarter of British tourists are leaving themselves open to "mortgage-sized" medical bills by failing to buy travel insurance before they venture abroad, a leading industry body has said. Despite the prospect of taking a serious financial hit, travellers are continuing to play down the risk of getting sick or injured when out of the country, according to a report by the Association of British Insurers.

New strain: As China braces itself for a fresh outbreak, Britain still remembers bird flu signs such as this one going up at the end of 2007

New bird flu scare probe talks

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is in talks with the Chinese government following a new bird flu strain which has struck at least 21 people. They are discussing whether to send a team from the global health body to help investigate the fresh outbreak. International experts are likely to include epidemiological, laboratory and communications experts, but it remains unclear if and when such a group would arrive.

Dengue fever affects as many as 390 million people around the world every year, according to research

Dengue affects '390 million people'

Mosquito-borne virus dengue fever affects as many as 390 million people around the world every year, according to a new study.

An airline revealed its heavier passengers will have to pay more to fly following weight-based pricing

Heavy plane travellers to pay more

An airline has revealed that it will be selling tickets based on the weight of passengers in future. Samoa Air plans to merge the weight of passengers with the heaviness of their bags, charging between 62p and 70p per kilogram.

Concerns have been raised about the use of EHICs in Spain

Travellers raise EHIC concerns

Travellers heading to Spain have been warned that some clinics and hospitals in the Mediterranean country are failing to accept European Health Insurance Cards.

A survery has found many people are going on holiday without arranging travel insurance

'Confusion' on overseas healthcare

Travellers are often unsure about what healthcare they will be entitled to while on holiday abroad, a poll has suggested. A survey carried out by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) questioned 2,500 people and found 54% of them did not know they needed a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to receive healthcare in EU countries.

Scientists are hoping drugs incorporating a new molecule may eventually be able to wipe out malaria

New drug hope in malaria fight

Scientists are hoping drugs incorporating a new molecule may eventually be able to wipe out malaria. Researchers at the University of South Florida said drugs based on the molecule would target the parasite that causes malaria at three points in its life-cycle.

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