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New research suggests that men who eat deep fried foods more than once a week increase their risk of prostate cancer by a third

Fried foods link to prostate cancer

Men's risk of prostate cancer is increased by a third if they eat more than one serving of fried foods a week.

Drinking unsafe water abroad has been described as a 'huge danger' for travellers

Water source of holiday illnesses

More than half of all travellers are getting ill because of drinking dirty water overseas. Latin America, Africa, the Middle-East and Asia top the list of the biggest-risk destinations, says new research from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Diarrhoea is the most common symptom resulting from imbibing contaminated water, followed by nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, bloating and fever.

The first patient identified with the new respiratory illness was flown in from Qatar for treatment

Third family member contracts virus

A third member of a family in the UK has been infected with a new respiratory illness similar to the deadly Sars virus - the fourth case identified in Britain. The first case was in a patient flown in from Qatar for treatment, while the second was linked to travel to the Middle East and Pakistan.

The latest coronavirus patient is being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Sars-like virus spreads to relative

A relative of a patient from the UK who travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan and contracted a potentially fatal Sars-like virus has also been infected. Health experts revealed the new victim, also from the UK, is being treated at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Health officials are spraying properties in Cairns to kill mosquitoes that carry the dengue virus following an outbreak

Dengue fever outbreak hits Cairns

A battle to prevent the spread of the dengue virus is being waged in Cairns following the confirmation of 55 cases there over the past few weeks.

Around a quarter of cancer patients feel cut off from family and friends, a charity says

Many cancer patients isolated, poll

Almost a quarter (23%) of cancer patients feel isolated from family and friends, according to Macmillan Cancer Support. The charity said there is a lack of support for the patients in treatment and recovery, and isolation can be shattering on people living with the disease.

A new study suggests that being closer to the equator can bring on allergies and asthma

Distance to equator ups asthma risk

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) has claimed that living near the equator increases the risk of developing allergies and asthma. Past studies have linked latitude to airborne allergens because of climate, housing and cultural differences but the lead author of the latest research, Vicka Oktaria, MPH, says that "UV-B rays exposure is higher" and that rise could be "linked to vitamin D".

Medical researchers are testing a lung scanning method that may improve diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disease

Lung technique offers asthma hope

A new method of creating an image of the lungs is being tested by staff at a hospital in Oxford and experts say success could lead to better treatment for conditions such as asthma.

A poll shows that many people believe wrongly that travel insurance is unnecessary

Many think travel cover unnecessary

Travel insurance is wrongly thought to be unnecessary by many people who believe the Government will pay for any treatment if they fall ill while overseas, according to Abta. The UK travel trade association for tour operators and travel agents produced a poll which said 16% of consumers hold this mistaken view, and 17% assume wrongly that they do not require insurance in Europe as they have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

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