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The mosquitos that transmit the disease breed in standing water

Dengue epidemic strikes Brazil

The city of Campo Grande in the southern state of Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil is facing a dengue fever epidemic.

The doctor spent time treating climbers and locals in the Himalayas

GP does three-month Himalayas work

A family doctor has spent three months working at the world's highest hospital, helping treat people among the peaks of the Himalayas. Usually based in Devon, Neil Rushton was working 4,270m above sea level at a centre run by the Himalayan Rescue Association in the village of Pheriche, Nepal.

The number of children admitted to hospital with symptoms of asthma has fallen since the introduction of the smoking ban in 2007

Smoking ban 'tackles child asthma'

A new study has found since the ban on smoking in enclosed public places came into force, there has been a fall in the number of children being admitted to hospital with symptoms of asthma. According to research carried out by scientists at Imperial College London, there was a drop of 12.3% in the number of hospital admissions in the first year after the law was put in place in July 2007.

Holidaymakers have been urged to see their doctor after returning from high-risk countries

Travellers warned over malaria

Researchers have warned holidaymakers returning from tropical regions such as western Africa and India over the risk of malaria and typhoid fever. In a study of more than 80,000 holidaymakers worldwide who required medical care for illnesses contracted while overseas, more than 3,000 were found to have malaria, typhoid fever and other potentially deadly tropical diseases.

Times Square: New York is being gripped by a flu epidemic

Big Apple laid low by flu epidemic

A public health emergency has been declared in the Big Apple as New York is laid low with a flu epidemic.

Researchers have linked asthma in children and teenagers to fast food

Asthma in young linked to fast food

Youngsters could be increasing the risk of asthma and eczema by eating junk food, according to new research. The International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood revealed children and teenagers who consume more than three portions of fast food each week have a greater risk of severe asthma and eczema.

Don't forget to take out travel insurance for your holiday

Travelling Brits 'running the risk'

Large numbers of Brits with conditions like diabetes, asthma or epilepsy are putting themselves at physical and financial risk when they travel, new research has found. Nearly a third (30%) of people with pre-existing medical conditions remain unaware that they need to disclose their health issues when purchasing travel insurance, the study discovered.

People who suffer with asthma will soon be able to detect air quality levels on their smartphone

New app measures pollution levels

Asthma sufferers could soon avoid exposure to irritable pollutants after a new smartphone-based pollution app successfully incorporated CitiSense technology, which is used to measure levels of ozone, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide, to tip off users about high risk areas in the United States.

Asthma sufferers have been warned to be vigilant over Christmas

Christmas warning for asthmatics

Dust-covered decorations, perfumed candles and Christmas trees are all things which can aggravate asthma symptoms, according to research. A survey carried out by Asthma UK revealed 53% of sufferers found their symptoms were triggered by the dust from ornaments, baubles and other decorations while for one in four said their condition was aggravated by scented candles. Open fires caused a problem for 8% of those polled while Christmas trees made asthma symptoms worse for 3%.

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