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How bacteria-munching viruses could offer an alternative to antibiotics

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Stylised visualisation of a bacteriophage

They look like something out of nightmare, but these so-called ‘spider viruses’ occur naturally, and could be a powerful new weapon in tackling the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Bacteriophages, or phages for short, have a remarkable and currently untapped …

Is hay fever season starting earlier in the UK, with the pollen count rising?

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Honeybee covered in pollen on a pussy willow catkin

Hay fever is already common during the spring and summer months, but our changing climate could see some symptoms starting earlier in the year for allergy sufferers across the UK. Recent studies suggest that some types of pollen and other …

A parent’s guide to keeping kids healthy this school term

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Smiling children on a school trip

As a new school year begins, parents can help to slow the spread of seasonal illnesses and avoid unnecessary absences. This article covers the role of healthy hygiene habits, vaccination, spotting the symptoms of common illnesses, and how to make informed decisions on whether a sick student is well enough to attend school or college.

How does climate change threaten our health? From allergies to wildfires

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Fire engines and firefighters attending a large moorland grassfire in the South Wales valleys in 2022

The Health Effects of Climate Change report summarises the latest science on health threats from climate change in the UK. Since the last report in 2012, both the evidence and the risks have greatly escalated. Read 11 key takeaways in our latest post.