Latest Health Protection Agency Stories

As Condom Use Declines In Gay Men, HIV Rates Climb
2013-02-18 16:02:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers are finding that less gay men are using condoms, leading to a rise in HIV infections for the group. A study commissioned by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) found a 26 percent rise in HIV infections from 1990 to 2010 in the proportion of men who have sex with men who did not use condoms. And the latest figures show cases among men who have sex with men are reaching an all-time high. Overall, one in 20 gay men...

Still No Evidence Cell Phones Cause Brain Tumors
2012-04-27 05:00:04

A safety review for the U.K.'s Health Protection Agency (HPA) said that there is no evidence that mobile phones are harmful to human health. During the review, scientists looked at hundreds of studies of mobile exposure and did not find any conclusive links to cancer risk, brain function or infertility. However, HPA did say that monitoring should continue because little was known about long-term effects mobile phones can cause.  The agency also recommended that children should...

2012-02-09 11:47:23

A species of mosquito has been discovered breeding in the UK that has not been seen in the country since 1945. Populations of the mosquito, found across mainland Europe and known only by its Latin name Culex modestus, were recorded at a number of sites in the marshes of north Kent and south Essex in 2010 and 2011. The discovery was made by post-graduate student Nick Golding, and the mosquito was definitively identified by colleague Stefanie Schäfer of the Centre for Ecology...

2010-12-12 07:50:00

Health officials said Saturday that the H1N1 swine flu virus has returned to Britain, leaving 10 people dead in the last six weeks. Britain's Health Protection Agency said that the 10 deaths occurred in adults over the age of 65, most of whom had underlying health issues. "Over the last few weeks, we have seen a rise in the number of cases of seasonal flu both H1N1 (2009) and flu B in the community," Professor John Watson, head of the HPA's respiratory diseases department, said in a...

2010-09-15 12:35:00

Scientists in the U.K. say they devised a new test that diagnoses the presence of the tuberculosis bacterium in just an hour. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) developed the test. Its developers claim the test can spot every strain of the disease and could reduce both the incidence and the consequences of the disease around the world. The World Health Organization said in 2008 that about 1.3 million people died from TB around the world. The standard identification test for TB involves...

2010-03-30 10:40:57

The sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea, which has become resistant to many different types of drugs, could be on the brink of evolving into a superbug, according to comments made by a health professor during a Society of General Microbiology meeting on Monday. Catherine Ison of the London-based Health Protection Agency (HPA), speaking during the society's annual spring meeting in Edinburgh, stated that certain strains of the gonococcal bacteria (which causes gonorrhea) were becoming...

2010-03-02 12:45:00

British health authorities reported that a batch of heroin contaminated with anthrax was probably still circulating in Europe, posing a serious threat to drug users. The Health Protection Agency said that a second case has been confirmed of an injecting heroin user in London.  So far there has been two cases in England, 24 in Scotland and one in Germany.  European health authorities said in January that they thought a batch of heroin contaminated with anthrax was circulating in...

2010-02-06 07:25:00

Health officials from Britain issued drug users an alert on Friday after a heroin user tested positive for the deadly anthrax infection, according to Reuters. It was the first such anthrax case seen in England caused by laced heroin. Nine people have died in Scotland and one in Germany during the past two months from the contaminated drug. Officials from the Health Protection Agency, in a statement, said the laced drug could be circulating through Europe now. It was believed last month that...

2009-05-28 15:04:00

Health authorities said on Thursday that British scientists have produced a strain of swine flu H1N1 flu virus that could be used for large scale production of a vaccine as early as October. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said that the virus strain is being made available to the pharmaceutical industry and other flu laboratories, describing it as "a crucial step toward large scale production of a vaccine against swine flu." About 13,000 people from at least 50 countries have confirmed to...

2009-02-17 02:00:00

LYON, France, February 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group (EURONEXT : SAN and NYSE : SNY), announced today that it is sponsoring a phase II clinical study of a vaccine against Clostridium difficile, which is among the most common causes of hospital-acquired infection in Europe and North America. The trial currently conducted in the United Kingdom is investigating the safety and efficacy of sanofi pasteur's C. difficile candidate...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.