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Emerade adrenaline pens: Warning over faulty allergy injectors

Emerade adrenaline pens: Warning over faulty allergy injectors

Health
Allergy patients are being warned of a potential fault with Emerade adrenaline pens.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said some have blocked needles, so cannot deliver adrenaline.Around two in every 1,000 pens are thought to be affected.Patients are advised to follow the existing advice to carry two pens at all times. Charities said it was a "very difficult" time for patients.The fault was first found in routine testing by the pens' makers, Bausch & Lomb, in June 2018, but it was believed to be extremely rare, affecting 1.5 per 10,000 pens.Further testing led the company to now estimate that the fault affects 2.3 pens per 1,000.But the MHRA says that if patients follow the advice to carry two pens at all times, the risk of not being able to deliver a dose o...
Indonesia issues tsunami warning after magnitude 6.9 earthquake

Indonesia issues tsunami warning after magnitude 6.9 earthquake

World
July 7 (UPI) -- The Indonesian Geophysics Agency issued a tsunami warning that later expired in the wake of an earthquake that struck off the country's eastern coast Sunday. The magnitude 6.9 quake struck in the Molucca Sea between North Sulawesi and North Maluku at 11:08 p.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The depth was 22.5 miles below the surface. Indonesian media reported that the effects of the earthquake were felt in the city of Manando and the surrounding areas. There were no immediate reports of injuries, deaths or damage. Sunday also saw contunued seismic activity in California, after the U.S. state was struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on Thursday, followed by a magnitude 7.1 quake on Friday. Geophysicist John Bellini told CNN that more than 4,700 quake...
Warning of NHS Wales dentist crisis

Warning of NHS Wales dentist crisis

Health
Only one in six dental practices in Wales are offering treatment to new adult patients on the NHS, according to research by the British Dental Association (BDA). It also found just over a quarter of 355 dental practices in the country were taking on new child NHS patients.The BDA is campaigning for a change in the way dentists are paid, which it said has caused an "access crisis". The Welsh Government said it was reforming the contract with dentists. A large variation between different health board areas was found by researchers when they contacted practices in April.In the Hywel Dda health board, which covers Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, no practices were taking on new adults on the NHS and only one out of 45 w...
Billy Vunipola: England number eight given formal warning by RFU

Billy Vunipola: England number eight given formal warning by RFU

Sports
Billy Vunipola has been given a "formal warning" by the Rugby Football Union after the England player defended Israel Folau's social media post claiming "hell awaits" gay people.The 26-year-old number eight liked the post by Folau and called for people to "live their lives how God intended".Vunipola, who has also been warned by his club Saracens, has been "reminded of his responsibilities" by the RFU. During a meeting, the RFU said Vunipola had "expressed genuine regret"."The warning will be retained on his disciplinary record for a period of five years and may be taken into account in future disciplinary proceedings," the RFU said in a statement."During the meeting the player expressed genui...
Climate change: Warning from ‘Antarctica’s last forests’

Climate change: Warning from ‘Antarctica’s last forests’

Science
Scramble across exposed rocks in the middle of Antarctica and it's possible to find the mummified twigs of shrubs that grew on the continent some three to five million years ago.This plant material isn't much to look at, but scientists say it should serve as a warning to the world about where climate change could take us if carbon emissions go unchecked.The time period is an epoch geologists call the Pliocene, 2.6-5.3 million years ago. It was marked by temperatures that were significantly warmer than today, perhaps by 2-3 degrees globally. These were conditions that permitted plant growth even in the middle of the White Continent. Higher, too, were sea-levels. It's uncertain by how much, but possibly in the region of 10-20m abov...