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vCJD blood test developed

British scientists have developed the world's first reliable blood test for vCJD, which could reveal the true extent of the disease's prevalence in the population.

The breakthrough means large numbers of people could be sampled to give an accurate estimate of how many people are infected with the fatal brain disorder, which can remain dormant in humans for decades.

The new test is 100,000 times more sensitive than the current method, which involves extracting a small piece of tonsil tissue and analysing it.

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) is the human equivalent of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), which affects cattle.


Review "turning point" for health and safety

A Government review published today could mark a "turning point" for health and safety in the UK, the profession’s largest international body said today.

 IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) said it broadly welcomed Lord Young’s recommendations, which include a clampdown on "absurd" applications of health and safety legislation and measures to make it easier for teachers to organise school trips.

 IOSH Chief Executive Rob Strange said: "We warmly welcome this review. We are sick and tired of hearing of misinterpretations of health and safety laws which end in the cancellation of perfectly safe activities.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 October 2010 14:03


Hse Welcomes Lord Young's Report On Health And Safety

 The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) today warmly welcomed the publication of Lord Young’s report into health and safety.
HSE has already been working with others to develop responses to two of the recommendations:

• a 20-minute online risk assessment for offices, which was launched today, with other web tools for similarly low-risk workplaces to follow
• a new Occupational Safety Consultants Register (OSCR), which will be set up in January 2011.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 October 2010 14:03


Property investor challenges Ireland's bank

Property investor challenges Ireland's bank

An Irish property tycoon has launched a legal challenge to the country's National Asset Mangement Agency (NAMA). In a case that could stop the governments efforts to make a profit on its gamble on commercial property.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 October 2010 14:04


NHS changes treat the Welsh as second class citizens

Welsh people will be treated as “second class citizens” in comparison to their English counterparts if
proposals by the Welsh Assembly Government are agreed, say legal reform campaigners.

The Assembly’s failure to heed advice on plans for the NHS in Wales to become the “judge and jury” of its
own medical errors will result in the legal rights of injured Welsh people being restricted.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 October 2010 16:20