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Paper talk: Illegal home HIV tests give inaccurate results; diabetes cases approach 3 million

Media watch Six UK websites selling illegal HIV test kits to be shut down. Diabetes UK reports increasing number of diabetes cases.

Warnings have been issued by the MHRA that illegal home testing kits for HIV are giving people incorrect results, the BBC reports. Six UK-based websites that have been selling kits without a CE quality mark are to be shut down, writes the Independent. Non-compliant testing devices for infections such as hepatitis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis that can give inaccurate results are also being sold online.

The Guardian reports that diabetes cases in the UK have risen nearly 130,000 in the past year. Charity Diabetes UK claims that the number of people diagnosed with the disease is now almost 3 million.

Public health minister Anne Milton has said that, despite government warnings, many people still do not accept the harm that alcohol can do to their bodies, the BBC reports.

The Telegraph meanwhile reports that nurses should be employed to visit homeless hostels to encourage alcoholics to stop drinking so much in an attempt to reduce associated hospital admissions. This follows the success of a recent pilot project in Brighton and Hove.

The Daily Mail reports on a new diet pill that could apparently fool our brains into thinking we're full using two gut hormones, peptide YY (PYY) and glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), which are both released into circulation after we eat.

Dutch researchers have found a link between IVF and ovarian cancers. The risk of developing ovarian tumours could be three times higher in women given fertility drugs, the BBC reports.

A study commissioned by the Meningitis Trust has found that people who overcome meningitis as children are more likely to have a range of psychological and neurological problems than others. The Telegraph reports that, despite this, children who have fought the infection are being denied extra help at school because the system does not recognise this as a problem.

The Daily Mail reports that a baby boy has died from meningitis hours after he was sent home from an out-of-hours health centre with Calpol and ibuprofen.

The Guardian reports that, according to a report from the national confidential enquiry into patient outcome and death (NCEPOD), more than a quarter of the children who die after emergency NHS surgery in the UK have not received the best possible care. The report found there was "room for improvement" in 26 per cent of cases, writes The Telegraph.

The Independent reports that doctors are planning to expose babies to dust mites in an attempt to halt the rising allergy epidemic in Britain.

Patients undergoing transplant operations could be given artificial blood produced from stem cells within the next decade, reports The Telegraph.

The Daily Mail reports that at least one person a week dies after taking the dance drug mephedrone, commonly known as meow meow. The drug, which was legal until last April, has been linked to more than 100 deaths in the past two years.

Australian pro-euthanasia campaigner Dr Phillip Nitschke, also know as Dr Death, is returning to the UK to host a series of seminars on DIY suicide methods after an abortive attempt three years ago to instruct elderly and terminally ill Britons in how to end their lives, The Independent reports.

The Daily Mail reports that drinking coffee could lower the risk of developing skin cancer. Scientists found that women who drank three or more cups of coffee a day had a 20 per cent lower risk of developing the most common form of skin cancer compared to those who had less than one cup per month.

Researchers have discovered that strawberries can protect the stomach lining from alcohol, writes The Daily Mail. This could have implications for the improved treatment of stomach ulcers.

The Daily Mail also reports that it is not just men who suffer from premature orgasm. In a survey of 510 Portuguese women 40 per cent of reported that they suffered from the sexual dysfunction while 3 per cent described the problem as chronic.

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