Charges against Jussie Smollett ‘dropped’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJussie Smollett: What Chicago Police say happened Prosecutors have dropped all charges against US actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack, his lawyers say. The Empire actor attended a court hearing in Chicago on Tuesday, where a judge reportedly sealed the case. Mr […]

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Mumps outbreak at Nottingham universities

Image copyright Science Photo LibraryImage caption People who missed an earlier MMR vaccination can have a “catch-up” jab More than 220 suspected cases of mumps have been reported at two universities, Public Health England (PHE) has said. Students are being urged to ensure they are vaccinated due to an outbreak at Nottingham Trent University and […]

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Purdue Pharma settles opioid lawsuit for $270m

Image copyright Getty Images Purdue Pharma, the drug-maker owned by the billionaire Sackler family, has reached a $270m settlement in a lawsuit which claimed its opioids contributed to the deaths of thousands of people. The deal with Oklahoma is the first settlement the US firm has struck amid some 2,000 other lawsuits it is facing […]

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NHS pays £6.2m to man brain-damaged in childhood

Image copyright West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS TrustImage caption The man, who cannot be named, was treated at Watford General Hospital in 1997, the court heard A man in his 20s, left disabled by a childhood brain infection, has won an NHS compensation package worth £6.2m. The man contracted encephalitis, a life-threatening inflammation of the brain, […]

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Minister targets anti-vaccination websites

Image copyright Jovanmandic Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock wants new legislation to force social media companies to remove content promoting false information about vaccines. He said the government is working with internet companies to identify misleading material on jabs, including Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR). Artificial intelligence programmes could root out bad science. […]

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