Archive for ‘UK News’

June 4, 2011

“Outbreak” – you saw the movie, but now the reality is here as mutant e.coli superbugs ravage Germany and kills 11 people in the UK whilst spreading to the USA

[Selma Tahovsky
Health News Contributor]

According to a recent MailOnline report, a new, ultra-toxic and drug-resistant E.Coli strain is now causing serious concern by health officials in the US and UK and at least nine other European countries, thus threatening to become an international epidemic of epic proportions.

Following eleven reported infections in the UK, British supermarkets have been warned against selling any German food, although several larger chains like Lidl and Tesco have announced that they will still sell the food, though in small quantities.

Medics are warning the public that the bug is likely to be spreading not only through raw vegetables, but also through personal contact and poor hygiene.  In the meantime, Russia has banned food imports from Germany and along with severe losses from damage to its food industry as a result of the outbreak which is ravaging the country, Germany is likely to face Spanish farmers’ lawsuit for close to two hundred million British pounds in compensation for Germany’s widespread (which have proved now to be mistaken) allegations about the bacteria coming from Spanish food imports.

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June 4, 2011

Booming illegal trade in kidney donations in UK and China with some donors getting more that £60,000 per kidney for desperate donees

[Jamie Docherty, Medical News Contributor]

The cash-strapped in England and China are selling their organs to make ends meet, some are asking for USD$100,000 plus and expenses for kidney and other organs desperately needed by wealthy patients.

The donors are using the money for the organs to pay their debts, clear up mortgages and even to get their hands on iPADS (as was the case for a Chinese teenager called ‘Little Zheng’, a 17-year-old boy, who told his local TV network that the sale had been managed over the Internet. The enterprising boy got USD3,392 and a deep red scar for his trouble – BBC News).

MailOnline reports that  in England, would-be ‘donors’, a taxi driver and a nurse, are charging more than £60,000 plus expenses for their kidneys. They accept that they risk jail (as the operation is illegal) and also life-threatening conditions as a result of the operation, but they are adamant that they it is the only practicable option for them to make ends meet.  Kidney sales are lucrative as donors can command large sums for healthy kidneys because of the overwhelming demand for the organs. Only around 2000 of the 8000 or so people in Britain, for example, who need kidney transplants each year, ever get them. Many die before a donor becomes available.

According to Keith Rigg, president of the British Transplantation Society: ‘There are a lot of people desperate to receive and organ and a lot of people deep in poverty and desperate to get money and this is one potential way they see of doing that….but I would advise them not to do it because it is illegal. And if they are going abroad for the donor operation there is a risk they won’t get the necessary follow-up and there is a risk of dying from that.’

June 2, 2011

Parading Queen’s horse killed in front of horrified crowd

[Sandra Higgs, UK News Contributor]

MailOnline: Murphy, one of the Queen’s horses passed away as a result of a horrible accident when he took part in the Royal Gun Salute  today which happens yearly in Britain to celebrate the crowning of the Queen.

The incident occurred today when King’s Troop‘s soldiers were parading when Murphy stumbled whilst running and his legs got caught up in the wheels of one of the carriages on parade. As a result poor Murphy was dragged on the ground for several meters and sustained injuries so severe that he had to be disposed of immediately by lethal injection by a vet who was called to the scene of the incident, with the event’s terrified crowd looking on.

The Queen has made no comment thus far upon Murphy’s demise and it is not known whether a police enquiry will take place as result of the incident.

Murphy was a popular and good-natured horse and it seems, will be sadly missed by his colleagues in the Kings Troops.