A new report shows that UK hens eggs are rarely contaminated with Salmonella. This is great news for those who love runny eggs, especially for pregnant ladies, young children and other vulnerable groups, for which a bout of Salmonella could be really unpleasant! I’ve written about eggs before, see here for a full description about … More Are eggs safe?
Life with young chidren seems to make stomach upsets unavoidable. Thankfully, they’re usually over pretty quickly. I often see posts about it on social media, so I’ve made a little infographic, and had a think about some of the questions that are sometimes asked. Like everything, there are exceptions to the rule. Like always, I’m not offering … More What caused the stomach ache?
I’ve written about Meningitis B more than anything else in the last few months. But it has probably been the most high profile “kids and science” topic in the last few years! Last week the petition was finally considered in the House of Commons, and here’s what will probably be my final piece on it … More Meningitis B, again!
So today, ministers debated the Meningits B vaccine in the House of Commons. I had planned to watch it, summarise it and write an opinion piece today. But,it’s almost three hours long. So, a more detailed analysis will have to wait until (maybe) tomorrow. In the meantime, from watching a small portion of it, it … More Meningitis vaccine debate in the House of Commons
Have you seen the social media post about a small boy with chickenpox and a very nasty bacterial infection to boot? It’s now made some national media, and is trying to raise awareness about not using ibuprofen with kids who have chickenpox. Well that’s news to me!! As I’ve mentioned before, both of mine had … More Chickenpox and ibuprofen
Today, and exactly one week ago, evidence was heard by MPs on the feasibility of extending the vaccine to all children under the age of eleven. All thanks to an online petition that has, to date, received over 800,000 signatures. I wrote a piece on meninigits when the petition first went vital, which you can … More Meningitis B in parliment
Today was the day of Girlbug’s preschool booster vaccinations. What better way to demonstrate the wonders of science and celebrate British Science Week? Girlbug didn’t see it that way, however. We prepped her before hand – a little pain now is better than being really ill another day. She agreed in principle. Turns out, she … More BSW day 4: Chocolate craters and dreaded doctors
Another recall because of possible Listeria contamination, this time smoked salmon from the Scotch Smoked Salmon company. Read the full details here. Some countries advise against eating smoked fish in pregnancy because of the risk of Listeria, however in Engalnd and Wales the advice is that the risk is so low that it is considered … More Listeria recall: Scotch Smoked Salmon
Very quick one to say the government have responded to the Meningits B petition. They say that children aged one to four were considered previously and shown to not be cost effective to vaccinate. I think there are a lot of angry people out there now, and I’m not sure that the government have worded … More Government stance on meningitis B vaccine
Tesco have recalled some of the flavoured butter (who knew that was a thing??) due to possible listeria contamination. Particularly important for those who are pregnant or with weakened immune systems. See the Food Stamdards Agency recall notice. More information on Listeria here.