Daily digest September 8 2015

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Pupils 'need hand-washing lessons' to cut drug resistance

Schoolchildren should be taught how to wash their hands to tackle the growing threat of drug-resistant bacteria, say health officials.

Draft National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for England recommend teachers demonstrate how to use soap and water correctly.

They should provide age-appropriate lessons on when antibiotic drugs are unnecessary, says NICE, and having a cold or the flu should not be deemed a reason to seek antibiotics.

Read more on BBC Online

Snakebite treatment 'will run out next year'

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders says the world will run out of one of the most effective treatments for snakebites next year, putting the lives of tens of thousands of people at risk, mostly in developing countries. 

The aid group, also known by its French acronym MSF, has said that existing stockpiles of the anti-venom Fav-Afrique, produced by Sanofi Pasteur, will expire in June. The company stopped producing the anti-venom last year and has since switched to making a rabies treatment instead.

'We are now facing a real crisis,' Gabriel Alcoba, the charity’s snakebite adviser, said in a statement. The charity said it was unlikely there would be an alternative to replace Sanofi Pasteur for at least two years. 

Read more on The Guardian website

Loved ones got the flu? Put them in quarantine! And other golden rules the health experts stick to in their own lives

They are the medical experts to whom we turn for help and advice. Yet when it comes to looking after their own wellbeing, what do they do?

A selection of health professionals, everyone from a GP to a urologist, were asked what is the one rule they think is vital to safeguarding their own health. Answers ranged from drinking wine to staying away from sick loved ones.

John Oxford, influenza expert and professor of virology at Queen Mary University London, had a rather radical way of preventing the rest of the family falling ill when his son, then eight, now 30, caught the flu.  He quarantined him in his bedroom for three days in a practice called 'social distancing'.

Read more on Mail Online

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