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Polio-like disease found in children, medical records sold to insurance companies and vacuum helps treat wounds

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines on Monday 24 February.

A rare Polio-like disease has been seen in California children the Guardian and BBC report today.

A polio-like illness has afflicted a small number of children in California since 2012, causing severe weakness or rapid paralysis in one or more limbs.

State public health officials had been investigating the illness since a doctor requested polio testing for a child with severe paralysis in 2012. Since then, similar cases have sporadically been reported throughout the state.

Meanwhile the Daily Telegraph reveals that the medical records of every hospital patient in the country have been sold for insurance purposes.

A report by a major insurance company discloses that it was able to obtain 13 years of hospital data-cover 47 million patients-in order to help companies “refine” their premiums.

Finally the Daily Mail reports on a mini vacuum that helps hard to heal wounds in patients’ homes.  The treatment, known as negative pressure wound therapy, works like a vacuum cleaner to remove blood and fluid.

A vacuum pump is attached to a sealed dressing on the wound, and, through this, sucks out the fluid into a plastic canister.

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