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Pirate ninjas hack into the NHS, the squeeze is put on fruit juice and new meningitis B vaccine



Our round-up of the health headlines on Wednesday 10 June.

A new vaccine for meningitis B is reported the Telegraph. There is currently no protection against this strain of the virus, but trials of 4CMenB produced a ‘robust’ immune response in 1,800 children. A European licensing decision is expected in December.

Some naughty computer hackers calling themselves ‘pirate ninjas’ broke into an unnamed PCT’s computer system, although no patient records were accessed, says the Daily Mail. ‘We mean you no harm and only want to help you fix your tech issues,’ NHS staff were assured in an email.

Elsewhere, a Government minister has called for the resignation of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s chief executive for an alleged cover-up of a critical report of failings in the Baby Peter case, according to the Guardian.

Meanwhile, the squeeze is put on fruit juices. University of Leeds researchers conclude that they contain too much sugar to be part of the ‘five a day’ health advice, although dried fruits should be encouraged, says another report in the Telegraph. Another study reported in The Guardian says sugary drinks dull the taste-buds, leaving a craving for high-calorie foods.

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