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Scarlet Fever Outbreaks

Scarlet fever outbreaks; malaria progress stalled; Pimp my Zimmer; sibling rivalry benefits

In 2016 the infectious disease scarlet fever hit its highest level in 50 years in England and there are also epidemics in Hong Kong, South Korea and parts of China and these do not show any sign of letting up. Dr Theresa Lamagni, head of streptococcal surveillance at Public Health England, talks about the outbreaks.

Family doctor Graham Easton and Claudia Hammond discuss the WHO’s World Malaria Report which shows that progress in preventing the disease has stalled.

Schoolchildren in the UK are helping older people decorate their walking frames, known as Zimmer frames, to make them a bit more beautiful, and at the same time reduce the number of falls, which are common in the elderly. Bobbie Lakhera reports from a care home in Wales taking part in the Pimp my Zimmer project.

We tend to think of sibling rivalry as something that is inevitable – and not good. But in her new book, Siblings, clinical psychologist Linda Blair says there can be benefits. She tells Claudia how parents should deal with sibling rivalry.

(Photo: Child with scarlet fever. Credit: Getty Images)

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