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Children who don't eat fruit and vegetables are more at risk of asthma

Having plenty of fruit and vegetables in your diet could prevent you from developing asthma, scientists claim according to Daily mail.

Children living in an area with a lack of healthy options are more at risk of having the common condition, new research suggests.

Nutrient rich foods help ward off the condition by boosting the immune system, it is believed.

Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties in both adults and children.

Sore throat sufferers urged to take pharmacy test

Sore throat sufferers will be encouraged to visit their pharmacist instead of their GP for an on-the-spot test to see if they need antibiotics.

The walk-in service is aimed at reducing doctor appointments and to help reduce the over-use of antibiotics, NHS England said, according to BBC.

It is hoped the scheme could result in fewer visits to GPs -potentially saving the NHS mllions of pounds a year.

But pharmacies say cuts in funding to the sector could jeopardise the scheme.

Blood pressure, cholesterol drugs fail to slow cognitive decline

Taking medicines to lower blood pressure and cholesterol failed to prevent cognitive and functional declines in older adults with moderate risk of heart disease, according to results of a clinical trial presented.

The study was an offshoot of a more than 12,000-patient trial called Hope-3 released earlier this year. Patients in the study with hypertension and moderate risk of heart disease slashed their long-term risk of heart attack and stroke by 40 percent by taking a blood pressure medication as well as a cholesterol-lowering statin.

New bird flu outbreaks reported in Germany and Switzerland

Germany and Switzerland reported new outbreaks of a severe strain of bird flu

The H5N8 virus has also been found in Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark and Croatia.

In Germany, the state of Schleswig-Holstein reported one case of bird flu confirmed at a farm where 30,000 chickens would now be culled. The state's agriculture ministry said an area of 3 square km (1.2 square miles) had been sealed off, according to Reuters.

Winnipeg lab employee possibly exposed to Ebola virus

An employee at the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease in Winnipeg has potentially been exposed to the Ebola virus.

The employee was working in a lab with pigs that had been infected with the deadly virus when they noticed a tear in their protective suit.

Officials with Canada's public health and food inspection agencies made the announcement, according to BBC.

They said there is currently no risk to the public.

The unnamed employee is in self-imposed isolation and will be monitored for the next 21 days, which is the incubation period for the virus. The employee was also offered an Ebola vaccine that has been used in clinical trials in Africa.