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BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 23 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5040

“Super-gonorrhoea” outbreak in north of England sparks alert: Public Health England has asked doctors and other healthcare professionals to be vigilant for cases of gonorrhoea that are highly resistant to azithromycin after 12 cases were confirmed in Leeds and four in Macclesfield, Oldham, and Scunthorpe between March and August this year. The patients have been treated with an alternative antibiotic that has been found to be effective, but resistance to the first line treatment “remains a concern,” said the agency.

Charity calls for action on dementia: New research commissioned by Alzheimer’s Research UK has found that 32% of UK people born in 2015 will develop dementia during their lifetime, 27% of men and 37% of women. This year 225 000 people will develop dementia, and the figure will rise to two million people by 2051, said the charity, which hopes that the new research will spur the government to fund more research.

UK scientists seek licence to genetically modify human embryos: The UK fertility …

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