Man trapped in automatic toilet

7th of February 2012
Man trapped in automatic toilet

A Canadian man is sharing a cautionary tale after getting stuck in a high-tech self-cleaning public toilet in Vancouver.

Paul Taylor says he was locked inside the public toilet for 45 minutes before city staff arrived to pry open the door with a crowbar.

The concept behind the self-cleaning toilets is simple: a user steps in, locks the door, and

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Stroke and heart attack warning over toilet shortage

6th of February 2012
Stroke and heart attack warning over toilet shortage

A lack of public toilets puts vulnerable people at greater risk of strokes and heart attacks, it is being claimed.

Consultant nurse Karen Logan told members of the Welsh Assembly that holding on to a full bowel or bladder may increase the heart rate and raise blood pressure. "For very old, ill and vulnerable people this could cause a stroke, a

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Health chiefs in bid to prevent epidemic during Olympics

3rd of February 2012
Health chiefs in bid to prevent epidemic during Olympics

A massive international public health campaign is being prepared to help guard against epidemics of infectious diseases during this summer's London Olympics.

The UK's Health Protection Agency has been testing rapid alert systems to identify anyone reporting unusual symptoms to A&E departments, drop-in clinics, GP surgeries or NHS

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Nanocoat to kill germs on frequently-touched surfaces

1st of February 2012
Nanocoat to kill germs on frequently-touched surfaces

A nanocoating designed to destroy cold and flu germs on frequently-touched surfaces has just been launched at a leading electronics exhibition.

XTI-Mobile Active-Shield, a transparent coating made from 99.5 per cent pure water plus titanium dioxide, was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas, USA, last month.

Visitors to the

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'Virtual' nurse promotes hand hygiene

30th of January 2012
'Virtual' nurse promotes hand hygiene

A 'virtual' nurse who greets visitors and reminds them about the need for good hand hygiene is being trialled at a hospital in the UK.

This is the first time such a futuristic approach to infection control has been used. The trial at University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust is being funded by cleaning services provider Interserve

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Ultraviolet wands used in hospital cleaning

26th of January 2012
Ultraviolet wands used in hospital cleaning

Cleaning inspections at a group of Canadian hospitals have become much more high-tech, thanks to the use of hand-held ultraviolet lights.

Vancouver Island Health Authority staff identify and mark 10 of the 'most touched points' in a given room or area of a health facility. Inspectors return 24 hours later and shine a UV light on the areas. If the

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