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UK dentists should give antibiotics to patients at risk of heart infection – study

Nice guidelines advising against antibiotic use for those at risk of infective endocarditis should be reviewed, researchers say

Dentists in the UK should be encouraged to give antibiotics to patients at high risk of life-threatening heart infection before invasive procedures, a study has found.

Research suggests bacteria from the mouth entering the bloodstream during dental treatment could explain 30% to 40% of infective endocarditis cases. The rare but life-threatening condition occurs when the inner lining of the heart chambers and valves become infected.

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Liz Truss accused of delaying human rights report over criticism of Rwanda

Publication of Foreign Office annual report on global rights was due before parliamentary summer recess

Liz Truss has been accused of holding up publication of the Foreign Office’s annual human rights report because it is likely to contain criticisms of Rwanda’s human rights record.

This year’s version of the annual assessment of how the UK views other countries’ rights records was due before the parliamentary summer recess, and is now the most delayed since the review was launched by the then foreign secretary Robin Cook 21 years ago.

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Rail union chiefs say dispute will go on ‘as long as it takes’ amid further strikes

Strikes planned in London on Friday and across UK on Saturday as battle over pay and conditions remains unresolved

Rail union leaders have warned the long-running dispute over pay, jobs and working conditions will continue “for as long as it takes” with further strikes taking place in London on Friday and across the UK on Saturday.

Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) members on London Underground and London Overground, and some bus drivers in the capital with Unite, will take industrial action on Friday.

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Former BP chief urges freeze to UK energy price cap to help households

Ofgem should stop rises in cap, and energy firms unable to offer lower bills should be nationalised, says Nick Butler

A former executive at the oil company BP has called for increases to the energy price cap to be scrapped and for suppliers that fail to help households struggling with bills to be nationalised.

Nick Butler, who worked for BP for almost 30 years and was group vice-president for strategy and development, said that expected rises in the cap should be abandoned by the industry regulator, Ofgem, which he said had been “overwhelmed by events” after turmoil in the global energy markets sent 29 British energy retailers to the wall.

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