• BBC News

    Why is flu so bad this year?

    Flu comes along every winter, but how many people it will infect - and just how poorly they will be - is incredibly difficult to predict. What makes one flu outbreak worse than another? After Australia experienced its worst flu season in more than a decade, it was widely expected that the arrival of winter would see more people than usual fall ill in the UK. That's exactly what has happened: this flu season is the worst for seven years. The latest figures show a 40% increase in the number of people going to GPs in England with suspected flu in the last week. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have also recorded increases. Things are not expected to improve in the coming weeks - the UK has a

  • CNN

    Check out the new 'Heathers'

    (CNN)Before "Mean Girls," there was "Heathers." The 1988 dark comedy is now considered a film cult classic, and it's getting a small screen update. The trailer for the new "Heathers" TV series has dropped, and this time around the group is more inclusive of other races and genders, but there is still that viciousness familiar to high school cliques. The original film starred Shannen Doherty, Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, and Doherty pops up in the new trailer. "Heathers" premieres March 7 on the Paramount Network.

  • CNN

    Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, medical examiner says

    "On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full-on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication," according to the statement from Dana Petty, his wife, and Adria Petty, his daughter. The medical examiner's news release said the autopsy found these drugs in Petty's system: fentanyl, oxycodone, acetyl fentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl, which are opioids; temazepam and alprazolam, which are sedatives; and citalopram, an antidepressant. The cause of death was "multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity" and the manner of death was "accident," the medical examiner's news release said.

  • CNN

    'Lady Bird,' Jay-Z nominated for GLAAD Awards

    "What people see in the media has a powerful impact on how they treat others and the GLAAD Media Awards raise the bar for media to tell LGBTQ stories that accelerate acceptance," GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. "At a time when anti-LGBTQ policies and harassment are on the rise, it is imperative that Hollywood and news media tell more LGBTQ stories that reflect the community's rich diversity."

  • BBC News

    Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

    Scientists have taken a step towards one of the biggest goals in medicine - a universal blood test for cancer. A team at Johns Hopkins University has trialled a method that detects eight common forms of the disease. Their vision is an annual test designed to catch cancer early and save lives. UK experts said it was "enormously exciting". However, one said more work was needed to assess the test's effectiveness at detecting early-stage cancers. Tumours release tiny traces of their mutated DNA and proteins they make into the bloodstream. The CancerSEEK test looks for mutations in 16 genes that regularly arise in cancer and eight proteins that are often released. It was trialled on 1,005 patients

  • BBC News

    Dolores O'Riordan inquest awaits tests

    The inquest into the death of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan has been adjourned while the coroner awaits the results of "various tests". The inquest, at Westminster Coroner's Court, has been adjourned until 3 April. The singer died suddenly on 15 January aged 46. The Irish musician, originally from Limerick, led the band to international success in the 90s with singles including Linger and Zombie. Coroner's officer Stephen Earl said: "This lady was staying at a hotel in central London when she was found unresponsive in her room. "The London Ambulance Service was contacted and verified her death at the scene. "Subsequently the Met Police attended and they determined the death to be non-suspicious."

  • BBC News

    Why Fast & Furious is going from screen to stage

    Your average Friday night probably doesn't involve high-speed car chases, a submarine explosion and a fuel tanker catching on fire. We hope not, anyway. But that's exactly what fans of Fast & Furious are expecting when the first ever live incarnation of the franchise premieres in London later. The live show is an extension of the film series - but rather than being a recreation or continuation of the timeline of the films, it takes on a whole new narrative. "We have new characters that you meet at the beginning, and they have their own new storyline," explains creative director and executive producer Rowland French. "So we've been able to dig into the world of Fast & Furious, and it's a journey