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Bristol medical student dies from 'extraordinarily rare condition'

A third year medical student has died from an "extraordinarily rare condition", fellow Bristol University students have been told.

She died on Friday October 13 in a hospital "away from Bristol".

A Bristol University spokesperson said: “We are extremely sorry to hear about the death of one of our third year students last week. Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family and friends at this very difficult time."

They confirmed her death had no connection to the recent case of a Bristol student with meningitis.

Bristol University
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The student was in her third year of studying medicine

New confirmed meningitis case at Bristol University

Meningitis B vaccine
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Public Health England (PHE) says it is working with the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust following a new confirmed case of Meningitis B in a student who attends the university.

The student is currently receiving treatment and is said to be recovering well.

PHE’s health protection team and the university have identified close contacts of the case (students who shared the same accommodation block) and antibiotics are being arranged as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of any additional cases.

Mike Wade, Deputy Director for Health Protection at Public Health England South West, said:

We urge students to look out for symptoms of meningitis and to be vigilant for anything out of character (amongst their housemates). We would also urge students to register with the Students’ Health Service and to take up the offer of the MenACWY vaccine which is available to students as part of the routine vaccination schedule for this age group.

Mike WadeDeputy Director for Health Protection, PHE South West

Greece: Wiltshire woman's fate still unclear

Experts in Greece say they are still unclear what sort of animal killed Wiltshire woman Celia Hollingworth at the weekend.

Veterinary experts and the coroner are working together to attempt to identify whether wild dogs or possibly wolves were responsible.

It's thought that Ms Hollingworth, of Bradford-on-Avon, tried to contact her relatives to say she's been attacked, but lost the signal on her phone.

According to animal welfare campaigners, there are an estimated one million stray dogs in Greece, however wolves are common to the wooded region.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: "We are working closely with officers in Greece regarding the formal identification of the deceased."

The Foreign Office are supporting the woman's next of kin.

Emergency vehicles in Greece
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Celia's remains were found by emergency workers in Greece on Saturday

It seems like she may have been attacked by other wild animals, like rabid wolves and jackals"

Nikolaos KifinidisCoroner, Greece

Sea level fears as Greenland darkens

Greenland ice sheet
Kate Stephens

Scientists are "very worried" that the melting of the Greenland ice sheet could accelerate and raise sea levels more than expected.

They say warmer conditions are encouraging algae to grow and darken the surface.

Dark ice absorbs more solar radiation than clean white ice so warms up and melts more rapidly.

The Greenland ice sheet is is the largest mass of ice in the northern hemisphere.

Research led by Bristol University's Professor Martyn Tranter shows the average sea level would rise around the world by about seven metres, more than 20ft, if it all melted.

Oldest graduate 'left school with no qualifications'

Watch: Peggy Styles says things got better after the war

A grandmother who has become Bristol University's oldest ever graduate says she left school at 15 with no qualifications because her family had no money.

She says her achievement shows it is never too late to learn.