The two-year-old who is allergic to Christmas: Archie has extreme reaction to Yuletide treats

The two-year-old who is allergic to Christmas: Archie has extreme reaction to Yuletide treatsArchie Sims cannot eat mince pies, chocolate and cheeses because of a variety of allergiesNativity scenes with animals give him hay fever symptomsHis family even has to have a fake tree as pines trigger a rash | UPDATED: 00:38 GMT, 24 December 2012 Little Archie Sims is the boy who is allergic to Christmas. Not only does the two-year-old have an extreme reaction when he comes into contact with mince pies, chocolates, nuts and cheeses, but he also cannot go near all kinds of Christmas treats and yuletide items and festivities. A nativity scene poses a problem because he reacts to animals and has hay fever symptoms when the youngster, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, goes near sheep, cows and chickens.

Rise in shoddy DIY plumbing is flooding UK rivers with sewage and killing fish

Rise in shoddy DIY plumbing inspired by TV home makeovers is flooding UK rivers with sewage and killing fishPoorly-installed plumbing spreads toxins and kills marine life, say experts300,000 homes in England and Wales have botched pipeworkProblem will get worse thanks to home improvement fever | UPDATED: 13:44 GMT, 2 December 2012 Poorly-installed pipes fitted by DIY-crazy homeowners are leaking raw sewage and other toxic materials into UK waterways, killing marine life. As more and more home improvement enthusiasts, inspired by programmes like DIY SOS and Grand Designs, tackle their own plumbing issues, fish and water-based plants are dying off, experts have warned.

How FISH could hold the key to stopping hospital infections

How FISH could hold the key to stopping hospital infections: Chemicals in gills could be used to create surfaces that kill bacteriaPeptides found in fish gills trap and kill pathogens before they can reach the bloodstreamResearchers attached those peptides to silicon and gold surfaces and found they remained an effective anti-bacterial agent | UPDATED: 14:59 GMT, 30 November 2012 Chemicals found in fish gills could be the key to engineering surfaces that kill bacteria responsible and hospital-acquired infections, a new study claims.

Just days after ceasefire and Palestinians are already rebuilding bombed network of secret tunnels which bring food and weapons into Gaza

Just days after ceasefire and Palestinians are already rebuilding bombed network of secret tunnels which bring food and weapons into Gaza Hundreds of tunnels linking Gaza to Egypt are thought to have been destroyed or damaged during the eight-day offensiveWorkers were pictured today using planks, sandbags and excavators to repair the tunnelsComes as Egyptian mediators try to help negotiate new border arrangements | UPDATED: 22:40 GMT, 26 November 2012 Palestinians are working to rebuild a network of smuggling tunnels that were targeted during eight days of violence in Gaza.