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  • How many cases in your area?
    on October 17, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area. […]

  • Prof Sarah Gilbert, Covid vaccine creator: Now let’s take on 12 more diseases
    on October 16, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert says medical science has transformed ambitions for new vaccines. […]

  • Covid tests: I trusted my PCR results
    on October 15, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    People share their stories of having negative PCR tests after positive lateral flow results. […]

  • Investigation ordered into Wolverhampton Covid lab test failings
    on October 15, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    A lab in Wolverhampton is suspended as 43,000 people in England and Wales are potentially affected. […]

  • Covid: False negative Covid test results confirmed at Newbury Showground
    on October 15, 2021 at 3:11 am

    Some people who took tests in Berkshire earlier this month may have wrongly been given the all-clear. […]

  • Stillbirth rate high for black and Asian babies in UK
    on October 14, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    The figures come despite improving numbers overall, with some 610 fewer stillbirths in 2019 than in 2013. […]

  • NHS in bleak position as A&E waits worsen, say doctors
    on October 14, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    It comes as ministers unveil £250m package for GPs to encourage more face-to-face consultations. […]

  • How to get a Covid test
    on October 14, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Lateral flow tests are more accurate than first thought, according to new research. […]

  • Covid: What's the 'Winter Plan' and what are the rules across the UK?
    on October 14, 2021 at 9:16 am

    The Westminster and Cardiff governments have set out their plans to deal with Covid this winter. […]

  • Covid: Lateral flow tests more accurate than first thought, study finds
    on October 14, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Positive results from the widely-used rapid Covid tests should be trusted, say UCL researchers. […]

  • Henrietta Lacks: 'Mother' of modern medicine honoured
    on October 13, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman whose cells have led to key medical breakthroughs. […]

  • Covid: New WHO group may be last chance to find virus origins
    on October 13, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    The World Health Organization unveils a new group to examine the emergence of the virus more closely. […]

  • Covid: Scientists targeted with abuse during pandemic
    on October 13, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Doctors who came into the public eye during Covid received death threats and harassment. […]

  • Care staff shortages pile pressure on NHS, say hospital managers
    on October 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    A lack of care staff in the community leaves hospitals struggling to discharge patients. […]

  • NHS Covid Pass: Vaccine records access restored after outage
    on October 13, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    The app widely used to prove vaccination status for travel suffered an outage Wednesday. […]

  • What are the rules and guidance for face masks and coverings?
    on October 13, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Face coverings could become a legal requirement in England again if the NHS struggles this winter. […]

  • Covid: When will I get a booster jab?
    on October 13, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    More than two million people in England have had a third booster dose of Covid vaccine. […]

  • Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge prepares for busiest winter ever
    on October 13, 2021 at 11:22 am

    One of England's leading hospitals is preparing for its busiest winter ever. […]

  • Life expectancy falling in parts of England before pandemic - study
    on October 13, 2021 at 4:40 am

    It is alarming, say researchers, that longevity was declining in the north even before the pandemic. […]

  • Laser vagina menopause therapy shows no benefit in trial
    on October 13, 2021 at 4:09 am

    The treatment, meant to rejuvenate and treat dryness, worked no better than a placebo procedure. […]

  • What those living with dementia want people to know
    on October 13, 2021 at 12:54 am

    "Dementia is something you learn to live with, not just die of," - tips from, those living with the condition. […]

  • Covid: Misleading vaccine claims target children and parents
    on October 12, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    The vaccine is being offered to children aged 12 and older. […]

  • Mike Tindall meets families living with Parkinson's disease
    on October 12, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    The former England rugby player speaks to those living with the same condition as his father. […]

  • Covid: UK's early response worst public health failure ever, MPs say
    on October 12, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    But the new report by MPs fails to reflect the views of bereaved relatives, campaigners say. […]

  • Tesco recalls own-brand chest and cold remedy
    on October 12, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Some of the Tesco Max All-In-One Chesty Cough & Cold Lemon Sachets contain incorrect dosing information. […]

  • Covid inquiry: When will it happen and how does it work?
    on October 12, 2021 at 10:46 am

    There have been calls for an independent public inquiry into the UK's pandemic response to start immediately. […]

  • Pregnant women urged to get Covid vaccine by NHS England
    on October 11, 2021 at 11:04 am

    NHS England says the number of pregnant women seriously ill in critical care with the virus has grown. […]

  • Malaria vaccine 'will change African lives forever'
    on October 11, 2021 at 6:49 am

    As African countries get the vaccine, Newsbeat speaks to two people who've grown up with Malaria. […]

  • Doctors alerted to dangerous dry scooping workout trend
    on October 8, 2021 at 3:34 am

    Pre-workout powders should be diluted in water, but some gym-goers are eating it neat. […]

  • Malaria vaccine: When will it be available?
    on October 7, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    Following the announcement about the first malaria vaccine, we look at some of the key questions. […]

  • Secondary breast cancer: 'I was 32 with a 10-month-old’
    on October 7, 2021 at 11:50 am

    The number of people with secondary breast cancer, where the cancer has spread, will be audited. […]

  • Booster shot improves immune response of chemotherapy patients; post-Covid depression helped by widely used drugs
    on October 7, 2021 at 6:27 am

    The following is a summary of some recent studies on Covid-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that have yet to be certified by peer review. Chemo patients' response to vaccine improves with booster A new study helps quantify the improved protection against Covid-19 achieved with a third booster dose of the vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE in cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. "Chemotherapy can weaken the ability of cancer patients to fight off infections and to respond appropriately to vaccines," said Deepta Bhattacharya of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, co-author of the study reported in Nature Medicine. Her team studied 53 patients receiving chemotherapy for solid-tumour cancers who received two shots of the vaccine. Almost all of the subjects had an immune response after vaccination. […]

  • WHO recommends use of first proven malaria vaccine
    on October 6, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the vaccine could save tens of thousands of lives each year. […]

  • All you need to know on the coronavirus
    on October 6, 2021 at 10:24 am

    A new cough, fever and change in smell or taste are the key symptoms of coronavirus. […]

  • Covid: Which children are being vaccinated and why?
    on October 4, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    All children aged 12-15 across the UK are being offered one dose of the Pfizer vaccine. […]

  • How healthy are vegan ready meals?
    on October 1, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Vegan alternatives have never been more widespread, but are they a healthier option? […]

  • 'Running could cause sudden death for people like me'
    on October 1, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    BBC journalist Gem O'Reilly explains the risk of exercise-related death in people with unknown heart conditions. […]

  • Covid-19 pill developers aim to top Merck, Pfizer efforts
    on September 29, 2021 at 6:12 am

    As Merck & Co and Pfizer Inc prepare to report clinical trial results for experimental Covid-19 antiviral pills, rivals are lining up with what they hope will prove to be more potent and convenient oral treatments of their own. Enanta Pharmaceuticals, Pardes Biosciences, Japan's Shionogi & Co Ltd and Novartis AG said they have designed antivirals that specifically target the coronavirus while aiming to avoid potential shortcomings such as the need for multiple pills per day or known safety issues. Infectious disease experts stressed that preventing Covid-19 through wide use of vaccines remains the best way to control the pandemic. But they said the disease is here to stay and more convenient treatments are needed . "We need to have oral alternatives for suppression of this virus. We have people who aren't vaccinated getting sick, people whose vaccine protection is waning, and people who can't get vaccinated," said Dr Robert Schooley, an infectious diseases professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine. […]

  • What it's like to be a nine-year-old in a vaccine clinical trial
    on September 27, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Fraternal twins Evan and Lizzy are enroled in Pfizer's vaccine trial for children between ages five and 11. […]

  • What is fat freezing and what are the risks?
    on September 24, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    A non-surgical technique to remove stubborn fat from the body can have side effects. […]

  • CanSinoBIO's Covid-19 vaccine, tested at lower dosage, safe for children: Study
    on September 24, 2021 at 6:30 am

    BEIJING - CanSino Biologics' (CanSinoBIO) single-dose Covid-19 vaccine, given at a lower dosage than that for adults, is safe and triggers an immune response in children aged six to 17, results from a small trial showed. Researchers decided to lower the dosage after a few participants developed fever and headaches graded at level two severity - the second-lowest of four levels. In children, the lower dose triggered higher antibody levels than the dosage approved for use in adults in China, according to the peer-reviewed finding from a mid-stage trial. The trial recruited 150 children and around 300 adults.   The results also showed that children given one lower dose had a stronger antibody response than adults who were given a booster shot 56 days after the first dose. […]

  • Severe Covid-19 may trigger autoimmune conditions; new variants cause more virus in the air
    on September 23, 2021 at 2:04 am

    The following is a summary of some recent studies on Covid-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that have yet to be certified by peer review. Severe Covid-19 may "trip off" immune self-attacks Severe Covid-19 may trick the immune system into producing so-called autoantibodies that have the potential to eventually attack healthy tissue and cause inflammatory diseases, researchers warned in a paper published in Nature Communications. They found autoantibodies in blood samples from roughly 50 per cent of 147 Covid-19 patients they studied but in fewer than 15 per cent of 41 healthy volunteers. For 48 Covid-19 patients, the researchers had blood samples taken over different days, including the day of hospital admission, allowing them to track the development of the autoantibodies. "Within a week... about 20 per cent of these patients had developed new antibodies to their own tissues that weren't there the day they were admitted," study leader Dr Paul Utz of Stanford University said in a news release. […]

  • Covid: What do under-30s need to know about the vaccine?
    on September 16, 2021 at 10:48 am

    All over-12s in the UK will be able to get at least one Covid jab. […]

  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) 101: Symptoms, causes, treatment & recovery
    by Grace Koh on September 13, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Learn all about transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as mini-stroke, mild stroke or minor stroke. Find out its signs and symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention. What is a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or mini-stroke?  Otherwise known as a "mini-stroke", a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) happens when blood supply to part of the brain is temporarily disrupted, by a blood clot or blockage in the brain. This results in a lack of oxygen supply to the brain and causes symptoms similar to a stroke. A TIA does not last as long as a stroke. The effects of a TIA last from a few minutes up to a few hours and usually resolves within 24 hours. The clot or blockage usually dissolves or gets dislodged, clearing up the blockage. Though a mini-stroke does not usually cause permanent disabilities, it often precedes a full-blown stroke. About one in three people who experience a mini-stroke later experience a stroke. Find out more about strokes here. […]

  • Covid-19 cases rise in Australia's Victoria as regions exit lockdown
    on September 10, 2021 at 4:14 am

    SYDNEY – Australia's Covid-19 daily cases topped 1,900 for the first time in the pandemic on Friday (Sept 10) as an outbreak fuelled by the highly infectious Delta variant continued to gain ground in locked-down Sydney and Melbourne, its largest cities. Australia is in the grip of a third wave of infections with the Delta outbreak forcing officials to ditch their Covid-zero strategy in favour of suppressing the virus. They now aim to begin easing tough restrictions after reaching a higher proportion of the population with double-dose vaccinations. New South Wales (NSW), the epicentre of the country's worst outbreak, reported 1,542 new daily local cases, topping the previous high of 1,533 hits last week. Nine new deaths were registered. "So far this trajectory is what has been predicted," NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told a media briefing in Sydney, the state capital, where cases are expected to hit a peak in the next week. Berejiklian said the daily Covid-19 media briefing would be scrapped from Monday and updates would be detailed in an online video, an approach previously used when case numbers were low. […]

  • Cancer patients' own cells used in 3D printed tumours to test treatments
    on August 19, 2021 at 3:11 am

    TEL AVIV - Researchers have used brain cancer patients' own cells in a form of 3D printing material to make a model of their tumour to test the efficacy of potential treatments before using them for real inside the body. The scientists extract 'a chunk' of the tumour from the brain of a patient with glioblastoma - an aggressive cancer with a very poor prognosis - and use it to print a model matching their MRI scans, said Professor Ronit Satchi-Fainaro, who led the research at Tel Aviv University. The patient's blood is then pumped through the printed tumour, made with a compound that mimics the brain, followed by a drug or therapeutic treatment. While previous research has used such 'bioprinting' to simulate cancer environments, the Tel Aviv University researchers say they are the first to print a 'viable' tumour. "We have about two weeks [to] test all the different therapies that we would like to evaluate [on] that specific tumour, and get back with an answer - which treatment is predicted to be the best fit," Satchi-Fainaro said. […]

  • Covid-19 risks in young adult males may be under-recognised: Study
    on August 18, 2021 at 2:40 am

    Young men could be at higher risk of contracting Covid-19 than is currently recognised, researchers have suggested, citing computer models. Coronavirus infections in younger age groups are going undetected and young men in particular may be silent drivers of infections in older adults, a Canadian research team wrote in Annals of Internal Medicine on Tuesday (Aug 17).  Older adults are at high risk for Covid-19 and poor outcomes, so early vaccination efforts were focused on them before expanding to include younger groups. The new study suggests that high reported infection rates in older adults may result partly from more frequent testing in this group due to more severe disease. […]

  • Japan to extend Covid-19 'state of emergency' lockdown through mid-Sept
    on August 16, 2021 at 8:08 am

    TOKYO – The Japanese government is set to extend its "state of emergency" soft lockdown in regions including Tokyo to the middle of next month, as well as adding several other regions, the Sankei Shimbun daily reported on Monday (Aug 16). The current state of emergency is due to expire on Aug 31 but a continuing surge in coronavirus cases has spurred calls to extend it. A meeting of the four parties concerned with running the Tokyo Paralympics, due to start from Aug 24 is set to meet later on Monday to decide how to handle the issue of spectators, NHK public television reported. Organisers agreed last week to limit spectators at the Paralympic events, media reports said, due to the continuing state of emergency in Tokyo. The Olympics were held mostly without spectators. Though the Japanese government has instituted repeated states of emergency, their effectiveness has been limited due to laws mandating that the government can only request cooperation. […]

  • Kids with Covid-19 often have no symptoms; smoking linked to vaccine response
    on August 12, 2021 at 5:35 am

    Here is a summary of some recent studies on Covid-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that have yet to be certified by peer review. Asymptomatic Covid-19 is very common Roughly one-third of people with Covid-19 have no symptoms, according to a review of data from more than 350 studies published through April 2021. Asymptomatic infections were more common in children than in the elderly or in people without pre-existing medical conditions, said Pratha Sah of Yale School of Public Health, who led the analysis published on Tuesday (Aug 10) in PNAS. A health worker gets a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease vaccine at a Covid-19 vaccination centre in Seoul, South Korea on March 10, 2021. PHOTO: Reuters file Her team estimates that 46.7 per cent of infected children have no symptoms, she said. […]

  • What are the Delta, Gamma, Beta and Alpha Covid variants?
    on August 2, 2021 at 9:56 am

    UK coronavirus cases are rising due to a variant first identified in India that spreads more easily. […]