Covid blood plasma donation: What is blood plasma?
on October 23, 2020 at 11:18 pm
The NHS wants us to donate blood plasma to help fight Covid-19. But why? […]
Covid: The NHS workers 'still recovering' as second wave looms
on October 23, 2020 at 11:09 pm
As the second wave of the pandemic takes deep root across parts of the UK, thousands of NHS workers are struggling to recover from what they have already been through. […]
Covid-19 in the UK: How many coronavirus cases are there in your area?
on October 23, 2020 at 4:43 pm
Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area. […]
Coronavirus infections continue to rise across UK
on October 23, 2020 at 3:03 pm
The highest levels continue to be in the north of England, says the Office for National Statistics. […]
Covid-19 app users can't get isolation payment
on October 23, 2020 at 11:10 am
An alert issued via the app will not mean the recipient can claim a payment for self-isolating. […]
Covid: Sewage sites to test for more traces of virus
on October 23, 2020 at 10:18 am
The aim is to create an early warning system to detect local outbreaks before they spread. […]
Covid: US gives full approval for antiviral remdesivir drug
on October 23, 2020 at 9:01 am
The drug will be given to patients in hospitals, but the UN health agency says it has little effect. […]
Covid: Why is coronavirus so deadly?
on October 22, 2020 at 10:58 pm
Why does the biology of coronavirus mean it poses such a threat to human life? […]
Huawei seeks to get its own version of NHS Covid-19 app
on October 22, 2020 at 6:49 pm
A trade ban prevents the existing Android app from working on the Chinese firm's latest phones. […]
Lockdown made life worse for two in five children, NHS report says
on October 22, 2020 at 1:33 pm
Their biggest anxieties were about missing school and family and friends contracting Covid-19. […]
CQC report: Care of people with learning disabilities 'inhumane'
on October 22, 2020 at 12:52 pm
Physical restraint is part of the culture in some specialist hospitals, a care regulator finds. […]
Ethnic minority Covid risk 'not explained by racism'
on October 22, 2020 at 12:16 pm
A government adviser says factors like deprivation, rather than ethnicity, should be used to judge risk. […]
Rogue website sells 'dodgy wigs' to cancer patients
on October 21, 2020 at 11:57 pm
Cancer patients are being targeted by a rogue website selling poor quality wigs which do not match the ones pictured in its adverts. […]
Long Covid: Who is more likely to get it?
on October 21, 2020 at 4:30 am
A study suggests old age increases the risk, as does asthma, excess weight, and being female. […]
Christie hospital: Inside Europe's largest cancer unit
on October 20, 2020 at 11:09 pm
BBC Breakfast spent four days filming inside The Christie Hospital in Manchester, meeting patients and staff. […]
Coronavirus vaccine: What are human challenge trials?
on October 20, 2020 at 6:53 am
Could human challenge trials speed up the development of a coronavirus vaccine? […]
Circuit breaker: What is a circuit-breaker lockdown?
on October 19, 2020 at 11:34 am
The BBC's Laura Foster explains what a circuit-breaker is and how it could help tackle Covid-19. […]
The British athletes battling eating disorders in sport
on October 18, 2020 at 11:07 pm
Former Paralympian Rachel Morris competed in both rowing and cycling while also struggling with an eating disorder. […]
Coronavirus: Boris Johnson says taking action is 'right and responsible thing to do'
on October 16, 2020 at 3:27 pm
PM Boris Johnson says he will introduce local contact tracing ahead of new Tier 3 restrictions. […]
Coronavirus: What are the rules for face masks or face coverings?
on October 16, 2020 at 2:39 pm
People around the UK must now wear face coverings in many public places, but what are the rules? […]
Vapes more effective to quit smoking than gum or patch, review finds
on October 16, 2020 at 4:10 am
Vapes containing nicotine are more effective in helping people quit smoking than patches or gum, and safer than cigarettes, although more evidence is needed on their potential long-term impacts, a new review of evidence found on Wednesday. The findings, from a review which included evidence from 50 studies around the world, suggests vaping could boost the number of people who stop smoking. "There is now evidence that electronic cigarettes with nicotine are likely to increase the chances of quitting successfully compared to nicotine gum or patches," said Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, an expert at the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group who co-led the review. The review was conducted by Cochrane, an organisation that pools the best scientific research to help assess the relative effectiveness of health interventions. E-cigarettes have been around for about a decade, and increased in popularity significantly in recent years. Unlike gum and patches, they mimic cigarette smoking because they are hand-held and generate a vapor. […]
Gyms and coronavirus: What are the facts?
on October 16, 2020 at 12:04 am
Areas where transmission is highest in England are shutting gyms, but does the science support it? […]
Coronavirus: Are some soaps better than others?
on October 14, 2020 at 11:28 pm
With so many different soaps to choose from, Dr Michelle Wong explains how to find the best soap for you. […]
Covid Sage documents: The scientific evidence and what No 10 then did
on October 13, 2020 at 11:44 pm
The government did not take the recommendation of a "circuit breaker" lockdown. […]
Covid-19: Are we still listening to the science?
on October 12, 2020 at 11:32 pm
Sage and Prof Chris Whitty appear at odds with the political decisions made by government. […]
Covid: Why bats are not to blame, say scientists
on October 12, 2020 at 11:24 pm
Bats have been scapegoated by humans for centuries, with Covid only the latest example, say scientists. […]
How is the plan for 48 hospitals going?
on October 12, 2020 at 12:09 am
Boris Johnson says there are eight hospitals under way and 40 more to come. […]
'Heartbreaking insight' into impact of lockdown
on October 12, 2020 at 12:08 am
The latest survey from the Born in Bradford study shows the effect of lockdown on family finances and mental health. […]
Covid: What is the mental health cost to the young?
on October 9, 2020 at 11:52 pm
Could the long-term mental health impact of virus restrictions be far more damaging than the virus itself? […]
Local lockdown UK: Do city-wide curbs work? It's not clear
on October 7, 2020 at 2:10 am
One in four people in the UK is currently subject to local interventions to prevent the spread of Covid. […]
Long Covid: Why are some people not recovering?
on October 5, 2020 at 11:20 pm
Why is coronavirus leaving some people with long-term health problems including fatigue? […]
Covid: What is the risk to Donald Trump's health?
on October 2, 2020 at 11:45 am
The US president has multiple risk factors for developing a severe form of Covid-19, so what does it mean? […]
Covid: Woman 'heartbroken' after terminating baby alone
on September 30, 2020 at 11:08 pm
Partners are still not able to attend terminations at most hospitals amid coronavirus restrictions. […]
Coronavirus doctor's diary: Trying out tech that may help make worship Covid-secure
on September 30, 2020 at 12:56 am
Dr John Wright looks at the kit installed in a Bradford mosque in the hope of limiting the spread of Covid-19. […]
Coronavirus vaccine: When will we have one?
on September 25, 2020 at 1:08 pm
About 200 groups of medical researchers around the world are working on a vaccine for Covid-19. […]
All you need to know on the coronavirus
on September 25, 2020 at 10:29 am
A new cough, fever and change in smell or taste are the key symptoms that mean you may have coronavirus. […]
Flu jab 2020: Who’s eligible for a free vaccine?
on September 22, 2020 at 10:55 am
Drive-through clinics and extra staff could boost England's biggest flu vaccination programme. […]
If you do not snooze you lose: Sleep seen as essential for the brain
on September 20, 2020 at 8:20 am
Scientists are providing a fuller understanding of the essential role that sleep plays in brain health, identifying an abrupt transition at about 2.4 years of age when its primary purpose shifts from brain-building to maintenance and repair. Researchers on Friday said they conducted a statistical analysis on data from more than 60 sleep studies. They looked at sleep time, duration of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, brain size and body size, and devised a mathematical model for how sleep changes during development. There are basically two types of sleep, each tied to specific brain waves and neuronal activity. REM, with the eyes moving quickly from side to side behind closed eyelids, is deep sleep with vivid dreams. Non-REM sleep is largely dreamless. […]
Coronavirus testing: Government claims on test centres and international comparisons fact-checked
on September 18, 2020 at 4:24 pm
We examine government claims on testing capacity, international comparisons and the average distance travelled to a test centre. […]
How to get a Covid test
on September 17, 2020 at 11:09 am
What are the tests for coronavirus, who are they for and how do they work? […]
Covid symptoms: Is it a cold, flu or coronavirus?
on September 17, 2020 at 9:39 am
With similar symptoms, deciding whether or not you need to get tested for coronavirus can be tricky. […]
Coronavirus: Testing problems leaving families in limbo
on September 15, 2020 at 3:24 pm
Parents are missing work and children kept home from school as they wrestle with the testing system […]
Gamston doctor cannot donate blood 'as wife is African'
on September 14, 2020 at 11:03 pm
A Kenyan doctor is calling for change in NHS policies to help more black people give blood. […]
Coronavirus: Who would get the vaccine first?
on September 10, 2020 at 11:03 pm
If scientists succeed in making a coronavirus vaccine, when will we get it, how much will it cost and who will get it first? […]
Coronavirus: What is anxiety and how can I get help?
on September 8, 2020 at 12:19 am
Changes in all our lives have increased anxiety levels but there is support and advice available. […]
Coronavirus: Should I start taking vitamin D?
on September 7, 2020 at 12:39 pm
Some people might want to consider it during the pandemic. Here's why. […]
Coronavirus: Why have cases spiked in Corby?
on September 3, 2020 at 4:05 pm
Corby has the fifth highest rate of new cases per 100,000 people in English towns and cities. […]
Steroids cut death rates among critically ill Covid-19 patients, major study finds
on September 3, 2020 at 1:35 am
LONDON - Treating critically ill Covid-19 patients with corticosteroid drugs reduces the risk of death by 20 per cent, an analysis of seven international trials found on Wednesday, prompting the World Health Organisation to update its advice on treatment. The analysis - which pooled data from separate trials of low dose hydrocortisone, dexamethasone and methylprednisolone - found that steroids improve survival rates of Covid-19 patients sick enough to be in intensive care in hospital. “This is equivalent to around 68per cent of (the sickest Covid-19) patients surviving after treatment with corticosteroids, compared to around 60per cent surviving in the absence of corticosteroids,” the researchers said in a statement. The WHO’s clinical care lead, Janet Diaz, said the agency had updated its advice to include a “strong recommendation” for use of steroids in patients with severe and critical Covid-19. “The evidence shows that if you give corticosteroids ... (there are) 87 fewer deaths per 1,000 patients,” she told a WHO social media live event. “Those are lives ... saved.&rdquo […]
Coronavirus cure: What progress are we making on treatments?
on September 2, 2020 at 2:01 pm
Teams around the world are looking into medicines for Covid-19 and scientists are starting to discover what works. […]
She got ill when the pandemic hit - and still is, six months later
on August 31, 2020 at 11:27 pm
For some people Covid just will not go away. One woman who thinks she had it has made an Instagram diary. […]