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Healthy Returns: The first round of Medicare drug price negotiations is nearing an end

The first round of Biden's Medicare drug price negotiations is nearly finished. Meanwhile, Abridge, Epic and Mayo Clinic are bringing AI tools to nurses.

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Weight-loss drug approved for heart problems in UK

Wegovy contains the drug semaglutide, which is already prescribed on the NHS to help people lose weight.

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Novo Nordisk's Wegovy weight loss drug wins UK approval for use as a heart treatment

The U.K.'s health regulator on Tuesday approved the use of Novo Nordisk's Wegovy drug to reduce the risk of obese adults suffering from serious heart problems or strokes.

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Lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill aiming to crack down on drug middlemen as scrutiny ramps up

The bill's introduction comes amid a hearing featuring testimony by UnitedHealth Group's Optum Rx, CVS Health's Caremark and Cigna's Express Scripts.

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Woman died after begging GP for help - inquest

Maeve Boothby-O’Neill had asked her GP for "help with feeding" four months before her death.

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Babies died after hospital neglect - inquest jury

Babies Sunny and Elena both died after erroneously being given a sodium nitrite infusion.

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IT working but delays possible after outage, says NHS

NHS England says services are back online after the global IT outage, but there could still be disruption.

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Review says puberty blocker curb has not led to suicide rise

An independent review said the language used around the issue on social media was dangerous.

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The 'Trump trade' has divided health-care stocks into two camps. How to play the next moves

"This election is likely to produce distinct, binary, opposing health policy outcomes depending on who wins," Raymond James analyst Chris Meekins said.

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UV levels explained - how do I protect myself?

How to be sun savvy and get the right level of protection from UV rays.

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Op-ed: How well can AI chatbots mimic doctors in a treatment setting? We put 5 to the test

We subjected five major large language models to parts of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination Step 3 examination, widely regarded as the most challenging.

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How the UK planned for the wrong pandemic

Over-confidence, wasted opportunities and muddled-thinking left UK sleep-walking into Covid.

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UK 'failed citizens' with flawed pandemic plans

First report from Covid Inquiry says better planning would have saved lives and lessened economic costs.

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Ten tips for sleeping in hot weather

A simple guide on how to get a good night's sleep in the heat.

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What does hot weather do to the body?

What impact do high temperatures have on our bodies?

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Fall in proportion of IVF cycles funded by NHS

The latest data also shows the average age for first-time treatment is now over 35.

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What is the UK Covid inquiry and what powers does it have?

"Never again can a disease be allowed to lead to so many deaths," the inquiry has said.

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New Mexico attorney general launches probe of patient care at private equity-run hospital

The investigation follows a June report by NBC News about the hospital’s allegedly turning away indigent and low-income patients, including people with cancer.

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A growing number of parents are refusing to give their children smartphones — and the movement is going global

Parents are concerned about giving children smartphones as more studies show that mental health issues in kids is linked to smartphone and social media use.

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DIY kits may see million more cervical-cancer tests

One million more women would have life-saving checks if the NHS adopted self-testing, researchers estimate.

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Brain implant patient says OpenAI's tech helps him communicate with family

Neurotech startup Synchron has built a new chat feature for its patients using the latest models from OpenAI.

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Healthy Returns: Diabetes drug Ozempic may lower dementia risk, nicotine use

New study suggests that Novo Nordisk's Ozempic may lower dementia risk and nicotine use. Meanwhile, UnitedHealth Group's cyberattack woes aren't over yet. 

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These are America's 10 worst states for quality of life in 2024

These 10 U.S. states are letting residents down on quality of life, with high crime, environmental problems and lack of legal protections.

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Diabetic patient used social media to find insulin

A woman living with diabetes urges better communication over the supply of essential drugs.

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'My consultant told me I was a medical mystery'

Women who were in pain for years without answers want greater awareness around their condition.

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Inside the $43 million Veterans Affairs simulation hospital where doctors are piloting new tech

Health-care workers are testing tech and simulating procedures in a $43 million VA facility called SimVET.

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Healthy Returns: Drugmakers are racing to develop more convenient weight loss pills

Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly and Pfizer are developing weight loss pills. Meanwhile, digital health funding is showing "measured momentum" this year, a report said.

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Pfizer moves forward with once-daily version of weight loss pill after setbacks

The company plans to conduct studies in the second half of the year evaluating multiple doses of the drug. 

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Musk says next Neuralink brain implant expected soon, despite issues with the first patient

Neuralink is gearing up to implant its second human patient, despite hardware challenges with the first patient.

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Federal Trade Commission to sue drug middlemen over prices of medications including insulin, source says

UnitedHealth Group's Optum Rx, CVS Health's Caremark and Cigna's Express Scripts will reportedly be the targets of the FTC's suits.

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Samsung launches the Galaxy Ring — a first-of-its-kind product for the tech giant

The Samsung Galaxy Ring has the ability to track various health metrics such as heart rate and sleep.

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Investors want proof AI will aid drug discovery. Evidence may come in the second half

Nvidia is a fan of Recursion Pharmaceuticals. Data expected from the company will help determine valuations for stocks using AI to discover new drugs.

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Novo Nordisk shares shrug off concerns over study linking weight loss drugs to rare eye condition

Novo Nordisk investors appeared unperturbed Thursday by a critical Harvard report that linked weight loss drugs to a rare eye condition.

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How to pull off an election all-nighter

You want to watch the results, but you also have a life to live... we have the plan to get you through.

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Mum admits ending life of terminally ill son

Police say they are investigating reports relating to "an apparent case of assisted dying" in 1981.

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Healthy Returns: Brain implant company Paradromics launches patient registry ahead of human trial

Brain implant company Paradromics is preparing for human trials, while President Biden's poor debate performance affected health-care stocks.

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Can't understand your teenager's behavior? Psychologists have tips to offer

Teenagers are often perceived as having little control over their emotions, and while parents may see this as unnecessary angst, it could be due to anxiety.

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FDA approves Eli Lilly Alzheimer’s drug, expanding treatment options in the U.S.

It's a long-awaited win for Eli Lilly after donanemab faced several delays in its path to the market, including an initial rejection from the FDA last year.

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FDA approval of Eli Lilly's Alzheimer's drug cements our decision not to take profits

Every weekday, the Investing Club releases the Homestretch; an actionable afternoon update just in time for the last hour of trading.

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Supreme Court to weigh FDA's refusal to approve flavored vapes

Manufacturers of flavored vapes are challenging the Food and Drug Administration's refusal to approve their products.

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Are we in a summer Covid wave?

Lots of people seem to have Covid at the moment but what is behind it and is it serious?

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Your Voice, Your Vote: Mental health crisis in young

What will the main parties do to support children and young people with their mental health?

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Hugh Pym: Is sugar the missing ingredient in election manifestos?

Sugar taxes have been widely debated but in party manifestos, the word "sugar" barely appears. Why?

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Pfizer struggles to claw back faith with Wall Street and its employees as it recovers from the Covid decline

CNBC spoke with 11 current and former Pfizer employees, who asked to remain anonymous, about Pfizer's dizzying climb, rapid decline and turnaround strategy.

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'Alarmingly high': E.coli levels discovered in River Thames ahead of famous regatta

Harmful E.coli bacteria has been discovered in the U.K.'s River Thames just days before elite rowers are due to compete for the international Henley Regatta.

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Drug prices have risen almost 40% over the past decade, according to a new tracker

Paying almost 40% more than in 2014, the average person spends $16.26 out of pocket per prescription, according to the data.

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Walgreens stock plunges as drugstore chain slashes profit guidance in 'challenging' consumer environment

The results and guidance cut come as Walgreens works to slash costs by closing underperforming U.S. stores, among other measures.

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Supreme Court blocks Purdue Pharma opioid settlement, threatening billions of dollars for victims

In a loss for the Sackler family, the justices ruled that a bankruptcy judge did not have the authority to let its members evade facing future lawsuits.

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Supreme Court allows emergency abortions in Idaho for now

The court opted against deciding whether Idaho’s abortion ban conflicts with a federal law that sets standards for hospital emergency room care, leaving legal question unresolved.

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What is mpox and how is it spread?

Mpox, which used to be called monkeypox, is endemic in parts of west and central Africa.

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Healthy Returns: Eli Lilly, other drugmakers show off encouraging weight loss drug data

Drugmakers showed off data on weight loss and diabetes drugs. Also, Oracle announced the general availability of AI documentation assistant for doctors.

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Faces made of living skin make robots smile

Scientists find a way to attach living skin to robot faces for more realistic smiles and expressions.

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How Dame Deborah James helped save a mum's life

A mother-of-three shared her story with Dame Deborah's mother Heather on BBC Breakfast.

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How Hollywood star Sheen helped uncover a dark secret

A chance scroll on the internet led the actor Michael Sheen on a journey to uncover a dark secret.

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World first epilepsy device fitted in UK boy's skull

Oran, who is 13, was sometimes having hundreds of seizures a day due to his severe epilepsy.

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Cyber-attack delays child's cancer operation

Dylan Kjorstad's surgery was delayed due to concerns over blood supplies following a cyber-attack.

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Top sunscreens fail protection tests, Which? says

Some cheaper lotions from supermarkets Aldi and Lidl outperformed more expensive brands, Which? said.

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Before US Senate panel, scientist defends his rejection of Covid-19 lab leak theory

The four scientists testifying, as well as lawmakers, acknowledge that the roots of the coronavirus will never be known with certainty.

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Senior doctors accept pay deal in England

The pay deal, worth up to 19.4% for some, comes after months of negotiations.

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What is the law on assisted suicide and euthanasia?

Many countries have legalised assisted dying, assisted suicide or euthanasia, which are different.

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Will the new Parliament pass the smoking bill?

The smoking bill was not passed before Parliament was dissolved ahead of the general election.

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Melanoma skin cancer cases rising in UK

The biggest increase is among the over 80s, with a marked rise in cases in adults aged 25-49.

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What is the infected blood scandal and will there be compensation?

Thousands were infected with HIV and hepatitis C, in the worst treatment disaster in NHS history.

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Infected blood victims could get £2m compensation

Government unveils package after final report of public inquiry into scandal published on Monday.

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'Blood compensation comes too late for my husband'

The government announced what it calls a "comprehensive" compensation scheme on Tuesday.

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'An abuse by people supposedly there to care'

Victims of the scandal said they had been "gaslit for generations" and felt "vindicated" by the report.

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Covid-19 remains a worse killer than the flu, US study finds

Despite the pandemic being over, Covid-19 carries a 35 per cent higher risk of death in hospital patients, study finds.

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I lost mum, dad and sister to HIV in blood scandal

Families torn apart by the infected blood scandal break their silence to BBC Panorama.

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Five surprisingly simple ways to optimise your diet

Here's five tips for better eating from BBC Ideas

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Man had rare Covid infection that lasted 613 days, showed extensive mutations

Cases like this increase the risk of more dangerous coronavirus variants emerging, researchers say.

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Children used as 'guinea pigs' in clinical trials

They were given infected blood products in trials without their knowledge, the BBC has found.

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Can health secretary name NHS trusts performing well?

Victoria Atkins is challenged to name some health trusts meeting their targets to cut waiting lists.

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'I embrace my alopecia, but I’d love my old hair back’

People living with alopecia could have access to treatment on the NHS in Scotland for the first time.

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Largest Covid-19 vaccine study yet finds links to health conditions

More than 13.5 billion doses of Covid vaccines have been administered globally over the past three years. A small proportion were injured by the shots, stoking debate about their benefits versus harms.

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'There are loads of people that vape at school'

A group of teenagers in Fife have been making a documentary about the impact of disposable vapes.

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Sunak reveals he fasts at beginning of the week

The PM says he tries to fast at the start of the week so he can indulge in his “weakness for sugary things” on other days.

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Nearly 10,000 died from Covid-19 last month, fuelled by gatherings and new variant, WHO says

Almost 10,000 Covid-19 deaths were reported in December, the WHO said, as it warned the virus remained a threat despite partially passing under the radar.

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WHO classifies JN.1 coronavirus strain as ‘variant of interest’

The strain makes up an estimated 15 per cent to 29 per cent of cases in the US, and some infections have been detected in China, though the public health risk remains low.

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Five takeaways from Johnson at the Covid inquiry

The former PM is the most high-profile witness so far to testify at the inquiry into the pandemic.

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'Moronic': Vicious Covid WhatsApps reveal No 10 battles

"Meltdown", "liar", "embarrassing" - messages lay bare Downing Street divisions during the pandemic.

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Nobel Medicine Prize 2023: how Katalin Kariko helped pave way for Covid-19 vaccine discoveries

Katalin Kariko’s obsession with researching mRNA to fight disease once cost her a faculty position at a prestigious US university. Now, her pioneering work has won her the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

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Anti-Covid drug molnupiravir may have led to virus mutations, study says

Pharmaceutical giant Merck’s antiviral pill molnupiravir was one of the earliest treatments rolled out during the pandemic to prevent Covid becoming more severe in vulnerable people.

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WHO warns of ‘concerning’ Covid-19 trends ahead of winter

Covid-19 death toll is on the rise again in the Middle East and Asia, while intensive care unit admissions are increasing in Europe, the WHO says.

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How much do junior doctors really get paid?

The BBC asked two junior doctors in England to show us their payslips and reveal their salaries.

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WHO classifies Eris as Covid-19 ‘variant of interest’

The fast-spreading variant also known as Eris, the most prevalent in the United States, also has been detected in China, South Korea, Japan and Canada, among other countries.

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Pioneer of mRNA vaccine touts technology’s promise while in Hong Kong for award, recalls how Covid placed her in spotlight

Hungarian-American biochemist Professor Katalin Kariko hopes mRNA science can be used for wound-healing and to prevent or treat other conditions, even cancer.

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Covid inquiry: The UK pandemic in numbers

Explore the data on how the coronavirus pandemic unfolded in the UK.

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Hong Kong can attract pharmaceutical giants by having own drug regulatory system, health chief says while citing need for R&D in Covid aftermath

Health secretary Lo Chung-mau says firms are often spurred to carry out research where a regulator is based.

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Ex-medical officer close to tears over Covid deaths

Dame Sally Davies apologises to bereaved families and says the UK was poorly prepared for the pandemic.

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Cheap diabetes drug cuts risk of long Covid by 40 per cent, study shows

The findings on metformin – the most common medication for treating type 2 diabetes – could be a ‘landmark’ in the fight against the little-understood condition.

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Hong Kong gloves tycoon pivots to produce Covid-killing reusable masks with lifespan of up to 4 years

Entrepreneur Juliana Lam founded Innotier, whose mask she says can instantly eliminate 99 per cent of the coronavirus and last for up to 200 washes.

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Coronavirus Hong Kong: parents warned about rise of other respiratory illnesses despite Covid wave peaking

HKU experts sound alert on flu, RSV and pneumococcal infections, with children and elderly most at risk.

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Covid Hong Kong: daily caseloads will drop soon, pandemic advisers forecast, with current ‘small wave’ no cause for alarm

Professor Lau Yu-lung from HKU says city experienced an expected ‘small wave’ and there is no need for concern as most people have immunity.

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Beyond Covid-19, WHO chief hopes for ‘historic’ pandemic accord

WHO member countries have begun negotiations towards an international agreement aimed to ensure the world is better equipped to prevent or more effectively respond the next time a pandemic hits.

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Coronavirus Hong Kong: daily caseloads hit 10,000, but health chief says outbreak manageable amid high vaccination rate, lower Covid severity

But Secretary for Health Lo Chung-mau assures public high vaccination rate and lower severity of illness mean outbreak still manageable.

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Coronavirus Hong Kong: US drug maker Moderna says bivalent Covid vaccine approved for local use, marking second such jab available in city

Bivalent vaccines target Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, with the first such jab by BioNTech introduced in December.

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Hong Kong experts urge city to stay vigilant as WHO declares end to Covid-19 global public health emergency

Residents advised to get vaccines and booster shots to keep themselves safe because ‘battle is far from over’.

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Singapore’s Covid cases are on the rise, but most young children aren’t fully protected by jabs

Only 28 per cent of children aged five to 11 have ‘minimum protection’ against the disease, according to the city state’s Health Ministry, as weekly Covid case numbers top 27,000.

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WHO says Covid deaths down 95 per cent this year, hopeful of declaring end of emergency phase

WHO chief says hopeful of moving out of Covid emergency phase ‘sometime this year’.

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Private doctors in Hong Kong allowed to order more Covid-19 oral drugs from government to help tackle surge in cases

Family doctors had warned they were running out of oral antivirals Paxlovid and molnupiravir as cases climbed in the past two weeks.

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Mobile printer for mRNA vaccine patches could be used for ‘next Covid’, scientists say

These ‘microneedle patches’ can be self-administered, are relatively painless, and could be more palatable to the vaccine-hesitant.

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WHO warns Covid pandemic remains volatile, ‘still a lot of people dying’

In the last 28 days, more than 23,000 deaths and three million new cases have been reported to the World Health Organization.

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Hong Kong has dumped 50,000 Covid vaccine doses since start of inoculation drive, including improperly stored stock

Wastage inevitable and proportion of discarded jabs, at 0.2 per cent, small, medical experts say.

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong detects 7 cases of highly infectious Omicron subvariant that has caused alarm overseas, authorities confirm

Top health expert Professor David Hui says XBB.1.16 subvariant found in some of city’s testing samples.

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong government adviser expects WHO to declare end to pandemic ‘in about 3 months’, but warns of current flu surge

Professor Lau Yu-lung assures residents city is on track to normality, with most of population vaccinated or having acquired immunity through infection.

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WHO says China has more Covid-19 origin data: ‘We need to know’

The health agency’s chief demanded that Beijing share all relevant information, saying that if it does, ‘we will know what happened’.

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Hong Kong doctors observe Covid vaccine rush with 2 weeks to go before jabs become chargeable

Health sector representatives estimate costs could be similar to what mainland visitors are charged for the BioNTech bivalent jab, at HK$1,800.

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Coronavirus: who can get free fourth or fifth booster shot under Hong Kong’s revised vaccine scheme?

Starting late April, city will stop offering free additional boosters to all residents.

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Covid Hong Kong: government pandemic adviser defends vaccine policy to charge for fourth, fifth shots

HKU expert Ivan Hung says move would mean public resources can be focused on vulnerable groups instead.

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Covid vaccines past ‘use by’ date given to patients at Hong Kong private clinic – investigation launched

Department of Health on routine check finds 14 people given expired BioNTech bivalent vaccine shots at Kowloon Bay medical centre.

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Are weight-loss injections the answer to obesity?

The appeal is clear - but should we be turning to appetite-suppressing injections?

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New Covid-19 origins data points to raccoon dogs in China market

A new analysis of specimens collected in 2020 in Wuhan found evidence of the virus along with genetic material from raccoon dogs, according to scientists.

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Got too many masks after Hong Kong axed its face covering rules? Here are some helpful hints for using them up

Internet users suggest converting masks into improvised feather dusters, while health expert advises residents to keep one month’s supply just in case.

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Chinese pharmaceutical stocks surge as flu overtakes Covid-19 to become main virus ravaging mainland

Shares of Chinese drug makers that produce medication for influenza have made strong gains, as the ailment overtakes Covid-19 as the major pandemic ravaging the country.

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No more masks by April? Hong Kong finance chief raises hopes by saying city will drop unpopular Covid rule by ‘end of season’

Financial Secretary Paul Chan takes questions on radio programme, but most callers focused on mask mandate instead of overall budget blueprint.

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Singapore says death of man in 2021 is first linked to Covid-19 vaccine

The health ministry said the Bangladeshi’s death from heart inflammation 21 days after he took Moderna-Spikevax jab was a medical misadventure.

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s daily RAT policy for students ‘likely to be removed’ by next month if Covid situation stable, education chief says

Secretary for Education Christine Choi says authorities will review local Covid trend and take into account experts’ views.

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Infected blood inquiry: Five things we have learned

An inquiry into the "worst treatment disaster in NHS history" hears its final evidence.

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Hong Kong customs seizes Covid-19 drugs worth HK$15 million, arrests 20 suspects

Preliminary tests found that one type of medication did not contain the claimed ingredients.

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Merck’s Covid-19 drug linked to new virus mutations, study says

Merck & Co’s Covid-19 pill is giving rise to new mutations of the virus in some patients, according to a study that underscores the risk of trying to intentionally alter the pathogen’s genetic code.

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Patients behaving strangely: Hong Kong doctors report people chasing Covid antivirals, collecting for many ‘family members’

Medical Association says it is suspicious how some patients go from doctor to doctor asking for Covid drugs.

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Coronavirus: patients at Hong Kong isolation facilities set to leave as mandatory stays end

Mandatory tests for travellers and quota for mainland China border crossings may also end in coming days, says pro-Beijing heavyweight Tam Yiu-chung.

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Coronavirus: room exists to further ease testing for Hong Kong, mainland China cross-border travellers, CY Leung says, while expert proposes review

Leung, now a vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, points to caseloads being kept at bay despite border reopening and festive break.

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Covid-19: Hong Kong must decide for itself when to lift curbs, health experts say ahead of WHO decision on pandemic status

Local health experts also discuss if Hong Kong government should begin review of epidemic response soon or wait until later date.

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Coronavirus: lift mask mandate for outdoors after winter flu threat, Hong Kong government pandemic adviser urges

Chinese University professor and government pandemic adviser David Hui says masks should still be worn on public transport, as well as in hospitals and care homes.

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Covid-19: China’s ‘exhausted’ doctors and nurses work long hours for reduced pay

Doctors and nurses in some of China’s public hospitals are facing pay cuts or salary delays amid a surge in coronavirus cases, as local government finances come under extreme strain.

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Coronavirus: 1 in 7 Hongkongers vaccinated with 4 shots; isolation order for infected patients could be dropped ‘by end of January’

Civil service minister Ingrid Yeung reveals more than 1 million residents have received fourth Covid jab, urges young and elderly to get their shots soon.

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Millennials and Covid stress: Hong Kong beauty queen hid in hotel, bingeing on piles of junk food

Many Hongkongers aged 25 to 40 faced physical and mental health issues during pandemic, survey shows.

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Cross-border parents urge government to reopen Lo Wu checkpoint to help students get to class in Hong Kong

Survey finds more than one in three cross-border pupils prefer the checkpoint for their daily commute.

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How 175 British children were infected with HIV

Families of some of those affected are giving evidence at a public inquiry into the treatment disaster.

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