Polio: Virus found in London prompts misleading vaccine claims
on June 24, 2022 at 11:59 pm
What do these cases really tell us about the virus, which hasn't spread in the UK for decades? […]
Roe v Wade: US Supreme Court ends constitutional right to abortion
on June 24, 2022 at 5:53 pm
States can decide to ban abortion after the Supreme Court overrules the landmark Roe v Wade case. […]
Covid: UK infections continuing to rise
on June 24, 2022 at 3:06 pm
The increase, with an estimated one in 35 people testing positive, is being driven by newer variants. […]
How many cases in your area?
on June 24, 2022 at 2:20 pm
Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK. […]
Sir Jonathan Van-Tam: I don't wear a face mask any more
on June 24, 2022 at 1:20 pm
Sir Jonathan Van-Tam is asked if he's changed his habits, as Covid-19 cases in the UK continue to rise. […]
Covid: Free lateral flow tests in Wales until 31 July
on June 24, 2022 at 12:17 pm
Lateral flow tests will continue to be available for free for people in Wales with Covid symptoms. […]
Vaping - is it a risk-free option?
on June 24, 2022 at 9:53 am
Colourful gadgets and fruity flavours are popular, but what's really known about their health effects? […]
Birmingham hospital faces criminal probe after death of vulnerable man
on June 23, 2022 at 9:00 pm
Matthew Caseby fled a mental health hospital by climbing a fence and was hit by a train. […]
Juul: US bans all products from leading vaping company
on June 23, 2022 at 4:43 pm
Authorities say they do not have enough data to be sure Juul's e-cigarettes meet health standards. […]
Ike Ekweremadu: Nigerian senator accused of organ-harvesting plot
on June 23, 2022 at 4:23 pm
Ike Ekweremadu is said to have arranged the transport of a boy to the UK for organ-harvesting. […]
Polio: What is it and how does it spread?
on June 23, 2022 at 12:32 pm
What is polio and how can you protect yourself from it? […]
Court says widower can use embryo made with late wife
on June 23, 2022 at 9:35 am
Court backs Ted Jennings to try for a baby with a surrogate, using embryo he created with late wife. […]
Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme: The battle for compensation
on June 23, 2022 at 12:22 am
More than 1,300 claims have been made but only about 20 sent for medical assessment. […]
Polio virus detected in London sewage samples
on June 22, 2022 at 6:08 pm
Health officials say parents should ensure their children have been vaccinated against the disease. […]
How Sandwell is encouraging families to embrace exercise
on June 22, 2022 at 5:55 am
Sandwell is reversing the trend of having the least active residents - and it's hugely paying off. […]
Fatboy Slim DJ sessions to help people's mental health
on June 21, 2022 at 5:23 am
Norman Cook is volunteering for an NHS scheme to help those with severe mental health problems. […]
BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron: How worried should we be?
on June 16, 2022 at 11:24 am
Surges of Covid are happening again around the world, driven by some new subvariants of Omicron. […]
Heatwaves: What do they do to the body and who is at risk?
on June 15, 2022 at 11:57 am
What impact do high temperatures have on our bodies? […]
UK heatwave: How does sunscreen work?
on June 15, 2022 at 11:51 am
Do you know your UVA from your UVB? […]
Child stroke survivor determined to recover say Lowestoft parents
on June 11, 2022 at 11:38 pm
Five-year-old Tilli, from Suffolk, is one of 400 children to have a stroke in the UK every year. […]
Memory boxes help families remember lost voices
on June 11, 2022 at 11:02 pm
A PhD student has been creating audio memory boxes for hospice patients in Northern Ireland. […]
Mum, 29, with inoperable brain tumour in plea for research
on June 8, 2022 at 8:11 pm
Laura Mahon, 29, gave birth at 30 weeks after being told she had an inoperable brain tumour. […]
A&E patients warned of seven-and-a-half hour wait
on June 7, 2022 at 7:03 pm
A nurse is filmed as she informs a packed accident and emergency waiting room of long delays. […]
What is monkeypox and how do you catch it?
on June 6, 2022 at 2:56 pm
Cases of monkeypox are being investigated in several countries, including the UK. […]
Covid: Why do some vaccines protect you for longer than others?
on June 3, 2022 at 11:00 pm
Here's why you need more than one Covid jab. […]
The areas with the fewest GPs revealed
on May 31, 2022 at 10:58 am
Shortage has left some areas of England having to cope with half the number of doctors than others. […]
Hong Kong's Omicron crisis: ‘It took just 10 days for everyone to be infected’
on May 28, 2022 at 11:09 pm
More than half of those to die in the latest wave to hit Hong Kong were care home residents. […]
Got a new rash? Monkeypox or something else?
on May 24, 2022 at 11:19 pm
Red bumps and lumps? Scabs or blisters? What are the signs to look for? […]
Monkeypox: Time to worry or one to ignore?
on May 20, 2022 at 11:24 pm
We are facing an unusual and unprecedented monkeypox outbreak but how worrying is it? […]
Cost of living: Are value food brands healthy?
on May 6, 2022 at 12:11 am
MP George Eustice has urged shoppers to choose supermarket own brands to help cut living costs. […]
Hepatitis in children: How many cases are there?
on May 4, 2022 at 2:08 pm
It looks likely that a common virus which usually causes colds, vomiting and diarrhoea has a role to play. […]
How to get a Covid test
on May 3, 2022 at 3:14 pm
Most people in England and Scotland no longer get free PCRs or LFTs, and rules vary across the rest of the UK. […]
Covid: What is the guidance across the UK now?
on May 3, 2022 at 3:13 pm
Almost all of the UK's Covid rules have ended, two years after they were introduced. […]
Covid: How to look after yourself at home
on April 6, 2022 at 9:25 am
What can you expect if you have Covid, and when should you get extra help? […]
Have I got Covid, a bad cold or something else?
on April 5, 2022 at 12:34 pm
What are the new Covid symptoms, and when should I stay at home? […]
Covid booster: Who can get the fourth jab and how do you book it?
on April 5, 2022 at 8:51 am
Over-75s and those with a weakened immune system are being offered an extra booster dose this spring. […]
What are the latest rules for face coverings and masks?
on March 16, 2022 at 10:22 am
Rules around face coverings are easing across the UK but they are still required in some settings. […]
Almost a third of people report lingering symptom 6 to 12 months after Covid-19: Study
on March 5, 2022 at 3:02 am
Almost a third of people report at least one ongoing symptom between six and 12 months after their coronavirus infection, a survey of 152,000 people in Denmark has found. The study includes one of the largest groups yet of people who were not hospitalised with Covid, and followed them for longer than other major studies, the researchers from Denmark's State Serum Institute (SSI) said. The questionnaire-based study suggested that the most commonly reported long-term symptoms were changes in sense of smell and taste, as well as fatigue. Conducted between September 2020 and April 2021, well before the recent Omicron variant surge, the survey compared the responses of 61,002 people who had tested positive for the coronavirus six, nine or 12 months before with those of 91,878 people who had tested negative. In total, 29.6 per cent of the respondents who had tested positive reported at least one ongoing physical symptom six to 12 months after infection, compared to 13 per cent in the control group. […]
How will the vulnerable be protected from Covid? And other questions
on February 22, 2022 at 3:25 pm
The government has announced the end of all Covid restrictions in England. […]
End of Covid regulations: What if I'm still worried?
on February 22, 2022 at 1:53 pm
What would ending isolation rules in England mean for people who are worried about getting Covid? […]
How do we know Covid vaccines are safe?
on February 15, 2022 at 11:30 am
Busting myths and explaining the facts around vaccines. […]
Health screening in Singapore - how much does a comprehensive health screening cost?
by Joanne Poh on January 11, 2022 at 5:10 am
Just about every Singaporean knows about the importance of health screenings. After all, catching a serious ailment too late could mean death or huge medical bills. But how much do you really know about health screenings and how much they cost in Singapore? Here’s the low down. Price list: Health screening packages in Singapore As it turns out, the cost of health screenings in Singapore can vary… quite wildly, actually. Here are some health screening prices compiled from a mix of public hospitals, private hospitals and private clinics. […]
Omicron: How do I know if I have it?
on January 4, 2022 at 12:25 pm
The symptoms are similar to a cold, while genetic analysis is the only way to confirm the variant. […]
Covid-19 vaccines and booster shots: Which combination is most effective?
by Grace Koh on December 31, 2021 at 4:50 am
In the past two years living with Covid-19, numerous measures have been taken to defend against the virus, and the Covid-19 vaccines are one of them. The Singapore government has been rolling out its vaccination campaign, providing free vaccination shots to residents. Locally, the vaccines available under the national programme are Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna and Sinovac-CoronaVac Covid-19 vaccines. Now, the vaccination programme includes the addition of a booster shot. Now that booster shots are available, some of you may be considering whether to take the plunge and take the shot — but questions abound. Who is suitable? Should I take the shot? And more importantly, can I mix and match my vaccines? We find out more about booster shots and see which combinations are the most helpful, especially for those who have taken their primary vaccination shots from the national programme. […]
Covid: Why are 12-15s now being double-jabbed?
on November 29, 2021 at 4:45 pm
All children aged 12 to 15 are being offered two doses of Covid vaccine. […]
Covid: When can teenagers get a second dose?
on November 17, 2021 at 4:45 pm
All 16 and 17 year-olds in the UK can now have a second dose 12 weeks after the first. […]
Covid vaccine ‘waning immunity’: How worried should I be?
on November 14, 2021 at 1:06 am
Is the effectiveness of Covid vaccines waning over time? We look at how much protection being double vaccinated offers. […]
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. […]
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-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. […]