Up to HALF of NHS doctors plan to work fewer hours, poll reveals

The NHS faces a mass exodus of doctors after the coronavirus pandemic, a survey warned today. Half said they plan to work fewer hours, almost one in three said they plan to retire early and a quarter are weighing up taking a career break. The British Medical Association survey of more than 5,500 medics also […]

THIRD of Britain saw ZERO Covid deaths last month

Around 22million people are living in areas across the UK where there have been no coronavirus deaths so far in April, official figures revealed today.  Data from the Government’s Covid dashboard suggests the threat of the virus has almost been eradicated in a third of the country, despite everyone still being subjected to harsh lockdown […]

A psychologist’s guide to donating more effectively to charities — ScienceDaily

The decision to donate to a charity is often driven by emotion rather than by calculated assessments based on how to make the biggest impact. In a review article published on April 29 in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, researchers look at what they call “the psychology of (in)effective altruism” and how people can […]

Coronavirus: Symptom study shows Covid cases in England fall again to just 757 infections per day

The number of people developing Covid in England has dropped to another record low in the last week with just over 750 people now falling ill each day.  Researchers behind the country’s largest symptom tracking study estimate the daily number of people getting sick is down 13 per cent from 870 to 757, after falling […]

NHS ‘sleepwalking into cancer disaster’ with tens of thousands missing a diagnosis due to pandemic

NHS is ‘sleepwalking into cancer disaster’ with tens of thousands missing a diagnosis due to pandemic disruption, experts warn A coalition of charities, MPs and Royal Colleges are demanding funding increase They say government investment is needed to tackle backlog of cancer patients 370,000 fewer people saw a specialist since the pandemic than the year […]

Covid-19: Medical research charities lose nearly £300million since start of the pandemic

Medical research charities have lost nearly £300million since the start of the Covid pandemic, MPs were told today. Experts fear the blackhole will threaten the development of future treatments for all diseases, including dementia and heart disease.  The Association of Medical Research Charities, which represents more than 150 non-profit organisations, has now appealed for emergency funding. […]

Covid-19 UK: NHS waiting list hits ANOTHER record-high amid pandemic, official figures show

Boris Johnson today said the NHS would ‘get all the funding it needs’ to get through the Covid backlog as the number of people on the waiting list hit a record 4.7million. The Prime Minister pledged to help the health service back to its feet as data for England today showed that 400,000 people have […]

France to investigate dozens of mosques suspected of radicalisation

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 12:56 French authorities will swoop down Thursday on dozens of mosques and prayer halls suspected of radical teachings as part of a crackdown on Islamist extremists following a spate of attacks, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said. Darmanin told RTL radio that if any prayer hall was found to promote extremism it […]

US food banks hand out Thanksgiving meals as pandemic bites

Issued on: 18/11/2020 – 17:21 With millions of Americans left jobless amid the Covid-19 pandemic, food banks and charities from New York to Los Angeles have been handing out free turkeys and other produce to help those in need enjoy a Thanksgiving meal this year. The US holiday, which this year falls on November 26, […]

‘Legitimising’ violence? Macron takes on the Anglo-American press

Even as France grapples with concurrent health, economic and security crises, President Emmanuel Macron has taken time out of his busy schedule to criticise the English-language press for its coverage of his fight against “Islamist separatism”, accusing British and US media of “legitimising violence”. In November 2016, just days before officially launching his run for the Élysée Palace, Emmanuel Macron lamented the French habit of reviving painful […]

Support group aims to break silence on miscarriages in France

Issued on: 09/11/2020 – 18:27 In France, an estimated 200,000 miscarriages take place each year. Despite being the most common reason women visit emergency gynaecology services, silence reigns when it comes to discussing miscarriage while medical staff sometimes lack the time and training to direct women towards psychological support. FRANCE 24 observed a support group, ran by the […]

Covid-19 crisis: The new faces of poverty in France

Issued on: 06/11/2020 – 18:33 This week, we’re looking at the economic damage wrought by the coronavirus in France. As many as one million people could be plunged into poverty by the pandemic. Charities have also been impacted. One reason is that older people often volunteer, but many are now avoiding social situations since they are most […]

New ‘epigenetic’ clock provides insight into how the human brain ages

Credit: CC0 Public Domain While our circadian body clock dictates our preferred rhythm of sleep or wakefulness, a relatively new concept—the epigenetic clock—could inform us about how swiftly we age, and how prone we are to diseases of old age. People age at different rates, with some individuals developing both characteristics and diseases related to […]

How a cloud-based solution is transforming care for people with cystic fibrosis

David Hill, left, looks on while his son George uses a spirometer to gauge his lung function. Credit: Jonathan Banks Sitting beside their son during one of his weeks-long hospital stays over the Christmas holidays a few years ago, David and Kirsty Hill had plenty of time to worry and think. As 12-year-old George lay […]

In greater Paris, 40 percent of homeless are infected with Covid-19

Issued on: 11/10/2020 – 17:04 Homeless people in the Paris region are especially vulnerable to Covid-19, according to a study published last week. The medical institute and NGOs behind the report are calling on the government to provide more emergency shelter before winter arrives. Not only are the most disadvantaged worst affected by Covid-19’s economic consequences, they […]

A radical nature-based agenda would help society overcome the psychological effects of coronavirus

Credit: Wes Hicks/Unsplash, FAL More of us than ever are stuck indoors, whether we are working at home, self-isolating, or socially distancing from other households. Long periods of isolation are already impacting many people’s mental health and will continue to do so. On the other hand, people have reported discovering outdoor spaces on their doorstep […]

Doing good may make people look better

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Giving is good for you. For years, researchers have been finding that people who support charities or volunteer for causes can benefit from being generous. For example, they might learn new things, meet new people or make others whom they care about happier. Researchers have also found that giving may make […]

Coronavirus Live Updates: World Approaches One Million Deaths

A top Trump official dismisses a report that he pushed the F.D.A. to soften new vaccine guidelines. The White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, dismissed reports that he had pressured the Food and Drug Administration to soften new, stricter guidelines that the agency was preparing for the emergency authorization of coronavirus vaccines. “Why would […]

Dozens killed in jihadist attack on Nigeria governor’s convoy

Issued on: 26/09/2020 – 14:37 The death toll from a jihadist attack on the convoy of the regional governor in northeast Nigeria has risen to 30, security sources said Saturday. Two sources told AFP fatalities from the attack Friday in restive Borno state had doubled as more bodies were found and now included 12 policemen, […]

Industry ‘leveraging pandemic’ to peddle unhealthy products: NGOs

So-called NCDs (Non-Communicable Diseases) such as diabetes, hypertension and lung disease are the world’s biggest killers, leading to 40 million deaths every year Food and drink producers are leveraging the coronavirus pandemic to push unhealthy products such as alcohol, sugar-laden soft drinks and fatty fast food on consumers, an international coalition of health charities said […]

Getting cancer services back on track during the COVID-19 pandemic

Credit: Cancer Research UK Conversations about COVID-19 are changing. While the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare services across the UK is likely to continue for many months to come, talk is shifting to how to restore healthcare services. But at a time when our health services are recovering from one major health crisis, we are […]