Coronavirus England: Death rates ‘twice as high in Muslims as in Christians,’ ONS data shows


Muslims died of Covid at more than twice the rate of Christians in England, official data shows.  Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures released today show 4,191 Muslims died with the virus up to February 28. The religious group was by far the worst affected in the country, with Muslim men having a death rate […]

Covid England: Infections DOUBLE in a week in four Indian variant hotspots


Coronavirus infections have doubled in a week in four Indian variant hotspots, official figures show, amid fears lockdown easing measures could be delayed because of the mutant strain. But Public Health England cautioned there was no need to panic yet because infections nationwide were ‘stable’ and hospitalisations have continued to drop. Dr Yvonne Doyle, PHE’s […]

Researchers studied park use in Philadelphia and New York during the pandemic — ScienceDaily


Parks played an important role for people seeking respite from the toll of social isolation during the pandemic, and according to new research from Drexel University, they did so without increasing the spread of COVID-19. The study looked at how people used 22 parks in Philadelphia and New York during the height of the pandemic […]

Coronavirus: UK records 2,657 cases and 11 deaths


Britain today announced 2,657 more coronavirus cases and 11 deaths as the country’s outbreak remains flat but creeping upwards.  The case count was on par with last Thursday’s – a 1.7 per cent rise from 2,613 — but the number of positive test results have been rising for over a week, with fears growing about […]

Number of Brits getting ill with Covid has risen by 65% in a week amid spread of Indian variant


Britain’s coronavirus cases have risen by 65 per cent in a week amid the rapid spread of the Indian variant, a symptom-tracking app warned today. The ZOE and King’s College London study estimated 2,800 Britons were being infected with the virus every day last week, up from 1,686 in the previous seven-day spell. But one […]

NHS waiting list hits ANOTHER record-high with 4.95MILLION patients in England needing treatment


Nearly 5million people in England are waiting for hospital treatment — the highest number ever recorded.   Despite the second Covid wave having been almost entirely squashed, the NHS is still struggling to recover from the impact of the virus on normal care. Some 4.95million people were waiting to start routine treatment in March, the most […]

Coronavirus UK: Boris Johnson admits he is ‘anxious’ about Indian variant


Boris Johnson today admitted he was ‘anxious’ about the Indian variant spreading rapidly in the UK and warned the Government would ‘rule nothing out’ in its effort to contain it. The Prime Minister claimed England’s lockdown-easing plans on Monday and June 21 were still on track — despite cases of the B.1.617.2 strain tripling nationally in […]

New mothers twice as likely to have post-natal depression in lockdown, study finds — ScienceDaily


Almost half (47.5%) of women with babies aged six months or younger met the threshold for postnatal depression during the first COVID-19 lockdown, more than double average rates for Europe before the pandemic (23%), finds a new study led by UCL researchers. Women described feelings of isolation, exhaustion, worry, inadequacy, guilt, and increased stress. Many […]

Jab that curbs calorie intake and cravings could help fight obesity crisis, study shows 


Dieters’ weight-loss wonder-drug: Jab that curbs calorie intake and cravings could help fight obesity crisis, study shows Experts say semaglutide could play major role in combating the obesity crisis Patients given the weekly jab lost a tenth of their body weight in just 20 weeks  Participants also ate 35% fewer calories when offered an unlimited […]

Coronavirus UK: Could spread of Indian variant jeapordise plans to ease lockdown?


India‘s Covid variant is now dominant in four local authorities in England and its rapid spread could jeopardise plans to ease lockdown, experts fear. Analysis by one of the UK’s biggest variant trackers warns the strain is focused in hotspots Bolton and neighbour Blackburn with Darwen, where outbreaks have grown by 93 and 86 per […]

Every region of England saw ZERO Covid deaths at least once during the final week of April


Every region in England saw zero Covid deaths at least once in the final week of April, official figures revealed today. Office for National Statistics data showed virus fatalities have halved in a month. Covid was mentioned on 205 death certificates across England and Wales over the seven-day spell ending April 30. For comparison, the […]

Ban on online junk food ads WILL go ahead


What might be covered by online ad ban?  The proposed ban on junk food adverts online will target food and drink products are high in fat, sugar and salt. How a product is classified as HFSS has not been finalised yet. Experts suggest the ‘traffic light’ system on food packaging could be used. The Government […]

Diabetes cases DOUBLE in 15 years as five million Britons have condition, figures reveal


The number of diabetics has doubled to five million in just 15 years, shock figures revealed yesterday. Almost 4.1million Britons have been diagnosed with the condition, compared with just over two million back in 2004/05. A further 850,000 are thought to have the Type 2 form of the illness without knowing, according to Diabetes UK. […]

DR MARTIN SCURR: Face pain that even makes shaving agony 


For  two years, I’ve suffered with trigeminal neuralgia, a most annoying and painful condition that makes it a struggle even to brush my teeth, shave and eat. It began after a tooth extraction. My GP prescribed the nerve pain drug carbamazepine, and I’ve asked for the dose to be increased. Someone suggested I try acupuncture. What […]

Prenatal exposure to famine heightens risk for later being overweight — ScienceDaily


An analysis of historical medical records found that men who were prenatally exposed during early gestation to the Dutch famine of 1944-1945 were 30 percent more likely to be overweight with a Body Mass Index of 25 or over at age 19, compared to a similar group not exposed to the famine. Professor L. H. […]

Doctors operate to save baby her from spina bifida before she was even born


Her name, perfectly chosen by her adoring parents, is short for the Spanish word for miracle. And little Mila is indeed extraordinary.  For this blue-eyed baby girl, cradled happily in her mother’s arms, is an astonishing testament to the powers of modern medicine as one of just a few dozen babies worldwide to have undergone […]

Scientists working on anti-Covid nasal spray


It’s an attractive prospect: a single pill, popped immediately after you test positive for Covid, to stop the virus in its tracks and prevent serious disease. The idea was floated by the Prime Minister recently at a Downing Street press conference, generating much excitement. There’s just one problem: no such pill exists. Prime Minister Boris […]

Why is COVID-19 so hard to treat? Growing evidence points to unique infectious profile — ScienceDaily


A comprehensive review into what we know about COVID-19 and the way it functions suggests the virus has a unique infectious profile, which explains why it can be so hard to treat and why some people experience so-called “long-COVID,” struggling with significant health issues months after infection. There is growing evidence that the virus infects […]

Boris Johnson will confirm hugs from Monday at 5pm briefing


Britain’s Covid alert level was downgraded to three today because of the success of the vaccination roll-out and dwindling case numbers. Health chiefs say infections, hospital admissions and deaths have ‘fallen consistently’ over the past few months, with social distancing measures and the huge inoculation drive to thank. The move to downgrade the alert level […]

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 […]

One in five adults experienced some form of depression in early 2021


Fears over lockdown depression time bomb as GP diagnoses tumble in 2020 – despite the number of people reporting symptoms DOUBLING New official data shows one in five adults experienced depression in early 2021 That is more than double what was observed before the Covid-19 pandemic But the number of GP diagnoses for depression fell […]

More people in England and Wales are now dying of flu and pneumonia than Covid


More people are now dying from flu and pneumonia than Covid in England and Wales for the first time since the second wave took off, official figures revealed today. Office for National Statistics data showed the virus was mentioned on 260 death certificates that occurred in the week ending April 23 — down 30 per […]

English fans should be BANNED from travelling to the Champions League final in Istanbul, insists MP


Fury has erupted over plans for up to 8,000 English football fans to get tickets to the Champions League final in Turkey this month as UEFA will try to host the match in front of a stadium of thousands despite the country’s Covid outbreak. Manchester City and Chelsea will receive up to 4,000 tickets each for […]

Average US deaths have not surpassed 1,000 in three weeks as average daily cases fall to 6-month low


Coronavirus cases and deaths are continuing to plummet across the United States as more and more people get vaccinated against the disease. Several former epicenters on the West Coast, in the Midwest, and on the East Coast, are seeing deaths and hospitalizations on the decline and test positivity rates falling to record low numbers.   Los Angeles […]

Covid testers can no longer get free lunches


Covid testers will be forced to mingle with the public to get their lunch under plans being devised by ministers, MailOnline can reveal. The Department of Health currently pays for sandwiches, drinks and snacks for all swabbers to ensure they remain on the testing site for their 12-hour shift. But officials have told Sodexo — […]

Coronavirus UK: Daily number of people with symptoms falls below 1,000


Fewer Britons are getting ill with Covid every day than at any point since a symptom-tracking study began last year, with fewer than 1,000 cases now cropping up daily. Published figures estimating 971 cases per day are now lower than in July and August last year when lockdown rules were almost completely lifted even though […]

Commuting Britons are more likely to catch Covid while walking or cycling to work, data suggests


Cyclists and walkers appear more likely to test positive for Covid than those who take a bus or car to work, data has suggested.  Office for National Statistics analysis shows those who work from home have been at a lower risk of Covid than people going into an office throughout the crisis. But the likelihood […]

Covid has killed 7M people around the world – more than double official tally – study claims


WHAT ARE THE DEADLIEST PANDEMICS IN HISTORY? DISEASE Black Death  Smallpox Spanish Flu Plague of Justinian HIV/Aids Third Plague Antonine Plague Covid 17th Century Great Plagues  Asian Flu  WHEN 1347 – 1351  1520 1918 – 1919 541 – 542                    1981 – present 1855 165 – 180 2019 […]

Coronavirus: UK urged to scrap vaccine patents like US and EU to help poor countries


The UK is coming under pressure to follow the US and EU lead to call for Covid vaccine patents to be ditched so companies can make cheaper versions to send to poor countries. Jab-makers currently own the rights to their vaccine recipes – known as intellectual property rights or IP rights – and other firms […]

Pfizer hits out at Biden administration over vaccine patent waivers


Pfizer has hit out at the Biden administration’s support for waiving intellectual property protections to allow poorer countries to produce vaccines developed by companies like it and Moderna, potentially cutting into the firms’ profits.  It comes just hours after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle penned an open letter to vaccine makers urging them to suspend […]

Mail on Sunday launches campaign urging NHS bosses to let us all see our GPs face to face again


If there is one story which encapsulates the distress of families as GPs remain behind closed doors during this pandemic, then this is it. And to health chiefs who continue to insist patients should only be seen face-to-face where absolutely necessary, it should serve as a warning shot: to open up ALL surgeries again, or […]

Covid England: Cases fall 40% with just 1 in 1,000 infected last week


England’s Covid R rate is likely still below one and the number of people with coronavirus plummeted by 40 per cent last week, with just one in every 1,010 people now carrying the virus. SAGE today estimated that each person with coronavirus infects between 0.8 and 1.1 others – the reproduction rate (R) – suggesting […]

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 […]

Nearly two dozen areas of England have already jabbed 80% of 45 to 49 year olds, NHS figures reveal


England’s coronavirus vaccine postcode lottery was laid bare again today as data revealed parts of London and Lancashire have jabbed fewer than half of residents aged 45 to 49. NHS England statistics going up to April 25 show that 65 per cent of adults in the age group have had their first dose of either […]

Coronavirus: Indian variant cases in the UK rise to 400 and there are now three types


The proportion of UK Covid cases caused by the Indian variant spiked eight-fold in a fortnight at the start of April, MailOnline can reveal. Four hundred cases of the strain – linked to an explosion of cases in India – have now been detected in Britain since it was first spotted in February. While it accounted […]

Office work: Sitting at a desk by a WINDOW makes you more productive than by a wall, study claims


Heading back to the office? Sitting at a desk by a WINDOW makes you more productive than by a wall, study claims Researchers polled workers in the London office of an international tech firm They asked the employees about their satisfaction with their given workspace  Staff were happier when they faced the room, but had […]

Air pollution in the UK is at its LOWEST since records began


Air pollution in the UK is at the lowest since records began, according to official Government statistics.  Three of the most problematic pollutants — nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) — dropped to all-time low levels last year due to lockdown. These pollutants are spewed out in high levels by engines, industry, […]

Matt Hancock warns modern medicine may cease to exist without if superbugs are not tackled


Matt Hancock today warned the rise of deadly superbugs poses a bigger threat than Covid and should be taken as seriously as global warming. The Health Secretary said modern medicine may ‘cease to exist’ unless the ‘silent pandemic’ of antimicrobial resistance is urgently tackled. Drug-resistant diseases such as MRSA already kill 700,000 people around the […]

Two novel biobanks offer investigatory targets for cocaine and oxycodone addiction — ScienceDaily


A major hurdle to developing new and effective treatments for drug addiction is better understanding how exactly it manifests itself before, during and after chronic use. In a paper published online in the April 21, 2021 issue of the journal eNeuro, an international team of researchers led by scientists at University of California San Diego […]

Coronavirus: UK orders 60million more doses of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine


Britain has bought another 60million doses of Pfizer‘s Covid vaccine as part of plans to launch a booster jab rollout this autumn, Matt Hancock revealed tonight. Ministers hope the extra supplies — which will take No10’s total order to 100million — will start to be delivered from September through to early 2022 so everyone in […]

Study finds enhanced student communication and collaboration — ScienceDaily


A new paper on college science classes taught remotely points to teaching methods that enhance student communication and collaboration, offering a framework for enriching online instruction as the coronavirus pandemic continues to limit in-person courses. “These varied exercises allow students to engage, team up, get outside, do important lab work, and carry out group investigations […]

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 England and Wales: Flu and pneumonia now killing almost as many, ONS data shows


Flu and pneumonia are now killing almost as many people as coronavirus, official figures revealed today as the outbreak continues to fade away. Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis showed the illnesses were listed as the underlying cause of death for 265 victims in England and Wales in the week ending April 16. For comparison, […]

Covid India: Second wave ‘far more infectious and probably far more deadly’


India’s Covid second wave is being driven by a ‘far more infectious and probably far more deadly’ strain of virus that has pushed hospitals ‘beyond crisis point’ in just a matter of weeks, a top medic has warned. Dr Zarir Udwadia, a physician in hard-hit Mumbai and a government advisor, said India is now ‘in […]

Doctors call on the US to send its stockpile of AstraZeneca vaccines to crisis-hit India NOW


Global health experts are calling on the U.S. government to send its stockpile of AstraZeneca-University of Oxford coronavirus vaccines to India immediately as health officials say they don’t anticipate using any of the doses. During a news briefing on Tuesday, Andy Slavitt, the White House senior COVID-19 advisor, addressed a report stating that the country […]

How deadly is India’s Covid variant and is it REALLY behind explosion of cases?


India‘s coronavirus variant may not be fully to blame for the country’s devastating second wave, according to scientists who say a ‘perfect storm’ of Covid complacency, a disregard for social distancing and lack of preparedness by the Government has fuelled the crisis.  Doctors on the frontline claim the B.1.617 strain is responsible for the raging second […]

A study in cells and mice finds compound works with fewer side effects than opioids — ScienceDaily


Fentanyl, oxycodone, morphine — these substances are familiar to many as a source of both pain relief and the cause of a painful epidemic of addiction and death. Scientists have attempted for years to balance the potent pain-relieving properties of opioids with their numerous negative side effects — with mostly mixed results. Work by John […]

Over 20,000 children fell off the school register


More than 75,000 children are being home schooled this year with over 20,000 children falling off the school roll amid the Covid pandemic.  An estimated 75,668 children and young people are being home educated across England, according to figures gathered on the first school census day of the 2020/21 academic year. This represents an increase of […]

Major study details numerous long-term effects of COVID-19, pointing to massive health burden — ScienceDaily


As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, it has become clear that many survivors — even those who had mild cases — continue to manage a variety of health problems long after the initial infection should have resolved. In what is believed to be the largest comprehensive study of long COVID-19 to date, researchers at Washington […]

Worldwide study also found that 11 percent of babies contracted the novel coronavirus from their mothers — ScienceDaily


In a worldwide study of 2,100 pregnant women, those who contracted COVID-19 during pregnancy were 20 times more likely to die than those who did not contract the virus. UW Medicine and University of Oxford doctors led this first-of-its-kind study, published today in JAMA Pediatrics. The investigation involved more than 100 researchers and pregnant women […]

Covid England: Cases fall in EVERY age group as daily death rate drops to 18


Coronavirus cases have fallen in every age group in England and just 18 deaths were announced across Britain today, according to more promising data that strengthens the argument for easing lockdown sooner.  Public Health England’s weekly Covid surveillance report found rates of the virus were down in all age groups for the third week in […]

Covid is no longer the leading cause of death in England and Wales


Covid is no longer the leading cause of death in England and Wales for the first time since October and the number of people falling ill with the virus is at its lowest level on record, according to statistics which strengthen the argument for a quicker easing of lockdown. Office for National Statistics figures published […]

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: UK falls out of 20 worst-hit countries for excess deaths thanks to vaccine rollout


Britain is no longer one of the 20 worst-hit countries for excess deaths during the coronavirus pandemic, figures show.  The UK has suffered 121,000 more deaths than expected since March last year — a rate of 183 excess fatalities per 100,000 people, according to analysis of official figures by the Economist, putting it at number […]

Covid UK: Daily deaths fall 42% to 22 as cases fall 3.8% to 2,396


Covid deaths have fallen by more than 40 per cent over the last week — down to just 22 victims today, according to Department of Health data. Cases are also continuing to fall despite more testing being carried out and another 2,396 infections were posted today — a fall of 3.8 per cent from last […]

Drug development platform could provide flexible, rapid and targeted antimicrobials — ScienceDaily


When disease outbreaks happen, response time in developing and distributing treatments is crucial to saving lives. Unfortunately, developing custom drugs as countermeasures is often a slow and difficult process. But researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have created a platform that can develop effective and highly specific peptide nucleic acid therapies for use against […]

Coronavirus UK: There will be no third wave – and I should know, writes PROFESSOR PHILIP THOMAS


A welcome sense of normality is at last beginning to return to Britain. As shops and bars re-open and families reunite, the long ordeal of lockdown appears to be coming to an end. Given the current positive trends, the Government’s target of full freedom by June 21 looks like it should be met. But that […]

Covid-19: Britain records 33 Covid deaths as fatalities rise slightly on last week


Another 33 Britons have died of Covid and 2,524 more people have tested positive for the illness, health bosses revealed today. Department of Health figures show coronavirus infections have barely changed week-on-week, rising by just 2.1 per cent. But testing numbers jumped massively over the weekend, with 1.7million swabs carried out on Saturday compared to […]

Covid-19: Just FOURTEEN people under the age of 20 have died of Covid in 2021 in England and Wales


Just fourteen people under the age of 20 have died of Covid this year in England and Wales, according to official data. Weekly data from the Office of National Statistics also showed daily coronavirus deaths were in single figures in every region of England over the week ending April 9. And the total number of people […]

Boris Johnson to hold 5pm Covid press conference amid growing concerns over Indian variant


Boris Johnson will hold his first press conference in two weeks tonight amid growing concerns about the Indian coronavirus variant.  The Prime Minister is due to appear in Downing Street‘s new briefing room at 5pm after coming under fire for taking too long to ban travel to India.   No10 only announced India was being added […]

Coronavirus: Lockdown did NOT cause a spike in suicides in England, study finds


England’s first coronavirus lockdown did not lead to a rise in suicides, a study has claimed.   A team of researchers at Manchester University examined official suicide rates in England throughout 2020 and found there was no change in the trend.  They say people may have got through the tough year by checking in with family and […]

Author HORATIO CLARE describes the truth of being sectioned


Those whom the Gods would destroy, the old saying goes, they first make mad. But it wasn’t the Gods who drove me to madness and destruction. It was me, writes Horatio Clare Those whom the Gods would destroy, the old saying goes, they first make mad. But it wasn’t the Gods who drove me to […]

Can financial stress lead to physical pain in later years? Researchers found that early stress can have an impact decades later — ScienceDaily


Financial stress can have an immediate impact on well-being, but can it lead to physical pain nearly 30 years later? The answer is yes, according to new research from University of Georgia scientists. The study, published in Stress & Health, reveals that family financial stress in midlife is associated with a depleted sense of control, […]

Britain records just FOUR Covid deaths in lowest daily toll since September


Britain today announced four coronavirus deaths in the lowest daily count since September 7 — when just three victims were added to the official toll. Department of Health figures showed there were also 2,963 new infections in the past 24 hours, down 17 per cent on last week’s figure of 3,568.  Today’s Covid deaths are the lowest […]

‘Nannying’ scientists call for alcohol to be BANNED from supermarkets


Stripping alcohol from supermarket shelves could help to curb Britain’s drinking problem, according to ‘nannying’ scientists.  Researchers say policies to clamp down on problem drinking would work better if the UK moved to a radical Scandinavian-style system where booze is sold exclusively in off-licences. Cardiff University experts made the case after their study found hiking […]

Covid England: SAGE drops R rate estimate and says figure may be as low as 0.7


England’s coronavirus R rate could now be as low as 0.7 and infections are continuing to fall, according to official estimates. No10’s scientific advisers predict the reproduction rate – the average number of people infected patients pass the virus on to – is no higher than 1.0. Last week SAGE said the figure was likely […]

Covid UK: Daily cases fall 20% in a week to 2,596 as deaths fall 43% to 34


Britain’s daily Covid cases fell again today as officials recorded just 2,596 positive tests — down 20 per cent in a week. Department of Health bosses also posted 34 daily deaths — down 43 per cent on last Friday’s figures.  And the most up-to-date hospital admission figures show the number of infected coronavirus patients needing […]

Hospitals’ FIVE-YEAR backlog: NHS trusts demand cash and staff


It will take five years for some hospitals to catch up with the backlog of patient care caused by the pandemic, NHS trusts warned yesterday. It is the worst backlog for 20 years, according to NHS Providers, which represents NHS hospitals and mental health, community and ambulance services in England. The worst-hit trusts in England […]

Covid-19 UK: Nearly half of over-50s refuse the coronavirus vaccine in parts of England


More than half of people in England are now living in areas that are almost entirely free of coronavirus and have vaccine uptake rates above 90 per cent, MailOnline can reveal today in a fascinating set of interactive tools. Latest NHS England figures show nationally 89 per cent of over-50s had received at least one […]

Woman with brain tumour fell pregnant before drugs would have made it impossible


A woman who delayed her chemotherapy and radiotherapy to travel the world fell pregnant naturally just months before her treatment would have made it impossible. Carly Beasley, 33, from Chippenham, Wiltshire, delayed her chemotherapy to travel the world with her husband Kris, 34, after her slow-growing, incurable brain tumour, called a oligodendroglioma, was removed. And just […]

Fury over No10’s ‘un-British’ plan to slap calorie counts on beer, wine and spirits


Matt Hancock’s plan to slap calorie counts on all alcohol served in pubs was today branded ‘un-British’ and ‘an attempt to nanny the country’. Documents leaked last night revealed health chiefs want to force larger chains to disclose the amount of calories for every beer, wine and spirit ordered in their bars.   The scheme, reportedly […]

ER visits for suicidal behavior declined during the first 8 months of pandemic, Michigan study finds — ScienceDaily


While people may expect suicide rates to rise during a worldwide crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, a University of Michigan study suggests the onset of the pandemic and state of emergency executive orders likely did not increase suicide-related behavior in the early months of the outbreak. The report, led by U-M researchers Rachel Bergmans […]

Australia won’t open its borders even AFTER everyone is vaccinated against Covid


Australia’s pursuit of a ‘Zero Covid’ strategy could see its borders remain shut even after the entire population is vaccinated, the country’s health minister has revealed. Greg Hunt said he was not confident the jabs alone were good enough to keep the virus out, which meant there could be ‘no guarantees’ that Australia will reopen […]

Just 175 Covid patients are now being admitted to hospital every day in England


Just 175 Covid patients are now being admitted to hospital in England every day — down from 4,000 at the peak of the crisis in January, according to official figures that will pile even more pressure on No10 to ease lockdown quicker. NHS England data also shows the life-saving effect of vaccines, with the proportion […]

People want to improve mental health by exercising, but stress and anxiety get in the way — ScienceDaily


New research from McMaster University suggests the pandemic has created a paradox where mental health has become both a motivator for and a barrier to physical activity. People want to be active to improve their mental health but find it difficult to exercise due to stress and anxiety, say the researchers who surveyed more than […]

Finding does not mean virus can be transmitted via dust — ScienceDaily


A study done in rooms where COVID-19 patients were isolated shows that the virus’s RNA — part of the genetic material inside a virus — can persist up to a month in dust. The study did not evaluate whether dust can transmit the virus to humans. It could, however, offer another option for monitoring COVID-19 […]

COVID-19 pandemic may have increased mental health issues within families — ScienceDaily


When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, many families found themselves suddenly isolated together at home. A year later, new research has linked this period with a variety of large, detrimental effects on individuals’ and families’ well-being and functioning. The study — led by Penn State researchers — found that in the first months […]

Why nations relying on China’s Covid vaccines are at risk of more waves


Countries relying on China‘s Covid vaccines may be vulnerable to future waves of the disease, scientists warned today. Experts told MailOnline the spiralling crisis in Chile should send a warning to the rest of the world that Chinese-made jabs are too weak to halt the spread of the virus, even with a successful immunisation programme. […]

US records more than 70,000 average daily coronavirus cases for the first time since February


Coronavirus cases continue to rise across the United States, fueling fears of a fourth wave as officials urge Americans to keep following public health measures. On Sunday, the U.S. recorded 46,378 new infections with a seven-day rolling average of 70,196, the highest figure since February 26. In the last week alone, the average number of cases […]

Why CAN Wales ease lockdown quicker if England can’t?


Pressure is building on No10 to accelerate its roadmap out of lockdown in England after Wales announced Covid restrictions would be lifted ahead of schedule.  Two households will be able to meet indoors on May 3 rather than May 10 because of ‘improvements’ in the public health situation and the vaccination roll-out, Welsh First Minister […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: It’s official: If you’re over 60, you’re HAPPIER than ever! 


What is happiness? It’s one of those questions that’s vexed great minds down the ages, including the Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schulz, who famously said: ‘Happiness is a warm puppy.’ I hate to contradict one of my favourite philosophers but, thanks to the World Happiness Report, produced every March by the United Nations Development Network, […]

Pandemic drinking puts more than 100 people in hospital


Pandemic drinking puts more than 100 people in hospital with worst affected patients in their early 60s or early 70s NHS had 750,000 alcohol-related admissions between last April and December Figures show there were almost 20,000 admissions among those aged 90-plus  Drinkers in their 20s and 30s accounted for a relatively small number of cases  By […]

How to defuse the male fertility timebomb


Could a toxic soup of chemicals in everyday life be destroying men’s ability to father children?  That is the latest claim from a U.S. expert, Dr Shanna Swan, who made headlines in 2017 with research that suggested human sperm counts are plummeting. Dr Swan, a professor of environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn […]

How Chile’s new Covid spike proves England’s cautious roadmap is the right route out of this crisis


Things are going according to plan. Despite a few wobbles about vanishingly small blood-clot risks, our vaccine rollout charges forward. And tomorrow we will enter the next phase of our roadmap to freedom. But at the Downing Street press conference last Monday, England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty was circumspect. Moving ‘steadily’ was key, he […]

More than HALF of people in England now have Covid antibodies thanks to huge vaccination drive


Almost 55 per cent of people in England now have Covid antibodies, suggesting at least half of the population now has some immunity against the disease. A major Office for National Statistics (ONS) testing survey today revealed 54.7 per cent of people in England had the virus-fighting proteins in the week ending March 14, up […]

Real world proof that Covid jabs DO work: Vaccine rollout sees 97% fall in deaths among the over-70s


Real world proof that Covid jabs DO work: Vaccine rollout sees 97% fall in deaths among the over-70s in major boost that shows UK’s inoculations rollout is having huge effect Over-70s Covid deaths are reported to have plunged by 97 per cent in ten weeks  In past week there has been an average of just […]

Covid Northern Ireland: Vaccine roll-out expanded to over-45s


Northern Ireland has today officially expanded its coronavirus vaccine drive to people under the age of 50, becoming the first home nation to move onto the next phase of the roll-out. The country’s NHS is now inviting everyone over 45 to book their appointment at a vaccination centre or one of 350 pharmacies deploying the […]

Boss of No10’s new pandemic-fighting agency admits UK has ‘an awful lot to learn’ from Covid


Britain was too slow to ramp up its Covid testing capacity and introduce masks, the boss of No10’s new pandemic-fighting body has admitted. Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency — which begins work today, conceded that officials have ‘an awful lot to learn’ after a catalogue of failures early on […]

EU approaches India for 10m doses of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine as Delhi blocks UK jabs shipment


The European Union has approached India in a bid to buy 10million doses of the AstraZeneca jab from its Serum Institute, as the bloc desperately scrambles to procure more vaccine supplies.  Britain has already blamed India’s export ban for delaying the shipment of five million doses to the UK and restricting the country’s vaccine drive […]

Studying Shakespeare ‘could help medical students connect with patients’


The works of William Shakespeare should be built into the medical undergraduate curriculum to teach students how to connect more closely with their patients, a doctor suggests. Dr David Jeffrey, a palliative care doctor at the University of Edinburgh, is calling for more emotional connections in clinical practice to improve doctor-patient relations interactions over the world.  Currently, […]

UK taxpayers pumped £21m in to fitting out Dutch vaccine factory that EU have now blocked


No10 was today urged to consider asking for a refund of the £21million it invested into fitting out a Dutch factory to make AstraZeneca jabs, if the EU presses ahead with its threat to impose an export ban. Health Secretary Matt Hancock approved the multi-million pound investment in the Halix factory in Leiden with the […]

England’s R rate remains stable and is between 0.8 and 1, SAGE says


England’s coronavirus R rate has not changed since last week, No10’s scientific advisers claimed today. SAGE estimated the figure — the average number of people each infected person passes the virus on to — was still between 0.8 and 1.0. But the panel of top experts warned the rate may now be as high as one […]

Britain’s daily Covid cases are down 40% in a week with 2,762 infections


Britain’s daily Covid cases fall by 40% in a week with 2,762 infections – while deaths are up slightly to 26 Department of Health officials posted another 2,762 positive tests and 26 laboratory-confirmed fatalities For comparison, 4,654 coronavirus infections and 23 deaths were recorded across Britain last Monday Day-to-day figures fluctuate and the overall trend […]

Life WON’T return to normal on June 21 because Covid vaccines aren’t good enough, SAGE warns


Social distancing will need to remain in place for another year even if Boris Johnson‘s roadmap out of lockdown goes to plan, the Government’s top scientific advisers warned today. Senior SAGE sources said that while the vaccines prevent the vast majority of people from falling ill and dying from coronavirus, they ‘are not good enough’ to see […]

Covid-19 UK: All the times Boris Johnson has moved the goalposts on setting us free


When lockdown was first introduced on March 23 last year, Boris Johnson promised it would be reviewed in less than a month.  But more than 380 days later the country remains under strict Covid restrictions, despite an array of figures now showing cases are at their lowest levels since the end of summer — when […]

Boris confirms shops CAN reopen on Monday – but is lockdown roadmap in doubt?


The government was today accused of deploying ‘Project Fear’ tactics and doomsday worst case scenarios to justify prolonging coronavirus restrictions – despite the government’s own predictions showing that any third wave of coronavirus this summer is likely to be manageable. A third wave of Covid when restrictions are lifted in June is likely to be […]

Social isolation results in changes of behavior and activity of immune and stress genes — ScienceDaily


Ants react to social isolation in a similar way as do humans and other social mammals. A study by an Israeli-German research team has revealed alterations to the social and hygienic behavior of ants that had been isolated from their group. The research team was particularly surprised by the fact that immune and stress genes […]

My sister was a devoted doctor… but I couldn’t help her heal herself


‘I was 18 months older but my cheeky little sister was the leader,’ says Esther, who is now 31. ‘She was confident and fiercely intelligent, with a smile that lit up a room’. Esther is pictured left while Rebecca is pictured right As children, Esther and Rebecca Marshall were often mistaken for twins.  ‘I was […]

Lockdown easing could be SPED UP because vaccines ARE working, says SAGE scientist


Dr Mike Tildesley, from the University of Warwick team that correctly predicted the UK’s second wave, said he was ‘really pleasantly surprised’ that reopening schools did not cause a spike in infections Britain’s roadmap out of lockdown could be sped up because the coronavirus vaccines are working so well, according to one of the Government […]

Physical therapy can help prevent, treat opioid use disorder — ScienceDaily


When you think of ways to treat opioid use disorder, you might think methadone clinics and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. You probably don’t imagine stretches and strengthening exercises. But Anne Swisher — professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine — is working to address opioid misuse in an unconventional way: through physical therapy. She […]