Coronavirus: Mixing and matching Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs ‘could worsen side effects’


Mixing and matching Covid vaccines could lead to more side effects, scientists say. British guidance says people should be given two doses of the same jab because of a lack of data on alternating doses. But there are ongoing trials of giving one type for the first dose and a different type for the second, […]

Coronavirus: Scientist claims preservative in AstraZeneca vaccine could explain blood clot link


A preservative in AstraZeneca‘s Covid vaccine may trigger a rare overreaction from the immune system that causes blood clots, a scientist has claimed. Tiny numbers of people given the jab or the one made by Johnson & Johnson have developed a clotting condition that spooked some countries into turning their backs on it. The reasons for this […]

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 […]

Dr Fauci says he’s ‘not so sure’ US schools should require children to get COVID-19 vaccine


Dr Anthony Fauci say he is not sure if US schools should require children to get the COVID=19 vaccine before they return for in-person learning. The nation’s top infectious disease expert said parents should be encouraged to get their children immunized, especially on the heels of news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s […]

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 […]

Nearly three quarters of U.S. children infected with Covid NEVER develop worrisome symptoms


The majority of children infected with COVID-19 do not show typical symptoms of the disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found nearly 75 percent of children who test positive don’t experience fever, coughing or shortness of breath. Although, only about five percent of kids ended up hospitalized, they were up to five times likely to […]

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 […]

AI analytics predict COVID-19 patients’ daily trajectory in UK intensive care units — ScienceDaily


Researchers used AI to identify which daily changing clinical parameters best predict intervention responses in critically ill COVID-19 patients. The investigators used machine learning to predict which patients might get worse and not respond positively to being turned onto their front in intensive care units (ICUs) — a technique known as proning that is commonly […]

New ‘hypersensitive’ rapid test can tell whether patients have Covid or flu


A new test developed by researchers at UC Santa Cruz looks for both the coronavirus and the flu, with an accuracy level comparable to gold-standard COVID tests. The test uses a fluorescent probe to search for antigens – proteins on the surface of a virus molecule – which may belong to either disease. Since COVID […]

White House adviser says any American undecided about getting vaccinated should ‘look at India’ 


Any American who is undecided about receiving the coronavirus vaccine should ‘look at India,’ a Biden administration official said on Wednesday. Andy Slavitt, the White House senior advisor for COVID-19 response, said the general public should compare the downward trends in the U.S. to the spikes seen in the Asian country. While India recorded its highest […]

Coronavirus UK: Britain may pull out of deal for a million doses of AstraZeneca’s antibody drug


The UK may pull out of plans to buy a million doses of AstraZeneca‘s experimental Covid antibody drug, it was claimed today. Ministers announced an order for the doses from the British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant in November and said the final deal would depend on clinical trial results. But Britain is now considering a U-turn, two sources […]

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 […]

Patients may not take advice from AI doctors who know their names — ScienceDaily


As the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in health applications grows, health providers are looking for ways to improve patients’ experience with their machine doctors. Researchers from Penn State and University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) found that people may be less likely to take health advice from an AI doctor when the robot knows […]

Sleeping pills DON’T work as a long-term cure for insomnia, study reveals


Sleeping pills fail to work as a long-term cure for insomnia, a study reveals. Clinical trials have previously indicated the drugs may aid sleep difficulties for up to six months. But researchers say doctors and patients should reconsider their extended use after finding they make no difference after one or two years. They assessed data […]

CDC has stopped counting every ‘breakthrough’ Covid infection in fully vaccinated people


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stopped counting every infection among people fully immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine who later tested positive for the virus.  So-called ‘breakthrough cases’ occur when people contract coronavirus at least 14 days after receiving their final dose of the vaccine. As of April 26, 9,245 Americans out of more than […]

Covid: UK could be ‘back to normal by the end of the year’ if vaccines continue to work, says SAGE


Britain could be back to normal by the end of the year if vaccines continue to work and no variants emerge that can bypass immunity, one of the Government’s top scientific advisers said today. Professor Graham Medley, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and chairman of the SAGE subgroup SPI-M, said the country […]

Postnatal depression was TWICE as common among mothers caring for new babies during lockdown


Mothers who were caring for a new baby during lockdown were twice as likely to be struck by post-natal depression, according to a study.  University College London experts surveyed 162 London-based women with infants younger than six months old between May and June last year. Almost half (47 per cent) said they were suffering from […]

The Harley Street doctors charging for cannabis treatments 


The smart entrance to the Sapphire Medical Clinic looks much like any other private practice on Harley Street in London. But there is something very different about this one. It’s not the staff — the doctors here are all leading experts with roles as NHS consultants. It’s what they are prescribing that marks them apart. […]

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. […]

‘I went through the menopause at 13’: Woman tells her moving story in a new TV show


For a teenager, it was an unexpected and shocking diagnosis: blood tests and an ultrasound confirmed that, at 13, Hayley Cockman had gone into premature menopause. Her periods had stopped within a year of starting, and then symptoms such as night sweats, hot flushes and poor concentration kicked in. ‘At school, I’d be sitting in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Babies withms | Daily Mail Online


Babies with stressed parents are more likely to become fat children because their parents might overfeed them or pass on anxiety that triggers comfort eating, study claims Children gained more weight between five and 14 if their father was stressed But the same link was not true between mothers and sons, a UCL study found […]

Covid UK: Nurse, 41, who died was one of thousands of brave NHS workers from Philippines


At the height of the initial Covid outbreak in March last year, Leilani Medel, a 41-year-old mum, posted a picture of herself and her 13-year-old daughter Carmina on her Facebook page with the caption: ‘Don’t ask me to stay home, I’m a nurse! We fight when others can’t any more.’ Leilani, who lived in Bridgend, […]

BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones is using AI to monitor his Parkinson’s


Navigating the kitchen of his West London home to collect his pill tray, his right foot drags slightly — a symptom, along with his shaking hand, of the Parkinson’s which Rory, 63, was diagnosed with in January 2019 As his right hand starts to tremble with increasing urgency, veteran BBC correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones glances at it […]

Are allergies worse than EVER? Spring is starting earlier and getting more intense each year


As warming spring temperatures encourage Americans to gather outside, the air can be particularly brutal for those who suffer from allergies. Elevated pollen counts can cause a slew of symptoms including itching, watering eyes; runny noses; sneezing; and coughing. Meteorologists and allergists say that, with climate change, allergies are getting worse and worse every year – […]

Why are incontinence patients being denied life changing BOTOX injections?


For millions of Britons it is a secret they dare not discuss. A problem they put up with, silently, often for decades. Incontinence will affect 40 per cent of women, and one in ten men at some point in their lives. And it’s not simply an embarrassing inconvenience: it can leave sufferers near-housebound for fear […]

Why are incontinence patients being denied life changing BOTOX injections?


For millions of Britons it is a secret they dare not discuss. A problem they put up with, silently, often for decades. Incontinence will affect 40 per cent of women, and one in ten men at some point in their lives. And it’s not simply an embarrassing inconvenience: it can leave sufferers near-housebound for fear […]

Why are incontinence patients being denied life changing BOTOX injections?


For millions of Britons it is a secret they dare not discuss. A problem they put up with, silently, often for decades. Incontinence will affect 40 per cent of women, and one in ten men at some point in their lives. And it’s not simply an embarrassing inconvenience: it can leave sufferers near-housebound for fear […]

Neural network framework may increase radiologist’s confidence in assessing the type of lung cancer on CT scans, informing individualized treatment planning — ScienceDaily


Despite our remarkable advances in medicine and healthcare, the cure to cancer continues to elude us. On the bright side, we have made considerable progress in detecting several cancers in earlier stages, allowing doctors to provide treatments that increase long-term survival. The credit for this is due to “integrated diagnosis,” an approach to patient care […]

‘Amazing’ results with new breast cancer drug


Women with incurable breast cancer have been thrown fresh hope thanks to a ‘mind-blowing’ new drug that holds the disease at bay for more than twice as long as previous treatments. The medication can halt progression for two years, compared to just nine months with previous options, according to the latest trial results. The drug, […]

Daily US Covid deaths fall to a nine-month low of 666 as cases decline 15%


The U.S. is ‘turning the corner’ in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, White House Response Coordinator Jeff Zients told CNN on Sunday.   Nationwide Covid metrics are hitting lows not see for the better part of a year, as the vaccination rate approaches a crucial tipping point of having half of adults vaccinated against COVID-19.  […]

HEALTH NOTES: Women still take sun-tanning risk


HEALTH NOTES: One in ten women admits risking deadly skin cancer by excessive holiday sunbathing By Mail on Sunday Reporter Published: 17:02 EDT, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 17:14 EDT, 1 May 2021 One woman in ten admits to sunbathing for five hours a day on two-week holidays – dramatically increasing the risk of deadly […]

Jab ends scaly skin misery for 60% of psoriasis patients


People blighted by psoriasis could soon find relief from a drug that completely eradicated the itchy skin disease in nearly two-thirds of users during trials. Doctors say bimekizumab ‘beats all other treatments’ and are hopeful it could be available across the NHS in a year. Psoriasis causes red, flaky, itchy patches of skin, and at […]

DR ELLIE CANNON: Who will end my son’s 24-year migraine misery?  


My 33-year-old son has suffered migraines since he was nine. Attacks usually last three to four hours and symptoms include vomiting with extreme headache and light sensitivity, followed by about 20 hours of sleep.  Over the years we’ve seen GPs and he’s been advised to take paracetamol, which he can’t even keep down. One attack lasted […]

Scientists insist a woman’s fertility doesn’t always fall off a cliff after 35


One of the UK’s top fertility experts has hit out at older celebrity mothers who ‘mislead’ women into thinking having a baby in their 40s is easy. In March, BBC presenter Christine Lampard, 42, became the latest in a line of famous faces to give birth in their 40s, following the likes of Nicole Kidman, […]

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 […]

Prisoner shoved part of a domino into his penis ‘to make masturbating better in jail’


Ex-prisoner who shoved part of a domino into his penis ‘to make masturbating better in jail’ is taken to A&E two years later after accidentally knocking the 1.5cm-long fragment during sex Ex-convict, 41, feared he had fractured his penis after it swelled up following sex He had knocked domino fragment which triggered severe bruising and infection  […]

80% of those who won’t get Covid vaccine claim there is NOTHING that could change their minds 


American adults who are not planning to get vaccinated against COVID-19 insist there is nothing that could make them change their minds, a new poll reveals. Conducted by The Economist/YouGov, nearly 70 percent of those surveyed said they’ve already gotten the vaccine, are in the process of doing so or are planning to get it. […]

Coronavirus: Almost HALF of all Covid cases in London are now the Indian variant, data suggests


Real name: B.1.617 — now divided into B.1.617.1; B.1.617.2; B.1.617.3 When and where was it discovered?  The variant was first reported by the Indian government in February 2021.  But the first cases appear to date back to October 2020.  Its presence in the UK was first announced by Public Health England on April 15. There have since been […]

Women who plan to have a C section are no more likely to suffer poor outcomes


Planned caesareans pose no bigger threat than vaginal deliveries for either mother or baby, according to a study. NHS doctors tend to only carry out the major procedure if it is considered the safest option because it carries several risks. But Canadian researchers have now challenged the claims, finding that it may even be better […]

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 […]

The 3D scan that can spot heart disease in 20 minutes


The 3D scan that can spot heart disease in 20 minutes: Hi-tech imaging could enable doctors to diagnose patients five times faster… with 35,000 people set to benefit each year HeartFlow introduced in UK to reduce time from first appointment to surgery  It turns regular CT scan of heart into a 3D image that shows […]

Stunning therapy lands knock-out blow to cancer


While it sounds like the stuff of science fiction, a cancer treatment in which a patient’s own cells are engineered to hunt down and wipe out their disease — and then linger in the body to stop the cancer returning — is helping to save patients’ lives. The results of the treatment, known as CAR […]

The ‘acid’ jab that may beat back pain for good


A once-in-a-lifetime jab may treat back pain. In a new trial, injections of lactic acid — a syrup-like substance formed in sour milk and found naturally in our bodies — are being given to 120 patients with lower back pain caused by disc problems. The researchers say that the jab will make the discs, which […]

PROFESSOR ROY TAYLOR explains the science behind type 2 diabetes


Barely a day goes by without type 2 diabetes hitting the headlines. Last week alone there were two major stories about the condition.  A study from French researchers showed that if you develop type 2 in middle age, it doubles your risk of getting dementia by the age of 70. Another study, which looked at […]

Hundreds of fat children should be given NHS weight-loss ops


Hundreds of fat children should be offered NHS weight-loss surgery to reverse their diabetes, according to a leading medic. Growing numbers of youngsters in England — some as young as six — suffer type 2 diabetes. The condition occurs when the body loses its ability to process sugar and is often sparked by obesity.  It […]

Mother, 49, loses leg in a freak accident which caused her shin to ‘explode’


A mother has told how she lost her leg to a life-threatening infection which caused her shin to ‘explode’ with pus.  Helen Way, 49, broke her knee by overstepping a kerb in a car park in 2019, and had metal plates put into her leg after emergency surgery.  But the mother-of-one from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, had […]

Baby girl is spared a lifetime of paralysis after operation inside the WOMB


A baby girl has been spared a lifetime of disability after receiving pioneering spinal surgery — while still in the womb. Emily Malkie, from Pennsylvania, was diagnosed with spina bifida following an ultrasound when her mother was just 16 weeks pregnant. A follow-up MRI showed the youngster was at risk of developing brain damage due to a […]

Coronavirus: Indian variants on the rise in some parts of England


Indian Covid variants are on the rise in parts of England and now make up one in 10 cases in London, figures suggest. Data from the Sanger Institute, which analyses positive swabs for different variants, suggest the mutant strains spread widely during April. Nationally the three different variants — which are all genetically similar — […]

Biden administration will send Covid vaccines directly to doctors in rural areas to boost shot rates


President Joe Biden is planning to announce Tuesday that coronavirus vaccines will be sent directly to rural areas in the hopes of getting more hospital employees and residents immunized. According to NPR, the Biden administration has created a hand-picked list of physicians enrolled in state vaccine systems who are based in ‘socially vulnerable’ communities. These […]

Nearly half of older millennials have at least one chronic health condition


Nearly half of older millennials already have chronic health conditions, a new survey suggests.  Some 44 percent of people born between 1981 and 1988 have already been diagnosed with at least one chronic medical condition, according to the CNBC/Harris poll.  The most common conditions among the group were migraines, depression and asthma, diabetes type 2 […]

Secret behind maintaining a healthy weight loss — ScienceDaily


Half of the Danish population have overweight, while 17 percent live with obesity. Worldwide, almost 40 procent have overweight and 13 procent live with obesity. The condition is associated with increased risk for early death, as well as sequelae such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and infertility. Weight regain after an initial successful […]

New research on organ maturation models could lead to improvements in drug development — ScienceDaily


Determining safe yet effective drug dosages for children is an ongoing challenge for pharmaceutical companies and medical doctors alike. A new drug is usually first tested on adults, and results from these trials are used to select doses for pediatric trials. The underlying assumption is typically that children are like adults, just smaller, which often […]

Pre-diabetes nearly DOUBLES the risk of having a heart attack or stroke, study finds


Pre-diabetes nearly DOUBLES the risk of having a heart attack or stroke because high blood sugar damages the arteries, study finds Pre-diabetes is when sugar levels are high but not as high as type 2 diabetes It is common and thought to affect a third of adults in the US and 7million Brits   And now […]

Epilepsy research reveals why sleep increases risk of sudden death — ScienceDaily


New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine reveals why sleep can put people with epilepsy at increased risk of sudden death. Both sleep and seizures work together to slow the heart rate, the researchers found. Seizures also disrupt the body’s natural regulation of sleep-related changes. Together, in some instances, this can prove […]

Amazon slammed for selling bogus homeopathy products made from the pus of syphilis blisters


Amazon is selling homeopathy products made from the pus of syphilis and scabies blisters, MailOnline can reveal.  The retail giant also offers pills comprising diseased human tissue, including breast cancer cells and urethral gonorrhea discharge, as well as sperm whale vomit. Critics today accused Amazon of misleading customers by allowing the listings to pose as […]

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 […]

Inside Moroccan maternity ward where Malian mother gave birth to record breaking NINE babies


Incredible footage from inside a Moroccan maternity unit has captured the astonishing birth of nine babies to a single mother – as the premature newborns beat the odds to survive. Doctors today revealed how they delivered the five girls and four boys on Tuesday, and have confirmed that all nine newborns and their mother Halima […]

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 […]

Just two thirds of Black Caribbean Brits have had a Covid vaccine, official data shows


Just two thirds of black Caribbean Brits have taken up the offer of the Covid vaccine compared to nearly 95 per cent of white adults, official data revealed today. Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures released today show 66.8 per cent of black Caribbean people over 50 in England had a first dose between December […]

Children make up 20% of all new COVID-19 cases in the U.S.


Children accounted for more than 22 percent of all new COVID-19 cases identified in the U.S. last week – a near record high proportion over the course of the pandemic – a recent report reveals.    Despite cases among children spiking alongside school and business reopenings, the pediatric death toll remains low. Fewer than 500 American […]

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 […]

Doctors discover blood thinner that can safely dissolve Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine-linked clots


Doctors say they may have discovered a cure for the type of blood clots linked to Johnson & Johnson‘s coronavirus vaccine that may have saved a Colorado woman’s life. Morgan Wolfe, 40, from Aurora, received the one-dose shot on April 1. Soon after, she began experiencing a headache, dizziness and changes to her vision. Twelve […]

Covid strain first found in India will likely become ‘variant of concern’


One of the three Indian coronavirus variants is likely to be upgraded to become ‘of concern’ after clusters were found in several areas of England, it was claimed today. Cases of the mutant coronavirus have been found in schools, care homes and places of worship in the North West, London and the East Midlands. Up to […]

Indian delegation to G7 summit in London ‘goes into self-isolation’


Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab today tried to shrug off the Indian delegation to the G7 foreign ministers’ summit in London going into self-isolation after positive coronavirus cases. The Foreign Secretary said ‘we are all having to adapt in agile ways’ as he kicked off the second day of the gathering after the dramatic news. […]

EVE SIMMONS: Why the NHS must stop treating people with anorexia like prisoners


Six years ago, at the age of 23, I sat cross-legged on a hospital bed, screaming – wailing – for my mummy. A nurse shooed my distraught mother out of the room as we reached for each other’s hands. She wasn’t allowed to say goodbye. There were metal bars on the windows. I tried to […]

DR ELLIE CANNON: My hair is thinning… could it be caused by heartburn medicine?


I am 62 and have been on the heartburn medication omeprazole for six years, ever since being diagnosed with a hiatus hernia. Over the past few years my hair has been thinning – could it be the drug causing it? My GP says it’s not likely, but I’ve read that it is a side effect. […]

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 […]

HEALTH NOTES: People with kidney disease are 70% more likely to develop dementia, study finds


HEALTH NOTES: People with kidney disease are 70 per cent more likely to develop dementia, study finds By Mail on Sunday Reporter Published: 17:12 EDT, 8 May 2021 | Updated: 17:26 EDT, 8 May 2021 People with kidney disease are 70 per cent more likely to develop dementia, a major study has found. Swedish researchers […]

Covid UK: Boris Johnson pledges ‘absolutely ruthless’ tracking of India’s coronavirus variant


India’s mutant coronavirus strain is now officially a ‘variant of concern’, British health chiefs announced today. Public Health England say the variant — linked to an explosion of cases in India — is ‘at least’ as infectious as the current dominant Kent strain. Cases of the variant, scientifically called B.1.617.2, have more than doubled in […]

Thousands of bowel disease patients could be spared long waits for treatment thanks to simple test 


Thousands of bowel disease patients could soon be spared regular hospital visits and long waits for treatment – thanks to new test that would allow GPs or even a practice nurse, for the first time, to monitor the disease. Currently, sufferers of ulcerative colitis, an incurable inflammatory condition that affects the colon, must visit an […]

Sleep disorders tally $94.9 billion in health care costs each year — ScienceDaily


Sleep disorders are associated with significantly higher rates of health care utilization, conservatively placing an additional $94.9 billion in costs each year to the United States health care system, according to a new study from researchers at Mass Eye and Ear, a member hospital of Mass General Brigham. In their new analysis, published in the […]

Child obesity cases treated in hospital have more than doubled in two years, figures show 


Child obesity cases treated in NHS hospitals have more than doubled in two years and tripled since 2014 Number of babies and toddlers treated in hospital for obesity more than doubled in two years Obesity contributory factor in 1,087 patients aged four and under last year The figure has more than tripled from 336 in […]

Multi-drug resistant infection about to evolve within cystic fibrosis patients — ScienceDaily


Scientists have been able to track how a multi-drug resistant organism is able to evolve and spread widely among cystic fibrosis patients — showing that it can evolve rapidly within an individual during chronic infection. The researchers say their findings highlight the need to treat patients with Mycobacterium abscessus infection immediately, counter to current medical […]

Men really DO remember to take the male ‘Pill’, say doctors


Men really DO remember to take the male ‘Pill’ despite women’s fears that they’ll forget to take it, say doctors In study involving 35 men aged 18 to 50, 90% remembered to use a contraceptive gel every day for a year The gel, rubbed on the shoulder, suppresses testosterone more effectively than tablets so men […]

Covid UK: Number of people hospitalised after first vaccine dose is ‘tiny’, says SAGE


Only tiny numbers of people are being hospitalised with coronavirus after their first vaccine dose has kicked in, NHS data has revealed. Numbers analysed by SAGE showed that around one per cent of people hospitalised with the virus in the second wave were three weeks post-vaccine, by which time they are expected to have protection.  […]

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 […]

Rate of Americans skipping second shots doubles as first shots fall by half


The number of Americans skipping their second doses of two-shot COVID-19 vaccines has more than doubled since February, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data.  Meanwhile, the number of people getting a first dose is falling off even faster than the decline in the number of people completing their vaccine regimens, a […]

UK’s ‘longest-suffering Covid patient’ who has been in hospital for a YEAR vomits every day


A coronavirus survivor thought to be Britain’s longest-suffering patient has been left vomiting every day.  Jason Kelk, 49, from Leeds, was rushed to hospital with a chest infection last April, which turned out to be Covid.  The primary school IT teacher, who has not left the hospital since, was transferred to intensive care and hooked […]

Pfizer’s at-home pill to ‘cure’ COVID-19 might be available by the end of the year


Covid PILL could be ready THIS year: Pfizer says the first safety trials will end in May and the at-home ‘cure’ could ship by fall Pfizer Inc is currently running clinical trial on an experimental pill that would be the first to cure COVID-19 called PF-07321332  It belongs to a class of drugs called protease […]

Team builds better tool for assessing infant brain health — ScienceDaily


Researchers have created a new, open-access tool that allows doctors and scientists to evaluate infant brain health by assessing the concentration of various chemical markers, called metabolites, in the brain. The tool compiled data from 140 infants to determine normal ranges for these metabolites. Published in the journal NMR in Biomedicine, the study describes an […]

Hooked on the ANXIETY pills experts are calling the new VALIUM


Sharon Davies has a simple message for anyone whose GP recommends they start taking the drug pregabalin to deal with anxiety. ‘Don’t,’ she says. ‘Please, just don’t.’ During the two years she spent on the drug, Sharon experienced a range of ‘unbearable’ side-effects, including dizzy spells, mental ‘fuzziness’ and extreme weight gain. Then, in July […]

New urine test could detect aggressive form of prostate cancer missed by as many as 1 in 5 scans 


New urine test could detect aggressive form of prostate cancer often missed by as many as one in five diagnostic scans The University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center has developed a new test called Urine Prostate Seq test (UPSeq) It analyzes 15 specific strands of RNA together and looks for specific genes that are ‘overexpressed’ […]

How your tears may soon help save your life


Here’s a good reason to start crying with happiness: your tears could soon save your life by providing an early warning of cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disease. In future, they may even predict your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. And tears are not the only bodily secretions that are being used in a new generation of […]

I had a mole removed out of vanity, only to be told I had a rare blood cancer


‘I am so grateful that I got that silly little cyst removed — it saved my life,’ says Laura, 28, a chartered legal executive from Long Eaton, Derbyshire Laura Windsor thanks her lucky stars that a moment’s vanity helped save her life. It was only after she decided to get an unsightly cyst on her […]

US reports 32K new cases while Florida’s daily infection rate falls lower than Michigan’s OR NYC’s


Coronavirus cases and deaths across the United States have fallen to their lowest numbers since early fall. On Sunday, the U.S. recorded 32,065 new infections, which is the lowest figure since September 8, when 26,387 new cases were reported. Meanwhile, the seven-day rolling average of 57,221 is lowest number seen in one month, according to a […]

Dementia sufferer, 74, gets two AstraZeneca Covid jabs in FIVE DAYS


A dementia sufferer received two coronavirus vaccines just five days apart, after a mix-up at her London clinic. The 74-year-old got her first AstraZeneca jab on January 23 after she was booked in at Woolwich Late Night Pharmacy by her daughter.  But just five days later the grandmother-of-four, who lives in supported housing, went and […]

Tiny miracles saved by surgery in the womb


There could barely be worse news for a mother-to-be to receive. And because of pandemic regulations, Becky had to hear it alone. ‘The sonographer said: ‘I’m so sorry, there’s something seriously wrong with your baby and she is in imminent danger,’ ‘ the 28-year-old recalls. ‘I couldn’t stop crying.’ What should have been a routine mid-pregnancy […]

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 […]

People aged 42 and over are now eligible for a Covid vaccine in England


NHS England has lowered the age for people to get a coronavirus vaccine for the second time this week.  From today, everyone over the age of 42 — or who have their 42nd birthday before July — will be invited to come forward for their jab.  Matt Hancock, 42, revealed the expansion in a video […]

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 UK: 13.2m – a QUARTER of all adults – now fully vaccinated


A quarter of British adults are now fully vaccinated against Covid, as the UK passed the 13.2million mark for second doses today. Department of Health data shows 33.8million people have now had a first dose, with 47million vaccines now dished out.  Health chiefs have praised the significant step and called for more people to take […]

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 […]

Expert warns that heavy drinking can suppress your immune system and weaken Covid shot’s effects 


Why you should NOT toast your vaccination: Expert warns that heavy drinking before or after you get your Covid shot could suppress your immune system and weaken the effects Past research has shown heavy drinking can alter the number of microbes in the gut and can prevent immune system cells from reaching a site of […]

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 […]