The ‘key’ to new COVID-19 vaccine development — ScienceDaily


New variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus most likely will necessitate the development of more vaccine options in the years ahead, and a biomedical scientist at Iowa State University believes the “key” to that development lies in the way the virus binds to human cells. Michael Cho, a professor of biomedical sciences at Iowa State, is […]

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 […]

Managing children’s weight, blood pressure and cholesterol protects brain function mid-life — ScienceDaily


Managing weight, blood pressure and cholesterol in children may help protect brain function in later life, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation. This is the first study to highlight that cardiovascular risk factors accumulated from childhood through mid-life may influence poor cognitive performance at midlife. Previous research […]

Boris under pressure to fix foreign holidays FAST! Ministers urge PM to expand ‘green list’


Travel experts today insisted there is ‘no danger of an influx of disease’ into Britain after Boris Johnson warned that putting lots of countries on the travel ‘green list’ from May 17 could risk a jump in cases from abroad.     The Prime Minister has maintained Downing Street will be ‘cautious’ amid bitter Cabinet wrangling over […]

Will US reach herd immunity soon? Some experts say it’s unlikely


Despite the Biden administration’s celebration of 100 million Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the U.S. may never reach the ultimate goal of herd immunity because 20 percent of Americans don’t want the shots and variants have pushed the immunity threshold above 70 percent of the population.  As of Monday, 31.6 percent of Americans are inoculated […]

Our immune systems blanket the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein with antibodies — ScienceDaily


The most complete picture yet is coming into focus of how antibodies produced in people who effectively fight off SARS-CoV-2 work to neutralize the part of the virus responsible for causing infection. In the journal Science, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin describe the finding, which represents good news for designing the next […]

Possible novel migraine therapy — ScienceDaily


By discovering a potential new cellular mechanism for migraines, researchers may have also found a new way to treat chronic migraine. Amynah Pradhan, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois Chicago, is the senior author of the study, whose goal was to identify a new mechanism of chronic migraine, and propose a cellular […]

Nearly 70% of Asian Americans in NYC have had a first COVID shot


Nearly half – 45 percent – of New York City’s adults have not even started their vaccine regimens, but one group is getting shots at nearly double the rate of the city as a whole.  Asian and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Americans in New York City are speeding ahead of other groups there with 68 percent […]

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 […]

Defective epithelial barriers linked to two billion chronic diseases — ScienceDaily


Epithelial cells form the covering of most internal and external surfaces of the human body. This protective layer acts as a defense against invaders — including bacteria, viruses, environmental toxins, pollutants and allergens. If the skin and mucosal barriers are damaged or leaky, foreign agents such as bacteria can enter into the tissue and cause […]

Cell cytoskeleton as target for new active agents — ScienceDaily


Through a unique combination of computer simulations and laboratory experiments, researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have discovered new binding sites for active agents — against cancer, for example — on a vital protein of the cell cytoskeleton. Eleven of the sites hadn’t been known before. The study appears today in the journal Angewandte […]

Psychological distress found to double the risk of subsequent cardiac events in younger adults — ScienceDaily


Young and middle-aged adults who reported severe psychological distress — such as depression or anxiety — after suffering a heart attack were more than twice as likely to suffer a second cardiac event within five years compared with those experiencing only mild distress, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 70th […]

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 […]

Prices to would-be Green List destinations soar


Airlines gave their biggest hint yet that Portugal and Malta could be among the countries where British tourists can visit in less than a fortnight’s time without quarantining as they began adding flights to both destinations. British Airways today added another departure to Faro for holidaymakers hoping to visit the Algarve on May 17 with […]

Why do some neurons degenerate and die in Alzheimer’s disease, but not others? — ScienceDaily


In the brain of a person with Alzheimer’s disease, neurons degenerate and die, slowly eliminating memories and cognitive skills. However, not all neurons are impacted equally. Some types of neurons in certain brain regions are more susceptible, and even among those subtypes — mysteriously — some perish and some do not. Researchers at Gladstone Institutes […]

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 […]

A deeper understanding of how cells move and stick together — ScienceDaily


Observing how cells stick to surfaces and their motility is vitally important in the study of tissue maintenance, wound healing and even understanding how cancers progress. A new paper published in EPJ Plus, by Raj Kumar Sadhu, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, takes a step towards a deeper understanding of these processes. “Cell adhesion […]

Researchers use ultrasound to develop delivery system for potent RNA drugs — ScienceDaily


RNA-based drugs have the potential to change the standard of care for many diseases, making personalized medicine a reality. This rapidly expanding class of therapeutics are cost-effective, fairly easy to manufacture, and able to go where no drug has gone before, reaching previously undruggable pathways. Mostly. So far, these promising drugs haven’t been very useful […]

Damage to white matter is linked to worse cognitive outcomes after brain injury — ScienceDaily


A new University of Iowa study challenges the idea that gray matter (the neurons that form the cerebral cortex) is more important than white matter (the myelin covered axons that physically connect neuronal regions) when it comes to cognitive health and function. The findings may help neurologists better predict the long-term effects of strokes and […]

New gene editing technique enables millions of genetic experiments to be performed simultaneously — ScienceDaily


Researchers have created a new gene editing tool called Retron Library Recombineering (RLR) that can generate up to millions of mutations simultaneously, and ‘barcodes’ mutant bacterial cells so that the entire pool can be screened at once. It can be used in contexts where CRISPR is toxic or not feasible, and results in better editing […]

Study finds excess cases and deaths highest among those of working ages — ScienceDaily


Hispanic Americans have died of COVID-19 at a disproportionately high rate compared to whites because of workplace exposure to the virus, a new study suggests. It’s widely documented that Hispanics are overrepresented among workers in essential industries and occupations ranging from warehousing and grocery stores to health care and construction, much of which kept operating […]

Wearable glucose monitors shed light on progression of Type 2 diabetes in Hispanic adults — ScienceDaily


In one of the first studies of its kind, medical and engineering researchers have shown wearable devices that continuously monitor blood sugar provide new insights into the progression of Type 2 diabetes among at-risk Hispanic/Latino adults. The findings by researchers from Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) and Rice University are available online this week in […]

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, […]

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 […]

Mental health suffered for 25% of Chicago kids amid Zoom school


Americans kids’ mental health suffered during pandemic ‘Zoom school,’ with a quarter of children becoming stressed, anxious and angry, a survey of caregivers in Chicago found.  A third of children and teens were lonely, and only a third of students had ‘positive’ peer relationships while confined to interacting with them through screens, caregivers said in […]

How does the brain flexibly process complex information? — ScienceDaily


Human decision-making depends on the flexible processing of complex information, but how the brain may adapt processing to momentary task demands has remained unclear. In a new article published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development have now outlined several crucial neural processes revealing that our brain networks […]

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 […]

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 […]

Understanding molecular interactions might be a target of precision medicine — ScienceDaily


Scientific studies rarely focus on long non-coding RNA molecules (lncRNAs), even though they potentially regulate several diseases. The role of several lncRNAs in anti-viral inflammatory response regulation has recently been reported. Considering their significant regulatory function in immune response, researchers from the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine of Bar-Ilan University sought to identify lncRNAs co-expressed with […]

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 […]

Few young adult men have gotten the HPV vaccine — ScienceDaily


The COVID-19 vaccine isn’t having any trouble attracting suitors. But there’s another, older model that’s been mostly ignored by the young men of America: the HPV vaccine. Using data from the 2010-2018 National Health Interview Surveys, Michigan Medicine researchers found that just 16% of men who were 18 to 21 years old had received at […]

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 […]

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 […]

Coronavirus: UK records 17 more Covid deaths and 2,685 cases on Tuesday


Britain today confirmed another 17 Covid deaths and 2,685 infections as the numbers continued to fall but Boris Johnson warned the country is ‘not out of the woods yet’.  Deaths fell by half from 33 a week ago, while positive tests were up just 6.8 per cent on last Tuesday’s 2,524. There are 1,608 people […]

Matt Hancock is ‘delighted’ after getting text inviting him to get a Covid vaccine


Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been invited for his first coronavirus vaccine appointment. The 42-year-old said he was ‘delighted’ to have received a text from the NHS urging him to book the jab. He tweeted: ‘This feels like a huge personal step towards normal. I got the call, I’m getting the jab.’ It comes just […]

Why experts say there’s no need to panic about Covid variants… at least for now


It has been nearly two weeks since Britain’s pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and shops reopened and, so far, things appear to be going according to plan. Covid-19 cases are continuing to fall and deaths are below 40 a day. Last week, Government data showed that only 32 fully vaccinated people have been admitted to hospital with Covid-19. […]

New study parses out when customers may feel undue persuasion and reduce their willingness to purchase a product — ScienceDaily


Product marketers should be clear in their messaging to avoid customer skepticism that makes them feel duped, according to University of Oregon research. At issue in a new study, published in the Journal of Business Research, was a social-cognitive construct called theory of mind, which considers how well people assess the mental states and apparent […]

Ankle exoskeleton enables faster walking — ScienceDaily


Being unable to walk quickly can be frustrating and problematic, but it is a common issue, especially as people age. Noting the pervasiveness of slower-than-desired walking, engineers at Stanford University have tested how well a prototype exoskeleton system they have developed — which attaches around the shin and into a running shoe — increased the […]

Wildfire smoke linked to skin disease — ScienceDaily


Wildfire smoke can trigger a host of respiratory and cardiovascular symptoms, ranging from runny nose and cough to a potentially life-threatening heart attack or stroke. A new study suggests that the dangers posed by wildfire smoke may also extend to the largest organ in the human body, and our first line of defense against outside […]

The immune link between a leaky blood-brain barrier and schizophrenia — ScienceDaily


Like a stern bodyguard for the central nervous sytem, the blood-brain barrier keeps out anything that could lead to disease and dangerous inflammation — at least when all is functioning normally. That may not be the case in people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders, suggest new findings from a team led by researchers from […]

Role of physical, mental health in cognitive impairment — ScienceDaily


A recent study suggests that preserving physical and mental health helps older adults experiencing cognitive impairment stave off declines in cognitive engagement. “We found that declines in physical and mental health were associated with more pronounced cognitive disengagement,” says Shevaun Neupert, corresponding author of the study and a professor of psychology at North Carolina State […]

Is social media use a potentially addictive behavior? Maybe not — ScienceDaily


Frequent use of social media may not amount to the same as addiction, according to research at the University of Strathclyde. The study invited 100 participants to locate specific social media apps on a simulated smartphone screen as quickly and accurately as possible, while ignoring other apps. The participants were varied in the extent and […]

Covid: Denmark to SWAP unwanted AstraZeneca vaccine as Sweden offers alternatives to under-65s


Denmark is looking to swap its unwanted AstraZeneca jabs for other coronavirus vaccines owned by other countries after ditching it entirely over blood clot fears. Meanwhile, it was announced by the Swedish Health Agency on Tuesday that Swedes under 65 who have had one shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be given a different vaccine for their […]

Covid PILLS could be available in UK ‘by autumn’ says Boris Johnson


People in the UK could be offered pills to treat Covid at home from autumn this year thanks to a new antivirals taskforce being set up by No10. Boris Johnson today said he will assemble a team of scientists to find ways for people to recover from the virus without going into hospital because the […]

Scientists find brain’s immune cells form some plaques as a defense in Alzheimer’s, suggesting a new therapeutic direction — ScienceDaily


One of the characteristic hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the buildup of amyloid-beta plaques in the brain. Most therapies designed to treat AD target these plaques, but they’ve largely failed in clinical trials. New research by Salk scientists upends conventional views of the origin of one prevalent type of plaque, indicating a reason why […]

New type of cell contributes to increased understanding of ALS — ScienceDaily


The causes of the serious muscle disease ALS still remain unknown. Now, researchers at Karolinska Institutet and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, among others, have examined a type of cell in the brain blood vessels that could explain the unpredictable disease origins and dynamics. The results indicate a hitherto unknown connection between the nervous and […]

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 […]

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 […]

NHS diabetes health advice campaign will target Facebook adverts at men over 40 


‘Nanny state’ NHS diabetes health advice campaign will target men over 40 with Facebook adverts Men aged 40 and over to be target of diabetes awareness campaign by the NHS Social media drive to advise on best ways to avoid developing type 2 diabetes Follows campaign last year targeting black and South Asian communities By Daily Mail […]

How Big Brother star was released from hospital 12 hours before she died weighing less than 31kg


Tragic Big Brother star Nikki Grahame was the victim of a series of care failures that led to her ‘entirely avoidable’ death from anorexia, those closest to the 38-year-old have claimed. They have also revealed Nikki’s ‘desperate struggle’ to get treatment over the last six months, during which time she was discharged from hospital twice […]

‘Safe’ Z-drug sleeping tablets given to MILLIONS each year are as addictive as Valium


Zopiclone is the so-called ‘safer’ sleeping pill dished out by doctors to millions of Britons each year.  When it was launched in the 1990s, it was touted as a user-friendly alternative to older and notoriously addictive tranquillisers. And in the short-term, zopiclone causes few problems. Indeed, it can be a lifeline to those battling the […]

Why stores should be checking CO2 levels to keep us safe


John Lewis boss Pippa Wicks was on the radio last week, reassuring the public.  As non-essential retailers threw open their doors for the first time this year, the department store, she said, had started quarantining products customers had touched for ‘a couple of days’ to allow for ‘decontamination’. While others didn’t claim to be going […]

The NHS failings that cost Nikki Grahame her life


Tragic Big Brother star Nikki Grahame was the victim of a series of NHS care failures that led to her ‘entirely avoidable’ death from anorexia, those closest to the 38-year-old have claimed. They have also revealed Nikki’s ‘desperate struggle’ to get treatment over the last six months, during which time she was discharged from hospital […]

Underweight and overweight women at higher risk of successive miscarriages — ScienceDaily


A new study has shown that underweight and overweight women are at a significantly higher risk of experiencing recurrent miscarriages compared to those of average weight. A research team led by the University of Southampton assessed the link between women’s lifestyle and risk of recurrent pregnancy loss, defined as women having two or more consecutive […]

New discovery could lead to therapies for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy — ScienceDaily


A new study, led by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), reveals how chronic inflammation promotes muscle fibrosis, which could inform the development of new therapies for patients suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a fatal muscle disease. Titled, “A Stromal Progenitor and ILC2 Niche Promotes Muscle Eosinophilia and Fibrosis-Associated Gene Expression,” the study was […]

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 […]

England’s Covid outbreak is STILL shrinking, official statistics reveal


Britain today recorded 12 per cent fewer coronavirus cases than last week and 43 per cent less deaths, as one of the country’s top scientists said the UK was on the cusp of achieving herd immunity.  The Department of Health’s usual daily count showed there were 2,672 Covid diagnoses in the past 24 hours and […]

Innovative technique developed to destroy cancerous kidney cells — ScienceDaily


An innovative new technique that encourages cancer cells in the kidneys to self-destruct could revolutionise the treatment of the disease, a new study in the journal Pharmaceutics reports. During this unique study, researchers from the University of Surrey and Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University in Russia investigated whether certain naturally occurring proteins within the […]

Get your head in the game — One gene’s role in cranial development — ScienceDaily


Researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) use genetic engineering in mice to further understand how cell fate is determined in the head Tokyo, Japan — Mammalian embryonic development is an extremely complex and precise process. Specific molecular events act as cues that tell cells in the embryo where to move and what type […]

Lipid research may help solve COVID-19 vaccine challenges — ScienceDaily


New research by University of Texas at Dallas scientists could help solve a major challenge in the deployment of certain COVID-19 vaccines worldwide — the need for the vaccines to be kept at below-freezing temperatures during transport and storage. In a study published online April 13 in Nature Communications, the researchers demonstrate a new, inexpensive […]

Efforts to stop spread of COVID-19 should focus on preventing airborne transmission, experts say — ScienceDaily


Any future attempts to reduce the spread of covid-19 should be focused on tackling close airborne transmission of the virus which is considered to be the primary route for its circulation, according to experts in an editorial published in The BMJ. Respiratory experts argue that it is now clear that covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is most likely […]

Stretching the boundaries of medical tech with wearable antennae — ScienceDaily


Current research on flexible electronics is paving the way for wireless sensors that can be worn on the body and collect a variety of medical data. But where do the data go? Without a similar flexible transmitting device, these sensors would require wired connections to transmit health data. Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development […]

Vaccines not lockdown to blame for rapid drop in cases, top scientist says


Vaccines are behind Britain’s sharp drop in coronavirus cases since January, top experts claimed today — despite Boris Johnson insisting lockdown was the reason for the fall.   Professor Tim Spector, a King’s College London epidemiologist who runs the UK’s largest Covid symptom tracking study, said the epidemic had ‘mainly’ been squashed by the ‘exemplar vaccine programme’. […]

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 […]

New evidence supports mask wearing in public as key to reducing spread of COVID-19 — ScienceDaily


A new state-by-state analysis shows a statistical association between high adherence to mask wearing and reduced rates of COVID-19 in the U.S. Charlie Fischer and colleagues at the Boston University School of Public Health in Massachusetts present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on April 14. During the COVID-19 pandemic, different states have […]

Machine learning can help slow down future pandemics — ScienceDaily


Artificial intelligence could be one of the keys for limiting the spread of infection in future pandemics. In a new study, researchers at the University of Gothenburg have investigated how machine learning can be used to find effective testing methods during epidemic outbreaks, thereby helping to better control the outbreaks. In the study, the researchers […]

STDs reach all-time in US for sixth consecutive year


The number of sexually transmitted diseases reached an all-time high in the U.S. for the sixth consecutive year, a new report finds. In 2019, there were 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, the three most commonly reported STDs, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on […]

Practicing ‘mindfulness’ in summer camp benefits campers and counselors alike — ScienceDaily


With summer around the corner, a project shows how implementing an evidence-based mindfulness program in a summer camp setting decreases emotional distress in school age children and empowers campers and counselors alike — enhancing camper-counselor relationships. Mindfulness — a state of consciousness that fosters awareness — has the potential to help regulate emotions and behaviors. […]

Study suggests new advice for medics treating high blood pressure — ScienceDaily


New research led by a professor at NUI Galway is set to change how doctors treat some patients with high blood pressure — a condition that affects more than one in four men and one in five women. The study by researchers at NUI Galway, Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Medical School found no evidence […]

Basketball Mathematics scores big at inspiring kids to learn — ScienceDaily


New study with 756 1st through 5th graders demonstrates that a six-week mashup of hoops and math has a positive effect on their desire to learn more, provides them with an experience of increased self-determination and grows math confidence among youth. The Basketball Mathematics study was conducted at five Danish primary and elementary schools by […]

New study showing how the brain retrieves facts and personal experiences may help people with memory disorders — ScienceDaily


A shared set of systems in the brain may play an important role in controlling the retrieval of facts and personal memories utilised in everyday life, new research shows. Scientists from the University of York say their findings may have relevance to memory disorders, including dementia, where problems remembering relevant information can impact on the […]

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. […]

Prehistoric Pacific Coast diets had salmon limits — ScienceDaily


Humans cannot live on protein alone — even for the ancient indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest whose diet was once thought to be almost all salmon. In a new paper led by Washington State University anthropologist Shannon Tushingham, researchers document the many dietary solutions ancient Pacific Coast people in North America likely employed to […]

Biologists investigate effects of bisphenols on nerve cells — ScienceDaily


The plasticisers contained in many everyday objects can impair important brain functions in humans. Biologists from the University of Bayreuth warn of this danger in an article in Communications Biology. Their study shows that even small amounts of the plasticisers bisphenol A and bisphenol S disrupt the transmission of signals between nerve cells in the […]

Study shows a slight increase in eating disorders, one of the deadliest psychiatric health concerns — ScienceDaily


A new probe into the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic revealed correlations to six unhealthy eating behaviors, according to a study by the University of Minnesota Medical School and School of Public Health. Researchers say the most concerning finding indicates a slight increase or the re-emergence of eating disorders, which kill roughly 10,200 people […]

China admits its Covid jabs are not very effective in major blow to global health battle


China has admitted its Covid vaccines do not work well – which could explain why Chile is suffering a resurgence despite having one of the best rollouts in the world. In an extremely rare confession, the head of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Gao Fu, said the jabs ‘don’t have very high […]

DR MAX PEMBERTON: Line of Duty’s pill popping plot rings scarily true


Along with millions of others, I have been gripped by the latest series of Line Of Duty. Yet while storylines in the hit TV show often stretch cred- ulity, there’s one part that rings horrifyingly true: Detective Inspector Steve Arnott, one of the main characters, is addicted to prescription painkillers. His battle with these medicines […]

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 […]

Hopes of a cure for brain cancer that killed former Labour MP Tessa Jowell


A British man could be the first person in the world to be cured of a deadly type of brain cancer by an experimental new therapy. The father-of-two was told he may have only months to live, but a year on, his tumour has disappeared and his recovery has been hailed by doctors as ‘extraordinary’. […]

EVE SIMMONS: Are these fitness influencer poses the best way to encourage young girls to exercise?


Browsing Amanda Finnie’s Instagram page, I’m not quite sure where to look. In one video, she is posing in a pair of mini-avocado print knickers – and little else. She turns around to give viewers a close-up of her perfectly rounded, exposed buttock which remains on screen for ten seconds. Finnie is an athlete, according […]

Dr Peter Scott-Morgan describes how, against all odds, his life is filled with joy


The most extraordinary thing about scientist Dr Peter Scott-Morgan, aside from his optimism, is his relentless capacity for joy. Except for his eyes and a few facial muscles, he cannot move. Neither can he breathe unaided. His sense of smell and taste have deserted him.  He can only speak haltingly, through a voice synthesiser. A year […]

UK ‘has made great strides’ in reaching out to Covid vaccine sceptics, says minister


Britain ‘has made great strides’ in reaching out to coronavirus vaccine sceptics and boosting uptake among black people, a cabinet minister said today. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng blamed ‘misinformation’ and ‘people sharing things on social media’ for some getting scared of having jabs.  But he claimed there had already been ‘huge improvements’ in willingness to […]

Health remedies by Royal appointment: Harry’s ring to improve sleep and Kate’s bug-resistant gloves


Both the Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen wear gloves from Cornelia James, some of which are made from fabric treated with an anti-microbial coating called HeiQ Viroblock Cornelia James Imogen Gloves are seen above We all have our favourite products we rely on for our health needs — and the Royal Family is no […]

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 […]

NHS chief urges millions of Britons who are eligible for a Covid vaccine to book now


NHS chief urges millions of Britons who are eligible for a Covid vaccine to book appointments NOW if they haven’t already had the jab During April NHS coronavirus vaccination teams will focus on second doses But appointments for all over-50s not yet protected will also be available  NHS England data showed 4million vulnerable people still […]

Coronavirus: Pfizer vaccine ‘WILL protect against the Brazilian and South African Covid variants’


Pfizer‘s Covid vaccine still works against the South African and Brazilian variants of the virus and protection lasts for at least six months, studies suggested today. The jab prevented 100 per cent of infections in a study run by Pfizer in South Africa and UK lab tests on the P1 Brazilian strain of the virus […]

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 […]

Scientists say human embryos could be grown in a test tube for FIVE WEEKS after mice develop in jars


Human embryos could be the next test subjects of a groundbreaking study that kept mouse embryos alive outside of the womb that developed a heart, stomach, head and limbs in six days. A team of Israeli scientists grew filled small jars with nutrients inside that were placed on rotating roller and pumped each with a pressurized […]

Chris Whitty warns Britain will be vulnerable to Covid for another two years


Britain will be vulnerable to coronavirus for another two years but the illness should become as manageable as the flu in the future, Chris Whitty claimed today. England’s chief medical officer said vaccine manufacturers were still struggling to get basic supplies distributed around the world and were not yet fully equipped to deal with new […]

Covid-19 UK: NHS under pressure to expand Covid vaccine roll-out to all adults


NHS under pressure to expand Covid vaccine roll-out to all adults with Moderna’s jab set to come on stream NEXT WEEK EXCLUSIVE: Adam Smith Institute called for roll-out to be extended to all adults  Vaccine drive has already been expanded to all over-45s in Northern Ireland  Moderna’s vaccine will arrived in Britain ‘any day now’ […]

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 […]

Johnson & Johnson begins testing its COVID-19 vaccine in children as young as 12 


Johnson & Johnson is now testing its COVID-19 vaccine in children and teenagers between ages 12 and 17.  U.S. regulators have authorized the firm’s one-dose shot for adults 18 and older.   The trial expansion will first test J&J’s shot in teens aged 16 to 17. If the vaccine appears to be safe and prompt an […]

Blocking a protein could help overcome cancer resistance to PARP inhibitors — ScienceDaily


Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute have found that blocking a specific protein could increase tumour sensitivity to treatment with PARP inhibitors. Their work published in Science , suggests combining treatments could lead to improved therapy for patients with inheritable breast cancers. Some cancers, including certain breast, ovarian and prostate tumours, are caused by a […]

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 […]

A clinical study finds a biomarker for the action of glucocorticoids that could be used for developing tests to help clinicians tailor treatments — ScienceDaily


Researchers have uncovered pathways involved in the body’s response to glucocorticoid treatments and identified a novel biomarker that could be used to monitor how these drugs work in patients, according to a clinical study published today in eLife. A more reliable indicator of an individual’s response to glucocorticoid drugs could be used to develop a […]