The absence of a 2020-21 flu season shows how effective simple public health measures are at limiting virus transmission — ScienceDaily


If you did not catch the flu this year — and there is an overwhelming chance that you did not — you have COVID-19 to thank. It’s a small consolation, given the enormously disruptive scope of the pandemic. But it’s the focus of a new paper published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health by […]

Delaying second Covid vaccine cuts death toll by up to a FIFTH, study finds


The decision to delay second Covid vaccine doses in the UK saved thousands of lives, more research has found. A study published in the British Medical Journal modelled how fatality rates are impacted when second jab appointments are pushed beyond the recommended regimen.  Scientists estimated deaths would be slashed by up to a fifth if […]

Coronavirus: Nine out of 10 over-65s in England now have immune antibodies against Covid


More than nine out of 10 over-65s in England now have signs of Covid immunity for the first time, an official survey has revealed. Random antibody testing shows protection against coronavirus is now more widespread than ever, thanks to the UK’s mammoth vaccination rollout which today extended to people in their late 30s. An Office […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘Safe System’ approach could dramatically reduce road deaths while improving equity — ScienceDaily


A new approach to road safety that relies on design and engineering principles — the “Safe System” approach — could lead to dramatic reductions in vehicle-related deaths and injuries if implemented in the U.S., according to a report from a consortium of experts convened by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and […]

People living with HIV more likely to get sick with, die from COVID-19 — ScienceDaily


Over the past year, studies have revealed that certain pre-existing conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure, can increase a person’s risk of dying from COVID-19. New research shows that individuals living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) — an estimated 38 million worldwide, according to the World […]

Organic meat less likely to be contaminated with multidrug-resistant bacteria — ScienceDaily


Meat that is certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is less likely to be contaminated with bacteria that can sicken people, including dangerous, multidrug-resistant organisms, compared to conventionally produced meat, according to a study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The findings highlight the risk for consumers to […]

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 […]

US could see lowest Covid death rate since pandemic’s early days by JUNE


The U.S. is on track to hit the lowest Covid death rate since the pandemic took hold in America in March 2020.  New COVID-19 deaths may fall as low as 1,500 in a week by early June, according to new predictions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That would be the fewest […]

Researchers find reassuring evidence that pregnancy does not increase patient’s risk of dying when hospitalized with pneumonia — ScienceDaily


Pregnant women who develop severe COVID-19 infections that require hospitalization for pneumonia and other complications may not be more likely to die from these infections than non-pregnant women. In fact, they may have significantly lower death rates than their non-pregnant counterparts. That is the finding of a new study published today in the Annals of […]

Nearly 70% of US adults now say they will get Covid shots


US may reach herd immunity after all, survey suggests: Nearly 70% of adults say they WILL get vaccinated against Covid or already have as the share who will refuse the shot falls to 17% Among American adults, 69% have either had at least one dose or plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the latest Economist/YouGov […]

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 […]

Coronavirus UK: SAGE advisers downgrade warnings on third wave Covid death toll


The UK today confirmed another 20 Covid deaths and 2,474 infections, as SAGE advisers U-turned on their grisly third wave estimates and slashed predictions for next year’s death toll by a factor of 10. Positive tests were up a quarter on last Tuesday (27 per cent) and the daily average has now been rising for […]

Britain could approve Covid vaccines for children after US allows Pfizer’s jab for youngsters


Britain could approve Covid vaccines for children within weeks following US health chiefs’ decision to green light the move, UK scientists said today. America’s regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), last night approved plans for the Pfizer jab to be given to children aged 12 and above.   No10 has reportedly already drawn up plans […]

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson could lay out terms of UK’s public Covid inquiry today


Boris Johnson could lay out plans for a judge-led public inquiry into the UK’s coronavirus response in a speech today. The Government’s handling of the pandemic will be scrutinised in a ‘full, proper public inquiry’ that will drill into what was done and when, and what went wrong. The PM reportedly had a meeting of […]

UK could share 20% of its available Covid vaccines with poorer countries


UK could share 20% of its available Covid vaccines with poorer countries and still hit its target of offering a jab to every adult AHEAD of schedule, UNICEF claims The UK has already ordered 517million doses of different coronavirus vaccines But it only needs 160million to vaccinate all adults and give them booster jabs Analysis […]

Minister hints tiered lockdowns are still on the cards amid rise of Covid hotspots in the North


A Government minister today refused to rule out tiered lockdowns returning when England’s national measures are planned to end next month.  Environment Secretary George Eustice revealed No10 was ‘closely monitoring’ several localised coronavirus outbreaks that have cropped up in recent weeks. Analysis shows that while national infections have continued to plunge, there are 12 boroughs where […]

A new approach for treating obesity — ScienceDaily


A receptor that helps conserve energy when food is scarce may be the key to a safer approach to treating diet-induced obesity, research led by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research has revealed. In a study using experimental models and fat tissue biopsies from obese individuals, the team revealed that blocking a specific receptor of […]

CDC chief is worried four variants of global concern could set the US back on road to recovery 


The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that coronavirus variants could set the U.S. back on the road to recovery. Testifying on Tuesday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on national efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Rochelle Walensky said she was happy to see case […]

Experts warn CDC estimate that less than 10%’ of COVID-19 cases occur outdoors is exaggeration


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) estimate of the risk of COVID-19 transmission outdoors is misleading, public health experts warn. When the federal health agency released new guidelines on masks for fully vaccinated people last month, director Dr Rochelle Walensky stated that ‘less than 10 percent’ of coronavirus spread was occurring outside.    Epidemiologists […]

CIA plan to flush out Bin Laden through fake vaccine drive has driven jab hesitancy in Pakistan


An ambitious CIA plot to snare Osama Bin Laden by harvesting his children’s DNA through a fake inoculation drive has fuelled vaccine hesitancy in Pakistan, experts have claimed.     A Warwick University study has claimed the 2011 operation led to a decline in overall vaccine rates by up to 40 per cent the following year.  The ruse […]

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 […]

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 […]

UK is in a ‘very good position’ against Covid variants


Britain is in a ‘very good position’ against coronavirus variants, researchers insisted today as Pfizer claimed there is no proof its current jab needs to be updated to fight mutant strains. Public Health England data shows variant cases have remained low in recent weeks, despite a spike in infections triggered by the Indian B.1.617.2 strain.  But […]

Data from UK’s roll-out shows first dose of AstraZeneca’s jab cuts risk of dying from virus by 80%


Britain’s vaccination drive was given another boost today as yet more real-world data revealed the jabs are saving thousands of lives. Public Health England analysis suggested one dose of AstraZeneca‘s vaccine cuts the risk of death by around 80 per cent. Two doses of Pfizer‘s jab slashes the odds by around 97 per cent, academics […]

Intoxication brings strangers physically closer, study finds


Social distancing would be almost impossible when pubs fully reopen, a new study suggests. According to researchers in the US, strangers who consume alcohol together may keep their distance initially, but draw physically closer as they become intoxicated. The experts, at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, compared the effects of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on distancing […]

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. […]

New Strep A human challenge model paves the way to test vaccines against the deadly bacteria — ScienceDaily


Researchers have successfully developed a new Strep A human challenge model, paving the way to test vaccines against the common deadly bacteria that causes sore throats, scarlet fever and skin sores. The collaborative research effort, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and published in The Lancet Microbe, found the model, which deliberately infected […]

Smartphone breath alcohol testing devices vary widely in accuracy — ScienceDaily


Alcohol-impaired driving kills 29 people a day and costs $121 billion a year in the U.S. After years of progress in reducing alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, efforts began to stall in 2009, and fatalities started increasing again in 2015. With several studies demonstrating that drinkers cannot accurately estimate their own blood alcohol concentration (BAC), handheld alcohol […]

VIVIENNE PARRY: You’ll think I’m barking but we need to give Covid vaccines to animals too


The near-apocalyptic scenes and harrowing accounts coming out of India are heartbreaking. Desperate people, frantically trying to save the ones they love against impossible odds. Bodies, truly, piled high. Virtually no family untouched. In Britain, with plummeting hospitalisations and infections and a vaccine programme close to delivering herd immunity, it might feel as if it’s […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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.  […]

Don’t hug too much, keep them short and wear a MASK, cautious SAGE scientist warns


Don’t hug too often, keep embraces short and avoid face-to-face contact, is the message from No10’s cautious scientific advisers ahead of the next major relaxation of Covid rules.   Boris Johnson will announce England’s next steps out of lockdown at a 5pm Downing Street press conference today, where he is expected to confirm that friends and […]

Norway says AstraZeneca and J&J Covid vaccines should only be offered to volunteers for shot


Norwegian health regulators say Covid vaccines made by AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson should only be offered to people who volunteer for the shots.  The country’s Institute for Public Health recommended neither should routinely be used because of ‘serious side effects’, with both jabs linked to a tiny risk of suffering serious blood clots.  But […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 — […]

Covid England: Almost 85% of secondary schools in England ‘had NO cases after they opened’


Almost nine in 10 secondary schools in England had no coronavirus cases after they reopened, official figures suggest. Surveillance data showed only nine of 80 schools surveyed had spotted one infected pupil or staff member in the fortnight ending March 31. Four saw at least two cases, according to the Office for National Statistics report.   […]

UK records FOUR Covid deaths: Fatalities stay in single figures for second day running


Britain today announced four more coronavirus deaths as the country recorded single-digit fatalities for the second day in a row. The Department of Health’s daily update showed infections are also down more than a quarter compared to last week after 1,946 positive tests were processed in the past 24 hours.    It comes after just one […]

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 […]

Seychelles reintroduced Covid-19 measures despite being the most vaccinated nation in the world


Seychelles, the world’s most Covid-vaccinated nation with more than 60 per cent of its adult population having received two jabs, has reintroduced restrictions because of a spike in cases. All schools have been closed and sporting activities cancelled for two weeks in the idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago, as infections continue to surge. Measures also include a […]

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 […]

Covid US: California variant causes more severe illness than more infectious New York strain


One coronavirus variant is likely to make more people severely ill while another is more infectious but does not make people sicker, two new reports finds. On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documented cases of two homegrown U.S. variants: B.1.427/B.1.429, which cropped up in California, and B.1.526, which first emerged in […]

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 […]

Consumer education is needed to increase understanding of food date labels according to a new study — ScienceDaily


Misunderstanding food date labeling is common and educational communications are needed to improve consumer understanding, according to a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier. Does it mean “spoiled — throw it out,” or “might not taste as good as it could anymore?” Food date labels (e.g., “USE By […]

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 […]

Coronavirus: More real-world data proves Pfizer Covid jab is 77-98% effective


Vaccinations rather than lockdowns are the ‘key driver’ for reducing Covid infections, a major study has found. Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine were shown to give people more than 95 per cent protection against infection, severe illness, and death. The first assessment of a national vaccination programme found cases fell most drastically when people […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Covid-19 UK: More than two thirds of over-50s have been fully vaccinated in parts of Sussex


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 […]

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 […]

Covid outbreak: Cases HALVE in a month to 46,000, R rate falls slightly and is still below one


England’s coronavirus cases have halved in a month, the R rate is still below one, and the number of people in hospital has dropped below 1,000 for the first time since September, promising data revealed today. Just 46,000 people had coronavirus in England on any given day last week, or one in 1,180 people, according to the […]

Under-40s should be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine


WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE RARE BLOOD CLOTS LINKED TO THE JAB?   Health officials say anyone who has one or more of the below symptoms for longer than four days after vaccination should seek urgent medical advice. Shortness of breath Chest pain Swollen leg Persistent stomach pain Severe headache Blurred vision Skin bruising beyond the […]

Coronavirus: Large events have ‘a small impact’ on Covid spread, SAGE report claims


Big events of 50 people or more could be more Covid safe than modest parties of 10 to 20 people, according to SAGE scientists. People don’t actually mix with a lot of people at large gatherings and only rarely go to them so experts say they may not pose much risk of transmission. But smaller […]

Britain records 15 Covid deaths as daily number of fatalities stays flat and 35m vaccines dished out


Britain’s daily coronavirus infections and deaths remained flat today, while the vaccine rollout has now reached more than 35million people. There were 2,490 positive tests across the country in the past 24 hours, according to the Department of Health’s daily update, which was up very slightly on the number last Friday (4 per cent). Officials also […]

Sugary beverage consumption in adolescence, young adulthood associated with increased risk — ScienceDaily


Colorectal cancer diagnoses have increased among people under age 50 in recent years and researchers are seeking reasons why. A new study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found a link between drinking sugar-sweetened beverages and an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer in women under age 50. The findings […]

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 […]

How bullying and obesity can affect girls’ and boys’ mental health — ScienceDaily


Depressive symptoms are more common in teenage girls than in their male peers. However, boys’ mental health appears to be affected more if they suffer from obesity. Irrespective of gender, bullying is a considerably greater risk factor than overweight for developing depressive symptoms. These conclusions are drawn by researchers at Uppsala University who monitored adolescents […]

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 […]

Driving behaviors harbor early signals of dementia — ScienceDaily


Using naturalistic driving data and machine learning techniques, researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed highly accurate algorithms for detecting mild cognitive impairment and dementia in older drivers. Naturalistic driving data refer to data captured through in-vehicle recording devices or other […]

High vaccination rate is key to future course of COVID-19 pandemic, computer modeling shows — ScienceDaily


The Mayo Clinic data scientists who developed highly accurate computer modeling to predict trends for COVID-19 cases nationwide have new research that shows how important a high rate of vaccination is to reducing case numbers and controlling the pandemic. Vaccination is making a striking difference in Minnesota and keeping the current level of positive cases […]

A third of kids develop a mental health problem after concussion — ScienceDaily


A third of children and adolescents develop a mental health problem after a concussion, which could persist for several years post-injury, according to a new literature review. The research, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found mental health should be evaluated as part of […]

Two young intensive care workers celebrate Manchester Covid ward for being empty


Two young intensive care workers have shared a celebratory selfie as a Covid ward in Manchester was empty for the first time in months. NHS nurse Hattie Nicholls posted the photo on social media to mark Manchester Royal Infirmary’s ICU being Covid-free. Posing for a selfie with a colleague in front of a row of […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Uber will now deliver at-home Covid tests to more than 20 cities in as little as 1 HOUR


Uber will now deliver at-home Covid tests to more than 20 cities including Houston, Fort Lauderdale and Seattle in as little as 1 HOUR Uber has teamed up with empowerDX, an at-home health testing company based in Framingham, Massachusetts The ride-share company will deliver the kits to residents in more than two dozen cities including […]

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, […]

Covid-19 UK: More than half of positive rapid tests at schools were false, data reveals


Lateral flow tests are only accurate at diagnosing coronavirus when administered by trained professionals, studies have repeatedly shown.  The tests, which give results in as little as 15 minutes, use swabs of the nose or throat. Samples are then mixed in a testing liquid and put into a plastic cassette which can detect the presence […]

Researchers identify troubling disparities along race, income, education lines — ScienceDaily


More than a quarter of American infants in 2018 had not received common childhood vaccines that protect them from illnesses such as polio, tetanus, measles, mumps and chicken pox, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine reveals. Only 72.8% of infants aged 19-35 months had received the full series of the seven […]

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 […]

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 […]

At least 1,500 people complain that they developed ringing in the ears after their vaccine 


Half the UK population has now had at least one jab against Covid-19 and Public Health England says the vaccines have already saved at least 6,000 lives and stopped many becoming ill. But for all its success, the rollout has raised questions about rare but serious side-effects. The one that’s caught the public eye is 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 […]

Living with a smoker raises your risk of developing mouth cancer by 51%, study warns


Living with a smoker raises your risk of developing mouth cancer by 51%, study warns Researchers looked at five studies focusing on almost 7,000 people globally   Found people who live with smokers are 51% more likely to get mouth cancer  Is first study to find a causal link between second-hand smoke and oral cancer By Joe […]

Coronavirus: Covid elimination policies are best, says Oxford article


Countries that tried to keep out Covid completely rather than controlling it survived the pandemic with fewer deaths, more money and more freedom, economists say. In an article published in The Lancet medical journal, Oxford University researchers said countries with ‘zero Covid’ policies did best by their citizens. Australia and New Zealand notoriously took a […]

Mass Covid testing scheme could lead to spike in transmission, experts say


Lateral flow tests are only accurate at diagnosing coronavirus when administered by trained professionals, studies have repeatedly shown.  The tests, which give results in as little as 15 minutes, use swabs of the nose or throat. Samples are then mixed in a testing liquid and put into a plastic cassette which can detect the presence […]

Ministers did NOT consider harm of mandatory masks in classrooms, leaked documents show


Ministers turned a blind eye to the negative impact of forcing children to wear face masks in schools, leaked documents show. It has been mandatory since March for secondary school pupils in England to wear coverings when social distancing is not possible, including in classes and corridors.   That is despite teenagers being at a very […]

Breastfeeding linked to higher neurocognitive testing scores in offspring — ScienceDaily


New research finds that children who were breastfed scored higher on neurocognitive tests. Researchers in the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) analyzed thousands of cognitive tests taken by nine and ten-year-olds whose mothers reported they were breastfed, and compared those results to scores of children who were […]

Covid US: Biden to announce new CDC guidance on outdoor masks tomorrow


President Biden is expected to announce new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advice on masking tomorrow, and it could say that fully-vaccinated people can stop covering their faces outside, sources told CNN.  New guidance is expected as the share of Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 approaches 30 percent, and warmer begins […]

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 […]

Smokers attending A&E will be handed vaping ‘starter packs’ in Government-funded trial


Smokers attending A&E will be handed vaping ‘starter packs’ in Government-funded trial to see if it helps them kick the habit Initiative at five NHS hospitals will see smokers at A&E units offered e-cigarettes  Research shows e-cigarettes can be a useful tool to help people quit tobacco  Devices are controversial as people can become addicting […]