Genetic risk of heart disease may be due to low Omega 3-linked biomarker — ScienceDaily


People who are genetically more likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases may benefit from boosting a biomarker found in fish oils, a new study suggests. In a genetic study in 1,886 Asian Indians published in PLOS ONE today (Wednesday 12 May), scientists have identified the first evidence for the role of adiponectin, an obesity-related biomarker, […]

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, […]

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 […]

A new study exposes how SARS-CoV-2 tampers with the cell’s hardware to outsmart the immune system — ScienceDaily


Severe symptoms of COVID-19, leading often to death, are thought to result from the patient’s own acute immune response rather than from damage inflicted directly by the virus. Immense research efforts are therefore invested in figuring out how the virus manages to mount an effective invasion while throwing the immune system off course. A new […]

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 […]

Genomic analysis of human samples from dry caves shows stark differences with modern industrialized bacterial populations. — ScienceDaily


Scientists are rapidly gathering evidence that variants of gut microbiomes, the collections of bacteria and other microbes in our digestive systems, may play harmful roles in diabetes and other diseases. Now Joslin Diabetes Center scientists have found dramatic differences between gut microbiomes from ancient North American peoples and modern microbiomes, offering new evidence on how […]

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 […]

Discovery of the mechanisms of short- and long-term anosmia — ScienceDaily


Loss of smell, or anosmia, is one of the earliest and most commonly reported symptoms of COVID-19. But the mechanisms involved had yet to be clarified. Scientists from the Institut Pasteur, the CNRS, Inserm, Université de Paris and the Paris Public Hospital Network (AP-HP) determined the mechanisms involved in the loss of smell in patients […]

Fauci FINALLY says fully vaccinated people can ditch masks outside 


Dr Anthony Fauci has finally said that fully vaccinated Americans can ditch their masks outdoors – more than two weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it was safe. ‘If you are vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask outside,’ the top U.S. infectious disease expert told CBS This Morning […]

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 […]

Biosynthesis pathway of a new DNA nucleobase elucidated — ScienceDaily


DNA is composed of nucleobases represented by the letters A, T, G and C. They form the basis of the genetic code and are present in all living beings. But in a bacteriophage, another base, represented by the letter Z, exists. This exception, the only one observed to date, has long remained a mystery. Scientists […]

Scientists publish studies of how spray droplets can spread disease — ScienceDaily


Two groups of researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have published papers on the droplets of liquid sprayed by coughs or sneezes and how far they can travel under different conditions. Both teams used Sandia’s decades of experience with advanced computer simulations studying how liquids and gases move for its nuclear stockpile stewardship mission. Their findings […]

‘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 […]

Meditative practice and spiritual wellbeing may preserve cognitive function in aging — ScienceDaily


It is projected that up to 152 million people worldwide will be living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by 2050. To date there are no drugs that have a substantial positive impact on either the prevention or reversal of cognitive decline. A growing body of evidence finds that targeting lifestyle and vascular risk factors have a […]

Gene therapy restores immune function in children with rare immunodeficiency — ScienceDaily


An investigational gene therapy can safely restore the immune systems of infants and children who have a rare, life-threatening inherited immunodeficiency disorder, according to research supported in part by the National Institutes of Health. The researchers found that 48 of 50 children who received the gene therapy retained their replenished immune system function two to […]

Which antibodies best neutralize the coronavirus in COVID-19 patients? Scientists perform the first detailed analysis of different antibodies produced by COVID patients to various parts of SARS-CoV-2 — ScienceDaily


The COVID-19 pandemic has now claimed over 2 million deaths worldwide, and this number is only increasing. In response, health agencies have rolled out tests to diagnose and understand the disease. Besides the now widely known PCR test, there is interest in serological (blood) tests that detect “antibodies” against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. […]

To enhance creativity, keep your research team fresh — ScienceDaily


Teamwork is becoming increasingly common in modern science. In this context, the effect of different characteristics of a team on its research performance has been studied extensively. Various factors such as team size, number of countries involved, universities, disciplines, and workload distribution have been found to have a significant contribution on the paper’s role in […]

Low levels of a simple sugar — A new biomarker for severe MS? — ScienceDaily


Multiple sclerosis, or MS for short, manifests itself slightly differently in each person — which is why some call it “the disease of a thousand faces.” Arguably the worst manifestation of MS is its chronic progressive form. Unlike the more common relapsing-remitting variant (RRMS), in which sufferers are often symptom-free for months or even years, […]

Efficiently smuggling drugs into cells — ScienceDaily


A new patented method called Progressive Mechanoporation makes it possible to mechanically disrupt the membranes of cells for a short time period and let drugs or genes inside cells. In this way, researchers can test new therapies more easily than before. Modern vaccines such as those against Sars-CoV-2 use tiny lipid spheres to transport genetic […]

new research offers hope for Alzheimer’s disease — ScienceDaily


Since the discovery of Alzheimer’s disease over a century ago, two hallmarks of the devastating illness have taken center stage. The first, known as amyloid plaques, are dense accumulations of misfolded amyloid protein, occurring in the spaces between nerve cells. Most efforts to halt the advance of Alzheimer’s disease have targeted amyloid protein plaques. To […]

New versions of light-sensitive proteins could illuminate the dark corners of our brain’s communication pathways — ScienceDaily


Can a protein found in a mosquito lead to a better understanding of the workings of our own brains? Prof. Ofer Yizhar and his team in the Weizmann Institute of Science’s Neurobiology Department took a light-sensitive protein derived from mosquitos and used it to devise an improved method for investigating the messages that are passed […]

Scientists design new drug compound to stop malaria in its tracks — ScienceDaily


Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute and the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis have designed a drug-like compound which effectively blocks a critical step in the malaria parasite life cycle and are working to develop this compound into a potential first of its kind malaria treatment. While drugs and mosquito control have reduced levels of […]

Scientists develop adaptive font that speeds up reading — ScienceDaily


AdaptiFont has recently been presented at CHI, the leading Conference on Human Factors in Computing. Language is without doubt the most pervasive medium for exchanging knowledge between humans. However, spoken language or abstract text need to be made visible in order to be read, be it in print or on screen. How does the way […]

Study reveals structure of key receptors involved in memory and learning — ScienceDaily


Scientists have for the first time revealed the structure surrounding important receptors in the brain’s hippocampus, the seat of memory and learning. The study, carried out at Oregon Health & Science University, published today in the journal Nature. The new study focuses on the organization and function of glutamate receptors, a type of neurotransmitter receptor […]

Study adds to growing evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are safe in pregnancy — ScienceDaily


A new Northwestern Medicine study of placentas from patients who received the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy found no evidence of injury, adding to the growing literature that COVID-19 vaccines are safe in pregnancy. “The placenta is like the black box in an airplane. If something goes wrong with a pregnancy, we usually see changes in […]

Covid Sweden: Entering lockdown earlier would have curbed first wave deaths by 40%, study says


Sweden could have saved thousands of lives if it imposed a lockdown last spring instead of opting against restrictions, researchers say. The Scandinavian nation defied calls to take the draconian action in the first wave, prompting fierce criticism of its ‘herd immunity’ approach.  Around 6,000 Swedes died during the first six months of the pandemic, […]

Brain computer interface turns mental handwriting into text on screen — ScienceDaily


Scientists are exploring a number of ways for people with disabilities to communicate with their thoughts. The newest and fastest turns back to a vintage means for expressing oneself: handwriting. For the first time, researchers have deciphered the brain activity associated with trying to write letters by hand. Working with a participant with paralysis who […]

Coronavirus: Covid can cause erectile dysfunction months later, study claims


Coronavirus can cause erectile dysfunction months after a man has recovered from the illness, according to a study.   Miami University scientists scanned the penis tissue of two recovered Covid patients aged 65 and 71 who were struggling to get erections. And, in what they claimed was a world-first, they found the virus was still lingering […]

Covid England: Vaccine drive will open up to under-40s TOMORROW


The coronavirus vaccine programme in England will open up to people under the age of 40 for the first time tomorrow. NHS England said around a million adults aged 38 and 39 will be invited to come forward for their jab from Thursday morning. They will be offered either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine on […]

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 […]

It happens during and after birth — ScienceDaily


It is well known that each person’s gut bacteria is vital for digestion and overall health, but when does that gut microbiome start? New research led by scientists from McMaster University and Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin in Germany has found it happens during and after birth, and not before. McMaster researchers Deborah Sloboda and Katherine […]

Researchers elucidate how the insect regulates the accumulation of plant toxins via special transporters — ScienceDaily


When horseradish flea beetles feed on their host plants, they take up not only nutrients but also mustard oil glucosides, the characteristic defense compounds of horseradish and other brassicaceous plants. Using these mustard oil glucosides, the beetles turn themselves into a “mustard oil bomb” and so deter predators. A team of researchers from the Max […]

In ‘minibrains,’ hindering key enzyme by different amounts has opposite growth effects — ScienceDaily


Like many around the world, the lab of Professor Mriganka Sur in The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT has embraced the young technology of cerebral organoids, or “minibrains,” for studying human brain development in health and disease. By making a surprising finding about a common practice in the process of growing the […]

Lighting up biology from within — ScienceDaily


A biochemical reaction between an enzyme called luciferase and oxygen causes fireflies to glow and is considered one of the most well-known examples of bioluminescence in nature. Now, an international team of researchers led by Elena Goun at the University of Missouri is working to harness the power of bioluminescence in a low-cost, noninvasive portable […]

Team ‘reads minds’ to understand human tool use — ScienceDaily


Researchers at the University of East Anglia have made an astonishing discovery about how our brains control our hands. They used MRI data to study which parts of the brain are used when we handle tools, such as a knives. They read out the signal from certain brain regions and tried to distinguish when participants […]

Proof-of-principle research shows that genes can be accurately edited in cells throughout the body — ScienceDaily


Researchers at the University of California San Diego have laid the groundwork for a potential new type of gene therapy using novel CRISPR-based techniques. Working in fruit flies and human cells, research led by UC San Diego Postdoctoral Scholar Zhiqian Li in Division of Biological Sciences Professor Ethan Bier’s laboratory demonstrates that new DNA repair […]

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 […]

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 […]

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


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

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 […]

Researchers have determined the virus’ protein-coding gene set and analyzed new mutations’ likelihood of helping the virus adapt — ScienceDaily


In early 2020, a few months after the Covid-19 pandemic began, scientists were able to sequence the full genome of the virus that causes the infection, SARS-CoV-2. While many of its genes were already known at that point, the full complement of protein-coding genes was unresolved. Now, after performing an extensive comparative genomics study, MIT […]

Sex cells in parasites are doing their own thing — ScienceDaily


Researchers at the University of Bristol have discovered how microbes responsible for human African sleeping sickness produce sex cells. In these single-celled parasites, known as trypanosomes, each reproductive cell splits off in turn from the parental germline cell, which is responsible for passing on genes. Conventional germline cells divide twice to produce all four sex […]

Could ECSTASY cure PTSD? Patients given party drug before counselling respond better to treatment


Giving ecstasy to people with post-traumatic stress disorder before counselling can relieve them of their symptoms within weeks, a study has suggested. Two-thirds of patients prescribed the illegal party drug alongside therapy no longer qualified for a PTSD diagnosis two months after treatment finished.  For comparison, 32 per cent who were given a placebo and […]

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 […]

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 […]

How proteins control information processing in the brain — ScienceDaily


A complicated interaction between different proteins is needed for information to pass from one nerve cell to the next. Researchers at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have now managed to study this process in the synaptic vesicles, which play an important role in this process. The study appeared in the journal Nature Communications. Several […]

Esophageal cancers resurrect ancient retroviruses hidden in our genome — ScienceDaily


Scientists have discovered that many esophageal cancers turn on ancient viral DNA that was embedded in our genome hundreds of millions of years ago. “It was surprising,” says Adam Bass, MD, the Herbert and Florence Irving Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, who […]

This system helps robots better navigate emergency rooms — ScienceDaily


Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed a more accurate navigation system that will allow robots to better negotiate busy clinical environments in general and emergency departments more specifically. The researchers have also developed a dataset of open source videos to help train robotic navigation systems in the future. The team, […]

Beaming infrared light into the ear could combat hearing loss, tests show 


Shooting infrared light into the ear may prevent one of the most common causes of hearing loss — and even restore hearing that’s been damaged. That’s the thinking behind a new U.S. trial. Previous research suggests that infrared light can prevent the death of hair cells, which are key to hearing, as well as trigger […]

Errors at the start of life — ScienceDaily


Only one in three fertilizations leads to a successful pregnancy. Many embryos fail to progress beyond early development. Cell biologists at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen (Germany), together with researchers at the Institute of Farm Animal Genetics in Mariensee and other international colleagues, have now developed a new model system […]

Protein remodels intracellular membrane to help bacteria survive in host cells — ScienceDaily


Scientists at UT Southwestern have discovered a key protein that helps the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease to set up house in the cells of humans and other hosts. The findings, published in Science, could offer insights into how other bacteria are able to survive inside cells, knowledge that could lead to new treatments for […]

Second possible effective mechanism of remdesivir discovered — ScienceDaily


When a cell is infected, SARS-CoV-2 not only causes the host cell to produce new virus particles. The virus also suppresses host cell defence mechanisms. The virus protein nsP3 plays a central role in this. Using structural analyses, researchers at Goethe University in cooperation with the Swiss Paul Scherrer Institute have now discovered that a […]

Diagramming the brain with colorful connections — ScienceDaily


There are billions of neurons in the human brain, and scientists want to know how they are connected. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Alle Davis and Maxine Harrison Professor of Neurosciences Anthony Zador, and colleagues Xiaoyin Chen and Yu-Chi Sun, published a new technique in Nature Neuroscience for figuring out connections using genetic tags. Their […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

Scientists develop better way to block viruses that cause childhood respiratory infections — ScienceDaily


By engineering a short chunk of protein, or peptide, that can prevent the attachment of human parainfluenza viruses to cells, researchers have improved a method in rodent models intended to help keep children healthy. Human parainfluenza viruses, or HPIVs, are the leading cause of childhood respiratory infections, responsible for 30% to 40% of illnesses like […]

Blind patients hope to gain vision in medical first of CRISPR editing DNA inside their bodies


In a world first, scientists are using the controversial CRISPR technology to edit genes while the DNA is still inside a person’s body. Typically, the tool –  used to treat conditions like sickle cell disease – removes cells from the body, edits out the mutated parts and then reinserts them, along with instructions to create […]

TB immune response discovery could significantly reduce disease harm — ScienceDaily


A pioneering study by UCL scientists has discovered the presence of a harmful inflammatory protein in patients with symptomatic tuberculosis (TB). Researchers say, by targeting the IL-17 cytokine, a component produced naturally by the immune system in response to infection, excessive and damaging lung inflammation caused by TB may be significantly reduced to help speed […]

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 […]

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 […]

Health Minister Nadine Dorries says she’s AGAINST forcing care home staff to have Covid vaccines


Health minister Nadine Dorries today said she would not support plans to force care home staff to be vaccinated against coronavirus.  The Government last month launched a consultation into whether mandatory jabs for carers would work and be ethical, with a final decision expected by July. Ms Dorries’ boss, Matt Hancock, has publicly endorsed the proposal, arguing […]

Vaccinated Britons who catch Covid get a milder form of disease, study warns


Vaccinated Britons who catch Covid get a milder form of the disease and suffer fewer tell-tale symptoms, study warns King’s College London scientists found a third had classic Covid symptoms But among the un-vaccinated more than half had the three key signs of the virus Studies show Covid vaccines block hospitalisation and death in nearly […]

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 […]

Serotonin transporters increase when depression fades — ScienceDaily


Low levels of serotonin in the brain are seen as a possible cause of depression and many antidepressants act by blocking a protein that transports serotonin away from the nerve cells. A brain imaging study at Karolinska Institutet now shows that the average level of the serotonin transporter increased in a group of 17 individuals […]

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 […]

Short-term spikes in air pollution ‘may speed up brain decline in older men’


CAUSE CHILDREN TO HAVE A LOW IQ: Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found in May 2019 that children born to mothers who live in polluted areas have an IQ that is up to seven points lower than those living in places with cleaner air. CAUSE CHILDREN TO HAVE POORER MEMORY: Researchers at the […]

Britain hits 50MILLION vaccines landmark


Britain has now dished out more than 50million Covid vaccines since the mammoth roll-out began in December, according to official figures. Department of Health bosses today posted another 250,000 jabs, meaning 34.6million people across the UK have had one and 15.5million – or 30 per cent of all adults – are fully inoculated.   Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the […]

New battle for patients with lives ruined by implants for bowel problems 


Jacqui Shaw used to be the life and soul of the party. Even a hysterectomy in 2001 aged 32, after having two sons, didn’t slow her down. She bounced back — running after her boys, Dan, now 28, and Sam, 24, and having fun with her beautician colleagues. Those days are long gone. Jacqui, now […]

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 […]

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 — […]

Stem cells create early human embryo structure in advance for fertility research — ScienceDaily


Exeter scientists have discovered a simple, efficient way to recreate the early structure of the human embryo from stem cells in the laboratory. The new approach unlocks news ways of studying human fertility and reproduction. Stem cells have the ability to turn into different types of cell. Now, in research published in Cell Stem Cell […]

Process for eliminating unneeded cells may also protect against cancer — ScienceDaily


For all animals, eliminating some cells is a necessary part of embryonic development. Living cells are also naturally sloughed off in mature tissues; for example, the lining of the intestine turns over every few days. One way that organisms get rid of unneeded cells is through a process called extrusion, which allows cells to be […]

Novel switch found in proteins with wide-ranging implications for medical treatments — ScienceDaily


Proteins perform a vast array of functions in the cell of every living organism with critical roles in almost every biological process. Not only do they run our metabolism, manage cellular signaling and are in charge of energy production, as antibodies they are also the frontline workers of our immune system fighting human pathogens like […]

C. albicans’ ability to shift forms can help it cause dangerous infections, and a study suggests that a protein called Sir2 aids this transition — ScienceDaily


You might call Candida albicans a shape-shifter: As this fungus grows, it can multiply as single, oval-shaped cells called yeast or propagate in an elongated form called hypha, consisting of thread-like filaments. This dual nature can help the pathogen survive in the body, where it can cause disease, including dangerous hospital-acquired infections. But how does […]

One cup of leafy greens a day lowers risk of heart disease, study says


Eating just one cup of raw vegetables daily, such as leafy greens like spinach, boosts your cardiovascular health, a new study reveals. In a sample of over 50,000 people, the biggest eaters of nitrate-rich vegetables had lower blood pressure and up to 26 per cent lower risk of heart disease, experts found.  Just one cup is […]

Why brushing your teeth properly could ward off arthritis


Why brushing your teeth properly could ward off arthritis: Unhealthy bacteria in the mouth has links to autoimmune condition, study suggests Brushing teeth properly could stave off rheumatoid arthritis, new study found The autoimmune condition may be linked to unhealthy bacteria in the mouth  Research was carried out by the Academic Centre for Dentistry in […]

A Mediterranean diet might protect against memory loss and dementia — ScienceDaily


In Alzheimer’s disease, neurons in the brain die. Largely responsible for the death of neurons are certain protein deposits in the brains of affected individuals: So-called beta-amyloid proteins, which form clumps (plaques) between neurons, and tau proteins, which stick together the inside of neurons. The causes of these deposits are as yet unclear. In addition, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Exercise aids the cognitive development of children born preterm — ScienceDaily


A premature start in life can cause problems even into teenage years. A study by the University of Basel and the University Children’s Hospital Basel (UKBB) indicates that training motor skills in these children helps even when they are older. Children that are born before the 37th week of pregnancy remain under close medical supervision […]

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 […]

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 […]