HEALTH NOTES: Women still take sun-tanning risk


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

Jab ends scaly skin misery for 60% of psoriasis patients


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

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 […]

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


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

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


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

PROFESSOR ROY TAYLOR explains the science behind type 2 diabetes


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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Artificial color-changing material that mimics chameleon skin can detect seafood freshness — ScienceDaily


Scientists in China and Germany have designed an artificial color-changing material that mimics chameleon skin, with luminogens (molecules that make crystals glow) organized into different core and shell hydrogel layers instead of one uniform matrix. The findings, published May 6 in the journal Cell Reports Physical Science, demonstrate that a two-luminogen hydrogel chemosensor developed with […]

Covid-19: Bald men up to 2.5 TIMES more likely to suffer severe cases, study warns


Male pattern hair loss is the most common type of hair loss in men. It is also known as androgenetic alopecia.  It affects about 50 per cent of men over the age of 50.  What causes male pattern hair loss?  MPHL is caused by a combination of genetic and hormonal factors.  A hormone called dihydrotestosterone […]

Skin and immune cells coordinate defenses against assault — ScienceDaily


As the human body’s largest organ, the skin is responsible for protecting against a wide range of possible infections on all fleshy surfaces, from head to toe. So how exactly does the skin organize its defenses against such an array of threats? A new Yale study shows that the epidermis, the outermost layer of skin, […]

Surprising sand fly find yields new species of bacteria — ScienceDaily


Researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro made a surprising finding while examining areas where sand flies rear their young: a new species of bacteria that is highly attractive to pregnant, or gravid, sand flies. The findings could advance the production of ecologically safe baits or traps to reduce […]

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 […]

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


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

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


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

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Can eating too much be a sign your body lacks nutrients?


For most people, the past 12 months have been really tough, but some businesses have thrived — it seems 2020 was a fantastic year for supplement manufacturers, with nearly £500 million in UK sales, up a record 14 per cent compared with 2019. We swallowed their products in record numbers partly because we’re all more […]

Fiber-optic ultrasonic imaging probe for future nanoscale disease diagnostics — ScienceDaily


Scientists at the University of Nottingham have developed an ultrasonic imaging system, which can be deployed on the tip of a hair-thin optical fibre, and will be insertable into the human body to visualise cell abnormalities in 3D. The new technology produces microscopic and nanoscopic resolution images that will one day help clinicians to examine […]

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 […]

Baby’s first stool can help predict risk of developing allergies — ScienceDaily


It may seem like an unusual place to go looking for answers, but the contents of a baby’s first diaper can reveal a lot about a newborn’s future health. In a new study published today in Cell Reports Medicine, a team of University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers has shown that the composition of a […]

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


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

How your tears may soon help save your life


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

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


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

Skin and bones repaired by bioprinting during surgery — ScienceDaily


Fixing traumatic injuries to the skin and bones of the face and skull is difficult because of the many layers of different types of tissues involved, but now, researchers have repaired such defects in a rat model using bioprinting during surgery, and their work may lead to faster and better methods of healing skin and […]

Goethe University researchers investigate oxidative stress in mice — ScienceDaily


Originally, oxygen radicals — reactive oxygen species, or ROS for short — were considered to be exclusively harmful in the body. They are produced, for example, by smoking or UV radiation. Because of their high reactivity, they can damage many important molecules in cells, including the hereditary molecule DNA. As a result, there is a […]

New technique models brain cells in older patients more accurately than ever before — ScienceDaily


Despite the prevalence of Alzheimer’s, there are still no treatments, in part because it has been challenging to study how the disease develops. Now, scientists at the Salk Institute have uncovered new insights into what goes awry during Alzheimer’s by growing neurons that resemble — more accurately than ever before — brain cells in older […]

Coronavirus: UK confidence in Covid vaccine safety has RISEN despite blood clot scare


People in the UK now have more faith in the safety of Covid vaccines than they did before the blood clotting scares across Europe, a poll has suggested. The number of people who want a jab as soon as possible has risen, with 46 per cent saying they are certain they will come forward — […]

Covid-19: One in four suffer mild side effects from AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines, study shows


Just one in four people suffer mild side effects after taking a coronavirus vaccine, real-world data has shown. Data from the ZOE Covid Symptom Tracking Study — a surveillance tool that tracks Britain’s outbreak — showed headaches, fatigue and fever were more common with the AstraZeneca vaccine.  A third of recipients suffered mild side effects […]

Research also challenges the idea that cell division is the main mechanism driving genetic changes — ScienceDaily


For the first time, scientists are able to study changes in the DNA of any human tissue, following the resolution of long-standing technical challenges by scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. The new method, called nanorate sequencing (NanoSeq), makes it possible to study how genetic changes occur in human tissues with unprecedented accuracy. The study, […]

Stress slows the immune response in sick mice — ScienceDaily


The neurotransmitter noradrenaline, which plays a key role in the fight-or-flight stress response, impairs immune responses by inhibiting the movements of various white blood cells in different tissues, researchers report April 28th in the journal Immunity. The fast and transient effect occurred in mice with infections and cancer, but for now, it’s unclear whether the […]

Preclinical discovery triggers wound healing, skin regeneration — ScienceDaily


Difficult-to-treat, chronic wounds in preclinical models healed with normal scar-free skin after treatment with an acellular product discovered at Mayo Clinic. Derived from platelets, the purified exosomal product, known as PEP, was used to deliver healing messages into cells of preclinical animal models of ischemic wounds. The Mayo Clinic research team documented restoration of skin […]

Health chiefs will decide TOMORROW whether under-40s will get alternative to AstraZeneca’s Covid jab


Professor Anthony Harnden said officials were discussing making the change Officials may decide whether under-40s should also be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca‘s coronavirus vaccine in a crunch meeting tomorrow. Professor Anthony Harnden, who sits on No10’s jab advisory panel, said dwindling Covid cases had left officials needing to review current recommendations. Britain’s medical chiefs […]

‘Jelly’ that could renew damaged knee joints


An injection of jelly could help treat worn-out joints. Scientists hope the jab, using jelly found in donated umbilical cords, will stimulate the growth of cushioning cartilage once injected into the knees of patients with osteoarthritis. Tests on animals suggest the jelly — called Wharton’s jelly — can potentially reverse damage to joints caused by […]

The truth about the theory that Covid is a winter disease


A summer third wave: it’s the nightmare scenario we all are hoping won’t happen when Britain opens up for business on June 21. But predictions of surging Covid-19 infection rates by the Government’s scientific advisers would suggest it was almost inevitable. According to a report last month from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), […]

How safe is it to take Roaccutane?


In December 2003, 22-year-old Jon Medland, from Devon, grew irritated by a collection of angry, red pimples decorating his shoulder blades. Topical creams, prescribed by his dermatologist, added to the annoyance, staining his towels and bed sheets. Worse still, they didn’t work. Eventually, Jon decided to opt for a stronger treatment and asked for a prescription […]

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


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

New weapons against antibiotic resistance — ScienceDaily


In the arms race “humankind against bacteria,” bacteria are currently ahead of us. Our former miracle weapons, antibiotics, are failing more and more frequently when germs use tricky maneuvers to protect themselves from the effects of these drugs. Some species even retreat into the inside of human cells, where they remain “invisible” to the immune […]

Glasgow woman’s legs erupt in blood-filled blisters ‘after getting AstraZeneca Covid vaccine’


A mother has claimed her legs erupted into painful blood-filled blisters that ‘merged together’ after receiving AstraZeneca‘s coronavirus vaccine. Sarah Beuckmann, from Glasgow, said she suffered flu-like symptoms after getting her first dose in mid-March — a very common side-effect. But the 34-year-old began to feel a tingling sensation in her legs just a week later […]

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 […]

Pfizer finds more than 80 fake doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Mexico and Poland


Pfizer Inc has identified the first confirmed instances of counterfeit versions of its COVID-19 vaccine being used abroad. Fake doses of the two-shot inoculation, developed with German partner BioNTech SE, were found in Mexico and Poland, according to The Wall Street Journal. The vials in Mexico had fraudulent labeling while those found in Poland appeared […]

Drug addict ‘strangled’ his penis after metal ring became stuck


Drug addict, 36, who fashioned a homemade sex toy with a metal ring accidentally STRANGLED his penis and testicles with it for 12 hours causing them to turn blue and swell – before it was eventually cut off with a SAW Drug addict, 36, wore a penis ring for 12 hours causing penile strangulation  He […]

Food allergies, changes to infant gut bacteria linked to method of childbirth, ethnicity — ScienceDaily


Researchers have found a causal link between caesarean section birth, low intestinal microbiota and peanut sensitivity in infants, and they report the effect is more pronounced in children of Asian descent than others, in a recently published paper in the journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. “It’s important to know what predicts or increases risk […]

Review summarizes known links between endocrine disruptors and breast cancer risk — ScienceDaily


Exposure to certain endocrine-disrupting chemicals could elevate the risk of breast cancer, according to a new comprehensive systematic review of epidemiological research. However, for many chemicals, evidence is inconsistent or still limited. The review was carried out by researchers at the universities of Hong Kong and Eastern Finland and published in Critical Reviews in Food […]

Six people with autoimmune conditions developed shingles after getting their Pfizer shots


Is shingles a new Covid vaccine side effect? Six people with autoimmune conditions in Israel developed the painful red rash after getting their Pfizer shots A new study looked at patients with autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases, which cause the immune system to attack parts of a person’s body About 1.2% of this group developed shingles, a skin […]

Novel drug regenerates erectile nerves damaged by prostate surgery — ScienceDaily


Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have developed a topical drug that regenerates and restores the function of erectile nerves damaged by radical prostatectomy, the most common treatment for localized prostate cancer. The drug was tested in rats, and the findings were published online today in JCI Insight. “Erectile dysfunction (ED) after radical prostatectomy […]

Updated advice for safe COVID-19 vaccination in people with high-risk allergy histories — ScienceDaily


At the end of 2020, experts led by allergists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) examined all information related to possible allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccinations. Now the team has published updated insights based on their experience overseeing more than 65,000 employees who have become fully vaccinated since that time. The group’s latest findings are published […]

Estrogen status – not sex – protects against heightened fear recall: Brain oscillatory activity provides readout –


A new study shows that markers of fear recall differ between men and women, but in a hormone-dependent manner. Aberrant fear-memory processing in the brain is thought to underlie anxiety disorders, which affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide. The neurobiological mechanisms underlying these disorders remain poorly understood, but recent studies suggest that neural oscillations […]

New safer blood test is close to 100 per cent accurate at spotting nut allergies 


A new blood test promises to diagnose food allergies more accurately and offer a safer alternative to current testing practices. A trial by doctors at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London has found that the test — called the basophil activation test (BAT) — is close to 100 per cent accurate at spotting nut […]

Latest remedy for eczema – rub bacteria on to your skin! 


Scientists have developed an unlikely treatment for the dry skin condition eczema — a cream that is packed with human skin bacteria. Studies suggest a healthy strain of skin bacteria can effectively treat flare-ups in people with the most common form of eczema, called atopic dermatitis, which affects 15 million people in the UK. The […]

JOHN STAPLETON on the ‘cure’ that killed his wife Lynn Faulds Wood


This Saturday will be the first anniversary of the death of my wife Lynn Faulds Wood. Her passing prompted an amazing response — glowing obituaries, 70,000 tweets of condolence, and more than 400 letters and cards This Saturday will be the first anniversary of the death of my wife Lynn Faulds Wood.  Her passing prompted an […]

Dr MAI THI NGUYEN-KIM on the hidden chemistry that rules our lives and loves


As a chemist, sometimes I feel like the mother of an ugly child whose beauty only I can see ‘Chemistry’ is more than just a throwaway word when discussing relationships. In fact, it is key not only to what’s going on around us but also inside our bodies, as a compelling new book explains.  Written […]

Are you suffering from pain-somnia and waking up in agony? Here’s how to beat it


Crying children, noisy neighbours, a weak bladder — the things that can wake us in the night are numerous. But for some, there is another troubling cause — pain. Painsomnia is a medical condition where people go to bed in relative comfort but as they sleep their pain builds and wakes them up. The number […]

What does the study of domesticated birds tell us about the evolution of human language? Looking for keys of the human language evolution in bird singing — ScienceDaily


Language is one of the most notable abilities humans have. It allows us to express complex meanings and transmit knowledge from generation to generation. An important question in human biology is how this ability ended up being developed, and researchers from the universities of Barcelona, Cologne and Tokyo have treated this issue in a recent […]

Gene drug could help erection nerves regrow after prostate cancer surgery, rat study finds


An experimental nerve-growing drug could revolutionise the sex lives of prostate cancer sufferers, scientists say. Thousands of men diagnosed with the disease require drastic treatment to remove the organ, which sits in the pelvis and is about the size of a ping pong ball. But it can damage nerves that control blood supply to the […]

Mother who was given five per cent chance of survival loses four limbs


A brave mother who had four limbs amputated and was given a five per cent chance of surviving after contracting sepsis admits she ‘wished she was dead’ due to the illness. Allison Friday, 56, from Hartlepool, County Durham, was put into a coma in February last year and her family was told to prepare for the […]

DR ELLIE CANNON: Why won’t anyone fix these upsetting marks on my face?


I have suffered from acne since the age of 12 – I am now 78. As I’ve got older, I’ve also developed skin tags on my eyelids, and brown marks.  My GP tried to refer me to a dermatologist, but they wouldn’t see me as my problems are cosmetic. I get really upset at the state […]

Wonder drug set to help millions of NHS patients


An expensive wonder drug used to battle the most severe cases of rheumatoid arthritis could soon treat NHS patients with a range of diseases after cut-price versions became available. Adalimumab, known by the brand name Humira, dampens the inflammation that causes the joint pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis.  But it can also treat other […]

Moderna vaccine sparks blood clot fears as patient shares how he thought he was going to die


A Colorado man claims he developed blood clots after receiving a dose of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine.  Jeff Johnson, of Brighton, ended up in the emergency room after experiencing pain and swelling in his left leg, reported KDVR. Johnson was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is when a clot forms in a vein […]

Health campaign style is as important as content, research suggests — ScienceDaily


Most young women already know that tanning is dangerous and sunbathe anyway, so a campaign informing them of the risk should take into account their potential resistance to the message, according to a new study. Word choice and targeting a specific audience are part of messaging strategy, but there is also psychology at play, researchers […]

Watch-sized device analyses SWEAT to spot signs of the deadly ‘cytokine storm’


A device the size of a watch can analyse sweat and spot signs of an impending, and deadly, cytokine storm that is caused by Covid-19 and other infections. The phenomenon happens when chemicals in the bloodstream, called cytokines, multiply rapidly and run out of control.  These small chemicals are designed to restrict and control 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 […]

The device, which is powered by ultrasonic waves, could help doctors monitor the health of transplanted organs and tissue — ScienceDaily


Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have created a tiny wireless implant that can provide real-time measurements of tissue oxygen levels deep underneath the skin. The device, which is smaller than the average ladybug and powered by ultrasound waves, could help doctors monitor the health of transplanted organs or tissue and provide an early […]

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 […]

Penn Medicine discovery illuminates human sweat gland evolution — ScienceDaily


Humans have a uniquely high density of sweat glands embedded in their skin — 10 times the density of chimpanzees and macaques. Now, researchers at Penn Medicine have discovered how this distinctive, hyper-cooling trait evolved in the human genome. In a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers showed […]

From Denisovans to the human immune response — ScienceDaily


Describing the genetic diversity of human populations is essential to improve our understanding of human diseases and their geographical distribution. However, the vast majority of genetic studies have been focused on populations of European ancestry, which represent only 16% of the global population. Scientists at the Institut Pasteur, Collège de France, and CNRS have looked […]

Watermans Grow More Elixir leaves hair longer and stronger in just a few weeks


‘No more bald patches’: Amazon shoppers say this scalp treatment helps leave hair longer and stronger in just a few weeks – and it’s now under £25 By Emily Knott For Mailonline Published: 09:19 EDT, 14 April 2021 | Updated: 09:22 EDT, 14 April 2021 Products featured in this Mail Best article are independently selected […]

Common drug could be used to prevent certain skin cancers — ScienceDaily


New data published by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC — James) suggests that an oral drug currently used in the clinical setting to treat neuromuscular diseases could also help prevent a common form of skin cancer caused by […]

Scientists develop biofuel cells that can power wearable electronics purely by using human sweat — ScienceDaily


Wearable electronic devices and biosensors are great tools for health monitoring, but it has been difficult to find convenient power sources for them. Now, a group of scientists has successfully developed and tested a wearable biofuel cell array that generates electric power from the lactate in the wearer’s sweat, opening doors to electronic health monitoring […]

Study reveals crucial details on skin-related side effects of cancer immune therapies — ScienceDaily


Immune checkpoint inhibitors, which boost the immune system’s response against tumor cells, have transformed treatment for many advanced cancers, but short-term clinical trials and small observational studies have linked the medications with various side effects, most commonly involving the skin. A more comprehensive, population-level analysis now provides a thorough look at the extent of these […]

Sunlight linked with lower COVID-19 deaths, study shows — ScienceDaily


Sunnier areas are associated with fewer deaths from Covid-19, an observational study suggests. Increased exposure to the sun’s rays — specifically UVA — could act as a simple public health intervention if further research establishes it causes a reduction in mortality rates, experts say. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh compared all recorded deaths from […]

How to tackle heel pain and get back on your feet: DR MARTIN SCURR addresses your health issues 


My wife is a keen walker, but has not been able to walk for months due to heel pain. Her doctor and podiatrist both suggested plantar fasciitis, but it does not hurt in the typical area, and she has not responded to treatment. She is 67. Peter Goode, via email. Heel pain, as your wife […]

Experts’ medicine cabinet essentials: The shopping list to keep your family healthy


The past year has taught us the importance of a stocked medicine cabinet.  Whatever health problem you face —from cuts and stings to a thumping headache or even mild symptoms of Covid, such as fever — it is vital to have the correct, up-to-date products to hand.  And it’s equally important to have them organised […]

Eat your way to a dreamy sleep: The secret to a good night’s rest lies in the ‘brain’ in your gut


What you eat and when you eat it has an enormous effect on your body clock, your sleep and, by extension, how many years you will live.  By ‘eat’ we mean pretty much anything you take in — food, beverages, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, medication, herbal remedies and supplements. Each play a role in either keeping […]

Did catching Covid-19 help these patients fight cancer?


When doctors at a hospital in Cornwall carried out a follow-up check last summer on a 61-year-old man recently diagnosed with cancer, they found something extraordinary. The tumours, which scans just a few weeks earlier revealed were littering his torso, had almost gone. The patient, who was unnamed but was featured in a paper in […]

Busting Covid myths: Why those Covid temperature tests aren’t just pointless – they’re dangerous


The anticipation is palpable. In just over a fortnight, Britain will begin to spring back to life. Pub gardens will bustle and the pavements outside restaurants will be transformed for continental-style alfresco dining. Gyms will throw open their doors, hairdressers will be ready to get to work on the nation’s lockdown locks. And, as Chancellor Rishi […]

Why do I cough all the time as if I have to clear my throat? DR ELLIE CANNON answers your questions 


I constantly feel as if I have phlegm stuck in my throat. I’m always coughing to try to clear it, and I also suffer terrible breath. What is wrong with me, and is there anything I can do? Feeling as though there’s phlegm always in the throat (something stuck in your throat is a different […]

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 arm’ that leaves Moderna vaccine recipients with red rashes may be a ‘GOOD’ sign, expert says


A rare side effect from the Moderna coronavirus vaccine may actually a good sign, according to health experts. Some recipients have reported experiencing ‘Covid arm,’ in which people experience itchy and swollen skin, sometimes accompanied by red lumps or hives.   But the splotch is a harmless response from the immune system to the shot that […]

Mother’s arm erupts in agonising red rash after getting AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine


A mother’s face, arms, chest, back and legs erupted into an agonising red rash after getting the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. Leigh King, from North Lanarkshire in Scotland, claimed her skin flared up almost immediately after she got her first dose two weeks ago — and is still sore now.   ‘My skin was so sore and […]

Some hand sanitizers made amid COVID pandemic have high levels of cancer-causing chemical benzene


Some hand sanitizers that popped up during the coronavirus pandemic to help meet the demand, contain high levels of a cancer-causing chemical, a new analysis finds. Valisure, an online pharmacy based in New Haven, Connecticut, said it has detected benzene in several batches across multiple brands of hand sanitizer. The product is considered as dangerous […]

Virginia man’s ‘skin peeled off’ after J&J Covid vaccine    


A 74-year-old Virginia man broke out into a scarlet red rash after getting Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose COVID-19 vaccine.  What began as a slight ‘discomfort’ under Richard Terrell’s arm four days after his vaccination quickly escalated into an itchy, swollen flush covering most of his body.   ‘It all happened so fast. My skin peeled off,’ […]

Doctors explain the reactions after receiving Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson shots


Millions of Americans are currently receiving coronavirus vaccinations as the U.S. works to restore some sense of normalcy from the pandemic According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose and 16.9 percent are fully immunized, either from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson […]

NHS patients to be offered cancer treatment at home


Thousands of NHS patients could be given cutting-edge cancer treatments in the comfort of their own living rooms this year in a drive to spare them from repeat hospital visits. Specialist nurses from top cancer centre The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester are already offering at-home chemotherapy and immunotherapy to 250 patients a day, and […]

Why are GPs still refusing to see patients face-to-face


Pinned to the entrance of a GP surgery on a leafy residential road in suburban Sidcup, Kent is a handwritten note, attached to the inside glass. ‘Please do not punch or kick this door.’ That a message such as this is necessary is truly shocking, but it speaks volumes about the increasingly fractured relationship between […]

The best nutrition and exercise to get toned and powerful thighs


Get fit in 15 minutes: The best nutrition and exercise to get toned and powerful thigh muscles Celebrity personal trainer Nadya Fairweather reveals how to get fit in 15 minutes  She advises people to try side shuffle squat touch-downs to get toned thighs Nutritionist Amanda Hamilton recommends eating healthy fats such as oily fish While Liz […]

Georgia clinic is the FOURTH to halt J&J vaccinations within three days


Millions of Americans are currently receiving coronavirus vaccinations as the U.S. works to restore some sense of normalcy from the pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 33 percent of the US population has received at least one dose and 19.4 percent are fully immunized, either from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson […]

Transwoman forced to have testicle removed after years of tucking


A transgender woman needed to have one of her testicles removed because of her habit of ‘tucking’ – made famous through hit TV show Ru Paul’s Drag Race. The unidentified 24-year-old, from the Philippines, had not yet undergone full gender reassignment surgery. The avid cross-dresser pushed her testicles back into her stomach four times a […]

Fresh blow for AstraZeneca as vaccine is linked to another dangerous blood condition in Europe


Another potentially dangerous blood condition has been spotted in a handful of patients given the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, the EU’s drug watchdog has announced.  The European Medicines Authority said five cases of capillary leak syndrome had been reported in vaccinated patients on the continent. The rare condition sees blood leak from tiny vessels into muscles […]

Matt Hancock insists UK on track to hit July vaccination target


WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE RARE BLOOD CLOTS LINKED TO ASTRAZENECA’S VACCINE?  Only Britons who suffer one of the below symptoms four days post-vaccination need to contact their doctor.  Shortness of breath Chest pain Swollen leg Persistent stomach pain Severe headache Blurred vision Skin bruising beyond the site of injection   Matt Hancock today warned […]

New artificial neural network design can differentiate between healthy and diseased skin — ScienceDaily


The founding chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Houston is reporting a new deep neural network architecture that provides early diagnosis of systemic sclerosis (SSc), a rare autoimmune disease marked by hardened or fibrous skin and internal organs. The proposed network, implemented using a standard laptop computer (2.5 GHz Intel Core […]

I got deadly skin cancer in my garden… in Surrey


The chances of taking a foreign holiday this summer still look remote for most of us. Not that this bothers mother-of-three Jackie Palmer, who has never felt the urge to go abroad The chances of taking a foreign holiday this summer still look remote for most of us.  Not that this bothers mother-of-three Jackie Palmer, […]

Itching sensation originates in the skin cells themselves, after signaling from an excess of lipid — ScienceDaily


A devastating itching of the skin driven by severe liver disease turns out to have a surprising cause. Its discovery points toward possible new therapies for itching, and shows that the outer layer of the skin is so much more than insulation. The finding, which appears April 2 in Gastroenterology, indicates that the keratinocyte cells […]

An amyloid link between Parkinson’s disease and melanoma — ScienceDaily


On the surface, Parkinson’s disease — a neurodegenerative disorder — and melanoma — a type of skin cancer — do not appear to have much in common. However, for nearly 50 years, doctors have recognized that Parkinson’s disease patients are more likely to develop melanoma than the general population. Now, scientists report a molecular link […]

Why 2020 was the year of marvellous medicine


A year ago, the world was in the grip of a deadly and, seemingly, unstoppable virus and the UK went into its first lockdown.  Since then, vaccines and life-saving drugs to counter Covid have been the focus of international attention.  But the past year has also seen major developments in treatments for cancer, diabetes, multiple […]

Study findings may help explain patients’ complaints of poor concentration and other cognitive symptoms that accompany sinusitis — ScienceDaily


The millions of people who have chronic sinusitis deal not only with stuffy noses and headaches, they also commonly struggle to focus, and experience depression and other symptoms that implicate the brain’s involvement in their illness. New research links sinus inflammation with alterations in brain activity, specifically with the neural networks that modulate cognition, introspection […]

J&J vaccinations paused at North Carolina site after 18 people had ‘adverse reactions’


Millions of Americans are currently receiving coronavirus vaccinations as the U.S. works to restore some sense of normalcy from the pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 33 percent of the US population has received at least one dose and 19.4 percent are fully immunized, either from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson […]

What are the risks of blood clots from AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine REALLY?


British health chiefs have restricted AstraZeneca’s vaccine in under-30s because their risk of dying from Covid is so small and there are early signs they may be more prone to blood clots after the jab. But EU regulators have decided against recommending the vaccine is withheld from any age group because they can’t be sure […]

All the answers to your questions about AstraZeneca’s jab and its link to blood clots


AstraZeneca‘s coronavirus vaccine is once again under the spotlight, amid growing fears it may trigger extremely rare blood clots.  Health chiefs yesterday recommended it should not be given to under-30s because of its link to the potentially deadly complication.  But medical experts insist the jab is safe and the benefits far outweigh any risks for […]

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