Matt Hancock warns modern medicine may cease to exist without if superbugs are not tackled

Matt Hancock today warned the rise of deadly superbugs poses a bigger threat than Covid and should be taken as seriously as global warming. The Health Secretary said modern medicine may ‘cease to exist’ unless the ‘silent pandemic’ of antimicrobial resistance is urgently tackled. Drug-resistant diseases such as MRSA already kill 700,000 people around the […]

Risk factor is equivalent to lead exposure, study finds — ScienceDaily

A multidecade study of young adults living in the United Kingdom has found higher rates of mental illness symptoms among those exposed to higher levels of traffic-related air pollutants, particularly nitrogen oxides, during childhood and adolescence. Previous studies have identified a link between air pollution and the risk of specific mental disorders, including depression and […]

Minimally invasive retinal reattachment procedure leads to superior photoreceptor integrity — ScienceDaily

A minimally invasive retinal reattachment procedure that can be done in an ophthalmologist’s office leads to better long-term integrity and structure of the retina’s photoreceptors — cells that allow us to see — compared with more invasive operating room procedures, according to new research published April 22. The study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology and led […]

Turkey lifts travel ban for Britons and confirms tourists WON’T need a vaccine

Turkey has announced today that British tourists will be welcome in the country this summer without having to show a vaccination certificate. Visitors from the UK will not need to produce a Covid vaccine passport, but will need to show proof of a negative PCR test.   The country also promises to provide testing for tourists […]

MK-4482 shows potential to prevent and treat SARS-CoV-2 infection — ScienceDaily

The experimental antiviral drug MK-4482 significantly decreased levels of virus and disease damage in the lungs of hamsters treated for SARS-CoV-2 infection, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health scientists. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19. MK-4482, delivered orally, is now in human clinical trials. Remdesivir, an antiviral drug already approved […]

One year of SARS-CoV-2 evolution — ScienceDaily

A number of SARS-CoV-2 variants have emerged from immunocompromised hosts, research has identified. It is thought that variants of concern — including B.1.1.7, a variant first identified in Kent — were a result of long-term infection in people with a weakened immune system. Persistent infections in immunocompromised people could cause the virus to mutate more […]

Anti-lockdown Sweden had highest rate of Covid-19 infections in Europe per capita last week

Sweden had the highest number of Covid-19 infections per capita in Europe last week.  The lockdown-averse country recorded 625 new infections per million people in the last week, vastly higher than its Scandinavian neighbours, with Finland, Norway and Denmark, recording 65, 132 and 111 cases per million respectively.   Sweden also had more patients in intensive care than […]

The structural revelation could have implications as a therapeutic target in all SARS-CoV-2 variants — ScienceDaily

A tiny protein of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that gives rise to COVID-19, may have big implications for future treatments, according to a team of Penn State researchers. Using a novel toolkit of approaches, the scientists uncovered the first full structure of the Nucleocapsid (N) protein and discovered how antibodies from COVID-19 patients interact with that […]

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 […]

Studimi/ Ky është vendi më i lumtur në botë! Ja në cilin vend renditet Shqipëria, Kosova më e lumtur se ne

Finlanda është vendi më i lumtur në botë. Kombet Nordike dominojnë listën globale ndërsa Mbretëria e Bashkuar bie pesë vende në vendin e 18-të – ndërsa Zimbabve vjen i fundit në listë. Ndërkohë për sa i përket Shqipërisë, vendi ynë rendit i 63. ndërsa për sa i përket Kosovës renditet në vendin 31. Shumë më […]

These international destinations are open to US tourists

Editor’s Note — CNN Travel updates this article periodically. It was last updated in its entirety on February 27. The US State Department advises that travelers consult country-specific travel advisories via their website or consult the CDC’s latest guidance. Before you make any international travel plans, check these sites first and again before you depart. […]

Anna Hursey: Table tennis prodigy is helping US President Biden tackle the climate crisis

Yet it isn’t her sporting abilities attracting attention, rather her environmental advocacy, a topic she cares passionately about. That led to the US Embassy getting in touch with Hursey’s mom and dad earlier this year, inviting the youngster to work with US President Joe Biden in his mission to tackle the climate crisis. “I was […]

The week in 43 photos

Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of Tiger Woods’ rollover crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday, February 23. The golf icon sustained serious leg injuries in the accident. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock Members of Congress observe a moment of silence on the steps of the US Capitol on Tuesday, February 23. More than […]

Why have India’s Covid-19 cases plummeted?

This has all happened without drastic measures such as circuit-breaker lockdowns, which have been used in places like New Zealand and Australia to get outbreaks under control. The Indian government is still implementing certain social distancing restrictions and has scrambled to assist overstretched hospitals — but the economy has reopened, domestic travel has resumed, and […]

Iran hostages: White House has started to communicate with Iran over American hostages

“We intend to very directly communicate with the Iranians about the complete and utter outrage — the humanitarian catastrophe that is the unjust, unlawful detention of American citizens in Iran,” Sullivan told CBS News. “We have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue, yes, and we will continue to do so as we […]

Avian flu: Russia tells WHO it has detected first case of strain in humans

Russia notified WHO of the possible strain. “If confirmed, this would be the first time H5N8 has infected people,” a WHO Europe spokesperson said in a statement Saturday. The reported cases were workers exposed to bird flocks, according to preliminary information, the statement added. The workers were “asymptomatic and no onward human to human transmission […]

Dubai’s missing Princess Latifa is “being cared for at home”

“In response to media reports regarding Sheikha Latifa, we want to thank those who have expressed concern for her wellbeing, despite the coverage which certainly is not reflective of the actual position,” the statement by her family said, according to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy in London. In secret recordings obtained by the BBC […]

Why Britain’s anti-immigration politicians are opening the doors to thousands of Hong Kongers

Full of bravado and often clad in black, the 21-year-old oversaw a group of 60 combative front-liners who embraced confrontational tactics against the police while demanding greater democracy in the former British colony. Today, he is applying for asylum in the United Kingdom, and separated from his family in Hong Kong where he feels he […]

New York City’s indoor dining capacity will increase by next Friday, governor says

The tiny remote Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean could “become the first island to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19,” the British Military said Friday. The island – a UK overseas territory – has a population of just over 800 inhabitants. At least 1,950 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine arrived at Ascension earlier […]

Schools can open at any stage of community spread of virus, CDC director says

The tiny remote Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean could “become the first island to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19,” the British Military said Friday. The island – a UK overseas territory – has a population of just over 800 inhabitants. At least 1,950 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine arrived at Ascension earlier […]

It’s too risky to go to a single-dose coronavirus vaccine regimen, Fauci says

The tiny remote Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean could “become the first island to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19,” the British Military said Friday. The island – a UK overseas territory – has a population of just over 800 inhabitants. At least 1,950 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine arrived at Ascension earlier […]

Uber: UK Supreme Court rules that drivers are ‘workers,’ not independent contractors

The unanimous decision could deliver a major blow to the company’s business model in one of its most important markets, and opens the door for drivers to claim the minimum wage and paid time off, legal experts said. The court said Friday that the group of Uber drivers that brought the case to an employment […]

Opinion: The US is back in the Paris Agreement. Now what?

The US was a key player in helping to deliver the Paris Agreement, with former State Secretary and current US climate envoy John Kerry playing an instrumental role in this successful process. I have been extremely encouraged by the conversations I have had with Kerry and White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy — both […]

US signals it is open to sending more troops to support NATO’s mission in Iraq

“The US is participating in the force generation process for NATO Mission Iraq and will contribute its fair share to this important expanded mission,” Pentagon spokesperson Cmdr. Jessica L. McNulty told CNN. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke about the mission with his NATO counterparts during a meeting with defense ministers on Thursday. Late Thursday […]

US says it is willing to sit down for talks with Iran and other nations on nuclear deal

“The United States would accept an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting of the P5+1 and Iran to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran’s nuclear program,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement Thursday. The P5+1 refers to the permanent members of the UN Security Council — […]

New CDC reports warn that variants could lead to “rapid rise” in Covid-19 cases

Two new reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that new coronavirus variants could lead to a rapid rise in the numbers of Covid-19 cases. In one report released Wednesday, researchers from the CDC and Minnesota health department detailed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, first identified in the United Kingdom. Earlier […]

Case against Anne Sacoolas over death of Harry Dunn can go ahead in US, judge rules

Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity and fled to the US 19 days after the August 2019 deadly collision outside RAF Croughton, a military base in England controlled by the US Air Force and used as a global intelligence gathering station by the CIA and NSA. The United Kingdom’s attempt to extradite Sacoolas to face criminal charges […]

How China is devastating Australia’s billion dollar wine industry

White lived in Shanghai for several years, setting up a network of distributors to sell his Jarressa Estate wine to the booming Chinese market, where demand for foreign wines among the middle class was growing fast. By mid-2020, more than 96% of Jaressa Estate’s wines were being sold to consumers in China, up to seven […]

Bed & Breakfast In Le Lamentin

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Bahrain now 2nd nation to grant Pfizer shot emergency use

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The island kingdom of Bahrain said Friday it has become the second nation in the world to grant an emergency-use authorization for the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. The state-run Bahrain News Agency made the announcement on Friday night, following an earlier announcement by the United […]

A vaccine will be a game-changer for international travel. But it’s not everything

Credit: Shutterstock The United Kingdom yesterday became the first country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for widespread use. Following a review by the country’s drug regulator, the UK government announced it will begin rolling out the vaccine next week. Other countries are likely to follow soon, authorizing the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and possibly other leading […]

Brexit talks hang in the balance as EU warns it can make no more concessions

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 08:22 European diplomats warned Thursday they have made all the concessions they can in trade talks with Britain, as Downing Street vowed to press ahead with a UK law that could undermine Brussels’ remaining trust in London. The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has been in London for six days, trying […]

Britain’s OK of COVID-19 vaccine sparks speedy debate

A man is reflected in a window as he walks past a Christmas tree in London, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. The European Union on Thursday hit back at a British minister’s claim that U.K. vaccine regulators were better than other countries, stressing “this is not a football competition.” This came after Britain became the first […]

UK promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions two-thirds by 2030

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 00:27Modified: 04/12/2020 – 01:00 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce Friday a new target that he says would reduce the U.K.’s greenhouse gas emissions “faster than any major economy.” The target aims to cut the U.K.’s emissions by at least 68% from 1990 levels by 2030 and to […]

Over 1.5 million coronavirus deaths globally

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Over 1.5 million coronavirus deaths have been recorded worldwide from nearly 65 million cases, according to an AFP tally on Thursday based on official statistics. There have been 1,500,038 fatalities from 64,774,705 cases since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China in December. The worst affected region is Latin America […]

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, ‘modernist’ French president, dies at 94

France’s former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who brought about rapid social change and was a leading force in founding the European Union, died Wednesday at the age of 94 from complications linked to Covid-19, his family said. Although Giscard d’Estaing only served a single term as president from 1974 to 1981, his death marks the […]

UK buys 2 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses, hopes to start jabs within days

Issued on: 29/11/2020 – 19:42 Britain said Sunday it has secured 2 million more doses of a promising coronavirus vaccine as it gears up to launch within days the country’s most ambitious inoculation program in decades. The U.K. has had Europe’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak, with more than 58,000 confirmed virus-related deaths. It now hopes to […]

Should Isolation Periods Be Shorter for People With Covid-19?

People with Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, are most infectious about two days before symptoms begin and for five days afterward, according to a new analysis of previous research. A few patients who are extremely ill or have impaired immune systems may expel — or “shed” — the virus for as long as […]

Dozens arrested in London anti-lockdown protests

Issued on: 28/11/2020 – 17:38 Police in London said on Saturday that they had made over 60 arrests and expected that figure to rise, as they tried to break up anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine protests.  The police said that the arrests had been made for different offences including breaching coronavirus restrictions. England‘s current lockdown ends on Dec. 2. Earlier police lined […]

UK appoints vaccines minister to oversee Covid-19 inoculations

Issued on: 28/11/2020 – 15:16 The British government appointed a vaccines minister on Saturday as it prepares to inoculate millions of people against the coronavirus, potentially starting within days. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Conservative lawmaker Nadhim Zahawi will oversee the country’s biggest vaccine program in decades. The U.K. medicines regulator is currently assessing two […]

Trudeau expects most of Canada to be vaccinated by September

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question from a reporter during a bi-weekly news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Ontario, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday he expects more than half of Canadians to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by next September after […]

Ski holidays up in the air as Europe plans for a Covid-19 Christmas

Issued on: 26/11/2020 – 05:29 Germany announced Wednesday that it will push for Europe to ban ski holidays in a bid to curb coronavirus infections, while cases of Covid-19 reached a new peak of more than 60 million globally. The prospect of Christmas behind closed doors rather than on the slopes stretched before Europeans as […]

Early Coronavirus Mutation Made It Harder to Stop, Evidence Suggests

As the coronavirus swept across the world, it picked up random alterations to its genetic sequence. Like meaningless typos in a script, most of those mutations made no difference in how the virus behaved. But one mutation near the beginning of the pandemic did make a difference, multiple new findings suggest, helping the virus spread […]

Transparency on trials and side effects

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Promising results from large clinical trials testing three vaccines to prevent COVID-19 bring us a step closer to a widely available vaccine. On Nov. 9, Pfizer’s interim analysis from its Phase 3 vaccine trial revealed it prevented 90 percent of COVID-19 cases. (The vaccine’s efficacy was revised to 95 percent in […]

Preoperative mental state associated with postoperative pain

(HealthDay)—Even modest depression, anxiety, and catastrophizing are predictors of whether a patient later experiences improvements in pain relief following joint replacement surgery, according to a review published online Oct. 20 in the Journal of Pain. Nils Georg Niederstrasser, Ph.D., from the University of Portsmouth, and Stephanie Cook, Ph.D., from De Montfort University in Leicester, both […]

Pfizer Applies for Emergency F.D.A. Approval for Covid-19 Vaccine

The drug maker Pfizer said on Friday that it had submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration to authorize its coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, setting in motion an accelerated regulatory process that could allow the first Americans to get a vaccine by the middle of December. Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, […]

N.Ireland, Scotland set for more virus curbs

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Northern Ireland shops, pubs and restaurants will shut for two weeks in efforts to curb the coronavirus, the British province announced, on the eve of Friday’s partial reopening of businesses. Cafes, hairdressers and beauty salons were permitted to unlock their doors on Friday as five weeks of limited “circuit-breaker” restrictions in […]

German vaccine maker gives hope as US virus deaths top 250,000

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The German maker of a top coronavirus vaccine said on Friday its jab could be delivered as early as December, offering more promising news even as virus deaths in the world’s worst affected country, the United States, passed a quarter of a million. A slew of positive clinical vaccine trials is […]

U.S. leads wealthy nations in pregnancy-related deaths

(HealthDay)—American women are far more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than women in other wealthy countries—and a national shortage of maternity care providers bodes ill for the future. Those are some of the findings from a new report on maternal mortality by the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund, which compared the United States with 10 other […]

Wearing Masks to Prevent Coronavirus: Here’s What Scientists Know

With the coronavirus on the march through much of the United States, scientists are urging Americans to adopt the few health measures shown to slow the virus: universal mask use, social distancing, good ventilation indoors and hand hygiene. Mask-wearing has become a particularly divisive — and partisan — issue over the past few months. Still, […]

Confused About Masks? Here’s What Scientists Know

With the coronavirus on the march through much of the United States, scientists are urging Americans to adopt the few health measures shown to slow the virus: universal mask use, social distancing, good ventilation indoors and hand hygiene. Mask-wearing has become a particularly divisive — and partisan — issue over the past few months. Still, […]

The Coronavirus Vaccines Will Likely Work. Making Them Fast Will Be Hard.

The promising news that not just one but two coronavirus vaccines were more than 90 percent effective in early results has buoyed hopes that an end to the pandemic is in sight. But even if the vaccines are authorized soon by federal regulators — the companies developing them have said they expect to apply soon […]

Britain offers up a young red to rival Beaujolais

Issued on: 17/11/2020 – 16:48 In years gone by, British wine merchants would race to secure Beaujolais Nouveau for their stocks. But now the UK’s first young red is being made near the English border with Wales. “It’s not a wine to be taken too seriously, it’s a fun drink, taking on the spirit of […]

Syria’s veteran foreign minister Walid Muallem dies at 79

Issued on: 16/11/2020 – 17:17 Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, a stalwart of Bashar al-Assad’s regime who held his job through a decade of conflict and several reshuffles, died Monday at the age of 79.  The veteran diplomat was hit with US and European sanctions early on in the conflict that has torn Syria apart […]

China’s New Testing Policy for Travelers Is Problematic, Experts Say

As cases of the coronavirus continue to climb worldwide, many countries are doubling down on testing policies that can grant or bar entry to travelers attempting to move across international borders. But an unusual new testing policy, announced by China at the end of October, has health experts baffled. It requires inbound travelers to present […]

U.K. has biggest 1-day jump in confirmed coronavirus cases

One shopper walks away with a full cart as others queue outside a major supermarket in Leicester, England, Sunday Nov. 1, 2020. The British government announced on Saturday a four-week public lockdown in response to the latest coronavirus surge, and government lawmaker Michael Gove on Sunday acknowledged that the lockdown could be extended. (Joe Giddens/PA […]

People of Black and Asian ethnicity up to twice as likely to be infected with COVID-19 as those of White ethnicity

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain People of Black ethnicity are twice as likely to be infected with COVID-19 compared to those of White ethnicity, according to researchers at the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham, supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre. The findings are published in EClinical Medicine by The […]

Smell and taste changes provide early indication of COVID-19 community spread

Researchers find that self-reports of smell and taste changes provide earlier markers of the spread of infection of SARS-CoV-2 than current governmental indicators. Credit: Engin Akyurt, Unsplash Self-reports of smell and taste changes provide earlier markers of the spread of infection of SARS-CoV-2 than current governmental indicators, according to an international team of researchers. The […]

Spain COVID-19 death toll passes 40,000: government

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Spain’s death toll surged over 40,000 on Wednesday with infections passing the 1.4 million mark, while the rate of new cases continued to grow, health ministry data showed. With 349 people dying in the past 24 hours, the death toll now stands at 40,105 in Spain, which has the fourth-highest death […]

A look at Biden’s foreign policy agenda

US President-Elect Joe Biden’s approach to diplomacy is diametrically opposed to that of the outgoing Donald Trump, known as he was to levy undiplomatic salvos at foreign leaders via social media. But one shouldn’t expect a wholesale revamp in substance when the veteran Democrat takes office in January. FRANCE 24 takes a closer look at […]

Covid Infections in Animals Prompt Scientific Concern

The decision this week by the Danish government to kill millions of mink because of coronavirus concerns, effectively wiping out a major national industry, has put the spotlight on simmering worries among scientists and conservationists about the vulnerability of animals to the pandemic virus, and what infections among animals could mean for humans. The most […]

Biden to name virus team as worldwide cases top 50 million

Swiss army reservists were deployed to support public hospitals The global tally of people infected by the coronavirus shot past 50 million on Monday, as United States President-elect Joe Biden geared up to name the scientists who will lead the country’s response to its disastrous outbreak. The incoming leader made the pledge in his first […]

Coronavirus infections top 50 million worldwide

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain More than 50 million novel coronavirus infections have been detected worldwide, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1615 GMT on Sunday. A total of more than 50,010,400 cases, including 1,251,980 deaths, have been recorded globally since the pandemic erupted in China in December last year. Europe, […]

UK govt enacts U-turn, backs footballer Rashford’s free school meals campaign

Issued on: 08/11/2020 – 16:05Modified: 08/11/2020 – 16:06 The UK government on Sunday relented anew to a vocal campaign by Manchester United star Marcus Rashford, promising to give free meals to poorer children over the coronavirus-afflicted Christmas holidays and beyond. After one U-turn already for the summer holidays, the government has dropped its opposition to […]

Europe coronavirus deaths surge past 300,000

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A second coronavirus wave ploughed on relentlessly through Europe which reported more than 12 million cases and 300,000 deaths as swathes of Italy returned to lockdown and the British city of Liverpool trialled city-wide testing on Friday. The continent has become the new epicentre of the pandemic and a total of […]

COVID-19 drug and vaccine patents are putting profit before people

The TRIPS waiver enables WTO member states to manufacture and distribute COVID-19 drugs and medical supplies that would normally be protected by patents. Credit: Pixabay Since the birth of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995, most member states have had to abide by the Agreement on Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which protects […]

Poor nutrition in school years may have created 20 cm height gap across nations

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A new global analysis led by Imperial College London, and published in journal The Lancet, has assessed the height and weight of school-aged children and adolescents across the world. The study, which used data from 65 million children aged five to 19 years old in 193 countries, revealed that school-aged children‘s’ […]

Canada should approve HIV self-testing

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Canada should integrate self-testing for HIV into the health system to help reduce the burden of the disease, argues a commentary published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal. Self-testing for HIV (HIVST)—taking a saliva, urine or blood sample and interpreting the result, similar to a home pregnancy test—is available in the […]

Mobile smartphone technology is associated with better clinical outcomes for OHCA

Retrospective cohort cardiac arrest calls to Paris Fire Brigade with “Staying Alive” activation. Credit: KIRSTY CHALLEN, B.SC., MBCHB, MRES, PH.D., LANCASHIRE TEACHING HOSPITALS, UNITED KINGDOM Mobile smartphone technology can accelerate first responder dispatch and may be instrumental to improving out of hospital cardiac arrest (OCHA) survival. That is the conclusion of a study published in […]

UK Labour Party suspends former leader Corbyn in wake of anti-Semitism report

Issued on: 29/10/2020 – 15:38 Britain’s opposition Labour Party suspended its former leader Jeremy Corbyn on Thursday over comments he made after a report found that under his leadership the party was responsible for unlawful harassment and discrimination. Corbyn has vowed to contest a “political” move to suspend him. Corbyn‘s successor, Keir Starmer, apologised and said Labour was […]

People with Down syndrome face higher risk of severe COVID-19

(HealthDay)—When adults with Down syndrome contract COVID-19, their risk of dying is much higher than the norm, a large, new study finds. The researchers found that of over 8 million British adults, those with Down syndrome were four times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19, and 10 times more likely to die due to […]

Mold and damp health costs are about 3 times those of sugary drinks. We need a healthy housing agenda

Credit: Burdun Iliya/Shutterstock The World Health Organization has always been interested in housing as one of the big “causes of the causes,” of the social determinants, of health. The WHO launched evidence-based guidelines for healthy housing policies in 2019. Australia is behind the eight ball on healthy housing. Other governments, including in the United States, […]

A step closer to mapping the rodent brain

Credit: Blue Brain Project / EPFL The rodent Hippocampal formation is one of the most exhaustively studied regions in the mammalian brain but until now, there has not been a comprehensive knowledge base of its synaptic physiology. In a front cover paper published in the journal Hippocampus, researchers at EPFL’s Blue Brain Project present a […]

Europe sounds alarm over second wave of Covid infections as WHO warns of ‘exponential’ rise

Issued on: 24/10/2020 – 16:32 The European Union’s disease control agency has joined frantic health workers to sound the alarm over a coronavirus surge across the continent, as the World Health Organization warned of an “exponential” rise in infections. Even countries that avoided severe outbreaks during Europe’s first wave of contagion in the spring have […]

Europe, WHO sound alarm over resurgent virus crisis

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The EU’s disease control agency on Friday joined frantic health workers across Europe in sounding the alarm about the surge in coronavirus infections as the World Health Organization warned of an “exponential” rise in cases. Several countries in Europe are reporting infection rates higher than during the first wave of the […]

COVID-19 lockdown reduced mental health, sleep, exercise

Credit: Pennington Biomedical Research Center A first-of-its-kind global survey shows the initial phase of the COVID-19 lockdown dramatically altered our personal habits, largely for the worse. “The stay-at-home orders did result in one major health positive. Overall, healthy eating increased because we ate out less frequently. However, we snacked more. We got less exercise. We […]

Disputes over when life begins may block cutting-edge therapies like mitochondrial replacement

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court has once again pushed the debate over when life begins into the headlines, which could have far-reaching effects on access to both current and emerging reproductive technologies. In 2006, Judge Barrett was one of the signatories on a newspaper […]

UK govt suffers defeat in House of Lords over controversial Brexit bill

Issued on: 21/10/2020 – 07:40 Britain’s upper house of Parliament delivered a resounding condemnation of the government’s contentious new Brexit legislation on Tuesday, as a standoff continued between the U.K. and the European Union over future trade relations. The House of Lords voted 395-169 to add words to the Internal Market Bill expressing “regret” for […]

What will convince Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

(HealthDay)—Promoting any emerging COVID-19 vaccine to a skeptical public could be tough. But a new survey finds vaccine uptake might rise if the shot is promoted by medical experts, not politicians, and if it’s been proven safe and effective through a rigorous approval process. A vaccine shown to be highly effective in clinical trials with […]

US charges Russian military officers for cyberattacks on French polls, Ukrainian power grid

Issued on: 19/10/2020 – 22:43 Six Russian military intelligence officers have been charged in the United States with carrying out cyberattacks on Ukraine’s power grid, the 2017 French elections and the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the Justice Department announced on Monday. The six GRU agents were also accused of staging a malware attack called “NotPetya” […]

Europe surges past 250,000 virus deaths as Israel lifts lockdown

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Europe passed the milestone of 250,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday as Israel and Australia’s second-largest city of Melbourne began to gradually ease their strict lockdowns. European nations have ratcheted up restrictions on daily life to tackle soaring infections, with a 44 percent increase in cases this week. Nighttime curfews on […]

Results from the FORECAST trial reported

In the FORECAST randomized clinical trial, the use of fractional flow reserve management derived from computed tomography (FFRCT) did not significantly reduce costs but did reduce the use of invasive coronary angiography (ICA). Findings were reported today at TCT Connect, the 32nd annual scientific symposium of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF). FFRCT is a novel, […]

Kush është Samedin Mehmeti, u.d. i Drejtorit të Policisë së Kosovës

Pas shkarkimit të Drejtorit të Përgjithshëm të Policisë së Kosovës, Rashit Qalaj nga ana e Kryeministrit Avdullah Hoti, si ushtrues detyre në këtë pozitë është caktuar zëvendës drejtori Samedin Mehmeti. Në biografinë e Mehmetit e cila është e publikuar në uebfaqen e Policisë së Kosovës thuhet se i njëjti ka shërbyer në pozita të ndryshme, […]

New bioprosthetic valve for TAVR fails to demonstrate non-inferiority

Credit: CC0 Public Domain In a randomized clinical trial, SCOPE II, a new self-expanding bioprosthetic valve used in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) failed to demonstrate non-inferiority compared to an existing self-expanding valve. Findings were reported today at TCT Connect, the 32nd annual scientific symposium of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF). TCT is the world’s […]

UK must ‘get ready’ for no trade deal with EU, Johnson warns

Issued on: 16/10/2020 – 15:08 Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday it was now time to prepare for a no-trade deal Brexit in 10 weeks as the European Union had refused to negotiate seriously, adding that unless Brussels changed course there would be no agreement. A tumultuous “no deal” finale to the United Kingdom’s five-year Brexit […]

EU leaders urge UK to ‘make the necessary moves’ to save Brexit talks

Issued on: 15/10/2020 – 18:24 European Union leaders on Thursday placed the onus on Britain to unblock stalled post-Brexit trade talks, urging London to “make the necessary moves” to answer their concerns. In a written conclusion adopted at their summit, the 27 leaders also urged the EU and its member states to step up preparations […]

3 Covid-19 Trials Have Been Paused for Safety. That’s a Good Thing.

Dr. Paul Offit, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the F.D.A.’s vaccine advisory panel, said that pausing a trial is a huge logistical challenge — especially for one like Johnson & Johnson’s, with plans for 60,000 volunteers in 10 countries. “It’s this big warship that you just stop moving,” Dr. […]

New coronavirus variant contributed to outbreak among coach passengers and their close contacts

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain On 22 September 2020, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health was notified of a person with confirmed COVID-19 among passengers on a coach trip in southern Norway. The coach party included 40 people including guide and driver. Almost all the passengers were infected during the seven days they traveled together. Contact […]

COVID-19 taking huge toll in excess U.S. deaths

(HealthDay)—A pair of new studies assert that the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been a disaster, causing more deaths than thought and prolonging Americans’ suffering more than any other country. The United States experienced a 20% increase over expected deaths between March and August 2020, with more than 225,500 people needlessly dying, said […]

EU countries adopt common travel guidelines amid pandemic

In this May 13, 2020 file photo, a barrier blocks the road at the closed border crossing from Austria to the Czech Republic near Reinthal, Austria. European Union countries are set to adopt a common traffic light system to coordinate traveling across the 27-nation bloc, but a return to a full freedom of movement in […]

British PM Johnson unveils new coronavirus alert system for England

Issued on: 12/10/2020 – 17:54Modified: 12/10/2020 – 17:57 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday imposed a tiered system of further restrictions on parts of England including closing some pubs as the COVID-19 outbreak accelerates, though anger is rising at the cost of the curtailment of freedoms. Johnson‘s three-tier system, announced in parliament, is an […]

Europe unprepared as 2nd virus wave hits

In this Oct. 9, 2020, file photo, a medical team treats a patient infected with COVID-19 in one of the intensive care units (ICU) at the Severo Ochoa hospital in Leganes, outskirts of Madrid, Spain. Europe’s second wave of coronavirus infections has struck well before flu season even started. Intensive care wards are filling up […]

EU and UK in choppy waters over fishing rights

Fishing rights have been one of the main sticking points in Brexit negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom since March. Yet neither side appears ready to concede, despite mounting fears within the fishing industry over the consequences of a “no-deal” exit. With less than a week to go before a decisive European […]

Brexit deadline ‘will not be met’, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney tells FRANCE 24

Issued on: 09/10/2020 – 16:05 As formal Brexit negotiations wrap up, Ireland’s foreign minister is predicting that a deal will not be struck before the deadline laid out by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Simon Coveney tells FRANCE 24 he believes it’s “far too ambitious” to expect a conclusion to the negotiations over the United Kingdom’s future relationship […]

How ‘revolutionary Conservatives’ made state aid the crux of Brexit drama

Boris Johnson and Ursula Von Der Leyen gave their negotiators another month to reach a post-Brexit deal on Saturday, days after the EU Commission president announced she would begin legal proceedings against the UK for passing a bill to break international law. Analysts say that Johnson’s plan to jettison EU state aid rules is at […]

Trump Says He’s Beaten Covid-19. Doctors Aren’t So Sure.

Standing on the steps of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday, with a phalanx of white-coated doctors behind him, the White House physician, Dr. Sean P. Conley, ticked off President Trump’s encouraging vital signs: no fever, only slightly elevated blood pressure and a blood oxygen level in the healthy range. “He’s back,” Dr. […]

Britain passes 500,000 coronavirus cases

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The United Kingdom passed 500,000 confirmed coronavirus infections on Sunday, official figures showed, in the latest grim milestone for the European country worst-hit by the pandemic. Health authorities blamed a technical glitch for a sudden spike in cases announced in evening figures that had kept several thousand cases from the last […]

25 years after Beijing declaration, ‘women’s rights are under attack’

One by one, leaders and ministers from over 100 nations admitted Thursday that 25 years after the adoption of a road map to achieve equality for women not a single country has reached that goal — and many warned that instead of progress there is now push back. French President Emmanuel Macron put it bluntly, […]

How changing vaccine schedules can save costs and lives: Findings from South Africa

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain In 2005, before most low- and middle-income countries started vaccinating children routinely for pneumococcal disease, it caused approximately 1.5 million deaths worldwide annually. About 700,000 to 1 million of these deaths were in children under five years. Pneumococcal disease occurs when Streptococcus pneumoniae invades a normally sterile area of the body, […]

New scientific model can predict virus peaks of contamination in Europe

Issued on: 25/09/2020 – 17:26Modified: 25/09/2020 – 17:29 A team of researchers has revealed a pioneering model that aims to predict the rate of propagation of Covid-19 in each country in Europe. It was battle stations on September 24 when Brussels demanded European countries immediately tighten their control measures in the face of the spread of […]