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 […]

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


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

Why a home with no stairs can give you ‘bungalow leg’


To many people, moving to a bungalow makes good sense — if aching or immobile joints become a problem then a life without stairs is not only simpler, but also much safer. However, experts warn that making that move too early can actually hasten the decline associated with old age, leading to a phenomenon now being […]

How lockdown has IMPROVED our mental health


Lockdown has had a catastrophic impact on so many aspects of our lives, not least in terms of mental health. For some, depression has been triggered or exacerbated by worries — a study this year by Exeter University and King’s College London found loneliness emerging as a key factor linked to worsening symptoms of depression […]

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 […]

Cell cytoskeleton as target for new active agents — ScienceDaily


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

Coronavirus: UK urged to scrap vaccine patents like US and EU to help poor countries


The UK is coming under pressure to follow the US and EU lead to call for Covid vaccine patents to be ditched so companies can make cheaper versions to send to poor countries. Jab-makers currently own the rights to their vaccine recipes – known as intellectual property rights or IP rights – and other firms […]

Study compares epigenetic modifications to DNA in the cerebellum of humans, chimpanzees and monkeys — ScienceDaily


The cerebellum — a part of the brain once recognized mainly for its role in coordinating movement — underwent evolutionary changes that may have contributed to human culture, language and tool use. This new finding appears in a study by Elaine Guevara of Duke University and colleagues, published May 6th in the journal PLOS Genetics. […]

Prices to would-be Green List destinations soar


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

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. […]

Finally, the proof Covid vaccines ARE safe when you’re pregnant


The message from health chiefs is clear: Covid-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women. While a question mark hung over this vital detail earlier on in jab trials, today there is clear data to show there is no risk to mothers-to-be or their unborn children. It is a major step forwards in the battle against […]

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 […]

New genetic target for blood cancer treatment — ScienceDaily


Targeting a pathway that is essential for the survival of certain types of acute myeloid leukaemia could provide a new therapy avenue for patients, the latest research has found. Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute found that a specific genetic mutation, which is linked with poor prognosis in blood cancer, is involved in the development […]

Covid UK: Number of people hospitalised after first vaccine dose is ‘tiny’, says SAGE


Only tiny numbers of people are being hospitalised with coronavirus after their first vaccine dose has kicked in, NHS data has revealed. Numbers analysed by SAGE showed that around one per cent of people hospitalised with the virus in the second wave were three weeks post-vaccine, by which time they are expected to have protection.  […]

Nearly two dozen areas of England have already jabbed 80% of 45 to 49 year olds, NHS figures reveal


England’s coronavirus vaccine postcode lottery was laid bare again today as data revealed parts of London and Lancashire have jabbed fewer than half of residents aged 45 to 49. NHS England statistics going up to April 25 show that 65 per cent of adults in the age group have had their first dose of either […]

Knowing how many people live and thrive at high altitude key for researchers — ScienceDaily


New findings detailing the world’s first-of-its-kind estimate of how many people live in high-altitude regions, will provide insight into future research of human physiology. Dr. Joshua Tremblay, a postdoctoral fellow in UBC Okanagan’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences, has released updated population estimates of how many people in the world live at a high […]

How to discipline unruly plasma — ScienceDaily


The process designed to harvest on Earth the fusion energy that powers the sun and stars can sometimes be tricked. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics laboratory have derived and demonstrated a bit of slight-of-hand called “quasi-symmetry” that could accelerate the development of fusion energy as a safe, clean and […]

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 […]

People aged 42 and over are now eligible for a Covid vaccine in England


NHS England has lowered the age for people to get a coronavirus vaccine for the second time this week.  From today, everyone over the age of 42 — or who have their 42nd birthday before July — will be invited to come forward for their jab.  Matt Hancock, 42, revealed the expansion in a video […]

Covid UK: 13.2m – a QUARTER of all adults – now fully vaccinated


A quarter of British adults are now fully vaccinated against Covid, as the UK passed the 13.2million mark for second doses today. Department of Health data shows 33.8million people have now had a first dose, with 47million vaccines now dished out.  Health chiefs have praised the significant step and called for more people to take […]

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 — […]

One dose of vaccine slashes risk of spreading Covid by up to HALF, major study reveals 


A single dose of vaccine slashes the risk of spreading coronavirus by up to half, a major study reveals today. Not only does the jab reduce a person’s chance of catching Covid in the first place, it greatly reduces their chances of passing it on, should they get infected. The research by Public Health England […]

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


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

40m Britons now live in practically ‘Covid-free’ areas


Nearly 40million people in England live in practically ‘Covid-free’ areas, data has revealed. The UK’s hugely successful vaccine rollout and continued lockdown measures have meant that seven in ten people now live in places where two or fewer cases were recorded during the latest week. It sparks hopes that Boris Johnson will proceed with the next […]

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


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

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 […]

Further studies underway to determine extent of clinical benefits — ScienceDaily


A natural compound previously demonstrated to counteract aspects of aging and improve metabolic health in mice has clinically relevant effects in people, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. A small clinical trial of postmenopausal women with prediabetes shows that the compound NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide) improved the ability of […]

Coronavirus: Four-month-old kitten in the UK is put down after catching Covid from its owner


A kitten had to be put down after catching Covid from its owner during the UK’s first wave, scientists have revealed. The cat was a four-month-old Ragdoll that got taken to the vet in April 2020 because it was struggling to breathe.  Its condition got worse in the following days and the kitten had to […]

Over 20,000 children fell off the school register


More than 75,000 children are being home schooled this year with over 20,000 children falling off the school roll amid the Covid pandemic.  An estimated 75,668 children and young people are being home educated across England, according to figures gathered on the first school census day of the 2020/21 academic year. This represents an increase of […]

Covid-19: Medical research charities lose nearly £300million since start of the pandemic


Medical research charities have lost nearly £300million since the start of the Covid pandemic, MPs were told today. Experts fear the blackhole will threaten the development of future treatments for all diseases, including dementia and heart disease.  The Association of Medical Research Charities, which represents more than 150 non-profit organisations, has now appealed for emergency funding. […]

Science and need — not wealth or nationality — should guide vaccine allocation and prioritization, say experts — ScienceDaily


Ensuring COVID-19 vaccine access for refugee and displaced populations, and addressing health inequities, is vital for an effective pandemic response. Yet, vaccine allocation and distribution has been neither equitable nor inclusive, despite that global leaders have stressed this as a critical aspect to globally overcoming the pandemic, according to a paper published by Columbia University […]

Just 32 Britons have been hospitalised with coronavirus after being vaccinated


Just 32 people in the UK were hospitalised with Covid after receiving a vaccination for the virus, according to ‘extraordinary’ real-world data.  Figures due to be handed to Government advisers today show inoculated people made up a tiny fraction of the thousands of people admitted with the virus in recent months. The research by the UK […]

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


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

Boris Johnson to hold 5pm Covid press conference amid growing concerns over Indian variant


Boris Johnson will hold his first press conference in two weeks tonight amid growing concerns about the Indian coronavirus variant.  The Prime Minister is due to appear in Downing Street‘s new briefing room at 5pm after coming under fire for taking too long to ban travel to India.   No10 only announced India was being added […]

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 […]

Boris Johnson CANCELS trip to India amid surging coronavirus cases and alarm about new variant 


India is being added to the UK’s travel ‘red list’ after Boris Johnson cancelled his visit amid surging coronavirus cases and alarm about a new variant. Matt Hancock told MPs today that the government had made the ‘difficult’ decision to place the country in the highest level of restrictions from 4am on Friday.  Some 103 cases […]

Britain records just FOUR Covid deaths in lowest daily toll since September


Britain today announced four coronavirus deaths in the lowest daily count since September 7 — when just three victims were added to the official toll. Department of Health figures showed there were also 2,963 new infections in the past 24 hours, down 17 per cent on last week’s figure of 3,568.  Today’s Covid deaths are the lowest […]

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 […]

Gjestet e bebes që mund t’ju ndihmojnë t’i kuptoni ndjenjat dhe emocionet e tyre


Shumica e të rriturve beson se fëmijët e vegjël komunikojnë vetëm me anë të të qarit Është e vërtetë se nënat e reja, pas disa javësh të jetës së fëmijës, sipas të qarit e dinë saktësisht se kur fëmija është i uritur, kur e mundojnë ngërçet në stomak, kur e pengojnë pelenat po kur ndjehet […]

Covid-19 UK: Nearly half of over-50s refuse the coronavirus vaccine in parts of England


More than half of people in England are now living in areas that are almost entirely free of coronavirus and have vaccine uptake rates above 90 per cent, MailOnline can reveal today in a fascinating set of interactive tools. Latest NHS England figures show nationally 89 per cent of over-50s had received at least one […]

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


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

A novel, quick, and easy system for genetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 — ScienceDaily


SARS-CoV-2 is the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that mutations in the genome of SARS-CoV-2 have occurred and spread, but what effect do those mutations have? Current methods for studying mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 genome are very complicated and time-consuming because coronaviruses have large genomes, but now a team from Osaka University […]

An evolutionary history of compromises — ScienceDaily


Evolutionary anthropologists from the University of Vienna and colleagues now present evidence for a different explanation, published in PNAS. A larger bony pelvic canal is disadvantageous for the pelvic floor’s ability to support the fetus and the inner organs and predisposes one to incontinence. The human pelvis is simultaneously subject to obstetric selection, favoring a […]

Second vaccine important for those who have not had COVID-19 to reach strong immunity — ScienceDaily


People who have recovered from COVID-19 had a robust antibody response after the first mRNA vaccine dose, but little immune benefit after the second dose, according to new research from the Penn Institute of Immunology. The findings, published today in Science Immunology, suggest only a single vaccine dose may be needed to produce a sufficient […]

Scientists generate human-monkey chimeric embryos — ScienceDaily


Investigators in China and the United States have injected human stem cells into primate embryos and were able to grow chimeric embryos for a significant period of time — up to 20 days. The research, despite its ethical concerns, has the potential to provide new insights into developmental biology and evolution. It also has implications […]

Covid-19 UK: NHS waiting list hits ANOTHER record-high amid pandemic, official figures show


Boris Johnson today said the NHS would ‘get all the funding it needs’ to get through the Covid backlog as the number of people on the waiting list hit a record 4.7million. The Prime Minister pledged to help the health service back to its feet as data for England today showed that 400,000 people have […]

Coronavirus: One in 10 positive lateral flow tests in England turn out wrong when people retest


At least one in 10 positive results given by rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests were wrong in March, Public Health England has admitted. Since self-testing kits were put into mass use when schools in England reopened last month, 3,248 positive results have been found to be false by follow-up swab tests.  The controversial kits, which have […]

Covid-19: More than half of the UK has antibodies but scientists warn earlier immunity is fading


Covid antibody levels have stopped rising in older people, as official figures show Britain may still be way off herd immunity.    More than half of all adults tested positive for virus-fighting antibodies in the week ending March 28 — but the figure is unchanged on the last update a fortnight ago.  And rates are actually […]

Stress does not lead to loss of self-control in eating disorders — ScienceDaily


A unique residential study has concluded that, contrary to perceived wisdom, people with eating disorders do not lose self-control — leading to binge-eating — in response to stress. The findings of the Cambridge-led research are published today in the Journal of Neuroscience. People who experience bulimia nervosa and a subset of those affected by anorexia […]

165 new cancer genes identified with the help of machine learning — ScienceDaily


A new algorithm can predict which genes cause cancer, even if their DNA sequence is not changed. A team of researchers in Berlin combined a wide variety of data, analyzed it with “Artificial Intelligence” and identified numerous cancer genes. This opens up new perspectives for targeted cancer therapy in personalized medicine and for the development […]

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 […]

Experts are worried that using the Body Mass Index is not a fat lot of good 


During a year of grim statistics, it was one of the grimmest. Launching its £10 million anti-obesity strategy last summer, Public Health England (PHE) warned that being severely obese could increase the chance of death in those who caught Covid-19 by up to 90 per cent. Shedding excess pounds, PHE advised, was one of most […]

Biologists investigate effects of bisphenols on nerve cells — ScienceDaily


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

Britain’s Covid cases drop by 13% in a week to 4,654 while deaths rise slightly to 23


Britain’s daily Covid cases have dropped 13 per cent in a week with 4,654 more infections today, official figures have revealed.  Deaths have risen slightly to 23 — up from 17 last Monday. But the Department of Health’s official fatality toll relies on registrations, meaning day-to-day counts can fluctuate.  Experts would be baffled by any […]

Scadal as Lighthouse Covid lab in Milton Keynes ‘processed hundreds of contaminated samples’


A Covid testing lab at the heart of the UK’s swabbing scheme processed potentially hundreds of contaminated samples every day, an undercover probe has claimed. A BBC Panorama investigation found a number of safety breaches and failings at the Lighthouse Lab in Milton Keynes during the second wave.  Lab workers had rushed vital checks, discarded […]

UK’s ‘wall of vaccination’ against Covid is ‘leaky’, Professor Chris Whitty says


Britain’s ‘wall of vaccination’ against Covid is ‘leaky’ because jabs aren’t 100 per cent effective and millions have still yet to be fully inoculated, Professor Chris Whitty warned tonight. England’s chief medical officer acknowledged the wall — designed to stop the NHS from being overwhelmed and thousands from dying in the event of a third […]

How to defuse the male fertility timebomb


Could a toxic soup of chemicals in everyday life be destroying men’s ability to father children?  That is the latest claim from a U.S. expert, Dr Shanna Swan, who made headlines in 2017 with research that suggested human sperm counts are plummeting. Dr Swan, a professor of environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn […]

Why washing your weekly shopping probably does nothing to protect you from Covid


Be honest. Are you still washing your grocery shopping? Along with bulk-buying loo roll, it always seemed like Covid overkill to me. But I know a fair few people (even doctors) who, back in the early days of the pandemic, did do it, ‘just to be on the safe side’. My mum’s shielding neighbours took […]

BDA fury as dentists told to ‘get back to 60% of pre-Covid patient numbers or face NHS funding cut’


Dentists have been warned their NHS funding will be cut if they can’t get back to 60 per cent of their pre-Covid patient numbers over spring and summer. The British Dental Association (BDA) slammed No10’s ‘perverse’ target, which require clinics to get closer to normal patient numbers if they want to get paid. Social distancing […]

Covid-19 UK: Minister admits £37billion Test and Trace is ‘not perfect’


No10 today leapt to the defence of Test and Trace after another study poked holes in the flawed £37billion system.   Apprenticeships and Skills minister Gillian Keegan admitted the programme was ‘not perfect’ and relied on people ‘doing the right thing’. But she dismissed criticisms of the contact-tracing regime, arguing it was ‘certainly a very effective system’ […]

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


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

Covid UK: Record 404,922 people given second vaccine dose on Wednesday


UK dishes out record 400,000 second doses of Covid vaccines as figures show England has now reached 93% of all over-50s 404,922 people given second shot on Wednesday, up from 270,000 day prior NHS also administered 241,000 first doses, taking total jabs deployed to 35.6m Marks the second day in a row more follow-up shots […]

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


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

Coronavirus: US health chiefs row back on bold claim that ‘vaccinated people do not carry the virus’


America’s top health agency has rowed back on a bold claim made by its director that ‘vaccinated people do not carry the virus’. Dr Rochelle Walensky, chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a TV interview this week: ‘Vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don’t get sick, and that is […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Stand on one leg to brush your teeth!


My son Daniel revels in it, but for me, that daily shower — or rather, the 40-second blast of pure cold water at the end — is something I rather dread. Of course, the discomfort is momentary, and afterwards I feel alert and ready for the day.  This is one of ten really simple things, […]

DR ELLIE CANNON: Help! Sex is painful at 72 but I can’t take HRT pills to cure it


I am 72, very fit and active, and recently met someone I’d like to have a relationship with – but I’m finding sex painful. My GP says HRT is the only thing that will help, but I can’t take it as I have a family history of breast cancer. What can I do? Pain during […]

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 […]

‘Out-dated’ social distancing measures will not protect you from Covid-19


Floor tiles, signs and posters urge us to ‘KEEP A SOCIAL DISTANCE’, while arcane one-way systems stop us from passing one another. Sinks have been taped up, just in case we get too close while carrying out all-important hand-washing, as have some of the urinals in the men’s loo, presumably to mitigate the Covid risk of […]

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 […]

Britons will be allowed to holiday in countries with high vaccination rates, PM to announce


What will Boris Johnson announce at today’s 5pm press conference? The next step of easing lockdown will go ahead as planned: The PM is expected to confirm that non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and libraries will reopen from April 12 while pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers outdoors.  A mass-testing scheme: Everyone in […]

Health minister defends use of controversial lateral flow tests in No10’s new twice-a-week plan


Experts today lined up to attack Number 10 for a bold new plan to screen the entire nation for coronavirus twice a week using lateral flow tests. Critics of the controversial kits – which offer results in half an hour – called the scheme ‘beyond reckless’, a ‘public health disaster’ and a ‘scandalous’ waste of […]

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 […]

Under-40s could be asked to take an alternative Covid vaccine over AstraZeneca blood clots fears


AstraZeneca‘s Covid vaccine may also be restricted for under-40s when Britain’s immunisation drive moves down to younger age groups, it was claimed today.  Medical watchdogs will assess data on the jab’s links to extremely rare blood clots in ‘scrupulous detail’ in order to paint a clearer picture on the exact risk-benefit ratio. They have already […]

Are my blocked gut and hair loss linked? DR MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions


My hair has been falling out for well over a year, even though I’ve spoken to a trichologist. Two years ago I became constipated and, after trying various medications, my consultant says there is nothing more he can do. Is my hair loss caused by my poor bowel health? Pauline Tuckley, via email. The two […]

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 […]

Boris confirms shops CAN reopen on Monday – but is lockdown roadmap in doubt?


The government was today accused of deploying ‘Project Fear’ tactics and doomsday worst case scenarios to justify prolonging coronavirus restrictions – despite the government’s own predictions showing that any third wave of coronavirus this summer is likely to be manageable. A third wave of Covid when restrictions are lifted in June is likely to be […]

Artificial Intelligence could ‘crack the language of cancer and Alzheimer’s’ — ScienceDaily


Powerful algorithms used by Netflix, Amazon and Facebook can ‘predict’ the biological language of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, scientists have found. Big data produced during decades of research was fed into a computer language model to see if artificial intelligence can make more advanced discoveries than humans. Academics based at St John’s College, […]

Functional PLD3 protein is linked to fewer beta-amyloid plaques and less cognitive decline in patients — ScienceDaily


A rare and controversial mutation in the phospholipase D3 (PLD3) protein — previously linked to Alzheimer’s disease — interferes with PLD3’s vital recycling function inside neurons. Matthew Schrag of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and colleagues report these new findings in a paper published April 8th in PLOS Genetics. About 1 percent of people with Alzheimer’s […]

More than HALF of people who test positive for Covid have no symptoms


More than half of people who test positive for Covid in the UK suffer no symptoms, official figures revealed today. Office for National Statistics data showed 53 per cent of those diagnosed with the virus said they had no warning signs — including a fever or cough.  The survey — which looked at 10,000 people […]

Blood test for depression, bipolar disorder — ScienceDaily


Worldwide, 1 in 4 people will suffer from a depressive episode in their lifetime. While current diagnosis and treatment approaches are largely trial and error, a breakthrough study by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers sheds new light on the biological basis of mood disorders, and offers a promising blood test aimed at a precision […]

Moti i ndryshueshëm ju prish humorin dhe gjumin. Çfarë mund të bësh?


Është rrënjosur një mendim që ditët e zymta na bëjnë të ndihemi në humor të keq, por ka edhe shpjegime shkencore pse moti i keq dhe shiu ndikojnë negativisht te ne Sipas hulumtimit të psikologut klinik nga San Francisco, Tecsia Evans, pothuajse 9% e të anketuarve bëjnë pjesë në kategorinë e “njerëzve që s’ e […]

Best work-from-home products we tested


(CNN) —   CNN Underscored is constantly testing products — be it coffee makers or headphones — to find the absolute best in each respective category. Our testing process is rigorous, consisting of hours of research (consulting experts, reading editorial reviews and perusing user ratings) to find the top products in each category. Once we […]

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 […]

An educator in Mexico is inspiring children to protect nature


Not Maritza Morales Casanova. Morales Casanova grew up in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. An area of rich and vibrant biodiversity, it’s home to more than 7,300 animal species and over 2,300 plant varieties, some of which are found only here and nowhere else. However, the Yucatán ecosystem is threatened by land clearance for farming. Having witnessed […]

Democrats now at odds over whether to immediately seek postmaster general’s ouster


Changes made to the Postal Service under DeJoy, the US postmaster general and major donor to former President Donald Trump, sparked outrage last year when critics blamed him for the slowdown of mail delivery ahead of the critical November election. Democrats linked DeJoy to Trump’s anti-mail-in voting rhetoric and accused him of attempting to sabotage […]

San Francisco poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Lights bookstore founder, has died aged 101


Written by Oscar Holland, CNN Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the Beat poet, publisher and founder of San Francisco’s beloved City Lights bookstore, has died aged 101. He passed away from lung disease on Monday evening, confirmed the store’s vice president and director of marketing and publicity, Stacey Lewis. One of the last surviving members of the Beat […]

Takeaways from the Senate hearing on the US Capitol attack


Lawmakers grilled former US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, former House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving and former Senate sergeant-at-arms Michael C. Stenger, who all resigned after the attack. Also testifying was Michael Contee, the acting chief of local police in Washington DC. Here are five takeaways from the Senate hearing. One of the most stunning revelations […]

Fauci says CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people could come soon


UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock is seen during a visit to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, on February 17. Molly Darlington/WPA Pool/Getty Images “New variant” cases of Covid-19 are falling across the UK, according to the country’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, who credits extra border measures for the drop. British people arriving home […]

Best credit cards for Amazon


(CNN) —   CNN Underscored reviews financial products such as credit cards and bank accounts based on their overall value. We may receive a commission through the LendingTree affiliate network if you apply and are approved for a card, but our reporting is always independent and objective. People are shopping at Amazon more than ever, […]

Claudette Colvin: How Black women and girls have been excluded from civil rights history


In March 1955, the 15-year-old was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a White person on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. The teenager and others challenged the law in court. But civil rights leaders, pointing to circumstances in Colvin’s personal life, thought that Parks would be the better representative of the movement. […]

Ingenuity helicopter phones home from Mars


If successful, Ingenuity will be the first helicopter to fly on another planet, leading to an “extraterrestrial Wright Brothers moment,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. The rover landed safely on the surface of Mars Thursday after launching from Earth on July 30. Perseverance has already sent back an impressive set […]

Best ring lights 2021 – CNN Underscored


(CNN) —   Ring lights are exactly what they sound like: a strip of LEDs built into a halo apparatus that provides flattering light without creating shadows or harsh lines. Early ring lights were typically designed to have the camera or smartphone sit in the middle of the light. This was to both minimize shadows […]

Opinion: Joe Manchin’s realism is just what the country needs


Sen. Joe Manchin, widely viewed as the most conservative Democrat in the now 50-50 US Senate, has announced he will support the budget resolution on Covid-19 relief being introduced by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders. In so doing, Manchin has laid down a marker: he is with his party at the beginning of this […]

How to help and get help


Arts and culture How to give American Guild of Musical Arts Relief Fund: The AGMA is a labor union that represents artists involved in America’s operatic, choral and dance heritages. Their relief fund will support members who have lost opportunities and income during the coronavirus crisis. Broadway Cares: This non-profit helps vulnerable people in the […]

Kitchen Organization Ideas – CNN Underscored


(CNN) —   Of all of the rooms in our home, we spend a good majority of our time in the kitchen. This is always true, but particularly so during a pandemic. Since we can’t dine indoors in many cities and takeout options may be limited, more people are trying their own chef skills. However, […]

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: Why ‘It’s a Sin’ resonates for the Covid generation


“It’s a Sin” isn’t a show about the current Covid-19 pandemic. It’s about the last great pandemic to engulf Britain and America: the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 1990s. It’s the creation of Russell T. Davies, the showrunner behind the 2005 revival of “Dr Who” and 1999’s “Queer as Folk.” Now he’s retelling the […]

Home products to make you happy


(CNN) —   Home is where the heart is… and where we currently spend the vast majority of our time. In addition to navigating an ongoing global pandemic, the winter is also a time when hibernation is normal. However, endless hours spent underneath the same roof and the same four walls can make anyone grow […]