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


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

Coronavirus England: Death rates ‘twice as high in Muslims as in Christians,’ ONS data shows


Muslims died of Covid at more than twice the rate of Christians in England, official data shows.  Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures released today show 4,191 Muslims died with the virus up to February 28. The religious group was by far the worst affected in the country, with Muslim men having a death rate […]

What does your voice say about you? Links between personality and vocal characteristics — ScienceDaily


Everyone has at some point been charmed by the sound of a person’s voice: but can we believe our ears? What can a voice really reveal about our character? Now an international research team led by the University of Göttingen has shown that people seem to express at least some aspects of their personality with […]

New mothers twice as likely to have post-natal depression in lockdown, study finds — ScienceDaily


Almost half (47.5%) of women with babies aged six months or younger met the threshold for postnatal depression during the first COVID-19 lockdown, more than double average rates for Europe before the pandemic (23%), finds a new study led by UCL researchers. Women described feelings of isolation, exhaustion, worry, inadequacy, guilt, and increased stress. Many […]

Many people could reduce their ‘feeding window’ by three hours — ScienceDaily


A new study from the University of Surrey has revealed ‘real world’ factors that influence people’s interest in adopting a dietary pattern called time-restricted feeding. According to NHS England, 67 per cent of men and 60 per cent of women in the UK are overweight or obese — with more than 11,000 yearly hospital admissions […]

Our quick scan of a crowd isn’t as reliable as we think, new research suggests — ScienceDaily


You enter a room and quickly scan the crowd to gain a sense of who’s there — how many men versus women. How reliable is your estimate? Not very, according to new research from Duke University. In an experimental study, researchers found that participants consistently erred in estimating the proportion of men and women in […]

No difference between those who did and didn’t take these drugs for 1-2 years — ScienceDaily


Long term use of prescription meds for insomnia doesn’t seem to improve disturbed sleep in middle-aged women, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. There was no difference in sleep quality or duration between those who did and didn’t take these meds for 1 to 2 years, the findings show. Disturbed sleep — […]

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


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

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


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

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


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

It happens during and after birth — ScienceDaily


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

Sleeping pills DON’T work as a long-term cure for insomnia, study reveals


Sleeping pills fail to work as a long-term cure for insomnia, a study reveals. Clinical trials have previously indicated the drugs may aid sleep difficulties for up to six months. But researchers say doctors and patients should reconsider their extended use after finding they make no difference after one or two years. They assessed data […]

Postnatal depression was TWICE as common among mothers caring for new babies during lockdown


Mothers who were caring for a new baby during lockdown were twice as likely to be struck by post-natal depression, according to a study.  University College London experts surveyed 162 London-based women with infants younger than six months old between May and June last year. Almost half (47 per cent) said they were suffering from […]

Asthma attacks plummeted among Black and Hispanic/Latinx individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic — ScienceDaily


Asthma attacks account for almost 50 percent of the cost of asthma care which totals $80 billion each year in the United States. Asthma is more severe in Black and Hispanic/Latinx patients, with double the rates of attacks and hospitalizations as the general population. When the COVID-19 pandemic swept over the United States, a series […]

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


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

‘I went through the menopause at 13’: Woman tells her moving story in a new TV show


For a teenager, it was an unexpected and shocking diagnosis: blood tests and an ultrasound confirmed that, at 13, Hayley Cockman had gone into premature menopause. Her periods had stopped within a year of starting, and then symptoms such as night sweats, hot flushes and poor concentration kicked in. ‘At school, I’d be sitting in […]

A brisk stroll is as effective at getting you in shape as jogging, expert says


Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been one pastime that people have been able to indulge in more than normal. Walking. A recent survey for Transport for London showed 57 per cent of people have been walking more than normal, and other surveys indicate it’s one lockdown habit that people intend to keep […]

Doctors operate to save baby her from spina bifida before she was even born


Her name, perfectly chosen by her adoring parents, is short for the Spanish word for miracle. And little Mila is indeed extraordinary.  For this blue-eyed baby girl, cradled happily in her mother’s arms, is an astonishing testament to the powers of modern medicine as one of just a few dozen babies worldwide to have undergone […]

Many young people turn monosyllabic when they hit puberty


Mumbling and grunting teenagers are the butt of jokes. Overnight, it seems, many become monosyllabic once they hit puberty, transformed into the TV teen characters Kevin and Perry. This can leave parents feeling exasperated, wondering where their chatty, friendly child has gone, and whether he or she will return. But why does it happen? And […]

Why are incontinence patients being denied life changing BOTOX injections?


For millions of Britons it is a secret they dare not discuss. A problem they put up with, silently, often for decades. Incontinence will affect 40 per cent of women, and one in ten men at some point in their lives. And it’s not simply an embarrassing inconvenience: it can leave sufferers near-housebound for fear […]

Why are incontinence patients being denied life changing BOTOX injections?


For millions of Britons it is a secret they dare not discuss. A problem they put up with, silently, often for decades. Incontinence will affect 40 per cent of women, and one in ten men at some point in their lives. And it’s not simply an embarrassing inconvenience: it can leave sufferers near-housebound for fear […]

Why are incontinence patients being denied life changing BOTOX injections?


For millions of Britons it is a secret they dare not discuss. A problem they put up with, silently, often for decades. Incontinence will affect 40 per cent of women, and one in ten men at some point in their lives. And it’s not simply an embarrassing inconvenience: it can leave sufferers near-housebound for fear […]

‘Amazing’ results with new breast cancer drug


Women with incurable breast cancer have been thrown fresh hope thanks to a ‘mind-blowing’ new drug that holds the disease at bay for more than twice as long as previous treatments. The medication can halt progression for two years, compared to just nine months with previous options, according to the latest trial results. The drug, […]

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 […]

DR ELLIE CANNON: Who will end my son’s 24-year migraine misery?  


My 33-year-old son has suffered migraines since he was nine. Attacks usually last three to four hours and symptoms include vomiting with extreme headache and light sensitivity, followed by about 20 hours of sleep.  Over the years we’ve seen GPs and he’s been advised to take paracetamol, which he can’t even keep down. One attack lasted […]

Scientists insist a woman’s fertility doesn’t always fall off a cliff after 35


One of the UK’s top fertility experts has hit out at older celebrity mothers who ‘mislead’ women into thinking having a baby in their 40s is easy. In March, BBC presenter Christine Lampard, 42, became the latest in a line of famous faces to give birth in their 40s, following the likes of Nicole Kidman, […]

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


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

Boris Johnson will confirm hugs from Monday at 5pm briefing


Britain’s Covid alert level was downgraded to three today because of the success of the vaccination roll-out and dwindling case numbers. Health chiefs say infections, hospital admissions and deaths have ‘fallen consistently’ over the past few months, with social distancing measures and the huge inoculation drive to thank. The move to downgrade the alert level […]

Women who plan to have a C section are no more likely to suffer poor outcomes


Planned caesareans pose no bigger threat than vaginal deliveries for either mother or baby, according to a study. NHS doctors tend to only carry out the major procedure if it is considered the safest option because it carries several risks. But Canadian researchers have now challenged the claims, finding that it may even be better […]

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


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

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


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