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25 Countries With the Best Covid-19 Vaccination Rates in the World

The world’s covid-19 vaccination rate stands at just 13.4%, a stubbornly low number that needs to improve before we can declare the coronavirus pandemic behind us. But some countries have done exceedingly well at getting their populations protected.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Articles, Medical Research, Social Issues, Vaccination, Astrazeneca, Biotechnology, Covid 19 Vaccine, Covid 19 Pandemic, Health Medical Pharma, Oxfordastrazeneca Covid 19 Vaccine, Covid 19 Vaccination In Sweden, Covid 19 Vaccination In Mexico


UK scientists back Covid boosters as study finds post-jab falls in antibodies

Exclusive: Waning antibody levels are possible warning sign of lower protection in months after vaccination Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have backed proposals for Covid boosters in the autumn after blood tests on hundreds of people revealed that protective antibodies can wane substantially within weeks of second vaccine shots being given.Falls in antibodies after vaccination are expected and do not necessarily mean people are more vulnerable to disease, ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, UCL (University College London, Coronavirus


Lockdowns do not harm health more than Covid, say researchers

Little evidence that social restrictions during the pandemic have added to rates of death and ill-healthCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSince early in the coronavirus pandemic, critics of unprecedented lockdown measures seen worldwide have argued that these interventions cause more harm than the disease itself. But an analysis of global health data suggests there is little evidence to support the idea that the cure is worse than the disease.The analysis, published in ...
Tags: Health, Science, World news, Medical Research, Health policy, BMJ Global Health, Coronavirus


Masks, hugs and hand washing: 18 new rules for protecting yourself and others

When should you open the windows, wear a mask and take a lateral flow test? As we enter the ‘personal responsibility’ era, here’s an expert guideFreedom day is here, at least for those of us who live in England, and we’re back in the place nobody wants to be. On one hand: yay, freedom. On the other: an uneasy sense that the relaxation of restrictions has very little to do with the data, and very much more to do with a government that is bored of imposing Covid-related restrictions.So we arrive o...
Tags: Health, England, Science, London, Society, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Sheffield, Vaccines and immunisation, University College, Debora Robertson, Coronavirus, Christina Pagel, Greg Fell


UK trial aims to find hidden lung damage caused by long Covid

Study is part of £20m research drive that scientists hope will end stigma around the conditionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA clinical trial has been launched to detect currently invisible lung damage in people with long Covid, as part of a £20m research drive that scientists hope will end stigma around the condition.Patients still suffering breathlessness will be drawn from long Covid clinics in Sheffield, Manchester and Cardiff to undergo special scans using xenon...
Tags: Health, UK, UK News, Medical Research, Manchester, Sheffield, Cardiff, Sheffield Manchester, Coronavirus


iAge: predicting health with your “inflammatory age”

Stanford scientists have found a more accurate way to measure a person's biological age based on a blood protein marker.The marker indicates a person's level of inflammation, which is the driver of many age-related conditions.A person's "iAge" more accurately predicts their health than their chronological age. According to biologist David Furman of Stanford University, "Every year, the calendar tells us we're a year older. But not all humans age biologically at the same rate. You see this in th...
Tags: Health, Stanford, Aging, Medical Research, Innovation, Keith Richards, Bologna Italy, Inflammation, Furman, Human body, Iage, David Furman, Stanford University Every


Long Covid has more than 200 symptoms, study finds

Calls for national screening programme as symptoms revealed range from brain fog to tinnitusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe largest ever international study of people with long Covid has identified more than 200 symptoms and prompted researchers to call for a national screening programme.The study found the myriad symptoms of long Covid – from brain fog and hallucinations to tremors and tinnitus – spanned 10 of the body’s organ systems, and a third of the symptoms...
Tags: Health, Science, UK News, World news, Hospitals, Heart Disease, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Doctors, Health policy, Gps, Coronavirus, COVID, Long Covid


Alcohol caused 740,000 cancer cases globally last year – study

Researchers behind estimate say more needs to be done to raise public awareness of linkAlcohol is estimated to have caused more than 740,000 cancer cases around the world last year, and experts say more needs to be done to highlight the link.There is strong evidence that alcohol consumption can cause various cancers including those of the breast, liver, colon, rectum, oropharynx, larynx and oesophagus. Research suggests that even low levels of drinking can increase the risk. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Breast Cancer, Alcohol, Cancer, Research, Society, Medical Research


Health campaigners call for an end to the use of the word leper

Derogatory use of the “L-word” has increased during Covid and is said to be further marginalising people with the curable diseaseHealth campaigners are calling for an end to the use of the word leper, saying the language frequently used by politicians and others during the pandemic has made people with leprosy even more marginalised.The metaphor of the socially outcast “leper” has been used often, whether in media reports on stigma against early Covid-19 patients or by politicians in Italy and B...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Philippines, Italy, Microbiology, Global development, Brazil, World Health Organization


Flu jab may reduce severe effects of Covid, suggests study

Analysis of 75,000 coronavirus patients found fewer major health problems among people with flu jabCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople who are vaccinated against influenza may be partly protected against some of the severe effects of coronavirus, and be less likely to need emergency care, according to a major study.The analysis of nearly 75,000 Covid patients found significant reductions in stroke, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and sepsis, and fewer admissions to emer...
Tags: Health, UK News, Medical Research, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Freedom day? Boris Johnson faces a tough call as Covid cases soar

The prime minister seems intent on lifting England’s remaining Covid restrictions on 19 July. But many in the NHS fear it could be overwhelmed – and tourist hotspots are fearful tooCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWith foreign holidays still in doubt and Cornwall filling up by the day, Jessica Webb has a unique perspective on “freedom day”. With her sister, Naomi, and her father, Spence, she helps run Falmouth Surf School and Watersports on Maenporth beach. Bookings fo...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, England, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Cornwall, Boris Johnson, Jessica, Naomi, Spence, Coronavirus


Is it wise to lift England’s Covid restrictions fully?

The cases for and against the final easing of rules on ‘freedom day’ of 19 JulyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAt the start of this pandemic, one key ethical justification for restrictions was to protect the NHS from being overwhelmed. Yet, despite rapidly rising cases, the number of patients in hospital with Covid has remained relatively low (similar to the start of October). It is clear that the vaccination programme is reducing deaths and hospital admissions from C...
Tags: Health, England, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Coronavirus, COVID


‘I felt betrayed’: how Covid research could help patients living with chronic fatigue syndrome

People with ME/CFS face debilitating symptoms but often feel dismissed by doctors. The focus on long Covid could help change that In the fall of 2016, Ashanti Daniel, a nurse in Beverly Hills, California, went to an infectious disease physician looking for answers about a weird illness she couldn’t shake. After falling sick with a virus four months earlier, she still felt too tired to stand up in the shower.The appointment lasted five minutes, she said. The doctor didn’t do a physical exam or ch...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, US healthcare, Beverly Hills California, Coronavirus, Ashanti Daniel


Cambridge hospital’s mask upgrade appears to eliminate Covid-19 risk to staff

Use of FFP3 respirators on coronavirus units at Addenbrooke’s ‘may have cut ward-based infection to zero’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn NHS hospital that upgraded the type of face masks used by staff on Covid-19 wards recorded a dramatic fall of up to 100% in hospital-acquired coronavirus infections among those workers, research has indicated.Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge upgraded the masks from fluid resistant surgical masks (FRSMs) to filtering face piece...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Cambridge, Addenbrooke, Coronavirus


‘I struggle every day with the loss of my former life’: what it’s like to live with chronic pain

Long Covid is highlighting conditions that have been around much longer than the pandemic. Ten readers share their experiences“The endless cycle of seeing doctors and never seeing any change or improvement” is how one 43-year-old woman from the US described what it’s like to live with chronic overlapping pain conditions. Long Covid has helped highlight issues surrrounding chronic illness but many people around the world have had to cope with debilitating symptoms of chronic pain for years, often...
Tags: Health, Congress, US, Medical Research, Back Pain, Fibromyalgia, Endometriosis, US Institute of Medicine, ME / Chronic fatigue syndrome, Long Covid


Why women are more likely to suffer from long Covid | Susan Evans and Mark Hutchinson

Men are more likely to die from the coronavirus but for women, a stronger immune system comes at a priceWhen Covid-19 burst into our world, the initial focus was on how to prevent death. Older men were more likely to die from the virus than young people or women, and it became clear that not all humans suffered or died at an equal rate. Covid-19 infection was fatal in some and asymptomatic in others.Throughout human evolution, this has been the situation. A new infectious threat arises, and huma...
Tags: Health, Gender, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Women's Health, Immunology, Mark Hutchinson, Susan Evans, Coronavirus, Long Covid


Mixing Covid vaccines offers strong immune protection – study

Oxford researchers say having AstraZeneca then Pfizer jabs is almost as potent as two shots of Pfizer Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHaving different Covid vaccines for first and second shots produces a strong immune response to the virus, according to research that will help improve the resilience of vaccine programmes around the world.Scientists in Oxford looked at the impact of a mix-and-match approach to vaccinations where people were given either the standard tw...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Scientists develop wireless pacemaker that dissolves in body

Technology could be used for patients who need only temporary help to regulate their heartbeatA wireless pacemaker that can dissolve in the body has been created for patients who need only temporary help to regulate their heartbeat.Since the first pacemaker was implanted in 1958, millions of people have benefited from the devices. According to the national audit for cardiac rhythm management, 32,902 pacemakers were implanted for the first time in the UK in the year 2018-19 alone. Continue readin...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, World news, Heart Disease, Medical Research, Heart Attack


Scientists build wireless pacemaker that dissolves in body

Technology could be used for patients who only need temporary help to regulate their heartbeatA wireless pacemaker that can dissolve in the body has been created for patients who only need temporary help to regulate their heartbeat.Since the first pacemaker was implanted in 1958, millions of people have benefited from the devices. According to the national audit for cardiac rhythm management, 32,902 pacemakers were implanted for the first time in the UK in the year 2018-19 alone. Continue readin...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, World news, Heart Disease, Medical Research, Heart Attack


Sufferers of chronic pain have long been told it’s all in their head. We now know that’s wrong

In the first of a series looking at chronic pain and long Covid, Linda Geddes explores the growing realisation that pain can be a disease in and of itself – and the pandemic could be making it worse‘Health systems should be prepared’: doctors brace for tsunami of long CovidIt started with headaches and neck pain, but no sooner had Tricia Kalinowski’s physiotherapist come up with a strategy to tackle these problems, then another area of her body would start to hurt: her lower back, her hip or her...
Tags: Health, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Women's Health, Back Pain, Fibromyalgia, Endometriosis, Kalinowski, Coronavirus, MINNEAPOLIS US, Linda Geddes, Long Covid, Tricia Kalinowski


Covid live news: Luxembourg PM ‘tests positive for Covid’; UK records 14,876 new cases

Xavier Bettel in isolation after self-test result, according to reports; UK’s daily cases figure falls slightly from SaturdayScientist warns of spread of Delta variant across EuropeSouth Africa expected to tighten Covid rules as third wave gathers paceAustralia: NSW reports 30 new infectionsSports fans in UK warned: you will be guinea pigs at summer eventsSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.00pm BST The UK has administered a total of 76,774,990 Covid vaccinations (44,314,799 of which were fir...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Luxembourg, NSW, XAVIER BETTEL, Bettel, Coronavirus, SaturdayScientist, EuropeSouth Africa, BST Luxembourg


Covid live news: half of all adults in England under 30 now jabbed; Delta variant warning for Europe

More than 4.2 million people aged between 18 and 29 in England have received vaccine; scientist warns of spread of Delta variant across EuropeDelta Covid variant may be edging race against vaccinesAustralia: NSW reports 30 new infectionsSports fans in UK warned: you will be guinea pigs at summer eventsThe Oxford vaccine: the trials and tribulations of a world-saving jabSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.27pm BST Covid has hit South Africa’s preparations for the British and Irish Lions tour a...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, England, Science, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, UK News, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Johannesburg, Jakarta, Afp


Covid live news: half of all adults in England under 30 now jabbed

More than 4.2 million people aged between 18 and 29 have received coronavirus vaccine in the three weeks since programme beganAustralia: NSW reports 30 new infectionsThe Oxford vaccine: the trials and tribulations of a world-saving jabJakarta gravediggers chart Indonesia’s Covid battleWill vaccines protect us against the Delta variant?See all our coronavirus coverage 8.56am BST More than 4.2 million people aged between 18 and 29 years in England have received a Covid vaccine in the three wee...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Indonesia, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Oxford, NSW, Coronavirus


Covid-19 Vaccine Boosters May Be Needed for Some People Sooner Than Others

Covid-19 booster vaccines could eventually be needed for everyone, though some faster than others—at least, those are the apparent expectations coming from the World Health Organization. On Thursday, Reuters reported on WHO internal documents laying out their scenarios for the near future of the pandemic, including…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Medical Research, Vaccination, Who, World Health Organization, Pfizer, Vaccine, Melinda Gates, Clinical Trials, Gavi, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, Covax, Medical Specialties, Covid 19 Vaccine


99% of Americans Dying of Covid-19 Were Not Fully Vaccinated

The covid-19 pandemic has receded substantially in the U.S., thanks in part to a successful vaccine campaign. But a new report from the Associated Press released Thursday highlights a clear divide in the country: Americans are still getting seriously sick and dying from the viral illness, but the vast majority of this…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Cdc, Medical Research, Associated Press, Vaccine, Immunology, Rochelle Walensky, Medical Specialties, Covid 19 Vaccine, Health Medical Pharma, Covid 19 Vaccination In Bulgaria, Breakthrough Infection, Covid 19 Pandemic In The State Of Palestine, Sars Cov 2 Delta Variant


Covid news: UK removes quarantine requirement for arrivals from Balearics, Malta and some Caribbean islands

Latest updates: territories are added to UK’s green list or green watchlist, while more countries added to red listPortuguese PM hints at tighter Covid rules for tourists from UKPublic inquiry into Covid must begin now, says senior judgeNo 10 says mass event pilot findings will be published ‘shortly’Long Covid sufferers face new ordeals as sick pay runs outCoronavirus global updates – live 8.30pm BST We are awaiting an announcement from Wales on changes to its travel list. It is expected to...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Education, Law, Wales, Scotland, European Union, Travel & leisure, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland


UK Covid news: NI adds Balearics, Malta and some Caribbean islands to travel green list before England update

Latest updates: Northern Ireland makes announcement before update on England travel green listPortuguese PM hints at tighter Covid rules for tourists from UKPublic inquiry into Covid must begin now, says senior judgeNo 10 says mass event pilot findings will be published ‘shortly’Long Covid sufferers face new ordeals as sick pay runs outCoronavirus global updates – live 7.27pm BST The Scottish government has announced that Malta, Madeira, Barbados and the Balearic Islands are among the countr...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, England, Education, Law, Scotland, European Union, Travel & leisure, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland


UK Covid news: 16,703 new cases reported as government prepares to update foreign travel advice

Latest updates: new cases up by 44.8% on previous week; prime minister makes clear that travel ‘will be different’ before announcement on green listPortuguese PM hints at tighter Covid rules for tourists from UKPublic inquiry into Covid must begin now, says senior judgeNo 10 says mass event pilot findings will be published ‘shortly’Long Covid sufferers face new ordeals as sick pay runs outCoronavirus global updates – live 6.25pm BST Officials in Northern Ireland appear to have jumped the gun...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, England, Education, Law, Scotland, European Union, Travel & leisure, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland


Genetics of unexplained sudden cardiac arrest

Soccer player Christian Eriksen of Denmark recently collapsed on the field from a cardiac arrest. Thankfully, he survived. A new study examined the genetics underlying unexplained sudden cardiac death.About 20 percent of these unexplained deaths are likely due to genetics.The football world was rocked recently when Denmark's Christian Eriksen collapsed while suffering from cardiac arrest on the field during a European Championship match on June 12. The 29-year-old star has won the Danish Footba...
Tags: Health, South Korea, New York, Maryland, Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Medical Research, United States, Innovation, Denmark, Christian Eriksen, Derek, Eriksen, Albert Reece, University of Maryland School of Medicine


Finally, a scientific cure for the hiccups

Hiccups are an occasional annoyance to most people, but some get them frequently. Others suffer from episodes that last days, months, or even years.A new "suction and swallow" tool stops hiccups 92% of the time by activating the same muscles and nerves that are involved during the hiccup reflex arc.Although the new tool may be convenient, you can probably mimic its function with a glass of water and a straw. In 1922, an Iowa man named Charles Osborne was preparing to butcher a hog. As he was l...
Tags: Health, Science, Medical Research, Iowa, Innovation, Disease, Osborne, British Medical Journal, San Antonio, Alvarez, University of Texas Health Science Center, Human body, Charles Osborne, HiccAway



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