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Sajid Javid apologises for saying it was time to stop ‘cowering’ from Covid

Health secretary says sorry for ‘poor choice of word’ after backlash from bereaved familiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSajid Javid has apologised for saying it was time to stop “cowering” from Covid, after an outcry from families bereaved by the virus.On Saturday, the health secretary said on Twitter that he had recovered from coronavirus – which he contracted despite having had two doses of the vaccine. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Health policy, Sajid Javid, Javid, Coronavirus, COVID

Fears for Covid vaccine drive if second doses clash with boosters

Risk that low take-up by young will lead to crunch as older people get third shotCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHealth experts have warned the government that it needs to increase efforts to ensure more young adults are vaccinated against Covid-19 – as a matter of urgency.They fear the current low take-up of jabs among 18- to 25-year-olds could lead to a pile-up of vaccine campaigns in September, when other groups are scheduled to get booster injections and also to b...
Tags: Health, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Young People, Flu, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, COVID, Long Covid

Europe clamps down amid fears over rapid spread of Delta variant

Governments are launching de facto vaccine passport schemes as they try to head off a summer Covid wave like the UK’sCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWith the school term finally over, Britons are flying to Europe in their tens of thousands, record levels for this Covid year. They are arriving in countries where the Delta variant paralysing Britain is just becoming dominant – and Europe is responding by clamping down.Some countries have tightened border controls, with...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Greece, France, Germany, Spain, Society, World news, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Portugal, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Malta

How England’s ‘pingdemic’ took a heavy toll on the Tories

It was billed as a return to freedom, but the week ended with empty supermarket shelves and cancelled trains as many thousand workers – including the PM and chancellor – self-isolatedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLast weekend, as MPs prepared for their long summer holiday break from Westminster, a senior member of Boris Johnson’s cabinet had this to say about the Conservative government’s achievements in steering the country through the Covid-19 pandemic. “It seems ...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Opinion polls, Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, Focus, Coronavirus

Britain faces ‘decades of financial risk’ as £370bn pandemic bill mounts

MPs call for immediate inquiry into Covid response to learn the lessons of what went wrongCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTaxpayers will be left facing “significant financial risk for decades to come” because of the levels of emergency government spending on the pandemic, totalling more than £370bn, a powerful committee of MPs says today.In two separate reports, the all-party public accounts committee (PAC) paints a daunting picture of the lasting financial strain cau...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Tax and spending, Public finance, Britain, NHS, PAC, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus, COVID

Australian Medical Association says NSW Covid lockdown failing and urges change to AstraZeneca advice

Exclusive: Dr Omar Khorshid says Atagi advice must be changed given growing number of cases from Sydney outbreakFollow our Covid live blog for the latest updatesNSW restrictions; NSW hotspots; border restrictionsVaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Omar Khorshid, says it is unlikely lockdown measures can contain the Delta outbreak in New South Wales and has urged the Australian Technical Advisory Gro...
Tags: Health, Australia, Society, Australia news, Delta, New South Wales, Sydney, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Australian Medical Association, Coronavirus, COVID, Omar Khorshid

Rates of double-jabbed people in hospital will grow – but that does not mean Covid vaccines are failing

Several factors, including the portion of those at highest risk among the double-vaccinated and antibody levels, account for the dataCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe next wave of Covid will be different. When cases soared in spring and winter last year lockdowns rapidly brought them back under control. This time it will be vaccines that do the hard work. But Covid jabs are not a perfect shield. They slow the spread of the virus, help prevent disease, and reduce the...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus

Public consent for test and trace in England at risk, says Jeremy Hunt

Scrap self-isolation for people fully vaccinated, former health secretary urges amid ‘pingdemic’ chaosCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government “risks losing social consent” for its test-and-trace programme if it does not immediately allow fully vaccinated people to avoid isolation, the former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. His comments came as it was revealed that a record 618,903 people in England and Wales were sent self-isolation alerts in the week to...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, England, Wales, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Supermarkets, Retail industry, Public services policy, NHS, Economic policy, Health policy, Jeremy Hunt, Vaccines and immunisation

There will be blood: women on the shocking truth about periods and perimenopause

The menopause brings an end to menstruation – but in the lead-up, many women experience periods that can disrupt their lives and careersIf Emma Pickett needs to make a long journey, she checks her calendar very carefully. She will often take an emergency change of clothes when she goes out, and if giving a lecture for work, has to ensure it is no longer than half an hour. Yet she rarely hears anyone talk about the reason so many older women secretly go to all this trouble; why they’ve started to...
Tags: Health, Women, Life and style, Society, Health & wellbeing, Menopause, Menstruation, Pickett, Emma Pickett

Dozens of English care homes lost at least 20 residents to Covid, data shows

‘Highly sensitive’ data shows there were 39,017 care home deaths between April 2020 and end of March this year Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDozens of care homes in England lost at least 20 residents to Covid-19 during the pandemic, according to “highly sensitive” death rates data published by the care regulator, with one home registering 44 deaths over the past year.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) revealed 6,765 homes across the country registered at least one de...
Tags: Health, England, Society, UK News, Social Care, Care Quality Commission (CQC, Coronavirus, COVID

English care homes could lose 70,000 staff over mandatory Covid jab

Government estimates between 3% and 12% of staff may resist getting jab – meaning they will lose their jobsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUp to 70,000 care home staff in England could leave the workforce or lose their jobs because the government is insisting they must be vaccinated against Covid, with women and ethnic minorities disproportionately affected, according to an official estimate.In an impact statement from the government, officials believe between 3% and ...
Tags: Health, England, Society, UK News, Social Care, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, COVID

Death of 13-year-old girl sparks calls for action on FGM in Somalia

Fartun Hassan Ahmed bled to death after undergoing female genital mutilation, a practice that 98% of women in the east African country undergoA 13-year-old girl has died after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) in Somalia, as activists report a rise in the practice during the pandemic.Fartun Hassan Ahmed, the daughter of nomadic pastoralists, bled to death after being cut earlier this month in the village of Jeerinle in the state of Galmudug, her mother said. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Africa, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Somalia, Fgm, Female genital mutilation (FGM, Galmudug, Women's rights and gender equality, Fartun Hassan Ahmed, Jeerinle

A moment that changed me: meeting the rescue dog who comforted me through unfathomable loss | Shirley Manson

When I first held my dog Veela in my arms, I was grappling with my mother’s dementia, which was followed much too soon by her death. The teachings of my little red dog helped me surviveThe first time I rescued an animal was almost 15 years ago, while I was on hiatus from my band, Garbage, in 2007. Shuffling around Los Angeles with little to occupy my time and my catastrophic imagination, my husband suggested we might consider adopting a rescue dog from one of the local shelters. I was a little h...
Tags: Health, Family, Music, Dogs, Animals, Pets, Los Angeles, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Garbage, Shirley Manson, Pick

‘Virulent microbes everywhere’: how can anxious people fend off reopening panic?

Re-emerging from lockdown can feel fraught with danger, especially for people with a history of anxietyI recently took my first flight since the pandemic began. As I arrived at the airport, I prepared for a scene of utter carnage: people everywhere, all of them insisting on breathing; virulent microbes reveling in a field of unsuspecting targets.As someone with a history of anxiety, I took a deep breath – figuring it would be my last opportunity to do so before landing – and entered the fray. Co...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Society, Mental Health, Anxiety, Coronavirus

Instagram ‘pushes weight-loss messages to teenagers’

Researchers find minimal interactions by teen users can trigger a deluge of thin-body and dieting imagesInstagram’s algorithms are pushing teenage girls who even briefly engage with fitness-related images towards a flood of weight-loss content, according to new research which aimed to recreate the experience of being a child on social networks.Researchers adopting “mystery shopper” techniques set up a series of Instagram profiles mirroring real children and followed the same accounts as the volu...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Media, Society, Mental Health, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Anorexia, Digital Media

UK children will not be offered Covid jab unless vulnerable

Sajid Javid accepts JCVI advice that jab should only be offered to clinically at-risk children over age of 12 Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChildren in the UK will get a Covid vaccine only if they are over 12 and extremely vulnerable, or live with someone at risk, as scientists raised concerns about inflammation around the heart linked to the Pfizer jab.Sajid Javid, the health secretary, said he accepted the advice of scientific advisers that only children over 12 w...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Children, Society, UK News, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Sajid Javid, JCVI, Coronavirus

Migration and Covid deaths depriving poorest nations of health workers

Fragile health systems are at risk due to high numbers of medical staff leaving to work in richer countries, say expertsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe loss of frontline health workers dying of Covid around the globe, is being compounded in the hospitals of developing nations by trained medical staff leaving to help in the pandemic effort abroad, according to experts.With new Covid waves in Africa, and with Latin America and Asia facing unrelenting health emergenc...
Tags: Health, Asia, Science, Africa, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Migration, Global development, World Health Organization, Latin America, Migration And Development, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Coronavirus

UK Covid cases could hit 200,000 a day, says scientist behind lockdown strategy

Prof Neil Ferguson says 100,000 cases after England unlocks are ‘almost inevitable’ and may doubleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid cases could hit 200,000 a day in the UK this year and cause “major disruption” to the NHS, according to the scientist whose initial modelling helped shape Britain’s coronavirus lockdown strategy.Prof Neil Ferguson said it was “almost inevitable” that Monday’s final phase of unlocking would bring on 100,000 daily cases, with about 1,00...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, Britain, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Neil Ferguson, 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

Hope, horror and Covid-19: my 23 years as the Guardian’s health correspondent | Sarah Boseley

I’ve travelled the world covering everything from HIV to MMR to Ebola… and then Covid came along. These are stories that changed me – and the worldShe was tall, wrapped in a green patterned dress that clung to her legs and ended just above dusty flip-flops. In the bustling, sweltering market, Grace Mathanga looked at me appraisingly, as if to say: “What have we here?” And I knew she was the one.It was the end of 2002. I had flown to Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, with excitement in my heart an...
Tags: Health, Ebola, Media, Africa, Society, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, Infectious Diseases, MMR, Epidemics, Global development, Guardian, Vaccines and immunisation, Bristol, Aids and HIV

‘It was devastating’: what happens when therapy makes things worse?

Therapists are meant to help people change their lives, but those who behave badly may end up doing more harm than goodCourtney thought it was strange when her therapist asked her to follow him on Instagram. She had begun seeing Michael – a psychoanalyst who has written books and appeared on television – to treat her fear of flying in 2018 (both of their names, and those of all the patients in this article have been changed). After a few sessions, he suggested the pair connect on Instagram, wher...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Instagram, Education, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing, Michael, Courtney

Sport science body to track female athletes’ hormonal changes linked to menstruation

English Institute of Sport to roll out saliva tests tracking hormones that may drive fluctuation in women’s performanceHighs and lows are a feature of any athlete’s career, but for some female contestants, these peaks and troughs in performance may come more regularly – driven by hormonal changes associated with their menstrual cycles.Now, the English Institute of Sport (EIS) is seeking to level the playing field through the rollout of regular saliva testing to track the rise and fall of two key...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Sport, Society, UK News, Women's Health, Menstruation, English Institute of Sport, English Institute of Sport EIS

Burnout eating: how chronic pandemic stress can disrupt and destroy our diet

Over the past year, many of us have suffered from physical and emotional exhaustion. It is no surprise that people have turned to food for comfortNaomi Boles hit a wall last October. “I wasn’t sleeping at all and I felt like I couldn’t keep going,” she recalls. “I was so stressed, and even when I was in bed my brain was constantly racing as I was worrying so much about my health, about my income, about my children. When I went to the doctor, it was like I’d reached a point where I couldn’t carry...
Tags: Health, Food, Obesity, Society, Mental Health, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Fast Food, Boles

Nepal sees huge rise in maternal deaths as Covid keeps women at home

Health workers fear deaths could reach levels not seen this century as up to 90% miss check-ups and many opt for home birthsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEarlier this month, 21-year-old Lakhu BK decided to have her baby at home in her village in the far west of Nepal. She had feared contracting Covid-19 if she went to a health centre. She lost her life giving birth.“I thought my daughter-in-law will die from [the] virus but did not think she would die from being una...
Tags: Health, Women, Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Nepal, Global development, Maternal mortality, Maternal health, Coronavirus, COVID, Lakhu BK

Smart technology (probably) isn’t making you dumber

A new paper in Nature Human Behaviour states that technology is not making us dumber. The authors believe smart technology changes how we engage our biological cognitive abilities.While fears are likely overblown, technology addiction and memory problems still need to be addressed.It seems that every major scientific or technological advancement is immediately labeled "dangerous" by critics. The printing press was going to destroy our memory. Pasteur's groundbreaking work was followed by an ant...
Tags: Psychology, Technology, London, Social Media, Neuroscience, Society, Innovation, Derek, Reliance, Pasteur, Big Problems, Lorenzo Cecutti, Anthony Chemero, Chemero

Covid outbreak among vaccinated Vegas hospital workers underscores Delta risks

Workers were not hospitalized themselves but incident comes amid rising case numbers in NevadaAn outbreak of Covid-19 among vaccinated staffers at a Las Vegas hospital has highlighted the risks posed by the Delta variant in the US, as Nevada struggles with rising Covid cases and stagnating vaccination rates. Eleven workers at the Sunrise hospital and medical center, only one of whom was unvaccinated, tested positive for coronavirus after attending a party in early June, hospital officials confir...
Tags: Health, US, Society, US news, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Las Vegas, Nevada, Coronavirus

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

End to Covid rules for England ‘leaves 3.8m vulnerable people feeling abandoned’

Charities warn that shift on 19 July to personal choice on virus precautions is instilling fear in many most at riskCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCancer patients, disabled people and other clinically extremely vulnerable groups say they will feel unsafe stepping the house after hearing that mask and social distancing requirements are to be abandoned, charities have warned.Campaigners estimate that 3.8 million people have been left feeling abandoned by the government...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Disability, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus

Third of England still without any Covid immunity, scientist warns

Some argue delaying reopening would make little difference while other say government taking big riskCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs ministers proceed with lifting most of England’s restrictions next week, a third of the population is still unprotected from getting infected with Covid, scientists have estimated.There have been about 15 million infections so far (roughly 27% of England’s population), and once partial and full vaccinations are accounted for that leav...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Health policy, University of Warwick, Coronavirus, Matt Keeling

South Tyneside health chief warns of ‘vast’ staff losses to self-isolation

Planned surgery could be cancelled if cases continue to grow exponentially, says director of public healthCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe director of public health in the UK’s latest Covid hotspot says his biggest anxiety is losing “vast swathes” of the local workforce to self-isolation in the coming weeks, particularly in health and social care.South Tyneside, in the north-east of England, has asked the government for help to step up its vaccination programme aft...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, NHS, Newcastle, North Of England, South Tyneside, Coronavirus

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