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Covid green list too cautious, say UK airlines and travel firms

British Airways and Heathrow criticise list of 12 countries people in England can visit quarantine-freeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAirlines and travel firms have urged the government to move quickly to open up travel to more European destinations and the US, as thousands of people flew abroad after the Britain’s ban on foreign holidays was lifted on Monday.British Airways and Heathrow criticised the limited green list of only 12 countries where quarantine-free tra...
Tags: Travel, Health, Business, UK, England, US, Travel & leisure, UK News, Britain, Heathrow, Airline Industry, Health policy, Easyjet, Flights, British Airways, Coronavirus


UK PM urges 'caution' as lockdown eases

Rules on socialising indoors and foreign travel are lifted in England, Wales and most of Scotland.
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New data suggests fivefold increase in young children swallowing magnets over past 5 years in UK

There’s been a fivefold rise in the number of young children requiring treatment after having swallowed a magnet over the past 5 years in the UK, suggests data from specialist doctors in a letter published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.
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Government’s covid-19 travel plan will let new variants into the UK, experts warn

The government’s covid-19 travel plan will let new variants into the UK, warn experts in The BMJ today.
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Heart Research UK awards grant for a research project investigating how COVID-19 damages blood vessels

University of Dundee project investigating the role of inflammation in blood vessel damage in COVID-19 patients receives grant from Heart Research UK
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Early detection of ovarian cancer does not translate into saving lives

Researchers in the UK have established that although a method of screening can detect ovarian cancer early and before women develop symptoms, it does not translate into saving lives.
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What threat does Indian Covid variant pose and do vaccines work against it?

The number of identified cases of the B.1.617.2 variant in the UK has more than doubled in a weekCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe number of identified cases of the Indian variant in the UK has more than doubled in a week, from 520 to 1,313, according to the most recent figures. The areas with the highest numbers so far include Bolton, Blackburn with Darwen, Erewash in Derbyshire and Bedford, all in England, and Moray in Scotland. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Scotland, Society, UK News, Vaccines and immunisation, Derbyshire, Bedford, Moray, Bolton Blackburn, Coronavirus, Darwen Erewash


Using Zoom could help older people avoid dementia, study reveals

Those who communicate online alongside traditional methods show less of a decline in episodic memoryDefiant in the face of Covid isolation, older people across the country ventured online, often for the first time, and mastered technology: reading bedtime stories to grandchildren over Zoom and holding book clubs on Microsoft Teams.Now a UK study has shown that their determination to access and enjoy the internet’s social possibilities could have had another advantage: protecting them against dem...
Tags: Health, UK, Technology, Microsoft, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Dementia, Older people, Zoom


India variant could lead to serious third wave of Covid in UK

Analysis: If B.1.617.2 proves highly transmissible, hospitalisations could peak again, models showCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt was all looking so good. After a brutal second wave in the winter, the lockdown combined with the swift rollout of vaccines forced infections, hospitalisations and deaths down to levels not seen since last summer. The vaccines performed better than expected, not only in preventing deaths, but in hampering the spread of the virus. Scienti...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, Biology, India, UK News, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


UK to allow ‘surge vaccination’ in Covid hotspots hit by Indian variant

PM to outline how government will counter sharp rise in infections linked to B.1.617.2 variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA Conservative council leader has strongly hinted that the UK government will give permission imminently for the “surge vaccination” of all adults in areas hit by outbreaks of the Covid-19 variant first identified in India.Boris Johnson is due to hold a press conference later on Friday in which he is expected to outline how the government will ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, North Of England, Coronavirus


Agoraphobic pregnant woman can be forced into hospital, UK judge rules

Judge rules medical staff can use minimum force on woman who has barely left home in four yearsMedics can use force to remove an agoraphobic pregnant woman from her home so she can give birth in hospital, a judge has ruled.Justice Holman concluded that it would be in the 21-year-old’s best interests to allow staff trained in restraint techniques to use minimum force if the woman refused to leave home. Continue reading...
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Delaying a 2nd dose of Pfizer's vaccine by 9 weeks could boost antibodies to the virus, data suggests

Vera Leip, 88, receives a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at the John Knox Village Continuing Care Retirement Community on December 16, 2020 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Delaying the second dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine could boost antibodies against coronavirus, a UK study suggests. The study tested a three-week gap between doses, as recommended by Pfizer, against a 12-week gap. The 12-week group produced three times as many antibodies. This doesn't nece...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Healthcare, Pfizer, Vaccine, Anthony Fauci, Phe, University of Edinburgh, University of Birmingham, Pompano Beach Florida, Public Health England PHE, Eleanor Riley


Call for ‘surge vaccinations’ as UK cases of India variant double

Sources say government poised to approve jab for over-16s in worst-affected areasCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters are under growing pressure to deploy “surge vaccinations” in Covid hotspots, with some local authorities pushing to extend the offer of jabs to over-18s to stop the spread of a coronavirus variant.Boris Johnson said he was anxious about the spread of the variant first detected in India, as cases more than doubled in a week. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, India, Society, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Immunology, Coronavirus, COVID


Covid: surge vaccinations could be used to fight UK spread of India variant

Blackburn to extend jabs to over-18s from next week, as Boris Johnson admits he is ‘anxious’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA surge vaccination campaign could be targeted at areas where there has been a rise in cases of the coronavirus variant first identified in India, Downing Street has hinted, as the prime minister admitted he was “anxious” about how quickly the variant is spreading in the UK.One council in Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen, said it planned to offe...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, India, Society, UK News, NHS, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Blackburn, DARWEN, Coronavirus, Lancashire Blackburn


Comprehensive blood atlas of COVID-19 identifies hallmarks of disease severity

Researchers in the UK have presented a multi-omics integrated blood atlas that delineates the host immune response in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) of varying severity, providing a unique reference resource for the interpretation of datasets generated from interventional trials.
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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine effective in patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms

Researchers in the UK have provided evidence that Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine induces effective immune responses in patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms.
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More frequent side-effects reported mixing Pfizer and Oxford Covid jabs, study suggests

However, UK trial found two doses of the same vaccine triggered less adverse reactionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAdministering one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine followed by one of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine (or vice versa) induces a higher frequency of mild to moderate side-effects compared with standard two doses of either vaccine, initial data from a key UK trial suggests.The Oxford-led Com-Cov study is exploring the safety and efficacy of mixed-dose ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus, Oxford Covid, Oxford AstraZeneca


Delaying second Covid vaccine doses can save lives, study finds

Modelling suggests countries struggling to immunise populations could adopt UK strategyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDelaying the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines as the UK has done can save lives, according to a US modelling study that suggests other countries struggling to immunise their populations could adopt the strategy.Second shots of both vaccines and the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab are designed by the manufacturers to be given within three ...
Tags: Health, UK, US, Society, World news, Medical Research, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Boris Johnson: inquiry into Covid response will start in spring 2022

PM says it would be wrong to take up advisers’ and officials’ time if cases rise again this winterJohnson announces inquiry into handling of Covid crisis – liveSee all our coronavirus coverageA public inquiry will be launched next spring to investigate “rigorously and candidly” what mistakes the UK government made during the coronavirus pandemic, but could take weeks before it starts hearing evidence, Boris Johnson has announced.The prime minister said it was “absolutely vital” that “we should l...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Scotland Wales, Coronavirus


Unmind raises $47M for a platform to provide mental health support in your workplace

Mental health has been put into the spotlight in a big way in recent times. For many of us, our lives and lifestyles have changed massively in the last year, and alongside that, we’re collectively facing pandemic-fueled mortality on a global scale in a way that hasn’t existed for generations, a perfect storm of sorts that has inevitably had an impact on our state of mind and our moods. Today a startup that has built a platform to help people think about and respond to this situation is announcin...
Tags: Health, Wellness, Europe, UK, John Lewis, London, Workplace, Funding, Tech, Mental Health, Therapy, Healthcare, Taylor, Asos, NICK, Felix Capital


Unicef calls on UK to give 20% of vaccines to other countries

Children’s charity urges UK to set example and start sharing jabs with lower-income countries from JuneCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK should commit to giving 20% of its vaccines to other countries that are in urgent need of them as early as June, according to Unicef, which says the UK will still have enough to vaccinate every adult by the end of July.The children’s charity estimates the UK will have enough spare doses this year to fully vaccinate a further 50 ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, United Nations, Vaccines and immunisation, Unicef, Children's Health, Coronavirus


Elderly caretech platform Birdie gets $11.5M Series A led by Index

SaaS-maker Birdie has closed an $11.5 million Series A round of funding led by Index Ventures. Existing investor Kamet Ventures also participated. The UK-based caretech startup has raised a total of $22.9M since being founded back in 2017 (a 2018 raise that was called a Series A at the time is now being classed as a seed expansion). It’s focused on building tools for social care providers to drive efficiencies in a chronically under resourced sector. Birdie isn’t a care provider itself (so it’s ...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, TC, Europe, UK, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, NHS, SaaS, Social Care, Elderly Care, Polypharmacy, Index Ventures, Index, Faculty, National Health Service NHS


Huma, which uses AI and biomarkers to monitor patients and for medical research, raises $130M

While much of the world eagerly watches to see if the vaccination rollout helps curb and eventually stamp out Covid-19, one of the companies that has been helping to manage the spread of the virus is announcing a big round of funding on the heels for strong demand for its technology. Huma, which combines data from biomarkers with predictive algorithms both to help monitor patients, and uses the same technology to help researchers and pharmaceutical companies run clinical trials, has closed an eq...
Tags: Health, Google, Asia, Europe, UK, London, India, Softbank, Funding, US, Samsung, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, NHS, Sony, Pfizer


Manganese‐enhanced MRI provides more accurate details of heart function after a heart attack

According to the British Heart Foundation, heart and circulatory diseases cause more than a quarter (27 per cent) of all deaths in the UK, which equates to more than 160,000 deaths each year - or one death every three minutes.
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4 coronavirus variants can make people sicker or spread faster, including the variant first found in India. Here's why experts are so concerned about mutant strains.

People wearing masks in Del Mar, California. There are four coronavirus variants that experts around the world are particularly worried about. These variants were first identified in South Africa, the UK, Brazil, and India respectively. Others coronavirus variants have concerning features, but it's not yet clear they're more dangerous. See more stories on Insider's business page. Several coronavirus variants have evolved mutations that mean they spread more easily, make peopl...
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UK's NHS App to Include Vaccine Passport Starting Next Week

The app for the UK’s National Health Service will include the ability to show a user’s vaccination status starting next week according to a new report from the Times. The so-called “vaccine passport” will be available to British users just in time for the country’s loosened restrictions on international travel May 17.Read more...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Medicine, NHS, National Health Service, Vaccination, World Health Organization, Times, Immunology, Tropical Diseases, Medical Records, Passports, Medical Specialties, Covid 19 Vaccine, Health Medical Pharma


Travel ban could return after more Covid-19 variants are found in South Africa

The government is to decide whether travel restrictions will be implemented after variants originally from India and the UK were detected in South Africa. The post Travel ban could return after more Covid-19 variants are found in South Africa appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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SARS-CoV-2 UK variant more infectious because of higher viral load

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic was triggered by the uncontrolled spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). A year and a half later, the relationship between SARS-CoV-2 viral load and infectiousness remains a matter of scientific debate. Now, a new preprint research paper posted to the bioRxiv server aims to quantify this relationship
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How to get Bangladeshi men talking about mental health

Bangladeshi men in the UK are being encouraged to talk about the effects the pandemic has had on them.
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Researchers set out overarching goals to speed up implementation of mental health research

A group of UK academics are calling for targets for mental health in order to meet the healthcare challenges of the next decade.
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