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Scientists launch search for genetic test to spot killer prostate cancer

Gene-screening, as is used to detect some breast cancer risks, could save thousands of livesScientists have begun work to create a prostate cancer screening service for the UK. In a few years, middle-aged men could be tested to reveal their genetic susceptibility to the condition, with those deemed to be under significant threat of developing it being offered treatment or surgery.The service would tackle a disease that has become the nation’s most commonly diagnosed cancer and would parallel Bri...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, World news, Public services policy, Prostate Cancer, Genetics, Medical Research, Britain, Health policy, Men, Cancer Research


Macron voices concerns over Covid vaccines patent waiver

French president says US and UK should start exporting doses around the world insteadCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEmmanuel Macron has echoed the German government’s concerns over Joe Biden’s proposed suspension of intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines as he urged the US and the UK to instead start exporting doses around the world.Arriving at an EU summit in Porto in Portugal, the French president expressed his reservations about the White House proposa...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Science, France, White House, Germany, Angela Merkel, US, Eu, Society, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Portugal


Covid: people under 40 in UK to get alternative to AstraZeneca jab

Move towards greater precaution on Covid vaccines follows figures on rare blood clots and low infection rates Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople under 40 will be offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine where possible and while infection rates remain low, following a recommendation from government advisers.The move comes after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation reviewed the speed and uptake of Covid vaccines in the UK and the lates...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Oxford, Health policy, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation


UK cuts grants for small aid charities to save ‘less than cost of No 10 press room’

Hospital in Zanzibar and support for child workers in Bangladesh among approved projects to miss out as £2.1m of funding cancelledThe UK has scrapped three rounds of grants to small international development charities, prompting fury that it has wiped out funding for 42 projects around the world to save “less than the [£2.6m] cost of the Downing Street press room”.The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) told charities last week that rounds six, seven and eight of the Small Charit...
Tags: Health, UK, Children, Conservatives, UK News, Poverty, Charities, Aid, Global development, Bangladesh, Humanitarian response, Foreign, Zanzibar, Women's rights and gender equality, Development Office FCDO, Commonwealth and Development Office


NHS Covid jab booking site leaks people’s vaccine status

Exclusive: Health service revising its process as ‘seriously shocking failure’ allows access to medical dataCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe NHS is revising its process for booking Covid vaccinations after the discovery of a “seriously shocking failure” that leaked medical data from the site.The website lets users make appointments using their NHS number or, if they do not have it to hand, some basic identity information. But in the process, users’ vaccination stat...
Tags: Health, Privacy, Society, UK News, NHS, Coronavirus


One in five UK adults have had depressive symptoms during pandemic

Experts say many people may not be getting care they need as GP diagnoses of depression fallCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne in five adults in Britain have experienced symptoms of depression during the pandemic, with young people, disabled people and renters hit the hardest, according to official figures.The figures, based on the ONS’s Opinions and Lifestyle survey, show that between January and March 2021, during the second lockdown, 21% of adults experienced some...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Depression, Britain, NHS, Office For National Statistics, Ons, Coronavirus


Ministers urged to reveal details of £2bn Covid deals with private health firms

Contracts to increase capacity handed to 17 companies, some of whom had donated to ConservativesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has been urged to publish details of up to £2bn in Covid-19 contracts awarded to private healthcare companies, including some that have helped fund the Conservative party.Contracts to provide extra capacity during the pandemic have been handed to 17 firms since March 2020. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, Public services policy, Hospitals, NHS, Health policy, Private healthcare, Coronavirus


As UK nears zero Covid deaths, there’s good reason for optimism

Analysis: the vaccine strategy and staggered easing of restrictions have worked well. The next step is crucialCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe handling of the coronavirus crisis in the UK has provided few moments to celebrate, but the day we reach zero deaths from the disease will clearly be one to toast. That day may not be far off. On Tuesday, the UK reported four Covid deaths within 28 days of a positive test. On Monday it was only one. Months of painful lockdow...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Tears and bear hugs as Wales lifts ban on having a cwtch

‘A wonderful day’: friends and families finally able to enjoy a cuddle after months of abstentionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSome were accompanied with laughter, others with tears. There were shy, tentative cuddles but also great bear-sized hugs.After long months of abstention, families and friends across Wales were finally able to enjoy a cwtch – Welsh for a cuddle or hug – on Monday. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, Wales, Communities, Society, UK News, Labour, Health policy, Welsh politics, Coronavirus


‘It’s terrifying’: parents’ struggle to get help for children with long Covid

Lack of research into area means children are being sent away from A&E and parents told they are overanxiousCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOn Christmas Day, Gail Jackson’s 16-year-old daughter said she was in so much pain she thought she would die. Liliana had been briefly admitted to hospital with Covid in September. Her symptoms never went away and, as time went on, new ones had emerged.“For months she had a relentless, agonising headache, nausea, tinnitus, fatigue...
Tags: Health, Children, Society, UK News, World news, Young People, Jackson, Liliana, Coronavirus, Long Covid, Gail Jackson


NHS faces exodus of doctors after Covid pandemic, survey finds

Long hours and the impact of the pandemic are taking their toll on medics, BMA findings show Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Thousands of UK doctors are planning to quit the NHS after the Covid pandemic because they are exhausted by their workloads and worried about their mental health, a survey has revealed.Almost one in three may retire early while a quarter are considering taking a career break and a fifth are weighing up quitting the health service to do somethin...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, NHS, Doctors, Nursing, Gps, Bma


Figures on Covid deaths post-jab show vaccine’s success, scientists say

Small number have died after being vaccinated, mostly having caught virus before dose could take effectA small number of people vaccinated against Covid have been admitted to hospital with the disease and died, researchers have found, but most were frail and elderly and caught the virus before the jab could have taken effect.Scientists say their findings are reassuring. They bear out the conclusions of trials of the vaccines in use in the UK, which show the jabs are highly effective but do not p...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Coronavirus


Gordon Brown leads calls for $60bn of Covid support for poor countries

Former PM urges G7 leaders to help finance rapid immunisation programme to stem spread of virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA whirlwind six-week campaign to persuade the UK-hosted G7 summit to fund a $60bn two-year vaccine and healthcare support package for poor countries is being spearheaded by the former prime minister Gordon Brown.In a campaign backed by the Guardian, leaders of the west’s leading economies are being urged to invest a fraction of the sums spent ...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, Economics, Society, UK News, World news, Global Economy, Aid, Global development, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Gordon Brown, G7, Coronavirus


Leading scientists urge UK to share Covid vaccines with poorer nations

Donating doses to countries such as India would tackle soaring death toll and curb new variants, experts sayOpinion: leaders must ensure vaccines aren’t the preserve of the richCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLeading scientists are urging the UK to share the Covid vaccines it has bought with India and other nations, to tackle the soaring death toll and reduce the spread of the virus and new variants around the world.Sir Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trus...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, India, Society, UK News, World news, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome Trust, Coronavirus


Single dose of Covid vaccine can nearly halve transmission of virus, study finds

Research from Public Health England suggests that protection conferred a fortnight after vaccinationSee all our coronavirus coverageA single dose of a Covid-19 vaccine can slash transmission of the virus by up to half, according to a Public Health England study.The PHE finding offers further hope that the pandemic can be brought under control as it indicates that vaccinated people are far less likely to pass the virus on to others. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Public Health England, Coronavirus


Vaccinating adolescents could help prevent third wave of Covid in UK – study

Slowing down relaxation of coronavirus restrictions also among measures suggested by Tony Blair Institute for Global ChangeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVaccinating older children and slowing down the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions are among measures that could help to prevent a third wave of Covid in the UK, according to a report from an organisation set up by the former prime minister Tony Blair.The government’s roadmap suggests all Covid restrictions coul...
Tags: Health, UK, England, UK News, Tony Blair, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Tony Blair Institute for Global


Children may be at risk from long Covid symptoms, study finds

Data shows 24% of patients had persistent ailments months after leaving a Moscow hospitalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChildren who are hospitalised with coronavirus may be at risk of persistent fatigue and other symptoms of long Covid, according to researchers who examined the health of patients months after they were discharged.Scientists interviewed the parents of more than 500 children who were admitted to a Moscow hospital with Covid between April and August la...
Tags: Health, Children, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Moscow, Coronavirus


Global faith leaders call for drug firms to vaccinate world against Covid

Exclusive: almost 150 religious heads say ‘every person is precious’ as they demand end to vaccine nationalismCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFaith leaders are calling on states and pharmaceutical companies to produce and distribute enough vaccines to immunise the entire global population against Covid-19, saying there is a “moral obligation” to reach everyone.Almost 150 religious leaders from around the world – including Rowan Williams, the former archbishop of Cante...
Tags: Health, Africa, Religion, Society, UK News, World news, Judaism, Catholicism, Christianity, Islam, Cape Town, Rowan Williams, Vaccines and immunisation, Anglicanism, Dalai Lama, Peter Turkson


What Covid vaccines does the UK have and which are in the works?

As Valneva recruits volunteers for final stage trials of its vaccine, here is the current state of play in Britain Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVaccines to protect against the coronavirus were designed, tested and manufactured in record time, and several have been approved for use in the UK vaccination programme, with a number of others under consideration. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Scotland, Society, UK News, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus


Outrage as No 10 rules out urgent inquiry into Covid mistakes

Exclusive: bereaved families are told that ‘people who would need to give evidence’ are ‘working round clock’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has caused anger among bereaved families by telling them it will be too busy to start an inquiry into the UK’s handling of the Covid pandemic for months.In a six-page letter to lawyers for thousands of families calling for an immediate statutory public inquiry, the government said “an inquiry now is not appropriate...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


UK government’s claim it is too busy for Covid inquiry prompts anger

Exclusive: bereaved families are told that ‘people who would need to give evidence’ are ‘working round clock’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has caused anger among bereaved families by telling them it will be too busy to start an inquiry into the UK’s handling of the Covid pandemic for months.In a six-page letter to lawyers for thousands of families calling for an immediate statutory public inquiry, the government said “an inquiry now is not appropriate...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


Anger in Met after violence at London anti-lockdown protest

Metropolitan Police Federation chair to urgently raise matter with hierarchy after eight officers injured Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTensions are running high within the Metropolitan police after another anti-lockdown protest descended into scenes of violence, with eight officers injured.Ken Marsh, the chair of the Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers in the force, said he would be raising the matter of the protest with senior m...
Tags: Health, London, Protest, Police, Society, UK News, Metropolitan Police, Ken Marsh, Metropolitan Police Federation, Coronavirus


UK health regulator concerned over use of rapid coronavirus tests

Exclusive: MHRA says mass testing regime in England ‘a stretch’ of its authorisation for how kits should be usedHow accurate are lateral flow tests?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s healthcare regulator has expressed concern to the government that its multibillion-pound mass testing programme is “a stretch” of the authorised use of rapid tests, the Guardian has learned.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved the lateral flow ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Health policy, MHRA, Coronavirus


Halfway there … the key numbers that tell the story of the UK’s vaccine drive

The government has hit both its self-imposed targets so far. How will it go the rest of the way?More than half of the UK population has now received at least a first dose of vaccine against Covid-19. By Friday evening 33,388,637 people had received one of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccines. Here’s how it was done, and what is still left to do. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Pfizer AstraZeneca


Mental health patients ‘missed out on care’ during Covid

Survey reveals remote consultations often felt inadequate and may have made symptoms worseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMental health patients found their conditions deteriorated during the pandemic because the NHS switched from in-person help to support by telephone, video and text messages, new research reveals.Many reported a lower quality of care, according to a study by University College London; others had trouble accessing medication, had appointments cancell...
Tags: Society, UK News, Mental Health, Psychiatry, NHS, University College London, Coronavirus


Fears Covid anxiety syndrome could stop people reintegrating

Exclusive: compulsive hygiene habits and fear of public places could remain for some after lockdown lifted, researchers sayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have expressed concern that residual anxiety over coronavirus may have led some people to develop compulsive hygiene habits that could prevent them from reintegrating into the outside world, even though Covid hospitalisations and deaths in the UK are coming down.The concept of “Covid anxiety syndrome” was...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Education, Research, Society, UK News, World news, Mental Health, Anxiety, Higher Education, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Kingston University, London South Bank University, Coronavirus, Covid Continue


‘Like losing a hand’: musicians on the crisis in hearing loss

Oscar-nominated film Sound of Metal depicts a drummer battling hearing loss. As rock stars like Myles Kennedy explain, it’s a debilitating and worryingly widespread problemThe Bafta-winning film Sound of Metal dramatises every musician’s worst nightmare. Ruben Stone, played by Riz Ahmed – who is up for a best actor Oscar this weekend – is a metal drummer who loses his hearing, and the film depicts Ruben’s loss exactly as he hears it, where the world around him and the intense music he plays sudd...
Tags: Health, Music, Society, UK News, Disability, Culture, Ruben, Myles Kennedy, Riz Ahmed, Ruben Stone, British Tinnitus Association BTA


Oxford Malaria vaccine proves highly effective in Burkina Faso trial

Vaccine developed by scientists at Jenner Institute, Oxford, shows up to 77% efficacy in trial over 12 monthsA vaccine against malaria has been shown to be highly effective in trials in Africa, holding out the real possibility of slashing the death toll of a disease that kills 400,000 mostly small children every year.The vaccine, developed by scientists at the Jenner Institute of Oxford University, showed up to 77% efficacy in a trial of 450 children in Burkina Faso over 12 months. Continue read...
Tags: Health, Science, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Burkina Faso, University of Oxford, Malaria, Jenner Institute Oxford, Jenner Institute of Oxford University


One dose of Pfizer or Oxford jab reduces Covid infection rate by 65% – study

Analysis of test results from more than 350,000 people finds older people just as protected as youngerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne shot of the Oxford/AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine reduces coronavirus infections by nearly two-thirds and protects older and more vulnerable people as much as younger, healthy individuals, a study has found.The results from Oxford University and the Office for National Statistics are a welcome boost to the vaccination progra...
Tags: Health, Science, UK News, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Office For National Statistics, Pfizer, Oxford University, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


‘Extraordinary’ Covid jab data is misleading, but the numbers are still hugely positive

Analysis: The vaccine won’t protect everyone, but whatever figure scientists settle on, the data is highly encouraging Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Is it really true that only 32 vaccinated people have been hospitalised with Covid? People might have reason to think so after the claim circulated in the media on Wednesday. The story was prompted by a Telegraph “exclusive” that stated “just 32 vaccinated people” had been hospitalised “in recent months”, according to ...
Tags: Health, UK News, Vaccines and immunisation, Telegraph, Coronavirus



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