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Junk food relief in lockdown

Beware of those snack attacks. A new study in Appetite has confirmed the small luxuries, from sweets and chocolate to salty treats, have helped to lift our spirits - and kilojoule intake - during COVID-19 lockdowns. Researchers in England and Australia have gathered evidence about similar experiences in the UK and Victoria, Australia to warn about the effect of extended pandemic lockdowns on our eating behaviours.
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Rare neurological disorder documented following COVID-19 vaccination

In two separate articles in the Annals of Neurology, clinicians in India and England report cases of a rare neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre? syndrome after individuals were vaccinated against COVID-19.
Tags: England, Science, India, Guillain Barre


Association between race, COVID-19 outcomes among children in England

What The Study Did: Results of this study suggest race-specific disparities in SARS-CoV-2 testing and COVID-19 hospital outcomes seen in adults also exist among children, after accounting for several clinical and sociodemographic factors thought to play a role in the disease.
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Cases of Covid Delta variant in UK rise over 75,000 – PHE data

Figures show Delta is more transmissible and more resistant to vaccine than AlphaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe total number of cases of the Covid Delta variant in the UK has risen to 75,953 to date, data has revealed, with the variant now accounting for 99% of Covid cases.Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant, combined with relaxations in coronavirus restrictions, is believed to be behind a sharp rise in Covid cases in the UK in the past weeks – a developme...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus, Covid Delta


Ireland to double quarantine period for unvaccinated UK arrivals

Travellers not fully vaccinated face 10 days in quarantine amid concerns over spread of Delta variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIreland is to double to 10 days its quarantine period for travellers from the UK who are not fully vaccinated, joining a growing list of countries imposing stricter travel rules on British arrivals due to concerns over the rapid spread of the Delta variant.The announcement came after Boris Johnson on Monday delayed by a month the final s...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Science, India, UK News, World news, Ireland, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


More countries restrict travel from UK over Delta variant fears

Ireland to double to 10 days its quarantine period for UK travellers who are not fully vaccinated Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIreland is to double to 10 days its quarantine period for travellers from the UK who are not fully vaccinated, joining a growing list of countries imposing stricter travel rules on British arrivals due to concerns over the rapid spread of the Delta variant.The announcement came after Boris Johnson on Monday delayed by a month the final stag...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Science, India, UK News, World news, Ireland, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


The Covid Delta variant: how effective are the vaccines?

Analysis: what protection do they offer against infections, hospital admissions and deaths?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs lockdown easing in England is delayed from 21 June to a possible date of 19 July amid concerns of a substantial wave of hospitalisations due to the Delta variant of coronavirus, we take a look at the latest on the protection offered by vaccines against the disease.What does vaccine effectiveness mean? Continue reading...
Tags: Health, England, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Sequencing of wastewater can help monitor SARS-COV-2 variants

Viral genome sequencing of wastewater can provide an early warning system of emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants that is independent of investigations of identified clinical cases, according to a new study published in mSystems, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. In the study, researchers describe the detection and quantification of variant B.1.1.7, first identified in southeast England, in sewage samples from London, United Kingdom before widespread transmission of this v...
Tags: England, Science, London United Kingdom, American Society for Microbiology


England’s Covid lockdown lifting: is a four-week delay enough?

Analysis: Even a short pause is expected to reduce the number of people going to hospital as more people are vaccinatedPM announces delay to lockdown easingWhat we know about the delayThe roadmap out of lockdown – England’s strategy to return to a life more normal – was heavy on dates from the start. The first three steps, in March, April and May, passed so smoothly that a crucial point was easily forgotten: reopening rested on data, not dates, at least that was what scientific advisers hoped. W...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Science, Society, UK News, Health policy, Coronavirus


What were some of the collateral effects of lockdowns? | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters

Hospital waiting lists rose, but traffic accidents fell – Covid-19’s consequences will emerge in time, but it’s not all quantifiable• Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageIn early 2020, there were bans on most social contact, international travel stopped, workplaces and schools shut. Lockdown had arrived. These policies may have limited the spread of the virus, but what collateral harms and benefits on physical health were there?Despite recommendations to continue to se...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Flu, Road Safety, David Spiegelhalter, Anthony Masters, Coronavirus


Covid lockdown: should England open up on 21 June?

The prime minister has a host of problems to weigh up before deciding to remove all legal restrictions on social contactCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe key issue is the extent to which infections of the Delta variant first detected in India will lead to hospitalisations and deaths. The problem is that it’s too early to say. Because of the lag between cases and admissions to hospital, many experts say a short delay could be a major benefit to understanding that rel...
Tags: Business, England, Science, India, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Immunology, Imperial College London, Anne Cori, Coronavirus


Should England open up on 21 June? The factors Johnson must consider

The prime minister has a host of problems to weigh up before deciding to remove all legal restrictions on social contactCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe key issue is the extent to which infections of the Delta variant first detected in India will lead to hospitalisations and deaths. The problem is that it’s too early to say. Because of the lag between cases and admissions to hospital, many experts say a short delay could be a major benefit to understanding that rel...
Tags: Business, England, Science, India, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Immunology, Imperial College London, Anne Cori, Coronavirus


Delay lifting Covid restrictions in England, warn experts

Scientists advise four-week delay to June 21 reopening as cases of Delta variant and hospitalisations doubleExperts – including government scientific advisers – have urged against lifting England’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions on 21 June, warning: “We don’t want to go backwards”.It comes amid reports that lockdown easing will be delayed by four weeks. Continue reading...
Tags: England, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Immunology, Coronavirus


Delay lifting Covid restrictions in England, experts urge

Scientists advise four-week delay to 21 June reopening as cases of Delta variant and hospitalisations doubleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageExperts – including government scientific advisers – have urged against lifting England’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions on 21 June, warning: “We don’t want to go backwards”.It comes amid reports that lockdown easing will be delayed by four weeks. Continue reading...
Tags: England, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Immunology, Coronavirus


A COVID-19 outbreak closed a hotel where some members of the G7 delegation and media are staying in Cornwall

The Pedn Olva Hotel is seen, after it was closed due to a guest contracting coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during the G7 leaders summit, in St Ives, Cornwall, Britain, June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez A COVID-19 outbreak shut down a hotel one mile from the G7 summit where world leaders are gathering. The Pedn Olva hotel in St. Ives was hosting the German delegation's security detail, Sky News reported. Most Cornwall hotels are fully booked for the summit, which begins Friday. See...
Tags: Japan, Politics, England, Science, News, Germany, US, International, Trends, Joe Biden, Bbc, Cornwall, Cbs, Outbreak, St Ives, Sky News


Building the world's biggest and deepest swimming pool… for science!

The Blue Abyss is a deep sea and space research training facility that will be constructed near the Cornwall Airport Newquay in England. Holding nearly 1.5 million cubic feet of water, the Blue Abyss will be the world's largest and deepest swimming pool of its kind. — Read the rest
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Solar eclipse 2021: spectacle visible across UK and Ireland

Skygazers – with appropriate eye protection – will be able to see much of sun being obscured from 10.08amA celestial phenomenon is under way, with observers in the UK set to see a crescent sun as viewers in the Arctic enjoy an annular solar eclipse.An annular eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are exactly in line with the Earth, but the apparent size of the moon is smaller than that of the sun. This causes the sun to appear as a very bright ring, or annulus, in a phenomenon known as the “ring...
Tags: Europe, Space, UK, England, Science, Wales, Scotland, Russia, UK News, World news, Earth, Ireland, The Sun, Northern Ireland, Arctic, The moon


Solar eclipse 2021: spectacle to be visible across UK and Ireland

Skygazers – with appropriate eye protection – will be able to see much of sun being obscured from 10.08amViews of a partial solar eclipse will be “somewhat fleeting” across certain parts of the UK due to cloudy skies, forecasters have said.But those in central and south-east England will have clear spells to witness the spectacle, according to the Met Office. On Thursday morning, skygazers will be able to see nearly a third of the sun being blocked out by the moon in what is known as an annular...
Tags: Europe, Space, UK, England, Science, Wales, Scotland, UK News, World news, Ireland, The Sun, Northern Ireland, Met Office, The moon, UK Weather


Model shows sharp decrease in HIV incidence in England

The annual number of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men in England is likely to have fallen dramatically, from 2,770 in 2013 to 854 in 2018, showing elimination of HIV transmission by 2030 to be within reach -- suggests work by researchers from the MRC Biostatistics Unit at the University of Cambridge and Public Health England, published in The Lancet HIV.
Tags: England, Science, MRC Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge and Public Health England


Covid distancing may have weakened children’s immune system, experts say

End of social distancing and mask-wearing could leave children vulnerable to common bugsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists are concerned that measures to combat Covid-19 have weakened the immune systems of young children who have not been able to build up resistance to common bugs, leaving them vulnerable when mask-wearing and social distancing eventually end.Contact with viral pathogens happens on a fairly regular basis and although it does not always lead to...
Tags: England, Science, Children, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Flu, Coronavirus


What could a delay to the 21 June lockdown easing mean for England?

Analysis: with ministers said to be considering England’s 21 June easing, how delay could affect vaccinations and virus spreadCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters are said to be considering delaying the easing of lockdown in England on 21 June for somewhere between two weeks and a month. We look at what a delay could mean, and how long it may need to last.Why delay? Continue reading...
Tags: England, Science, UK News, Coronavirus


Could a third wave of Covid be more serious than UK’s first two?

Analysis: Concern over Delta variant means decision on ending restrictions on 21 June hangs in balance Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSummer has arrived and the UK is beginning to unlock from coronavirus restrictions, with a full lifting still on the cards in England on 21 June.Yet the spectre of the Delta variant is casting an ominous shadow, with concerns it could fuel a serious third wave. So just how serious could the next peak be – and could it be more serious t...
Tags: UK, England, Science, UK News, Britain, Delta, Coronavirus


Covid Delta variant ‘about 40% more transmissible’, says Matt Hancock

Under-30s to be offered jabs from next week but variant makes decision on easing rules in England ‘more difficult’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe new Delta variant of coronavirus appears to be about 40% more transmissible than the variant it has largely replaced, Matt Hancock has said, making government decisions about whether to ease restrictions in England on 21 June “more difficult”.Saying that under-30s will be called to begin vaccinations from next week, the ...
Tags: Politics, England, Science, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


Delta variant 30-100% more transmissible, says UK Covid expert

Prof Neil Ferguson sounds warning as remaining lockdown restrictions are due to be lifted 21 JuneCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Delta variant of coronavirus, first discovered in India, is anywhere between 30% to 100% more transmissible than the previously dominant Alpha (or Kent) variant, according to Prof Neil Ferguson, whose Covid modelling was key to the UK’s first lockdown.Ferguson is a leading epidemiologist at Imperial College London who advised the governm...
Tags: UK, England, Science, India, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Ferguson, Imperial College London, BBC Radio, Neil Ferguson, Coronavirus


How to retard time for cells

Scientists at Leipzig University, in collaboration with colleagues from Germany and England, have succeeded in reversibly slowing down cellular processes. A team of biophysicists led by Professor Josef Alfons Käs and Dr Jörg Schnauß were able to show in experiments that cells can be transferred into slow motion without changing the temperature. From a physical point of view, such possibilities have so far only been available in the context of the theory of relativity.
Tags: England, Science, Germany, Leipzig University, Josef Alfons Käs, Jörg Schnauß


UK tightens borders and travel rules as variants spark new alarm

Dominant variant ‘more likely to cause serious illness’ PHE data indicate as Grant Shapps warns of threat to reopening on 21 JuneCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters have moved to tighten Britain’s borders as new data suggests the Delta coronavirus variant is much more likely to cause serious illness and is circulating more rapidly within schools.With England’s reopening on 21 June hanging in the balance, the government removed Portugal from the green list of cou...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, England, Science, Travel & leisure, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Portugal, Vaccines and immunisation, Transport policy, Grant Shapps, Coronavirus


Covid variants: how much protection do the different vaccines offer?

While restrictions in England could lift soon, impact of Delta variant on vaccination programme is uncertainCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOn Wednesday Boris Johnson said he saw nothing in the current data to stop the planned lifting of Covid restrictions in England on 21 June. But he said questions remained over how much protection the current vaccines offered against the Delta variant, B.1.617.2. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, England, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Covid variants: how much protection do we get from vaccines?

While restrictions in England could lift soon, impact of Delta variant on vaccination programme is uncertainCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOn Wednesday Boris Johnson said he saw nothing in the current data to stop the planned lifting of Covid restrictions in England on 21 June. But he said questions remained over how much protection the current vaccines offered against the Delta variant, B.1.617.2. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, England, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


University study highlights alarming rise in usage and costs of antidepressants

The open-access study, published by the international DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is entitled 'Surging trends in prescriptions and costs of antidepressants in England amid COVID-19' and has investigated the trends in prescriptions and costs of various antidepressants in England during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tags: England, Science, DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences


‘Zero’: how the UK papers covered a day without a single reported Covid death

All eyes now turn to whether this makes an easing of England’s Covid measures on 21 June more likelySee all our coronavirus coverageGood news is broadcast across Wednesday’s front pages, as editors seize a rare opportunity to report on hope in the battle against the coronavirus.Many papers suggest that the first day without a single Covid death for 10 months means the complete easing of lockdown restrictions will go ahead in England as planned on 21 June. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Media, UK News, Newspapers, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus



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