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UK ministers were warned local lockdowns could fuel racial tensions

Government accused of being ‘tone deaf’ for imposing restrictions in the north of England despite warningsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has been accused of being “tone deaf” for its sudden introduction of further lockdown restrictions in the north of England last month shortly after being warned that local interventions could fuel racial tensions.Documents released by the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) warned that in are...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, North Of England, Coronavirus outbreak, Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies SAGE


Mission Bio raises $70 million to help scale its tech for improving the development of targeted cancer therapies

California-based startup Mission Bio has raised a new $70 million Series C funding round, led by Novo Growth and including participating from Soleus Capital and existing investors Mayfield, Cota and Agilent. Mission Bio will use the funding to scale its Tapestri Platform, which uses the company’s work in single-cell multi-omics technology to help optimize clinical trials for targeted, precision cancer therapies. Mission Bio’s single-cell multi-omics platform is unique in the therapeutic industry...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Biology, California, Drugs, Stanford, Cancer, Articles, Tech, Stem Cells, Biotech, Cancer Research, Crispr, Biotechnology, Life Sciences


Study revives debate over breast cancer screening age

Update to long-running study finds screening from age of 40 rather than 50 could save livesScreening women from the age of 40 for breast cancer has the potential to save lives, according to a study that will reopen the debate over the timing as well as the risks and benefits of routine mammograms.A group at Queen Mary University of London looked at data on 160,000 women between the ages of 39 and 41 who were randomly assigned either to annual breast screening or to wait until they were eligible ...
Tags: Health, Science, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Society, Medical Research, NHS, Queen Mary University of London


Mammoth Biosciences lands exclusive license to new CRISPR proteins that could boost gene editing precision

CRISPR pioneer Mammoth Biosciences has secured an exclusive license to a new family of CRISPR proteins, from UC Berkeley, which covers R&D and commercialization across all potential fields. This is a significant addition to Mammoth’s intellectual property holdings, since this new family of CRISPR proteins, known as the Casɸ family, is roughly half the size of Cas9, the protein that effectively launched CRISPR to begin with. In CRISPR, size actually matters quite a lot – the smaller size of Ca...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Biology, Tech, Biotech, Uc-berkeley, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Jennifer Doudna, Mammoth Biosciences, Douda, Casɸ


Bill Gates Says U.S. Covid-19 Testing Program Is a ‘Screw-Job’ With an Easy Fix

Billionaire tech legend Bill Gates says testing for coronavirus in the U.S. has been a “screw-job” that’s providing very little value because test results aren’t coming back quickly enough. Most Americans are waiting several days and sometimes weeks to get their covid-19 test results, something that Gates says can be…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Microsoft, Cdc, Bill Gates, Vaccines, Donald Trump, Gates, Ted Talk, President Trump, Seema Verma, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Russia's coronavirus vaccine: will it work, and is it safe?

Sputnik V’s development has been marked by worrying opacity and ethical issuesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe race to find a vaccine against Covid-19 has not always been particularly edifying, driven at times by so-called “vaccine nationalism” – much cautioned against by the World Health Organization, which has itself been invested as much in self-interest and prestige as global public health.Russia’s announcement that it has registered its Sputnik V vaccine as sa...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Russia, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus outbreak


Covid-19: only half of Britons would definitely have vaccination

Survey sparks concern over misconceptions about vaccines and scepticism about science Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOnly half the population of Britain definitely would accept being vaccinated against Covid-19. That is the shock conclusion of a group of scientists and pollsters who have found that only 53% of a test group of citizens said they would be certain or very likely to allow themselves to be given a vaccine against the disease if one becomes available. Rel...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Britain, Preston, Vaccines and immunisation, Don, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Only half of Britons would definitely have Covid-19 vaccination

Survey sparks concern over misconceptions about vaccines and scepticism about science Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOnly half the population of Britain definitely would accept being vaccinated against Covid-19. That is the shock conclusion of a group of scientists and pollsters who have found that only 53% of a test group of citizens said they would be certain or very likely to allow themselves to be given a vaccine against the disease if one becomes available. Rel...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Britain, Preston, Vaccines and immunisation, Don, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Listen to your migraine to help you feel better – and to learn about yourself

Headaches are telling you something about how your brain works with your body, influencing your behaviour and feelingsWe need pain. It seems contradictory to say it, particularly now that we have so many ways of dealing with it and switching it off. Pain not only tells us something is wrong, it also protects us. If you slam the car door on your hand, it’s going to hurt. You will have damaged the soft tissue; all the muscles and ligaments that help you move your fingers. It will no doubt swell up...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Science, Life and style, Health & wellbeing


Driving With The Windows Down Is Really Bad For You

Well, what did you expect, that something as enjoyable as feeling the wind in your hair as you drive would be good for you? Come on. A new study from the University of Surrey found that driving with the windows down can increase a car’s occupants’ exposure to pollution by 80 percent, more during peak travel times. Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Windows, Infrastructure, Pollution, Driving, University of Surrey


Australia experiencing critical shortage of antidepressants, contraceptives and HRT

Reasons for shortages are often unclear and substitutes, which are not subsidised by PBS, are prohibitively expensiveAustralia is experiencing a critical shortage of key drugs including antidepressants, contraceptives and hormone replacement therapies, a situation that experts say highlights systemic problems with medicine supply in the country.Most of the shortages appear unrelated to coronavirus disruptions, although in the case of the popular antidepressant Prozac, the manufacturer, Eli Lilly...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Mental Health, Pharmaceuticals industry, Pbs, Eli Lilly, Coronavirus outbreak


'Wishful thinking': the dangers of UK hype during Covid-19

From the UK government over-promising on testing to scientific spin on a vaccine, realism is in short supplyRevealed: UK’s rapid Covid test not yet approved by regulatorsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThey were billed by the UK health secretary, Matt Hancock, as “lifesaving” and “hugely beneficial”: two new coronavirus tests that claim to deliver results within 90 minutes, promoted enthusiastically to the public with the help of front pages in the Times, the i and th...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Medical Research, Daily Mail, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


Facebook Finally Deletes a Trump Post Over Coronavirus Misinformation

Facebook has finally done the least it could do, for the first time ever deleting a post by Donald Trump for spreading misinformation about the novel coronavirus. Twitter in turn restricted Trump’s re-election campaign account from tweeting at all until it deleted an identical post.Read more...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Science, Technology, Social Media, Donald Trump, Finally, Trump, Misinformation, Pandemic, Trump Post, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


UCLA Researchers Will Use Apple Gadgets in Study to Detect and Treat Depression

Identifying depression can be a tricky beast. However, UCLA researchers are collaborating with Apple in a three-year study to see if gadgets can help revolutionize how depression is detected and treated. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Health, Wearables, Science, Depression, Apple Watch, Ucla


Victoria's contact-tracing effort buckles under the weight of Covid-19 cases

ANU’s Peter Collignon says what’s important now is making sure people who test positive stay at homeStage 4 lockdown rules explainedDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsCoronavirus Australia maps and cases: live numbers and statisticsVictoria’s rise in Covid-19 case numbers is occurring so rapidly that contact tracing can no longer be relied upon to unearth all potential clusters in the state, according to epidemiologists who argue health detective work “won...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Epidemics, Victoria, ANU, Brett Sutton, Coronavirus outbreak, Peter Collignon


Birx Says Coronavirus Outbreak Is 'Extraordinarily Widespread,' Recommends Some Wear Masks at Home

Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, sent an alarming message about the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. on Sunday. Birx said that what the country is experiencing now is different than in March and April, which saw the rapid acceleration of virus transmission in the country. Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, White House, Face Masks, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Deborah Birx, Birx


House Dems Say Trump Admin Got Played for Chumps on $644 Million Ventilator Deal

The White House got duped into overpaying for ventilators by half a billion dollars in the first few months of the novel coronavirus pandemic, House Democrats alleged in an oversight subcommittee report released Friday.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, White House, House, Donald Trump, Peter Navarro, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Ventilators, House Dems Say Trump Admin Got Played for Chumps


Mammoth Biosciences’s CRISPR-based COVID-19 test receives NIH funding through RADx program

CRISPR tech startup Mammoth Biosciences is among the companies that revealed backing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program on Friday. Mammoth received a contract to scale up its CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test in order to help address the testing shortages across the U.S. Mammoth’s CRISPR-based approach could potentially offer a significant solution to current testing bottlenecks, because it’s a very different kind of test when c...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Science, Biology, Funding, Tech, United States, Fda, Biotech, Nih, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Biotechnology, UCSF, GSK


Mammoth Biosciences’s CRISPR-based COVID-19 test receives NIH fundings through RADx program

CRISPR tech startup Mammoth Biosciences is among the companies that revealed backing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Accleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program on Friday. Mammoth received a contract to scale up its CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test in order to help address the testing shortages across the U.S. Mammoth’s CRISPR-based approach could potentially offer a significant solution to current testing bottlenecks, because it’s a very different kind of test when co...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Biology, Articles, Tech, United States, Fda, Biotech, Nih, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Biotechnology, Startup Company, UCSF, GSK


Genomics startup Helix receives $33 million in NIH funding to scale COVID-19 testing

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is revealing the first beneficiaries of its Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program, and San Mateo-based Helix is on the receiving end of $33 million in federal funding as a result. Helix is a health tech startup founded in 2015 that focuses on insights derived from personal genomics, but the company has also developed a COVID-19 test that detects the presence of SARS-CoV-2 using RT-PCR methods. The funding will be used to support Helix’s ...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, Tech, United States, Genomics, Helix, Fda, Biotech, Nih, San Mateo, EUA, National Institute of Health, U S National Institutes of Health NIH, Coronavirus


Baldness and rashes? Experts split over unusual Covid-19 risk factors and symptoms

Academics analyse whether hair and hearing loss may also be linked to coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrom hearing loss and rashes, to being tall and bald, as the Covid-19 pandemic develops, a host of new symptoms and risk factors are being linked to the virus. We take a look at the evidence. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Fashion, Science, Biology, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Disability, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Beauty, Microbiology, Deafness And Hearing Impairment, Hair Loss, Coronavirus outbreak


'Heartless and reckless' to force shielding people back to work, says TUC

Exclusive: trade union body tells ministers compelling vulnerable workers to return on 1 August after four months may cause anxiety and distress‘I’d rather lose my job than my life’: vulnerable people on the end of shieldingUp to 2 million extremely vulnerable people shielding in England must not be forced to return to their workplaces, trade unions have declared amid concerns over rising coronavirus infection rates.The Trades Union Congress (TUC) said it would be “heartless and reckless” for bo...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Science, Money, Cancer, UK News, Public services policy, Work & careers, Infectious Diseases, Social exclusion, Trade unions, TUC, Health policy, Trades Union Congress TUC, Coronavirus outbreak


Lifestyle changes could delay or prevent 40% of dementia cases – study

Addressing 12 factors such as excessive drinking and air pollution exposure may have significant effect, experts say Excessive drinking, exposure to air pollution and head injuries all increase dementia risk, experts say in a report revealing that up to 40% of dementia cases worldwide could be delayed or prevented by addressing 12 such lifestyle factors.Around 50 million people around the world live with dementia, including about 850,000 people in the UK. By 2040, it has been estimated there wil...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Smoking, Wales, Alcohol, UK News, Medical Research, Air Pollution, Dementia


"Hygiene Theater" doesn't reduce the risk of COVID-19

My family stopped wiping down all our groceries to "disinfect" them a couple months ago, mostly because of hygiene exhaustion. Then in May, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention clarified its own Web page about to state that "based on data from lab studies on COVID-19 and what we know about similar respiratory diseases, it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their ...
Tags: Health, Post, Science, News, Medicine, Singapore, Medical, Atlantic, Derek Thompson, Goldman, Rutgers University, Seoul South Korea, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Schaffner, COVID-19, COVID


One in three children have dangerous levels of lead in their blood

About 800 million children, mostly in developing countries, ‘will have had risky exposure’One in three children around the world have concentrations of lead in their blood at levels likely to cause significant long-term health damage, new research has found.About 800 million children and young people under the age of 19 are likely to have blood levels of lead at or above 5 micrograms per decilitre (5μg/dl), according to the report. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Environment, Society, World news, Pollution, Poison


Congressman Louie Gohmert Has Covid, Suspects He Contracted It From Mask He Wasn’t Wearing

U.S. representative and walking self-parody Louie Gohmert, one of the many mouth-breathing conservative dolts who have mostly refused to wear a mask during the novel coronavirus pandemic, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday. He blames the mask.Read more...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Congress, Masks, Karma, Capitol Hill, Louie Gohmert, Face Masks, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


'One big wave' – why the Covid-19 second wave may not exist

With no evidence of seasonal variations, the WHO warns the initial coronavirus pandemic is continuing and acceleratingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Covid-19 pandemic is currently unfolding in “one big wave” with no evidence that it follows seasonal variations common to influenza and other coronaviruses, such as the common cold, the World Health Organization has warned.Amid continued debates over what constitutes a second wave, a resurgence or seasonal return of ...
Tags: Health, Science, World news, Infectious Diseases, Who, World Health Organization, Margaret Harris, Coronavirus outbreak


Health care workers may be less, not more, susceptible to COVID, study suggests

Health care workers may be less susceptible to COVID-19 infection than people in the communities they serve, according to surprising early data from an ongoing study at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Of some 3,000 workers tested in May and June, only 1% had antibodies to the novel coronavirus in their blood, despite the fact that the Newport Beach hospital has cared for hundreds of COVID-19 patients. That 1% is far lower than what has been found in wider communities. Some 4-6% of residents...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Research, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Marlins, Riverside, Newport Beach, LA County, Hoag, Orange County Health Care Agency, Top Stories OCR, Related Articles Dodgers, Los Angeles Santa Clara


Who Are 'America's Frontline Doctors', the Pro-Trump, Pro-Hydroxychloroquine Weirdos Banned From Social Media?

A group calling itself “America’s Frontline Doctors” held a press conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday, falsely declaring that there is a cure for covid-19—hydroxychloroquine—and it was was being suppressed by the world’s leading health experts. The group’s videos were seen by millions on Facebook, Twitter, and…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Republicans, Drugs, Washington, America, Doctors, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Breitbart News, Facebook Twitter, Tea Party Patriots, Astroturfing, Hydroxychloroquine, President Trump


Soap dodger: meet the doctor who says we have been showering wrong

Hand-washing aside, James Hamblin has not used soap for five years. He warns that our obsession with being clean is harming the microbiome that keeps us healthyWhen James Hamblin tells people he has not used soap in the shower for five years, they tend not to hold back in expressing their disgust. “It’s one of the few remaining things for which we feel fine telling someone that they’re gross,” he says. “It’s amazing to me, honestly.”Yet despite people’s “clearly moralising judgments”, Hamblin is...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, US, Life and style, Society, Atlantic, Health & wellbeing, Microbiology, Yale School of Public Health, Hamblin, James Hamblin, Doogie Howser



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