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Scientists are closely tracking a COVID-19 variant with a 'worrying' number of mutations. They don't yet know if it's more infectious.

A man receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Gaborone, Botswana, on October 12 2021Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua/Getty Images A variant with 'worrying' number of mutations has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. Experts are concerned its mutations may help it to avoid antibodies produced by vaccines and treatments. It has been detected 82 times, as of Thursday. For now, it's being closely monitored.  Scientists and health officia...
Tags: Health, Asia, Hong Kong, Science, News, Africa, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Delta, World Health Organization, Test, Cambridge University, Imperial College London, Botswana, Variant


Scientists are closely tracking a coronavirus variant with a 'worrying' number of mutations. They don't yet know if it's more infectious.

A man receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Gaborone, Botswana, on October 12 2021Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua/Getty Images A variant with 'worrying' number of mutations has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. Experts are concerned its mutations may help it to avoid antibodies produced by vaccines and treatments. It has been detected 82 times, as of Thursday. For now, it's being closely monitored.  Scientists and health officia...
Tags: Health, Asia, Hong Kong, Science, News, Africa, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Delta, World Health Organization, Test, Cambridge University, Imperial College London, Botswana, Variant


Fully-vaccinated people can pass on the Delta variant at home, including to other vaccinated people, a study finds - but unvaccinated people are still at most risk

A man receives a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at an NHS COVID-19 vaccination centre. Hollie Adams/Getty Images Fully vaccinated people can catch and pass on the Delta variant at home, real-world data shows. Vaccines largely protect against severe COVID-19 but don't stop it spreading entirely, the study authors said. Experts urged people to get vaccinated, have boosters when eligible, and take extra precautions. Fully vaccinated people can catch and pass on the highly infectious Delta var...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, Trends, Healthcare, Delta, Clarke, Vaccine, Imperial College London, University of Reading, National Institute for Health Research, Simon Clarke, Peter Openshaw, Coronavirus, COVID


Images from NASA's Perseverance rover reveal that mysterious floods dragged boulders across Mars

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover took this selfie on September 10, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars snapped photos of cliffs that show signs of ancient flash floods. The first study of Perseverance's data suggests that a flooding river dragged boulders for miles. The photos also pinpoint ancient river sediment in which the rover could search for fossilized life. In the dry Martian crater where NASA's Perseverance rover is searching for signs of long-g...
Tags: Science, News, France, Trends, Nasa, Earth, River, Alien Life, Mars, Imperial College London, Kodiak, Sanjeev Gupta, NASA JPL Caltech, Mangold, Jezero, Flash Flood


A Brilliant Demonstration of Magnets & the Promise of Levitating Trains (1975)

For a brief time in the 1980s, it seemed like trains powered by maglev — magnetic levitation — might just solve transportation problems everywhere, maybe even replacing air travel, thereby eliminating one of the most vexing sources of carbon emissions. Maglev trains don’t use fuel; they don’t require very much power by comparison with other sources of high speed travel; they don’t produce emissions; they’re quiet, require less maintenance than other trains, and can travel at speeds of 30...
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England urged to step up vaccinations to avoid winter Covid surge

Prof Neil Ferguson calls for booster rollout and teenagers’ second jabs to be accelerated to ease NHS pressureCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe distribution of Covid boosters for the most vulnerable people and second shots of vaccine for teenagers should be accelerated to help prevent a winter surge of coronavirus overburdening the NHS, a senior scientist has said.Prof Neil Ferguson, the head of the influential disease modelling group at Imperial College London, sai...
Tags: Health, England, Science, UK News, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Imperial College London, Neil Ferguson, Coronavirus


Period changes after COVID-19 vaccines were reported 27,000 times in 9 months, but experts say you should still get a shot

A person is given a COVID-19 vaccine by UK NHS staff during the first day of the Cornwall Pride LGBTQ+ festival on August 27, 2021 in Newquay, England. Hugh Hastings/Getty Images The UK's medicines regulatory agency got 27,199 reports of menstrual-cycle changes after COVID-19 shots. An OB-GYN said pandemic-related stress could have caused some of these changes. People trying to get pregnant should get vaccinated or risk getting "seriously ill," another doctor said. See more stories on ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, Trends, NHS, Healthcare, Vaccine, Period, British Medical Journal, University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London, OB GYN, Maybin, Royal College of Obstetricians, MHRA


COVID-19 vaccine's impact on menstrual cycles needs to be investigated after 30,000 women report changes, says top scientist

A late period can be caused by many things besides pregnancy including changes in birth control. Carol Yepes/ Getty Images 30,000 women have reported their periods being altered after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Research is needed to understand why this is happening, according to a paper in the British Medical Journal. Periods can be heavier or delayed because of an immune response and poses no danger to one's body, say experts. See more stories on Insider's business page. Since...
Tags: UK, Science, Trends, British Medical Journal, Imperial College London, COVID-19, Covid-19 Vaccine, UK Weekend, Carol Yepes Getty, Bethany Dawson, Victoria Male, US the National Institute of Health, Telegraph Caroline Criado Perez


COVID-19 vaccines impact on menstrual cycles needs to be investigated after 30,000 women report changes, says top scientist

A late period can be caused by many things besides pregnancy including changes in birth control. Carol Yepes/ Getty Images 30,000 women have reported their periods being altered after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Research is needed to understand why this is happening, according to a paper in the British Medical Journal. Periods can be heavier or delayed because of an immune response and poses no danger to one's body, say experts. See more stories on Insider's business page. Since...
Tags: UK, Science, Trends, British Medical Journal, Imperial College London, COVID-19, Covid-19 Vaccine, UK Weekend, Carol Yepes Getty, Bethany Dawson, Victoria Male, US the National Institute of Health, Telegraph Caroline Criado Perez


COVID-19 vaccines impact on menstrual cycles to be investigated after 30,000 women report changes

A late period can be caused by many things besides pregnancy including changes in birth control. Carol Yepes/ Getty Images 30,000 women have reported their periods being altered after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Whilst all data shows that it is safe to take the jab, research has begun to understand why this is happening. This is being applauded by academics, activists, and doctors alike. See more stories on Insider's business page. Since the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, thousands...
Tags: UK, Science, Trends, British Medical Journal, Imperial College London, COVID-19, Covid-19 Vaccine, UK Weekend, Carol Yepes Getty, Bethany Dawson, Victoria Male, US the National Institute of Health, Telegraph Caroline Criado Perez


Anti-vaxxers are targeting pregnant women with misinformation that can lead to tragedy, experts warn

A pregnant mother receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a maternity clinic in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Ajith Perera/Xinhua via Getty Images) A battle is being waged for the hearts and minds of pregnant women to get vaccinated. Pro-vaccine campaigners have been called "baby killers." COVID-19 can be dangerous for pregnant people and their babies, data shows. See more stories on Insider's business page. Testimonies of deaths from COVID-19 after not having a vaccine are...
Tags: Facebook, Usa, UK, Science, London, Cdc, Mothers, Pregnancy, Trends, Data, Getty Images, NHS, Northern Ireland, Imperial College London, Josh, University of Kent


Being double-vaccinated gives 50-60% protection from the Delta variant, study finds

Getty An English study has found that having two vaccines against COVID-19 protects against the Delta variant by 50-60%. This is slightly lower than once thought, but the scientists leading the study say this is due to the random sample. This study affirms that the vaccine - any approved vaccine - significantly protects from COVID-19. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A new study has found that fully vaccinated people have their risk of infection from the COVID-19 Delta va...
Tags: UK, Science, Trends, UK News, NHS, Delta, Pfizer, Vaccine, Imperial College London, Reuters, Imperial, Paul Elliot, COVID-19, COVID, UK Weekend, Bethany Dawson


Britain’s Covid experts Neil Ferguson Sage are under attack, but they are just doing their jobs

Those who attack Neil Ferguson and Sage’s pandemic predictions only expose their ignorance about science• Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageIt feels like open season on Professor Neil Ferguson right now. Sections of the media and several columnists delight in castigating the epidemiologist, or “Professor Lockdown”, for being “doomster in chief”, constantly predicting catastrophe and then backpeddling when the worst numbers don’t materialise.Opponents of Covid restrict...
Tags: Health, Science, Media, UK News, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Ferguson, Boris Johnson, Imperial College London, Neil Ferguson, Coronavirus, GB News, Neil Ferguson Sage


The 5 most common COVID-19 symptoms based on your vaccination status, in one chart

A woman receives the COVID-19 vaccine in Wales. Matthew Horwood/Getty COVID-19 symptoms look somewhat different for vaccinated people who get breakthrough cases and unvaccinated people, a study found. Unvaccinated people are more likely to report a fever and persistent cough. They're also more likely to get severely sick and reported more symptoms in total. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Delta variant is challenging vaccines more than any coronavirus strain so far...
Tags: UK, England, Science, News, Wales, Cdc, Scotland, US, Trends, Delta, Pfizer, Symptoms, Imperial College London, Los Angeles County, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna


Covid live: China cases surge; Wales first minister dismisses ‘freedom day’ talk after Saturday move to alert level 0

China records highest daily Delta count; biggest easing of coronavirus measures in Wales since the pandemic beganWales will move to Covid alert level 0 from Saturday, Drakeford saysAustralia’s: Victoria enters sixth lockdown as NSW cases hit recordCNN fires three employees for coming to work unvaccinatedAnalysis: can China contain the spread of the Delta variant?See all our coronavirus coverage 9.28am BST The Philippines’ health ministry on Friday reported 10,623 new coronavirus cases, the l...
Tags: UK, Science, Wales, China, UK News, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Philippines, Delta, Imperial College London, Reuters, Coronavirus, Times Radio, COVID, Danny Altmann


Coronavirus live news: vaccinated ‘three times less likely to test positive’; 220,000 children in England jabbed

Study suggests fully vaccinated less likely to pass virus on to others; more 16- and 17-year-olds in UK could be given green light for vaccineChina shuts down transport routes as it battles worst outbreak in monthsStatus of some UK citizens vaccinated overseas not recognised by NHSArdern’s popularity stumbles on New Zealand’s slow road to vaccinationDeath of Sydney man prompts calls for young people to get vaccinatedVaccinologist Barbie: Prof Sarah Gilbert honoured with a doll 8.35am BST The...
Tags: UK, England, Science, China, UK News, US news, Infectious Diseases, Sydney, New Zealand, Sky News, LBC, Imperial College London, Sarah Gilbert, Steven Riley, Luke Pollard, Coronavirus


Women participate less at conferences, even if gender-balanced – study

Exclusive: small changes in conference design can make big difference to female inclusion, say researchersWomen are less likely to participate in proceedings at medical and scientific conferences, even with gender-balanced delegates, although simple interventions in conference design sparked a significant improvement in female inclusion, a study has found. Medical and scientific conferences are imperative to the professional visibility of clinicians and academics, and researchers conducted this ...
Tags: Gender, Science, Women, UK News, World news, Work & careers, Higher Education, Women in the boardroom, Imperial College London, Guardian Careers, Society for Endocrinology


Genetic engineering test with mosquitoes ‘may be game changer’ in eliminating malaria

UK scientist says gene-drive study rendering female insects infertile may lead to ‘self destruct mosquito’ field tests within 10 yearsScientists have successfully wiped out a population of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes by using a radical form of genetic engineering to render the females infertile – in the most advanced and largest ever test of use of the technology to fight the disease.As well as bringing fresh hope in the fight against one of the world’s biggest killers, the study lays the fo...
Tags: UK, Science, Africa, UK News, World news, Genetics, Medical Research, Wildlife, Microbiology, Burkina Faso, Malaria, Insects, Imperial College London, Gene Editing


A survey of long-haulers found 66 symptoms that lasted more than 6 months. Tiredness and brain fog were most common.

Maria Romero, a coronavirus long-hauler in Stamford, Connecticut, on December 22, 2020. John Moore/Getty Images Researchers at University College London say there may be up to 203 symptoms related to long COVID. In a survey of more than 3,600 long-haulers, fatigue and brain fog were commonly reported. The leader of the research said there may be "thousands of long COVID patients suffering in silence." See more stories on Insider's business page. Long haulers may experience up to 203 di...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Trends, Healthcare, Imperial College London, University College London, John Moore, Stamford Connecticut, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Catherine Schuster Bruce, Maria Romero, Athena Akrami


'Long COVID' could surge among young people as the Delta variant continues to push up infection rates, the UK's top doctor warns

A woman receives the COVID-19 vaccine in Wales, UK. Matthew Horwood/Getty More and more young people could soon become COVID-19 long-haulers, the UK's top doctor warned Tuesday. The number of new COVID-19 cases in the UK is doubling roughly every nine days, mostly caused by the Delta variant. "I regret to say I think we will get a significant amount more long COVID," Chris Whitty said. See more stories on Insider's business page. The UK's top doctor has warned that more young p...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, News, Wales, Cdc, US, Trends, Healthcare, Delta, Vaccine, Local Government Association, Imperial College London, Imperial College, Patrick Vallance


A third of people with COVID-19 symptoms develop 'long COVID' that lasts for 12 weeks, a new survey of 500,000 people suggests

A recovered coronavirus patient is monitored by medical staff at Italy's Department of Rehabilitative Cardiology of ASL 3 Genova on July 22, 2020. Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images One in three people with symptomatic COVID-19 develop "long COVID," study suggests. The survey of 500,000 people checked for symptoms that lasted longer than 12 weeks. The researchers estimated 2 million people in England were COVID-19 long-haulers, double other estimates. See more stories on Insider's busine...
Tags: Health, England, Science, News, Trends, Italy, Healthcare, Symptoms, Ons, Imperial College London, Department Of Health, Imperial College, Office for National Statistics ONS, ASL, Genova, Paul Elliott


Lead from leaded petrol persists in London air despite '90s ban

Research from Imperial College London has found that lead from leaded petrol persists in London's air despite its ban in 1999.
Tags: Science, London, Imperial College London


Biden says the Delta variant - set to become the US's dominant strain - is 'particularly dangerous for young people'

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds up a face mask at The Queen theater on October 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Biden warned Friday that the Delta variant is "particularly dangerous for young people." Delta appears to be more transmissible than any other coronavirus strain. Young people who are unvaccinated and socially active may be more susceptible than others. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden warned...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, Scotland, White House, India, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Delta, Vaccinations, Pfizer, Good Morning America, Vaccines, Biden


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


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


Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine doesn't affect sperm, preliminary data suggests

Crystal Cox/Business Insider A pre-print study in Israel found no change in sperm of men who got Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. The study was small, but it's some of the first data we have on vaccines and male fertility. There's plenty of research finding the vaccines are safe for women who are pregnant or trying to be. See more stories on Insider's business page. Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine does not damage sperm, according to a small new pre-print study out of Isra...
Tags: Science, Israel, Trends, Cnn, Fertility, Associated Press, Pfizer, Vaccine, Sperm, Imperial College London, Shepherd, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, OB GYN, American College of Obstetricians, Moderna, Jessica Shepherd


Add India to UK travel ban list to stop Covid variant, urges scientist

Indian coronavirus variant has potential to ‘scupper’ lockdown easing, says professor of immunologyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIndia should be placed on the UK’s “red list” for travel after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, according to a leading scientist.Prof Danny Altmann, from Imperial College London, says it is “mystifying” and “confounding” that those flying in from the country are not required to stay in a hotel. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, UK, Science, India, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Immunology, Imperial College London, Coronavirus, Danny Altmann


People over 65 are more likely to catch COVID-19 twice, study suggests, showing the limits of natural immunity

A pharmacist administers a COVID-19 vaccine in France on March 15. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Research from Denmark suggests that people over 65 might be less resistant to reinfection by COVID-19. The findings show that people need to get vaccinated even if they've already been sick, two experts said. The risk of reinfection remains very low, less than 1%, per the study. See more stories on Insider's business page. People over the age of 65 seem more likely to be reinfected with CO...
Tags: Science, France, US, Trends, News UK, Brazil, Denmark, Older people, Pfizer, Imperial College London, Daniel Altman, Hilary Brueck, Aria Bendix, COVID-19, COVID, Rosemary Boyton


Crucial step in formation of deadly brain diseases discovered

The research team, from Imperial College London and the University of Zurich, also tested a way to block the process, which could lead to new drugs for combatting these diseases.
Tags: Science, Imperial College London, University of Zurich



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