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UK’s progress on Covid now squandered, warns top scientist

Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of Wellcome Trust, suggests emergence of Omicron variant means pandemic is far from overCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe emergence of the Omicron variant shows that the world is “closer to the start of the pandemic than the end”, one of Britain’s most senior scientific figures has warned, as he lamented a lack of political leadership over Covid.Sir Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust who stepped down as a government scienti...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome Trust, Coronavirus


Black and south Asian people in UK urged to get jabs to cut higher Covid death rates

Disparity with white people who have lower death rate relative to infection rate suspected to be due to slower vaccine uptakeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDoctors have urged unvaccinated Black and south Asian people to get their Covid jabs after new data revealed hospitalisations and deaths are higher in those groups, despite infection rates being lower than in white people.Infections were higher in many Black and Asian groups during Britain’s first two waves of Cov...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Race, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Sex ratio of babies linked to pollution and poverty indicators

Study finds some pollutants are correlated with higher levels of boys and others with more girlsA swathe of pollutants and indicators of poverty have been linked to changes in the ratio of baby boys to girls born to millions of parents.A study of half the US population and the entire Swedish population examined more than 100 possible factors and found, for example, that mercury, chromium and aluminium pollution correlated with more boys being born, while lead pollution increased the proportion o...
Tags: Gender, Science, Sweden, Children, Environment, Pregnancy, US, Society, World news, US news, Poverty, Medical Research, Pollution, Social exclusion


How probable is it Omicron Covid variant will take hold in UK?

Analysis: UK’s early vaccine deployment and use of different vaccines from South Africa mean it’s too soon to sayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOmicron is causing consternation around the world, with the variant found to be behind an exponential rise in Covid cases in South Africa. Yet with just 42 cases confirmed in the UK so far, and most European countries seeing numbers in the double rather than triple figures, could this be a tentative sign the variant may fail ...
Tags: UK, Science, Africa, UK News, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus, COVID


Covid: scientists find possible trigger for AstraZeneca jab blood clots

Experts hope better understanding of rare side effect of vaccine could help ‘turn the tide’ on pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists believe they may have found the trigger behind the extremely rare blood clot complications stemming from the Oxford/AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine.According to a team of researchers from Cardiff and the US, the reaction can be traced to the way the adenovirus used by the vaccine to shuttle the coronavirus’s genetic material int...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Biology, US, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Cardiff, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


The pandemic body: how the Covid era changed us – from hair loss to weight gain

Sore, blurry eyes, decaying teeth, spreading feet – the strange, difficult years of coronavirus have changed us physically. Will we ever get back to our former selves?This year, out of nowhere, my left heel has started hurting. Is it the onset of some degenerative condition, a normal byproduct of ageing, or simply pandemic life, I wonder. After all, living through this period has had surprising health consequences – even for people who have not caught coronavirus. It has recently emerged, for in...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Life and style, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Beauty, Microbiology, Dentists, Hair Loss, Coronavirus


Covid-19 variants may not evolve to be less dangerous, says Neil Ferguson

Senior UK scientist says extent of threat posed by Omicron will not be clear until end of year Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople should not assume that Covid will evolve to become a milder disease, a senior scientist has warned, adding that the threat posed by the Omicron coronavirus variant will not be clear until the end of December.Prof Neil Ferguson, head of the disease outbreak analysis and modelling group at Imperial College London, told MPs on Wednesday th...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Epidemics, Health policy, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Imperial College London, Neil Ferguson, Coronavirus


Covid-19 variants ‘may not evolve to pose less danger over time’

Omicron impact unclear as yet warn UK’s Prof Ferguson and Nervtag group, urging ministers to act ‘early and robustly’ to curb transmission Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople should not assume that Covid will evolve to become a milder disease, a senior scientist has warned, adding that the threat posed by the Omicron coronavirus variant will not be clear until the end of December.Prof Neil Ferguson, head of the disease outbreak analysis and modelling group at Impe...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Epidemics, Health policy, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Imperial College London, Neil Ferguson, Coronavirus, COVID, Prof Ferguson


Omicron variant was in Nigeria weeks before South Africa raised alarm

Authorities retrospectively identified case of Covid variant from October, raising fears of global spreadCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNigerian health officials say they have retrospectively identified a case of the Omicron Covid-19 variant dating from October, meaning it was present in Africa weeks before South Africa alerted the world to it last week.The announcement was made as more countries reported their first cases of the variant, suggesting it has spread wid...
Tags: Science, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


When did Omicron Covid variant arrive in UK and is it spreading?

Analysis: scientists are working full tilt to answer these vital questions that may give clues as to what is to comeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs new cases of Omicron continue to emerge in the UK, scientists are working full tilt to answer two vital questions: when did the variant arrive and is it spreading?While at first glance those queries may seem less important than those around vaccine effectiveness or disease severity, the answers may give important clues ...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Scotland, UK News, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus, Omicron Covid


When did Omicron variant arrive in UK and is it spreading?

Scientists are working full tilt to answer these vital questions that may give clues as to what is to comeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs new cases of Omicron continue to emerge in the UK, scientists are working full tilt to answer two vital questions: when did the variant arrive and is it spreading?While at first glance those queries may seem less important than those around vaccine effectiveness or disease severity, the answers may give important clues as to what...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Scotland, UK News, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


How dangerous is the Omicron variant?

The Omicron variant of Covid has prompted governments around the world to reintroduce border restrictions, with Australia shutting the border to southern Africa and delaying the reopening date for international students and visa holders. The federal government has called for calm, describing the variant as ‘manageable’, but what do we actually know about it?Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to medical editor Melissa Davey about what scientists have discovered so far about Omicron and our evolving approa...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Africa, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Melissa Davey, Omicron, Coronavirus, Murphy Oates


Omicron Covid variant ‘present in Europe at least 10 days ago’

Two cases of the new Covid variant found in the Netherlands predate last week’s alert from South AfricaThe Omicron variant of Covid-19 was present in Europe at least 10 days ago, even before South African health experts alerted the world to their concerns around the transmissibility of the newly identified variant.The Dutch health authority said it had found the Omicron variant in two local cases going back 11 days, showing it was already in western Europe’s heartland before the reports came out...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, European Union, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Netherlands, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Covid-19: how worried should we be about Omicron? | podcast

Last week, a new variant of Covid-19 was detected by scientists in South Africa. Since then, additional cases have been reported beyond southern Africa, including Belgium, Canada, Israel, Australia and the UK. And with the WHO warning that the Omicron variant poses a very high global risk, scientists around the world are scrambling to uncover clues about its transmissibility and how effective the current coronavirus vaccines will be against it.To find out what we do know about Omicron and what i...
Tags: UK, Science, Africa, World news, Bbc, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Who, CBC News, Global News, Ian Sample, Coronavirus, Madeleine Finlay, Belgium Canada Israel Australia, CNBC Television Continue


Travel firms scramble to rearrange holidays amid new Covid measures

Swiss skiing holidays in doubt as country joins Spain in tightening travel rules to contain Omicron variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTour operators are scrambling to rearrange Swiss skiing holidays after the country joined Spain in tightening travel restrictions amid rising concerns about the spread of the new Omicron Covid variant.From Saturday night Switzerland mandated 10 days of quarantine for all new arrivals, in effect wrecking skiing holidays in the Swiss...
Tags: Science, Biology, Spain, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Switzerland, Coronavirus


Early action against Omicron is imperative to avoid devastating consequences | Ewan Birney

Scientists have sprung into action to identify the new Covid variant. We don’t yet know if it is a major threat - but we should not take any chancesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt was only a matter of time before a new Sars-CoV-2 variant of concern emerged, requiring an urgent global response. It would seem that the Omicron variant, identified by scientists across Africa, including the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), poses the next major threat...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, Science, Africa, Israel, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Belgium, Botswana, Ewan Birney, National Institute for Communicable Diseases NICD, Coronavirus


Omicron’s full impact will be felt in countries where fewer are vaccinated

Analysis: the new coronavirus variant seems highly transmissible, but the big question is whether it causes severe disease. Either way, poorer nations will be hit hardestCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn early August Gideon Schreiber and a team of virologists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel began playing around with the spike protein of the Sars-CoV-2 virus – the protein that allows the virus to enter our cells – to see if they could predict future mut...
Tags: Science, Biology, Africa, Israel, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Schreiber, Weizmann Institute of Science, Coronavirus, Gideon Schreiber


Omicron Covid variant: Greg Hunt backflips as Australia shuts border to southern Africa

Australians attempting to return home from southern Africa will be allowed into the country, but ordered into mandatory hotel quarantineFollow the Australia news live blogOmicron: everything you need to know about new Covid variant Covid live: world scrambles to combat Omicron variant; New York declares ‘disaster emergency’Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingAustralia has suspended flights from nine southern African countries and closed its borders to any foreign nationals who h...
Tags: New York, Science, Australia, Africa, Australia news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Greg Hunt, United States United Kingdom, European Union Continue, Coronavirus


Omicron: everything you need to know about new Covid variant

Key questions answered about coronavirus variant first detected in southern AfricaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe variant was initially referred to as B.1.1.529, but on Friday was designated as a variant of concern (VOC) by the World Health Organization because of its “concerning” mutations and because “preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant”. The WHO system assigns such variants a Greek letter, to provide a non-stigmatisi...
Tags: Health, Science, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Is it vaccine resistant? What scientists know of new Covid variant

Key questions answered about coronavirus variant that has been detected in South AfricaThe variant was identified on Tuesday and highlighted as a concern due to its high number of mutations, which could lead it to evade immunity. It was also linked to a surge in case numbers in the Gauteng province of South Africa, an urban area containing Pretoria and Johannesburg, in the past two weeks. These two factors put it quickly on the radar of international monitors, with the chief medical adviser to t...
Tags: Health, Science, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Johannesburg, Gauteng, Pretoria, Coronavirus, UK Health and Security Agency


B.1.1.529 Covid variant ‘most worrying we’ve seen’, says top UK medical adviser

Dr Susan Hopkins said R value of variant first found in Gauteng, South Africa, is now 2Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe chief medical adviser to the UK Health and Security Agency has warned that a newly identified Covid-19 variant in southern Africa is the “most worrying we’ve seen”, with transmission levels not recorded since the beginning of the pandemic.Dr Susan Hopkins said the R value, or effective reproduction number, of the B.1.1.529 variant in Gauteng in So...
Tags: UK, Science, Africa, UK News, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Gauteng, GAUTENG South Africa, Coronavirus, Susan Hopkins, UK Health and Security Agency


New Zealand to reopen borders to vaccinated visitors from new year

Border will first open to New Zealand citizens coming from Australia, then from the rest of the world, and finally to all other vaccinated visitors from AprilSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Zealand has announced it will reopen its borders to vaccinated visitors in the opening months of 2022, for the first time since prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced their snap closure in the first month of the Covid-19 pandemic. The country’s borders have been closed for more than a year and a half.The...
Tags: Science, Australia, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, Coronavirus, coverageNew Zealand


Housework may promote health in old age, study suggests

Researchers found chores could help prevent disease and falls, though other experts have urged cautionHousehold chores might seem a drag, but researchers have suggested tasks like dusting, scrubbing floors and washing the windows might help adults to stay healthy into old age.Writing in the journal BMJ Open, a Singapore-based team of researchers said regular physical activity “improves physical and mental health, mitigates the risks and effects of chronic diseases, and reduces falls, immobility,...
Tags: Health, Science, Fitness, Singapore, Life and style, Society, World news, Medical Research, Older people, BMJ Open


First known Covid case was Wuhan market vendor, says scientist

Claim will reignite debate about origins of pandemic, a continuing source of tension between US and ChinaThe first known Covid-19 case was a vendor at the live-animal market in Wuhan, according to a scientist who has scrutinised public accounts of the earliest cases in China.The chronology is at odds with a timeline laid out in an influential World Health Organization (WHO) report, which suggested an accountant with no apparent link to the Hunan market was the first known case. Continue reading....
Tags: Science, China, US, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Wuhan, World Health Organization WHO, Hunan, Coronavirus


Man’s severe migraines ‘completely eliminated’ on plant-based diet

Migraines disappeared after man started diet that included lots of dark-green leafy vegetables, study showsHealth experts are calling for more research into diet and migraines after doctors revealed a patient who had suffered severe and debilitating headaches for more than a decade completely eliminated them after adopting a plant-based diet. He had tried prescribed medication, yoga and meditation, and cut out potential trigger foods in an effort to reduce the severity and frequency of his sever...
Tags: Health, Food, Science, Nutrition, Neuroscience, Vegetables, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Vegetarian food and drink, Veganism, Diets and dieting, Vegan food and drink


New HIV jabs taken two months apart hailed as huge step forward

Safe injectable antiretroviral drugs, approved by health bodies, ‘could lift burden of daily oral therapy’Thousands of people living with HIV in Britain are to be freed from the burden of taking daily pills, after health chiefs gave the green light for a revolutionary treatment by injection every two months.Draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) recommends offering the antiretroviral drugs cabotegravir and rilpivirine in England and Wales after trials pr...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Wales, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Doctors, Pharmaceuticals industry, Aids and HIV, Immunology, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


Tea and coffee may be linked to lower risk of stroke and dementia – study

Research looking at 365,000 people aged 50-74 finds moderate consumption could have health benefitsDrinking coffee or tea may be linked with a lower risk of stroke and dementia, according to the largest study of its kind.Strokes cause 10% of deaths globally, while dementia is one of the world’s biggest health challenges – 130 million are expected to be living with it by 2050. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Coffee, Tea, Food, Science, Society, Stroke, Medical Research, Dementia, Alzheimer's


UK firm to trial T-cell Covid vaccine that could give longer immunity

Exclusive: Oxfordshire-based Emergex gets go-ahead for trials in Switzerland for skin patch vaccineCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn Oxfordshire-based company will soon start clinical trials of a second-generation vaccine against Covid-19, an easy-to-administer skin patch that uses T-cells to kill infected cells and could offer longer-lasting immunity than current vaccines.Emergex was set up in Abingdon in 2016 to develop T-cell vaccines, the brainchild of Prof Thoma...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Switzerland, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxfordshire, Abingdon, Emergex, Coronavirus, Biotechnology industry


Science YouTuber Philipp Dettmer: ‘Getting cancer was super-interesting’

The online star with 15 million subscribers on demystifying everything from black holes to the immune system, the trouble with anti-vaxxers, and what his cancer taught himSkim Philipp Dettmer’s CV and you’d have to say he was an improbable candidate to become one of the world’s foremost science communicators. The 35-year-old from Munich dropped out of high school in Germany aged 15. He eventually did a history degree, and only became involved in science through his interest in infographics. This...
Tags: Health, Science, Youtube, Germany, Cancer, Medical Research, Munich, Vaccines and immunisation, Immunology, Dettmer, Philipp Dettmer, YouTuber Philipp Dettmer


Blood pressure drugs could prevent type 2 diabetes, study finds

Lowering high blood pressure may slash the risk of the disease in millions of people in futureBlood pressure drugs could prevent millions of people worldwide from developing type 2 diabetes, a large study suggests.Lowering high blood pressure is an effective way to slash the risk of the disease in the future, according to the research published in the Lancet. Continue reading...
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