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Drinking coffee may cut risk of chronic liver disease, study suggests

UK analysis shows people who drank coffee had 49% reduced risk of dying from the conditionFrom espresso to instant, coffee is part of the daily routine for millions. Now research suggests the brew could be linked to a lower chance of developing or dying from chronic liver disease.Chronic liver disease is a major health problem around the world. According to the British Liver Trust, liver disease is the third leading cause of premature death in the UK, with deaths having risen 400% since 1970. Co...
Tags: Health, Coffee, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research


Birthdays linked to spread of Covid in areas with high transmission

US study finds households with recent birthdays about 30% more likely to have positive diagnosisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHouseholds with recent birthdays were more likely to test positive with Covid in areas with high infection rates, according to an analysis of nearly 3m homes in the US.The study, which emanates from health insurance claims data collected in the first 45 weeks of 2020 across the country, was designed to assess the potential risk of small gathe...
Tags: Science, US, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus, COVID


High stress may make ‘broken heart syndrome’ more likely, study finds

Condition also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy is brought on by an acute emotional shockTwo molecules associated with high stress levels have been implicated in the development of broken heart syndrome, a condition that mainly affects post-menopausal women and is usually brought on by severe stress, such as the loss of a loved one.The syndrome, formally known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, is characterised by weakening of the heart’s main pumping chamber and was first identified in 1990 in Japan...
Tags: Health, Japan, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Heart Attack


Children of obese mums at higher risk of fatty liver disease – study

Researchers say influences in the womb may play a role in increasing the risk of developing the conditionChildren of obese mothers have a greater risk of developing fatty liver disease in their 20s, according to researchers who say policymakers need to do more to tackle the promotion of poor-quality food and drink.Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) can be caused by obesity. If it progresses it can lead to serious health problems such as cirrhosis and liver cancer, while high levels of fat...
Tags: Health, Science, Obesity, Society, Medical Research


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


Previous Covid infection may not offer long-term protection, study finds

Research found marked differences in immune response of medical staff six months after contracting virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePrevious infection with coronavirus does not necessarily protect against Covid in the longer term, especially when caused by new variants of concern, a study on healthcare workers suggests.Researchers at Oxford University found marked differences in the immune responses of medical staff who contracted Covid, with some appearing far be...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxford University, Coronavirus, COVID


Ultra-thin film could one day turn regular glasses into night vision goggles, researchers say

Developed by Australian and European researchers, the film works by converting infrared light into light visible to the human eyeA transparent metallic film allowing a viewer to see in the dark could one day turn regular spectacles into night vision googles.The ultra-thin film, made of a semiconductor called gallium arsenide, could also be used to develop compact and flexible infrared sensors, scientists say. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Medical Research, Blindness and visual impairment


China set to administer 1bn Covid vaccine doses by end of this week

Cash incentives and gifts offered to fulfil target of vaccinating 40% of population by end of monthCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChina is on track to administer 1bn vaccine doses by the end of this week, after bolstering production and distribution networks in an ambitious drive to vaccinate 40% of the population by this month.Chinese authorities have been encouraging people to take the free and voluntary doses with cash incentives, gifts and colour-coded signage ...
Tags: Health, Science, China, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


China set to deliver 1bn Covid vaccine doses by end of this week

Cash incentives and gifts offered to fulfil target of vaccinating 40% of population by end of monthCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChina is on track to deliver 1bn vaccine doses by the end of this week, after bolstering production and distribution networks in an ambitious drive to vaccinate 40% of the population by this month.Chinese authorities have been encouraging people to take the free and voluntary doses with cash incentives, gifts and colour-coded signage to ...
Tags: Health, Science, China, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, 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


Why are women more prone to long Covid?

While men over 50 tend to suffer the most acute symptoms of coronavirus, women who get long Covid outnumber men by as much as four to one Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn June 2020, as the first reports of long Covid began to filter through the medical community, doctors attempting to grapple with this mysterious malaise began to notice an unusual trend. While acute cases of Covid-19 – particularly those hospitalised with the disease – tended to be mostly male and o...
Tags: Science, Biology, Pregnancy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Paris, Microbiology, Women's Health, ME / Chronic fatigue syndrome, Coronavirus, COVID, Long Covid


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


David Eagleman: ‘The working of the brain resembles drug dealers in Albuquerque’

The neuroscientist, broadcaster and author on the evolution of the brain, the mystery of consciousnesss, and why the next generation will be much smarter than usDavid Eagleman, 50, is an American neuroscientist, bestselling author and presenter of the BBC series The Brain, as well as co-founder and chief executive officer of Neosensory, which develops devices for sensory substitution. His area of speciality is brain plasticity, and that is the subject of his new book, Livewired, which examines h...
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US health agency gives lateral flow Covid tests scathing report

Innova rapid tests’ performance not proven and they should be returned to manufacturer or thrown in bin, says FDACoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) has raised significant concerns about the rapid Covid test on which the UK government has based its multibillion-pound mass-testing programme.In a scathing review, the US health agency suggested the performance of the test had not been established, presenting a risk to health, and that the te...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, California, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Innova, Coronavirus, US Food and Drug Agency FDA


Rapid Covid tests used in mass UK programme get scathing US report

Innova tests’ performance not proven and they should be returned to manufacturer or thrown in bin, says FDACoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) has raised significant concerns about the rapid Covid test on which the UK government has based its multibillion-pound mass testing programme.In a scathing review, the US health agency suggested the performance of the test had not been established, presenting a risk to health, and that the tests sh...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, California, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Innova, Coronavirus, US Food and Drug Agency FDA


Scientists link intense exercise with MND risk in some people

Those with a certain genetic makeup more likely to develop motor neurone disease, study confirmsRegular strenuous exercise raises the risk of developing motor neurone disease (MND) in people who are genetically predisposed to the condition, researchers say.Scientists at the University of Sheffield found a causal relationship between high intensity physical activity and the disorder among those already susceptible to the disease. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Education, Research, Medical Research, Mnd, Motor Neurone Disease, University Of Sheffield


Delta variant is linked to 90% of Covid cases in UK

Variant first discovered in India is thought to spread more easily and be more resistant to vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 90% of Covid cases in the UK are now down to the coronavirus Delta variant first discovered in India, data has revealed, as the total number of confirmed cases passed 42,000.Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant has been linked to a rise in Covid cases in the UK in the past weeks. It is believed to spread more easily than t...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, India, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Kent, Coronavirus, COVID


Delta variant causes more than 90% of new Covid cases in UK

Variant first discovered in India is thought to spread more easily and be more resistant to vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 90% of Covid cases in the UK are now down to the coronavirus Delta variant first discovered in India, data has revealed, as the total number of confirmed cases passed 42,000.Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant has been linked to a rise in Covid cases in the UK in the past weeks. It is believed to spread more easily than t...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, India, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Kent, Coronavirus, COVID


Biden Will Reportedly Buy 500 Million Pfizer Vaccine Doses to Donate Globally

The Biden administration just struck a deal with Pfizer to buy 500 million doses of the covid-19 vaccine from the pharma giant, with plans to donate the doses to countries that need them, sources familiar with the pact told the Washington Post on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Medicine, Washington Post, Medical Research, World Health Organization, Pfizer, Vaccines, Biden, Clinical Trials, Covid 19, Covax, Covid 19 Vaccine, Deployment Of Covid 19 Vaccines, Health Medical Pharma, Rna Vaccines


Quantum leap for medical research as microscope zooms in on tiny structures

Australian scientists develop a microscope that works with 35% more clarity, raising hope for improvements in medical imagingAustralian researchers have developed a microscope that can image tiny biological structures that were previously not visible in what has been described as a significant step for quantum technology.It is believed to be the first time that quantum technology has improved on existing light microscopes, which in future may lead to improvements in medical imaging and navigatio...
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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


Wisconsin Pharmacist Who Destroyed Hundreds of Covid-19 Vaccine Doses Sentenced to 3 Years Prison

On Tuesday, a federal judge sentenced Steven Brandenburg, the Wisconsin pharmacist whom police say deliberately sabotaged hundreds of covid-19 vaccine doses last December, to three years in federal prison, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Brandenburg had earlier admitted to tampering with the vaccines over…Read more...
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FDA approves first new Alzheimer’s drug in almost 20 years

Usefulness of aducanumab is disputed but US approval will trigger push to make it available globallyA controversial new drug for Alzheimer’s disease, the first in nearly 20 years, was approved in the US on Monday, triggering pressure to make it available worldwide in spite of mixed evidence over its efficacy.While doctors, patients and the organisations that support them are desperate for treatments that can slow mental deterioration, the usefulness of the new drug,aducanumab, is disputed by sc...
Tags: Health, Science, Drugs, US, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Alzheimer's, Fda, Biogen


FDA to announce its decision on new Alzheimer’s drug

Usefulness of aducanumab is disputed but US approval will trigger push to make it available globallyA new drug for Alzheimer’s disease, the first in nearly 20 years, may be approved in the US on Monday, which would trigger pressure to make it available worldwide.Any decision is likely to be controversial. While doctors, patients and the organisations that support them are desperate for treatments that can slow mental deterioration, the usefulness of the new drug,aducanumab, is disputed by scien...
Tags: Health, Science, Drugs, US, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Alzheimer's, Fda, Biogen


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


HIV after Covid: Anthony Fauci and an army of researchers seek to regain momentum

In the summer of 1981, public health professionals faced a terrifying crisis. Their work helped shape victories against the current pandemic – but some fear hard-won ground is lostAs Anthony Fauci marks 40 years since HIV emerged, he regrets how the extraordinary disruptions that Covid-19 have wreaked upon society have hampered efforts to tackle the major pandemic that preceded it. Related: 'Brand-new disease, no treatment, no cure': how Anthony Fauci's fight against Aids prepared him to tackl...
Tags: Science, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, US domestic policy, Aids and HIV, Anthony Fauci, Coronavirus


Which Countries Will Receive America's Donated Covid-19 Vaccine Doses?

The White House announced on Thursday that the U.S. will donate at least 80 million covid-19 doses to countries around the world by the end of June, with the first 25 million doses going out to nations in the very near future. But where exactly are the doses heading?Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Medicine, White House, America, Medical Research, World Health Organization, Vaccines, Clinical Trials, Covid 19, Covax, Covid 19 Vaccine, Covid 19 Vaccines, Pfizerbiontech Covid 19 Vaccine, Covid 19 Vaccination In Africa, Covid 19 Vaccination In Indonesia


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


Drug may help more women survive hereditary breast cancer

International trials of olaparib were stopped early as benefits of ‘groundbreaking’ drug became clearWomen with hereditary breast cancer, triggered by the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, stand a better chance of survival following successful trials of a drug that cuts the likelihood of the cancer returning after treatment.A major trial carried out by academic researchers to see whether olaparib can prevent recurrence was stopped early – after two-and-a-half years instead of the planned 10 years – when the...
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