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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


Vaccines and oxygen run out as third wave of Covid hits Uganda

Vaccine thefts reported and hospitals unable to admit patients as cases leap 2,800% in a month Uganda has all but run out of Covid-19 vaccines and oxygen as the country grapples with another wave of the pandemic.Both private and public medical facilities in the capital, Kampala and in towns across the country – including regional hubs in Entebbe, Jinja, Soroti, Gulu and Masaka – have reported running out or having acute shortages of AstraZeneca vaccines and oxygen. Hospitals report they are no l...
Tags: Health, Science, Africa, Society, World news, Uganda, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, Global development, World Health Organization, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Kampala, Masaka, Global Health, Coronavirus


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Any menstrual changes after Covid jab would be short-lived, experts say

Scientists responding to anecdotal accounts say there is no fertility risk and experiences are highly variable Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageResearchers exploring whether Covid vaccines may disrupt menstrual cycles have said any potential changes to periods are short-term and do not affect fertility.Though any link between the jab and changes in periods is yet to be proven, anecdotal accounts have been highlighted and on social media. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, Vaccines and immunisation, Women's Health, Menstruation, Coronavirus


The supersense secret: Steve Biddulph on how to become healthier, happier and more fully human

The psychologist and author believes we are tapping into only a small corner of our potential. In his latest book, he explains how to harness all our senses and gut instinctsSteve Biddulph is telling me about a patient who came to him after a life-changing incident in a car park. The woman, Andie, was getting into her car when she noticed a figure in the distance moving towards her. The young man looked nice, well dressed. He called to her, but she couldn’t make out his words. Andie’s stomach tw...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Science, Life and style, Society, Autism, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Andie, Biddulph, Steve Biddulph


‘A sacrificed generation’: psychological scars of Covid on young may have lasting impact

Young people across Europe reveal how the pandemic has made them impatient for systemic change after bearing brunt of fallout‘So many revolutions to lead’: Europe’s Gen Z on their post-Covid futureCovid-19 policies risk leaving psychological and socioeconomic scars on millions of young people across Europe, with far-reaching consequences for them and society, a wide-ranging Guardian project has revealed.Teenagers and young adults expressed profound anxiety about their future and accused governme...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Politics, Science, Protest, Education, Environment, Race, Economics, Society, UK News, World news, Mental Health, Global Economy, Young People


In rich countries, vaccines are making Covid-19 a manageable health issue | Devi Sridhar

For the UK and elsewhere the pandemic’s end is in sight, but less fortunate parts of the world urgently need helpWhen Covid-19 emerged in January 2020, governments across the world had limited strategies to deal with it. Without a vaccine or proven treatments for the disease, or even access to mass testing, the only choice political leaders faced was taking the least bad option available.There were four approaches that different governments took during the beginning of the pandemic. China, New Z...
Tags: Health, South Korea, UK, England, Science, Sweden, France, Society, UK News, World news, Thailand, Infectious Diseases, SINGAPORE HONG KONG, Devi Sridhar, Coronavirus, China New Zealand Vietnam


End of England Covid lockdown on 21 June increasingly in doubt

Date for lifting remaining curbs may be moved amid warnings of third wave driven by India variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe 21 June target for scrapping England’s remaining coronavirus restrictions appears increasingly under threat, as a senior government adviser said the country was in the early stages of a third wave.Prof Ravi Gupta, a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 ...
Tags: England, Science, India, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, BBC Radio, Ravi Gupta, Coronavirus, England Covid


Some long Covid sufferers in England waiting months for treatment

MPs call on Matt Hancock to explain ‘postcode lottery’ despite assertion that clinic network is operationalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople who remain chronically ill after Covid infections in England have had to wait months for appointments and treatment at specialist clinics set up to handle the surge in patients with long Covid.MPs called on Matt Hancock to explain the lengthy waiting times and what they described as a “shameful postcode lottery” which left s...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Science, Society, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, Long Covid


Health experts urge caution on giving Covid vaccines to UK children

As the US and Europe approve plans to immunise teenagers, scientists in Britain advise delayLaunching a programme of Covid-19 immunisations for children should be considered only in special circumstances, leading health experts have warned.They say UK medical authorities, who are currently studying how vaccines for adolescents might be administered, should move with great care over the implementation of such a programme. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Science, Children, US, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Young People, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Most children with post-Covid disease recover within six months, study finds

Small study looks at complications affecting tiny minority of children, which had caused major concernCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChildren at a leading London hospital who were admitted with a rare but severe illness as a result of coronavirus infection had made a good recovery by the end of six months, although some needed ongoing physical therapy or mental health support, according to a small study.The unusual and very serious complications of Covid experienced ...
Tags: Health, Science, London, Children, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Kawasaki, Coronavirus


Blind man has sight partly restored after pioneering treatment

Man regains ability to recognise objects in first example of successful optogenetic therapy in humansA blind man has had his sight partly restored after a form of gene therapy that uses pulses of light to control the activity of nerve cells – the first successful demonstration of so-called optogenetic therapy in humans.The 58-year-old man, from Brittany in northern France, was said to be “very excited” after regaining the ability to recognise, count, locate and touch different objects with the t...
Tags: Health, Science, France, Neuroscience, Society, Disability, Medical Research, Blindness and visual impairment, Brittany


WHO and global faith leaders call for fair access to Covid vaccines

Declaration warns that the world is at a turning point in saving poorer countries from devastationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGlobal faith leaders and senior health and humanitarian figures are calling on countries to ensure the equitable distribution of Covid vaccines, warning that the world is “at a turning point”.The signatories of an international declaration include Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization; Henrietta Fore,...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Poverty, Charities, World Health Organization, Un, Justin Welby, Vaccines and immunisation, Canterbury, International Committee of the Red Cross, Azhar, Ahmed al Tayeb, Peter Maurer, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus


Pfizer and AstraZeneca ‘highly effective’ against India Covid variant

A Public Health England study has revealed the vaccines can be up to 88% effective after a second dose Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoth the Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs are highly effective at protecting people from the strain of the Covid-19 virus first found in India, a study by Public Health England (PHE) has found.The analysis, carried out between 5 April and 16 May, found the Pfizer vaccine was 88% effective against symptomatic disease from the India variant t...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, India, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Kent, Public Health England, Public Health England PHE


Acid test: scientists show how LSD opens doors of perception

Study analysing brain scans of people finds psychedelic drug lowers barriers that constrain thoughtsWhen Aldous Huxley emerged from a mescaline trip that veered from an obsession with the folds in his trousers to wonder at the “miraculous” tubularity of the bamboo legs on his garden chairs, he offered an opinion on how the drug worked.Writing in The Doors of Perception, his 1954 book that took its name from a William Blake poem, Huxley declared that the psychedelic “lowers the efficiency of the ...
Tags: Health, Science, Drugs, Society, Mental Health, William Blake, Huxley


Return of local Covid lockdowns risks public backlash, MPs warn

Environment secretary George Eustice said he could not rule out restrictions in India variant hotspotsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe return of local lockdowns in England would trigger a huge public backlash and inflame community tensions, MPs have warned, as ministers said restrictions could remain in Covid hotspots next month.George Eustice, the environment secretary, suggested that areas where the new, virulent strain of Covid is most widespread may have to rem...
Tags: Health, England, Science, India, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, George Eustice, Coronavirus, COVID


Covid vaccine: 96% of Britons develop antibodies after one jab, study finds

Results show Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs are proving highly effectiveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 90% of Britons develop antibodies to coronavirus after having one dose of the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines, and almost 100% do so after their second jab, research shows.The findings, based on a study of 8,517 people in England and Wales, are the latest evidence to show that the two mainstays of Britain’s vaccine drive are proving highly effe...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Wales, Society, UK News, Britain, NHS, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


96% of Britons develop antibodies after one Covid jab, study finds

Results show Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs are proving highly effectiveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 90% of Britons develop antibodies to coronavirus after having one dose of the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines, and almost 100% do so after their second jab, research shows.The findings, based on a study of 8,517 people in England and Wales, are the latest evidence to show that the two mainstays of Britain’s vaccine drive are proving highly effe...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Wales, Society, UK News, Britain, NHS, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


How will isolation affect long-term immunity?

Healthy immune systems work best when exposed to microbes. So what will lockdown have done to our resistance to germs? Every time you kiss another human being intimately for 10 seconds, more than 80m bacteria are transferred from mouth to mouth. If you’re at a party and double dip your tortilla chip into the salsa three times, around 10,000 bacteria will be transferred from your lips to the dip. Say “hi” to your co-workers as you sit down at your office desk and you’ll also be greeted by over 10...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Children, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Strachan, David Strachan, Coronavirus


How to cure type 2 diabetes – without medication

It can be debilitating and last a lifetime, but type 2 diabetes, if caught early, can be reversed with weight lossIt’s 10 years since Professor Roy Taylor revolutionised treatment for type 2 diabetes with a groundbreaking study that showed the disease could be reversed through rapid weight loss. Until his research was published, type 2 diabetes was thought to be an incurable, lifelong condition. Now, for many people, we know it is not.But his achievements – and the thousands of people he has cur...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Science, Life and style, Society, Diabetes, Health & wellbeing, Roy Taylor


What can England do to combat the Indian Covid variant?

Possible measures that could be taken by the government to limit the spread of the variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe possible spread of the much-transmissible B.1.617.2 variant of Covid, first identified in India, threatens to hamper the timetable for removing lockdown restrictions, with a series of localised outbreaks detected.Here are some possible actions that could be used to limit the spread of the variant: Continue reading...
Tags: Health, England, Science, India, Society, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Paralysed man uses ‘mindwriting’ brain computer to compose sentences

Man, known as T5, was able to write 18 words a minute with more than 94% accuracy on individual letters A man who was paralysed from the neck down in an accident more than a decade ago has written sentences using a computer system that turns imagined handwriting into words.It is the first time scientists have created sentences from brain activity linked to handwriting and paves the way for more sophisticated devices to help paralysed people communicate faster and more clearly. Continue reading....
Tags: Health, Science, Neuroscience, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research



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