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Covid testing failures at UK lab ‘should have been flagged within days’

Senior scientists say problems at Immensa site show private firms should not be carrying out PCR testsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHealth officials should have known about major failings at a private Covid testing lab within days of the problem arising, rather than taking weeks to shut down operations at the site, senior scientists say.About 43,000 people, mostly in south-west England, are believed to have wrongly been told they did not have the virus by Immensa He...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Healthcare Industry, Health policy, Wolverhampton, south west England, Coronavirus, Immensa Health Clinic, Immensa


Countdown to ecstasy: how music is being used in healing psychedelic trips

Jon Hopkins timed his upcoming album to the length of a ketamine high, while apps are using AI music to tailor drug experiences. Welcome to a techno-chemical new frontierTwo hundred psychedelic enthusiasts have converged in Austin, Texas for a “ceremonial concert” on the autumn equinox. People sprawl on yoga mats around a circular stage as staffers pace the candlelit warehouse, jingling bells and spritzing essential oils. While psychedelic drugs are prohibited, some attenders seem in an altered ...
Tags: Health, Music, Science, Drugs, Society, Mental Health, Culture, Psychedelia, Coldplay, Electronic Music, Brian Eno, Experimental music, Hopkins, Austin Texas, Jon Hopkins, Ram Dass


Global heating ‘may lead to epidemic of kidney disease’

Deadly side-effect of heat stress is threat to rising numbers of workers in hot climates, doctors warn‘You shouldn’t work if your kidneys are failing – but people can’t afford not to’Read more in the Harmed by heat seriesChronic kidney disease linked to heat stress could become a major health epidemic for millions of workers around the world as global temperatures increase over the coming decades, doctors have warned.More research into the links between heat and CKDu – chronic kidney disease of ...
Tags: Science, Human Rights, Americas, Society, World news, Diabetes, Agriculture, Global development, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Global Health, High Blood Pressure, Cop26, Workers' rights


Offshoot of Covid Delta variant on the rise in England

UK Health Security Agency monitoring AY.4.2 as daily cases at highest level since late JulyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA newly detected coronavirus variant is on the rise in England, with the virus believed to be an offshoot of Delta.According to a briefing from the UK Health Security Agency, released on Friday, “a Delta sublineage newly designated as AY.4.2 is noted to be expanding in England”, with the body adding that the variant is being monitored and assesse...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, UK Health Security Agency, Covid Delta


Fears grow in England over rise of new Covid Delta variant

UK Health Security Agency monitoring AY.4.2 as daily cases at highest level since late JulyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA newly detected coronavirus variant is on the rise in England, with the virus believed to be an offshoot of the Delta variant.According to a briefing from the UK Health Security Agency, released on Friday, “a Delta sublineage newly designated as AY.4.2 is noted to be expanding in England”, with the body adding that the variant is being monitored...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, UK Health Security Agency, Covid Delta


Factory farms of disease: how industrial chicken production is breeding the next pandemic

At least eight types of bird flu, all of which can kill humans, are circulating around the world’s factory farms – and they could be worse than Covid-19One day last December, 101,000 chickens at a gigantic farm near the city of Astrakhan in southern Russia started to collapse and die. Tests by the state research centre showed that a relatively new strain of lethal avian flu known as H5N8 was circulating, and within days 900,000 birds at the Vladimirskaya plant were hurriedly slaughtered to prev...
Tags: Health, Food, Business, Science, Biology, China, Russia, Environment, Society, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Farming


Pregnant women at risk from NHS workers’ mixed messages over safety of jab

Expectant mothers tell helpline that midwives are advising them against vaccines despite threat posed by virus• Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coveragePregnant women are being advised by some health professionals not to have the Covid vaccine despite that they should encourage them to get the jab. One in six of the most critically ill Covid patients requiring life-saving care are unvaccinated pregnant women, figures released last week show.Yet messages sent to the Vaccin...
Tags: Health, Science, Pregnancy, Society, UK News, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Ultrasound trial offers hope for brain cancer patients

New technique temporarily allows drugs to cross blood brain barrier to treat tumoursA technique has been developed that could revolutionise the treatment of brain cancers and neurodegenerative diseases by temporarily allowing drugs and other substances to cross the blood brain barrier – a structure that separates the brain’s blood vessels from the rest of its tissues.A trial in four women whose breast cancer had spread to the brain showed that magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS...
Tags: Health, Science, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Neuroscience, Society, Medical Research, Alzheimer's


Homegrown Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news


Local Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news


‘The real problem is the repetition of mistakes’: Scientists react to Covid inquiry

Senior scientists say failure to prevent second wave was inexcusable given what was known about the virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe failure to prevent tens of thousands of deaths during Britain’s brutal second wave of Covid infections was a more serious error than the timing of the first lockdown, senior scientists have told the Guardian, after a damning report by MPs on the handling of the pandemic.The scientific advisory group for emergencies (Sage) warned ...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


Government must be transparent about science advice it receives

Analysis: inquiry into UK’s response to Covid crisis shows Sage guidance should be put in public domain as soon as possibleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe parliamentary inquiry into the UK’s response to the Covid crisis raises the serious issue of transparency around scientific advice – and why this remains crucial even as the country moves beyond an emergency situation.The 151-page “Coronavirus: lessons learned to date report”, led by two former Conservative mini...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Conservative, Society, UK News, Health policy, Patrick Vallance, Coronavirus, Chris Whitty, Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies SAGE


Can migraines be untangled by new medical thinking?

Dr Peter Goadsby’s pioneering work has changed our understanding of migraines. Eva Wiseman, who has endured them since she was a child, hears how he found his way to the source of the pain – and what can be done about itI started yawning, and that was it. That was the sign a migraine was beginning, that I was rolling slowly down that padded cliff. It was inevitable that this would happen half an hour before my interview with neurologist Dr Peter Goadsby, the man forcing the world to take migrain...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, Medical Research, Eva Wiseman, Goadsby, Peter Goadsby


Study finds Covid-19 pandemic worsened mental health around the world

Estimated 76m extra cases of anxiety and 53m extra cases of depression during pandemic, say researchersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCases of anxiety and depression around the world increased dramatically in 2020, researchers have found, with an estimated 76m extra cases of anxiety and 53m extra cases of major depressive disorder than would have been expected had Covid not struck.The study is the latest to suggest the pandemic has taken a serious toll on mental heal...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, Coronavirus, COVID


Covid antiviral pill halves hospitalisations and deaths, maker says

If approved, Merck’s drug would be first simple oral medication shown to be effective against coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn antiviral pill was found to reduce hospitalisations and deaths by half in patients newly diagnosed with Covid-19, according to results announced on Friday.If approved, the drug made by the US firm Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics would be the first simple oral medication shown to be effective against Covid-19, which would mark ...
Tags: Health, Science, US, Merck, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Coronavirus, COVID, Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics


Covid can infect cells in pancreas that make insulin, research shows

Results of two studies may explain why some people develop diabetes after catching the virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 can infect insulin-producing cells in the pancreas and change their function, potentially explaining why some previously healthy people develop diabetes after catching the virus.Doctors are increasingly concerned about the growing number of patients who have developed diabetes either while infected with coronavirus, or shortly after reco...
Tags: Science, Society, World news, Diabetes, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Coronavirus


Smokers up to 80% more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid, study says

Data also finds smokers more likely to die from disease compared with those who have never smoked Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSmokers are 60%-80% more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19 and also more likely to die from the disease, data suggests.A study, which pooled observational and genetic data on smoking and Covid-19 to strengthen the evidence base, contradicts research published at the start of the pandemic suggesting that smoking might help to ...
Tags: Health, Science, Smoking, Society, Coronavirus


Smokers up to 80% likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid, study suggests

Data also finds smokers more likely to die from disease compared with those who have never smoked Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSmokers are 60%-80% more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19 and also more likely to die from the disease, data suggests.A study, which pooled observational and genetic data on smoking and Covid-19 to strengthen the evidence base, contradicts research published at the start of the pandemic suggesting that smoking might help to ...
Tags: Health, Science, Smoking, Society, Coronavirus


Smokers much more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19, study suggests

Data also finds smokers more likely to die from disease compared with those who have never smoked Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSmokers are 60%-80% more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19 and also more likely to die from the disease, data suggests.A study, which pooled observational and genetic data on smoking and Covid-19 to strengthen the evidence base, contradicts research published at the start of the pandemic suggesting that smoking might help to ...
Tags: Health, Science, Smoking, Society, Coronavirus


How standup comedy helped me conquer anxiety, depression – and fear of public speaking

Finding a humorous angle to some of my darkest episodes – and sharing them with strangers – was strangely cathartic“Have you gone mad?” asked one friend. “You’re so brave. I could never do that. Wouldn’t meditation be wiser?” said another. For someone with a long history of depression and anxiety, plus a morbid fear of public speaking, taking up standup comedy might seem like a masochistic decision. Yet to me it makes perfect sense. Excruciating fear of failure is at the heart of most people’s a...
Tags: Psychology, Comedy, Science, Life and style, Society, Depression, Anxiety, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Hertfordshire


The great sperm heist: ‘They were playing with people’s lives’

Paul was in his 80s when someone called to say she was his daughter, conceived in a fertility clinic with his sperm. The only problem? He’d never donated anyFor 40 years, Catherine Simpson thought she knew who she was: a nurse, a mother of three, a daughter and a sister. She looked like her mother, Sarah, but had the same temperament as her father, George: calm, unflustered, kind.Then her father died. There was a dispute over his will, and that led her mother to call and tell her something that ...
Tags: Health, Family, Science, Life and style, Society, UK News, Harley Street, Doctors, Reproduction, Parents and parenting, Private healthcare, Catherine, Sarah, Sperm Donation, George, PAUL


‘Highly effective’ ovarian cancer treatment could help thousands of women

New drug combination shrunk tumours significantly in 46% of patients with treatment-resistant form of disease Thousands of women with ovarian cancer could benefit from a revolutionary drug combination after it was shown to shrink tumours in half of patients with an advanced form of the disease.The pair of drugs – which work together to block the signals cancer cells need to grow – could offer a new treatment option for women with a type of ovarian cancer that rarely responds to chemotherapy or h...
Tags: Health, Science, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Society, Medical Research, Ovarian Cancer


‘I felt this huge relief’: how antibody injections free the immunosuppressed under Covid

FDA emergency authorizations boost use of periodic antibody injections, or PrEP, to complement vaccinationsA proud sports mom, Shantay Brown longs to pack into a crowded stadium for her son’s Ohio State football games and scream her face off over the action on the field. Related: Doctors treating unvaccinated Covid patients are succumbing to compassion fatigue Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, US healthcare, US domestic policy, Fda, Vaccines and immunisation, Ohio State, Coronavirus, Shantay Brown


Ministers told to bar EU from UK trial data in vaccines row

England’s deputy medical chief asked for data to be withheld unless British vaccine guinea pigs allowed to travel abroad• Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageEngland’s deputy chief medical officer asked ministers to withhold all UK clinical trial data from the EU if European countries continued to deny entry to British vaccine trial volunteers, the Observer can reveal.Jonathan Van-Tam made the extraordinary proposal after months of uncertainty for the 19,000 volunteers ...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, England, Science, Drugs, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Novavax, Jonathan Van Tam


‘The virus is painfully real’: vaccine hesitant people are dying – and their loved ones want the world to listen

In the UK, the majority of those now in hospital with Covid-19 are unvaccinated. Many face their last days with enormous regret, and their relatives are telling their stories to try to convince others like themMatt Wynter, a 42-year-old music agent from Leek, Staffordshire, was working out in his local gym in mid-August when he saw, to his great surprise, that his best friend, Marcus Birks, was on the television. He jumped off the elliptical trainer and listened carefully.The first thing he noti...
Tags: Psychology, Health, UK, Science, Biology, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Marcus, Birks, Wynter, Coronavirus, COVID


Fully vaccinated people account for 1.2% of England’s Covid-19 deaths

ONS figures show 51,281 Covid-19 deaths occurred between January and July, with 458 dying at least 21 days after their second doseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople who were fully vaccinated accounted for just 1.2% of all deaths involving Covid-19 in England in the first seven months of this year.The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), have been seized on as proof of the success of the vaccine rollout. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Office For National Statistics, Ons, Office for National Statistics ONS, Coronavirus, COVID


Is reality real? These neuroscientists don’t think so.

Is there an external reality? Is reality objective? Is the information your senses are feeding you an accurate depiction of reality? Most neuroscientists and scientific leaders believe that we can only comprehend a sliver of what is true reality. Although we assume our senses are telling us the truth, they're actually fabricated to us. Considering senses are unique from person to person, and through our unique senses we can only intemperate a fraction of what is real, there is no all-encompassin...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Identity, Time, Society, Data, Brain, Innovation, Population, Philosophy, Senses, Evolutionary Psychology, Cognitive Science, Human body, Objective Reality


UK vaccine volunteers to help prepare for next virus at new Pandemic Institute

The Liverpool site will work with other international centres to research the threat of emerging disruptive diseasesA new scientific institute which aims to prevent future pandemics may have been able to save thousands of lives by accelerating vaccine development had it existed before December 2019, its researchers believe.Liverpool’s new Pandemic Institute will include a new human challenge facility, where volunteers will test new vaccines and treatments under controlled conditions. Continue re...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Liverpool, Microbiology, Epidemics, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Pandemic Institute


Covid cases rising in Wales but more lockdowns ‘not inevitable’

Mark Drakeford, first minister, insists it is possible to avoid further lockdowns if people behave sensiblyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, has warned that Covid infections are rising sharply, with the current wave expected to peak at the end of this month. However, he said it was possible to avoid further lockdowns if people behaved sensibly.Drakeford said the Welsh cabinet would meet next week to discuss whether vaccination p...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Biology, Wales, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Mark Drakeford, Drakeford, Coronavirus


Covid vaccine boosters could get go-ahead within days, says Javid

Health secretary also says decision imminent on jabs for 12- to 15-year-olds, with children allowed final sayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Covid vaccine booster programme and jabs for 12- to 15-year-olds could be given the go-ahead within days, Sajid Javid has said, as he confirmed that young people will have the right to overrule their parents on whether to be vaccinated.The health secretary said he expected to hear from the UK’s four chief medical officers in ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Sajid Javid, Javid, Coronavirus



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