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New COVID-19 strain that is different from UK’s ‘highly contagious’ variant is found in California 

Scientists have discovered a new coronavirus variant in California as the state continues to struggle with a rising number of cases and deaths. The strain has been identified in more than one dozen counties and has been linked to multiple outbreaks in Santa Clara County, reported the Los Angeles Times. It remains unclear whether the […]

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Long Covid sufferer, 28, must take blood thinners for a year

A 28-year-old woman who contracted coronavirus three months ago is urging long Covid sufferers not to ignore ongoing symptoms, after doctors found blood clots on both of her lungs.  Sharing her battle with the virus on Instagram, Rachel Gunn, 28, who lives in Ireland, explained that she was in bed for nearly two weeks in October […]

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UK coronavirus: Mutations mean lockdowns needed as vaccine rolls out

Britain must keep Covid under wraps during the vaccine roll-out or it risks allowing the virus to mutate and render the jabs useless, an expert has warned. Dr Christina Pagel, a health and mathematics researcher based at University College London, said allowing the virus to continue to spreading could give the coronavirus more time to […]

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Face mask that stops you mumbling and loo that gives you health MOT: Gadgets unveiled at tech show

It seems like a lifetime ago. Just days after the 2019 General Election, health secretary Matt Hancock appeared on national TV setting out his vision for a ‘digital NHS’. He promised the newly elected Government would ‘double down on the tech agenda and bring the NHS into the 21st Century’. His plan, which included greater […]

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Rise in youngsters with eating disorders is yet another distressing cost of the Covid lockdown

It began with skipping breakfast. When the first work-from-home order was announced last year, Elle Pemberton saw little need for the bowl of porridge that had fuelled her 50-minute commute. To compensate for her new sedentary lifestyle, the 27-year-old also committed to a two-hour online workout every day. In April, she embarked on a ‘healthier’ […]

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VIVIENNE PARRY: Joan Bakewell is misguided to demand all over-80s get second jab within three weeks

I have a lot of respect for Joan Bakewell. A trailblazer, at 87 she is still making waves. But last week my heart sank when she appeared on Good Morning Britain saying she’s planning to take the Government to court over its decision to delay second doses of the Covid vaccine from three weeks to […]

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Hiccups, tinnitus and stammering are bizarre signs of Covid too, say doctors

A constant cough, high temperature, thumping headache and a sudden loss of smell or taste are all common symptoms of Covid-19. But what is now clear is that the virus can actually affect the body from head to toe. Many people complain of confusion and an inability to concentrate, while chilblain-like lesions, dubbed ‘Covid toe’, […]

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The chilling proof that even fit and young Covid victims can suffer lifelong lung damage

When it comes to Covid, our lungs are ‘ground zero’. They are one of the primary routes the virus uses to get into the body. But early on in the pandemic, chest X-ray scans revealed something else: where the images should be black, indicating healthy air-filled tissue, in many cases there was a white mist […]

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‘Breakthrough’ drug that halts ovarian cancer gives a supermarket worker, 56, new life

One of the first British patients to be given a ‘breakthrough’ drug for deadly ovarian cancer has defied the odds, after the pill kept her cancer at bay for several years. Val Simcock, 56, ran out of options in 2017 when a second bout of chemotherapy failed to halt the growth of her tumour. But […]

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DR ELLIE CANNON: Why do I get breast pain after a scan gave me the all-clear?

Two years ago I had a scan to investigate pain in my left breast, but the result was clear and eventually the pain went. A few months ago it returned but again, a scan showed no lumps. What could it be? You should always see a GP about breast pain, which is sometimes called mastalgia, […]