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Under the microscope: Novelist Shirley Conran, 88, answers our health quiz

Novelist Shirley Conran, 88, answers our health quiz Novelist Shirley Conran, 88, answers our health quiz.  CAN YOU RUN UP THE STAIRS? Not quite. After having a brain tumour removed in February, I moved from a house to a duplex flat, and I walk up and down the stairs every day. Originally I had a […]

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Popping jaw, cracking shoulder, whistling nose …Your very noisy body (and what it all means)

You may want a quiet life, but your body has different ideas, gurgling, clicking and buzzing all day long. Sometimes, these noises can be a sign of an underlying health issue. Here, Angela Epstein looks at the reasons behind your noisy body… GURGLING Any food we eat has to pass through eight metres of intestine. […]

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Robot hip replacement gets you home from the hospital and walking the same day

Just a few months ago, James Franklin was struggling to do everyday tasks because of constant pain in both of his hips. The pain that had built up over five years had become so severe that getting up from his office chair, or carrying shopping, would leave him wincing with agony. Even what should have […]

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When signs of dementia could actually be depression: Brain decline hiding mental illness

Paul Garnett felt ‘incredibly embarrassed’ explaining to his GP at the age of 71 that his depression was out of control. ‘I felt so ashamed of myself — a man who couldn’t cope,’ he says, recalling the difficult months that led to the appointment with his doctor. ‘Everything felt so bleak once I’d stopped working,’ […]

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Months after falling ill with the virus, puppeteer Matthew Corbett has had to move home for care

Sooty puppeteer Matthew Corbett first experienced symptoms of Covid-19 when he popped down to the cellar to fetch a bottle of wine on his birthday. As he came up the stairs on March 28, just days after the start of lockdown, the 72-year-old started to sweat, feel dizzy and was suddenly convinced there was a […]

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Are tailor-made supplements really worth the money?

Decide you want to take a vitamin supplement or two, and you face a barrage of choice — in price, formulations and health claims — and it can be impossible to know which are the best for you. This confusion has led to a rise in the popularity of online companies that promise to provide […]

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US is still in an ‘elongated first wave’ of the pandemic, Dr Fauci says

The U.S. is still in its first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, top infectious disease physician Dr Anthony Fauci believes.  ‘I look at it more as an elongated – and an exacerbation of – the original first wave,’ said Dr Fauci of the current state of the pandemic in the U.S. during at the Yahoo […]

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Fewer than HALF of Americans are now avoiding restaurants and gatherings compared to 80% in April

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to drag on, fewer Americans are taking measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. During the early days of the pandemic, people in the US were more careful about wearing masks as well as avoiding public places and gatherings.  So-called ‘pandemic fatigue’ is taking hold and the public is findings that […]

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Hospitalized patients taking aspirin daily were 47% less likely to die of COVID-19 

Taking aspirin could reduce the risk of hospitalized coronavirus patients falling severely ill or dying, a new study suggests. Researchers found that a daily low-dose pill could lower the likelihood of being admitted to the ICU or being placed on a ventilator by more than 40 percent. Additionally, it cut the risk of dying from […]

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Coronavirus patients with heart damage are up to 11 times more likely to die than those without it

Cardiac ultrasounds have revealed how prevalent heart damage is among severely ill coronavirus patients, a new study suggests.  Researchers found people hospitalized with COVID-19 were more likely to have injuries to the heart such as dysfunction of the ventricles or extra fluid around the organ from these ultrasounds, which are known as echocardiograms. What’s more, […]