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Failing to quarantine infected patients is to blame for second Covid-19 wave, warns the WHO

A failure to quarantine enough coronavirus patients is to blame for the second wave rolling across Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. WHO emergencies director Dr Michael Ryan linked soaring transmission rates on the continent to failing contact tracing systems that were not catching and isolating enough close contacts of infected people. Dr Ryan […]

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Coronavirus: Why you MUST wash your face mask more regularly

Wearing a face covering became a condition of entry to indoor public spaces in the UK in late July — and, according to at least one poll, some people haven’t washed their reusable masks or changed their disposable ones since. As many as 85 per cent of us aren’t washing our fabric face coverings properly […]

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Why doctors may start prescribing nicotine to help beat disease

Matt Eagles smoked his first cigarettes — which he bought quite easily from the local newsagent — aged 12. ‘I was the sort of kid who just liked being naughty, but it soon became a regular habit,’ says the 51-year-old from Cuddington, Cheshire. It’s a story familiar to millions, but while smoking is universally regarded […]

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Finally given hope…by the kindness of strangers

When Harrison Smith finished his first triathlon, it was not the fact he was only eight years old that was amazing. It was that his father, Alex, had carried him throughout — swimming him through 2.3 miles of cold, Danish water; towing him 112 miles on the back of his bike; and pushing him in […]

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How porridge got posh

If there were a prize for the healthiest breakfast, humble porridge would win. Oats provide slow-release carbs that give us energy, B vitamins for a healthy nervous system, and beta glucan, a type of fibre that keeps ‘bad’ cholesterol levels in check. ‘We need at least 3g of beta glucan a day to get the […]

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Daily coronavirus infection rates are higher in the UK, Europe, than in the US

Even as the US enters its dreaded third wave of the coronavirus pandemic and cases tick up, daily infection rates in much of Europe are not outpacing the American outbreak.  By sheer number, of course, the US is still seeing the largest number of daily new cases, with more than 48,000 infections reported Sunday.  Yet […]

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Face the facts about your coronavirus PPE

Wearing a face covering became a condition of entry to indoor public spaces in the UK in late July — and, according to at least one poll, some people haven’t washed their reusable masks or changed their disposable ones since. As many as 85 per cent of us aren’t washing our fabric face coverings properly […]

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Former FDA head says the US is entering the ‘biggest wave’ of the coronavirus pandemic

The former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the US is entering the ‘biggest wave’ of the coronavirus pandemic. Dr Scott Gottlieb, who ran the agency from May 2017 to April 2019, said the increasing numbers of cases and hospitalizations present a huge challenge to the country without a vaccine. ‘We’re […]

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Why the demise of the family doctor will be the death of us

When I started out as a GP some 35 years ago, the doctor was expected to give his dying patients his home telephone number, whether or not he was on call. We were kind to our patients but, as a consequence, less kind to our families. One way of compensating was to take one of my […]

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Has the stress of Covid given Boris dandruff?

As though Boris Johnson didn’t have enough to contend with, last week he was pictured in the House of Commons with what appeared to be white flakes of dandruff across the shoulders of his dark blue suit. We know it’s a condition the Prime Minister has battled before — not least because he was very […]