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  • Hundreds recalled over shoulder op concerns at Walsall hospital
    on September 26, 2022 at 11:46 am

    Some patients have lost the full use of their arm after surgery at Walsall Manor Hospital. […]

  • NHS Scotland strikes are last resort, says union leader
    on September 26, 2022 at 5:17 am

    Unite general secretary Sharon Graham warned that NHS union members are prepared to strike. […]

  • Can the NHS learn from Germany’s health system?
    on September 24, 2022 at 2:30 am

    Despite public support for the NHS, satisfaction levels have fallen, raising thoughts of reform. […]

  • How many cases in your area?
    on September 23, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK […]

  • Covid: First rise in infections in UK since July
    on September 23, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    The largest rise was in secondary school children as the new term started, according to the ONS. […]

  • Covid-19 raises risk of long-term brain injury, large US study finds
    on September 23, 2022 at 2:34 am

    CHICAGO – People who had Covid-19 are at higher risk for a host of brain injuries a year later compared with people who were never infected by the coronavirus, a finding that could affect millions of Americans, US researchers reported on Thursday. The year-long study, published in Nature Medicine, assessed brain health across 44 different disorders using medical records without patient identifiers from millions of US veterans. Brain and other neurological disorders occurred in seven per cent more of those who had been infected with Covid compared with a similar group of veterans who had never been infected. That translates into roughly 6.6 million Americans who had brain impairments linked with their Covid infections, the team said. "The results show the devastating long-term effects of Covid-19," senior author Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly of Washington University School of Medicine said in a statement. Al-Aly and colleagues at Washington University School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System studied medical records from 154,000 US veterans who had tested positive for Covid from March 1, 2020 to Jan 15, 2021. […]

  • Cancer-killing virus shows promise in patients
    on September 23, 2022 at 12:00 am

    One man injected with the modified cold sore virus saw his tumour completely disappear. […]

  • NHS waiting list in Wales: Patients turn to surgery abroad
    on September 22, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    As the waiting list reaches a record 743,000, patients are self-funding treatment in Lithuania. […]

  • Pret a Manger customer had fatal reaction to 'vegan' wrap
    on September 22, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    Celia Marsh had a severe dairy allergy and ate food labelled as vegan that had traces of milk in it. […]

  • £500m funding to help hospitals discharge patients
    on September 22, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    The money is part of a package of measures to support NHS and care system this winter, ministers say. […]

  • BT Group: Hundreds of 999 call handlers to join strikes
    on September 21, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Emergency call centre staff will join 40,000 BT workers walking out in October, their union says. […]

  • Many English maternity units not meeting safety standards
    on September 21, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    More than half of England's maternity units require improvements in safety, BBC analysis finds. […]

  • When are the £400 energy rebate and other cost-of-living payments due?
    on September 21, 2022 at 11:14 am

    The latest cost-of-living support payments include grants worth £150 for six million disabled people. […]

  • What happens in an alcohol addiction detox unit?
    on September 21, 2022 at 5:08 am

    Current and former patients, along with medical specialists, share their stories with the BBC. […]

  • Covid booster: Who can get another jab this autumn?
    on September 15, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Over-50s can get another Covid booster, as can younger people who are at higher risk, and NHS staff. […]

  • Hormone replacement therapy and menopause: What you need to know about HRT
    on September 7, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    HRT can help with menopausal symptoms. If you're thinking about taking it, here's what you need to consider. […]

  • Prostate cancer symptoms and treatment: What to check for
    on September 1, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. […]

  • Nottingham maternity crisis: What are families calling for?
    on August 31, 2022 at 5:22 am

    With a review to start into Nottingham's maternity services, the BBC looks back at what led to it. […]

  • Community transport: ‘It was a reason to get up in the morning’
    on August 27, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Fuel prices are affecting volunteer community transport drivers helping elderly people in rural areas. […]

  • Energy prices: It's costing more to keep me alive
    on August 26, 2022 at 10:43 am

    Dawn White has renal failure and worries about the growing energy cost of her haemodialysis machine. […]

  • Stephen Barclay challenged on ambulance delays
    on August 25, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    A woman approached the health secretary during an interview, accusing him of doing nothing about ambulance delays. […]

  • Early at-home abortions made permanent in England and Wales
    on August 23, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    Terminations at home had been allowed temporarily in England and Wales during the pandemic. […]

  • Covid in China: Hippo, fish and crabs get PCR tests
    on August 19, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Officials in the city of Xiamen have ordered PCR tests for seafood after some 40 people got Covid. […]

  • Dame Deborah James's mother on life without her daughter
    on August 16, 2022 at 5:17 am

    Heather James spoke to BBC Breakfast about how her family owe it to her daughter to enjoy life. […]

  • Polio: What is it and how does it spread?
    on August 10, 2022 at 11:04 am

    What is polio and how can you protect yourself from it? […]

  • Sore throat and cough top symptoms that could be Covid
    on July 14, 2022 at 11:54 am

    That is according to UK data from 17,500 people this week who say they have Covid. […]

  • Covid: What is the guidance across the UK now?
    on July 1, 2022 at 9:59 am

    Almost all of the UK's Covid rules have ended, two years after they were introduced. […]

  • BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron: How worried should we be?
    on July 1, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Surges of Covid are happening again around the world, driven by some new subvariants of Omicron. […]

  • How to get a Covid test
    on May 3, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    Most people in England and Scotland no longer get free PCRs or LFTs, and rules vary across the rest of the UK. […]

  • Covid: How to look after yourself at home
    on April 6, 2022 at 9:25 am

    What can you expect if you have Covid, and when should you get extra help? […]

  • What are the latest rules for face coverings and masks?
    on March 16, 2022 at 10:22 am

    Rules around face coverings are easing across the UK but they are still required in some settings. […]

  • Almost a third of people report lingering symptom 6 to 12 months after Covid-19: Study
    on March 5, 2022 at 3:02 am

    Almost a third of people report at least one ongoing symptom between six and 12 months after their coronavirus infection, a survey of 152,000 people in Denmark has found. The study includes one of the largest groups yet of people who were not hospitalised with Covid, and followed them for longer than other major studies, the researchers from Denmark's State Serum Institute (SSI) said. The questionnaire-based study suggested that the most commonly reported long-term symptoms were changes in sense of smell and taste, as well as fatigue. Conducted between September 2020 and April 2021, well before the recent Omicron variant surge, the survey compared the responses of 61,002 people who had tested positive for the coronavirus six, nine or 12 months before with those of 91,878 people who had tested negative. In total, 29.6 per cent of the respondents who had tested positive reported at least one ongoing physical symptom six to 12 months after infection, compared to 13 per cent in the control group. […]

  • How will the vulnerable be protected from Covid? And other questions
    on February 22, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    The government has announced the end of all Covid restrictions in England. […]

  • End of Covid regulations: What if I'm still worried?
    on February 22, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    What would ending isolation rules in England mean for people who are worried about getting Covid? […]

  • How do we know Covid vaccines are safe?
    on February 15, 2022 at 11:30 am

    Busting myths and explaining the facts around vaccines. […]

  • Health screening in Singapore - how much does a comprehensive health screening cost?
    by Joanne Poh on January 11, 2022 at 5:10 am

    Just about every Singaporean knows about the importance of health screenings. After all, catching a serious ailment too late could mean death or huge medical bills. But how much do you really know about health screenings and how much they cost in Singapore? Here’s the low down. Price list: Health screening packages in Singapore As it turns out, the cost of health screenings in Singapore can vary… quite wildly, actually. Here are some health screening prices compiled from a mix of public hospitals, private hospitals and private clinics. […]

  • Omicron: How do I know if I have it?
    on January 4, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    The symptoms are similar to a cold, while genetic analysis is the only way to confirm the variant. […]

  • Covid-19 vaccines and booster shots: Which combination is most effective?
    by Grace Koh on December 31, 2021 at 4:50 am

    In the past two years living with Covid-19, numerous measures have been taken to defend against the virus, and the Covid-19 vaccines are one of them. The Singapore government has been rolling out its vaccination campaign, providing free vaccination shots to residents. Locally, the vaccines available under the national programme are Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna and Sinovac-CoronaVac Covid-19 vaccines. Now, the vaccination programme includes the addition of a booster shot. Now that booster shots are available, some of you may be considering whether to take the plunge and take the shot — but questions abound. Who is suitable? Should I take the shot? And more importantly, can I mix and match my vaccines? We find out more about booster shots and see which combinations are the most helpful, especially for those who have taken their primary vaccination shots from the national programme. […]

  • Covid: Why are 12-15s now being double-jabbed?
    on November 29, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    All children aged 12 to 15 are being offered two doses of Covid vaccine. […]

  • Covid: When can teenagers get a second dose?
    on November 17, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    All 16 and 17 year-olds in the UK can now have a second dose 12 weeks after the first. […]

  • Covid vaccine ‘waning immunity’: How worried should I be?
    on November 14, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Is the effectiveness of Covid vaccines waning over time? We look at how much protection being double vaccinated offers. […]

  • Booster shot improves immune response of chemotherapy patients; post-Covid depression helped by widely used drugs
    on October 7, 2021 at 6:27 am

    The following is a summary of some recent studies on Covid-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that have yet to be certified by peer review. Chemo patients' response to vaccine improves with booster A new study helps quantify the improved protection against Covid-19 achieved with a third booster dose of the vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE in cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. "Chemotherapy can weaken the ability of cancer patients to fight off infections and to respond appropriately to vaccines," said Deepta Bhattacharya of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, co-author of the study reported in Nature Medicine. Her team studied 53 patients receiving chemotherapy for solid-tumour cancers who received two shots of the vaccine. Almost all of the subjects had an immune response after vaccination. […]

  • All you need to know on the coronavirus
    on October 6, 2021 at 10:24 am

    A new cough, fever and change in smell or taste are the key symptoms of coronavirus. […]

  • Covid-19 pill developers aim to top Merck, Pfizer efforts
    on September 29, 2021 at 6:12 am

    As Merck & Co and Pfizer Inc prepare to report clinical trial results for experimental Covid-19 antiviral pills, rivals are lining up with what they hope will prove to be more potent and convenient oral treatments of their own. Enanta Pharmaceuticals, Pardes Biosciences, Japan's Shionogi & Co Ltd and Novartis AG said they have designed antivirals that specifically target the coronavirus while aiming to avoid potential shortcomings such as the need for multiple pills per day or known safety issues. Infectious disease experts stressed that preventing Covid-19 through wide use of vaccines remains the best way to control the pandemic. But they said the disease is here to stay and more convenient treatments are needed . "We need to have oral alternatives for suppression of this virus. We have people who aren't vaccinated getting sick, people whose vaccine protection is waning, and people who can't get vaccinated," said Dr Robert Schooley, an infectious diseases professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine. […]

  • CanSinoBIO's Covid-19 vaccine, tested at lower dosage, safe for children: Study
    on September 24, 2021 at 6:30 am

    BEIJING - CanSino Biologics' (CanSinoBIO) single-dose Covid-19 vaccine, given at a lower dosage than that for adults, is safe and triggers an immune response in children aged six to 17, results from a small trial showed. Researchers decided to lower the dosage after a few participants developed fever and headaches graded at level two severity - the second-lowest of four levels. In children, the lower dose triggered higher antibody levels than the dosage approved for use in adults in China, according to the peer-reviewed finding from a mid-stage trial. The trial recruited 150 children and around 300 adults.   The results also showed that children given one lower dose had a stronger antibody response than adults who were given a booster shot 56 days after the first dose. […]

  • Severe Covid-19 may trigger autoimmune conditions; new variants cause more virus in the air
    on September 23, 2021 at 2:04 am

    The following is a summary of some recent studies on Covid-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that have yet to be certified by peer review. Severe Covid-19 may "trip off" immune self-attacks Severe Covid-19 may trick the immune system into producing so-called autoantibodies that have the potential to eventually attack healthy tissue and cause inflammatory diseases, researchers warned in a paper published in Nature Communications. They found autoantibodies in blood samples from roughly 50 per cent of 147 Covid-19 patients they studied but in fewer than 15 per cent of 41 healthy volunteers. For 48 Covid-19 patients, the researchers had blood samples taken over different days, including the day of hospital admission, allowing them to track the development of the autoantibodies. "Within a week... about 20 per cent of these patients had developed new antibodies to their own tissues that weren't there the day they were admitted," study leader Dr Paul Utz of Stanford University said in a news release. […]

  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) 101: Symptoms, causes, treatment & recovery
    by Grace Koh on September 13, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Learn all about transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as mini-stroke, mild stroke or minor stroke. Find out its signs and symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention. What is a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or mini-stroke?  Otherwise known as a "mini-stroke", a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) happens when blood supply to part of the brain is temporarily disrupted, by a blood clot or blockage in the brain. This results in a lack of oxygen supply to the brain and causes symptoms similar to a stroke. A TIA does not last as long as a stroke. The effects of a TIA last from a few minutes up to a few hours and usually resolves within 24 hours. The clot or blockage usually dissolves or gets dislodged, clearing up the blockage. Though a mini-stroke does not usually cause permanent disabilities, it often precedes a full-blown stroke. About one in three people who experience a mini-stroke later experience a stroke. Find out more about strokes here. […]

  • Covid-19 cases rise in Australia's Victoria as regions exit lockdown
    on September 10, 2021 at 4:14 am

    SYDNEY – Australia's Covid-19 daily cases topped 1,900 for the first time in the pandemic on Friday (Sept 10) as an outbreak fuelled by the highly infectious Delta variant continued to gain ground in locked-down Sydney and Melbourne, its largest cities. Australia is in the grip of a third wave of infections with the Delta outbreak forcing officials to ditch their Covid-zero strategy in favour of suppressing the virus. They now aim to begin easing tough restrictions after reaching a higher proportion of the population with double-dose vaccinations. New South Wales (NSW), the epicentre of the country's worst outbreak, reported 1,542 new daily local cases, topping the previous high of 1,533 hits last week. Nine new deaths were registered. "So far this trajectory is what has been predicted," NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told a media briefing in Sydney, the state capital, where cases are expected to hit a peak in the next week. Berejiklian said the daily Covid-19 media briefing would be scrapped from Monday and updates would be detailed in an online video, an approach previously used when case numbers were low. […]

  • Why bonding over the Euros appeared to increase Covid cases in men
    on August 1, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Psychologists say men need to be part of a group in order to vent their feelings and emotions. […]

  • Beta coronavirus variant: What is the risk?
    on July 29, 2021 at 8:57 am

    There are fears that this version of coronavirus, first identified in South Africa, is […]