Posts for health

Why some people find it harder to be happy

Black Salmon Jolanta Burke, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences The self-help industry is booming, fuelled by research on positive psychology – the scientific study of what makes people flourish. At the same time, the rates of anxiety, depression and self-harm continue to soar worldwide. So are we doomed […]

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First UK cases of Omicron variant

After overnight genome sequencing, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has confirmed that two cases of COVID-19 with mutations consistent with B.1.1.529 have been identified in the UK. The individuals that have tested positive, and all members of their households, are being re-tested and told to self-isolate while further testing […]

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New Living With Dementia Toolkit available

From University of Exeter: The experience of thousands of people affected by dementia has fed into a new resource which aims to be a comprehensive guide to supporting people to live as well as possible with the condition. A wide range of advice, resources, and accounts of people’s own experiences […]

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Travel and the new Covid variant

The government is taking precautionary action against a new COVID-19 variant by introducing travel restrictions on arrivals from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia from midday today (Friday 26 November). It comes as Variant B.1.1.529 is declared a Variant under Investigation (VuI) by the UK Health Security Agency […]

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Why it’s still a scientific mystery how some can live past 100 – and how to crack it

Centenarian buddies in Sardinia. Sabino Parente/Shutterstock Richard Faragher, University of Brighton and Nir Barzilai, Albert Einstein College of Medicine A 35-year-old man only has a 1.5% chance of dying in the next ten years. But the same man at 75 has a 45% chance of dying before he reaches 85. […]

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Four ways to stop COVID ruining Christmas again in 2021

To go ahead this year, Christmas celebrations may need to be more low key than they would usually be. PorporLing/Shutterstock Simon Nicholas Williams, Swansea University This autumn the UK has had between 30,000 and 50,000 new COVID cases each day, and globally cases are rising again after months of steady […]

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Covid symptoms have changed

Be aware of the following symptoms of Covid:

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Novavax COVID vaccine is nearing approval – but what impact will it have?

oasisamuel/Shutterstock Michael Head, University of Southampton The pandemic has been rumbling on for two years and is probably going to rumble on for years to come. And despite recent excitement about new drugs to treat COVID, it’s still vaccines that will underpin each country’s route out of the pandemic. Immunisation […]

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Govn commit to invest in neurodegenerative diseases research

From the Government: People living with neurodegenerative diseases could live longer, healthier lives due to innovative new research, following a government commitment to invest £375 million over the next 5 years. At least £50 million will be made available specifically for research to help find a cure for motor neurone […]

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From Monday, book your booster jab online if eligible

The government and the NHS have changed the booster booking system to make it easier for people to get their jab. From Monday 8th November, the National Booking System will allow someone to pre-book their booster appointment a month before they are eligible. Everyone aged over 50 and all those most at […]

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