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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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Covid symptoms have changed

Be aware of the following symptoms of Covid:

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Iris Murdoch: what the writer and philosopher can teach us about friendship

Brian Harris / Alamy Stock Photo Cathy Mason, University of Cambridge Making friends might come easier to some people than others, but in general, we all use the same criteria for forming relationships. We are drawn to people who share our interests, or who we simply like and admire. Once […]

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Drink spiking: why so little is still known about this horrifying trend

Mooi Design / Shutterstock Lata Gautam, Anglia Ruskin University The reopening of clubs and pubs has been accompanied by alarming reports of drink spiking – deliberately adding alcohol or drugs to someone’s drink without their knowledge. Drink spiking has been reported as far back as 1903. But the nature and […]

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Food prices increase as inflation rises

From the Food Foundation:   Latest data from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) shows food prices climbed in September, making it even harder for many low-income families to buy enough food. The CPI rose by 2.9% in the 12 months to September 2021. Food price inflation was 1.4% higher in September 2021 […]

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Flu and Covid booster jab campaign

Those eligible for the free flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster jab are being urged to book their appointments as soon as possible in a new film campaign launched today (Friday 8 October) aiming to help people give themselves and their loved ones the best possible protection this winter. The new […]

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Family members eating different meals most evenings

The days where families would dig into one shared meal around the dinner table are coming to an end. Instead, new research from Bakkavor, the UK’s leading fresh prepared (convenience) food supplier, found that almost half (46%) of families with children under 18 eat different meals to one another most […]

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Festival of the Girl – tackling gender stereotypes

To celebrate the launch of the 3rd annual Festival of the Girl & International Day of the Girl, Festival of the Girl has launched their #girlpower2021 campaign. This year’s Festival of the Girl launches this Sunday 10th October to coincide with International Day of the Girl – it is a […]

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How the pandemic has changed holidaymaking in Britain

Daniel Gale/Shutterstock Anya Chapman, Bournemouth University Restrictions on foreign travel have had a big impact on British holidaymakers over the last 18 months. In the first quarter of 2021, outbound international flights taken by UK tourists were down 94% compared to the year before, while UK cruise passengers fell from […]

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