New 90-minute tests for flu and Coronavirus set to be rolled out in the UK

August 4th, 2020
New 90-minute tests for flu and Coronavirus set to be rolled out in the UK

A new rapid test for Coronavirus and flu is set to be rolled out in the UK. From next week (Monday 10th August), the tests, which deliver results in 90 minutes, will be available in care homes and laboratories. The on-the-spot swab tests will help to distinguish between COVID-19 and seasonal illnesses, including flu. It […]

July 15th, 2020

Gloucester barber trains staff to detect signs of mental health issues in clients The owner of a barber shop in Gloucester has trained all staff members to detect signs of mental health issues in clients. The Pride Salon, which is now reopening to the public after the lockdown, has provided staff with training through the […]

DIY Covid-19 test set to be trialled in UK pilot

June 24th, 2020
DIY Covid-19 test set to be trialled in UK pilot

A DIY, no-swab Covid-19 test is set to be piloted in the UK. Researchers based at Southampton University are overseeing a four-week trial of the DIY test, which will involve more than 14,000 participants. The test is a no-swab saliva test, which enables individuals to spit into a tube. The aim is to determine whether […]

British scientists to test drug to target blood clots linked to Covid-19

June 16th, 2020
British scientists to test drug to target blood clots linked to Covid-19

British scientists are testing an experimental drug to target blood clots linked to Covid-19. The trial has been funded by the British Heart Foundation and is designed to provide more information about the relationship between potentially life-threatening blood clots and hormone imbalances. A third of patients who receive hospital treatment for Covid-19 develop blood clots, […]

Scientists suggest malaria drug is not effective in treating Covid-19

June 9th, 2020
Scientists suggest malaria drug is not effective in treating Covid-19

Researchers from the University of Oxford have suggested that a malaria drug, which has been touted as a possible treatment for Covid-19, is not effective. There has been a lot of talk about Hydroxychloroquine in the press, most notably because President Trump admitted to taking it, but researchers have claimed that it is not an […]

ONS survey suggests around 7% of the population have had Coronavirus

June 3rd, 2020
ONS survey suggests around 7% of the population have had Coronavirus

A recent survey conducted by the Office of National Statistics suggests that around 7% of the population has had Coronavirus. Antibody tests sent out to random households suggest that approximately 7% of the population in England has been infected by Covid-19. The findings are based on a sample of 885 people collected after the 26th […]

New research on mental health suggests young people are worst affected by Covid-19 crisis

May 27th, 2020
New research on mental health suggests young people are worst affected by Covid-19 crisis

A new study suggests that young people are most likely to feel anxious and low as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. Research conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) revealed that 70% of 18-24-year-olds are feeling more anxious than usual. This is significantly higher than in other age groups, with 47% of […]

UK Government adds loss of taste and smell to Coronavirus symptoms following scientific advice

May 19th, 2020
UK Government adds loss of taste and smell to Coronavirus symptoms following scientific advice

The UK Government has added a loss of taste and smell to a list of key Covid-19 symptoms to look out for, following advice from scientific experts. Until recently, members of the public were advised to isolate for a fever and a cough, but a loss of smell and taste have now been added to […]

Survey suggests young men are most likely to break lockdown rules

May 12th, 2020
Survey suggests young men are most likely to break lockdown rules

A survey conducted by researchers at the University of Sheffield and Ulster University has revealed that young males are most likely to break lockdown rules. Teams based at the universities surveyed almost 2,000 people aged between 13 and 24 years old. Around 50% of male participants had met friends or family members during lockdown, compared […]

Southampton hospital trials new Coronavirus drug

May 6th, 2020
Southampton hospital trials new Coronavirus drug

Doctors at University Hospital Southampton are trialling a new drug, which could be used to treat patients with COVID-19. Developed by Synairgen, a UK-based biotech firm, the drug uses interferon beta, a protein, to fight the virus. Interferon beta is produced when the body is under attack. Chief executive of Synairgen, Richard Marsden, explained that […]

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