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 […]

UK prepares to trial plasma treatment for COVID-19

April 22nd, 2020
UK prepares to trial plasma treatment for COVID-19

The UK is set to start trials on plasma treatment for patients affected by COVID-19. Representatives from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) are contacting people who have recovered from the virus in a bid to recruit patients willing to participate in the treatment trial. Participants will be asked to donate blood in the hope that […]

Military personnel to provide backup for ambulance workers

April 14th, 2020
Military personnel to provide backup for ambulance workers

Members of the Armed Forces have been called upon to provide backup for ambulance workers, as the UK fights the coronavirus pandemic. Military personnel have already been heavily involved in the distribution of PPE and medical supplies, including oxygen and ventilators, and the construction of the new Nightingale Hospitals in London and Birmingham. Now, members […]

Health experts urge patients to call 999 for emergency care amid fears some are avoiding seeking urgent help to ease pressures on services

April 7th, 2020
Health experts urge patients to call 999 for emergency care amid fears some are avoiding seeking urgent help to ease pressures on services

Health experts are urging patients who need emergency care to call 999 amid fears that some are avoiding picking up the phone because they don’t want to increase pressure on the NHS. Patients who need help for symptoms that are not related to coronavirus are encouraged to seek help in the normal way by contacting […]

Mercedes F1 team develops new breathing device for use in hospitals

April 1st, 2020
Mercedes F1 team develops new breathing device for use in hospitals

The Mercedes Formula 1 team has responded to the government’s call for help with manufacturing emergency medical equipment to treat coronavirus patients. The team has developed a new breathing aid, which could help to keep patients out of intensive care units. Engineers from University College London worked with the F1 team and clinicians from UCLH […]

NHS encourages people to give blood following 15% drop in donations

March 25th, 2020
NHS encourages people to give blood following 15% drop in donations

The NHS is encouraging healthy individuals to consider giving blood, following a 15% drop in donations last week. As concerns about coronavirus grow, health experts are urging people who have appointments booked to keep them in a bid to maintain blood stores. A spokesman said that the impact of the drop was ‘minimal’ at the […]

Preventative HIV treatment will be available from April, health ministers confirm

March 17th, 2020
Preventative HIV treatment will be available from April, health ministers confirm

A drug, which prevents the transmission of HIV, will be available in England from April, the Department of Health has confirmed. PrEP, known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, is an antiretroviral drug, which helps to stop the transmission of HIV through unprotected sex. The tablet is taken once a day. Health secretary, Matt Hancock, suggested that the […]

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