New guidelines encourage monkeypox contacts to isolate for 21 days

May 24th, 2022
New guidelines encourage monkeypox contacts to isolate for 21 days

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued new guidelines to try and stem the spread of monkeypox. The UKHSA is advising anyone who is at high risk of having contracted monkeypox to isolate for 21 days. This applies to anyone who has been in direct contact with a confirmed case. Contacts have also been […]

UK officials confirm more cases of hepatitis in children

May 3rd, 2022
UK officials confirm more cases of hepatitis in children

Health officials in the UK have confirmed more cases of hepatitis in children. Investigations have uncovered a further 34 cases of the disease, which affects the liver, since April 25th. The new confirmed cases take the total number to 145 since January. The total covers cases in England (108), Scotland (17), Wales (11) and Northern […]

Covid rates fall across the UK

April 26th, 2022
Covid rates fall across the UK

Covid rates are continuing to fall across the UK. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that around 1 in 17 people would have tested positive in the week ending on April 16th. A few weeks ago, ONS data suggested that 1 in 13 people would test positive for Covid in England. […]

New guidelines recommend keeping waist measurement to half of height

April 13th, 2022
New guidelines recommend keeping waist measurement to half of height

New guidelines recommend keeping your waist measurement to half of your height to reduce the risk of weight-related health problems. Updated guidance from NICE suggests that people should try to ensure that their waist measurement is no more than half that of their height in a bid to lower the risk of disease. The measurement, […]

Covid vaccines now available for 5-11-year-olds in England

April 5th, 2022
Covid vaccines now available for 5-11-year-olds in England

Covid vaccines are now available for children aged between 5 and 11 years old in England. Parents and carers can book appointments for their children online and a number of sites up and down the country will be offering vaccines from Monday 4th April. Advisers said that vaccinating younger age groups will help to “future-proof […]

Covid infections rise by over a million in a week, ONS figures confirm

March 29th, 2022
Covid infections rise by over a million in a week, ONS figures confirm

The number of Covid-19 infections in the UK has risen by over a million in a week, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show. Swab tests indicate that 1 in 16 people would have tested positive for Covid in the week ending March 19th. Around 4.3 million people would have tested positive […]

Spring Covid booster programme launches in England

March 22nd, 2022
Spring Covid booster programme launches in England

The spring Covid booster programme has launched in England. From Monday 21st March, eligible individuals will be invited to have a fourth Covid vaccine. Up to 5 million people in England will be offered the booster dose. This will include over 75s, care home residents and vulnerable people in younger age groups, including children with […]

ONS data shows Covid infections rising again

March 15th, 2022
ONS data shows Covid infections rising again

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows that Covid infection numbers are rising again. ONS figures suggest that 1 in 25 people in the UK are currently infected. In Scotland, the figure could be as low as 1 in 18 people. Data indicates that a sub-variant of Omicron, known as BA.2, is […]

Scottish ministers confirm fourth Covid vaccine dose for the vulnerable in spring

March 8th, 2022
Scottish ministers confirm fourth Covid vaccine dose for the vulnerable in spring

Ministers in Scotland have confirmed that the most vulnerable residents will be offered a fourth dose of the Covid vaccine this spring. Spring booster jabs will be available for care home residents, over 75s and people with underlying health issues, which make them more susceptible to severe illness. Ministers have also announced that children will […]

Research suggests new pregnancy tool can cut baby loss risk among mothers from ethnic minorities

March 1st, 2022
Research suggests new pregnancy tool can cut baby loss risk among mothers from ethnic minorities

New research suggests that a pregnancy tool can cut baby loss risk among mothers from ethnic minority backgrounds to the same level as white women. A new app, which is already in use at St George’s Hospital, London, analyses the risk of pregnancy problems. In a group of 20,000 women, baby loss was three times […]

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