Science & Health

Is cutting Covid-19 curbs a ‘route to normality’ or ‘unhealthy gamble’?
Boris Johnson
Today’s big question

Is cutting Covid-19 curbs a ‘route to normality’ or ‘unhealthy gamble’?

Some suspect political motivations played a hand in rule relaxation
21 Jan 2022
Will humans someday live forever?
Artificial Intelligence
In Depth

Will humans someday live forever?

Silicon-valley start-ups, tech billionaires and Research scientists all hope to crack the secrets to a longer lifespan
21 Jan 2022
Can you get Omicron twice?
A worker at a Covid testing site
In Depth

Can you get Omicron twice?

Risk of reinfection ‘more than five times higher’ than with Delta variant, say experts
20 Jan 2022
How to regain your smell and taste after Covid
Woman smelling lavender
Getting to grips with . . .

How to regain your smell and taste after Covid

Potential treatments include ‘smell training’
19 Jan 2022
Why is New Zealand shutting its borders again?
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern adjusts her face mask following a press conference
In Depth

Why is New Zealand shutting its borders again?

Citizens unable to return home as quarantine boss warns of ‘unprecedented’ risk
19 Jan 2022
Covid vaccines and the ‘nocebo’ response
Man receiving vaccine from woman in scrubs
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Covid vaccines and the ‘nocebo’ response

New study points finger at other explanations for common complaints such as headaches
19 Jan 2022
‘Living with Covid’: expert predictions for the next stage of pandemic
Woman on tube
In Depth

‘Living with Covid’: expert predictions for the next stage of pandemic

Government advisers fear summer wave will follow lifting of coronavirus restrictions
18 Jan 2022

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Pig hearts, student feedback and own goals
A pig
Podcast

Pig hearts, student feedback and own goals

Should we be breeding more porcine organ donors? Will students lose the right to rate their university lecturers? And will football ever really come h…
14 Jan 2022
Could air pollution lead to pandemic-style restrictions?
Air pollution obscures view of Tower Bridge in London
In Depth

Could air pollution lead to pandemic-style restrictions?

Health warning issued over polluting particle build-up in UK capital
14 Jan 2022
What is the impact of those refusing to get vaccinated?
An anti-vaccine and anti-Plan B restrictions rally
In Depth

What is the impact of those refusing to get vaccinated?

There is growing frustration with the minority of people who have yet to receive their Covid-19 jabs
14 Jan 2022
Why is the UK in pole position to emerge from Covid-19 first?
A woman wearing a face mask waits for the tube in London
Today’s big question

Why is the UK in pole position to emerge from Covid-19 first?

Virus becoming endemic in population with high immunity, expert says
12 Jan 2022
What are the rules on cutting sick pay for unvaccinated staff?
Ikea social distancing sign
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What are the rules on cutting sick pay for unvaccinated staff?

Ikea joins growing list of firms axing sick pay entitlement for employees who haven’t had Covid jabs
12 Jan 2022
How the common cold may help protect against Covid-19
Woman sneezing
Fact file

How the common cold may help protect against Covid-19

New research suggests ‘memory bank’ of T-cells triggered by colds boosts Covid defences
11 Jan 2022
Will we have to pay for lateral flow tests?
Covid lateral flow test box
Between the lines

Will we have to pay for lateral flow tests?

Insider says government cannot continue to hand out free tests to everyone for evermore
11 Jan 2022
Does pig heart transplant offer hope for acute organ shortage?
Surgeon Bartley Griffith and patient David Bennett
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Does pig heart transplant offer hope for acute organ shortage?

World-first operation could make huge difference to thousands on transplant waiting list
11 Jan 2022
Could 50-second Covid tests save schools and travel?
A member of the public takes a Covid-19 test
Why we’re talking about . . .

Could 50-second Covid tests save schools and travel?

Virion Device detects virus by using a saliva sample and can process 1,200 tests per day
10 Jan 2022
Isolation cut: how long are you contagious with Covid-19?
Negative lateral flow tests
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Isolation cut: how long are you contagious with Covid-19?

Calls for quarantine to be cut to five days with negative test
10 Jan 2022
How scientists discovered that one-size diets don’t fit all
Woman on weight scales
Expert’s view

How scientists discovered that one-size diets don’t fit all

Research on blood sugar levels suggests that what constitutes a healthy diet depends on who is eating it
10 Jan 2022
Long Covid: symptoms, treatment and people most at risk
A Covid patient is wheeled into hospital
Fact file

Long Covid: symptoms, treatment and people most at risk

Over a million people suffering with complaints lasting over four weeks, ONS says
7 Jan 2022
Seeing stars, prescribing comedy and decriminalising drugs
Star-gazing
Podcast

Seeing stars, prescribing comedy and decriminalising drugs

What will the James Webb Telescope accomplish? Why is the NHS sending people to comedy courses? And are drugs laws about to change in the British capi…
7 Jan 2022
The NHS trusts under most pressure amid staff shortages and rising Covid cases
Ambulances outside Royal London Hospital
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The NHS trusts under most pressure amid staff shortages and rising Covid cases

Health bosses have already been forced to cancel non-urgent operations in some hospitals
6 Jan 2022
Cloth vs. FFP2: which face masks protects best against Covid-19?
An FFP2 mask
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Cloth vs. FFP2: which face masks protects best against Covid-19?

Some experts want respirator masks like those mandated in Germany to become the standard in UK
6 Jan 2022
IHU: what the experts know about the B.1.640.2 variant found in France
A health worker at a Covid-19 testing site in Marseille
Fact file

IHU: what the experts know about the B.1.640.2 variant found in France

While Omicron fuelled fear, the IHU strain has been met with a ‘shrug of the shoulders’
6 Jan 2022
India braces for Omicron ‘tsunami’
Beds being fitted in a temporary Covid-19 care centre in Mumbai, India
In Depth

India braces for Omicron ‘tsunami’

Curfews announced in Delhi and Mumbai as Covid-19 cases surge across the country
6 Jan 2022
The latest Covid testing rules explained
PCR testing
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The latest Covid testing rules explained

Asymptomatic people will no longer need to confirm a positive lateral flow test with a PCR
5 Jan 2022
Should the UK decriminalise some drugs?
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In Depth

Should the UK decriminalise some drugs?

Sadiq Khan planning to end prosecution of young people caught with cannabis
4 Jan 2022
Will an NHS ‘crisis’ trigger new Covid-19 restrictions?
Boris Johnson during a visit to a vaccination centre in Buckinghamshire
Behind the scenes

Will an NHS ‘crisis’ trigger new Covid-19 restrictions?

Healthcare trusts declare ‘critical incident’ as Boris Johnson warns of pressure on medical services
4 Jan 2022
Is Dry January a challenge worth taking?
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Pros and cons

Is Dry January a challenge worth taking?

Millions expected to try out month-long sobriety this month
1 Jan 2022
How bad is the gender gap in healthcare?
Posters at a GP surgery
Why we’re talking about . . .

How bad is the gender gap in healthcare?

New report on women’s medical experiences provides ‘stark and sobering insights’
23 Dec 2021
Are the latest Omicron findings enough to avert further restrictions?
Boris Johnson at a vaccination centre
Today’s big question

Are the latest Omicron findings enough to avert further restrictions?

Studies suggesting Omicron is milder than Delta ‘undeniably good news, but we’re not out of the danger zone’
23 Dec 2021
‘Milder variant’: the reasons for Omicron hope
People queue for a booster vaccine outside St Thomas' Hospital, London
The latest on . . .

‘Milder variant’: the reasons for Omicron hope

Insiders say government experts believe the Covid-19 variant causes less severe illness than Delta
22 Dec 2021
Do antidepressants work?
Aerial view of pills
In Depth

Do antidepressants work?

New review advocates for a ‘more cautious prescribing practice’
22 Dec 2021
Can you build up ‘super-immunity’ to Covid-19?
A Covid vaccine is administered
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Can you build up ‘super-immunity’ to Covid-19?

Researchers in Oregon studied antibodies of fully vaccinated people who had a breakthrough infection
21 Dec 2021
Do falling Omicron cases in South Africa offer hope to other countries?
Healthcare workers wearing PPE in Johannesburg, South Africa
In Depth

Do falling Omicron cases in South Africa offer hope to other countries?

Hospitalisations down sharply after cases spiked following arrival of new Covid variant
21 Dec 2021
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