Science & Health

Long Covid: the symptoms, the treatment and who is most at risk
A Covid patient is wheeled into hospital
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Long Covid: the symptoms, the treatment and who is most at risk

Research shows that seven in ten patients hospitalised with the condition still affected five months later
26 May 2021
Fact check: does a pint a day really keep the doctor away?
binge drinking
In Depth

Fact check: does a pint a day really keep the doctor away?

One alcoholic drink per day cuts risk of fatal heart disease by 20%, study finds
7 May 2021
Why under-40s will be offered alternative to Oxford vaccine
A medical worker draws up a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
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Why under-40s will be offered alternative to Oxford vaccine

Experts say potential blood clot risk vs. benefits of the Covid jab is ‘more finely balanced’ for younger adults
7 May 2021
Psychedelics, peacekeeping and office productivity
The effect of LSD on the brain
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Psychedelics, peacekeeping and office productivity

Could hallucinogenics replace antidepressants? How can peacekeepers be more effective? And what can Google tell us about the post-pandemic workplace?
7 May 2021
Concern over clusters of ‘double mutant’ Covid variant in the UK
A Covid patient in New Delhi, India
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Concern over clusters of ‘double mutant’ Covid variant in the UK

Leaked emails reveal PHE considers risk from highly infectious strain to be ‘high’
7 May 2021
What Covid vaccine patent waiver would mean for global rollout
A medical worker draws up a Covid vaccine in New Dehli, India
In Depth

What Covid vaccine patent waiver would mean for global rollout

US is backing plan to suspend protections in order to boost coronavirus jabs supply
7 May 2021
When will children get Covid vaccines?
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When will children get Covid vaccines?

Sources say jabs to be offered to UK’s secondary school pupils from September
7 May 2021

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The threat from the Sun
Telescopic photo of a coronal mass ejection
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The threat from the Sun

Scientists have real concerns that extreme weather on the Sun’s surface could unleash a catastrophe on humanity
7 May 2021
Why some Covid-hit countries are struggling for oxygen
People wait to get their oxygen cylinders filled in Bengaluru, India
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Why some Covid-hit countries are struggling for oxygen

Logistical challenges of supplying medical oxygen is proving deadly in India
30 Apr 2021
Is coronavirus found in British bats a threat?
A lesser horseshoe bat
Why we’re talking about . . .

Is coronavirus found in British bats a threat?

Scientists say the winged mammals may have harboured the virus for thousands of years
29 Apr 2021
What we know about Covid transmission
People walk past the social distancing markings on the ground at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
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What we know about Covid transmission

New PHE data suggests single vaccine jab can halve risk of passing on the coronavirus
28 Apr 2021
Record Pakistan infections prompt fears it is next coronavirus ‘timebomb’
Health workers take a nasal swab from a boy in Karachi
Global lens

Record Pakistan infections prompt fears it is next coronavirus ‘timebomb’

Hospitals overflowing with patients as concern rises that Indian ’double mutation’ is spreading freely
28 Apr 2021
The port city at the epicentre of India’s Covid catastrophe
A Covid patient breathes with the help of oxygen in a tent outside a Sikh Gurdwara
In Depth

The port city at the epicentre of India’s Covid catastrophe

Half of all people getting tested in Kolkata are positive for coronavirus
28 Apr 2021
Indian government ‘hiding true Covid death toll’
A man in PPE looks on as funeral pyres burn
In Depth

Indian government ‘hiding true Covid death toll’

Witnesses claim many coronavirus fatalities are not being recorded as double mutation triggers healthcare crisis
26 Apr 2021
The differences between PCR and lateral flow Covid tests
A member of the public takes a Covid-19 test
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The differences between PCR and lateral flow Covid tests

Result time and accuracy of two types vary significantly
23 Apr 2021
EU ‘preparing to sue’ AstraZeneca over missing Covid doses
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
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EU ‘preparing to sue’ AstraZeneca over missing Covid doses

Ireland’s health minister confirms that Brussels is considering a possible lawsuit over delivery shortfall
22 Apr 2021
The coronavirus vaccines
An elderly lady receives a Covid vaccine in San Juan, Philippines
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The coronavirus vaccines

Everything you need to know about the world’s coronavirus vaccines
22 Apr 2021
How close is the UK to using delivery drones?
A flying drone
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How close is the UK to using delivery drones?

Trials have begun to allow flights out of their pilots’ line of sight for the first time
22 Apr 2021
The Covid pill: new taskforce in race to find antivirals
Science laboratory
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The Covid pill: new taskforce in race to find antivirals

Boris Johnson’s government launches bid to find medication to treat coronavirus at home
21 Apr 2021
How hiking health workers made Bhutan a vaccine world leader
A Buddhist monk receives a vaccine below an image of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
In Depth

How hiking health workers made Bhutan a vaccine world leader

Army of volunteers inoculate more than half of population in just seven days
19 Apr 2021
Why self-amplifying RNA vaccines are ‘revolutionary’
A health worker prepares a vaccine injection
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Why self-amplifying RNA vaccines are ‘revolutionary’

Experts hope new technology may herald major step forward in vaccinology beyond Covid-19
19 Apr 2021
Can exercising really reduce the risk of Covid-19?
Man running in city
Expert’s view

Can exercising really reduce the risk of Covid-19?

Research suggests that inactive people are twice as likely to die after contracting the coronavirus
19 Apr 2021
How locking down streets could stop new Covid variants
A sign warning people to socially distance to avoid local lockdowns
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How locking down streets could stop new Covid variants

Localised restrictions may be ‘most effective measure possible’ for stopping outbreaks
16 Apr 2021
Is lockdown or vaccination behind the drop in Covid deaths?
A patient receives a Covid-19 vaccination
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Is lockdown or vaccination behind the drop in Covid deaths?

Boris Johnson claims the shutdown has been more effective at reducing Covid-19 than vaccinations
16 Apr 2021
How magic mushrooms may be used to treat depression
Magic mushrooms
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How magic mushrooms may be used to treat depression

Psilocybin as effective as antidepressants at treating depression, study finds
15 Apr 2021
Are Covid vaccine passports legal?
Man shows NHS vaccine card
Today’s big question

Are Covid vaccine passports legal?

Certificates of vaccination could be discriminatory, says equalities watchdog
15 Apr 2021
What do we know about mixing vaccines?
Woman receives Covid-19 vaccination
Today’s big question

What do we know about mixing vaccines?

Major mix-and-match study expanded to include Moderna and Novavax
14 Apr 2021
The pros and cons of lifting lockdown early
Lockdown
Pros and cons

The pros and cons of lifting lockdown early

Positive data prompts calls for Covid restrictions to be eased sooner than planned
14 Apr 2021
Sweden: Covid outlier to Europe’s most infected country
State Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell
In Depth

Sweden: Covid outlier to Europe’s most infected country

Region declares ‘personal lockdown’ as patients in ICU hits new high
14 Apr 2021
Who will be next to get the coronavirus vaccine?
A doctor wearing sterile gloves prepares a vaccination injection.
In Brief

Who will be next to get the coronavirus vaccine?

NHS told to target high-risk demographics in next phase of jab rollout
14 Apr 2021
How many people must be vaccinated to get back to normal?
Margaret Keenan becomes the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine
In Focus

How many people must be vaccinated to get back to normal?

Rollout of the Moderna vaccine begins in England
13 Apr 2021
The fifth force of nature
Inside the Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator in Meyrin, Switzerland
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The fifth force of nature

Unexpected behaviour of subatomic particle could change our understanding of the universe
9 Apr 2021
The meaning of Covid herd immunity
London crowds
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The meaning of Covid herd immunity

UCL modelling suggests population immunity will come as early as next week for the UK
8 Apr 2021
The AstraZeneca blood clot risk in context
Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
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The AstraZeneca blood clot risk in context

Experts say odds of adverse side effect are about same as ‘being hit in your home by crashing aeroplane’
8 Apr 2021