Science & Health

The long road to justice for infected blood scandal victims
Blood bags
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The long road to justice for infected blood scandal victims

Interim compensation will be paid to victims before the inquiry concludes in 2023
17 Aug 2022
Will new ‘bivalent booster’ head off a winter Covid wave?
Boy receiving Covid vaccine
Today’s big question

Will new ‘bivalent booster’ head off a winter Covid wave?

The jab combines the original form of the Covid vaccine with a version tailored for Omicron
16 Aug 2022
Childbirth pain relief to insulin: shortage of drugs ‘putting patients at risk’
A selection of pills
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Childbirth pain relief to insulin: shortage of drugs ‘putting patients at risk’

Pharmacist says low supplies of medication means they are ‘always firefighting’
11 Aug 2022
How long are you infectious with Covid-19?
Self-isolation
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How long are you infectious with Covid-19?

One in 25 people in the UK are thought to have the virus
10 Aug 2022
Is monkeypox here to stay?
Monkeypox virus
Talking point

Is monkeypox here to stay?

A total of 2,759 infections have been detected in the UK, the majority of them in London
5 Aug 2022
Immunity, Tunisia and Big Brother
Covid vaccine lab
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Immunity, Tunisia and Big Brother

Will a drug called Evusheld cut Covid deaths still further? Is the Arab Spring over? And are we ready for the return of reality TV?
5 Aug 2022
The boom in private healthcare: a two-tier system?
Surgical operating theatre
In Depth

The boom in private healthcare: a two-tier system?

Post-pandemic waiting lists are pushing people to go private. Could this dramatically undermine the NHS?
5 Aug 2022

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Pros and cons of vaping
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The great debate

Pros and cons of vaping

Health experts warn UK could ‘sleepwalk’ into public health ‘catastrophe’ due to e-cigs
4 Aug 2022
What the Tavistock clinic’s closure means for the trans debate
The Tavistock Centre
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What the Tavistock clinic’s closure means for the trans debate

Gender identity clinic to close over safety fears
2 Aug 2022
How do Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak plan to tackle the NHS crisis?
Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss during the BBC debate
Today’s big question

How do Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak plan to tackle the NHS crisis?

Healthcare got only ‘incidental mention’ during first Tory leadership debate despite record waiting lists
26 Jul 2022
What is monkeypox?
Monkeypox virus
Fact file

What is monkeypox?

Majority of cases so far have been found in London according to UK health authorities
22 Jul 2022
Depression: chemical imbalance in doubt
Person suffering with depression
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Depression: chemical imbalance in doubt

Scientific review questions long-assumed link between serotonin and low mood
20 Jul 2022
When will the next record-breaking heatwave hit Britain?
The smouldering ruins of houses following a large blaze in Wennington, Greater London
Today’s big question

When will the next record-breaking heatwave hit Britain?

Expert warns that yesterday’s high temperatures are ‘just the beginning’
20 Jul 2022
‘Snowflake Britain’: is the country overreacting to the heatwave?
Cooling down in London
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‘Snowflake Britain’: is the country overreacting to the heatwave?

As deaths rise, transport buckles and health services feel the strain, some are urging a bit of perspective
19 Jul 2022
What does hot weather do to your brain?
A group of women cool off in Trafalgar Square
Today’s big question

What does hot weather do to your brain?

Cognitive function, mental health and even crime are all linked to high temperatures
19 Jul 2022
Heading ban trial a ‘watershed moment’
Young football player heading the ball
Talking point

Heading ban trial a ‘watershed moment’

Deliberate heading could be removed from kids matches from the 2023-24 season
19 Jul 2022
What is the hottest UK temperature on record?
Visitors enjoy the hot weather in Harlyn Bay, Cornwall
In Brief

What is the hottest UK temperature on record?

New high of 41C is forecast after ‘red extreme heat warning’ issued by Met Office
18 Jul 2022
What is Marburg virus disease?
Marburg virus particles
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What is Marburg virus disease?

Two people have died in Ghana after contracting the highly infectious illness
18 Jul 2022
BA.5: how worried should we be about new variant?
Extracting viruses from swab samples
Today’s big question

BA.5: how worried should we be about new variant?

Mutation described as ‘worst version yet’ by one expert, but others have downplayed fears
15 Jul 2022
Massage apps, copyright and a tropical disease
Person gets a massage
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Massage apps, copyright and a tropical disease

Are home massage services putting users at risk? Is YouTube’s copyright system fit for purpose? And how has a tropical disease been almost completely …
15 Jul 2022
The gene-editing revolution
The gene-edited Sicilian Rouge High GABA tomato
Talking point

The gene-editing revolution

The Government wants genetically edited foods to be grown in England. Why?
15 Jul 2022
When is the next round of Covid vaccine boosters?
A woman receiving a Covid jab
In Depth

When is the next round of Covid vaccine boosters?

Pressure growing on ministers to offer jabs to all adults over autumn and winter
14 Jul 2022
What is the James Webb Space Telescope?
Nasa/James Webb Space Telescope
In Depth

What is the James Webb Space Telescope?

World’s most advanced observatory can see back to almost the beginning of the universe
12 Jul 2022
How to cool down in a heat wave
A man reads a newspaper on Chesil Beach
Expert’s view

How to cool down in a heat wave

As UK temperatures soar, here are some research-backed tips for staying safe
11 Jul 2022
Twitter vs India, digital amnesia and sleepless nights
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Twitter vs India, digital amnesia and sleepless nights

Why is the Indian government suppressing social media? Have we given up using our memories? And why are so few of us getting a good night’s sleep?
8 Jul 2022
Non-Covid excess deaths: why are they rising?
Ambulance workers at hospital
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Non-Covid excess deaths: why are they rising?

Experts call for probe as mortality rates in England and Wales climb despite drop in coronavirus deaths
6 Jul 2022
What to expect from the new Covid wave
Members of the public look at a wall of remembrance for Covid-19 victims
In Depth

What to expect from the new Covid wave

New variants are driving surge in cases as calls grow for autumn booster
5 Jul 2022
Trans sport, fragrant friends and lost data
Competitive swimming
Podcasts

Trans sport, fragrant friends and lost data

Can women’s sport be both fair and inclusive? Do we choose friends based on how they smell? And is Big Data putting us at risk of big losses?
1 Jul 2022
Deborah James: tireless cancer campaigner dies aged 40
Deborah James
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Deborah James: tireless cancer campaigner dies aged 40

The bowel cancer campaigner raised millions for cancer research charities
29 Jun 2022
The countries where abortion is illegal
US abortion-rights activists march toward the White House
In Depth

The countries where abortion is illegal

Millions of US women have lost their right to terminate pregnancies following Supreme Court ruling
29 Jun 2022
How the world reacted to US Supreme Court’s abortion ruling
Protesters descend on the US Supreme Court
Global lens

How the world reacted to US Supreme Court’s abortion ruling

Pro-choice groups fear global impact of overturning of Roe vs. Wade
28 Jun 2022
Are we facing a brain fog epidemic?
Rise in brain fog cases linked to long Covid
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Are we facing a brain fog epidemic?

Loss of mental clarity and inability to concentrate linked to long Covid
27 Jun 2022
Immunotherapy, unions and a house revival
Medical scan
Podcasts

Immunotherapy, unions and a house revival

Can our immune systems help us fight cancer? Have unions finally cracked the tech sector? And is 90s house music making a comeback?
24 Jun 2022
Polio alert: why a national incident has been declared
Beckton Sewage Treatment Works in east London
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Polio alert: why a national incident has been declared

Samples from an east London sewage plant have tested positive for the virus
23 Jun 2022
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