Face mask can detect airborne Covid in just 10 minutes

A mask that can detect coronavirus in just 10 minutes has been developed by scientists. The highly sensitive face covering can detect the novel bug in the air and alert the wearer via an app on their phone. It can also pick up swine flu and bird flu. Those diseases spread through droplets in the … Read more

Do I really need a fourth Covid jab?

As the weather turns and autumn beckons, a swift reminder that the battle with Covid is far from over has arrived in the form of a text or email inviting those eligible to book in for their Covid-19 autumn 2022 booster. Around 26 million people in England are eligible, including adults aged 50 and over. … Read more

Backlash as major Covid origins report suggests virus could have leaked from a US lab

The Lancet is facing a backlash after a major Covid-19 Commission report suggested the disease may have leaked from a laboratory in the United States. Published on Wednesday, the paper said it remains “feasible” that Sars-Cov-2 emerged from either a natural spillover or a laboratory incident, and called for the introduction of more safeguards to … Read more

Starvation fears as China imposes secret lockdown on Xinjiang, home of the Uyghurs

The United Nations said this month China may be committing crimes against humanity in the region, including through the arbitrary detention of at least one million Uyghurs. “During this lockdown, [authorities] locked up entire families in their homes … and even welded the doors shut,” Zumret Dawut, a Uyghur activist and internment camp survivor who … Read more

Low-calorie sweeteners might not be as good for us as we thought

Artificial sweeteners, from mice to humans For more than a decade, Elinav has been interested in uncovering the links between nutrition, gut microbes, and the risk of developing common diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, with the hope of devising microbiome-based personalised medicine. In 2014, Elinav and colleagues found that saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame each … Read more

Covid infections drop to 10-month low as booster jab rollout begins

Coronavirus infections have dropped to an 11-month low as the booster campaign begins ahead of an expected resurgence this winter. A total of 944,700 people in private households were estimated to be infected in the week ending Aug 21, according to the Office for National Statistics. It is also the lowest UK-wide total since the … Read more

George Clooney praises Australia’s ‘admirable’ pandemic response

George Clooney has lauded Australia’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Appearing on The Project, the American actor, who was in Australia filming his new comedy, Ticket to Paradise, during the height of the country’s lockdowns, said the response was ‘admirable’.   ‘I look at what particularly Australia did, and some of these things get politicised,’ the 61-year-old … Read more

Francesco Totti claims his wife’s infidelity caused their marriage to break down

Roma legend Francesco Totti has claimed that his marriage to Ilary Blasi broke down as she did not support him following his retirement from football and when his father passed away due to Covid-19. Totti married former showgirl and TV presenter Blasi in 2005, and the pair have three children together. However, they announced that … Read more

Prostate cancer death rates tripled during pandemic

Death rates among men with prostate cancer tripled during the first year of the pandemic, according to “extremely worrying” new data. The figures show almost 5,000 extra deaths of men with prostate cancer during the pandemic – at a time when the number of diagnoses fell. Only around 1,000 were caused by Covid, researchers said. … Read more

Post-COVID Fatigue, Exercise Intolerance Signal ME/CFS

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A new study provides yet more evidence that a significant subset of people who experience persistent fatigue and exercise intolerance following COVID-19 will meet diagnostic criteria for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Data from the prospective observational study of 42 patients … Read more