Delays to cancer diagnosis and treatment due to coronavirus could cause thousands of excess deaths in the UK within a year, research suggests. Scientists suggest there could be at least 7,000 additional deaths - but in a worst case scenario that number could be as high as 35,000. There are concerns...
©Getty ImagesA suspected case of bubonic plague has been reported to Chinese authorities. It is not known how the patient became infected, but the country is on alert for more cases.Plague is one of the deadliest diseases in human history - but it can now be easily treated with antibiotics.What...
Police are investigating complaints by two whistleblowers ©James Haynes/GeographPolice have launched an investigation into allegations a hospital manipulated waiting list figures, the BBC has learned.It follows whistleblower claims in 2017 that Kettering General Hospital in Northamptonshire deliberately removed patients from waiting lists.In all, 138 patients were harmed after hundreds waited more...
Bats were probably the source of the current coronavirus pandemic, epidemiologists says ©ReutersZoonotic diseases - which jump from animals to humans - are increasing and will continue to do so without action to protect wildlife and preserve the environment, UN experts have warned. They blame the rise in diseases such as...
使用浏览器播视频/view video in browserThe prime minister has joined a nationwide applause to pay tribute to NHS staff on the 72nd anniversary of the health service. The round of clapping was inspired by the weekly Clap for Carers initiative to thank key workers during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.Boris Johnson said...
Drawings of rainbows became a symbol of hope and gratitude towards the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic ©EPADozens of landmarks across the country will be lit up blue later to mark 72 years since the founding of the NHS.Ahead of the health service's anniversary on Sunday, people are being encouraged to...
©Getty ImagesNHS England is launching a new service for people with ongoing health problems after having coronavirus.The government says "tens of thousands" of people have long-term symptoms after catching Covid-19."Your Covid Recovery" will be an online portal for people in England to access tutorials, contact healthcare workers and track their...
Health Secretary Matt Hancock first mentioned an "outbreak" in Leicester on 18 June ©PA MediaThere is no obvious source for a recent surge in coronavirus cases in Leicester, a report has found.Public Health England (PHE) found "no explanatory outbreaks in care homes, hospital settings, or industrial processes".Its analysis of cases showed...
©Getty ImagesPeople being tested for coronavirus in England were not asked to provide addresses for weeks during the height of the pandemic, it has emerged.The BBC understands Public Health England is now trying to match addresses to positive test results to understand the spread of the virus.Councils say some of...
©Getty ImagesAlmost 30,000 more care home residents in England and Wales died during the coronavirus outbreak than during the same period in 2019, ONS figures show.But only two-thirds were directly attributable to Covid-19.The Office for National Statistics figures are the first to reveal the full toll on care homes, including...
使用浏览器播视频/view video in browserBlood plasma from patients who have recovered from Covid-19 is being tested as a potential treatment for those still suffering from the disease.It is hoped transfusing seriously ill patients with the plasma - which contains coronavirus antibodies - can give struggling immune systems a helping hand.Mother-of-seven Ann Kitchen...
使用浏览器播视频/view video in browserThere has been a significant rise during lockdown in the UK in the number of LGBT people seeking suicide-prevention support. Support group LGBT Hero reports 11,000 people have accessed its suicide-prevention web pages - up over 44% on the first three months of the year.And other LGBT charities...
©MOD / PAMany people in England are still waiting longer than 24 hours for their coronavirus test results, figures show.Four in 10 tests done by mobile units and three in 10 carried out at regional drive-thru centres were taking longer than that, data up to 24 June reveals.Prime Minister Boris...
©Getty ImagesAlmost 90% of people who lost their sense of smell or taste while infected with Covid-19 improved or recovered within a month, a study has found.The study, in Italy, found 49% of patients had fully regained their sense of smell or taste and 40% reported improvements. But 10% said...
Health Secretary Matt Hancock first mentioned an "outbreak" in Leicester on 18 June ©PA MediaAs the rest of England continues to emerge from lockdown, a fresh outbreak of coronavirus in Leicester means the city will remain largely closed.The outbreak has prompted criticism about the slow flow of information to reach those...
The six dogs chosen to take part in the trial are: top, from left Digby, Jasper and Storm; and bottom, from left, Asher, Star and Norman ©MDDA trial to see whether dogs can detect coronavirus is going "very well", according to the charity behind it.Six dogs are being trained by Medical...
Patients who were considered to be severely frail were 2.4 times more likely to die from coronavirus, the research foundFrailty is as important as age or underlying health issues in determining whether someone may die from Covid-19, a study has found.It looked at more than 1,500 patients at 10 UK hospitals...
©SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARYPeople testing negative for coronavirus antibodies may still have some immunity, a study has suggested.For every person testing positive for antibodies, two were found to have specific T-cells which identify and destroy infected cells.This was seen even in people who had mild or symptomless cases of Covid-19. But...
©ReutersLocal authorities are to be given access to postcode-level data about the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in their areas after it was agreed with the Department of Health. It comes after Leicester became the first city to have a local lockdown imposed following a rise in cases.Labour...
©ReutersThe US is buying nearly all the next three months' projected production of Covid-19 treatment remdesivir from US manufacturer Gilead.The US health department announced on Tuesday it had agreed to buy 500,000 doses for use in American hospitals.Tests suggest remdesivir cuts recovery times, though it is not yet clear if...

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