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There's a new symptom of coronavirus, doctors say: Sudden loss of smell or taste There's a new symptom of coronavirus, doctors say: Sudden loss of smell or taste
A loss of a sense of smell or taste may be a symptom of COVID-19, medical groups representing ear, nose and throat specialists have warned. Citing a growing number of cases around the globe, the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and ENT UK each issued warnings about patients who tested positive for the new coronavirus with the only symptom being a lost or altered sense ...
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Coronavirus: Emergency legislation 'will protect NHS volunteers' Coronavirus: Emergency legislation 'will protect NHS volunteers'
The government has outlined emergency legislation to tackle coronavirus, including measures to allow people to leave their jobs and volunteer to care for those affected. Proposals would also allow court cases to be heard via video links. It comes ahead of an expected move from the UK's "containment" phase of the outbreak response to "delay". Meanwhile, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has pledged t...
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Coronavirus: No change in outbreak despite China spike, WHO says Coronavirus: No change in outbreak despite China spike, WHO says
Coronavirus cases are not rising dramatically outside China despite a spike in Hubei province, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. The only exception was on a cruise liner docked in Japan, where 44 new cases were reported, bringing the total there to 218. There was also no major shift in the coronavirus's pattern of mortality or severity, according to the WHO. The latest figures sho...
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Immune discovery 'may treat all cancer' Immune discovery 'may treat all cancer'
A newly-discovered part of our immune system could be harnessed to treat all cancers, say scientists. The Cardiff University team discovered a method of killing prostate, breast, lung and other cancers in lab tests. The findings, published in Nature Immunology, have not been tested in patients, but the researchers say they have "enormous potential". Experts said that although the work was...
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Do you really need to walk 10,000 steps a day? Experts say there's a better goal Do you really need to walk 10,000 steps a day? Experts say there's a better goal
Walking 10,000 steps a day is a good baseline to help you stay fit, but it isn't the one-size-fits-all goal you might think. Fitness trackers such as Fitbit use the number as a default goal, but fitness experts suggest tailoring a step goal to an individual. Researchers traced the origins of the 10,000-step practice to a marketing gimmick from the 1960s and suggested some people don't greatly b...
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Cannabis-based medicine for epilepsy available on NHS from January Cannabis-based medicine for epilepsy available on NHS from January
People with severe epilepsy will be able to access a cannabis-based medicine on the NHS from early next year after it was fast-tracked for use. NHS England said doctors would be able to prescribe Epidyolex from 6 January. It will be for children from age two, as well as adults, but some campaigners warn it is "too little too late". Clinical trials have shown the oral solution, which conta...
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'A distinctly American phenomenon': Our workforce is dying faster than any other wealthy country, study shows 'A distinctly American phenomenon': Our workforce is dying faster than any other wealthy country, study shows
The engine that powers the world’s most potent economy is dying at a worrisome pace, a “distinctly American phenomenon’’ with no easily discernible cause or simple solution. Those are some of the conclusions from a comprehensive new study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University showing that mortality rates for U.S. adults ages 25-64 continue to increase, driving down the general popu...
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Ebola: Attackers kill DR Congo journalist shining light on virus Ebola: Attackers kill DR Congo journalist shining light on virus
A Congolese journalist who had been raising awareness about the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed at his home. The army said unidentified attackers raided Papy Mumbere Mahamba's home in Lwebma, in the north-eastern province of Ituri, killing him, wounding his wife and burning their house down. DR Congo is experiencing the world's second-worst Ebola epidemic on r...
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Secondary Sisters: Friends with incurable breast cancer set up support group Secondary Sisters: Friends with incurable breast cancer set up support group
Two women with incurable breast cancer whose lives were "flipped upside down" by the diagnosis have set up a group to offer hope to others. Nicky Newman and Laura Middleton-Hughes, both 31, have stage four cancer that has spread around their bodies. When Nicky, from Guildford, was told her secondary cancer was incurable, she said it sent her into a "blind panic". The pair said they hoped ...
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Medical cannabis product approved for epilepsy Medical cannabis product approved for epilepsy
The EU has approved for the first time the use of a medicinal cannabis product aimed at patients with two rare, but severe, forms of childhood epilepsy. Doctors can prescribe Epidyolex - an oral solution of cannabidiol, which comes from the cannabis plant - if they think it will help sufferers. It has been approved for use in the UK and other European countries, but the NHS does not currentl...
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