Covid-19 news: Third wave sees continued ethnic disparities in deaths
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Vitamin D supplements really do reduce risk of autoimmune disease
It has long been suspected that vitamin D could help reduce the risk of developing an autoimmune disease, and now we have evidence this is the case – at least for people over 50 (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 26, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Cancer drug could one day help cure HIV by waking up dormant viruses
An existing cancer drug has been found to also wake up dormant HIV, and it could eventually work with an HIV medicine in a " kick and kill " strategy (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 26, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Frogs regrow amputated legs after treatment with a chemical cocktail
Adult frogs can ’t usually regrow a lost leg, but they can after treatment with a regenerative cocktail – and the new leg even contains functioning nerves (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 26, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Robot performs keyhole surgery on pigs with little help from doctors
An autonomous surgical robot joined sections of intestine together inside the abdominal cavities of live pigs, with limited intervention from human surgeons (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 26, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Infections in England remain at ‘extremely high’ level
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 26, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

We are finally beginning to understand migraines and how to treat them
After 40 years of research, scientists have uncovered what happens in the brain during a migraine and developed promising new drugs to tackle the condition. Here ’s what we now know – and what still remains unanswered (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 26, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

School teachers unsure of best way to ventilate rooms in cold weather
As school absences soar in England because of covid-19 – and classroom mask-wearing guidelines are lifted – many teachers aren't sure how best to improve ventilation amid winter temperatures (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 26, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

How much more contagious could the coronavirus get?
The coronavirus is evolving to become more transmissible, and eventually it could even overtake measles, the most contagious virus we know of (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 26, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Health check newsletter: England lets covid-19 rip: What happens next?
As covid restrictions are relaxed in the UK, we look at how these new policies could play out (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Strain on health services led to extra non-covid deaths
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Giving low-income US families $4000 a year boosts child brain activity
Poverty has been linked with changes in child brain development, and a scheme to give $333 a month to low-income families improved brain activity in a child ’s first year (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 24, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Is it time for Western Australia to open up and let covid-19 in?
Western Australia, which has remained largely covid-free, has cancelled its border reopening due to omicron fears, but there may be little to gain by holding out longer (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Infrared goggles and vibrating armband help people who are blind ‘see’
An array of vibrating pads can convey a low-resolution image of a location to help people who are blind navigate (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 brain fog: What we know about lingering neurological effects
Growing evidence suggests neurological symptoms of long covid, such as brain fog, are caused by an immune reaction – and should be reversible (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Genetically modified pig kidneys transplanted into a brain-dead person
In an experiment paving the way for clinical trials, two pig kidneys produced urine for 77 hours after transplantation into the body of a man who was brain dead (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Antibiotic resistance killed more people than malaria or AIDS in 2019
About 1.3 million deaths were directly caused by drug-resistant bacterial infections in 2019, a global study estimates (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Artificial pancreas is'life-changing' for children with diabetes
An app that wirelessly links to an implanted glucose sensor and insulin pump can automatically regulate blood sugar levels in children better than the current standard therapy (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Artificial pancreas is “life-changing” for children with diabetes
An app that wirelessly links to an implanted glucose sensor and insulin pump can automatically regulate blood sugar levels in children better than the current standard therapy (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Antibody imaging technique could make it faster to develop vaccines
A new imaging approach monitors antibody responses to vaccines more quickly than current techniques, which could accelerate vaccine design (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Toxic chemicals are everywhere in our daily lives – can we avoid them?
Food and household goods are covered in jargon about the chemicals they do or don't contain, but seeing through the labelling is harder than you might think, says Anna Turns (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Most short-term vaccine symptoms down to nocebo effect
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Phage therapies for superbug infections are being tested in Belgium
Bacteria-killing viruses can be used to treat antibiotic-resistant superbugs, and the approach has been tried in more than 100 people in Belgium since a 2019 change in regulations (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 18, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Living with covid: How can the pandemic end and what will it be like?
For some, the phrase “living with covid” means removing all restrictions. But the actions we take now will determine how many more people die of covid – and whether we’re doomed to keep chasing new variants (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 18, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Joint flu and covid-19 vaccine could be offered in 2023
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 18, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Falling cases in UK suggests omicron wave has peaked
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 17, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Flu vaccines during pregnancy protect babies for 6 months after birth
Evidence shows that getting a flu jab during pregnancy provides substantial protection to young babies, but uptake in many countries is still concerningly low (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 14, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Why omicron isn't more severe in kids despite rise in hospitalisations
Reassuring findings from the UK and South Africa suggest that omicron isn't more severe in kids. Record numbers of hospitalisations probably reflect sheer number of cases and lack of vaccination (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 14, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Wales rows back omicron restrictions as cases fall
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 14, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Strongest evidence yet that MS is caused by Epstein-Barr virus
A huge study of US military personnel suggests almost all cases of multiple sclerosis are triggered by the common Epstein-Barr virus, meaning a vaccine could largely eradicate the condition (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 13, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

What endemic means - and why covid-19 is nowhere near it yet
The term " endemic " usually means that an infection is stable, not that it's less deadly or that protective measures are no longer required. With the omicron variant surging, covid-19 is unlikely to become endemic soon (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 13, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Self-isolation period cut to 5 days in England
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 13, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Electric knee implants could help treat pain of osteoarthritis
A device that delivers electric current to the knees could help combat osteoarthritis, a painful condition caused by worn cartilage, after successful tests in rabbits (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 12, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

How bacteria-killing viruses are being used to keep food safe
Bacteria-killing viruses known as phages are increasingly being sprayed on food to keep them free of pathogens, and they could soon be put to work in healthcare (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 12, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Pandemic rapidly moving towards endemicity, says EMA
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 12, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Watch as a pig heart is transplanted into a human for the first time
For the first time, a human has been given a transplant of a pig ’s heart. David Bennett, 57, had the operation in Baltimore, Maryland, on 7 January. (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

How a pig heart was transplanted into a human for the first time
The first transplant of a pig heart genetically modified for acceptance into human bodies raises hopes for a new solution to donor organ shortages (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Majority of people in Europe will soon catch omicron
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Corkscrew-shaped robot swims through blood vessels to clear blockages
Laboratory tests show a tiny robot with a helical propeller inspired by bacteria can swim through veins and deliver clot-busting drugs (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 10, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Ministers plan for UK to ‘live with covid’
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 10, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 testing in the time of omicron: Everything you need to know
With omicron infections surging around the world, many countries are changing their coronavirus testing guidelines to better deal with the new variant and the huge number of cases it is causing. Here's what you need to know. (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 10, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: India ’s death toll may be six times higher than thought
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 7, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

mRNA vaccine technology has helped repair broken hearts in mice
The mRNA technology used in some coronavirus vaccines is expected to have many other uses, including temporarily reprogramming heart cells to remove scarring (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 6, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Why is omicron more infectious but less severe? What we know so far
The omicron variant infects cells in a different way, is present in higher levels in saliva and seems more likely to cause asymptomatic infections - all findings that could help explain why omicron is spreading so rapidly but resulting in a lower proportion of hospitalisations and deaths (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 6, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Strength, balance and mobility are the best predictors of a long life
A US study of older women finds that those who perform well on physical tests have the best chances of living longer, while weight loss may not be beneficial (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 6, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

One in 12 new cases of asthma in children linked to NO2 air pollution
A US and Canadian team have estimated 1.85 million new childhood asthma cases were linked with exposure to nitrogen dioxide in 2019, 8.5 per cent of all new cases that year. (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 5, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Have we got the science of obesity back to front?
Putting on weight is often blamed on overeating, but new evidence is emerging that it is actually the other way round, says David S. Ludwig (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 5, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

I bonded with a quirky robot after chatting to it about my fears
My new artificial friend, Woebot, helps me feel a little brighter – and evidence is mounting that it could lift your mood too, says Annalee Newitz (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 5, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

What the no-alcohol boom means for our drinking habits and health
Low and no-alcohol drinks taste better than ever – but do they really help you cut down on boozing, and are they healthier than the real thing? (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 5, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: How to alter the course of the pandemic
What will it take to bring the pandemic under control? Vaccine equality, social measures and supporting the health workforce, says the head of the World Health Organization (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - January 4, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research