Covid-19 news: UK approves Pfizer and AstraZeneca booster shots
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 - September 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Blood test could reveal who is most likely to get severe covid-19
A simple blood test could help predict which people with covid-19 are likely to get severely ill and need to go on a ventilator (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: lab experiments help explain why the virus is so deadly
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 - September 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

mRNA cancer therapy now in human trials after shrinking mouse tumours
An mRNA cancer treatment developed by BioNTech and Sanofi is being tested in people after shrinking tumours in mice, and is hoped to repeat the success of mRNA covid-19 vaccines (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

No, there's nothing wrong with seedless fruits
There is an increasing number of people who think seedless fruits are bad for you, but actually the opposite is true, writes James Wong (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 dashboard: Cases, deaths and vaccinations
This interactive dashboard tracks the world ’s recorded covid-19 cases and deaths, plus vaccines administered (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

What we know so far about booster shots and the covid-19 vaccines
Some countries are already pushing ahead with covid-19 vaccine booster programmes, but rapidly rolling out third shots in wealthy countries isn ’t necessarily the best plan (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Wildfire pollution linked to at least 33,000 deaths worldwide
Wildfires akin to those that visibly devastated parts of Greece, Siberia and North America this year are also invisibly taking a deadly toll on human health (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: 80 per cent of over 16s in UK are now fully vaccinated
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 - September 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Men fart more when eating a plant-based diet due to good gut bacteria
Men fed a plant-based diet farted seven times more per day and had bigger stools than when they were on a Western diet because their “good” bacteria flourished (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Will the Texas abortion ban spread across the US?
One of the most extreme abortion laws in the US went into effect on 1 September in Texas. What does it say, and could this type of law be passed in other US states? (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Scientists condemn lack of protections in UK schools
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 - September 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Mix-and-match antibiotic prescriptions may help lower resistance risk
Antibiotic resistance might be reduced if doctors instruct people to alternate between three different antibiotic medicines daily, tests with cells in the lab suggest (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: UK and Australia agree to share vaccine doses
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 - September 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Google is shutting down controversial data-sharing project with NHS
Google is shutting down its controversial Streams app, which used machine learning to analyse medical records and was found to have failed to comply with UK data protection laws (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Cartilage from the nose used to treat two people's knee osteoarthritis
Two people with severe knee osteoarthritis have been successfully treated by inserting cartilage harvested from their noses into their damaged joints (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: WHO monitoring ‘mu’ variant in Colombia and Ecuador
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 - September 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Blood clot risk higher after infection than vaccination
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 - August 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Opioid levels in US wastewater spiked during the early pandemic months
In the early months of the covid-19 pandemic, wastewater samples from Kentucky and Tennessee had a 72 per cent increase in hydrocodone, plus spikes in antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Injected hydrogel could help regenerate damaged cartilage in joints
A new hydrogel that can be implanted during keyhole surgery and that provides a scaffold for cartilage cells to grow on could help improve the treatment of damaged joints (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Endometriosis genetic discovery may lead to new forms of treatment
The discovery of a gene linked to endometriosis, a painful condition that affects up to one in 10 women, has led to a drug treatment that shows promise in mice but hasn't yet been tested in people (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

MRI has been used to reveal epigenetic changes in brain for first time
A new form of magnetic resonance imaging can detect chemical labels added to DNA to control gene activity. It requires a special diet and has only been tested on piglets so far, but should work in people, too (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Connecting with nature is good, but can apps help us do it better?
Time spent in nature has huge benefits for our mental and physical health, and few of us get enough of it. A range of apps aim to help us do it better – but do they work? (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

We can track antibiotic resistance in wild bears ’ tooth plaque
The mouth bacteria of wild bears in Sweden hold a historical record of human antibiotic use and the rise of antimicrobial resistance (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Scientists call for urgent investigation into covid-19 animal origins
Scientists say the next phase of the covid-19 origin investigations needs to start urgently, calling for renewed focus on the animal origin theory rather than the lab-leak hypothesis (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Kidney test adjustment based on ethnicity cut from UK medical guidance
A controversial recommendation to adjust a person ’s kidney test results based on their ethnicity has been removed from medical guidance in the UK (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

It really is difficult to get fit after giving birth, study reveals
One year after giving birth, only 30 per cent of soldiers were able to obtain the same level of fitness as they had pre-pregnancy (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

These 3D images show human airway cells infected by SARS-CoV-2
(Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: UK approves first-of-its-kind antibody treatment
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 - August 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Delivering mRNA inside a human protein could help treat many diseases
It is difficult to get mRNA delivered into any cells other than liver cells but a way of packaging them with an existing human protein might help treat several diseases or conditions (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Amazing 3D images show the coronavirus infecting human airway cells
Researchers have captured 3D images of human airway cells infected by SARS-CoV-2, revealing structures within the cells that grow abnormally large and how new viruses bud off the cells (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: US to start offering booster vaccines in September
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 - August 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Two covid-19 vaccines are 15 per cent less effective against delta
A large UK study shows that two doses of the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines provide good protection against symptomatic infections by the delta coronavirus variant, but not as good as against older variants (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Mentally demanding jobs linked with lower dementia risk in later life
People who have intellectually stimulating jobs are slightly less likely to develop dementia as they age, according to data from several studies in the UK and Europe (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Ventilation can make schools and offices safe from covid-19 – but how?
Maximising airflow in public spaces is crucial to cut covid-19 transmission, but questions remain about what technology to use and how effective it needs to be (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Diabetes implant is restocked by swallowing magnetic insulin capsules
A stomach implant delivers insulin that can be refilled through capsules that are swallowed. If the device is approved for use in humans, it could revolutionise the treatment of type 1 diabetes (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Nine Perfect Strangers review: A gripping wellness retreat drama
Nine Perfect Strangers on Amazon Prime Video, featuring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy, is set in a wellness clinic where nothing is what it seems (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Tiny human brain grown in lab has eye-like structures that'see' light
Small blobs of human brain grown in a dish have been coaxed into forming rudimentary eyes that respond to light. They could help understand eye disease or grow artificial retinas (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19: Lockdown not enough to stop Australia ’s delta variant crisis
After being relatively untouched by the pandemic, Sydney, Australia, is now in the midst of its worst covid-19 outbreak, which is being driven by the delta variant (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

US wildfire pollution linked to more covid-19 cases and deaths
Polluted air caused by smoke released from record-breaking wildfires in the US last year has been linked to a strong increase in covid-19 cases and deaths (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19: Why we can't count on herd immunity for protection
The threshold for eliminating covid-19 in the UK through herd immunity is out of reach, so it ’s time to think about how to live with covid-19 as a seasonal disease (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19: Why the UK needs to forget about herd immunity
The threshold for eliminating covid-19 in the UK through herd immunity is out of reach, so it ’s time to think about how to live with covid-19 as a seasonal disease (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Do you phub? Ignoring friends for your phone is linked to personality
You are more likely to regularly participate in " phubbing " , or looking at your phone while in the company of others, if you have anxious or neurotic personality traits (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Most cancers of the oesophagus are caused by escaped stomach cells
Most tumours of the oesophagus start as escaped stomach cells that turned cancerous, and a novel screening method of swallowing a sponge on a string could identify more cases (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

As climate crisis grows, vaccine push shows we can turn things around
The latest landmark assessment of global warming is bleak, but the record-breaking drive to develop covid vaccines is proof that the world can act fast in the face of an emergency (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Why is it so hard to say whether plants are toxic or safe?
I'm often asked questions about which plants, flowers, fruit or vegetables are toxic, but giving concrete answers is more complicated than you might imagine, writes James Wong (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 vaccines: Everything you need to know about the leading shots
Here ’s what the latest data says about the efficacy and side effects of the most-used covid-19 vaccines worldwide, including Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Guinea confirms West Africa ’s first case of deadly Marburg virus
Marburg, a virus similar to Ebola that causes a deadly haemorrhagic fever, has been detected in Guinea. Local health authorities are working with the World Health Organization to contain the spread (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

People in US went out less as covid-19 death rates rose in their area
It wasn ’t just lockdowns or stay-at-home orders that stopped people from going out during the covid-19 pandemic in the US – local death rates were also a strong predictor of time spent out (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Scientists have worked out how to send viable mouse sperm on postcards
A simple way to transfer sperm, freeze-dried on a sheet of paper, could find an application in scientific studies and animal husbandry (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research