Covid-19 news: New restrictions in the UK as alert level raised to 4
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 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

UK coronavirus epidemic is doubling every seven days warn scientists
The UK faces a “very difficult problem” of rising covid-19 deaths and cases if it does not change course, chief medical officer for England Chris Whitty has warned (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Children ’s allergic reactions to nuts spike at Halloween and Easter
Severe peanut allergies in children jump 85 per cent on Halloween and 60 per cent on Easter, and other nut allergies follow the same trend, possibly due to social gatherings where sweets are shared (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

The purpose of sleep appears to change when we are toddlers
Sleep in babies seems to mainly help develop new brain connections, but at the age of around two-and-a-half there is an abrupt shift to brain repair (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: UK government won ’t rule out second national lockdown
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 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Most fertility-tracking apps are unreliable but free apps work best
An analysis of fertility-tracking apps available in the UK and Canada found that many use flawed methods to predict periods, and they should not be relied on to help conceive or as a contraceptive tool (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: New cases in England up 167% since end of August
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 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Your shoes could be increasing the risk of a painful foot condition
Shoes that raise the toes away from the ground make walking easier but weaken the foot, which might increase the risk of a painful condition called plantar fasciitis (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Apple ’s new watch has a blood oxygen monitor – what is it good for?
Apple's new Series 6 smart watch can measure blood oxygen levels, which could potentailly be useful to track the health of people already diagnosed with covid-19 or a range of other conditions, but more data is needed to confirm its accuracy (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

We must not become immune to the pandemic's heavy death toll
The world is on track to soon exceed a million deaths from covid-19. It is a number we shouldn ’t become blasé about (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

The covid-19 pandemic was predicted – here's how to stop the next one
Covid-19 isn't the first pandemic humanity has faced and it won't be the last. What has happened offers lessons about how to judge and respond to virus warnings in future (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: UK may ration community tests due to shortages
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 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Five scientists tell us what happens next with the covid-19 pandemic
After nine months and a million deaths, we ask experts in the field whether they think we are over the worst of the pandemic and what the future looks like (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Coronavirus death toll nears 1 million – how did we get here?
Despite a global health response, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed nearly a million lives since it first emerged in Wuhan, China. How did we get here? (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Scientists dismiss new claims that the coronavirus was made in a lab
A self-styled whistle-blower has claimed to have proof that the coronavirus was made in a Chinese government laboratory, but scientists say there is no evidence this is true (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Testing shortages reported in England ’s virus hotspots
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 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

The microbiome: How bacteria regulate your health. Science with Sam
Our video series Science with Sam explains how the community of microorganisms inside our bodies can keep us healthy or make us ill (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

The microbiome: How gut bacteria regulate our health
Our video series Science with Sam explains how the community of microorganisms inside our bodies can keep us healthy or make us ill (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Coronavirus family tree reveals the virus is hardly mutating
Few distinct groups, or clades, of the new coronavirus have appeared this year – and they are so similar to one another that a vaccine could protect against them all (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Oxford vaccine trial pause isn ’t bad news – it’s the process working
The halting of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial isn ’t cause for worry – it is a sign the research process is working as it is supposed to, says Clare Wilson (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: England ’s R number could be as high as 1.7
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 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Coronavirus: How worried should we be about reports of reinfection?
A handful of people across the world appear to have caught the coronavirus twice, suggesting that immunity against the virus doesn ’t last – and could potentially make second infections worse (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Some autistic children may prefer cats as they don ’t hold eye contact
Some autistic children develop stronger relationships with cats than dogs, which may be because cats hold eye contact for less time than dogs (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Weekly cases in England at highest level since May
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, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

To curb obesity, we must pay heed to a revolution in nutrition science
If the UK government ’s anti-obesity strategy is going to work, it needs to tap into the latest research that shows there is no such thing as a universal healthy diet (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: UK plans £100 billion expansion of testing in 2021
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, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Could the coronavirus merge with another virus to create a new threat?
The new coronavirus probably emerged from two other viruses mixing together in one infected animal, and it ’s possible it could mutate again the same way in people (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

What will happen to covid-19 cases in winter and how can we prepare?
The past winter in the southern hemisphere and the behaviour of seasonal viruses can give us some clues about what to expect as winter approaches in the north (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Why there is no such thing as a healthy diet that works for everyone
What is good for us to eat varies so much from person to person that a universally wholesome diet is a fiction. Instead, the science of nutrition is hot on the heels of a new recipe for healthy eating (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

We are finally unravelling the mystery of what causes severe covid-19
Genetic studies have shown that a peptide called bradykinin may be running amok in the bloodstreams of people with covid-19 – and tests of drugs to control it are under way  (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

What is a vaccine and how do they work? Find out in Science with Sam
The most pressing question of 2020 is when will we get a vaccine for covid-19? But what actually is a vaccine? How do they work? And what does it take to develop a new one?   Let Science with Sam explain (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Teens with asthma get tailored treatment thanks to cheap genetic test
A cheap and simple genetic test can guide the treatment of children with asthma, improving their quality of life (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Experimental drug boosts muscle and bone mass of mice in space
Being in space leads to muscle and bone loss, but an experimental drug given to mice on the International Space Station counteracted this effect. It could help people who are bedridden on Earth (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: UK daily coronavirus cases up 2948 after weekend spike
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 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Russian vaccine induced immune responses in small trial
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 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: UK funding for trials of rapid new coronavirus tests
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, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Russian biologist still aims to make CRISPR babies despite the risks
Denis Rebrikov says he is planning to use CRISPR gene editing to prevent children inheriting deafness, despite a major report concluding it is not yet safe enough to try (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

E-cigarettes are no better than alternative aids to quit smoking
People who use e-cigarettes to help them stop smoking are no more likely to be abstinent a year later, and are more likely to remain dependent on nicotine, according to data from a large US study (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Politicians can ’t be afraid of U-turns if we want to keep schools open
In order to keep schools safe, governments must be prepared to shut down other areas of society to keep overall levels of virus transmission low (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

The moon really may have strange effects on our health
Any lunar influence on our health has long been dismissed as unscientific. But new evidence means it may be time to re-evaluate the moon ’s subtle effects on our sleep and mental health (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

A lot of veg is'toxic' but that doesn't mean you shouldn't eat it
There are claims online that most of the fruit and veg we eat is toxic. Though there is some truth to this, it doesn't mean you should stop eating your greens, writes James Wong (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Steroid drugs save lives in severe coronavirus patients
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 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Coronavirus: Should children returning to school wear face coverings?
Advice on whether children should wear face masks to protect against the spread of coronavirus varies around the world and by health body. What does the science say? (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Coronavirus: How to keep children and staff safe when schools reopen
Closing schools in response to covid-19 has had a huge impact on children around the world. What we've learned about the coronavirus so far can help us reopen them safely (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Human trials of Oxford coronavirus vaccine have begun in the US
The first of 30,000 volunteers in the US have received either a placebo or dose of the Oxford vaccine, to test whether it protects them from coronavirus (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Millions of pupils return to schools after lockdown
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, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

What are T-cells and why have they become a political football?
T-cells are a key part of our immune system, but some say they have been overlooked during the coronavirus pandemic (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - September 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Elon Musk demonstrated a Neuralink brain implant in a live pig
A pig named Gertrude demonstrated a working Neuralink brain implant for the first time, and Elon Musk says the next step is to move into human trials soon (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19 news: Children at ‘strikingly low’ risk of severe illness
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 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Internet outage slows covid-19 contact tracing of thousands in England
An internet outage meant thousands of people who tested positive for the coronavirus in England failed to have their contacts traced and isolated for up to a week (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - August 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research