UK coronavirus live: R number increases to between 1.1 and 1.4; Welsh leader slams 'vacancy at heart of UK'
New infectionsgrowing by 2% to 7% daily;Mark Drakeford has had one talk with PM since May; Scotland given‘advance notice of hard decisions’Stricter restrictions imposed in Lancashire, Merseyside and Warrington‘Circuit break’ plans for England to prevent new lockdownTest and trace: how does UK compare with other countries?London New Year ’s Eve fireworks cancelled, says Sadiq KhanGlobal coronavirus updates – live3.28pmBSTTrain operators and the government are locked in talks to extend the£3.5bn rescue deal that kept the railways running through the pandemic, which is due to expire o...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Aamna Mohdin (now) and Amelia Hill (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Politics Infectious diseases Science UK news Medical research Boris Johnson Matt Hancock Source Type: news

Mutant virus: should we be worried that Sars-CoV-2 is changing?
Scientists tracking the virus have uncovered a major mutation, but it may not be as scary as it soundsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have had eyes on Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, since the beginning of this pandemic.They can see it is evolving, but it is happening at a glacial pace compared with two other viruses with pandemic potential: those that cause flu and Aids. That is good news for efforts to develop vaccines and treatments, but scientists remain wary that anything could still happen.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Laura Spinney Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science World news Vaccines and immunisation Health Source Type: news

Is the UK government ready for a Covid winter?
A scientific report in July made several recommendations to avoid a resurgence. We look at the government responseIn mid-July,an Academy of Medical Sciences report urged the government to use the remainder of the summer to prepare for a second wave of coronavirus during the winter.Commissioned by the government ’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, the 79-page study warned that a resurgence of the virus had thepotential to killup to 120,000 hospital patients in a worst-case scenario.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Haroon Siddique Tags: Health policy Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Politics Science Society UK news Hospitals NHS Social care Care workers Nursing Doctors Source Type: news

Australia's stinging trees: if the snakes and spiders don't get you, the plants might | Irina Vetter, Edward Kalani Gilding and Thomas Durek
Noxious nettles with venom similar to that of scorpions are helping scientists understand pain and how to control itAustralia is home to some of the world ’s most dangerous wildlife. Anyone who spends time outdoors in eastern Australia is wise to keep an eye out for snakes, spiders, swooping birds, crocodiles, deadly cone snails and tiny toxic jellyfish.But what not everybody knows is that even some of the trees will get you.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Irina Vetter, Edward Kalani Gilding and Thomas Durek for the Conversation Tags: Trees and forests Australia news Environment Medical research Science Source Type: news

New UK Covid test is effective but won't impact numbers as hoped
Suitable for clinics but not homes, the DnaNudge test is unlikely to fulfil the government ’s ‘Moonshot’ testing goalsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA rapid test for coronavirus made byDnaNudge that was said by ministers to be part of a grand plan to deliver millions of tests in England, works well in hospitals but will not scale up to help the government ’s “Moonshot” plan any time soon, experts say.On 3 August, the government announced that “millions of new rapid coronavirus tests will be rolled out across NHS hospitals, care homes and labs from...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Medical research Infectious diseases Science Vaccines and immunisation Source Type: news

UK and Japan award eight Regenerative Medicine projects
In this landmark collaboration, MRC and AMED will make almost£7 million available to support collaborative projects that seek to advance regenerative approaches towards clinical use. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - September 17, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Shoes with 'toe spring' may increase risk of injury, study finds
Upwards curvature means foot muscles do less work, potentially weakening them over timeThey may feel comfy, but wearing shoes that curve upwards at the front may be weakening your foot muscles and increasing your risk of injury.This curvature, known as a “toe spring”, is a common feature of many shoes, especially trainers. It helps the front part of the foot to roll forwards when walkingor running, enhancing the comfort of thick and cushioned soles. But despite their ubiquity, the effect of toe springs on our foot muscles had not been well studied, until now.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 17, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Linda Geddes Tags: Medical research Science Running Health Life and style Fashion Source Type: news

Those who won't wear masks put us all at risk, but confrontation is not the answer | Eleanor Morgan
It ’s easy to feel angry towards those who don’t follow Covid-19 guidelines. Yet empathy is the key to changing people’s minds“I have asthma by the way,” a woman announced to me in my local cornershop this week. I hadn’t noticed her. She wasn’t wearing a mask; I was. “It’s OK!” I said, without a beat. She replied: “Just saying before you told me off for not having a mask.”I wanted to avoid conflict in a small space. In truth, I panic seeing uncovered faces in shops. I, too, have asthma, but in my experience, wearing a mask for three minutes to buy tinn...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 17, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Eleanor Morgan Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Psychology Medical research UK news Society Source Type: news

Covid-19 ethics: should we deliberately infect volunteers in the name of science? Part 2
Teams around the world are hard at work developing Covid-19 vaccines. While any potential candidate will need to be tested on thousands of volunteers to prove its safety and efficacy, some scientists have argued that the race to the finish line could be sped up by human challenge trials — where participants are infected with a special strain of the virus.Ian Sample delves into some of the misconceptions and hurdles inherent in this kind of research. In the second of twoepisodes, Ian explores the importance of rescue treatments, what happens if something goes wrong, and whether it would ever be morally permissible to ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 17, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Ian Sample and produced by Madeleine Finlay Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Source Type: news

Scientists discover what happens in our brains when guessing
Researchers have identified how cells in our brains work together to join up memories of separate experiences, allowing us to make educated guesses in everyday life. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - September 17, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

'Confounding': Covid may have already peaked in many African countries
One explanation for virus not behaving as expected could be previous exposure to other infections, experts tell MPsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic has peaked earlier than expected in many African countries, confounding early predictions, experts have told MPs.Scientists do not yet know why, but one hypothesis is the possibility of people having pre-existing immunity to Covid-19, caused by exposure to other infections.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Karen McVeigh Tags: Global health Global development Coronavirus outbreak Africa Kenya Tanzania Sudan Somalia Yemen Infectious diseases Medical research Middle East and North Africa Science World news UK news Source Type: news

'Why wait for it?' How to predict a pandemic
Strides are being made towards an open access atlas that could predict where dangerous animal-borne viruses will next appearHow do you predict where a deadly tropical disease such as Ebola, possibly the most virulent in the world, will appear next? Since it first emerged in a small town on the edge of a Congolese forest, it has broken out in seven other African countries, often thousands of miles apart.Sometimes it has spilled out of remote rainforest and then disappeared for years. Other times it has turned up in cities, baffling world bodies and governments that can only try to respond as fast as possible. But actually, ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: John Vidal Tags: Infectious diseases Ebola Zika virus Coronavirus outbreak Microbiology Medical research Science World news Animals Farming Environment Climate change Source Type: news

Troubled pasts, and their implication for European integration
How do you build a common future from a legacy of conflict? Determination goes a long way, as the history of the EU shows – but building bridges is not easy. EU-funded researchers are analysing collective memories of past strife that still affects community relations today, in a bid to help advance European integration. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 16, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Coronavirus testing and the fantasy of a  moonshot mission | Letters
Readers express their frustration with the utter shambles of England ’s test-and-trace regimeDespite what Matt Hancock says, there just aren ’t enough tests available (Report, 15 September). There are still no routine tests for medical professionals and other frontline services. Paramedics I have spoken to in Liverpool have been tested only once in the past six months and attend emergencies not knowing whether they are virus-free. They have colleagues who have caught Covid and some have died. It is unacceptable to put them at risk like this.Barry KushnerLabour councillor, Liverpool• Stories of symptomatic ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 15, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Boris Johnson Matt Hancock Infectious diseases Politics Medical research Vaccines and immunisation Health Society France Health policy Source Type: news

Farm animals and pandemics: nine diseases that changed the world
Covid has got experts thinking urgently about the risk of diseases passing from farmed animals to humans. We examine the major outbreaks of the past two centuriesContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 15, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Tom Levitt Tags: Environment Infectious diseases Farm animals Meat industry Food Farming Cattle BSE Bird flu Sars Swine flu Rural affairs Health World news UK news Medical research Source Type: news

Landmark coronavirus study to trial inhaled Imperial and Oxford vaccines
UKRI and NIHR funded researchers at Imperial College London are set to begin trials to assess the safety and effectiveness of two of the UK’s coronavirus vaccines in development, when inhaled into the lungs. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - September 15, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Boris Johnson was warned over Covid 'moonshot' testing plan
Key government adviser cautioned PM against setting 10m daily testing targetCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA key government adviser has said he warned Boris Johnson not to describe his mass coronavirus testing plan as a “moonshot” and cautioned against setting a target of carrying out 10m tests a day.As ministers faced further criticism over the struggling testing programme, Sir John Bell said the government had “underestimated” the demand for tests caused by the return of schools and a rise in infections.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 15, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Josh Halliday Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Medical research Source Type: news

Covid vaccine tracker: when will a coronavirus vaccine be ready?
More than 170 teams of researchers are racing to develop a safe and effective vaccine. Here is their progressResearchers around the world are racing to develop a vaccine against Covid-19, withmore than 170 candidate vaccines now tracked by the World Health Organization (WHO).Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 15, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Niko Kommenda and Frank Hulley-Jones Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science World news Vaccines and immunisation Health Society Source Type: news

Covid-19 ethics: Should we deliberately infect volunteers in the name of science? (part 1)
Would you be willing to have a dose of Sars-CoV-2 sprayed up your nose for medical research? For thousands around the world, the answer is yes. Eager volunteers have already signed up to take part in human challenge trials, where participants would be deliberately infected with the virus in order to better understand the disease, and rapidly develop a treatment or vaccine. But should such studies go ahead with a dangerous and relatively new virus?In the first of two episodes, alongside a panel of experts Ian Sample delves into some of the ethical questions of human challenge trials and asks where the balance of risks and b...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 15, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Ian Sample and produced by Madeleine Finlay Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Source Type: news

Des robots aquatiques pour surveiller l'impact du changement climatique sur la lagune de Venise
Le changement climatique, la pollution, le tourisme de masse et les espèces invasives font des ravages dans les grandes zones lagunaires comme Venise. Pour aider à surveiller, et atténuer, l’impact de ces facteurs sous l’eau, un projet financé par l’UE utilise une flotte de robots aquatiques autonomes. Les chercheurs peuvent donc désormais prendre plusieurs mesures simultanées à différents endroits, ce qui sera extrêmement utile dans la lutte contre le changement climatique. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 15, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Robot acquatici per monitorare gli effetti dei cambiamenti climatici sulla laguna di Venezia
Cambiamenti climatici, inquinamento, turismo di massa e specie invasive scatenano il caos in vaste aree lagunari come Venezia. Per monitorare e ridurre l’impatto di tali fattori sott’acqua, un progetto finanziato dall’UE sta utilizzando uno sciame di robot acquatici autonomi. In questo modo, i ricercatori possono effettuare, allo stesso tempo e da posti differenti, varie misurazioni estremamente utili nella lotta contro i cambiamenti climatici. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 15, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Roboty wodne do monitorowania wpływu zmian klimatycznych na weneckie laguny
Zmiany klimatu, zanieczyszczenia, masowa turystyka i gatunki inwazyjne sieją spustoszenie na dużych obszarach laguny, takich jak Wenecja. W finansowanym przez UE projekcie wykorzystano rój autonomicznych robotów, by monitorować i łagodzić wpływ tych zmian na środowisko wodne. Dzięki niemu badacze mogą zebrać jednocześnie wiele danych z różnych miejsc, co pomoże w walce ze skutkami zmian klimatu. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 15, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Wasserroboter überwachen Klimawandelfolgen in venezianischer Lagune
Klimawandel, Umweltverschmutzung, Massentourismus und invasive Arten richten in großen Lagunenregionen wie Venedig verheerende Schäden an. Zur Überwachung – und Linderung – der Folgen für die Unterwasserwelt nutzt ein EU-finanziertes Projekt kleine autonome Wasserroboter. Forschende führen nun gleichzeitig Messungen an verschiedenen Punkten durch, was im Kampf gegen den Klimawandel sehr hilfreich sein wird. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 15, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Aquatic robots to monitor how climate change impacts Venice's lagoon
Climate change, pollution, mass tourism, and invasive species are wreaking havoc on large lagoon areas like Venice. To help monitor - and mitigate - the impact these factors have underwater, one EU-funded project is using a swarm of autonomous aquatic robots. As a result, researchers can now take multiple measurements at the same time and from different places, which will be hugely beneficial in the fight against climate change. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 15, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Robots acuáticos para vigilar cómo afecta el cambio climático a la laguna de Venecia
El cambio climático, la contaminación, el turismo masivo y las especies invasoras causan estragos en grandes áreas lacustres como Venecia. Un proyecto de la UE usa un enjambre de robots acuáticos autónomos para vigilar y mitigar el impacto subacuático de estos factores. Así, los investigadores pueden tomar muchas medidas a la vez y desde varios sitios, lo que ayudará a combatir el cambio climático. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 15, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Science, Medical Groups Oppose Fetal Tissue Ethics Board Recommendations
AIBS joined 76 other scientific, medical, and patient groups in expressing concerns about the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Fetal Tissue Ethics Advisory Board’s report that recommends withholding funding for most of the applications submitted to NIH to conduct medical research using human fetal tissue. After reviewing 14 research proposals in July 2020, the Ethics Board recommended in a report sent to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee that Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar only fund one of the proposals and withhold f...
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 15, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Mayo scientists develop mathematical index to distinguish healthy microbiome from diseased
ROCHESTER, Minn. ? What causes some people to develop chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and metabolic syndrome while others stay healthy? A major clue could be found in their gut microbiome -- the trillions of microbes living inside the digestive system that regulate various bodily functions. To utilize the huge population of tiny [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - September 15, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

RECOVERY trial will evaluate REGN-COV2 investigational antibody cocktail in the UK
One of the world’s largest efforts to find effective COVID-19 treatments will evaluate the impact of REGN-COV2 on mortality, hospital stays, and the need for ventilation. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - September 14, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

New Asian mosquito could bring malaria to African cities, warn scientists
Unlike endemic species,An. stephensi is adapted to urban areas, putting another 126 million people in dangerAlready grappling with the highest incidence of malaria with more than 90% of global cases, Africa should be wary of an Asian mosquito species that has the potential to spread the disease into the continent ’s urban areas – subjecting an additional 126 million people to risk – a new analysis suggests.Unlike endemic mosquito species in Africa, which have made themselves at home in warm and wet climes in largely rural areas, this particular mosquito –An. stephensi–has made an appearance in...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 14, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Natalie Grover Tags: Malaria Global health Infectious diseases Medical research Science World news Source Type: news

Greener flights from greener fields - using aviation biofuel
Jet fuel from renewable sources holds the key to significantly reducing the environmental impact of aviation. EU-funded researchers have set out to boost Europe's production capacity, and are also developing a process that would leverage the growing of feedstock to rehabilitate land at risk of desertification. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 14, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Covid tests sent to Italy and Germany as UK labs are overwhelmed
Leaked documents reveal backlog of 185,000 swabs and tests sent abroad for processingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government ’s coronavirus testing programme is dealing with a backlog of 185,000 swabs, with tests being sent to Italy and Germany as local labs are overwhelmed.Not even a week after the governmentwas forced to apologise for continuing delays to Covid testing, the Department of Health and Social Care insisted on Sunday that the capacity of the NHS test-and-trace system was the highest it had ever been but there was a “significant” demand for tests.Conti...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 13, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jedidajah Otte Tags: Coronavirus outbreak UK news Infectious diseases Medical research Science Health NHS Italy Germany Europe Microbiology Source Type: news

Covid vaccine tracker: when will a coronavirus vaccine be ready?
More than 170 teams of researchers are racing to develop a safe and effective vaccine. Here is their progressResearchers around the world are racing to develop a vaccine against Covid-19, withmore than 170 candidate vaccines now tracked by the World Health Organization (WHO).Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 13, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Niko Kommenda and Frank Hulley-Jones Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Microbiology Science Medical research World news Vaccines and immunisation Health Society Source Type: news

Protests in Germany against restrictions as French cases set new record – as it happened
Number of new cases in California falls; Cuba restricts internal travel; English hospitals stress test for a second wave. Follow all the developmentsOxford University resumes Covid-19 vaccine trialsTrump ally who sought to change CDC Covid reports claims he was fighting ‘deep state’‘World-leadingly bad’: the week Covid resurged in the UKBritish passengers furious at airlines over voucher policy11.52pmBSTYou can keep up to date with all the latest developemnts at our new live blog that Martin is taking care of here:Related:Coronavirus live news: France cases top 10,000 in one day; Victoria records 41...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 13, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jedidajah Otte (now), Damien Gayle, Graham Readfearn, Naaman Zhou and Aaron Walawalkar(earlier) Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Medical research Microbiology World news Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Oxford University resumes vaccine trial; cases in Scotland hit four-month high - live updates
India racks up another 97,570 infections; police disperse demonstrators in Victoria; Brazil deaths climb past 130,000. Follow all the developmentsCovid-19 vaccine gamble: where bets have been placed and why‘World-leadingly bad’: the week Covid resurged in the UKPassengers furious at airlines over voucher policyBob Woodward rejects criticism he sat on Trump ‘deadly’ virus remarks2.41pmBSTDaily coronavirus cases inScotland have hit a four-month high, the latest Scottish government figures show.A total of 221 people have tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours - the highest daily figure sinc...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 12, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Damien Gayle , Graham Readfearn and Naaman Zhou (earlier), Aaron Walawalkar(now) Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Medical research Microbiology World news Source Type: news

Victoria's new coronavirus cases fall to lowest level since June as Australian death toll exceeds 800
Premier Daniel Andrews announces 37 new Covid-19 cases and six more deathsFollow today ’s coronavirus live blogHow vaccine hesitancy could undermine Australia ’s Covid response‘She deserved better’: Melbourne aged care home continued to charge Covid victim as she lay in hospitalCovid test devices rushed onto Australian market less accurate than claimed – reviewNew Victorian coronavirus cases have fallen to their lowest level since 26 June, but six more deaths of people in aged care have taken the national Covid-19 death toll above 800.The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, said on Saturday tha...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 12, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Graham Readfearn with agencies Tags: Australia news Victoria Victorian politics New South Wales Queensland Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Medical research Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: France rules out new lockdown as Victoria records 37 more cases
Cases continue to surge in western Europe; Australian sees one of its lowest totals for months; Brazil deaths climb past 130,000. Follow all the developmentsCovid-19 vaccine gamble: where bets have been placed and why‘World-leadingly bad’: the week Covid resurged in the UKMelbourne care home charged patient even when she was in hospitalBob Woodward rejects criticism he sat on Trump ‘deadly’ virus remarks12.20amBSTHi all, it ’sNaaman Zhou here, bringing you the latest coronavirus news from Australia and around the world.The state of Victoria is bracing for more protests and arrests today as ant...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 12, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Naaman Zhou Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Medical research Microbiology World news Source Type: news

2020 Max Perutz Science Writing Award Shortlist Announced
Ten outstanding articles have been shortlisted for the 2020Max Perutz Science Writing Award, the MRC’s annual writing competition. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - September 11, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

We need Covid-19 mass-testing. But who will trust the government to deliver it? | David Hunter
A huge amount of work will be required to convince a sceptical public fatigued by talk of ‘world-beating’ new systemsAs summer turns to autumn, Covid-19 cases have beenincreasing in the UK, and England has registered anincrease in hospitalisations. The virus has already shown it can cause havoc for the NHS while infecting a relatively small proportion of the population.Related:Mass weekly Covid-19 testing of population to be trialled in EnglandContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 11, 2020 Category: Science Authors: David Hunter Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Science World news Infectious diseases Medical research Politics UK news Source Type: news

Coronavirus cases in England doubling every eight days, study shows
Research finds evidence of accelerating spread at end of August and start of SeptemberCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCases of coronavirus in England are doubling every seven to eight days, research has revealed in the latest figures to show a resurgence of Covid-19.The study, known as React-1, is a population surveillance study that began in May and uses swabs from about 120,000 to 160,000 randomly selected people in England across 315 local authority areas each month to track thespread of coronavirus using PCR analysis – the “have you got it now” test.Continue reading.....
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 11, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Science correspondent Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Health Society UK news Infectious diseases Medical research Science Imperial College London Source Type: news

UK coronavirus live: Scotland and Wales bring in 'rule of six' regulations amid rise in cases
Stricter regulations across the UK come as a study reports that mask wearing and lockdown rules are causing deeper social divides than BrexitCovid lockdown rules more divisive than Brexit, survey findsUK ’s economic recovery from Covid-19 crisis continuesGlobal coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage9.38amBSTFace masks will be mandatory in shops and indoor spaces in Wales from Monday, the first minister has said.Mark Drakeford said the country had reached a threshold where 20 people in 100,000 were suffering from coronavirus.9.27amBSTChallenged on why the London government had not followed th...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 11, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Amy Walker Tags: Coronavirus outbreak UK news Politics Boris Johnson Nicola Sturgeon Infectious diseases Medical research Source Type: news

Creating a buzz around 'fly farming'
EU-funded researchers have delivered new knowledge on the artificial mass-rearing of certain species of flies. The findings are particularly timely since European legislation recently opened the door for some farmed fly species to be used as feed in the aquaculture sector. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 11, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

£5 million for new research projects investigating how coronavirus spreads
Eight new projects will explore how the virus spreads in schoolchildren, healthcare workers, in medical settings, on surfaces in public spaces, and in strictly-Orthodox Jewish communities. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - September 11, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Show more empathy to boost confidence in vaccines, scientists told
Expert behind vaccine confidence report points to halting of Oxford Covid trial as exampleDoctors and scientists need to show more empathy towards volunteers in coronavirus vaccine trials who fall ill if the public is to have full confidence in the safety of the vaccines being developed, say experts.The temporary halting of theOxford University/AstraZeneca trial after one volunteer in the UK was admitted to hospital was good news, not bad, said Heidi Larson, who leads the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as it showed that scientists and the company were putting safety first....
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 11, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Vaccines and immunisation Health Infectious diseases Medical research Science Society World news UK news AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals industry University of Oxford Source Type: news

Health ministry to document data on post-COVID complications; NCDC likely to do telephonic survey of recovered patients
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is concurrently working on developing a registry of post-COVID-19 sequelae to capture data on the same. So far, a total of 35,42,663 people from coronavirus infection have recovered in the country, according to government data. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Discovery of four COVID-19 risk groups helps guide treatment
People who are admitted to hospital with COVID-19 can be divided into four distinct groups, according to data from the world’s largest study of patients with the disease. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - September 10, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Oxford Covid-19 vaccine is still possible this year, says AstraZeneca chief
Pharmaceutical firm ’s boss says 2020 deadline possible if regulators move fastCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAstraZeneca ’s coronavirus vaccine could still be available by the end of the year, or early next year, according to the company’s chief executive, Pascal Soriot, despite clinical trials being paused after a volunteer fell ill.AstraZeneca and Oxford University, which are jointly developing the vaccine and testing it on 50,000 to 60,000 people around the world,halted trialson Wednesday to investigate the “potentially unexpected illness” of one particip...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Julia Kollewe Tags: AstraZeneca University of Oxford Pharmaceuticals industry Coronavirus outbreak Business Infectious diseases Medical research World news UK news Vaccines and immunisation Society Science Health Source Type: news

Covid-19: We have no idea where vaccine will come from, says expert
Comments follow news of delay to Oxford trial after one of UK volunteers fell illCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNobody can know where the first safe and effective vaccine against Covid-19 will come from, warned one of the UK ’s leading medical experts, as the trials of the frontrunner, from Oxford University, were put on hold.The Oxford vaccine appeared to be storming ahead, amid hopes it would have the data to get it approved by a regulator before the end of the year. Last month, Donald Trump was said to be considering pushing for it to be fast-tracked in the US before the presiden...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley and agencies Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Matt Hancock Science Medical research World news UK news Source Type: news

Covid-19: what happens when flu season hits? (part 2) – podcast
As the northern hemisphere heads into autumn and winter, cold and flu are beginning to spread and more people find themselves with coughs, fevers and a runny nose. With Covid-19, this brings new challenges. Should we quarantine at the first sign of the sniffles? Could co-infections of flu and Covid-19 make your symptoms worse? Do we have the capacity to test for more than one virus?In part 2 of our investigation into what happens when flu season hits,Ian Sample speaks to Prof Peter Horby about what it might mean for both individuals and medical professionals if multiple respiratory viruses are circulating, and how we can b...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Ian Sample and produced by Madeleine Finlay Tags: Science Microbiology Science policy Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Source Type: news

We have no idea where Covid-19 vaccine will come from, says expert
Comments follow news of delay to Oxford trial after one of UK volunteers fell illCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNobody can know where the first safe and effective vaccine against Covid-19 will come from, warned one of the UK ’s leading medical experts, as the trials of the frontrunner, from Oxford University, were put on hold.The Oxford vaccine appeared to be storming ahead, amid hopes it would have the data to get it approved by a regulator before the end of the year. Last month, Donald Trump was said to be considering pushing for it to be fast-tracked in the US before the presiden...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley and agencies Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Matt Hancock Science Medical research World news UK news Source Type: news

'Superbugs' a far greater risk than Covid in Pacific, scientist warns
Antimicrobial resistance ‘biggest human health threat, bar none’, says Australian research director ahead of three-year study in FijiThe emergence ofantimicrobial resistance (AMR), including drug-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs”, pose far greater risks to human health than Covid-19, threatening to put modern medicine “back into the dark ages”,an Australian scientist has warned, ahead of a three-year study into drug-resistant bacteria in Fiji.“If you thought Covid was bad, you don’t want anti-microbial resistance,” Dr Paul De Barro, biosecurity research director at Aus...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sheldon Chanel in Suva and Ben Doherty Pacific editor Tags: World news Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Medical research Microbiology Fiji Pacific islands Asia Pacific Source Type: news