Test and trace system will start on Thursday
27/05/2020 | news | health | 3,032
Anyone coming into close contact with infected people in England will be told to isolate.
Coronavirus anti-viral drug 'biggest step forward'
26/05/2020 | news | health | 767
Remdesivir shortens recovery time by about four days, research suggests.
Coronavirus deaths fall to six-week low
26/05/2020 | news | health | 1,363
Early May bank holiday delays mean the true death figures are likely to have been even lower.
Key evidence on opening schools revealed
22/05/2020 | news | health | 2,510
Sources say any risk to pupils is very small but any activity outside the home has risk.
Coronavirus: Children 'half as likely to catch it'
22/05/2020 | news | health | 793
The findings will feed into the debate around the safety of re-opening schools.
Children and older adults to join vaccine trial
21/05/2020 | news | health | 164
The Oxford trial will monitor the effects on thousands of people's immune systems.
Immune clue sparks coronavirus treatment hope
21/05/2020 | news | health | 654
Better understanding of Covid-19's impact on the immune system gives hope an existing drug might aid recovery.
Diabetic people offered support amid coronavirus
19/05/2020 | news | health | 208
A study reveals, for some, having diabetes is linked to an increased risk of dying with coronavirus.
Cancer surgery delays risk 'thousands' of deaths
19/05/2020 | news | health | 304
The NHS is warned not to "lose sight" of other areas of life-saving medicine amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Delirium 'may be common' in Covid seriously ill
18/05/2020 | news | health | 86
Long stays in intensive care and being ventilated could increase the risk, researchers say.
UK adds loss of smell to coronavirus symptoms list
18/05/2020 | news | health | 983
Loss of smell and taste join a new cough and fever as signs that self-isolation may be necessary, experts say.
Long coronavirus test results waits concern GPs
16/05/2020 | news | health | 465
The Royal College of GPs says the government should focus on its testing strategy rather than targets.
First hints virus vaccine trains immune system
15/05/2020 | news | health | 613
Larger trials now needed to see if the vaccine can protect against the coronavirus.
Coronavirus infection 'R' rate in UK creeps up
15/05/2020 | news | health | 4,837
The figure is now much closer to one - the point at which the virus starts spreading rapidly.
Animal trial offers hope for coronavirus vaccine
15/05/2020 | news | health | 155
Six rhesus macaque monkeys were vaccinated and then exposed to the virus.
'One in 400' people in England has coronavirus
14/05/2020 | news | health | 2,497
The estimate is based on tests on 11,000 people from 5,000 households over the past two weeks.
Coronavirus antibody test a 'positive development'
14/05/2020 | news | health | 3,824
The test, now approved in the UK, can tell who has had Covid-19 - but gives no guarantee they are immune.
Children worldwide show rare virus reaction
13/05/2020 | news | health | 176
The reaction is extremely rare and only affects a tiny number of children seriously, medics say.
50,000 deaths in the UK’s coronavirus epidemic
11/05/2020 | news | health | 2,964
Official statistics show a large increase in the number of UK deaths above the expected level.
Mental not general health tops Covid concerns
07/05/2020 | news | health | 569
The Office for National Statistics asked how coronavirus was affecting people's lives.
Is it time to free the healthy from restrictions?
06/05/2020 | news | health | 2,328
Ministers are looking at how to ease the lockdown. How cautious should they be?
Scientists puzzle over impact of virus mutations
06/05/2020 | news | health | 1,253
A study has identified a mutation that its authors say could make the coronavirus more infectious.
Scientists publish coronavirus advice to ministers
05/05/2020 | news | health | 700
The Sage group raised fears people might try to buy fake test results to get an "immunity passport".
'Segment and shield' way to lift UK lockdown
05/05/2020 | news | health | 679
Strengthen protection for high-risk people while easing restrictions for others, scientists say.
Nightingale Hospital in London placed on standby
04/05/2020 | news | health | 1,815
The hospital will no longer be taking patients in the coming days - but could be used again if needed.
Malaria 'completely stopped' by microbe
04/05/2020 | news | health | 397
Scientists say the microbe - found in the wild near Lake Victoria - has enormous potential.
Contact tracing app trial on Isle of Wight
03/05/2020 | news | health | 184
The experiment is part of the government's track and trace strategy aimed at limiting a second wave.
Thousands signal interest in Covid-19 plasma trial
01/05/2020 | news | health | 1,251
It is hoped the antibodies recovered patients have built up will help clear the virus in others.
UK hospital trials new coronavirus treatment drug
01/05/2020 | news | health | 584
The new drug is based around a protein that is commonly used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
NHS sets out six-week plan for 'return to normal'
30/04/2020 | news | health | 779
Urgent services should return to pre-Covid-19 levels, a letter to local trusts and GPs says.
Drug has 'clear-cut' power to fight coronavirus
29/04/2020 | news | health | 455
The data on its effect on symptoms comes from a trial of more than 1,000 patients in the US.
Coronavirus: Is R the crucial number?
29/04/2020 | news | health | 2,001
The number at the heart of the decision whether to lift lockdown.
Does hospital deaths milestone mean failure for UK?
23/04/2020 | news | health | 2,019
Limiting the outbreak to 20,000 deaths was meant to be a 'good outcome'. How bad will it get?
First patients injected in UK Covid vaccine trial
23/04/2020 | news | health | 1,761
The first two people have been injected as part of a UK study of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Test data 'reassuring for front-line NHS workers'
22/04/2020 | news | health | 141
The number of positive tests was no different to that of staff in non-clinical roles, say researchers.
What has gone wrong over PPE?
22/04/2020 | news | health | 871
The lack of equipment to protect frontline staff from coronavirus has been a major concern.
Should I start taking vitamin D?
21/04/2020 | news | health | 294
Some people might want to consider it during the pandemic. Here's why.
Experts: Does UK's isolation advice go far enough?
21/04/2020 | news | health | 1,425
Public health experts fear the current UK advice may not be enough to stop the spread of the disease.
NHS staff struggle to access coronavirus tests
21/04/2020 | news | health | 1,371
Public Health England plans to offer home testing kits across the UK to improve uptake.
What is the most promising coronavirus drug?
20/04/2020 | news | health | 931
There are no drugs proven to help doctors treat the disease, but work is under way around the world.
Air pollution linked to raised Covid-19 death risk
20/04/2020 | news | health | 88
The World Health Organization warns high air pollution could be a risk factor for severe Covid-19 cases.
Don't mistake hay fever for virus symptoms - GPs
20/04/2020 | news | health | 140
Doctors warn those allergic to pollen to consider if their reaction has changed from previous years.
Coronavirus blood treatment to be tried
19/04/2020 | news | health | 481
The hope is blood from coronavirus survivors could treat hospital patients ill with Covid-19.
Scientists target a million vaccines by September
17/04/2020 | news | health | 1,310
Oxford team are hoping to have millions of vaccine doses ready by the end of 2020, but will it work?
Dentists facing 'critical shortage of kit'
16/04/2020 | news | health | 106
Patients with urgent problems are having to "take matters into their own hands", a dental body says.
Nine in 10 dying with virus have existing illness
16/04/2020 | news | health | 1,453
Heart disease is the most common underlying condition, followed by dementia and respiratory illness.
We can cope with virus peak, hospital bosses say
15/04/2020 | news | health | 696
Thousands of intensive care and hospital beds remain available as the UK heads for a peak in coronavirus cases.
One in five deaths now linked to coronavirus
14/04/2020 | news | health | 4,641
Coronavirus prompts spike in mortality with data showing weekly deaths have hit a record high.
Measles resurgence fear amid coronavirus
14/04/2020 | news | health | 639
Millions of children risk missing out on measles vaccines, Unicef warns.
Dentists have ‘nowhere to send patients’
07/04/2020 | news | health | 596
The British Dental Association says dentists are being bombarded by calls from patients in pain.
Most coronavirus deaths occurring in hospitals
07/04/2020 | news | health | 1,122
Latest figures show some are happening in the community but most are on hospital wards.
Analysis: How do we get out of lockdown?
06/04/2020 | news | health | 363
What is the path to normality as coronavirus leaves countries in lockdown?
Closing schools has 'marginal impact' on virus
06/04/2020 | news | health | 2,296
Countries should now question whether keeping schools shut is justified, says one team of scientists.
High street pharmacists 'put at risk' from virus
05/04/2020 | news | health | 96
Staff dispensing medicines say they urgently need more protective gear to guard against coronavirus.
Warning over daily coronavirus death figures
04/04/2020 | news | health | 1,717
Spikes or dips may in part reflect bottlenecks in the reporting system, rather than real changes in the trend.
Can the UK do 100,000 coronavirus tests a day?
03/04/2020 | news | health | 3,885
The government has pledged to increase daily testing tenfold by the end of the month.
When will we know if the UK lockdown is working?
02/04/2020 | news | health | 2,307
Almost two weeks after Britons were confined to their homes, is the coronavirus curve flattening?
Will coronavirus go away in the summer?
01/04/2020 | news | health | 788
Other coronaviruses are sensitive to the seasons.
Loss of smell and taste 'may be coronavirus'
31/03/2020 | news | health | 1,070
However, experts say a fever and a cough are still the main ones to look out for.
Should the UK use drones to disinfect public spaces?
31/03/2020 | news | health | 171
A group is calling for a change in regulation so drones can spray disinfectant in public places
UK coronavirus death count is inexact science
31/03/2020 | news | health | 442
New figures offer more information on the toll of Covid-19 but do not give us the full picture.
UK coronavirus measures 'making a difference'
30/03/2020 | news | health | 274
People are heeding the advice to stay home to keep pressure off the NHS - and it's working, says adviser.
F1 team helps to create coronavirus breathing aid
29/03/2020 | news | health | 1,123
Thousands of the devices, which deliver oxygen to the lungs without needing a ventilator, could be made.
Medics protective gear guidance 'to be updated'
26/03/2020 | news | health | 665
New rules on when health staff should wear masks and gloves are expected amid the Covid-19 crisis.
'Act early to save more than 30 million lives'
26/03/2020 | news | health | 31
A report on the global impact of Covid-19 finds the effects on developing countries will be greatest.
How fast is the coronavirus growing in the UK?
26/03/2020 | news | health | 3,850
Comparing the UK’s epidemic to other countries after Friday saw the biggest rise in deaths so far.
GPs demand 'clarity' over protective gear
25/03/2020 | news | health | 151
Doctors fear some patients could have the virus but no symptoms and unwittingly infect staff.
ExCeL Centre to be used as coronavirus hospital
24/03/2020 | news | health | 1,362
The space will become a critical care centre, amid fears NHS intensive care units will be overwhelmed.
Coronavirus: 'Bin lipstick testers' chemists told
23/03/2020 | news | health | 80
Leading chains say they're acting immediately to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Blood donations needed after 15% drop, says NHS
22/03/2020 | news | health | 76
Officials urge blood donors to stick to their appointments if they are well enough.
When will the coronavirus outbreak end?
19/03/2020 | news | health | 2,128
The huge challenge the world faces to find an exit strategy to end the lockdowns and return to normal.
Care companies fear coronavirus bankruptcy
17/03/2020 | news | health | 101
Firms which support people at home are struggling with the extra demands, care chiefs say.
Analysis: UK changes course amid death toll fears
16/03/2020 | news | health | 1,889
Ministers were warned hundreds of thousands of people in the UK would die without stronger measures.
NHS to ramp up coronavirus testing capacity
10/03/2020 | news | health | 403
NHS England will be able to carry out 10,000 tests per day, up from 1,500 currently.
Coronavirus: GPs prepare to drop routine work
10/03/2020 | news | health | 171
Too little detail is being given over what to do for UK patients reporting potential symptoms, GPs say.
Coronavirus symptoms 'take five days to show'
09/03/2020 | news | health | 384
Scientists reveal the average incubation time for the virus that's infected more than 116,000 people globally.
Is the NHS ready for the surge in coronavirus cases?
04/03/2020 | news | health | 405
With a peak just weeks away, the health service has been busy making preparations. Will it be able to cope?
Coronavirus cases in UK jump to 87
04/03/2020 | news | health | 55
The UK reports its largest daily increase in cases, as two patients on a hospital ward are diagnosed.
Faster access to cannabis medicines in UK
02/03/2020 | news | health | 47
Patients should now be able to get treatments in days rather than months, say ministers.
How close to developing a vaccine are we?
27/02/2020 | news | health | 352
We answer some of the big questions about vaccines and how long one for coronavirus could take.
Sickest NHS patients 'face hours on trolleys'
25/02/2020 | news | health | 542
BBC analysis shows a surge in hospital delays as experts warn 'little in tank' to cope with coronavirus.
Children facing uncertain future, experts warn
18/02/2020 | news | health | 153
The World Health Organization says "radical change" is needed before it is too late
Rescue plan 'considered' for virus cruise Britons
17/02/2020 | news | health | 739
The Foreign Office is contacting the 74 people trapped in Japan to ask if they want to fly home.
Dentists hit by coronavirus face-mask shortage
13/02/2020 | news | health | 35
Some may have to "down drills" following curbs on how many they can order, the dentists' union says.
Britain's race to contain the coronavirus
12/02/2020 | news | health | 241
Health officials are trying to contain the virus after a cluster of cases on the south coast. Can the virus be kept at bay?
How many frozen eggs result in babies?
11/02/2020 | news | health | 45
The fertility expert Lord Winston warns the success rate could be as low as 1% but others say it is considerably higher.
Cancer patients 'missing out on basic information'
10/02/2020 | news | health | 178
NHS staff pressures are leaving 120,000 patients a year "in the dark" about their illness, a charity says.
Ban term 'painkiller' to end obsession with drugs
05/02/2020 | news | health | 92
Government adviser calls for change in culture on painkillers with greater focus on social issues.
Five need-to-know things about coronavirus
05/02/2020 | news | health | 160
There is no need to avoid certain foods or keep your pets at a distance - we give you the facts.
Scientists race to develop a coronavirus vaccine
29/01/2020 | news | health | 403
US researchers are already working on a vaccine against the new virus that has emerged in China.
Lungs 'magically' heal damage from smoking
29/01/2020 | news | health | 50
The effect has even been seen in people who had smoked for 40 years.
Seriously ill wait more than hour for ambulance
27/01/2020 | news | health | 769
Heart attack and stroke patients are among those facing long delays for crews to arrive, BBC finds.
Immune discovery 'may treat all cancer'
20/01/2020 | news | health | 136
Research is at an early stage but scientists said it had huge potential for destroying cancers.
'Hidden sugar' in pre-mixed gin and cocktail drinks
20/01/2020 | news | health | 41
Some cans of spirits and cocktails sold in shops and supermarkets contain eight teaspoons of sugar.
NHS criticises betting firms' 'damaging tactics'
15/01/2020 | news | health | 64
Free bets and other incentives should be banned to make gambling safer, a letter to companies says.
Pensions row 'making bad situation worse in NHS'
13/01/2020 | news | health | 405
Doctors are still refusing overtime despite NHS bosses promising to cover tax bills, hospitals say.
Fatty tongues 'main factor in disrupted sleep'
09/01/2020 | news | health | 150
Fat lost from the tongue was the reason for improvements in a sleep apnoea weight loss study.
Healthy habits 'deliver extra disease-free decade'
08/01/2020 | news | health | 466
Women and men can ward off cancer, heart problems and diabetes, a US study finds.
NHS pressures 'put medical breakthroughs at risk'
07/01/2020 | news | health | 15
The proportion of senior doctors involved in leading research programmes is falling, say academics.
Running marathon cuts years off 'artery age'
06/01/2020 | news | health | 107
Training for a first marathon delivers more elastic arteries and lower blood pressure, experts say.
GPs 'shun full-time work as pressures take toll'
17/12/2019 | news | health | 100
Nearly half of GPs now work part-time with a drive to increase numbers under threat, regulators warn.
Many at risk of flu this Christmas, experts say
16/12/2019 | news | health | 273
They predict a peak in cases and want people to get immunised now, before visiting friends and family.
Every major A&E misses wait target for first time
13/12/2019 | news | health | 539
Hospitals in England endure their worst-ever performance against waiting times.
A third of hospitals 'increased parking charges'
09/12/2019 | news | health | 190
Income from fees jumps 10% in a year, with hourly charges of up to £4 levied.
Exercise calorie labels 'make food less tempting'
09/12/2019 | news | health | 802
Consumers should be told it takes four hours to walk off the calories in a pizza, researchers say.