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BBC News - Health

Polio: Virus found in London prompts misleading vaccine claims

Fri, 24 Jun 2022 23:59:13 GMT

What do these cases really tell us about the virus, which hasn't spread in the UK for decades?

BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron: How worried should we be?

Thu, 16 Jun 2022 11:24:15 GMT

Surges of Covid are happening again around the world, driven by some new subvariants of Omicron.

Abortion clinic buffer zones will happen, says Sturgeon

Mon, 27 Jun 2022 15:09:37 GMT

The first minister said the Scottish government would back a bill to protect sites from protesters.

Polio: What is it and how does it spread?

Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:32:20 GMT

What is polio and how can you protect yourself from it?

End of Covid regulations: What if I'm still worried?

Tue, 22 Feb 2022 13:53:36 GMT

What would ending isolation rules in England mean for people who are worried about getting Covid?

Heatwaves: What do they do to the body and who is at risk?

Wed, 15 Jun 2022 11:57:39 GMT

What impact do high temperatures have on our bodies?

Coronavirus: Do face masks actually work?

Sat, 14 Mar 2020 01:04:25 GMT

With face masks in high demand, we look at whether they really can protect people from the virus.

Covid: When can teenagers get a second dose?

Wed, 17 Nov 2021 16:45:05 GMT

All 16 and 17 year-olds in the UK can now have a second dose 12 weeks after the first.

How do we know Covid vaccines are safe?

Tue, 15 Feb 2022 11:30:44 GMT

Busting myths and explaining the facts around vaccines.

Doctors warn of industrial action amid pay squeeze

Mon, 27 Jun 2022 15:46:23 GMT

Medics say pay has fallen by up to 30% since 2008 once inflation is taken into account.

Omicron: How do I know if I have it?

Tue, 04 Jan 2022 12:25:12 GMT

The symptoms are similar to a cold, while genetic analysis is the only way to confirm the variant.

Covid booster: Who can get the fourth jab and how do you book it?

Tue, 05 Apr 2022 08:51:54 GMT

Over-75s and those with a weakened immune system are being offered an extra booster dose this spring.

UK heatwave: How does sunscreen work?

Wed, 15 Jun 2022 11:51:56 GMT

Do you know your UVA from your UVB?

Coronavirus: What is the risk to men over 50?

Thu, 16 Apr 2020 20:03:54 GMT

While most people will have mild symptoms and recover quickly, some are more prone to getting sick.

How Sandwell is encouraging families to embrace exercise

Wed, 22 Jun 2022 05:55:19 GMT

Sandwell is reversing the trend of having the least active residents - and it's hugely paying off.

Adele Roberts: Radio 1 DJ reveals she's free from bowel cancer

Mon, 27 Jun 2022 10:29:22 GMT

The Radio 1 DJ wrote on Instagram to share the news, eight months after starting treatment.

Beta coronavirus variant: What is the risk?

Thu, 29 Jul 2021 08:57:20 GMT

There are fears that this version of coronavirus, first identified in South Africa, is

What are the latest rules for face coverings and masks?

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 10:22:39 GMT

Rules around face coverings are easing across the UK but they are still required in some settings.

The areas with the fewest GPs revealed

Tue, 31 May 2022 10:58:01 GMT

Shortage has left some areas of England having to cope with half the number of doctors than others.

Covid: Why are 12-15s now being double-jabbed?

Mon, 29 Nov 2021 16:45:36 GMT

All children aged 12 to 15 are being offered two doses of Covid vaccine.

Covid vaccine ‘waning immunity’: How worried should I be?

Sun, 14 Nov 2021 01:06:41 GMT

Is the effectiveness of Covid vaccines waning over time? We look at how much protection being double vaccinated offers.

Roe v Wade: The world reacts to US abortion ruling

Sat, 25 Jun 2022 14:54:54 GMT

Our correspondents in Italy, El Salvador, India, Ireland and Canada explain the impact in countries across the globe.

Covid: What is the guidance across the UK now?

Tue, 03 May 2022 15:13:30 GMT

Almost all of the UK's Covid rules have ended, two years after they were introduced.

Memory boxes help families remember lost voices

Sat, 11 Jun 2022 23:02:10 GMT

A PhD student has been creating audio memory boxes for hospice patients in Northern Ireland.

What is monkeypox and how do you catch it?

Mon, 06 Jun 2022 14:56:31 GMT

Cases of monkeypox are being investigated in several countries, including the UK.

Sir John Major calls contaminated blood scandal 'incredibly bad luck'

Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:48:41 GMT

The ex-prime minister's description of the disaster drew gasps from families watching the public inquiry.

Child stroke survivor determined to recover say Lowestoft parents

Sat, 11 Jun 2022 23:38:31 GMT

Five-year-old Tilli, from Suffolk, is one of 400 children to have a stroke in the UK every year.

Fatboy Slim DJ sessions to help people's mental health

Tue, 21 Jun 2022 05:23:14 GMT

Norman Cook is volunteering for an NHS scheme to help those with severe mental health problems.

Have I got Covid, a bad cold or something else?

Tue, 05 Apr 2022 12:34:21 GMT

What are the new Covid symptoms, and when should I stay at home?

Vaping - is it a risk-free option?

Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:53:21 GMT

Colourful gadgets and fruity flavours are popular, but what's really known about their health effects?

Why you shouldn't get a second Covid jab too early

Fri, 02 Jul 2021 06:21:34 GMT

A government scientific advisor tells Newsbeat why four weeks is too soon between Covid jabs.

How many cases in your area?

Fri, 24 Jun 2022 14:20:27 GMT

Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK.

Covid: UK infections continuing to rise

Fri, 24 Jun 2022 15:06:48 GMT

The increase, with an estimated one in 35 people testing positive, is being driven by newer variants.

Covid: How to look after yourself at home

Wed, 06 Apr 2022 09:25:06 GMT

What can you expect if you have Covid, and when should you get extra help?

Sir Jonathan Van-Tam: I don't wear a face mask any more

Fri, 24 Jun 2022 13:20:39 GMT

Sir Jonathan Van-Tam is asked if he's changed his habits, as Covid-19 cases in the UK continue to rise.

Covid rules: How can the clinically vulnerable stay safe?

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 15:02:33 GMT

As social-distancing and other Covid rules end in England, how can people who were shielding stay safe?

Got a new rash? Monkeypox or something else?

Tue, 24 May 2022 23:19:47 GMT

Red bumps and lumps? Scabs or blisters? What are the signs to look for?

All you need to know on the coronavirus

Wed, 06 Oct 2021 10:24:04 GMT

A new cough, fever and change in smell or taste are the key symptoms of coronavirus.

A&E patients warned of seven-and-a-half hour wait

Tue, 07 Jun 2022 19:03:38 GMT

A nurse is filmed as she informs a packed accident and emergency waiting room of long delays.

Peanut allergy sufferer George, 10, tries new drug

Tue, 28 Jun 2022 05:19:02 GMT

George, 10, hopes a newly-approved drug will lessen the impact of his peanut allergy.

What's it like living with an invisible disability?

Mon, 27 Jun 2022 23:06:12 GMT

Emily Hale had to have spinal fusion surgery for her scoliosis, now she's helping others.

Why bonding over the Euros appeared to increase Covid cases in men

Sun, 01 Aug 2021 23:34:49 GMT

Psychologists say men need to be part of a group in order to vent their feelings and emotions.

Monkeypox: Time to worry or one to ignore?

Fri, 20 May 2022 23:24:05 GMT

We are facing an unusual and unprecedented monkeypox outbreak but how worrying is it?

Hepatitis in children: How many cases are there?

Wed, 04 May 2022 14:08:14 GMT

It looks likely that a common virus which usually causes colds, vomiting and diarrhoea has a role to play.

How will the vulnerable be protected from Covid? And other questions

Tue, 22 Feb 2022 15:25:22 GMT

The government has announced the end of all Covid restrictions in England.

How to get a Covid test

Tue, 03 May 2022 15:14:47 GMT

Most people in England and Scotland no longer get free PCRs or LFTs, and rules vary across the rest of the UK.

Support bubbles: How do they work and who is in yours?

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 10:41:25 GMT

Some people across the UK have been able to form "support bubbles" or "extended households".

Cost of living: Are value food brands healthy?

Fri, 06 May 2022 00:11:48 GMT

MP George Eustice has urged shoppers to choose supermarket own brands to help cut living costs.

Coronavirus: Intensive care and other key terms explained

Sun, 03 May 2020 00:06:18 GMT

Use our tool to check the meaning of key words and phrases associated with the Covid-19 outbreak.

Covid-booster response hope for most vulnerable

Mon, 27 Jun 2022 23:51:34 GMT

A break in taking a common immune-suppressing drug could improve how well vaccines work, a trial suggests.

Mum, 29, with inoperable brain tumour in plea for research

Wed, 08 Jun 2022 20:11:48 GMT

Laura Mahon, 29, gave birth at 30 weeks after being told she had an inoperable brain tumour.

Coronavirus: What it does to the body

Sat, 14 Mar 2020 01:02:03 GMT

What is it like to have the coronavirus, how will it affect you and how is it treated?

NHS patients to be offered chance to travel for surgery

Mon, 27 Jun 2022 07:33:27 GMT

Hundreds of patients who have waited two years or more have already said they are willing to travel.

Covid: Why do some vaccines protect you for longer than others?

Fri, 03 Jun 2022 23:00:11 GMT

Here's why you need more than one Covid jab.