Day: February 15, 2022

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Sanction against 150 doctors for sexual misconduct are ‘tip of the iceberg’, medics warn

Nearly 150 doctors have been disciplined for sexual misconduct in the last five years, as surgeons call for action on “systemic” and “cultural” problem of sexual assault within healthcare, The Independent can reveal. Doctors campaigning for the UK’s healthcare services to address widespread problems with sexual harassment and assault in medicine have warned people do […]

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Fears over UK ability to tackle variants as Covid testing is scrapped

Ministers are scrapping a Covid testing programme that can quickly identify new variants, The Independent can reveal – with scientists warning the move could leave the UK vulnerable to further mutations in the virus. An arm of the government’s testing programme, which provides Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (Lamp) tests, is due to be wound down by […]

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Nine Omicron symptoms affecting fully vaccinated and two early signs you might have it

Omicron ruined Christmas plans for many last year, with record-breaking figures reported in the lead up to the festive season. A surge in the infection rate saw England move back to plan B restrictions in December, which included mandatory face masks in public places, the return of work from home guidance and travel bans. First […]

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Pig culls and fertiliser shortages mean higher prices for British shoppers

You don’t have to look very hard to see major problems brewing in British agriculture. Farms are packed with 200,000 overweight pigs, glasshouses once laden with salad leaves now sit empty, exports are falling and costs are soaring at a pace not seen for decades. Farmers report being pushed to breaking point as pressures mount […]

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Hospital cleaners for private healthcare giant ‘forced to to work without PPE or proper training’

Cleaners at a London hospital have launched a campaign against an outsourcing company and a giant private US healthcare firm, claiming that they were subjected to bullying and harassment when they spoke out about a string of alleged serious Covid safety violations. Health Corporation of America (HCA) claimed millions of pounds in furlough money while […]

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Technology

Elon Musk donated $5.7bn of Tesla shares to charity last year

Elon Musk donated Tesla shares worth about $5.7bn (£4.2bn) to charity in 2021, making him likely one of the world’s top philanthropic donors last year, a security filing revealed on Monday. The filing did not name the recipients of the 5,044,000 shares that the Tesla chief reported donating in November last year. These donations would […]

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UK workers take a pay cut as inflation outpaces wage rises, official figures show

UK workers took a pay cut in the final three months of last year the soaring cost of living outstripped wage increases, official figures show. The Office for National Statistics latest release made grim reading for British households, who face the biggest squeeze on living standards in decades. Total pay growth rose to 4.3 per […]

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Lassa fever UK: What are the symptoms and is it contagious? (Old)

As the UK records new cases, for the first time since 2009, of the rare Lassa Fever the key message from public health leaders so far is that there is not yet cause for public concern. What is Lassa? Lassa Fever is an illness which is caused by the Lassa Virus. The virus, which is […]

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Lassa fever UK: What are the symptoms and is it contagious?

As the UK records new cases, for the first time since 2009, of the rare Lassa Fever the key message from public health leaders so far is that there is not yet cause for public concern. What is Lassa? Lassa Fever is an illness which is caused by the Lassa Virus. The virus, which is […]

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Exercise right after Covid or flu vaccination may give an antibody boost, study finds

About 90 minutes of light- to moderate-intensity exercise directly after a flu or Covid shot could provide an extra immune boost, suggests a new study. Researchers at Iowa State University found participants who cycled on a stationary bike or took a brisk walk for an hour-and-a-half after getting a jab produced more antibodies in the […]

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