Today's Health News in Snippets

14/06/2021

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Covid-19 lockdown easing in England to be delayed by four weeks

Senior ministers have signed off a decision to delay the lifting of all coronavirus restrictions in England beyond 21 June.

 

Government sources have told the BBC most current rules will remain for another four weeks after this date.

 

It means nightclubs will stay closed and people will be encouraged to still work from home where possible.

 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to confirm the delay later at a press conference.

 

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Father of boy who died drowning donates

Father of boy, 6, who drowned hands out hundreds of lifejackets in bid to save others

The father of a boy who drowned is handing out hundreds of lifejackets in a bid to prevent more tragedies.

 

Lucas Dobson, six, fell into a river while stepping on to a boat when out fishing with his dad Nathan, 37.

 

The boy was swept away by the tide and his body was found four days later.

 

Nathan, a mechanic, has now joined search and rescue expert Peter Faulding, whose team recovered Lucas’s body, to launch a new water safety campaign.

 

The dad said: “Lucas could swim but it was a one-off day when the tide was so high and so strong. He had no chance."

 

“Looking back, he should have been wearing a lifejacket."

 

Mr Faulding and Nathan started the Lucas Dobson Water Safety Campaign and are handing out more than 900 lifejackets to schools in Kent following a £10,000 fundraising drive.

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Chinese researchers find batch of new co

Chinese researchers find batch of new coronaviruses in bats

Chinese researchers said Thursday they had found a batch of new coronaviruses in bats including one that may be the second-closest yet, genetically, to the Covid-19 virus.

 

According to the researchers, their discoveries in a single, small region of Yunnan province, southwestern China show just how many coronaviruses there are in bats and how many have the potential to spread to people.

 

Researchers are trying to find where SARS-CoV-2 came from. Although a bat is a likely source, it's possible the virus infected an intermediary animal. 

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Strenuous exercise increases the risk of

Strenuous exercise increases the risk of motor neurone disease, scientists find

Frequent strenuous exercise increases the risk of motor neuron disease, British scientists have discovered.

 

The condition was made famous by cosmologist Stephen Hawking but also tends to disproportionately affect sports stars.

 

Researchers analysed the UK Biobank study group of around half a million Brits which included genetic data, health records and detailed surveys on their lifestyles.

 

They found high intensity physical activity is likely to contribute to the development of the disease in people already genetically pre-disposed to MND.

 

 

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World leaders promise one billion Covid

World leaders promise one billion Covid vaccine doses for poorer nations

Leaders of the major industrial nations have pledged one billion Covid vaccine doses to poor countries as a "big step towards vaccinating the world", Boris Johnson has said.

 

At the end of the G7 summit in Cornwall, the PM said countries were rejecting "nationalistic approaches".

 

He said vaccinating the world would show the benefits of the G7's democratic values.

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Hero lorry driver 'saves man's life' by parking under motorway bridge to stop him jumping

A heroic lorry driver may have saved the life of a young man who he saw perched perilously close to the edge of a motorway bridge.

 

A distressing image showed a man had climbed over the railing of the M62 bridge and was sat on the end, looking down towards the busy road.

 

When a lorry driver spotted him, they moved into the hard shoulder and parked up, leaving the truck directly underneath the man who was on the edge of the bridge, Leeds Live reports.

 

The striking image has been shared by dozens of people and many commentators have lauded the actions of the driver of the heavy goods vehicle.

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Man swallowed by 60,000lb whale is dubbed 'Jonah' by pals after near-death experience

A lobster diver who thought he was going to die after a humpback whale mistook him for food and tried to swallow him has revealed his friends now call him 'Jonah' and he is likely to keep on diving in the future.

 

Michael Packard, from Wellfleet, Massachusetts, first thought he had been attacked by a shark - which are common in the Cape Cod area - but soon noticed he did not feel any teeth.

 

He said he was about 45ft down in the water when he "felt this huge bump, and everything went dark", before eventually being spat out into the air around 30 seconds later by the 60,000lb whale.

 

As The Mirror reported earlier this week, Michael thought he was going to die, but thankfully he survived mostly unscathed - with no broken bones, but some bad bruising.

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Italian woman wakes up after 10 months in coma

An Italian woman has woken from a coma after 10 months, according to local media reports.

 

Cristina Rosi, 37, was seven months pregnant when she suffered a heart attack in July last year.

 

Her daughter, Caterina, was delivered by emergency Caesarean section. However, Ms Rosi was left in a coma with suspected brain damage.

 

She has now woken up and spoken her first word, "Mamma", her husband has said.

 

"We didn't expect it, it was a real joy after so much suffering," Gabriele Succi, told La Nazione newspaper.

 

Ms Rosi was transferred to a clinic in Austria in April to receive specialist care during her recovery. Both her husband and mother were by her side when she spoke.

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Monkeypox outbreak in UK as Matt Hancock

Monkeypox outbreak in UK as Matt Hancock confirms cases under investigation

The UK is dealing with an outbreak of monkeypox, Health Secretary Matt Hancock casually told MPs yesterday.

 

Two people - both members of the same household - are being monitored after the virus was identified in North Wales.

 

One is currently being treated in a hospital in England, health chiefs confirmed.

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