Mixture of different sunscreens ‘can obliterate some of the protection against UV rays’

Mixture of different sunscreens ‘can obliterate some of the protection against UV rays’

Mixing different sunscreens can almost wipe out some of the protection against UV rays, a study suggests. Experts found that combining ‘chemical’ creams with ‘mineral’ creams containing zinc oxide reduced the barrier they provide to the sun by up to 91 percent. Researchers today issued a warning to consumers about the potential interaction, saying the … Read more

WHO honors Henrietta Lacks, whose cells changed medicine | Health news

WHO honors Henrietta Lacks, whose cells changed medicine |  Health news

The World Health Organization (WHO) has honored Henrietta Lacks by recognizing the legacy of a black woman whose cancer cells provided the basis for life-changing medical breakthroughs but were taken without her knowledge or consent. Researchers took tissue from Lack’s body as she sought treatment for cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in … Read more

WHO creates new team to study Covid-19 Origins

WHO creates new team to study Covid-19 Origins

The World Health Organization has set up a new panel of researchers whose mandate will include attempts to revive a halted study into the origins of the coronavirus that caused a global pandemic. The team of 26 members, sourced from countries including the United States, China, India, Nigeria and Cambodia, is larger than an international … Read more

COVID-19 response amplified by extra hospital beds amid predicted increase in case load in SA

COVID-19 response amplified by extra hospital beds amid predicted increase in case load in SA

South Australia’s hospital bed capacity has received a significant boost, amid predictions that the state may face a COVID-19 case burden in the thousands once border restrictions are eased. Key points: The government says the 93 beds have been added to a further 107 already marked by SA Health It follows a forecast that SA … Read more

High intake of fatty acids in nuts, seeds and vegetable oils ‘associated with lower risk of death’

High intake of fatty acids in nuts, seeds and vegetable oils ‘associated with lower risk of death’

Eating lots of nuts, seeds and vegetable oils can reduce the risk of being sent to an early grave, researchers say. Iranian researchers reviewed dozens of studies that looked more closely at diet and mortality, spanning up to three decades. They looked specifically at the effects of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) – an omega-3 found in … Read more

The United States reaches a record high of more than 96,000 deaths in cases of drug overdose over a period of 12 months, CDC data show

In the 12 months — a period in which the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the United States and shut down normal daily routines — the United States experienced 96,779 drug overdose deaths, an increase of 29.6% from March 2020 to March 2021. Figures released Wednesday are preliminary data, as overdose deaths require the registration of a … Read more

Why aspirin is no longer widely recommended to ward off heart attacks

Photo: physics (Shutterstock) Doctors used to advise people at risk of heart attack to start taking one “baby” aspirin (effectively a low-dose aspirin) as a preventive measure. But that practice has got less common over time, and now the US Preventive Services Task Force says that – in many cases – it provides more risk … Read more

Grafton residents make 170km round trip for a COVID test as Delta arrives in NSW city

Grafton residents make 170km round trip for a COVID test as Delta arrives in NSW city

Eighteen months after the pandemic arrived in Australia, this city gets its first taste of COVID-19. Key points: There have been 23 COVID-19 cases in Grafton in recent weeks. Vaccination rates are lower than in cities. Local MPs are asking the government to postpone the lifting of travel restrictions. Grafton, 19,000 inhabitants, is the largest … Read more

Eating mushrooms can lower your risk of depression, study shows

Eating mushrooms can lower your risk of depression, study shows

Eating mushrooms can lower your risk of depression, study claims Penn State College of Medicine found fungi can lower depression An anti-inflammatory amino acid in fungi can help fight the condition Study examined data on diet and mental health from more than 24,000 U.S. adults By Joe Davies For Mailonline Published: 12:00 BST, October 13, … Read more

More than HALF of Covid survivors experience symptoms six months after recovering from the virus

More than HALF of Covid survivors experience symptoms six months after recovering from the virus

More than half of COVID-19 survivors experience symptoms of the virus six months after recovery, a new study finds. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University in Center County conducted a meta-analysis of previous studies examining patients who said they still had symptoms months after first testing positive. Symptoms such as cognitive impairment, anxiety and chronic fatigue … Read more