DR ELLIE CANNON: How do I get more sleeping pills now GP has cut mine?

I was first prescribed zopiclone, a sleeping pill, about 16 years ago and still take them to this day. I couldn’t cope without them. However, my GP now says I can have only 14 per month, starting next month. I’m absolutely dreading this.  One night without the tablets and I suffer terrible nightmares, sweats and panic attacks.  I’ve been searching the internet to see if I can buy them, but it’s so expensive. I’m desperate. Dr Ellie Cannon today warns a reader against trying to source sleeping pills online  Severe…

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Why teenage pupils should wear masks in class

Her bag is packed and uniform pressed. They have been for the better part of a week. To say Delilah Genn is almost giddy with excitement about schools reopening tomorrow would be an understatement. ‘I love it there,’ says the 11-year-old, who’s in Year 7 at a North London grammar school. Along with just about every other parent in Britain, her mother, Amber, 47, will also breathe a sigh of relief. There will, however, be one big change – or rather, yet another in a seemingly ever evolving list – Delilah…

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Why are more and more mothers pretending their child?

An anxious, middle-class mother notices a mysterious rash on her young son and, as one does, immediately turns to Dr Google. She comes across a medical website that tells her it’s a classic sign of a serious genetic condition – there’s a risk of seizures and sudden death. In a panic, she rushes him to their GP. Tests show nothing but she’s not reassured. She gets a specialist referral. Then another. Doctors conduct tests each time but find no problem. She begins to keeps her son off school, just to…

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Oregon reports 3 more COVID-19 related deaths, 202 new cases – KTVZ

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — There are three new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,296, the Oregon Health Authority reported Saturday. OHA also reported 202 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, bringing the state total to 157,079. Vaccinations in Oregon OHA reported that 33,847 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added Saturday to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 18,943 doses were administered on Friday 5 and 14,904 were administered on previous days but were entered into the…

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Study of Aggressive Covid-19 Strain in Brazil Suggests Limits of China Vaccine – The Wall Street Journal

SÃO PAULO—As an aggressive coronavirus strain from the Amazon ravages Brazil, a preliminary study has provided the first evidence that the country’s principal vaccine, China’s CoronaVac, might not be as effective against it. The small-scale study, which has yet to be peer-reviewed, comes as doctors warn of a humanitarian catastrophe in Brazil over coming weeks, with surging deaths as the disease overwhelms hospitals across the country. Researchers from Brazil, the U.K., and the U.S., found that plasma from eight people vaccinated five months ago with CoronaVac “failed to efficiently neutralize”…

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State’s seven-day COVID-19 death average falls below 10, nearly 600000 complete vaccine series – WBAY

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – Wisconsin’s seven-day death average from COVID-19 is now the lowest it has been since last fall. As of Saturday, the seven-day death average fell to nine, the first time it has been in the single digits since September 29, when it was at seven. The figure falls as the state reports one new death from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and reports 206 new cases. That figure comes from a total of 2,367 test results, a positivity rate of 8.7%, the lowest positivity rate this…

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Diabetes symptoms: Three ‘unusual’ signs of high blood sugar in your body – and what to do – Express

If you develop any of these key warning signs, and the symptoms won’t go away after a few weeks, you should consider speaking to a doctor. Other common diabetes symptoms include feeling very fatigued, having an unquenchable thirst, and passing more urine than normal. Diagnosing diabetes early is absolutely crucial, because the condition increases the risk of a number of deadly complications, including strokes and kidney disease. A quick blood test should be enough to reveal whether you have high blood sugar levels. Source

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Tempeh vs. Tofu: Which Plant-Based Protein Is Healthier for You? – Prevention.com

Even if you’re not up for going full-on vegetarian or vegan, there are so many reasons to move toward a more plant-based diet. Not only is eating less meat associated with a lower risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, it’s also better for the planet since beef production uses up a disproportionate share of the world’s resources. The good news is, you no longer have to trek to a health food store on the outskirts of town to find plant-based options: There are loads…

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Some Elderly African Americans Are Hesitant About the Covid Vaccine – The New York Times

BATON ROUGE, La — Flossie West was not at all interested in taking the coronavirus vaccine. Carla Brown, the nurse overseeing her care, was determined to change her mind. Ms. West, 73, has ovarian cancer, congestive heart failure and breathing difficulties — conditions that place her at grave risk should she contract the virus. As it is, Covid-19 has killed far too many of her neighbors in Mid-City, a low-rise, predominantly Black community that sprawls to the east of the Louisiana state capital. But Ms. West’s skepticism about the new…

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From ending the state’s mask mandate to the Dixie State name: Highlights from the 2021 Utah Legislature – St George News

In this file photo, Gov. Spencer Cox gives his first State of the State address before the Utah Legislature, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 21, 2021 | Pool photo, St. George News SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Legislature wrapped up its business for the year Friday. Lawmakers tackled a number of issues this year during a session that was partially conducted remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox speaks during a COVID-19 briefing at the Utah State Capitol. Jan. 8, 2021, Salt Lake City, Utah…

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