Follow our guide to keeping your home free from coronavirus as the lockdown starts to ease 

As lockdown gradually begins to ease, we are now at increased risk of picking up the virus and bringing it into our homes, so it’s never been more important to take steps to ensure your home is kept meticulously virus-free to minimise your chance of spreading infection among other members of your household. From filling your fridge with immunity bolstering foods to throwing open windows and regularly wiping your mobile phone, we show you how to ensure that your home remains a safe, Covid-free zone.  KITCHEN  Cleaning  Disinfect surfaces which…

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Help your immune system to pack a punch

Starting today — and continuing all this week — Dr MICHAEL MOSLEY unveils his health revolution to help you stay one step ahead of coronavirus as the lockdown eases. In exclusive extracts from his new book Covid-19, he will help you get in the best shape to fight the virus and unveil a blueprint to bolster your immune system as well as measures to keep you and your family safe.  As many of us venture out into the world once more after so many weeks of lockdown, it can be…

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Blood test can predict how prostate cancer will respond to treatment and if a patient will relapse

A simple blood test could help flag when men with prostate cancer are not responding to treatment or are more likely to relapse. The ‘liquid biopsy’ was evaluated for efficiency on more than 1,000 blood samples from 216 men with advanced prostate cancer who were having treatment.  Researchers led by The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London found the test can detect traces of cancer DNA in the bloodstream.  High levels predicted the disease would progress more rapidly, while large reductions over time suggested treatment was working. It could lead to…

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DR ELLIE CANNON answers your questions on coronavirus

How do the newly eased lockdown rules apply to people who are vulnerable and shielding? While restrictions continue to be loosened for the majority, people with health problems are currently being advised to continue shielding – adhering to the strictest stay-at-home measures. Parents caring for children or other vulnerable family members who need to shield will also have to stick to stringent social distancing. Shielding groups include organ transplant recipients, people with severe lung conditions, those on certain cancer treatments and pregnant women suffering from significant heart disease.  It used to…

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DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Want to know how long you’ll live? See how many of these you can do in one minute

It sounds bizarre, but the length of time you are able to stand on one leg is a powerful predictor of how long you will live and how healthy you will be.  When I mentioned this in a column last year, many of you wrote in to say how you had done – and you also submitted a fair few questions. If you improved your balance, would you live longer? Was it normal to be better on one leg than the other? And – one of my favourites – why was…

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Itching, baldness and painful sex: The embarrassing questions that you’re too shy to ask your GP

We doctors are a fairly unshockable bunch. We’ve seen it all – multiple times, usually, and probably that same day. People talk of embarrassing ailments – often, but not exclusively, ones that involve our ‘private’ body parts or bodily functions. But it really is all in a day’s work for us. Of course, I understand why some patients find these topics hard to talk about. But the big concern is when it stops them seeking any kind of medical help. Surveys suggest that up to two-thirds of Britons avoid visiting…

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Lifeline for bowel cancer patients as experts hail game-changing breakthrough drug

Patients ravaged by advanced bowel cancer have been thrown a lifeline – thanks to a breakthrough drug hailed by experts as a game-changer in the fight against the disease. A landmark trial found immunotherapy treatment pembrolizumab, which helps the body attack and kill cancer cells, doubled the length of time it took for the disease to worsen, compared to standard chemotherapy treatment. Incredibly, more than one in ten patients with a specific sub-type of bowel cancer saw their cancer disappear altogether, according to data presented at the American Society of Clinical…

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Why won’t the NHS test for the heart attack gene 200,000 of us don’t even know we have?

More than 200,000 Britons unknowingly carry a gene that puts them at high risk of a fatal heart attack or sudden stroke before they reach middle age, according to a pivotal study. The inherited condition, in which a genetic fault causes cholesterol levels to rise alarmingly from birth, is often symptomless. If it is spotted, cholesterol-lowering medication, including statins, is highly effective at bringing problems under control. However, if untreated, patients can, and do, die before they reach middle age. Some suffer heart attacks as children. The new figures mean inherited…

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DR ELLIE CANNON: Don’t be one of the 80 per cent of men who’d rather be ill than admit to a problem

Is the cliche true – are men reluctant to talk to doctors about their health? Surveys paint a depressing picture: up to 80 per cent of men questioned by Bupa recently said they would rather endure an illness than seek help. In my own surgery, men under the age of 40 are an unusual sight. Although we do get more middle-aged blokes coming in, often to have a heart health check-up, I’d say two-thirds of my patients, generally, are women. There are many reasons for this. Women are more used to…

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Disabled pupils are STILL caught in lockdown limbo

Thousands of severely disabled children are being barred from returning to school because head teachers insist they cannot guarantee pupils’ safety against coronavirus. Desperate parents of these children have been ordered not to bring them back to the classroom when many mainstream schools start reopening this week. The majority of Britain’s schools for children with mental and physical disabilities – many of which also provide essential, specialist healthcare – will remain closed. Charity bosses fear the ban will be the last straw for those left to cope with round- the-clock care…

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