Is coronavirus becoming less potent? Doctors believe it is weakening

Rome’s ancient Colosseum is reopened as Italy gradually lifts lockdown measures (Picture: Reuters) Italian doctors claim coronavirus has ‘enormously weakened’ compared to when it ripped across the globe earlier this year. Head of Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital Dr Alberto Zangrillo says the disease is now much less lethal and ‘no longer clinically exists’ in Italy. The physician of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said newly infected patients are showing milder symptoms and that the number of viruses in their system decreased significantly between March and May. Scientific theory suggests viruses…

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Dr MICHAEL MOSLEY’s guide to helping you fight back against coronavirus 

This week in the Daily Mail, Dr Michael Mosley is setting out a health revolution that will put you on course to staying one step ahead of coronavirus as lockdown eases.  In exclusive extracts from his new book Covid-19, he will help you get in the best shape to fight the virus. Today, he explains why having a healthy gut is crucial to your wellbeing. This week in the Daily Mail, Dr Michael Mosley (above) is setting out a health revolution that will put you on course to staying one step…

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UK trial will follow covid-19 patients for a year to see long-term damage

A ground-breaking trial will examine the long-term damage inflicted by Covid-19 on major organs. While growing evidence suggests the virus attacks not only the lungs but other parts of the body, including the heart, liver and kidneys, the severity and prevalence of these injuries, the type of people most at risk and how they recover is as yet unknown. Now, a two-year study — the first of its kind in the UK — hopes to answer these questions, using scans of coronavirus patients. The COVERSCAN trial is recruiting 500 people…

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Biotech firm claims its at-home coronavirus antibody test is 100% accurate

A California biotech company claims it has made a nearly 100 percent accurate coronavirus antibody test that screens for the immune cells using just a drop of dried blood from a finger prick.  Enable Biosciences used the test on 31 people who had recovered after testing positive for coronavirus and compared their results to those of another 25 covid-negative recruits.  According to a yet-to-be-published journal article on the results, the test was more than 99 percent specific and sensitive – two measures of antibody test accuracy that reflect its likelihood…

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Evidence suggests even those with mild covid-19 symptoms can be left with long-term damage to organs

The vast majority of the tens of thousands of patients in the UK who have tested positive for Covid-19 will be counting their lucky stars that they have had only a mild encounter with the deadly virus — but they may not be able to relax just yet. There is growing evidence from China, where the virus originated, and from Italy, the first European country to report cases, that patients diagnosed with even a mild case of Covid-19 may be left struggling with long-term health problems long after the virus…

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ASK THE GP: Have I become allergic to nuts at age 64?

After eating peanuts recently, my neck became very itchy. Two days later, I woke up with a feeling that my throat was closing. The skin under my chin is still really itchy and hot nearly a week later. I have suffered with hives in the past — could it be that, or have I developed a nut allergy? I am 64. Karen Goldman, by email. Your description of the rash on your neck is highly suggestive of an acute allergic reaction to the peanuts, suppressed to some extent by the…

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Your guide to the best prostate cancer care… As it becomes the most diagnosed cancer in Britain

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with more than 47,500 new cases in the UK each year. Now ground-breaking research, together with greater awareness — highlighted by the Daily Mail’s End The Needless Prostate Deaths campaign — is changing the outlook for men with the condition. The latest figures suggest it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, ahead of breast and lung cancers. ‘For many years, prostate cancer was a neglected form of the disease but UK scientists are leading the way in prostate cancer research,’ says…

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Bright ideas to make your eyes sparkle…A massager for puffiness and a pill to soothe screen damage

Hay fever, excess screen time, even some medications can affect our eye health.  Here, Elizabeth Hawkes, a consultant ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeon at the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Trust and the Cadogan Clinic in London, assesses a range of eye health products. We then rated them.  A massager for puffiness, eye wash to ease hay fever itches — and a pill to soothe damage from hours on a screen Dryness Vizulize Hypromellose 0.3 per cent Eye Drops, 10ml, £1.35, weldricks.co.uk Vizulize Hypromellose 0.3 per cent Eye Drops, 10ml, £1.35, weldricks.co.uk…

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Standing three feet apart and wearing a mask cut coronavirus transmission risks by up to 80 percent

Keeping at least three feet away from others ad wearing face coverings and eye gear may reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus by up to 80 percent. A team, led by McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, looked at how social distancing, face masks and eye protection affect the spread of several coronaviruses including COVID-19, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). They found that standing at least three feet lowers the risk of COVID-19 transmission, but that standing six feet away cut the risk…

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Why SEX can ward off migraines… but looking at stripes can be a trigger, neuroscientist reveals

About a year ago, I had a really bad migraine that I just couldn’t shift. I’d had migraines before but, over the course of two weeks, this one kept coming back. As a neuroscientist, whose research has covered what happens to the brain during migraine, I was determined to get to the root of the problem. I tried all sorts: I had my eyes tested, and I even went to the dentist to make sure it wasn’t something going on with my teeth and causing a headache. Eventually, I identified…

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