Spread of Coronavirus slowing down

Coronavirus has killed 1700 people and affected 70, 000. On Sunday authorities reported 2,009 new cases and 1452 more deaths nationwide. Outside China there have been more than 500 cases in 30 countries. Four people have died in France, Hong Kong , The Phiiippines and Japan. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that along with a…

Death of a whistleblwoer and hero

Dr. Li  Wenliang, the Chinese doctor who tried to warn about the coronavirus outbreak, has died after contracting the virus while treating patients in Wuhan, which has sparked public anger and grief in China. Last December he sent a message to fellow medics warning of a virus he thought looked like Sars – a global…

Man dies from coronavirus in Philippines

A 44-year-old Chinese man has died in Manila hospital where he developed severe pneumonia, after travelling to the Philippines from the city of Wuhan., first fatality outside China. He was infected before arriving in the Philippines, according to the World Heath Organisation (WHO). Over 325 people have died in the outbreak so far and 15,…

peanut allergy drug approved by the US

The US has approved its first drug AR101 or Palforzia which uses oral immunotherapy treatment for peanut allergies in children given in tiny but increasing doses of peanut protein over a six-month period under medical supervision. The treatment is not a cure and makers warn that the risk of a potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction remains.…

Grenfell enquiry phase II: Cladding fire risks “were known”

Arconic and Celotex suppliers of key components of implicated in the Grenfell disaster were accused of knowingly allowing the installation of dangerous products during the tower’s refurbishment of the west London Block of flats, as they supplied materials not fit for purpose. The US metals group, Arconic, and Celotex, a UK-based materials company,  were criticised…

Cow & Gate baby food jars recalled over tampering

Cow & Gate and Tesco are recalling 15 types of baby food jar as a precautionary measure amid concerns some may have been tampered with. Customers who bought food for babies aged over seven months in Tesco stores in the UK are advised not to use them because they may pose a safety risk. The…

insight into Yoga

The art form of yoga is no longer the preserve for hippies or hip-millennials, as a multi-dollar industry with varieties including hot yoga, naked yoga, beer yoga, and doga have taken over. The Indian spiritual discipline is a £20billion-a-year mainstay of the wellness industry. Shearer reveals a cultural cast of characters past and present in…

Arconic refuses to release documents to Grenfell Tower public enquiry

Arconic, a $13bn US metals group has refused to release documents about the flammable cladding on Grenfell Tower to the public enquiry into the fire  and a US lawsuit brought by survivors and victims’ families, citing a French law limiting disclosures. The company formerly known as Alcoa, has invoked the 1968 “ French blocking Statute”…

GPs can now prescribe cannabis on the NHS

Two cannabis-based medicines have been recommended for use on the NHS for the first time. Epidyolex has been approved for two rare types of epilepsy, Lennox Gastaut and Dravet syndromes  while Sativex has been recommended for muscle spasms in multiple scierosis. The drug will not be used to treat chronic pain under new guidance from…

HIV rates go up five folds among older women

Several women aged between 45 and 56 being treated for HIV has increased five-fold in the UK over the past ten years – due to them not practising safe sex. According to a worldwide study of HIV and ageing in the female population , it is partly because women are living longer with the infection…