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Coronavirus in Scotland: Almost 17,500 children tested last week

Coronavirus in Scotland: Almost 17,500 children tested last week GETTY IMAGES Nearly 17,500 children were tested for coronavirus across Scotland over the past week - but only 49 were positive, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Demand for testing has increased "significantly" since pupils returned to schools earlier this month But the first minister said the 49 children aged between two and 17 who tested positive last week was only two more than the previous week. This was despite a 300% increase in the number of [...]

Coronavirus: Reports of physical abuse of children up 53% during lockdown – with older kids more at risk

Coronavirus: Reports of physical abuse of children up 53% during lockdown - with older kids more at risk Adolescents are also at greater risk of online grooming compared to young children, according to an NSPCC report. Reports of physical abuse against children increased during the coronavirus lockdown Reports of physical abuse against children to the NSPCC increased by 53% during the coronavirus lockdown, the charity has said. Between April and July, its helpline received an average of 1,066 contacts per month from adults [...]

Nurses Are on the Virus Front Lines. But Many Schools Don’t Have One.

Nurses Are on the Virus Front Lines. But Many Schools Don’t Have One. Less than 40 percent of the nation’s schools had a full-time nurse before the pandemic, and there has been no national effort to hire more. As the lone nurse for her school district in central Washington State, Janna Benzel will monitor 1,800 students for coronavirus symptoms when classrooms open this month, on top of her normal responsibilities like managing allergies, distributing medications and writing hundreds of immunization plans. “I’ll [...]

French firm Sanofi indicted over epilepsy drug Depakine

French firm Sanofi indicted over epilepsy drug Depakine. AFP In 2018 aggrieved parents protested against Sanofi French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi is being investigated for possible manslaughter charges in France over the deaths of four babies whose mothers took the anti-epilepsy drug valproate. Marketed in France as Depakine, it was found to carry a high risk of birth defects if taken by pregnant women. Sanofi denies wrongdoing and says it warned of the potential risks long ago. It is already being prosecuted in France for allegedly [...]

Coronavirus: What does the science actually say about face coverings?

Coronavirus: What does the science actually say about face coverings? As face coverings become mandatory in shops in England, we look at whether they are effective against COVID-19. People must wear face coverings in shops in England from today, the government has said. But until now scientists have criticised ministers for their mixed messaging about wearing face masks during the pandemic, so what does the science actually say? Prime Minister Boris Johnson has previously said Britons should be wearing face coverings in shops because they [...]