Mental health: Major study finds higher levels of anxiety in NI children

Mental health: Major study finds higher levels of anxiety in NI children. Anxiety and depression is 25% more common in children and young people in Northern Ireland compared to other parts of the UK, according to a major new study. The findings come from a survey commissioned by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB). It found that 12.6% of children and young people here suffer "common mood disorders". The figure reflects a similar trend in the adult population. Researchers collected data from more [...]

Covid-19: Hundreds of Birmingham A&E patients may be turned away

Covid-19: Hundreds of Birmingham A&E patients may be turned away. GETTY IMAGES Some ambulances have waited up to an hour to handover patients at A&Es Hundreds of patients who turn up to A&E departments in Birmingham may be turned away in a bid to protect key services, health bosses have said. University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust said it was under huge pressure after a rise in Covid-19 patients. Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Brotherton said it was now at a "tipping point" and would have [...]

Coronavirus: Northern Ireland’s COVID-19 ‘circuit breaker’ is ‘too little, too late’

Coronavirus: Northern Ireland's COVID-19 'circuit breaker' is 'too little, too late' Doctors in Northern Ireland believe the new restrictions are "too little, too late" and called for tougher rules to be introduced. Tightened restrictions will see all pubs and restaurants close unless they offer takeaways Northern Ireland will begin its so-called "circuit breaker" lockdown later, amid worries that it may need to be extended - and calls for greater powers of enforcement. The tightened restrictions come into effect at 6pm, and will see [...]

Coronavirus: YouTube bans misleading Covid-19 vaccine videos

Coronavirus: YouTube bans misleading Covid-19 vaccine videos. PA MEDIA YouTube has pledged to delete misleading claims about coronavirus vaccines as part of a fresh effort to tackle Covid-19 misinformation. It said any videos that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities, such as the NHS or World Health Organisation, will be removed. It follows an announcement by Facebook that it would ban ads that discourage people from getting vaccinated. However, that restriction will not apply to unpaid posts or comments. YouTube had already banned "medically unsubstantiated" [...]

Coronavirus: Schools to close and tight new hospitality rules

Coronavirus: Schools to close and tight new hospitality rules PA MEDIA Schools are to close from Monday and hospitality businesses will face tight new restrictions from Friday, BBC News NI understands. The moves are among a number of restrictions expected to be announced in the assembly at 10:30 BST. In a bid to stem cases of Covid-19, hospitality will be limited to takeaway and delivery only for four weeks. Health officials had warned infections would rise further if both schools and hospitality premises remained [...]