Doctors may be missing illnesses because UK medical textbooks often focus on white people

Doctors may be missing illnesses because UK medical textbooks often focus on white people. One medical student was so concerned about the issue that he worked to create a clinical handbook for people of colour. A comparison of the fungal infection tinea manuum on different skin colours. Pic: Brown Skin Matters There are concerns that illnesses are being missed and that patients are being misdiagnosed following criticism that mainstream medical resources fail to show signs and symptoms of skin conditions on people [...]

Coronavirus: High-risk workers with no symptoms to be tested

Coronavirus: High-risk workers with no symptoms to be tested. Employees at firms including Addison Lee, BT and Boots and a series of councils will be part of the pilot. Thousands of workers whose jobs put them at higher risk of catching coronavirus will be tested even if they have no symptoms. Taxi drivers, cleaners and retail assistants will be part of the pilot. The Department of Health said it was to see if there is demand for testing among these kinds of workers, [...]

Airborne transmission of COVID-19 cannot be ruled out, says WHO

Coronavirus: Airborne transmission of COVID-19 cannot be ruled out, says WHO. Hundreds of scientists say evidence shows some virus particles linger in the air rather than dropping to the floor. Findings on airborne transmission could end up changing guidance on distancing. The World Health Organisation has recognised there is "evidence emerging" of airborne transmission of coronavirus, which could lead to changes in guidance on distancing. Speaking at a briefing on Tuesday, the organisation's COVID-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove said discussion was ongoing [...]

New government unit to take over Covid response

New government unit to take over Covid response. Coronavirus pandemic GETTY IMAGES - The Joint Biosecurity Centre is being asked to develop new ways to respond to coronavirus outbreaks. The government's new Joint Biosecurity Centre is to take a more prominent role in coordinating the response to Covid-19, the BBC understands. The JBC will be asked to develop novel ways to quickly identify and contain potential outbreaks. Sage, the government's scientific advisory group, will meet less often and its sub-groups will report to ministers. But [...]

Coronavirus: Belgrade protesters storm Serb parliament over curfew

Coronavirus: Belgrade protesters storm Serb parliament over curfew The protests started peacefully but clashes erupted after police managed to clear the assembly Police and protesters have been hurt in riots that broke out outside the National Assembly in the Serbian capital Belgrade. The protests began peacefully on Tuesday evening and included students and families, angered by a decision to re-impose a weekend curfew because of a rise in coronavirus infections. Protesters broke into the assembly, prompting police to intervene. Clashes erupted and police fired [...]