Day: September 5, 2020

Sellers of false cancer cures may face criminal charges

Health minister Jo Churchill told the House of Commons this week that the government plans to act to protect the most vulnerable people from "dangerous and cruel" cancer cure propaganda.
Health minister Jo Churchill told the House of Commons this week that the government plans to act to protect the most vulnerable people from “dangerous and cruel” cancer cure propaganda.

Duty-of-care laws may be expanded to penalise individuals promoting bogus cancer treatment online, the Telegraph can reveal.

Practitioners who administer fake treatments could face criminal charges under the newly-proposed legislation 

Health minister Jo Churchill told the House of Commons this week that the government plans to act to protect the most vulnerable people from “dangerous and cruel” cancer cure propaganda.

Shadow Culture Minister Chris Matheson told MPs that he had raised the issue because he had lost a constituent in “horrendous circumstances” following bogus cancer treatments.

“The plan is to bring in new legislation as part of the Online Harms Bill,” Mr Matheson said.

“Talks have been ongoing with the health minister and I am very pleased.  

“My view is

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Robotic health care is coming to a hospital near you

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Medical robots are helping doctors and other professionals save time, lower costs and shorten patient recovery times, but patients may not be ready. Our research into human perceptions of automated health care finds that people are wary of getting their health care from an automated system, but that they can adjust to the idea – especially if it saves them money.

Hospitals and medical practices are already using a fair amount of automation. For instance, in one San Francisco hospital and other places, delivery robots – about the size of a mini-fridge – zip through the hallways delivering pills, bringing lunch to patients and ferrying specimens and medical equipment to different labs. Some hospitals are set up for delivery robots to open remote-control doors and even use elevators to get around the building.

Robots can also assist with more complex tasks, like surgery. Their

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‘Critical moment’ as students return to universities and coronavirus rises in young, experts warn

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Britain is at a “critical moment” with the return of thousands of students to universities, a top disease expert has warned, amid forecasts of “significant outbreaks” on campuses.

Students from across the country are trickling back to campus over the next few weeks, with the Government’s scientific advisers warning national Covid-19 transmission rates could be “amplified” and mini-lockdowns may be needed.

University leaders insist they have worked to make it safe, but unions are calling for institutions to stay fully online.

Dame Anne Johnson, a professor in epidemiology at University College London, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that communicating to young people the risks of transmitting the virus would be “incredibly important”.

She cited the latest Public Health England data, showing two thirds of confirmed infections are concentrated in the under-40s, with only a fifth in the over-50s and just three per cent among over-80s.

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Universities are
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Colleges using COVID dorms, quarantines to keep virus at bay

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — With the coronavirus spreading through colleges at alarming rates, universities are scrambling to find quarantine locations in dormitory buildings and off-campus properties to isolate the thousands of students who have caught COVID-19 or been exposed to it.

Sacred Heart University has converted a 34-room guest house at the former Connecticut headquarters of General Electric to quarantine students. The University of South Carolina ran out of space at a dormitory for quarantined students and began sending them to rooms it rented in hotel-like quarters at a training center for prosecutors. The Air Force Academy sent 400 cadets to hotels to free up space on its Colorado base for quarantines.

The actions again demonstrate how the virus has uprooted traditional campus life amid a pandemic that has killed nearly 200,000 people in the U.S. and proven to be especially problematic for universities since the start of the school

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25 COVID Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

You’re staying home. You’re washing your hands for 20 seconds at a time. You’re social distancing. But you’ve still got to function in the world, which means you’re still at risk for catching the coronavirus, aka Covid-19. Here are 25 things that put you at risk, by Dr. Monika Stuczen, a medical microbiologist who knows her stuff. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus

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You Think It Might Not Happen to You

Group of friends walking along a beach at summertime
Group of friends walking along a beach at summertime

If you don’t follow advice from the CDC or your local government and you think that the coronavirus won’t affect you and your family, you put yourself and other people at risk. This virus can affect everyone. It is new and your body doesn’t have any protection (antibodies) against it. You never know

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She lost her father to COVID-19. ‘Awful’ Facebook users are telling her to ‘suck it up.’

REDDING, Calif. – In the months since her father died from coronavirus, a Redding woman said she’s been called everything from a liar to a sensationalist perpetuating a misinformation campaign.

When Mark Neal lost his battle with the virus in April, his 21-year-old daughter Alex Neal posted on social media and told people in person he had died. Since that time, calls and comments from those who believe the virus is a hoax have made dealing with her grief more difficult. 

People told me to my face he didn’t really die of the coronavirus, she said. “It has been pretty awful. If he had died of cancer, I think people would have said a lot more nicer things to me.”

Negative comments she received are often politically-charged reactions to her telling people her father died as a result of the coronavirus, and to her plea on social media for people

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During COVID-19, many doctors and patients are using telehealth to keep connected

Dr. Sarvam TerKonda of the Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care consults with a patient.
Dr. Sarvam TerKonda of the Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care consults with a patient.

In 2019, Mayo Clinic’s campus in Florida was ramping up its virtual options for patients, and providers conducted about 100 appointments by video throughout the year. This spring, with people staying home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the clinic was performing about 600 virtual patient visits per day. 

“I think that’s been a real advantage of the pandemic — it’s really allowed us to utilize telemedicine to benefit both patients and clinicians,” says Dr. Sarvam TerKonda, a plastic surgeon and a medical director for Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care.

And Mayo Clinic patients have embraced the change and are pleased with the process: Surveys are showing that 95 percent to 98 percent of patients rate the video appointments as a  positive experience, TerKonda says.

During the pandemic, doctors in many parts of

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8 More Deaths, 479 New Coronavirus Cases In Washington

SEATTLE — State health officials reported 479 coronavirus cases and eight additional deaths in Washington on Friday.

Per the latest data, 76,335 patients have tested positive in the state since the crisis began, and at least 1,953 patients have died from complications linked to COVID-19. According to the state, approximately 293 patients with confirmed or suspected illnesses are currently hospitalized. Overall, hospitalizations have continued to trend downward.

At least 3,153 new illnesses have been confirmed in Washington over the last seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s case tracker. The number of new cases reported statewide has shown steady improvement in recent weeks. However, much of Washington’s counties still show a rate of cases by population much higher than the target threshold of 25 cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days.

The highest case totals reported Friday were in King, Pierce and Whitman counties.

Health labs

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Ford ‘concerned’ after spike in Brampton, Ont.; B.C. records its second most ever daily cases

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

6,057 active COVID-19 cases in Canada: 131,124 diagnoses, 9,141 deaths and 115,926 recoveries (as of Sept. 4, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Alberta – 1,433 active cases (14,474 total cases, including 242 deaths, 12,799 resolved)

  • British Columbia – 1,233 active cases (6,162 total cases, 211 deaths, 4,706 resolved)

  • Manitoba – 457 active cases (1,273 total cases, 16 deaths, 835 resolved)

  • New Brunswick – 4 active cases (192 cases, 2 deaths, 186 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador – 1 active cases (269 total cases, 3 deaths, 265 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories

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