Five key moments from Matt Hancock’s pandemic memoir

Straight from appearing on the ITV reality show I’m a Celebrity, the focus on former health secretary Matt Hancock has turned to his upcoming memoir called Pandemic Diaries: The Inside Story Of Britain’s Battle Against Covid. Here are five key moments from the book, which have been revealed in extracts published by the Daily Mail … Read more

Former vaccines chief sounds warning about UK pandemic readiness

The UK is not in a significantly better place to deal with a new pandemic, the former vaccine taskforce chief has said, as a leading public health expert suggested Covid infections may be on the rise again. Dame Kate Bingham, the managing partner at the life sciences venture capital firm SV Health Investors, headed the … Read more

Patients, Clinicians Explain How the Pandemic Affected Genitourinary Cancer Care

A focus group of supportive care health professionals and consumers discussed concerns about how the pandemic has changed care of patients with genitourinary (GU) cancers. Themes from the discussion were published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. The goal of the focus group was to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected healthcare delivery … Read more

Pandemic still affecting UK students’ mental health, says helpline

The pandemic is still taking its toll on UK university students’ mental health, experts are warning, as figures show that growing numbers are seeking help from peer-run helplines for anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. Nightline, which is staffed by anonymous student volunteers, said it had recorded a 51.4% increase in calls in 2020-21, and that … Read more

Welcome to the ‘Pandemicene’: is Australia ready for the next pandemic?

When studying disease outbreaks, think like a microbe. That’s the lesson that was drummed into Prof Catherine Bennett, chair of epidemiology at Deakin University, when she was undergoing her scientific training, and she’s never forgotten it. “In moving through a community, where are your opportunities as a microbe?” she says. “We need to think about … Read more

Australia’s richer areas more likely to have people working from home in pandemic, analysis finds

Areas with higher incomes in NSW and Victoria were more likely to have a higher percentage of people working from home during the pandemic, according to a Guardian Australia analysis of census data. The data provides further evidence of how differently people in areas with different socioeconomic backgrounds experienced the pandemic. Socioeconomic disadvantage tracks with … Read more

Women behind the lens: ‘She was about to make an arduous journey, with a child, in a pandemic’

The Covid-19 lockdown in India was announced on 25 March 2020 with only 4 hours’ notice, leaving the country in a state of frenzy. Faced with dwindling savings due to unemployment during the lockdown, millions of migrant workers made the decision to return to their home towns from cities across India, sparking the country’s biggest … Read more

Can TMS Therapy Help Ease Pandemic Depression? – Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry

The outbreak of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on mental health. Many people have reported increased levels of stress and anxiety, and for those who already suffer from conditions like depression, the situation may be even more difficult to deal with. If you are finding that your usual coping mechanisms are no longer working … Read more

Senate to investigate growing trend of ‘school refusal’ after Covid pandemic classroom disruptions

The Senate will investigate the emerging trend of “school refusal” – a phenomenon experts say is linked to distress or separation anxiety and is on the rise since the lockdowns and classroom closures of the Covid pandemic. The announcement follows recent reporting by the Guardian on the trend, which has been identified by mental health … Read more