Pictured: British grandfather, 84, who died from Covid-19 having caught it in December – three days before Beijing reported the outbreak to WHO

Critics claim: There had been warnings from other doctors that spread among humans was occurring and claims from a German intelligence report that China’s President Xi Jinping personally asked WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to hold back information about human-to-human transmission and delay a pandemic warning. Tedros was reportedly elected to his position after intense […]

Trees that live fast die young: Increasing levels of carbon dioxide due to global warming reduce the lifespan of trees by causing them to grow more quickly, study shows

‘Our findings, very much like the story of the tortoise and the hare, indicate that there are traits within the fastest growing trees that make them vulnerable, whereas slower growing trees have traits that allow them to persist,’ said study author Dr Steve Voelker from the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, New York.

‘Smart’ schoolboy, 15, who was praised by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for his charity work died of MDMA overdose, inquest hears

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met Emre’s two fellow pupils Sinead Hubbard, far left, and Lucy Brightman-Stokes, second from left, backstage at Wembley Arena last year to thank them for the work they had done at the dementia cafe at their school, the Oasis Academy in Kent

AstraZeneca diabetes drug improves survival in kidney disease patients study shows

But it has been shown to have a separate beneficial effect on the heart and the kidneys not related to blood sugar control. That mode of action, though not fully understood, is believed to protect structures in the kidneys that filter blood.

A 28-year-old elementary school teacher dies of coronavirus in South Carolina

Demetria Bannister was diagnosed with the virus Friday and died Monday. The 28-year-old had taught at the Windsor Elementary School in Richland for five years, CNN affiliate WIS reported. She started her third year of teaching third-grade students on August 31.

Tragedy as inspirational cancer blogger, 31, who wrote moving posts about his battle with disease dies just days after his last piece was published

The former Barclays employee was diagnosed with adrenal cortical carcinoma (ACC), a rare and aggressive cancer, after a ‘massive’ tumour was found on his adrenal gland two years ago – after months of symptoms including a bloated face, problems sleeping and bladder issues. 

Harvard study finds institutional racism ‘permeates’ the Massachusetts justice system

A Massachusetts Sentencing Commission review of 2014 data found the state locked up Black people at a rate nearly 8 times that of White people and Latinos at 4.9 times that of White counterparts. The researchers said they took on the task after Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts […]

‘He changed the way we live’: British designer, restaurateur Terence Conran dies at 88

His business enterprises were not always a success and in 1990 he stepped down as chairman of Stonehouse which sold the loss-making Habitat chain two years later to Swedish rival IKEA. He turned his back on the mass market to focus on his upmarket retail stores and restaurants.

Vitamin D supplements ‘could keep Covid-19 patients out of intensive care’ as study finds hospital patients given 1mg per week had ‘significantly reduced’ need for life support

This leads to a catastrophic accumulation of the chemical, causing a ‘bradykinin storm’ which makes blood vessels leaky and drives up the risk of inflammation, blood clots, strokes and brain damage – deadly symptoms observed in the sickest of patients. 

Study: Some May Seek to Die by Suicide from COVID-19

This may seem like a somewhat cold-blooded calculation, but it is, in a sense, the kind of balancing act our leaders, and we as a society, are making right now. The suicidal, given the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicidality, tend not to stand up for themselves, and fight their corner as robustly as others […]