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Social distancing and shielding measures (asking vulnerable people to isolate in their homes) during the COVID-19 pandemic can cause secondary risk to elderly people.

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A recent small-scale study has found that mothers ill with COVID-19 did not pass on the disease to their newborns. Researchers have studied 120 babies who were born to infected mums.

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Researchers have found that anti-viral proteins generated by our bodies can be used against COVID-19 – but they need to be artificially boosted or combined with other drugs.

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Researchers have found that the combination of some rheumatic diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, axial spondylarthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus) and being over 65 can significantly increase the risk of severe or critical COVID-19 illness.

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At the moment there is no clear scientific answer. Researchers are hunting for genetic clues to help identify people at risk from more severe cases of COVID-19

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US scientists have uncovered why the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that originated in horseshoe bats acquired the ability to start infecting humans and not just the winged mammals themselves.

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Although children are far less likely to fall severely ill with COVID-19 than people over 60, cases of a mysterious inflammatory condition have been identified by doctors who suspect that it’s linked to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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We have yet more evidence how parents – in this case, expectant mothers – can affect the long-term health of their children if they stick to a low-quality diet.

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Researchers have been achieving promising results by using cryotherapy to kill breast cancer cells by freezing tumours with super-cold nitrogen.

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Scientists have identified a bacterial strain that can be used against prostate cancer. This is a new example of how bacteria’s anti-tumour properties can be enlisted in designing new cancer therapies.

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