UK coronavirus: Boris Johnson to give press conference on new lockdown in England as UK passes 1m cases – live news

Follow the latest on the virus in the UK as the PM is expected to set out plans for a month-long lockdown in England amid warnings that infections are ‘running riot’

6.45pm GMT

Tory backbenchers are fuming, according to the FT’s Jim Pickard.

I’ve been corrected by another Tory MP who says volcanic isn’t strong enough, “it’s more like nuclear” https://t.co/LxLSwbJYvn

6.39pm GMT

Tick tock…

Yet another delay (till 6.45 apparently) gives time for tonight’s puzzle. Complete the following sentence “When I said a national lockdown was a terrible idea what I really meant was ….”

Delay caused by Johnson and Gove still disagreeing about whether to keep in the Bond joke

Downing St knows Strictly starts at ten past 7, yes?

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‘It’s Science, Stupid’: A School Subject Emerges as a Hot-Button Political Issue

At the top of Dr. Hiral Tipirneni’s to-do list if she wins her congressional race: work with other elected officials to encourage mask mandates and to beef up COVID-19 testing and contact tracing. Those choices are backed up by science, said Tipirneni, an emergency room physician running for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District.

On the campaign trail, she has called on her opponent, Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), to denounce President Donald Trump’s gathering of thousands for a rally in Arizona and his comments about slowing down COVID-19 testing.

“I believe in data; I believe in facts,” Tipirneni told KHN. “I believe in science guiding us … whether it’s the opioid crisis or tax policy or immigration reform. Those decisions could be and should be driven by the data. Science is not partisan.”

Tipirneni is one of four Democratic physicians running as challengers for Congress in 2020, all in closely watched races … Read more

How Fine Art Can Help Doctors See Past Their Clinical Biases


Alexa Miller says arts observation training can help clinicians learn to counteract stereotypes and combat racism in the health care system. Photo: Arnold Gold

What does it take for a doctor to see — really see — a patient well? That’s the question Alexa Miller, MA, set out to answer when she founded Arts Practica in 2011. Arts Practica is a medical education consultancy that leverages fine art to teach medical students and clinicians how to become better observers and diagnosticians. Miller, a painter, has been interested in improving health care quality ever since her sister was misdiagnosed with serious mental health conditions as a teenager. Because of those misdiagnoses, her sister was heavily medicated for many years, and it wasn’t until a state social worker and nurse correctly diagnosed her with Asperger’s syndrome that she received appropriate care and improved.

In 1998, the Yale School of Medicine became the Read more

Intermittent fasting: Does a new study show downsides — or not?

Intermittent fasting (IF) is an approach to eating based on timing. The idea is that fasting for long enough allows insulin levels to fall low enough that our body will use fat for fuel. Growing evidence in animals and humans shows that this approach leads to significant weight loss. When combined with a nutritious, plant-based diet and regular physical activity, IF can be part of a healthy weight loss or maintenance plan, as I described in an earlier blog post.

Now, a randomized controlled trial published in JAMA claims that IF has no significant weight loss benefit and a substantial negative effect on muscle mass. News outlets picked up the story and ran headlines like A Potential Downside of Intermittent Fasting and An Unintended Side Effect of Intermittent Fasting.

But what did this study actually look at and find?

In the study, 141 patients were randomly assigned to … Read more

US election 2020: Trump and Biden head to crucial swing states Minnesota and Wisconsin – live

6.40pm GMT

Joe Biden has concluded his speech at a drive-in rally in Des Moines, Iowa, his first of three such rallies today.

Here’s ⁦@JoeBiden⁩ speaking to Iowans in about 200 vehicles at state fairgrounds. ⁦It’s a drive-in campaign event. ⁦@WHO13news#iapolitics #BattlegroundState pic.twitter.com/xI51EL1XzD

6.28pm GMT

Donald Trump once again falsely claimed that increased coronavirus testing was causing the country’s surge in new cases.

Complaining about the news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, the president said, “You turn on the news: Covid, Covid, … Read more

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