covid

Vitamin A treatment trial for Covid loss of smell

29th September 2021

Vitamin A nasal drops might be able to treat the loss or altered sense of smell in some people who have had Covid, UK researchers say. The University of East Anglia is conducting a 12-week trial. Only some of the volunteer patients will receive the treatment but all will be asked to sniff powerful odours such…

Covid: Loneliness a ‘bigger health risk than smoking or obesity’

28th June 2021

NHS prescriptions for gardening and dancing are “vitally needed” to help tackle rising levels of loneliness after lockdown, people suffering from isolation have said. Social prescribing has been included in the Welsh government’s list of priorities for the next five years. A Mind Cymru pilot project is looking into its impact on mental health. One woman…

Schools to be able to decide on Covid rules from September under Welsh Government plans

28th June 2021

Schools and councils will be able to decide for themselves the rules around major issues like mask-wearing and self-isolating under new Welsh Government plans. Speaking at the Welsh Government press conference today, education minster Jeremy Miles said that “best practice” needed to be in place to make sure there was not a “disproportionate number of learners self-isolating”….

A matter of priority: COVID-19 vaccination and mental health

6th May 2021

People with severe mental illness have a substantially reduced life expectancy, from 15–20 years less than those without schizophrenia, bipolar, or major depressive disorders. This grim statistic is, unfortunately, one of the few things that all in the mental health field can agree on—the evidence is too overwhelming to argue otherwise. The primary reasons for…