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HEALTH NOTES: Covid-proof clip makes cancer checks safe

HEALTH NOTES: Covid-proof clip makes cancer checks safe

Surgeons use a special clip to catch coughs and sneezes – to perform vital checks on patients with suspected cancer of the nose and throat ‘Covid-proof’.

Every year, thousands of patients undergo a procedure in which a thin tube with a microscopic camera is inserted into the nose and down the throat. But clinics have stopped this because of the risk of Covid spreading to medical staff via droplets in the nose.

The new device – dubbed SNAP – was invented by surgeons from North Midlands NHS Trust University Hospitals.

It attaches to the center of a surgical mask, which can remain on the patient during the procedure. SNAP is a one-way valve and the tube can be pushed through it into the nose. If the patient sputters or sneezes, the mask prevents drops from reaching the surgeon’s face.

Surgeons use a special clip to catch coughs and sneezes ¿to perform vital checks on patients with suspected cancer of the nose and throat ¿Covid-proof¿

Surgeons use a special clip to catch coughs and sneezes – to perform essential checks on patients with suspected cancer of the nose and throat ‘Covid-proof’

The myth of the music lesson

Giving music lessons to your child does not make them smarter, research shows.

Researchers analyzed data from 54 studies over the past 30 years and looked at the effect of music lessons on children’s academic skills and intelligence, and were found to have no impact on memory or performance in math, reading, or writing.

However, the study, published in the academic journal Memory & Cognition, noted that music lessons can improve a child’s social skills and self-esteem.

Giving music lessons to your child does not make them smarter, research shows

Giving music lessons to your child does not make them smarter, research shows

Giving music lessons to your child does not make them smarter, research shows

Mask sales are up 50 percent in a week while Brits are covering up

Every six seconds, a Covid-aware Briton buys a face mask, according to data from a leading pharmacy. Sales have increased by 50 percent in just one week.

The survey, conducted by LloydsPharmacy – which has 1,500 stores nationwide – revealed that disposable medical-grade masks are the most popular choice, followed by unpatterned fabrics.

Wearing a face cover is now mandatory in shops, transport hubs and on public transport, unless you are under 11, have a disability or a certain health condition.

Wearing a face cover is now mandatory in shops, transport hubs and on public transport, unless you are under 11, have a disability or a certain health condition

Wearing a face cover is now mandatory in shops, transport hubs and on public transport, unless you are under 11, have a disability or a certain health condition

It is now mandatory to wear a face cover in shops, at transport hubs and on public transport unless you are under 11, have a disability or a certain health condition

Older adults who regularly browse the Internet have better mental health, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

People who used the Internet every day were found to have higher rates of life satisfaction and lower rates of depression than those who did so once a month or less, according to the study that followed 9,000 over-50s for six years.

Dr. Stephen Jivraj, senior author of the study at University College London, says, “More needs to be done to encourage Internet use among older adults, especially as a tool for building and maintaining social bonds.”

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