Month: April 2020

Ebola drug remdesivir 'helps patients recover'

Ebola drug remdesivir ‘helps patients recover’

A drug used to treat Ebola has shown “very encouraging results” at cutting recovery times for coronavirus patients, according to a scientist leading the trials.

An international clinical trial, co-led by University College London (UCL) and the UK’s Medical Research Council, found the antiviral drug Remdesivir speeds up recovery from coronavirus by almost a third.

Abdel Babiker, professor of epidemiology and medical statistics at UCL, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “These are very encouraging results from the first large-scale randomised trial to report on any treatment of COVID-19.”

He said the group of adults being treated in hospital for advanced coronavirus who received Remdesivir recovered “much faster” than the group that received a placebo.

Remdesivir is used to treat Ebola patients. (Getty)

Babiker said a similar trial of 237 adults in China that showed no benefits of the drug was “probably not large enough”.

That study concluded that

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Can a five-minute workout keep you fit during quarantine?

Can a five-minute workout keep you fit during quarantine?

If you’re struggling to stay fit during the COVID-19 confinement then you might want to try a new short workout designed by a Canadian researcher, which he says will challenge the whole body in just five minutes.

Dr. Brendon Gurd at the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University in Ontario has previously investigated how to effectively work out using whole body interval training in small spaces such as submarines. His research now lends itself well to working out during the current lockdowns, when many of us are finding ourselves short of space for exercise and with minimal or no equipment.

Using the principles of high-intensity interval training, more commonly known as HIIT, and Tabata, which incorporate exercises that are performed in high-energy bursts for a short period of time to work major muscle groups, Dr. Gurd has developed a routine that can be completed in just five

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How to cut your own hair at home during lockdown

How to cut your own hair at home during lockdown

Cutting your hair own hair at home is nobody’s first choice.

But while lockdown is keeping us indoors unless it’s a trip for essentials like food and medicine, it may be necessary for keeping on top of your hairdo.

Maintaining a healthy head of locks through treatments like root touch-up and hydrating masks is something we’ve already got you covered on with our guide here, but cutting it is a whole other story.

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Far from simple, many hairdressers have trained for years to master the skill and hairdresser and founder of Buller & Rice, Anita Rice, advises it’s not a decision to take lightly. “I definitely don’t recommend

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States reopening their economies during the coronavirus pandemic

These states are reopening economies amid the coronavirus pandemic

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is allowing many businesses, including gyms and movie theaters, to reopen in phases.

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AP Photo/John Amis


Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp allowed businesses to begin reopening in phases over the weekend, he said during a news conference on Monday, April 20.

Gyms, hair salons, barbershops, fitness centers, and massage-therapy centers were allowed to reopen on April 24, as long as they follow social distancing and “regular sanitation,” reported Business Insider’s Jake Lahut. On Monday, restaurants, private social clubs, and movie theaters could also reopen. But bars, night clubs, amusement parks, and other businesses will remain closed pending further advice from public-health experts.

Kemp didn’t give much specific detail, but said businesses should “adhere to the minimum basic operations.”

Kemp said Georgia’s rate of new infections had flattened. In response to backlash about the decision, Kemp told Fox News that “it’s a tough balance.”

“We are talking about

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The online DIY shops still delivering across the UK during lockdown

The online DIY shops still delivering across the UK during lockdown

Tackling a homewares project may have moved up your to-do list in light of the lockdown.

As we will be remaining indoors – apart from essential trips for food, medicine or exercise – putting up that shelf or building a desk to work from home more efficiently all require a handful of tools that you may not have.

Which is where DIY stores come in. Most have closed their doors, but lots of them have products that are still available online, so you can get your hands on items from hammers to flat-packed furniture, delivered to your doorstep.

Hardware stores fall under shops that are considered by the government to be essentials as they stock items that help keep homes warm, safe and accessible to power.

These are the DIY stores across the UK to shop online from today.

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The 3 best kickboxing spots in Henderson

The 3 best kickboxing spots in Henderson

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Searching for the best kickboxing options near you?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top kickboxing spots around Henderson, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you’re in the market for kickboxing.

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1. The Pit 702

First on the list is The Pit 702. Located at 565 Marks St., Suite 140, in Whitney Ranch, this martial arts studio is the highest-rated kickboxing spot in Henderson, boasting five stars out of 48 reviews on Yelp.

2. iLoveKickboxing

Next up, also in Whitney Ranch, is the Henderson location of iLoveKickboxing, at 1205 W. Sunset Road, Suite 150. With 4.5 stars out of 58 reviews on Yelp, this outpost of the

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Why do people seem to feel groggy and tired during lockdown?

Why do people seem to feel groggy and tired during lockdown?

Ever since the UK was placed in lockdown on Monday 23 March, people across the nation have had to quickly acclimatise to spending an increased amount of time at home and indoors.

Disruptions to everyday life have been far-reaching. While some have had to become accustomed to working from home every day, others have been unable to work at all.

The way in which our lives have transformed in such a short space of time has heavily impacted our daily routines, as many individuals no longer have to wake up at a certain time in order to be punctual for school or work.

This has seemingly resulted in an increasing number of people experiencing “grogginess” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Anybody else feeling seriously sluggish and groggy in the mornings since lockdown started? Assuming it’s down to routine completely stopping,” one person recently tweeted.

“This lockdown has ruined my sleep

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How You Act on Every Zoom Call, According to Your Zodiac Sign

How You Act on Every Zoom Call, According to Your Zodiac Sign

Between cracking jokes with our aloe plant and whispering sweet nothings to our warm sourdough loaf, we’ll happily jump at the chance of real human interaction. These days, that means logging on to a Zoom call and chatting up our co-workers. And, we all have our little quirks. Here, a breakdown of how each zodiac sign acts during a Zoom meeting.

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

In the background: Scattered free weights, a messy to-do list scrawled on butcher paper, handcuffs

Aries kicks down the proverbial Zoom door and bursts into the chat, out of breath. When challenged to do 20 pushups on Instagram, she had to oblige (and make it 35 to show up all of these wannabe “fitness influencers.”) Sure, the meeting host hasn’t arrived yet, but Aries is already bursting with ideas. She rattles off some promising new sales strategies that “came to her” as soon

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17 Common Exercise Mistakes People Make When Working Out At Home

17 Common Exercise Mistakes People Make When Working Out At Home

A previous version of this article originally appeared in HuffPost Spain.

The coronavirus lockdown has many people focusing on moving their bodies. Faced with the prospect of not being able to go to a gym or a class, many have turned to YouTube and Instagram in search of workouts.

While it’s good to exercise, of course, you also need to be careful of how it’s done. The margin of error for bad form and mistakes may increase exponentially at home.

The good news is that fixing these issues is as easy as making them in the first place. The first step is recognizing what you’re doing wrong, so that you can address it. Here are a handful of common mistakes people make:

1. Trusting any person who posts a workout on Instagram

Not all trainers are created equal, especially if you’re not used to doing exercise and don’t

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States reopening their economies during the coronavirus pandemic

These states are reopening their economies amid the coronavirus pandemic

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is allowing many businesses, including gyms and movie theaters, to reopen in phases.

brian kemp



AP Photo/John Amis


Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp allowed businesses to begin reopening in phases over the weekend, he said during a news conference on Monday, April 20.

Gyms, hair salons, barbershops, fitness centers, and massage-therapy centers were allowed to reopen on April 24, as long as they follow social distancing and “regular sanitation,” reported Business Insider’s Jake Lahut. On Monday, restaurants, private social clubs, and movie theaters could also reopen. But bars, night clubs, amusement parks, and other businesses will remain closed pending further advice from public-health experts.

Kemp didn’t give much specific detail, but said businesses should “adhere to the minimum basic operations.”

Kemp said Georgia’s rate of new infections had flattened. In response to backlash about the decision, Kemp told Fox News that “it’s a tough balance.”

“We are talking about

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