Back in 1986 I made a film for the BBC science series Tomorrow’s World about a remarkable new class of drugs called statins. Studies had shown that statins could cut people’s risk of heart disease by lowering their cholesterol levels. It was all very exciting. Thirty-five years on and statins are now one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the UK, with around eight million people, including me, taking them daily. Yet they continue to be dogged by controversy and fear of side-effects. Studies had shown that statins could cut people’s risk of heart disease by lowering their cholesterol levels. It was all very exciting Last year, for example, there were claims that statins might increase your risk of dying from Covid-19. Studies had shown that people admitted to intensive care tended to have lower levels of cholesterol, so there was a fear that taking cholesterol-lowering drugs might make you more vulnerable. Well, like so many health scares, this one turned … [Read more...] about DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Can statins save you from Covid as well as heart disease?
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NHS nurses have slammed the government's proposal of a 'pitiful' 1 per cent pay rise after Rishi Sunak warmed Britain will be paying off Covid debts for decades. The Royal College of Nursing said nurses should be getting 12.5% more and said the government should expect a "backlash" should the suggested pay rise goes ahead. A staggering 1 million people will be dragged into paying the higher rate of income tax by 2025 thanks to the Chancellor's plans, they warned - taking the total to 5 million. Paul Johnson, from the IFS, warned that further tax rises are likely to lie ahead and said it was a "tale of two budgets" as the Chancellor extended several support packages including furlough for months to come. He said the tax burden is set to rocket to levels not seen since the 1960s, and warned gloomily: “It is possible we'll see even bigger ones over the next few years”. Mr Johnson said: “Take account of the cuts to planned spending announced in the Autumn and Santa Sunak, … [Read more...] about Budget 2021 news – NHS nurses’ FURY at ‘pitiful’ 1% pay rise after covid created toughest year in living memory
BRITS are spending more time at home than ever before under lockdown. So if you’re getting a bit bored of your crib and want to jazz things up, here are some quirky houses on the market you can get inspiration from. More and more unusual listings are popping up on online estate agents. We’ve previously reported on whacky properties, like England’s thinnest house that’s being flogged for £950,000. Not to mention the five-storey mini castle that's up for sale in Cheshire, for under £1million. Now, we’ve spotted even more quirky homes for sale on Zoopla. Here are six of the best, from spooky cottages to woodland homes: Five-bed castle, Somerset, £1,100,000 You could be King or Queen of your very own castle if you have £1.1million to spare. This gothic five-bedroom castle , near Weston-super-mare, was built in 1715 and also has three bathrooms and four reception rooms. It also has a gym, which used to be a chapel in the castle. The Rogers family, one of … [Read more...] about Inside six of the quirkiest homes on the market including a spooky cottage and a school
One of Deirdre Capone’s fondest memories of her great uncle is him standing in the kitchen, a pinny tied around his waist, teaching her how to cook spaghetti. She recalls: “He said, ‘You’ll know it’s done Deirdre’, and he’d pick up one noodle and throw it against the wall. ‘If it sticks, it’s done, if it slides off it’s not done yet’. He loved to cook.” As her surname suggests, Deirdre’s great uncle was America’s most infamous gangster, Al Capone. Deirdre, now 80, who says she is “probably the last person on this Earth” to have properly known him, is chatting from her home in Florida as the latest movie about her beloved “Uncle Al” is released on Netflix this week. British actor Tom Hardy stars in biopic Capone, complete with heavy prosthetics and plenty of characteristic violence, blood and gore. What is your view? Have your say in the comments section But Deirdre, who turned seven the day Capone died following a stroke in January, 1947, paints a sweeter picture and … [Read more...] about Al Capone’s niece says ‘softie’ mobster uncle’s hidden $100m stash is lost forever
THE Royal Family has banded together in a TV special to mark Commonwealth Day, which will be screened just hours before Meg and Harry's Oprah bombshell. William and Kate hail the heroics of front-line workers around the Commonwealth and Camilla talks about getting children reading. Teaser clips from the one-hour special screened tomorrow/today show Prince Charles blasting Covid-19 for "cruelly robbing countess people of their lives". In a possible aside about Harry and Meg's exile to the USA he adds pandemic restrictions have denied us "the human connections which we so dearly cherish". The Commonwealth Day special has been pre-recorded last week after the Westminster Abbey ceremony was cancelled due to the pandemic. It will air just hours before Harry and Meghan’s interview with chat queen Oprah Winfrey; which is set to be broadcast at primetime in the UK. And it follows claims from insiders that staff nicknamed Prince Harry "the Hostage" ahead of his wedding … [Read more...] about Royal Family put on a united front in Commonwealth TV special hours before Meghan and Harry’s explosive Oprah interview