Local health officials say they have been left in the dark on spread of coronavirus

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The UK’s Lighthouse Laboratories were designed to be able to centralise data on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus – but multiple public health directors say they are still being denied postcode-level and specific patient data for positive tests.

Speaking to The Independent as part of our investigation into the UK’s coronavirus expansion, several said they had been informed about clusters of outbreaks by local media rather than via the NHS test and trace service because key details such as where a person works, or their place of worship, were not routinely recorded.

Summary level information from testing carried out by the Lighthouse Labs, pillar two of the government’s testing strategy, was not made available until earlier this month and provides only aggregate totals.

Public health officials said they had been “encouraged” not to publicly criticise the Lighthouse Labs or NHS Test and Trace, which launched at the

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I Tried the Tempo Studio, an At-Home Fitness System That Turns My Dining Room Into a Gym

Photo credit: Tempo Studio
Photo credit: Tempo Studio

From Best Products

There are a lot of cool things out there that make us wonder — do they really work? In our I Tried It series, we set out to use them in the real world and have determined that, in fact, they really do.

On Trial: Tempo Studio at-home fitness system

The Tester: Brandon Carte, former frequent gym-goer who has been stuck in a workout rut.

The Brief: The pandemic caused nationwide gym closures and equipment shortages, and it also snatched my drive to stay in shape. To help reignite my fitness journey, I tried the Tempo Studio, a new home fitness system that combines weightlifting, high-intensity interval training, and mobility classes.

Over the last 2.5 years, I’ve maintained a consistent routine of weightlifting at the gym and eating a high-protein diet to gain muscle mass. But when my gym

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Home and Away’s Jasmine Delaney posts strange messages an online forum

From Digital Spy

Home and Away spoilers follow for UK-pace episodes on Channel 5.

Home and Away’s Jasmine Delaney makes a worrying move next week, living out a fantasy that baby Grace is her biological child.

Jasmine (Sam Frost) has been focusing all of her attentions on Grace since suffering the tragic loss of her partner Robbo and experiencing a false pregnancy.

The nurse’s behaviour has sparked some suspicion from Grace’s uncle Justin Morgan (James Stewart), but the little one’s mum Tori is adamant that Jasmine can be trusted.

Next week, Jasmine continues to carry out babysitting duties after Tori (Penny McNamee) is called into work at the hospital.

Photo credit: Channel 5
Photo credit: Channel 5

Related: Home and Away reveals more concern over Jasmine Delaney in 30 new spoiler pictures

Justin is unsettled by the thought of Jasmine and Grace having time alone together, so he decides to take the baby back

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What is telehealth? How technology is improving the future of medicine

Telehealth is the practice of medicine using technology.
Telehealth is the practice of medicine using technology.

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Technology isn’t just for video games and social media. It can also give you access to important services, like medical aid. With telehealth, you’re able to check in with healthcare professionals from the comfort of your own home, and that’s just the start. 

Here’s why telehealth is deemed by many as the future of health care — and how you can make the most of all these digital services to stay healthy and safe. 

Table of Contents

What is telehealth?

Telehealth is the remote access of health care services with telecommunications technology, such as computers and mobile devices. 

There are many services that fall under telehealth, but the one you’re most likely to use is called telemedicine. 

The difference between telehealth and telemedicine

Telemedicine is what allows you to receive remote clinical services. For example, this would include a virtual appointment

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2020 Runner’s World Fitness and Nutrition Awards

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Photo credit: Kory Kennedy

From Runner’s World

These 31 products—every one of them rigorously evaluated by the RW test team—will take your running to the next level. To find the absolute best stuff, we vetted hundreds of options on grueling road and trail runs, during sweaty gym sessions, and to fuel our efforts and recovery. No matter what your fitness goals are, this is the gear that will help you reach them faster.

Injury Prevention

Bounce back with these high-tech devices, low-tech tools, and topicals that help treat and prevent aches and pains.

Hyperice Hypervolt

The handheld massage-device category has recently exploded, and there are now a ton of options ranging in price from $100 to $600. You might be tempted to reach for the cheapest, but the Hypervolt delivers the best bang for your buck. In the RW Test Zone, we weighed down the guns to see how much

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Miami officials have a few models for reopening schools. It’s up to parents to decide.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ plans keep shifting as coronavirus cases continue to spike exponentially.

The school district was due to announce its plan to reopen schools for the 2020-21 school year on Wednesday but postponed to squeeze in one more meeting with its work group of medical professionals and community members. The full plan will be presented at a special School Board meeting Wednesday, July 1.

“After the last Zoom call, as a parent, grandparent, I was extremely nervous and upset,” said Eileen Segal of the Family & Community Involvement Advisory Committee on Wednesday. “After listening today I feel a lot calmer.”

On Friday, the 23-member work group met virtually again to go over a revised draft plan. Seven models of how instruction would take place were whittled to four: A daily attendance at the schoolhouse model with reduced class sizes and social distancing; two hybrid models of in-person and

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what effect is this having on our health?

Adults are spending a quarter of their time online. (Getty Images)
Adults are spending a quarter of their time online. (Getty Images)

UK adults are spending a quarter of their lives online, new figures have revealed.

With coronavirus lockdown seeing us turning to technology to keep in touch with friends and family, it’s hardly surprising that Internet use has increased across the UK.

But, a new study by Ofcom has shed light on just how much of our time we’re spending virtually right now.

The broadcast regulator said its latest Online Nation report for April – the height of the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK – found adults spent an average of just over four hours a day online.

And while we can’t deny we were enjoying a good scroll pre-lockdown, the figure is well up from the 3.5 hours recorded in September last year.

Read more: Pets ‘crucial to owners’ morale’ while WFH during lockdown

It’s likely we’ve seen a

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Illegal lockdown parties hosted in online rentals

Lockdown parties hosted in properties booked via online sites, including Airbnb and Booking.com, are putting “communities at risk”, the Bed and Breakfast Association has said.

Hosts and residents have complained of groups of up to 30 breaking social-distancing rules and taking drugs.

BBC News has been told of several such parties in the past month.

Airbnb has suggested it has gone further than its rivals to protect public health during the pandemic.

However, last week a man was stabbed at a party in a south London property police believe had been rented out via the platform.

‘Take responsibility’

Following a previous BBC News investigation into “coronavirus retreats”, Airbnb had told users they could make bookings if they were key workers or required “essential stays” only.

But that restriction is to be lifted, in line with local rules on hotels and self-catering accommodation, in:

Rival platform Booking.com does not currently flag

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Swamped mental health and addiction services appeal for Covid bailout

Mental health and addiction treatment centers and counselors have been overwhelmed with work during the coronavirus pandemic and economic crash. But many are struggling to stay afloat amid confusion and delays over the federal bailout for the health care industry.

Some have waited months for the release of promised aid. Others held out and didn’t apply, believing they’d get a better deal in a future round of funding aimed at centers that see mostly low-income patients. As a result, nearly a third haven’t received any of the $175 billion HHS is doling out to hospitals and other health providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response. And now, they’re appealing to the government for help.

Centers caught in a financial squeeze are shedding staff or unable to buy protective gear while trying to serve a flood of new patients and transition some existing patients to online visits. Meanwhile the

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Is loneliness risking your mental and physical health?

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Photo credit: Westend61 – Getty Images

From Netdoctor

It’s not just the elderly who feel lonely; people of all ages and from all backgrounds can struggle with loneliness. You can be surrounded by loved ones or colleagues and still feel socially isolated and you can have hundreds of friends on Facebook and still have no one to turn to.

But isolation isn’t just an unpleasant feeling – it can have a detrimental effect on both your mental and physical health. An increasing body of evidence shows that people who suffer from loneliness have a much higher mortality risk than those who don’t.

So what can we do to combat this growing affliction? Chartered psychologist Dr Vanessa Moulton and Bupa UK ‘s Dr Sarah White share their expert advice on ways to bridge the loneliness gap:

Why do we feel lonely?

Loneliness is an emotional response to when we feel physically

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