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HEALTH NOTES: Covid-proof clip makes cancer check-ups safe 

Surgeons are using a specialised clip to trap coughs and sneezes – to make vital check-ups on patients with suspected cancer in the nose and throat ‘Covid-proof’.

Every year, thousands of patients undergo a procedure that involves having a thin tube containing a microscopic camera inserted into the nose and down into the throat. But clinics have stopped this, owing to the risk of Covid spreading to medical staff via droplets in the nose.

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

It is secured to the middle of a surgical mask, which can then stay on the patient during the procedure. SNAP is a one-way valve and the tube can be pushed through it and into the nose. If the patient splutters or sneezes, the mask prevents droplets from reaching the surgeon’s face.

Surgeons are using a specialised clip to trap coughs and sneezes ¿ to make vital check-ups on patients with suspected cancer in the nose and throat ¿Covid-proof¿

Surgeons are using a specialised clip to trap coughs and sneezes – to make vital check-ups on patients with suspected cancer in the nose and throat ‘Covid-proof’

The music lesson myth  

Giving your child music lessons won’t make them smarter, a study has found.

Researchers analysed data from 54 studies over the past 30 years looking at the effect of music lessons on children’s academic ability and intelligence, and they were seen to have no impact on memory or achievement in maths, reading or writing.

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

Giving your child music lessons won¿t make them smarter, a study has found

Giving your child music lessons won’t make them smarter, a study has found

Mask sales leap 50 per cent in a week as Brits cover up

Every six seconds a Covid-conscious Briton buys a face mask, according to data from a leading high-street pharmacy. Sales have leapt up by 50 per cent 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 non-patterned cloth options.

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

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

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

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

People who used the internet daily were found to have higher levels of life satisfaction and lower rates of depression than those who did once a month or less, according to the research which followed 9,000 over-50s for six years.

Dr Stephen Jivraj, senior author of the study from University College London, says: ‘More should be done to encourage internet use among older adults, especially as a tool for building and maintaining social ties.’

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