New England Cancer Specialists will soon offer scalp-cooling technology to help reduce hair loss in cancer patients

By Chiara Battelli MD, President & Lead Physician at New England Cancer Specialists

A cancer diagnosis can change many things about our lives. As patients move forward with their doctor to examine treatment options, one of the major concerns they express is hair loss associated with chemotherapy. Unfortunately, it is hard to predict who will lose their hair even though it is a common and significant side effect of cytotoxic chemotherapy. Studies have shown that hair loss during cancer treatment can lead to lower self-esteem and feelings of depression, ultimately causing up to 10% of patients to forego chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy drugs damage hair follicles in a variety of ways: some drugs cause hair thinning or hair loss only on the scalp, while others can cause hair to thin or fall out on the arms, legs, underarms, eyebrows, or eyelashes. If a person is going to lose hair during treatment, it

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Coronavirus: The science is simple – but can a three-tier system in England really drive down infections? | UK News

The autumn surge in COVID-19 has shown just how hard it is to suppress a highly infectious virus.

Sky data shows 50 areas in England have endured local restrictions since the national lockdown was lifted back in July.

But just one – Luton – has ever come out of restrictions, with local people praised by the prime minister in the House of Commons for following health guidance.

Just a day later the town was once again classified as an area of concern after another rise in cases.

Handwashing, masks and social distancing slow the spread of the virus, but they don’t seem to stop it.

Nationwide cases are rising, with the R number above one, indicating that the epidemic is growing exponentially.

But figures from Imperial College’s REACT study show there is huge variation across England.

In London the R number is estimated to be just below one. But in

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the parents in England refusing to send their children back to school

Schools are losing touch with some of the most vulnerable families across England during the pandemic, as the threat of truancy fines leads parents to de-register their children, with many feeling abandoned and isolated.



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The government has said that parents who do not send their children back to school should face the usual penalties for non-attendance. But, although ministers say missing school would put “a huge dent in children’s life chances”, some families with members suffering from serious health conditions say it is not worth the risk. With headteachers saying they cannot authorise their absences because of the government’s policy, they face fines of between £60 and £2,500 for each parent.

Some heads are demanding letters from doctors to prove families’ health vulnerabilities, causing confusion as GPs say it is not their job to intervene. Education Otherwise, which supports home educators, says

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Inside Tottenham Hotspur And England Star Eric Dier’s Side Hustle

Tottenham Hotspur and England center back Eric Dier wants to be clear, the startup might be his side-project, but he is still a key player.

“I am involved in every aspect,” he tells me, more than once.

Dier is sat across a big wooden table at his home in North London with the startup’s other two founders; his brother Patrick and long-time friend Zoe Connick.

Their creation is the app Spotlas, which is something between Instagram and Trip Advisor; a recommendation sharing social network where users can follow friends, family and influencers to see their favourite ‘spots’.

The trio is the app’s executive team and its engine-room, their weekly meetings are where the big decisions are made.

Although Connick and Patrick work on Spotlas full time and it is Dier’s side hustle, the job he

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties push into technology helps agents thrive in pandemic

When the coronavirus struck Connecticut, real estate agent Marla Byrnes thought she might have to give up selling homes all together to keep her and her family safe while riding out the pandemic.



Candace Adams standing in front of a cake: Candace Adams in the president and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties. She is shown in the lobby of the corporate headquarters in Wallingford.


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Candace Adams in the president and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties. She is shown in the lobby of the corporate headquarters in Wallingford.

But Byrnes quickly found that the push into technology and training by her company, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties, made it possible to list and sell homes almost without having to step foot outside her own house.

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“And the fact that the market has been so robust, and I’ve been selling houses and listing houses in some cases without physically walking into the houses that I have been selling has been pretty remarkable,” she said.

The forward-thinking culture of Berkshire Hathaway

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COVID-19 smartphone app finally launches in England and Wales

LONDON (Reuters) – England and Wales launch a COVID-19 smartphone app on Thursday, allowing users to trace contacts, check the local level of risk and record visits to venues such as pubs, four months after the technology was promised to the public.

The NHS COVID-19 app comes as Britain braces for a second wave of infections, with daily cases numbers rising at rates not seen since the peak of the pandemic and a testing system unable to cope with demand in many areas.

The government had said a COVID-19 app would arrive in May, but early trials were dogged by problems, and developers abandoned home-grown technology in favour of Apple <AAPL.O> and Google’s <GOOGL.O> model in June.

As the delay lengthened, the government downplayed the importance of smartphones in fighting COVID-19, saying that rather than an app being central to the test and trace system, it was “the cherry on

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NHS Covid-19 app: England and Wales get smartphone contact tracing for over-16s

By Leo Kelion & Rory Cellan-Jones
Technology reporters

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image captionUsers will be told to self-isolate if the app determines they are at high risk of being infected

People living in England and Wales are being urged to download the government’s contact-tracing app following its official release.

NHS Covid-19 instructs users to self-isolate for 14 days if it detects they were nearby someone who has the virus.

It also has a check-in scanner to alert owners if a venue they have visited is found to be an outbreak hotspot.

Anyone aged 16 and over is being asked to install the app on to their smartphone.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the app “helps us to find more people who are at risk of having the virus” that human contact tracers are unable to find.

“Everybody who downloads

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England and Wales get smartphone contact tracing for over-16s

Users will be told to self-isolate if the app determines they are at high risk of being infected
Users will be told to self-isolate if the app determines they are at high risk of being infected

People living in England and Wales are being urged to download the government’s official contact-tracing app following its official release.

NHS Covid-19 instructs users to self-isolate for 14 days if it detects they were nearby someone who has the virus.

It also has a check-in scanner to alert owners if a venue they have visited is found to be an outbreak hotspot.

Anyone over the age of 16 is being asked to install the app onto their smartphone.

That is a change from trials, which were limited to the over-18s.

The move reflects a desire by health chiefs for the software to be used by as many students in further education colleges and universities as possible.

The age limit is in line with the Protect Scotland contact-tracing app. And health chiefs behind

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COVID-19 Smartphone App Finally Launches in England and Wales | Technology News

LONDON (Reuters) – England and Wales launch a COVID-19 smartphone app on Thursday, allowing users to trace contacts, check the local level of risk and record visits to venues such as pubs, four months after the technology was promised to the public.

The NHS COVID-19 app comes as Britain braces for a second wave of infections, with daily cases numbers rising at rates not seen since the peak of the pandemic and a testing system unable to cope with demand in many areas.

The government had said a COVID-19 app would arrive in May, but early trials were dogged by problems, and developers abandoned home-grown technology in favour of Apple

and Google’s

model in June.

As the delay lengthened, the government downplayed the importance of smartphones in fighting COVID-19, saying that rather than an app being central to the test and trace system, it was “the cherry on the cake”.

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