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Coronavirus: 9 in 10 dying have existing illness

Coronavirus: 9 in 10 dying have existing illness

Health
More than nine in 10 people dying with coronavirus have an underlying health condition, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.The ONS looked at nearly 4,000 deaths during March in England and Wales where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate.In 91% of cases the individuals had other health problems.The most common was heart disease, followed by dementia and respiratory illness.The average number of conditions those who were dying had was 2.7.What else does the analysis say?The ONS has also looked at the differences in death rates by age and sex.Men are twice as likely to die with coronavirus.Unsurprisingly, the risk of dying increases with age, rising sharply from age 60 onwards.The ONS has also looked to what extent coronaviru...
Coronavirus: Doctors urge conversations about dying

Coronavirus: Doctors urge conversations about dying

Health
Palliative care doctors are urging people to have a conversation about what they would want if they, or their loved ones, became seriously unwell with coronavirus.We should discuss all possible scenarios - even those we are not "comfortable to talk about", they said.Medics said the virus underlined the importance of these conversations.New guidelines are being produced for palliative care for Covid-19 patients, the BBC understands.Dr Iain Lawrie, president of The Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland, told the BBC that palliative care teams around the country were working together to create the guidance.He said the impact of the virus was likely to change how palliative care would be delivered in future.While the majority of pat...
Eggheads star CJ de Mooi ‘dying from AIDS’ and ‘facing homelessness’

Eggheads star CJ de Mooi ‘dying from AIDS’ and ‘facing homelessness’

Entertainment
Most recognise him as the successful quizzer from the hit daytime show Eggheads. But CJ de Mooi has fallen on hard times recently, as he battles AIDS and faces losing his home. The 49-year-old took to Twitter last week to share the reality of his current situation in heartbreaking detail. Along with pal Joe, who helps to run his account, CJ revealed in a series of tweets that he has “been living with AIDS for 30 years”.  He continued: “The agony of the last three years means I may not have many left.“I’m outwardly healthy, still running and am staying positive I can get better.”Joe then let fans know how they could help to raise funds for the former Eggheads star.He said: “Thank you so much to everyone who donated, commented, retweeted or sent support. “If he ...
Assisted dying: Doctors' group adopts neutral position

Assisted dying: Doctors' group adopts neutral position

Health
Hospital doctors have dropped their 13-year opposition to the concept of helping terminally ill patients die.Following a poll of its members, the Royal College of Physicians has now adopted a neutral stance on the issue of assisted dying.Some groups have spoken out against the change, saying a respected medical body's reputation has been damaged. Others called the decision "absurd".Under UK law, it is illegal to encourage or assist a suicide.Nearly 7,000 doctors voted in the online poll: 43% thought the college should oppose a change in the law 32% wanted the college to support a change 25% were neutral And the college has shifted to a neutral stance because neither side achieved a majority of 60%.However, a group of doctors opposed to any change in the ...