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Close contact: many thousands of people in the UK were potentially asked to isolate unnecessarily. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

Many thousands of people around the UK may have isolated unnecessarily because a British government error meant they were pinged by the NHS Covid app (...)

‘This idea that somehow if your kids watch a little bit of violence they’re going to turn into violent people – that just doesn’t seem to be borne out in the data.’ Photograph: Getty Images

When Emily Oster’s first child was a baby, she would not sleep through the night. So Oster and her husband Jesse, both economics professors, read endl(...)

As a sexually active gay man, it was no longer permitted for me to give blood so I stopped,  but every now and then I felt sad that I couldn’t help others. File photograph: iStock

One Monday morning in June I was waiting to donate blood in a fancy hotel in Canary Wharf, in central London. The function room was filled with m(...)

The crowd at Sunday night’s dance music event in Belfast as part of Féile an Phobail. Photograph: Féile an Phobail/Twitter

A crowd of 10,000 people have attended an open-air event in Falls Park, Belfast – the biggest crowd at a music event in Ireland since the start of the(...)

One staff member based in Albania said that after she objected to video monitoring while working in her parents’ home she was dismissed, despite having recently been promoted. Photograph: Getty Images

A multinational call centre used by dozens of leading UK companies has been criticised for what unions have called the intrusive monitoring of home-wo(...)

Heavy periods are ‘probably one of the commonest presenting symptoms in menopause transition, and there’s a logical reason for it’. Photograph: iStock

If Emma Pickett needs to make a long journey she checks her calendar very carefully. She will often take an emergency change of clothes when she goes (...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson at the Global Education Summit in London on Thursday. Despite his bonfire of coronavirus regulations, almost everyone continues to wear face masks on the Tube. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/WPA Pool/Getty Images

It’s a little later than usual, but one of the essential elements of summer life in London returns on Friday with the first night of the Proms at the (...)

British foreign secretary Dominic Raab: he said the government would use “a little bit of coaxing and cajoling” to encourage vaccine take-up, but warned of further measures if case numbers rise in September.   Photograph: EPA/Andy Rain

Coronavirus vaccines have prevented around 60,000 deaths and 22 million cases in England, Britain’s deputy chief medical officer has said. Jonathan Va(...)

By 2009 a liothyronine  tablet pack cost £20. This increased to £248 in 2017 – a 6,000%  rise on the 2007 price, the CMA said. Photograph: iStock

The UK’s competition watchdog has handed a pharmaceutical company a multimillion pound fine after it increased the price of some thyroid medication by(...)

Some 22.1 million passengers used the airport in 2020. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/APF

Heathrow has announced that its cumulative losses from the Covid-19 pandemic have hit £2.9 billion (€3.39 billion). Fewer than four million passenger(...)

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