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Camilla Pang: 'You have to acknowledge the hilarity of what it is to be human'

Prize-winning author Camilla Pang talks about her autism and ADHD diagnoses and her desire to challenge myths about neurodiversityThis month Camilla Pang won the Royal Society book prize for her debut, Explaining Humans: What Science Can Teach Us about Life, Love and Relationships. She has a PhD in bioinformatics from UCL and works as a postdoctoral researcher. Dr Pang was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at the age of eight and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at 26.Why did you d...
Tags: Health, Books, Science, Neuroscience, Society, Autism, Culture, Ucl, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Pang, Science and nature books, Mind And Body Books, Camilla Pang


Nadhim Zahawi appointed minister in charge of Covid-19 vaccine rollout

UK business minister to take on additional role as NHS prepares for mass deploymentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNadhim Zahawi, the minister for business and industry, has been placed in charge of overseeing the deployment of the Covid-19 vaccine, Downing Street has announced.No 10 said the Stratford-on-Avon MPwould take on the role until at least next summer. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Avon, Stratford, Nadhim Zahawi


BioNTech's Covid vaccine is a triumph of innovation and immigration | Hans-Werner Sinn

Pioneered by a Turkish-German couple, its significance exceeds its practical valueThe world took note when the German startup BioNTech announced its breakthrough in the development of a new type of vaccine to combat Covid-19. After testing tens of thousands of people, BioNTech’s vaccine has been shown to be 95% effective in providing protection for those who would otherwise have been infected. The company was the first to apply for emergency use authorisation for a coronavirus vaccine in the US ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Germany, US, Society, US news, Genetics, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer


Different age groups may get different Covid vaccines, experts say

Oxford/AstraZeneca planning new trial of lower-dose jab to see how well it works in older peopleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageConcerns around the efficacy of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus jab in older people could lead to different age groups being given different vaccines, experts have said.The partners announced last week that the vaccine had a 70% efficacy overall. For most trial participants – given two full doses, spaced a month apart – the effi...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Education, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Higher Education, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Coronavirus, Oxford University AstraZeneca, Oxford AstraZeneca


UK scientists warn of third wave of Covid after Christmas

Fears easing restrictions over festive period will lead to rise in cases and overwhelm NHSCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGovernment scientists have warned the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions over Christmas could lead to a third wave of the pandemic, with increased transmission and unnecessary deaths.Families across the UK will be able to gather in three-household groups of any size over Christmas, the government has announced, prompting warnings from scientist...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Wales, Scotland, Christmas, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Coronavirus


Families bereaved by Covid say UK plan to allow Christmas mixing is ‘sheer madness’

Support group warns that large gatherings are too risky and calls for low-key festive period Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople bereaved by Covid-19 have warned that allowing families in the UK to get together over Christmas is “sheer madness” and urged the public to have a low-key festive period rather than risk the grief they have endured.Members of the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group told the Guardian that large family gatherings were too high-risk...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Health policy, Coronavirus, COVID, Bereaved Families for Justice


Vaccine results bring us a step closer to ending Covid, says Oxford scientist

Latest breakthrough comes as PM says he hopes most at-risk could be immunised by EasterCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe world is moving a step closer to ending the coronavirus pandemic, the scientist behind Britain’s first vaccine has declared, as Boris Johnson said he hoped the majority of those most at-risk could be immunised by Easter.Successful trial results for the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine, suggesting it could protect up to 90% of people, are the ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Oxford, Health policy, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Coronavirus, COVID


Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine to be sold to developing countries at cost price

Jab that is part of global initiative to distribute doses will remain at low price ‘in perpetuity’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus vaccine produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca will be available on a non-profit basis “in perpetuity” to low- and middle-income countries in the developing world.The details of arrangements to supply poorer countries came as AstraZeneca revealed the interim results of a phase 3 trial of the vaccine, which is being he...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine will be sold to developing countries at cost price

Jab that is part of global initiative to distribute doses will remain at low price ‘in perpetuity’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus vaccine produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca will be available at cost – not for profit – “in perpetuity” to low and middle income countries in the developing world.The details of arrangements to supply poorer countries came as AstraZeneca revealed the interim results of phase 3 trial of a vaccine that is being hera...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Covid: Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine has up to 90% efficacy, data reveals

Vaccine developed in UK by AstraZeneca and Oxford University ‘will save many lives’, says scientistCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Covid vaccine developed in the UK by Oxford University and AstraZeneca can protect 70.4% of people from becoming ill and – in a surprise result – up to 90% if a lower first dose is used, results from the final trial show.The Oxford vaccine is the third to produce efficacy results, following Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna whose vaccines we...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, US, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Oxford University, Moderna, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Oxford AstraZeneca results open up Covid vaccine to developing countries

Jab can be kept in fridge and is part of global initiative to distribute doses at limited costCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe efficacy of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine opens the way for a cheap and more easily transportable vaccine to be made available to some of the world’s poorest countries.Unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, AstraZeneca’s experimental vaccine is already a part of Covax, the global initiative which hopes to distribute some 2bn doses ...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Coronavirus, Oxford University AstraZeneca, Oxford AstraZeneca


How a handful of scientists developed Oxford vaccine at breakneck speed

Team’s coronavirus work built on decades of research pioneered by Sarah Gilbert and Adrian HillOxford AstraZeneca Covid vaccine ‘has up to 90% efficacy’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAt the heart of Oxford’s effort to produce a Covid vaccine are half a dozen scientists who between them brought decades of experience to the challenge of designing, developing, manufacturing and trialling a safe vaccine at breakneck speed.Prof Sarah Gilbert, the Kettering-born project le...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Oxford, Vaccines and immunisation, Sarah Gilbert, Kettering, Adrian Hill, Coronavirus, Adrian HillOxford AstraZeneca Covid


Oxford AstraZeneca Covid vaccine has up to 90% efficacy, data reveals

Vaccine developed in UK by AstraZeneca and Oxford University ‘will save many lives’, says scientistCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA coronavirus vaccine developed in the UK can prevent 70.4% of people from getting Covid-19 and up to 90% if a lower dose is used, according to data.Oxford University and AstraZeneca have announced their jab is effective in preventing many people getting ill and it has been shown to work in different age groups, including the elderly. Ther...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxford University, Coronavirus


Oxford AstraZeneca Covid vaccine has 70% efficacy, data reveals

Vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University shows average efficacy of 70% in protecting against virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA coronavirus vaccine developed in the UK can prevent 70.4% of people from getting Covid-19, according to data.Oxford University and AstraZeneca have announced their jab is effective in preventing many people getting ill and it has been shown to work in different age groups, including the elderly. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxford University, Coronavirus


Do mRNA vaccines for Covid signal a new era in disease prevention? | Adam Finn

No one knew whether mRNA technology would work against this virus – but it does. It’s an extraordinary moment for scienceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe past few months have brought a number of scientific terms to public attention. We’ve had to digest R (a virus’s reproduction number) and PCR (the polymerase chain reaction method of testing). And now there’s mRNA. This last one has featured heavily in recent news reports because of the spectacular results of two n...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Adam Finn


Is this the beginning of an mRNA vaccine revolution? | Adam Finn

No one knew whether mRNA technology would work against this virus – but it does. It’s an extraordinary moment for scienceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe past few months have brought a number of scientific terms to public attention. We’ve had to digest R (a virus’s reproduction number) and PCR (the polymerase chain reaction method of testing). And now there’s mRNA. This last one has featured heavily in recent news reports because of the spectacular results of two n...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Adam Finn


Why the race to find Covid-19 vaccines is far from over

Despite the promising news from Pfizer and Moderna, other efforts – which may be even more effective – continue around the worldCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhile everyone celebrated this month’s news that not one but two experimental vaccines against Covid-19 have proved at least 90% effective at preventing disease in late-stage clinical trials, research into understanding how the Sars-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, interacts with the human immune system neve...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Moderna, Coronavirus, Pfizer BioNTech


Michael J Fox: ‘Every step now is a frigging math problem, so I take it slow’

After living with Parkinson’s for 30 years, the actor still counts himself a lucky man. He reflects on what his diagnosis has taught him about hope, acting, family and medical breakthroughsThe last time I spoke to Michael J Fox, in 2013, in his office in New York, he was 90% optimistic and 10% pragmatic. The former I expected; the latter was a shock. Ever since 1998, when Fox went public with his diagnosis of early-onset Parkinson’s disease, he has made optimism his defining public characteristi...
Tags: New York, Science, Television, Drama, Film, Society, Fox, Medical Research, Culture, Television & radio, Back To The Future, Parkinson's Disease, The Good Wife, Michael J Fox, Lucky Man, Parkinson


Covid vaccine technology pioneer: 'I never doubted it would work'

Katalin Karikó’s mRNA research helped pave way for Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna’s successful workCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Hungarian-born biochemist who helped pioneer the research behind the mRNA technology used in the two Covid-19 vaccines showing positive results believes it was always a no-brainer.“I never doubted it would work,” Katalin Karikó told the Guardian. “I had seen the data from animal studies, and I was expecting it. I always wished that I woul...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, World news, Chemistry, Medical Research, Vaccines and immunisation, Biochemistry and molecular biology, Moderna, Coronavirus, Pfizer BioNTech, Katalin Karikó


Covid-19 antibodies reduce faster in men than women – study

Finding has implications for one-size-fits-all approach to vaccine developmentAntibody levels against the virus that causes Covid-19 appear to fall faster in men than women, a study suggests, in a finding that could have implications for vaccine research.Historically, medical research has often taken a one-size-fits-all approach, lumping women and men together despite growing evidence that the sexes differ in how they catch and fight disease. Covid-19 seems to be a case in point, with women more...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Moderna vaccine's effectiveness bodes well for Oxford/AstraZeneca jab

Phase 3 success rate of 95% for US firm’s treatment is promising for UK vaccine trialCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHopes are rising for the Covid jab being developed by Oxford University, after Moderna became the second company to reveal impressive results from its vaccine trials.Interim results from phase 3 clinical trials of the Covid vaccine from US company Moderna has revealed it to be almost 95% effective at preventing the disease. The news followed an announce...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Germany, US, Society, UK News, World news, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Moderna, Coronavirus


Moderna vaccine trial's results bode well for Oxford/AstraZeneca jab

Phase 3 efficacy rate of nearly 95% for US firm’s treatment is promising for UK vaccine trialCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHopes are rising for the Covid jab being developed by Oxford University, after Moderna became the second company to reveal impressive results from its vaccine trials.Interim results from phase 3 clinical trials of the Covid vaccine from US company Moderna has revealed it to be have almost 95% efficacy at preventing the disease. The news followed...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Germany, US, Society, UK News, World news, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Moderna, Coronavirus


What does the Moderna vaccine mean for the fight against Covid?

How does it work and how is it different from the Pfizer/BioNTech jab?Moderna Covid vaccine almost 95% effective, trials showCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs promising results are released from a second vaccine trial, we take a look at what this could mean in the battle against Covid-19. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Moderna, Coronavirus, COVID


Video gaming can benefit mental health, find Oxford academics

Research based on playing time data showed gamers reported greater wellbeingPlaying video games can be good for your mental health, a study from Oxford University has suggested, following a breakthrough collaboration in which academics at the university worked with actual gameplay data for the first time.The study, which focused on players of Nintendo’s springtime craze Animal Crossing, as well as EA’s shooter Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, found that people who played more games ...
Tags: Health, Games, Science, Society, UK News, EA, Mental Health, Culture, Higher Education, Oxford, Nintendo, Game culture, Young People, University of Oxford, Oxford University


'Nocebo effect' cause of most statin side-effects, study suggests

Negative expectations may play part, with adverse effects reported when taking placebo Many of the side-effects attributed to statins could be down to the “nocebo effect”, which occurs when someone expects to experience negative symptoms – even if the drug is a placebo – a study suggests.Statins are one of the most widely prescribed drugs in the UK, taken by nearly eight million people to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol levels. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Science, Society, Statins, Medical Research


BioNTech vaccine scientist says jab could halve Covid transmission

Uğur Şahin ‘very confident’ vaccine candidate developed with Pfizer will cause big reduction in casesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe scientist behind the first potential Covid-19 vaccine to clear interim clinical trials says he is “very confident” the jab will reduce transmission of the disease, perhaps by 50%, resulting in a “dramatic” reduction in cases.The German company BioNTech and the American pharmaceutical firm Pfizer announced to worldwide acclaim last we...
Tags: Health, Science, Germany, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, BioNtech, Coronavirus


The defeat of polio proved that immunisation saved lives, but there's a sting to the tale

The rising number of vaccine-derived polio outbreaks has important implications for how we deal with Covid-19Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHalf a century since its eradication in the west, it is hard today to appreciate the terrible effect that polio had on people’s lives then and how feared it was as a disease. The virus killed hundreds every year in the UK alone, and left thousands afflicted with long-lasting paralysis.A list of noted figures who contracted polio ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, Afghanistan, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Pakistan, Global development, Vaccines and immunisation, Polio, Coronavirus


The long game: the race for a vaccine against all coronaviruses

There is hope that Covid-19 immunisation might soon be a reality, but some scientists are aiming for a broader solutionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHopes have been raised worldwide this week that a Covid-19 vaccine is getting closer, after one version was shown to be 90% effective in reducing disease symptoms, but a handful of scientists are working on an ambitious plan for a different sort of vaccine.Their project, which is fraught with technical and financial cha...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Research, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, COVID


Scientist behind BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine says it can end pandemic

Exclusive: BioNTech’s CEO Uğur Şahin says he is confident vaccine can ‘bash the virus over the head’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe scientist behind the first vaccine against Covid-19 to clear interim clinical trials says he is confident that his product can “bash the virus over the head” and put an end to the pandemic that has held the world hostage in 2020.German company BioNTech and US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced via a press release on Monday that the...
Tags: Health, Science, Germany, US, Society, World news, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Donald Trump, BioNtech, Coronavirus, COVID, Ugur Sahin, BioNTech Pfizer


Covid-19: what can we learn from the London blitz? – podcast

Ian Sample speaks to Prof Edgar Jones about the comparative psychological impacts of the blitz bombings of London and the Covid-19 pandemic. Including the role trust in government plays and what we might expect during the second wave of infections Continue reading...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Science, London, Society, Ian Sample, Edgar Jones



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