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Asthma drug helps older people cope with Covid at home – study

Inhaling budesonide found to shorten recovery for over-65s, and over-50s with underlying conditionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA relatively cheap, inhaled asthma drug helps older people struggling at home with Covid to recover three days faster, according to a landmark study.A trial in people over 65, and over 50 with underlying health conditions, found that inhaling budesonide twice a day for two weeks shortened their recovery time and helped them stay well and f...
Tags: Coronavirus, Asthma, Medical research, Science, Society, World news, UK news


Early findings show new drug could be ‘game-changing’ for brain cancer treatment

Using ipatasertib, researchers say some brain cancers could potentially be made vulnerable to immunotherapy agentTwo people with advanced brain cancer of the sort that led to the death of the MP Tessa Jowell have responded well in a small trial to an experimental combination of chemo and immunotherapy drugs. In one case, the life-threatening tumour seems to have disappeared.Doctors at the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden hospital in London cautioned that this was very early res...
Tags: Cancer research, Cancer, Medical research, Health, Science, Society


Early findings show new drug could be ‘gamechanging’ for brain cancer treatment

Using ipatasertib, researchers say some brain cancers could potentially be made vulnerable to immunotherapy agentTwo people with advanced brain cancer of the sort that led to the death of the MP Tessa Jowell have responded well in a small trial to an experimental combination of chemo and immunotherapy drugs. In one case, the life-threatening tumour seems to have disappeared.Doctors at the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden hospital in London cautioned that this was very early res...
Tags: Cancer research, Cancer, Medical research, Health, Science, Society


UK’s Covid vaccine programme on track despite AstraZeneca problems

Seventy-five per cent of population can be fully immunised by first week in August, according to forecastsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s vaccination programme is expected to be effectively completed shortly after the United States’ this summer, and several weeks ahead of the EU, despite falling up to six weeks behind because of problems affecting its workhorse AstraZeneca jab.Airfinity, which tracks vaccination programmes worldwide, forecasts that 75% of the...
Tags: Vaccines and immunisation, Health, Society, Coronavirus, Infectious diseases, World news, US news, Medical research, Microbiology, Science


Is vaccinating against Covid enough? What we can learn from Chile and Israel

Contrasting lessons from the two countries, both with high rates of inoculation against the virus, show the danger is not pastCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA trio of countries stand out for the effectiveness of their Covid-19 vaccination programmes: Israel, Chile and the UK. All have managed to inoculate an impressively high percentage of their people but each has fared very differently in controlling the disease.Israel has done so well it is resuming university lec...
Tags: Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Israel, Chile, Infectious diseases, Medical research, Epidemics, Health, Science, Society


Is vaccinating against Covid enough? What we can learn from other countries

Contrasting lessons from Chile and Israel, both with high rates of inoculation against the virus, show the danger is not pastCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA trio of countries stand out for the effectiveness of their Covid-19 vaccination programmes: Israel, Chile and the UK. All have managed to inoculate an impressively high percentage of their people but each has fared very differently in controlling the disease.Israel has done so well it is resuming university lect...
Tags: Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Israel, Chile, Infectious diseases, Medical research, Epidemics, Health, Science, Society


Global Covid vaccine rollout threatened by shortage of vital components

Pharmaceutical firms warn of delays to items such as the large bags in which vaccine cells are grownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVaccine-makers around the world face shortages of vital components including large plastic growbags, according to the head of the firm that is manufacturing a quarter of the UK’s jab supply.Stan Erck, the chief executive of Novavax – which makes the second vaccine to be grown and bottled entirely in Britain – told the Observer that the sh...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Science, Biology, Society, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Novavax, Coronavirus, Stan Erck


Vaccine confidence fears as under-30s in UK offered AstraZeneca alternative

Experts warn of impact after advice changes in response to 79 blood clot cases out of 20m vaccinationsJab fears may play into hands of anti-vaxxersCoronavirus – latest UK updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageExperts warned of damage to confidence in the UK’s vaccine programme after 10 million adults under 30 were told they will be offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab following concerns over rare blood clots.Healthy 18- to 29-year-olds who are not at high risk of Covid should ha...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, JCVI, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Alternative to Oxford/AstraZeneca could damage vaccine confidence, say experts

Option offered to under-30s after UK records 79 cases of rare blood clots out of 20m jabs administeredJab fears may play into hands of anti-vaxxersCoronavirus – latest UK updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageExperts warned of damage to confidence in the UK’s vaccine programme after 10 million adults under 30 were told they will be offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab following concerns over rare blood clots.Healthy 18- to 29-year-olds who are not at high risk of Covid should ha...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, JCVI, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


One in three survivors of severe Covid diagnosed with mental health condition

Study finds 34% developed psychiatric or neurological conditions after six monthsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne in three people who were severely ill with coronavirus were subsequently diagnosed with a neurological or psychiatric condition within six months of infection, a study has found.The observational research, which is the largest of its kind, used electronic health records of 236,379 patients mostly from the US and found 34% experienced mental health and n...
Tags: Health, Science, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Mental Health, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


AstraZeneca Covid vaccine: weighing up the risks and rewards

Despite scientific advice to continue getting the jab, answers about fatal blood clots are urgently neededCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVaccines have side-effects, as do all medicines. Most often, jabs cause sore arms, a headache or a bit of nausea – none of which would be very significant when weighed against the toll of a serious virus such as Covid-19.But sometimes the risk-benefit calculation may look less simple, as in the case of Oxford/AstraZeneca’s Covid jab...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


The 'elite controllers' who can naturally suppress HIV

Research into how some HIV-positive people keep the virus at bay promises to yield new treatment possibilities, from vaccines to gene therapiesThe year was 1998 when Joel Blankson encountered a patient he would never forget. Blankson was working in the HIV clinic at John Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, when an HIV-positive woman in her mid-40s arrived for some routine tests.Blankson gave her a PCR test, intending to prescribe a newly developed combination of medicines called antiretrovira...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Aids and HIV, Baltimore, John Hopkins School of Medicine, Blankson, Coronavirus, Joel Blankson


France to close schools and stop domestic travel after Covid surge

Emmanuel Macron announces three-week shutdown of schools after leaving restrictions ‘until last moment’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance’s schools are to close for at least three weeks and travel within the country will be banned for a month after Easter in an attempt to curb a dramatic surge in Covid-19 cases that threatens to overwhelm hospitals, Emmanuel Macron has said.In a televised address to the nation, the French president said the government had waited “...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, France, Germany, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Emmanuel Macron, Coronavirus


Higher testosterone levels in men linked to greater melanoma risk

Study finds testosterone associated with risk of developing potentially deadly skin cancer, but causation not provedMen with high levels of testosterone have an increased risk of developing a potentially deadly skin cancer, researchers have found.According to Cancer Research UK, which funded the study, one in 36 UK males and one in 47 UK females will be diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in their lifetime. It said 86% of melanoma cases were preventable, typically caused by use of sunbeds or sta...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Cancer, Society, Medical Research, Skin Cancer


British study links alcohol with lower risk of developing cataracts

Research finds lower risk among those who drink up to 14 units a week – especially if they drink red winePeople who consume up to 14 units of alcohol a week have less chance of developing cataracts, especially if they drink red wine, a new British study has found.Antioxidants found in wine could help explain why moderate drinkers are at up to 23% less risk of having to have cataract surgery than people who shun alcohol, the researchers believe. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Alcohol, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Wine


Long-retracted papers are still cited in major journals

Even after scientific papers are retracted, hundreds of studies cite them as evidence. Roughly four retractions occur per 10,000 publications, mostly in medicine, life sciences, and chemistry journals.Journals should implement control measures that block the publication of papers that cite retracted papers. Andrew Wakefield's 1998 study linking vaccines with autism was riddled with holes. All 12 children involved were handpicked, which is antithetical to clinical research. The now-deregistered...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Biology, America, Society, Public Health, Chemistry, Medical Research, Innovation, MMR, Lancet, Derek, Andrew Wakefield, Wakefield, Brian Deer, Fanni Daniella Szakal


How Mary Wortley Montagu's bold experiment led to smallpox vaccine – 75 years before Jenner

A new book celebrates the trailblazing work of the English aristocrat, who successfully inoculated her daughterIt was a daring and dangerous experiment that paved the way for the development of the first safe vaccine and saved countless lives. Yet when Lady Mary Wortley Montagu deliberately infected her own daughter with a tiny dose of smallpox – successfully inoculating the three-year-old child in 1721 – her ideas were dismissed and she was denounced by 18th-century society as an “ignorant woma...
Tags: Health, Books, Science, Society, UK News, World news, History, Medical Research, Culture, Epidemics, Vaccines and immunisation, Jenner, Aristocracy, Mary Wortley Montagu, Wortley Montagu


Women are more susceptible to long-covid, but will we listen to them?

We have a unique window to analyze how the virus overlaps with chronic illnesses – but medicine has a habit of dismissing women who suffer from themHelene Fox was recovering from surgery to remove endometriosis when she caught Covid-19. It had been six weeks since her laparoscopy and although she had been walking every day, following her surgeon’s instructions, she had only been on short 30 minute walks around her neighbourhood. Then a sunny March day presented itself and Helene took advantage o...
Tags: Science, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, Fox, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, East London, Helene, Coronavirus, Long Covid


Covid vaccine used on apes at San Diego zoo trialled on mink

Experimental animal jabs could stop spillover back to humans, says firm behind vaccines for primatesAt the start of 2021, four orangutans and five bonobos became the first great apes at a US zoo to receive Covid-19 vaccinations. An outbreak in San Diego zoo’s western lowland gorilla troop had caused panic among staff after the virus spread to the animals, probably from an asymptomatic zookeeper. Eight gorillas tested positive – with symptoms such as runny noses, lethargy and coughs – and there w...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Animals, Environment, US, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Microbiology, San Diego, Vaccines and immunisation, Mahesh Kumar


Can the UK avoid a third wave of Covid?

Analysis: as lockdown restrictions ease, the country now faces a race between vaccination and infection Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain’s latest lockdown has dramatically reduced cases of coronavirus, and the number of people being admitted to hospital and dying from the disease. What the country faces now is essentially a race between vaccination and infection: can we protect people faster than the virus spreads as restrictions are eased?This was always going...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Israel, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Coronavirus


Covid: why has the fall in UK infection rate stalled despite vaccinations?

Hospital admissions and deaths are declining as priority groups vaccinated but number of new diagnoses has stabilisedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s Covid-19 statistics remain encouraging despite continuing rows over vaccine deliveries in Europe. Admissions to hospital and daily deaths from the disease continue to decline with numbers in the latter category now down to double digits while the former have dropped to around a 10th of their total two months ago....
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


Doctors suggest link between Covid-19 and diabetes

More than 350 clinicians report suspicions of Covid-induced diabetes, both type 1 and type 2A cohort of scientists from across the world believe that there is a growing body of evidence that Covid-19 can cause diabetes in some patients. Prof Francesco Rubino, from King’s College London, is leading the call for a full investigation into a possible link between the two diseases. Having seen a rise in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in people who have caught coronavirus, some doctors are even consi...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, World news, Diabetes, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Doctors, King 's College London, Coronavirus, COVID, Francesco Rubino


Doctors suggest Covid-19 could cause diabetes

More than 350 clinicians report suspicions of Covid-induced diabetes, both type 1 and type 2A cohort of scientists from across the world believe that there is a growing body of evidence that Covid-19 can cause diabetes in some patients. Prof Francesco Rubino, from King’s College London, is leading the call for a full investigation into a possible link between the two diseases. Having seen a rise in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in people who have caught coronavirus, some doctors are even consi...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, World news, Diabetes, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Doctors, King 's College London, Coronavirus, COVID, Francesco Rubino


AstraZeneca Covid vaccine is safe and effective, says European regulator

EMA says benefits outweigh risks but also that it is continuing to study possible link with very rare blood clotting disorderCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is “safe and effective” and its benefits outweigh the risks, Europe’s medicines regulator has said, but it would continue to study possible links between the shot and a very rare blood clotting disorder.The director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Emer Cooke, said the ag...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Biology, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, EMA, Coronavirus, European Medicines Agency EMA Emer Cooke


Matt Hancock confirms dip in UK Covid vaccine supply for April

Health secretary says stocks will be affected by need to retest 1.7m doses and delay from IndiaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock has said there will be a significant dip in vaccine supply in April, confirming supplies have been hit by a need to retest 1.7m doses and a delay in arrival of imports from India.Speaking in the House of Commons, Hancock stressed the overall target timetable for vaccinations would not change but said he wanted to give more informa...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, India, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, House of Commons Hancock


Lack of skin-to-skin care for small and premature babies hits survival rates

Life-saving techniques fall out of favour on maternity wards in developing countries over Covid fears Small and sick babies are at increased risk of dying due to disruptions in care caused by coronavirus, a survey of health workers across 62 mainly developing countries has found.Every year, 2.5 million babies die within 28 days of birth, and more than 80% of them have low birth weight. A technique for premature and small babies known as kangaroo mother care (KMC), involving early prolonged skin-...
Tags: Health, Society, World news, Premature Birth, Medical Research, Global development, World Health Organization, Maternal health, Kmc, Global Health, Children's Health, Coronavirus


Matt Hancock tells MPs retest on Covid doses and delays in India will hit UK jabs

Health secretary says timetable will not change, but government expert warns infections may rise because of delay vaccinating the under-50s Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock has said there will be a significant dip in vaccine supply in April, confirming supplies had been hit by a need to retest 1.7m doses and a delay in arrival of imports from India.Speaking in the House of Commons, Hancock stressed the overall target timetable for vaccinations will not cha...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Biology, India, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Hancock, Matt Hancock


China to only allow foreign visitors who have had Chinese-made vaccine

Move raises questions as China’s vaccines not approved in many countries to which it is opening travelCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChina is resuming visa processing for foreigners from dozens of countries, but only if they have been inoculated against Covid-19 with a Chinese-made vaccine.The move has raised questions about the motivations behind the demand, given China’s vaccines are not approved in many of the countries to which it has opened travel and that it wi...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, China, Society, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, World Health Organization Continue, Coronavirus


What price a child's life? India's quest to make rare disease drugs affordable

Parents whose only hope was finding foreign sponsorship or a clinical trial are now looking for homegrown breakthroughsFor three years, Vidya tried to find the cause of her son’s recurrent fevers and low cognitive development. When she found out, she was devastated.Vineeth, 10, has an incurable illness – mucopolysaccharidosis type 2 – that affects his organs. Afflicting just one in a million, the enzyme-replacement medication that can help stop the illness getting any worse costs £100,000 a year...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Biology, India, Society, World news, Genetics, Medical Research, South and Central Asia, Global development, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vidya, Global Health, Children's Health


Ireland suspends AstraZeneca Covid vaccine over blood clot concerns

Deployment of Oxford vaccine temporarily deferred after latest reports from NorwayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIreland is suspending use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid as a precautionary measure following further reports of blood clots in people who have received it, this time from Norway.The deputy chief medical officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, said Ireland’s advisory body on vaccines had recommended that deployment of the AstraZeneca jab should be “tempo...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Society, World news, Medical Research, Ireland, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Norway



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