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Pfizer-BioNTech Will Test a Third Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine | Time

fizer-BioNTech has begun testing a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine in a small group of people. The vaccine is currently authorized in several countries in a two-dose regimen, given 21 days apart, and has proven in studies to be about 95% effective in protecting against COVID-19 disease. But as new (and more infectious) genetic variants of the COVID-19 virus start circulating—so far, scientists have identified three major strains, first found in the U.K., South Africa, and Brazil, respectively—questions about how well authorized vaccines can still thwart the virus have become more urgent.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Covid-19 Survivors Have a Low Risk of Reinfection | Gizmodo

New government-funded research this week should offer some comfort to people who have survived covid-19. It suggests they have a low risk of reinfection from the coronavirus, at least around three months later.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Covid: WHO scheme Covax delivers first vaccines | BBC News

Ghana has become the first country to receive coronavirus vaccines through the Covax vaccine-sharing initiative.
The World Health Organization (WHO) programme aims to ensure that vaccines are shared fairly among all nations.
Covax is aiming to deliver about two billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines globally by the end of the year.
For all of us to be safe, it needs all of us to be safe.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Prototype Covid test delivers results three times faster than lateral flow | World news | The Guardian

French researchers have developed a coronavirus test that they say delivers results three times faster than rapid lateral flow antigen tests with – according to initial trial data – almost the same accuracy as more reliable, but slower, PCR tests.
The test, which will next undergo a three-month trial on 1,000 people, uses nanobodies taken from the camelid group of animals – which includes camels, llamas and alpacas – because they are more stable than antibodies from other animals.
No, you don’t hold a camel under your chin...

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

One vaccine dose gives high protection from severe Covid, evidence shows | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Real-world evidence from the Covid vaccination programmes in England and Scotland show that one dose of vaccine gives high protection against severe disease and admission to hospital – and protects against even mild disease with no symptoms in younger people.
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Not a single case of flu detected by Public Health England this year as Covid restrictions suppress virus | The Independent

Not a single case of influenza has been detected by public health officials in England for the past seven weeks, with infection rates at historic lows amid the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing #flu #influenza
 

Scientists say clinical trials for ‘variant-proof’ vaccines could start very soon | Society | The Guardian

Scientists are developing a range of second-generation Covid vaccines aimed at expanding protection against the disease.
Candidates include one version that could provide immune defence against many different virus variants, while other researchers are investigating vaccines that would generate responses aimed specifically at blocking transmission of the disease.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Bird flu: humans infected with H5N8 strain for first time in Russia | Bird flu | The Guardian

A H5N8 strain of bird flu has been detected in humans for the first time, among seven workers who were infected at a Russian poultry plant in December.
There is no evidence of the strain being transmitted between humans, but Russia has reported the transmission to the World Health Organization.
#science #medicine #health #virus #H5N8 #BirdFlu
 

Bird flu: humans infected with H5N8 strain for first time in Russia | Bird flu | The Guardian

A H5N8 strain of bird flu has been detected in humans for the first time, among seven workers who were infected at a Russian poultry plant in December.
There is no evidence of the strain being transmitted between humans, but Russia has reported the transmission to the World Health Organization.
#science #medicine #health #virus #H5N8 #BirdFlu
 

New Apple Watch study aims to to help detect early heart failure | 9to5Mac

The latest Apple Watch health study has been announced by the University Health Network (UHN) in Canada. The goal of the study is to research how Apple’s wearable can “can drive better clinical outcomes for heart failure patients.”
#science #medicine #health #technology #tech #Apple #AppleWatch
New Apple Watch study aims to to help detect early heart failure
 

CT scan catches 70% of lung cancers at early stage, NHS study finds | Lung cancer | The Guardian

Thousands of lives could be saved if people at risk of developing Britain’s deadliest cancer were screened to diagnose it before it becomes incurable, a major NHS study has found.
Giving smokers and ex-smokers a CT scan uncovers cancerous lung tumours when they are at an early enough stage so they can still be removed, rather than continuing to grow unnoticed, it shows.
#science #medicine #health #cancer
 

In pictures: Inside an intensive care ward in the middle of a pandemic | BBC News

I'm sweating, need a drink and the bridge of my nose is red-raw when I look in the mirror.
I've just stepped out of the intensive care ward at Harrogate District Hospital.
I thought I knew what to expect, but nothing prepares you for what it's like on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.
#photography #photojournalism #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #medicine #health
 

Obesity: Appetite drug could mark 'new era' in tackling condition | BBC News

A drug that suppresses appetite has led to some people losing more than a fifth of their body weight, a major international trial shows.
A weekly injection of the drug, semaglutide, was given alongside advice on diet and fitness.
The study, conducted on almost 2,000 people, showed an average 15kg weight loss during the 15-month trial.
#science #medicine #health #WeightLoss #obesity
 

Arthritis drug tocilizumab cuts deaths from Covid | BBC News

A drug normally used to treat arthritis can be a life-saver for some of the sickest hospital patients with Covid, new research shows.
For every 25 patients treated with tocilizumab, along with a cheap steroid already routinely given, an additional life would be saved, the experts say.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine recommended for adults of all ages, say scientists advising the World Health Organisation | World News | Sky News

Scientists advising the World Health Organisation have recommended the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in adults of all ages.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Common asthma drug cuts COVID-19 hospitalization risk, recovery time - Oxford study | Reuters

A commonly used asthma treatment appears to reduce the need for hospitalizations as well as recovery time for COVID-19 patients if given within seven days of symptoms appearing, researchers at the University of Oxford said on Tuesday.
The findings were made following a mid-stage study of the steroid budesonide, sold as Pulmicort by AstraZeneca Plc and also used for treating smoker’s lung.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

What Could Happen If You Miss Your Second Covid-19 Vaccine Dose?

Over 42 million Americans have so far received a dose of a covid-19 vaccine, as of late January. Importantly, though, most of these people have only received the first of two doses required for the similar Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, currently the only vaccines authorized for use in the U.S.
Both vaccines are highly effective at preventing symptoms from covid-19, at least for people who receive two doses about a month apart. Yet some people, even scientists, have wondered whether a single dose or two doses taken more than a month apart may provide similar benefits, largely based on select data from the clinical trials used to secure their emergency approval.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Does The Vaccine Give Better Protection Than Having Had The Virus? | HuffPost UK Life

HuffPost UK reader Lisa asked: “Does the vaccine give the same or better protection than actually having had the virus? I am unclear why people who have had Covid are also being told to get vaccinated.”
People who’ve previously had Covid-19 are still urged to have the vaccine – but many are wondering why. Surely they should have built up enough immunity to coronavirus naturally, some argue, so shouldn’t need to have the jab as well.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Breakthrough drug might cure COVID-19 in just five days | BGR

Researchers from Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Medical Center developed a coronavirus therapy that was found to cure COVID-19 in 3-5 days in most volunteers who received the drug.
EXO-CD24 is a medication delivered directly to the lungs, where it’ll help prevent the immune system dealing with COVID-19 from overreacting and causing complications.
The drug is administered once a day for five minutes via inhalation. In Phase 1 trials, 29 out of 30 people suffering from moderate to severe COVID-19 recovered within 3-5 days, and all of them survived.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Breakthrough drug might cure COVID-19 in just five days
 

Breakthrough drug might cure COVID-19 in just five days | BGR

Researchers from Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Medical Center developed a coronavirus therapy that was found to cure COVID-19 in 3-5 days in most volunteers who received the drug.
EXO-CD24 is a medication delivered directly to the lungs, where it’ll help prevent the immune system dealing with COVID-19 from overreacting and causing complications.
The drug is administered once a day for five minutes via inhalation. In Phase 1 trials, 29 out of 30 people suffering from moderate to severe COVID-19 recovered within 3-5 days, and all of them survived.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Breakthrough drug might cure COVID-19 in just five days
 

Breakthrough drug might cure COVID-19 in just five days | BGR

Researchers from Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Medical Center developed a coronavirus therapy that was found to cure COVID-19 in 3-5 days in most volunteers who received the drug.
EXO-CD24 is a medication delivered directly to the lungs, where it’ll help prevent the immune system dealing with COVID-19 from overreacting and causing complications.
The drug is administered once a day for five minutes via inhalation. In Phase 1 trials, 29 out of 30 people suffering from moderate to severe COVID-19 recovered within 3-5 days, and all of them survived.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Breakthrough drug might cure COVID-19 in just five days
 

Up to 100 UK children a week hospitalised with rare post-Covid disease | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Up to 100 children a week are being hospitalised with a rare disease that can emerge weeks after Covid-19, leaving them in intensive care, doctors have said.
In a phenomenon that is worrying paediatricians, 75% of the children worst affected by paediatric inflammatory multi-system syndrome (PIMS) were black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME). Almost four out of five children were previously healthy, according to an unpublished snapshot of cases.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Can You Catch Two Strains Of Covid At The Same Time? We Asked Experts | HuffPost UK Life

It might be possible to be infected with different variants of coronavirus at the same time, a preprint study from Brazil suggests.
For the study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, researchers from Feevale University in Brazil looked at the makeup of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, in 92 people who had tested positive.
When researchers sequenced the virus – which is basically a way for them to track the virus’ mutations – they say they identified two people who had been infected with two different variants of the virus in November.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Apple Watch Alerts Man to Heart Condition in Yet Another Potentially Life-Saving Story | MacRumors

February is American Heart Month, and Apple marked the occasion today with a Newsroom feature highlighting how the Apple Watch potentially saved the life of 59-year-old Bob March. In short, the Apple Watch alerted March to irregular heart rate readings that ultimately led to doctors discovering that he had arrhythmia.
Another life saved.

#technology #tech #Apple #AppleWatch #health
 

Study reveals extent of Covid vaccine side-effects | BBC News

About one in three people recently given a Covid vaccine by the NHS report some side-effects.
None was serious - a common one was some soreness around the injection site, the UK researchers who gathered the feedback found.
Good news. So far no one's head has jumped off and run away screaming.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Covid trial in UK examines mixing different vaccines | BBC News

A UK trial has been launched to see if giving people different Covid vaccines for their first and second doses works as well as the current approach of using the same type of vaccine twice.
The idea is to provide more flexibility with vaccine rollout and help deal with any potential disruption to supplies.
Scientists say mixing jabs could also possibly give even better protection.
The vaccines minister said no changes would be made to the UK's current approach until at least the summer.
Presumably they'll only be given to people who haven't had Covid-19. If they don't test for this, would 800 volunteers be enough?

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

COVID-19: Oxford vaccine may reduce transmission by 67% - and protection 'remains for three-month jab interval' | UK News | Sky News

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine may have a "substantial effect" on transmission of coronavirus, and a three-month gap between doses does not lower protection, according to a report.
Tests results by University of Oxford, published in a pre-print report with The Lancet, showed a 67% reduction in positive COVID-19 swabs among those vaccinated.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 
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I believe that inequality is at the root of most of society's ills, and here is the evidence from scientists:

"How economic inequality harms societies.

Societies with more inequalities have greater physical and mental health problems, obesity and drug abuse are more common, and there is more violence and less trust between people.
In addition to the above, inequality generates financial difficulties, general and deep social instability, ever increasing polarization of society and even local climate change and environmental damage, because inequality spurs consumerism and overconsumption."

https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_wilkinson_how_economic_inequality_harms_societies

#Economicinequality #Socialinequality #Economicequality #Socialequality #politics #socialjustice #health #trust #society #welfare #equality

comment under this video on TED:

“I have lived in Denmark now for 21 years. I am a small business owner and am raising two children in this country so I think I am qualified to say that it is correct that equal societies are healthier, happier and safer. There is no utopia but when you have you needs met as far as healthcare and education are concerned, the knowledge that you will most likely never have to mortgage your home to pay for these things, you just have a smile on your face! Why are people happier here? Because we’re not worried about our own situations. There is time for hobbies and being together. This is something many of my friends in the US have lost.”
 

Alzheimer's disease: obesity may worsen its effects – new research | The Conversation

Being overweight increases the risk of many serious health conditions, including strokes, cancer, diabetes and hypertension. Less well known, perhaps, is the link between being overweight or obese and the health of our brain. Research has shown that a higher body mass index and mid-life obesity are both linked to increased risk of dementia. Some evidence also indicates that obesity and Alzheimer’s disease cause similar brain dysfunctions.
#science #medicine #health #dementia #obesity
 

Covid mortality down dramatically since start of pandemic, study finds | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Death rates among people who end up in intensive care with Covid-19 have improved dramatically since the start of the pandemic thanks to advances in treatment, new research has found.
The proportion of those worst affected by the disease who die from it has fallen from 60% when it first appeared early last year to 36% by October, the study of global trends shows.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Monoclonal antibodies: 'great hope' in Covid treatments fails against variants | Coronavirus | The Guardian

The great hope for drug treatments against Covid-19 – the monoclonal antibodies – are failing against variants of the virus, such as those that have emerged in South Africa and Brazil, scientists have found.
Just to clarify: these are just one type of treatment for people who have Covid-19. I think it's unlikely that the others will have changed in effectiveness, as they tend to work on the human immune system, not directly on the virus.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

‘Immunological unicorn’: the Australian lab growing coronavirus – and its startling discovery | Sydney | The Guardian

Most people who have Covid-19 develop a decent immune response.
“But this guy’s response is 100 to 1,000-fold that,” Turville said.
“His response is that good. To put it in context, we are eight or nine months out since he was infected. And he still ranks in the top 1% of responders, so what that means is if we could ever bottle a vaccine that could mimic his response, you’d want to do it. I would say that we’re going to see him responding just as well probably a year out, and maybe after about two years we might start to see some response decay.”
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Two new Covid vaccines have less efficacy against South African strain | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Clinical trial data showed that the vaccines from Novavax and Johnson & Johnson had significantly less efficacy at preventing coronavirus in trial participants in South Africa, where the new variant is widespread, compared with countries where the variant is less common.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #vaccine
 

In the search for Covid protection, Cormac the 'extremely charismatic' llama may hold a key | Coronavirus | The Guardian

The llama has provided nanobodies that effectively prevent infection, but the use of other species in Covid research raises troubling ethical questions
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #AnimalTesting
 

COVID-19: Daughter of first UK victim questions when coronavirus arrived in the country | UK News | Sky News

Peter Attwood died on the 30 January 2020 but his cause of death wasn't officially discovered until seven months later.
Public Health England announced the first cases on the 31 January, but Peter died a day before this. There are many people who had Covid-19 symptoms before either of these dates, but no one is looking into this. It seems obvious to me that it should have been part of early track and trace, but our government wasn't interested in this at that time.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #TrackAndTrace
 

Everyday Covid mistakes we are all still making | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Covid-19 infections in the UK are reducing but remain stubbornly high, despite a month of lockdown measures. So could we be doing more as individuals to curb transmission of the virus? A virologist, a psychologist and a public health expert share their views on some of the Covid-19 mistakes that we are all still making.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

COVID-19: UK trials show experimental Novavax coronavirus vaccine is 89.3% effective | UK News | Sky News

UK phase three trials of the experimental Novavax COVID-19 vaccine have found it demonstrated 89.3% efficacy against the virus.
Preliminary analysis showed the new UK variant was detected in more than half of the coronavirus cases recorded in the trials, with the vaccine candidate shown to be 95.6% effective against the original strain and 85.6% effective against the variant.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic#vaccine #CovidVaccine
 

Covid-19: No-swab saliva test finds symptomless cases | BBC News

People may soon be offered a "spit in a pot" coronavirus test, after promising trial results.
The LampORE test checks for the virus in saliva samples, and work carried out with the help of more than 1,000 NHS volunteers shows it is good at finding cases, even if someone has no symptoms.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Why The Coronavirus Variant From Brazil Is Especially Worrisome To Scientists : Goats and Soda : NPR

New coronavirus variants seem to be cropping up everywhere. There's one from the U.K., which is more contagious and already circulating in the United States. There's one from South Africa, which is forcing Moderna and Pfizer to reformulate their COVID-19 vaccines and create "booster" shots, just to make sure the vaccines maintain their efficacies.

But for some scientists, the most worrying variant might be the newest one. A variant called P.1, which emerged in early December in Manaus, Brazil, and by mid-January had already caused a massive resurgence in cases across the city of 2 million people.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Covid deniers blamed over Shrewsbury man Gary Matthews' death | BBC News

A man whose cousin died after a positive Covid test says coronavirus deniers are "complicit" in the death.
Gary Matthews, 46, was found dead in his Shrewsbury flat the day after he tested positive.
He had been part of a Facebook group that, according to his cousin Tristan Copeland, spread false conspiracy theories about Covid-19.
I wonder if prison sentences are perhaps the most appropriate way of dealing with Covid deniers. In these particular circumstances, I'm inclined to think they could be.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Cough and sore throat more common with UK Covid variant – study | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Coughs, sore throats and fatigue are more common in people who test positive for the new variant of coronavirus, but a loss of taste or smell is less likely, a study has found.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Los Angeles residents stalk Covid vaccine sites in hopes of leftover doses | Los Angeles | The Guardian

County officials have no official policy, but they also don’t want injections to go to waste – to some people’s benefit
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic#vaccine #CovidVaccine
 

Why The Coronavirus Variant From Brazil Is Especially Worrisome To Scientists : Goats and Soda : NPR

New coronavirus variants seem to be cropping up everywhere. There's one from the U.K., which is more contagious and already circulating in the United States. There's one from South Africa, which is forcing Moderna and Pfizer to reformulate their COVID-19 vaccines and create "booster" shots, just to make sure the vaccines maintain their efficacies.

But for some scientists, the most worrying variant might be the newest one. A variant called P.1, which emerged in early December in Manaus, Brazil, and by mid-January had already caused a massive resurgence in cases across the city of 2 million people.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

This coronavirus drug is 30x more potent than remdesivir, and it works against mutated strains | BGR

Researchers think a promising coronavirus treatment is 30 times more potent than remdesivir and can work against the highly infectious new mutations.
Cancer drug plitidepsin can speed up the recovery of patients and, a study said a few months ago.
A UCSF-led team has two studies out, indicating that the drug is more efficient than remdesivir and can kill the UK mutation.
Plitidepsin doesn’t target the virus directly, but rather a human protein that the virus needs to replicate.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
This coronavirus drug is 30x more potent than remdesivir, and it works against mutated strains
 

AstraZeneca vaccine may not be given to older people, says EU medicines chief | World news | The Guardian

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine may be authorised only for younger people in Europe, because there is insufficient data on how well it works in the over-65s, the head of the regulatory body has suggested.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

TikTok is being used by vape sellers marketing to teens | TechCrunch

Sellers are offering flavored disposable vapes, parent-proof 'discreet' packaging, no ID checks
They're targeting teenagers and ultimately creating more and more nicotine addicts. If they stopped referring to tobacco and used the word 'nicotine' (the highly-addictive drug) more people might take the problem more seriously. People who supply nicotine products to children should be jailed, IMO.

#science #medicine #health #TikTok #tobacco #nicotine #vape #vaping #DrugAddiction #BigTobacco #BigNicotine
TikTok is being used by vape sellers marketing to teens
 

Delaying the second Covid dose in the UK is controversial, but it's the right decision | Coronavirus | The Guardian

There are worries about the change in the vaccination schedule. However, a longer gap between jabs has its advantages too
This is one of the clearest explanations of the possible benefits of having a second jab more than 3 weeks after the first. And, interestingly:
So why do we need two jabs? Immunity elicited by the vaccine can be boosted. When the spike protein appears a second time and the immune system brings its armoury out, the immune memory cells will rapidly increase in number and more antibody will be produced to neutralise the virus. This will happen whether the spike protein is in the vaccine or on a live virus. To get the best response possible, the current vaccines were designed to have a second “boosting” dose after the first “priming” dose. [Italics mine]
What this means is that if we continue to wear face coverings, wash our hands, and distance from one another after having the vaccine, if we do get the virus itself it could make us stronger.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #vaccine
 

Moderna vaccine appears to work against variants | BBC News

Moderna's Covid vaccine appears to work against new, more infectious variants of the pandemic virus found in the UK and South Africa, say scientists from the pharmaceutical company.
Excellent news!

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

🦠 Anti-Virus: The Covid-19 FAQ

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought with it an avalanche of misinformation. A number of myths have persisted that suggest Covid isn't particularly dangerous, or that governments shouldn't try to contain the virus with lockdowns and other distancing measures.
We call the people who promulgate these myths even after they have been disproved "Covid Sceptics".
Do you know anyone who doubts that Covid-19 is real, or that the pandemic is not as bad as has been claimed, or that there have been no excess deaths since the start of last year? You could point them at this new site that debunks the myths.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Can we really feel the benefits of nature through a screen? | BBC News

Feeling low? Being in nature is known to reduce stress and boost your mood.
But what if you cannot get outside?
A groundbreaking online experiment wants to help scientists understand how best to bring the benefits of nature to those stuck indoors.
#health #MentalHealth #psychology #nature
 
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