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Oxford vaccine regulatory authorisation: FAQ | Research | University of Oxford


People have been asking a lot of questions that are addressed in this article from the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine makers (last December); in particular, I found this informative para about the length of time between the two doses:
The authorisation is recommended as a two dose regimen, given as two standard doses with a flexible inter-dose interval of four to twelve weeks, which was shown in clinical trials to be safe and effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19, with no severe cases and no hospitalisations more than 14 days after the first injection.
https://www.research.ox.ac.uk/Article/2020-12-30-oxford-vaccine-regulatory-faq

#covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #health #vaccines #vaccine #medicine #science
 

Oxford vaccine regulatory authorisation: FAQ | Research | University of Oxford


People have been asking a lot of questions that are addressed in this article from the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine makers (last December); in particular, I found this informative para about the length of time between the two doses:
The authorisation is recommended as a two dose regimen, given as two standard doses with a flexible inter-dose interval of four to twelve weeks, which was shown in clinical trials to be safe and effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19, with no severe cases and no hospitalisations more than 14 days after the first injection.
https://www.research.ox.ac.uk/Article/2020-12-30-oxford-vaccine-regulatory-faq

#covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #health #vaccines #vaccine #medicine #science
 

Foreign NHS workers could be denied Covid vaccine in England | World news | The Guardian

Foreign NHS workers treating Covid patients are at risk of being denied vaccinations because of internal guidelines about who can receive the jab, the Guardian has learned.
Documents circulated among staff at one leading hospital show vaccinators have been told they must not immunise anyone without an NHS number.
Shameful! At least in some cases, they're vaccinating people who currently have no NHS number and then registering them later. These people are often front-line workers who MUST have the vaccine.

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

The eight biggest Covid-sceptic myths – and why they’re wrong | New Statesman

Including “Covid is only as deadly as a bad flu”, “lockdowns don’t reduce cases” and “we aren’t seeing excess deaths”.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

How effective is a single vaccine dose against Covid-19? | BBC Future

Pretend it didn't happen – expert advice on how to behave after receiving a single dose of any of the Covid-19 vaccines.
When it's claimed that a single dose of a vaccine is 97% effective, what does that mean? No, I had no idea either, because no one has explained it adequately. This article explains. Whether it does so adequately or not kind of depends on you. If you get your first dose of the vaccine and stay indoors for two weeks, then it probably has.

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

Please, Please Don't Put Hand Sanitizer in Your Eyes | Gizmodo

The harms of the covid-19 pandemic go well beyond the illnesses and deaths directly caused by the virus. One particular repercussion, according to a new study out Thursday, has been more kids getting hurt from alcohol-based hand sanitizer ending up in their eyes.
I'm amazed that someone even thought of doing this! Though I probably shouldn't be...
Please pass it on in case you know someone like this.

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

Cancer can be precisely diagnosed using a urine test with artificial intelligence | Phys.org

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) announced that the collaborative research team led by Dr. Kwan Hyi Lee from the Biomaterials Research Center and Professor In Gab Jeong from Asan Medical Center developed a technique for diagnosing prostate cancer from urine within only 20 minutes with almost 100% accuracy. The research team developed this technique by introducing a smart AI analysis method to an electrical-signal-based ultrasensitive biosensor.
#science #medicine #health #cancer
 

'Huge leap' in understanding of eczema could lead to revolutionary new treatments for inflammatory conditions

The findings could open avenues for treatments for other illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease
#science #medicine #health #eczema
 

"What new devilry...?"

Rogue antibodies could be driving severe COVID-19


https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00149-1

Evidence is beginning to emerge that some of the systemic organ damage in severe cases of Covid-19 may be caused by the virus inducing the body to create auto-antibodies against its own tissues. What ELSE does this damn virus have in store?

#health #coronavirus
 

"What new devilry...?"

Rogue antibodies could be driving severe COVID-19


https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00149-1

Evidence is beginning to emerge that some of the systemic organ damage in severe cases of Covid-19 may be caused by the virus inducing the body to create auto-antibodies against its own tissues. What ELSE does this damn virus have in store?

#health #coronavirus
 

Covid: How a £20 gadget could save lives | BBC News

One of the mysteries of Covid-19 is why oxygen levels in the blood can drop to dangerously low levels without the patient noticing.
It is known as "silent hypoxia".
As a result, patients have been arriving in hospital in far worse health than they realised and, in some cases, too late to treat effectively.
But a potentially life-saving solution, in the form of a pulse oximeter, allows patients to monitor their oxygen levels at home, and costs about £20.
You don't need any medical training to use one, either. You just put it on the end of your finger and turn it on and wait. In a few seconds, it should give you a reading of somewhere between 95 and 100 if you're healthy.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #technology #tech #oximetry
 

New Covid strain: Germany discovers Covid variant in Bavaria | CNBC

Germany is the latest country to discover a new mutation of the coronavirus, with a new variant identified among a group of hospital patients in Bavaria.
An unknown variant of the virus had been discovered among 35 patients at a hospital in the Bavarian ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southeast Germany.
Further tests are being carried out on virus samples from the patients.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Moderna says possible allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccine under investigation | Reuters

Moderna Inc said on Tuesday it had received a report from California’s health department that several people at a center in San Diego were treated for possible allergic reactions to its COVID-19 vaccine from a particular batch.
The company’s comments come after California’s top epidemiologist on Sunday issued a statement recommending providers pause vaccination from lot no. 41L20A due to possible allergic reactions that are under investigation.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Motor neurone disease: Edinburgh scientists reveal breakthrough - BBC News

Scientists are a step closer to being able to reverse the damage caused by motor neurone disease (MND).
University of Edinburgh experts have found a problem with MND patients' nerve cells which could be repaired by repurposing drugs approved for other diseases.
#science #medicine #health #MotorNeuroneDisease #MND
 

Researchers warn of another Covid spike if people mix after vaccine | World news | The Guardian

Behavioural psychologist says many people mistakenly think they are safe as soon as they receive jab
I'm pretty sure that most people on Diaspora* aren't stupid, and won't just get their vaccination and go out and party. But I'm posting this in case you know some people who are likely to do just that.

1) The vaccination isn't fully effective until something like two weeks after you have it, and that might depend on which vaccine it is.

2) Someone coughs near a shelf in a supermarket. You pick up a carton of milk and transfer virus onto your hands. On the way out of the supermarket, you touch a door handle. Someone else touches the door handle and now they've got the virus. Even though the virus is mostly transmitted by aerosol, there is still a possibility of transmission by other means.

3) Just because you're vaccinated, doesn't mean you can't pass it on. If you breathe it in, your immune system might kill it off, but not necessarily before you've coughed it onto someone else.

You still need to wash your hands a lot. You still need to refrain from touching your face. You still need to keep about 6 feet between you and most other people. At least, until we're all much safer.

Don't mean to preach. It's just that, even a year down the line, there are still people who apparently don't know what's going on.

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

Covid: Positive antibody tests doubled since autumn | BBC News

About one in 10 people across the UK tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies in December, roughly double the October figure, data has shown.
Estimates from the Office for National Statistics suggest between 8% of people in Northern Ireland and 12% of people in England showed signs of past Covid infection.
This is just in the people who were tested.

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

Almost 30% of Covid patients in England readmitted to hospital after discharge – study | Society | The Guardian

Nearly a third of people who were discharged from hospitals in England after being treated for Covid-19 were readmitted within five months – and almost one in eight died, a study suggests.
Almost certainly not just in England, but I haven't seen any other figures.

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

Revealed: Boris Johnson’s controversial policy chief leading secretive NHS task force | openDemocracy

Boris Johnson’s government has for the first time confirmed the existence of a prime ministerial task force which is reportedly planning a “radical shake-up of the NHS”.
Freedom of Information disclosures to openDemocracy show the new “No.10 Health and Social Care Taskforce” reports to a Steering Group chaired by Munira Mirza, the influential head of Boris Johnson’s policy unit, and that it “met weekly” from July to September with a further meeting in October.
Mirza, a political appointee who previously worked for Johnson when he was London mayor, has no background or policy experience in health.
One more step towards total privatisation and the loss of a free public service.

#politics #UK #health #NHS #privatisation #PublicServices #Tories
 

COVID-19: Disruption to vaccine rollout as people trek for miles in snow for jabs - and others told to stay at home | UK News | Sky News

The disruption to the vaccine rollout comes after parts of the North saw snowfall overnight and more is forecast later today.
But, of course, the government planned in advance for the bad weather. Didn't they? Doesn't look like it. The UK pays an obscene amount for the upkeep of military forces. Can they not be deployed to affected areas?

On another D* thread, someone questioned the slow rollout of the vaccine. I said that, here in the UK, I can't tell the difference between the Tory government's gross incompetence on the one hand, and deliberate pursuit of a herd immunity strategy on the other.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #lockdown #SocialIsolation #SocialDistancing #vaccine #CovidVaccine
 

COVID-19: UK 'taking steps' over coronavirus variant detected in Brazil, says Boris Johnson | Politics News | Sky News


BREAKING
The UK is "taking steps" to keep out cases of a coronavirus variant discovered in Brazil, the prime minister has said.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Covid: Large trial of new treatment begins in UK | BBC News

A large-scale trial of a new treatment it is hoped will help stop Covid-19 patients from developing severe illness has begun in the UK.
Inhaling nebulised interferon beta stimulates the immune system cut the odds of a Covid-19 patient in hospital developing severe disease - such as requiring ventilation - by almost 80%.

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

You May Soon Be Able to Measure Blood Pressure From Your Finger

Wearable devices have become more sophisticated in recent years, with the ability to track everything from abnormal heart rates and atrial fibrillation to stress and even blood oxygen levels. However, monitoring blood pressure is a challenge for a wrist-worn device. Wearable components maker Valencell says it’s figured out how to measure blood pressure using photoplethysmography (PPG) heart rate sensors from your finger or wrist.
Apple has already filed its own patent on measuring blood pressure with an Apple Watch. It will be interesting to see how quickly this technology comes to market.

#technology #tech #science #medicine #health #wearables
 

The Pandemic Could Disrupt Decades of Decline in Cancer Mortality | Gizmodo

A new report released Tuesday by the American Cancer Society provides some good news: Americans who had cancer in 2018 were less likely to die from it than they were a year earlier, continuing a steady decline in cancer mortality over the past 30 years. As hopeful as this trend is, though, there are still lower survival rates in different parts of the country and among Black Americans. Experts also worry that the covid-19 pandemic will end up erasing some of this progress.
#science #medicine #health #cancer
 

Doctors found another strange coronavirus symptom no one can explain | BGR

Some of the people infected with the novel coronavirus who survive COVID-19 will then experience persistent symptoms for weeks or even months after the illness, in what’s known as “Long COVID.”
Doctors are still trying to understand the lingering symptoms, with the Westchester Medical Center in New York running a treatment and study program for long haulers.
Now, a new report explains another strange coronavirus symptom that can appear with Long COVID: Some people have experienced skin peeling off their hands and a strange purple discoloration in their fingers.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Doctors found another strange coronavirus symptom no one can explain
 

New Study Suggests iPhone 12 can Deactivate Pacemakers | iPhone Hacks

A new medical study, published by the Heart Rhythm, claims that iPhone 12 can deactivate the life-saving cardiac defibrillator function of an implanted pacemaker.
The study published by the Heart Rythym claims iPhone 12 “can potentially inhibit lifesaving therapy in a patient particularly while carrying the phone in upper pockets.” The study, mostly, blames the new MagSafe and its array of magnets that could pose a threat of deactivating the pacemaker.
#technology #tech #Apple #iPhone #health #HealthAndSafety
New Study Suggests iPhone 12 can Deactivate Pacemakers
 

Apple Watch research study will monitor for possible cognitive decline | Cult of Mac

Whether it’s heart health or exercise routines, there are plenty of biometrics Apple Watch can keep tabs on. But could it also be used to monitor cognitive performance and possible decline?
That’s the basis of a new, multi-year observational research study announced Monday. A collaboration between Apple and neuroscience company Biogen, the aim is to assess the role the Apple wearable and the iPhone could play in measuring cognitive health.
#technology #tech #Apple #AppleWatch #health
Apple Watch research study will monitor for possible cognitive decline
 

6 Months After Infection, 76% of COVID-19 Patients Are Still Suffering Symptoms


#COVID-19 #Covid Long Haulers #Coronavirus #Pandemic #Medical #Health

And this, my friends, is one of my top bullet points as to why I do NOT want to become infected with this shit.

I fear that as time goes by and the vaccine rolls out more broadly, folks will again become lax in their behaviors; partying in large crowds, no mask wearing, forgetting to wash hands, etc.

This could be a very bad scenario. How many "lock downs" and how much self-isolating can we expect to be required to deal with? Sadly, I'm pretty sure we'll still be in similar, possibly worse, straits around this time next year (2022).

In a related article...

Up to 60% of US health workers are refusing to get COVID-19 vaccines


This is very disturbing. I'd like to hear their reasoning for this. Unfortunately, this is NOT going to inspire the regular folks in the streets positively regarding getting themselves vaccinated promptly.
 

6 Months After Infection, 76% of COVID-19 Patients Are Still Suffering Symptoms


#COVID-19 #Covid Long Haulers #Coronavirus #Pandemic #Medical #Health

And this, my friends, is one of my top bullet points as to why I do NOT want to become infected with this shit.

I fear that as time goes by and the vaccine rolls out more broadly, folks will again become lax in their behaviors; partying in large crowds, no mask wearing, forgetting to wash hands, etc.

This could be a very bad scenario. How many "lock downs" and how much self-isolating can we expect to be required to deal with? Sadly, I'm pretty sure we'll still be in similar, possibly worse, straits around this time next year (2022).

In a related article...

Up to 60% of US health workers are refusing to get COVID-19 vaccines


This is very disturbing. I'd like to hear their reasoning for this. Unfortunately, this is NOT going to inspire the regular folks in the streets positively regarding getting themselves vaccinated promptly.
 

6 Months After Infection, 76% of COVID-19 Patients Are Still Suffering Symptoms


#COVID-19 #Covid Long Haulers #Coronavirus #Pandemic #Medical #Health

And this, my friends, is one of my top bullet points as to why I do NOT want to become infected with this shit.

I fear that as time goes by and the vaccine rolls out more broadly, folks will again become lax in their behaviors; partying in large crowds, no mask wearing, forgetting to wash hands, etc.

This could be a very bad scenario. How many "lock downs" and how much self-isolating can we expect to be required to deal with? Sadly, I'm pretty sure we'll still be in similar, possibly worse, straits around this time next year (2022).

In a related article...

Up to 60% of US health workers are refusing to get COVID-19 vaccines


This is very disturbing. I'd like to hear their reasoning for this. Unfortunately, this is NOT going to inspire the regular folks in the streets positively regarding getting themselves vaccinated promptly.
 

Here’s What to Know About the Universal Flu Vaccines Being Studied | weather.com

One main reason humans need to get a flu vaccine annually; flu strains mutate regularly so vaccines need to be slightly altered every year. During past flu seasons, the CDC has noted a vaccine effectiveness range between 40-60%, and a reduced the risk of flu-related illness by 40-60% within the overall population.

There are, however, several “universal” flu vaccines currently being studied that aim to make annual flu vaccinations a thing of the past.
#science #medicine #health #Influenza
 

Covid-19: The machine that breathes for Covid patients | BBC News

For people who are most sick with Covid-19 - those whose lungs have not been helped by a ventilator - there is another alternative: ECMO.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Inside the Covid ward | UnHerd

All of our patients who die, do so alone. There is nobody to hold their hand. Nobody to comfort them
Reporting restrictions in the UK seem to have been eased recently, as more and more front-line workers are telling us how harrowing it is in the Covid wards.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
Inside the Covid ward
 
Natural remedy: Honey found to have comparable effects to antifungal medications, but more affordably and without the side effects
https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-01-10-honey-found-to-have-comparable-effects-to-antifungal-medications.html
#Honey #health #antifungl #sideeffects
 
Natural remedy: Honey found to have comparable effects to antifungal medications, but more affordably and without the side effects
https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-01-10-honey-found-to-have-comparable-effects-to-antifungal-medications.html
#Honey #health #antifungl #sideeffects
 

New Research Shows How Covid-19 Can Trigger Brain Damage | Gizmodo

New research out today looks to bring us closer to understanding how covid-19 can cause brain damage. The study suggests that while the viral infection may not directly reach the brain in most cases, it can spark the sort of destructive inflammation that’s seen with other neurological conditions, like stroke.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Alzheimer's: the 'switch-on moment' discovered | The Conversation

The past three decades saw a dramatic improvement in our understanding of what brings about Alzheimer’s disease. Two proteins are thought to be responsible: amyloid and tau. The most widely accepted theory is that a critical level of amyloid in the brain triggers the build-up of the more toxic tau protein. This has led to several studies testing drugs and vaccines that remove amyloid and tau to see if they can improve or even prevent dementia. Results have been disappointing.
But the hunt is on for new tests.

#science #medicine #health #dementia #Alzheimers
 

Why The 'Only 377 Healthy People Have Died Of Covid' Argument Is Total Rubbish | HuffPost UK

It ignores a number of crucial facts.
But it does show that a lot of younger, fitter people, the thousands who have protested in London, for example, seriously undervalue people who are older or less healthy.

#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 
We Are All Essential

The media does no one any favors by asking, "Who is essential?" The correct term is "essential worker" - not "essential person." Essential workers are the people who take care of the rest of us - who allow us to not go out there and risk close exposure to a deadly pathogen.

\#covid-19 #essential #essential-workers #health #vaccine
Originally posted at: https://jahangiri.us/2020/we-are-all-essential/
We Are All Essential
 

The breakthrough medicines that could change the course of Covid | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Dexamethasone demonstrates power of large-scale, randomised trials in finding effective medicines
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

UK scientists trial drug to prevent infection that leads to Covid | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Exclusive: Antibody therapy could confer instant immunity to Covid-19 on at-risk groups
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Covid vaccine: 'Disappearing' needles and other rumours debunked | BBC News

The roll out of Covid-19 vaccines in the UK and US this week has led to a spate of new false claims about vaccines. We've looked into some of the most widely shared.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic #ConspiracyTheory
 
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Vaccines save lives no matter what some idiots saying!


Millions of people, including many members of my family are alive today because of they were vaccinated in childhood.

The lunacy and selfishness of the keyboard warriors and their anti science, anti fact crusade against vaccines has killed more people in the recent years than the vaccines have caused harm in the past half a century.

#VaccinesSaveLife #Science #Health #StopTheBS
 
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Vaccines save lives no matter what some idiots saying!


Millions of people, including many members of my family are alive today because of they were vaccinated in childhood.

The lunacy and selfishness of the keyboard warriors and their anti science, anti fact crusade against vaccines has killed more people in the recent years than the vaccines have caused harm in the past half a century.

#VaccinesSaveLife #Science #Health #StopTheBS
 

Covid Pandemic: Microbiomes Could Be Key to Stopping Spread of Future Viruses - Bloomberg

In the Western world, humans spend 90% of their time indoors. The average American spends even more than that—93%—inside buildings or cars. For years scientists have sounded the alarm that our disconnect from the outdoors is linked to a host of chronic health problems, including allergies, asthma, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, and obesity. More recently, experts in various fields have begun studying why buildings, even those designed to be as germ-free as possible, are vectors for disease, not the least Covid-19.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
 

Biomarker of Alzheimer's found to be regulated by sleep cycles | New Atlas

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) in St. Louis have spent some years investigating the links between circadian rhythm and Alzheimer’s, and have recently been making some real inroads. Following a 2018 study demonstrating how disrupted sleep can accelerate the buildup of toxic plaques associated with the disease, the team has now identified a protein implicated in the progression of the disease that appears highly regulated by the circadian rhythm, helping them join the dots and providing a potential new therapeutic target.
#science #medicine #health #dementia #Alzheimers
 
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Enjoying Wine and Cheese Might Actually Help You Avoid Dementia Later in Life

https://mymodernmet.com/wine-cheese-dementia-study/
 

This weird symptom could be the very first sign you have COVID-19 | BGR

A new research study found that a variety of eye issues can sometimes indicate an early coronavirus infection.
The most common eye issues associated with a COVID-19 infection include sore eyes, extreme sensitivity to light, and itchy eyes.
Patients with eye-based issues reported that the symptoms typically went away within two weeks.
#science #medicine #health #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #pandemic
This weird symptom could be the very first sign you have COVID-19
 
Eating coriander helps maintain optimal heart health (plus other health benefits)
https://www.brighteon.com/14ff38ca-967d-4d08-89b6-5a83e9151f5b
#coriander #heart #health #benefits
 
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