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Within, Open Access Government’s Health and Social Care news section, we offer a variety of diverse material. With a focus on the most noteworthy stories in the sector from around the world.

Providing information on the most popular and interesting topics such as the NHS digital transformation and its ongoing developments along with the latest research on diabetes, rare diseases and potential cures. This section also offers articles on the funding to healthcare services and has a strong focus on mental health issues/research and much more.

This category also offers information on how environmental changes are affecting peoples health today along with how the LGBT community deals with health stigma surrounding it.

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Delirium could be a sign of COVID-19 in asymptomatic older patients

Asymptomatic older patients of COVID-19 are one of the most difficult to identify - now, researchers find that delirium could be an indicator of the virus
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Afro-Caribbean people with kidney problems face COVID hospitalisation

New research explores the link between ethnicity and ESKD, which finds that Afro-Caribbean patients are four times more likely to undergo COVID hospitalisation.
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Oxford COVID vaccine creates strong immunisation in older people

New data from the Oxford COVID vaccine trial shows that the UK antidote is working well at Phase two, with defining percentages expected after Phase Three is complete.
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US experienced spike in insomnia during first COVID lockdown

A significant increase in online searches for "insomnia" signalled to researchers that the first COVID lockdown was hard-hitting on mental health in the US.
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Supporting the frontline against the COVID-19 pandemic

Office for Product Safety and Standards in the UK details their support of the frontline against the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Diabetes increases risk of COVID-19 brain complications

New research finds that bleeding and stroke are COVID-19 brain complications that are more frequent in people with diabetes and hypertension.
Healthcare delivery

COVID-19: Healthcare delivery and digital solutions

Fintan Grant, NHS Digital’s Programme Head for Medicines and Pharmacy charts the recent change in the speed of healthcare delivery in light of COVID-19 including the importance of digital solutions.
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Why wear a face covering during COVID-19? The evidence

Dr Deborah Lee from Dr Fox Online Pharmacy discusses why we need to wear a face covering during the current COVID-19 pandemic, stating the evidence in this illuminating analysis.
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Influence of synthetic pesticides on human health and the global ecosystem

Cecilia Van Cauwenberghe from Frost & Sullivan’s TechVision Group charts the influence of synthetic pesticides on human health and the global ecosystem.
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Salt: The forgotten pandemic

Mhairi Brown, Policy and Public Affairs Manager for Action on Salt, stresses the need for Public Health England to implement a strict and ambitious salt reduction policy.
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Moderna vaccine: New frontrunner is 95% effective against COVID-19

Eight days after the Pfizer vaccine results (90% effective) brought collective hope to the world, the Moderna vaccine has proven to be 95% effective at fighting COVID-19.
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49% of young adults in US feel deep loneliness during lockdown

Loneliness during lockdown is one of the most universal afflictions - when researchers studied young adults in the US, they found "alarming" levels of COVID-19 depression.
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New treatment that ‘stuns’ arthritis pain could reduce opiate use

Over 350 million people suffer from arthritis pain globally, which means significant levels of opiates are used to manage the condition - but what if there was a less addictive treatment?

The role of pharmacy during COVID-19

Gino Martini, RPS Chief Scientist and the Science and Research Team at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society reflect on the role of pharmacy during COVID-19 in delivering accessible, safe and effective care for all.

COVID-19: Solidarity is needed the most

European Public Health Association Executive Director, Dineke Zeegers Paget examines COVID-19 as a societal issue, not just a pandemic and argues that solidarity here is needed the most.
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NIH: Black and Asian people twice as likely to catch COVID-19

US and UK researchers examined ethnicity data in both countries, finding that Black and Asian people were twice as likely as white people to be infected by the virus - but why?
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European Commission buys 300 million doses of Pfizer vaccine

While the US and UK sealed their BioNTech and Pfizer vaccine deals within 24 hours of the new results, the European Commission took 3 days longer to secure their larger order of 300 million doses.
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Technology and development in the eye care sector

Nick Walsh, Sector Skills Development Officer at the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, shares his thoughts and predictions on technology and development in the eye care sector.
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The Pfizer vaccine: When will people in the UK get it?

Yesterday, at 6:45am in the US, the Pfizer vaccine was revealed to be over 90% effective - so when will the successful drug be available for the UK to use?
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China: How to deal with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic

Cecilia Van Cauwenberghe from Frost & Sullivan’s TechVision Group, China charts how to deal with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with a helpful global and regional overview.

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