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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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Social care is in crisis, but technology is here to help

Paul Berney, CMO at Anthropos, explores how technology could help relieve the burden on the UK’s stretched social care staff.
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The hidden health problem of nocturia

Dr Deborah Lee, Dr Fox Online Pharmacy, explains the problem of nocturia and takes a look at what it actually means for your health.
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GPs prescribe broad-spectrum antibiotics to avoid “time-consuming tests”

A study finds that broad-spectrum antibiotics are prescribed due to a lack of resources for GPs - with "time-consuming microbiological tests" taking too long.
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WHO supports two new drugs for COVID-19 treatment

The two drugs, tested across seven trials on 4,000 COVID patients, can protect the immune system from overloading and lessen chances of ventilation.
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Sweeteners during pregnancy can influence risk of obesity in babies

A new study identifies changes in metabolism in babies when mothers consumed sweeteners during pregnancy, potentially heightening their risk of obesity.
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Morning versus evening exercise: Does the time matter?

Scientists say exercising at different times can benefit the body in different ways because of circadian rhythm, and can even help to fix a faulty body clock.
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NHSE sanctions limit basic healthcare for young trans people

Lui Asquith, Director of Legal and Policy at Mermaids, dissects new NHSE sanctions placed on young trans people looking for basic healthcare.
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1 in 10 COVID patients could be infectious after 10 days

New research indicates that after 10 days, one in ten people may still have clinically relevant levels of potentially infectious COVID.
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What are the benefits of dancing?

Dr Deborah Lee, Dr Fox Online Pharmacy, discusses the benefits of dancing on your general health.
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Potential kidney damage from long-term use of blood pressure drugs

Research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine brings attention to the dangers of long-term use of blood pressure medication
oculocutaneous albinism

New stem cell model of albinism to study related eye conditions

First patient-derived stem cell model for studying eye conditions related to oculocutaneous albinism developed by the National Eye Institute Lead author of the report, Doctor...
universal COVID vaccines, T cells

Universal COVID vaccines can learn from the common cold

Research shows that T cells, created by the common cold, can give some protection against COVID - which means that universal vaccines can mimic this technology.
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Increased use of mental health drugs in patients with heart disease

According to a new study, nearly one in five patients with heart disease use mental health drugs, leading to almost a doubled risk of premature deaths with the condition.
COVID vaccine menstrual cycle, mRNA vaccines

COVID vaccine can cause temporary change to menstruation cycle

Scientists analysed 23,754 menstrual cycles to find that menstruation can be temporarily, harmlessly changed - by taking two mRNA vaccines during the same cycle.
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Protecting ageing synapses through exercise

Keeping the ageing population as active as possible, enhances the connections between neurons to maintain healthy cognition.
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More trusting societies have greater success managing COVID-19

Research has found that countries with higher success in minimising coronavirus cases and deaths, have more trust within their society and governments.
NHS backlog, social care

NHS backlog to be resolved by 2025 in “most optimistic scenario”

A Health Committee report finds that in the "most optimistic scenario" of increased treatment over the next three years, the NHS backlog could come down to pre-pandemic levels in 2025.
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Study shows fourth booster dose increases antibodies fivefold

In Israel, healthcare professionals and those over 60 are now being encouraged to take the fourth booster dose - which appears to significantly increase waning third dose antibodies.
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70% of physicians unaware of how to treat someone with a disability

Researchers from Mass General have found that physicians are lacking basic understanding on how to care and treat people with disabilities.
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Study identifies factors in blood linked to severe COVID

Unique “indicators” in the blood of patients with severe and fatal COVID could create simple diagnostic tests - to help doctors identify who could become critically ill.

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