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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.

neighbourhood disadvantage, structural racism

Researchers link “neighbourhood disadvantage” to higher COVID infections

A study on New York City neighbourhoods found that "neighbourhood disadvantage", a mix of inequality measurements, is connected to a higher rate of COVID-19 cases.
care home workers, vaccine hesitancy

COVID vaccines to be mandatory for care home workers

The UK Government will make COVID vaccination mandatory for care home workers, with the possibility that NHS workers will also be required to get the jab.
delta variant COVID, vaccine

Delta variant twice as likely to cause COVID hospitalisation

A Scottish study, published in The Lancet, found the Delta variant was twice as likely as the Alpha variant to cause COVID hospitalisation.
critical reagents

PCR Biosystems: Scaling up the production of critical reagents in a crisis

Here, we interview Alex Wilson, Co-founder of specialist reagent company PCR Biosystems, discussing how their expertise in enzyme development and large-scale production has been successfully applied to COVID-19 testing solutions around the world.
North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation, great northern care record

North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust partners with ReStart

North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust (NTHFT) partners with ReStart to deliver integration into the Great North Care Record.
underlying ageing

Why is research vital for generating the essential knowledge to ensure healthy ageing?

Dr Marina Ezcurra, Lecturer in the Biology of Ageing at the University of Kent, stresses the importance of innovative research focussed on understanding the fundamental processes underlying ageing.
37% of doctors, doctors

Study finds 37% of doctors wanted to quit before COVID-19

A new study by The University of Manchester found that 37% of GPs intended to quit direct patient care, even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
remote care, communities

The evolution of care in a post-COVID world

Imogen Keane, Business Development Manager at Service Robotics Ltd, explores how the remote care revolution is helping to address loneliness for the most vulnerable in our communities.
NHS burnout, mental health, NHS staff

Committee report finds NHS “burnout is widespread reality”

After months of COVID, the psychological impact on staff emerges as a shadow pandemic - today (8 June), a Health Select Committee report finds that NHS "burnout is widespread reality".
mild covid cases, fatigue

Study finds fatigue is more common in mild COVID cases

Scientists have found that neurological symptoms, like fatigue, are more common in people with mild COVID cases - as opposed to only in severe COVID cases.
good oral health

The importance of good oral health

Dr Hanna Kinsella, Owner and Principal Dentist of Kiln Lane Dental, argues that good oral health is crucial for our overall health and wellbeing.
COVID lockdown suicidal, suicide

Scientists examine link between COVID pressures and suicidal feelings

A study by Swansea University, Cardiff University, and the NHS in Wales found that COVID lockdown stressors like social isolation, domestic abuse, and financial issues were clearly linked to suicidal feelings and actions.

MHRA approves Pfizer vaccine for 12-15-year-olds

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has concluded that the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is safe to use in 12-15-year-olds.
Africa research chair

Oliver R Tambo Africa Research Chair at SACIDS Foundation for One Health

Named after a freedom fighter who spoke up for science and tech, a group of African and international research funders under the OR Tambo Africa Research Chairs Initiative announced Prof Gerald Misinzo and his institution Sokoine University of Agriculture as one of the initiative’s first ten individual research chair holders and host institutions.
safety standards

Schools need Gov approved cleaning procedures & clear safety standards

Graham Mimms, Hygiene Aviation Expert and co-founder of Safe Surface Sensor, explains why the only way to stop a future health crisis is to ensure we have strict hygiene policies in place.
sinovac COVID-19 variant, variant

WHO gives emergency approval to Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has given emergency approval to the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine - because there is ongoing "access inequity" for countries in the Global South.
indian variant delta, virus

World Health Organisation renames ‘Indian variant’ to Delta

The WHO has renamed COVID variants of concern, as they believe that the scientific names can be "difficult" to use - leading to both misreporting and potential discrimination against countries of origin.
safe nhs environments

Safe NHS environments: For patient, clinician & support worker

Kate Edwards, Director at Intelligent Infection Control Services Limited, LumiBio, underlines the importance of creating safe environments for the patient, clinician & support worker in the NHS.
sniff out positive COVID-19

Dogs can sniff out coronavirus with 96% accuracy

According to a new study, led by the University of Pennsylvania, specially trained detection dogs can sniff out positive COVID-19 samples with 96% accuracy.
outpatient waiting list

Reducing outpatient waiting list backlog through innovation

Adapting their existing digital framework, SymlConnect address the severe outpatient waiting list backlog created by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to enable secure patient-clinician remote communication.

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