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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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COVID-19 and diabetes telehealth

Cecilia Van Cauwenberghe from Frost & Sullivan’s TechCasting Group, explains how the COVID-19 pandemic is the scenario for testing and demonstrating the successful implementation of diabetes telehealth platforms.
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Sterilair PRO – Biological air treatment

Used in medical settings for over 20 years, Sterilair is now being used in a wide range of close-contact environments to maintain healthy air quality.
elective care

How technology can transform the elective care challenge

Karina Malhotra, founder and MD, Acumentice, explores how technology is being used to solve the elective care conundrum and to what extent emerging tech can make a credible difference on the front line.
priority group for COVID, people with asthma

People with asthma are not a priority group for COVID vaccination

The UK removed people with moderate forms of asthma from the high-priority group for vaccination, which pushes their vaccination date past April.
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A national strategy for social care could save the NHS £1 billion every year

Research found that the supported housing and integrated mental health system could save the NHS £950 million if used as a national strategy for social care.
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Pfizer vaccine can reduce COVID hospitalisation and death by 75%

Early stage data from the vaccine rollout in the UK appears to show that COVID hospitalisation and death are reduced by over 75% in people with the Pfizer vaccine.
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COVID-19 update: Vaccinations & infection prevention and control (IPC)

Ruth Smith CEO of Active Care Group and its Christchurch Group division discusses the new highly virulent variant of COVID, vaccinations, and infection prevention and control (IPC).
side effects of the Pfizer vaccine

What are the side effects of the Pfizer vaccine?

Here, we assess some of the most common side effects of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
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People with HIV can now get COVID-19 vaccine without disclosing status

People living with HIV can now get a COVID vaccine without having to tell the doctor their status - right now, the stigma is holding some back from coming forward to get their vaccination.
Care home residents

Care home residents will be allowed one visitor from the 8th of March

As part of the government's roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions, care home residents will be allowed one indoor visitor from the 8th of March.
COVAX facility

EU allocates additional €500 million to COVAX facility

The European Union has allocated an additional €500 million to the COVAX facility, bringing its total contribution to €1 billion.
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Science needs to overcome “structural racism” to end the HIV epidemic

A new report published in The Lancet investigates why 43% of HIV deaths in 2018 happened in the Black community, with policy solutions for the ongoing HIV epidemic.
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Hong Kong approves the Sinovac COVID vaccine for use

The Sinovac COVID vaccine was revealed to be working at 50.4% efficacy by the Butantan Institute last month, but new data suggests that this could actually be 62%.
long COVID

New research studies to tackle Long COVID in the community

Four new research studies looking into Long COVID in the community will receive funding worth £18.5 million from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
the south african mutation, pfizer

Pfizer vaccine can still prevent death from the South African mutation

The Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine appears to be significantly less efficient against the South African mutation, but can still stop hosts from experiencing severe COVID and dying from the virus.
COVID cases in hospitals, lockdown

REACT study: COVID cases in hospitals “higher than at the peak of the first...

New data from the REACT study finds that the number of COVID cases in hospitals is higher than it was in April 2020, but that infection rates are substantially decreasing across the country.
coronavirus human challenge study

UK receives ethics approval for first coronavirus human challenge study

The UK has received approval from the clinical trials ethics body for the world's first coronavirus human challenge study.
Moderna

European Commission approves second Moderna contract for 300m vaccines

The European Commission has approved a second contract with Moderna to secure an additional 300 million vaccine doses.
marmot review 2020, health inequalities

Marmot Review 2020: “Regressive” cuts hit most deprived areas

We have the essentials of the Marmot Review 2020 for you, including recommended policy measures to tackle health inequalities.
Johnson & Johnson, european

The Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine works with just one dose

The New Jersey-based drugmaker created a COVID-19 vaccine that works at 66% efficiency in one dose, which they have sent to the EU for approval.

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