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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.

elderly care

The vaccine isn’t a silver bullet for longstanding pressures in elderly care  

Jitesh Patel, Project Director at Kajima Partnerships discusses why the vaccine is not a silver bullet for longstanding pressures in elderly care and how the sector must adapt post-pandemic.
sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, butantan

New data shows that Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine is 50.4% effective

The São Paulo Government and Butantan Institute revealed that the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine is 15.6% less effective than officials previously suggested.
transmit the virus

People with COVID-19 immunity can still carry and transmit the virus

A new Public Health England (PHE) study has found that past coronavirus infection provides some immunity but people may still carry and transmit the virus.
musculoskeletal pain

How to prevent musculoskeletal pain when working from home

Rachel Brammer, Physiotherapist and Clinical Lead at Vitrue Health, explains how you can ensure your work from home set-up isn't harming your mental and physical health with problems such as musculoskeletal pain.
COVID-19 vaccination, dose

Will COVID-19 vaccination centres be open all night?

Today (13 January) Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that COVID-19 vaccination centres would be running 24/7 "as soon as we can".
sinovac covid-19 vaccine, indonesia

Indonesia gives emergency approval to Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

The country has become the first in the world to approve the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, outside of China itself.
first round of the COVID-19 vaccine

Over 2.2 million people receive first round of the COVID-19 vaccine

In the UK, over 2.2 million people have received the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine between 8th and 10th December, according to the latest figures.
latinx workers, unidos en salud

Community initiative delivers 14,000 COVID-19 tests to Latinx workers

Unidos En Salud organisers have now provided COVID-19 testing to 14,000 people, targeting Latinx workers - one of the most hard-hit communities in San Francisco.

Government plans to vaccinate tens of millions of people by spring

The government has published its UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan which aims vaccinate tens of millions of people against COVID-19 by spring.
COVID-19 patients, virus

76% of COVID-19 patients still have one symptom, after six months

While long COVID is slowly becoming more understood, ordinary COVID-19 patients are experiencing lasting effects - scientists discovered that 76% of people have atleast one recurring symptom, six months after the original illness.
asymptomatic testing

Asymptomatic testing to be rolled out across England

Asymptomatic testing will be made available to all local authorities across England this week after research revealed 1 in 3 people have coronavirus without showing symptoms.
third UK lockdown

Fighting dementia with food amid the third UK lockdown

Philip Mayling, director of MKG Foods, explores how food can help care home residents suffering from dementia during the third UK lockdown.
healthcare workforce

Collaboration is key to shaping the future digital healthcare workforce

Hazel Jones, Head of Health, Made Tech, explores how collaboration can help the NHS develop its future digital workforce.
moderna COVID vaccine, europe

UK approves Moderna COVID vaccine for use

The approval of the Moderna COVID vaccine in the UK comes 2 days after European medical regulators, but not a moment too soon - the death toll continues to climb, standing at 78,508 currently.
Flu vaccine

Flu vaccine sees highest uptake on record

Over 80% of those aged 65+ in England have received the flu vaccine so far this year – the highest uptake on record.
BioNTech and Pfizer

EU to purchase further 300 million doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine

The European Commission has proposed to purchase an additional 300 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by BioNTech and Pfizer.
opioids and pancreatic cancer, data

Scientists investigate possible link between opioids and pancreatic cancer

The team at Rush University Medical Center have conducted the first US investigation into opioid use and pancreatic cancer - how could this change prescriptions?
COVID positive smokers, hospital

COVID positive smokers are twice as likely to be hospitalised

According to research by King's College London with 2.4 million participants, smokers with COVID-19 are twice as likely to be hospitalised.
moderna vaccine, covid

Moderna vaccine approved for use by European Medicines Agency

The EMA joins the US in approving the 94.1% effective Moderna vaccine for use, while the UK still waits on further regulatory discussions.
premature death

Who should tackle the biggest cause of premature death when PHE is gone?

Katharine Jenner, Campaign Director and Mhairi Brown, Policy and Public Affairs Manager of Action on Sugar and Action on Salt debate who should be responsible for tackling the biggest cause of premature death and disability in the UK when Public Health England is dissolved.

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