Health & Social Care News

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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Fully vaccinated UK adults to get COVID booster dose in 2021

Adults over the age of 50 in the UK could get the COVID booster dose in 2021 - the third dose of the vaccine could be given as soon as Autumn.
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Screening healthcare workers could serve as warning system for viruses

Researchers have suggested that data from healthcare workers could be used to rapidly estimate the severity of future viruses.
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Scientists find that tear gas exposure harms menstrual cycle

In this study, nearly 900 people described an abnormal menstrual cycle after exposure to tear gas - which is legally considered to be "safe" as a crowd control measure.
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Doctors stop vaccine-blood clot with heparin alternative

A patient with vaccine-inducted thrombotic thrombocytopenia was successfully treated with a heparin alternative, after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
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Air pollution exposure during pregnancy can cause childhood asthma

A population study of children born in a city in Canada found that air pollution exposure during pregnancy could cause childhood asthma.
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Changes in hospital mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic

Researchers have published the most comprehensive study of COVID-19 hospital mortality rates in the United States.
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What are the side effects of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

Here, we discuss some of the common misconceptions about side effects of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine.
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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.
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Single COVID-19 vaccine protects against variants in those with previous infection

A new study has found that a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine boosts protection against SARS-CoV-2 variants, but only in those with previous infection.
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Pfizer applies for COVID vaccine to be given to 12-year-olds

Pfizer could make their COVID vaccine available to 12-year-olds in Europe from June, after clinical trials in March showed 100% efficiency for those aged 12 to 15.
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NHS offers COVID-19 vaccine to all people 40 and over

The NHS is now inviting everyone aged 40 and over to book in for a COVID-19 vaccine.
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Black patients are more likely than white patients to die after heart surgery

A new study has found that Black patients are more likely to die after their heart bypass surgery than white patients in the same hospitals.
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Simon Bolton appointed interim CEO of NHS Digital

NHS Digital has announced that Simon Bolton has been appointed as its interim CEO.
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Researchers say missing second COVID dose could “prolong pandemic”

The study found that missing a second COVID dose could "prolong" the pandemic, with more than 5 million people in the US not taking their scheduled dose.
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More than 25% of children have not received childhood vaccinations

According to new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, more than a quarter of American children had not received common childhood vaccinations in 2018.
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Turning the national illness service into the national health service

Robin Stern, Chair at Future Perfect (Healthcare), discusses how patient journeys currently reflect a national 'illness' service, not a national health service.
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UK Government purchases 60 million Pfizer booster vaccines

The UK Government has purchased a further 60 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to help support the booster vaccination programme.
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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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Single COVID-19 vaccine dose reduces household transmission by 49%

New Public Health England (PHE) study finds that one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine reduces household transmission by up to 49%.
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How patients can overcome needle phobia and get the COVID vaccine

Dr Deborah Lee, Dr Fox Online Pharmacy, explores what can be done to help patients who refuse the COVID-19 vaccination due to needle phobia.

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