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.


26% of COVID-19 patients still symptomatic after 6-8 months

According to a new study, by researchers at the University of Zurich, more than a quarter of COVID-19 patients report being symptomatic 6-8 months after infection.
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SAGE data reveals 115,800 more COVID deaths possible by 2022

SAGE reveal that in the most pessimistic scenario, a further 115,800 COVID deaths would happen by June, 2022 - but in the most optimistic 'unlockdown' output, the figure is 9,400 deaths.
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FDA labels Johnson & Johnson vaccine with new rare side effect

The FDA have labelled the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine as a possible cause of Guillain-Barré syndrome - an extremely rare side effect that can potentially cause nerve damage.
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Freedom Day could put us in another lockdown, says London Medical Laboratory

The London Medical Laboratory has voiced its concerns about Freedom Day as the Government's decision to end restrictions is based on the wrong data and could land us in another lockdown.
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Fully vaccinated travellers will no longer have to quarantine from July 19

Fully vaccinated travellers returning to England from amber list countries will no longer need to quarantine from July 19th.
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Pfizer to create COVID vaccine against Delta variant

Pfizer say they will develop a new COVID vaccine to function as a booster against the Delta variant.
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9 in 10 adults have COVID-19 antibodies, according to new survey

A new Government survey has found that 9 in 10 adults have COVID-19 antibodies, but experts say more data is needed before 'Freedom Day'.
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Study finds eating disorder hospitalisations increased during pandemic

According to researchers in Michigan, eating disorder hospitalisations among adolescents increased during the COVID pandemic - as "their entire worlds were turned upside down overnight".
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MRC invests £79 million to support doctoral training

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has announced that it will invest £79 million to support doctoral training for the next three years, through its Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) competition.
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British Medical Association say NHS “already under immense pressure”

The British Medical Association (BMA) today (7 July) responded to UK 'unlockdown' plans - labelling the suspension of all protective measures as "incoherent", with the NHS under "immense pressure".
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Supporting vaccination campaigns through high-quality cold storage solutions

Arthur Goudena, Marketing Manager of PHC Europe, explains how the company’s cold storage solutions are available to support COVID-19 vaccination campaigns across Europe.
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Self-isolation rules to ease for fully vaccinated individuals in step 4

Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they come into contact with a positive COVID-19 case.
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Is the Lambda variant more infectious than Delta?

The Lambda variant, originating in Peru, has been found in 32 countries - but for the moment, it remains classified as a less threatening Variant of Interest.
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SAGE report: More infections will increase ethnic minority COVID deaths

SAGE say the UK Governments' plans to lift all social distancing measures on 19 July are too much - they believe a rise in infections will increase ethnic minority COVID deaths.
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NHS digital publishes data on the health of LGB adults for the first time

National representative data on the health outcomes and health behaviours of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults in England has been published by NHS Digital for the first time.

Volunteers are a vital part of the NHS’ past, present and future

Mark Lever, Chief Executive, Helpforce, discusses the importance of volunteers throughout the NHS’ history and for its future.
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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.
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WHO says double-vaccinated people should wear masks

The World Health Organisation says that double-vaccinated people should wear masks due to the rising threat of the Delta variant, as the UK considers dropping mandatory mask measures after 'unlockdown'.
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UK to give third COVID dose for over-50s before winter

The UK Government will begin rollout of a third COVID dose for over-50s and vulnerable individuals, with the NHS given the go-ahead to create their pre-winter vaccination plan.
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Study reveals 94% of cancer patients react well to COVID vaccine

According to the US and Swiss study, 94% of cancer patients took the COVID vaccine in full and produced antibodies - while seven high-risk patients failed to produce an immune response.

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