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Study finds 30.8% of hospitalised COVID patients are obese

An international study examined hospitalised COVID patients across 11 countries - finding that obese patients are 73% more likely to need invasive respiratory support.
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EU to create new contract with Pfizer for 1.8 billion doses

Yesterday (14 April) EU President Ursula von der Leyen announced that the Commission would create a third contract with Pfizer, for 1.8 billion doses between 2021 to 2023.
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Prioritising maternal and child health in the COVID-19 era

Mahesh Karra, Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy, discusses the importance of maternal and child health during the COVID pandemic.
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April 2021 North America Analysis

In the Spring edition of North America Analysis, we hear from Robert Lembo, from the National Institutes of Health, who turns the spotlight on training physician scientists and clinician investigators through the process of graduate medical education in the United States, and more.
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New UK study will mix Moderna and Novavax COVID doses

Researchers in the UK started a clinical trial on mixing vaccines in February - today (14 April) a new study will look into mixing Moderna and Novavax doses.
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Muslims can get COVID vaccine without breaking fast

The NHS said that Muslims can take the COVID vaccine during Ramadan without breaking their fasts, with some centres offering extended opening times.
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US stops Johnson & Johnson vaccine to investigate blood clot risk

US authorities paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine as they look into six cases of blood clots that developed in women aged between 18 and 48.
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Clinical trial finds COVID antibody drug can prevent infection

Uninfected people lived with one infected individual as part of the study - the COVID antibody drug gave them 72% protection against catching the virus themselves.
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Case Study: A priority response plan (PRP) for bio-decontamination

Here, we learn how world leading supplier Bioquell devised a PRP for a Biopharmaceutical Production Facility ensuring high-level bio-decontamination in the event of contamination.
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One in four HIV patients experience intimate partner violence

According to the CDC, one in four HIV patients in the United States experience intimate partner violence - which could be anything between physical assault to stalking.
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Scientists create blood test for depression and bipolar disorder

Indiana University of Medicine researchers spent four years developing a blood test to identify depression and bipolar disorder - they say this work will bring psychiatry from "the 19th century into the 21st".
healthcare workers, COVID

Over 50% of healthcare workers report one symptom of PTSD

The US is facing a fourth wave of COVID-19, as emergency healthcare workers across the country continue to face the virus and experience levels of burnout that can lead to PTSD.
COVID transmission, surfaces

Center for Disease Control says surfaces “low-risk” for COVID transmission

New CDC guidelines suggest that surfaces are a "low-risk" for COVID transmission - cleaning surfaces with detergent or soap once a day should be enough to reduce possible virus levels.
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A year with COVID-19: What has healthcare learnt?

Chris Norton, Managing Director, UK & Ireland, InterSystems, discusses the NHS’ current challenges, integrated care efforts, and the ways data and technology can be harnessed to inform care today, and in a post-COVID world.
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REACT study: Primary school children have highest COVID infection level

New data from the REACT study finds that the prevalence of COVID is down by 60% in one month, but primary school children have the highest COVID infection levels.
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Are gold nanoparticles the next generation of implantable sensors?

Scientists have developed an implantable sensor using gold nanoparticles, which can function in the human body for "several months" to report health changes.
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Moderna COVID vaccine rollout begins in UK

The Moderna COVID vaccine will initially be given to patients in Wales - which brings the UK up to three approved vaccines.
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Scientists identify deadly new snake species in Asia

Researchers have discovered a deadly new snake species in Asia, which has been named Suzhen's krait after the mythical figure of Bai Su Zhen - a snake goddess who saved a lot of human lives.
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Survey finds 30% of people with PCOS rely on online forums for information

There is little mainstream awareness of the condition that impacts one in ten women - currently, 30% of people with Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) rely on online forums for information.
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Scientists find Black women four times likelier to die of COVID

Researchers at Harvard University found that Black women are four times more likely to die of COVID than white men - the data also revealed that Black women are three times more likely to die of the virus than Asian men.

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