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Covid-19: Oxford University vaccine shows 70% protection

Covid-19: Oxford University vaccine shows 70% protection

The coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford stops 70% of people developing Covid symptoms, a large-scale trial shows. It will be seen as both a triumph and a disappointment after vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna showed 95% protection.However, the Oxford jab is far cheaper, and is easier to store and get to every corner of the world than the other two. So it will still play a significant role in tackling the pandemic, if it is approved by regulators. There is also intriguing data that suggests perfecting the dose could increase protection up to 90%.The UK government has...

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Tocilizumab: Arthritis drug may treat severe Covid

Tocilizumab: Arthritis drug may treat severe Covid

The rheumatoid arthritis drugs tocilizumab appears to treat people who are critically ill with Covid-19, early trial data shows.The researchers in the UK and the Netherlands said it was "an absolutely amazing result".The drug is no longer being trialled as the researchers are so confident in the data, but the precise effect on survival is still being calculated. Other experts have urged caution until the full data is released. Tocilizumab targets the immune system, which goes into overdrive in some patients with coronavirus. It is this reaction, rather than the virus itself, which can be...

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Most statin problems caused by mysterious 'nocebo effect', study suggests

Most statin problems caused by mysterious 'nocebo effect', study suggests

Most of the debilitating effects of statins are not caused by the drug, but by people believing it will make them sick, a UK study suggests. The phenomenon is known as the "nocebo effect" and may account for 90% of the ill health associated with the cholesterol-lowering drugs.The British Heart Foundation said the results were undeniable.The Imperial College London researchers hope the findings will help more people stay on statins.The drugs are one of the most prescribed in the UK. Nearly eight million people taken them to lower their cholesterol and in turn reduce the risk of heart attacks...

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Moderna: Covid vaccine shows nearly 95% protection

Moderna: Covid vaccine shows nearly 95% protection

A new vaccine that protects against Covid-19 is nearly 95% effective, early data from US company Moderna shows.The results come hot on the heels of similar results from Pfizer, and add to growing confidence that vaccines can help end the pandemic. Both companies used a highly innovative and experimental approach to designing their vaccines.Moderna says it is a "great day" and they plan to apply for approval to use the vaccine in the next few weeks. However, this is still early data and key questions remain unanswered. The trial involved 30,000 people in the US with half being given two...

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Covid vaccine: Major new trial starts in UK

Covid vaccine: Major new trial starts in UK

A major trial of a vaccine to protect against Covid-19 has launched in the UK - the third such trial in the country. The jab - designed by the Belgian company Janssen - uses a genetically modified common cold virus to train the immune system. It comes a week after preliminary results showed another vaccine . However, many types of vaccine are likely to be needed to end the pandemic. The success of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech has caused global excitement. However, it has not yet been approved for use and we still do not know how well it works in the elderly or how long...

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Covid: Who will have the Pfizer vaccine first and when can I get it?

Covid: Who will have the Pfizer vaccine first and when can I get it?

A vaccine which can prevent nine out of 10 people getting Covid-19 is set to be put forward for emergency approval.Its developers, Pfizer and BioNTech, said it had been tested on 43,500 people, with no safety concerns raised.The vaccine trains the immune system to fight coronavirus.It is a new type of vaccine called an RNA vaccine and uses a tiny fragment of the virus' genetic code. This starts making part of the virus inside the body, which the immune system recognises as foreign and starts to attack.It is given in two doses - three weeks apart - and early data suggests it protects more...

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Covid vaccine: First 'milestone' vaccine offers 90% protection

Covid vaccine: First 'milestone' vaccine offers 90% protection

The first effective coronavirus vaccine can prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19, a preliminary analysis shows.The developers - Pfizer and BioNTech - described it as a "great day for science and humanity".Their vaccine has been tested on 43,500 people in six countries and no safety concerns have been raised. The companies plan to apply for emergency approval to use the vaccine by the end of the month.There are still huge challenges ahead, but the announcement has been warmly welcomed with scientists describing themselves smiling "ear to ear" and some suggesting life could...

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Covid: Can mass testing save us from another lockdown?

Covid: Can mass testing save us from another lockdown?

Mass testing is being touted as a way of getting us much closer to a normal life and even of avoiding lockdowns in the future.Testing everyone - even those without symptoms - can be an incredibly powerful tool for rooting out the virus.Boris Johnson has promised a "massive expansion" in such testing in the UK and Liverpool is the first city to trial it. But questions have been asked about the current tests and the overall strategy. So, what can mass testing realistically achieve? Sir John Bell, from the University of Oxford, is the government's adviser on life sciences and he says it "may...

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Covid: What will the England lockdown achieve?

Covid: What will the England lockdown achieve?

Here we go again.Lockdown is the measure nobody "wanted", but now multiple European countries have decided they "need". Some people predicted this moment was inevitable even before the summer. Others hoped the second wave was not a significant threat, the rise in cases was only due to more tests being carried out, and that because cases were concentrated in the young it didn't really matter.But on Saturday, that without locking down there would be a medical disaster, the NHS would be overwhelmed and for the first time in our lives it would not be there for us.And yet, while lockdowns can be...

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Covid: When will it be over and we can do this again?

Covid: When will it be over and we can do this again?

It's fair to say the whole world is sick to the back teeth of Covid. A miserable year of not seeing friends and family, weddings cancelled, children missing school, freedoms curtailed, careers ended, a pervading sense of gloom and, sadly, many lives lost. So when can we expect to get back to normal? Do we just have to stick out the winter, before - a vaccine, mass testing, better treatments - arrives, and everything is fine?Or will Covid be with us for years, even decades, to come? "We might be back to some semblance of normality by summer time next year," says Prof Julian Hiscox, from the...

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Covid spreading faster in England than 'worst-case scenario', documents show

Covid spreading faster in England than 'worst-case scenario', documents show

Covid is spreading "significantly" faster through England than even the government's predicted "worst-case" scenario, documents reveal. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) says there are around four times as many people catching Covid than anticipated.A "reasonable worst-case scenario" is used by officials and the NHS to plan for the months ahead.It had . But an official Sage document, and published Friday, reveals we are in a worse position than expected. Scientists crunching the numbers estimated that, by mid-October, there were between 43,000 and 74,000 people being...

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Covid-19: Nearly 100,000 catching virus every day - study

Covid-19: Nearly 100,000 catching virus every day - study

Nearly 100,000 people are catching coronavirus every day in England, a major analysis suggests. The study, by Imperial College London, says the pace of the epidemic is accelerating and estimates the number of people infected is now doubling every nine days.The authors say we are at a "critical stage" and "something has to change". to control the virus. Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told BBC Breakfast the government wanted to "try to avoid having a national blanket approach" to coronavirus restrictions in England, where is in place."We don't have a plan, today, to do a full national...

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Covid: Antibodies 'fall rapidly after infection'

Covid: Antibodies 'fall rapidly after infection'

Levels of protective antibodies in people wane "quite rapidly" after coronavirus infection, say researchers. Antibodies are a key part of our immune defences and stop the virus from getting inside the body's cells.The Imperial College London team found the number of people testing positive for antibodies has fallen by 26% between June and September.They say immunity appears to be fading and there is a risk of catching the virus multiple times.The news comes as figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the number of Covid-19 deaths in the UK rose by 60% in the week of 16...

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Covid: Why is coronavirus so deadly?

Covid: Why is coronavirus so deadly?

A simple virus has brought life as we know it to a screeching halt.We have faced viral threats before, including pandemics, yet the world does not shut down for every new infection or flu season. So what is it about this coronavirus? What are the quirks of its biology that pose a unique threat to our bodies and our lives?In the early stages of an infection the virus is able to deceive the body. Coronavirus can be running rampant in our lungs and airways and yet our immune system thinks everything is a-ok."This virus is brilliant, it allows you to have a viral factory in your nose and feel...

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Long Covid: Who is more likely to get it?

Long Covid: Who is more likely to get it?

Old age and having a wide range of initial symptoms increase the risk of "long Covid", say scientists.The study, seen by the BBC, estimates one in 20 people are sick for least eight weeks. The research at King's College London also showed being female, excess weight and asthma raised the risk.The aim is to develop an early warning signal that can identify patients who need extra care or who might benefit from early treatment. The findings come from an analysis of people entering their symptoms and test results into the .Scientists scoured the data for patterns that could predict who would...

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Covid reinfection: Man gets Covid twice and second hit 'more severe'

Covid reinfection: Man gets Covid twice and second hit 'more severe'

A man in the United States has caught Covid twice, with the second infection becoming far more dangerous than the first, doctors report. The 25-year-old needed hospital treatment after his lungs could not get enough oxygen into his body.Reinfections remain rare and he has now recovered.But raises questions about how much immunity can be built up to the virus.The man from Nevada had no known health problems or immune defects that would make him particularly vulnerable to Covid.Scientists say the patient caught coronavirus twice, rather than the original infection becoming dormant and then...

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Covid cases increase rapidly as next steps planned

Covid cases increase rapidly as next steps planned

Coronavirus cases in England have "increased rapidly", data shows, as ministers grapple with what to do next.Estimates suggest between one-in-170 and one-in-240 people you meet in the street has the virus.Both current cases, and the speed at which they are increasing, are much higher in the north of England than the national average.Scientific advisers warn hospital admissions are "very close" to levels in early March.A deluge of data shows a clear pattern of rising cases:Meanwhile, the largest study of coronavirus, by Imperial College London, has also reported its analysis of 175,000...

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BCG: Can a vaccine from 1921 save lives from Covid-19?

BCG: Can a vaccine from 1921 save lives from Covid-19?

Scientists in the UK have begun testing the BCG vaccine, , to see if it can save lives from Covid. The vaccine was designed to stop tuberculosis, but there is some evidence it can protect against other infections as well. Around 1,000 people at the University of Exeter.But while millions of people in the UK will have had the BCG jab as a child, it is thought they would need to be vaccinated again to benefit. Vaccines are designed to train the immune system in a highly targeted way that leaves lasting protection against one particular infection. But this process also causes wide-spread...

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Hepatitis C discovery wins the Nobel Prize

Hepatitis C discovery wins the Nobel Prize

Three scientists who discovered the virus Hepatitis C have won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology.The winners are British scientist Michael Houghton and US researchers Harvey Alter and Charles Rice.The Nobel Prize committee said their discoveries ultimately "saved millions of lives".The virus is a common cause of liver cancer and a major reason why people need a liver transplant. In the 1960s, there was huge concern that people receiving donated blood were getting chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation) from an unknown, mysterious disease.The Nobel Prize committee said a blood...

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Covid: What is the risk to Donald Trump's health?

Covid: What is the risk to Donald Trump's health?

Donald Trump has clear risk factors - including his age, weight and being male - that all raise the chances of a severe coronavirus infection. He is 74 and has a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30, which is the clinical definition of obesity. So now he has tested positive for the virus, what does it mean?At this point, Mr Trump has only "mild symptoms" and is being treated with drugs that slow the virus's assault on the body.But age is a clear and strong link to developing a severe infection, leading to hospital treatment and in some cases death."But most people who get an infection also get...

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Vaccine will 'not return life to normal in spring'

Vaccine will 'not return life to normal in spring'

Even an effective coronavirus vaccine will not return life to normal in spring, a group of leading scientists has warned.A vaccine is often seen as the holy grail that will end the pandemic., from researchers brought together by the Royal Society, said we needed to be "realistic" about what a vaccine could achieve and when. They said restrictions may need to be "gradually relaxed" as it could take up to a year to roll the vaccine out. More than 200 vaccines to protect against the virus are being developed by scientists around the world in a process that is taking place at unprecedented...

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Growth in Covid cases may be slowing

Growth in Covid cases may be slowing

The growth in cases of coronavirus may be slowing down, the largest study of the infection in England suggests.A team at Imperial College London analysed samples from 84,000 people chosen at random from across the country.They said the R number, the virus's reproduction number, appears to have fallen since measures including the "rule of six" were introduced.However, they warn cases are high, with one in every 200 people infected.They say this shows a rise from an estimated one in every 800 people infected with the virus at the end of August and beginning of September, when they last...

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New coronavirus vaccine begins trials in the UK

New coronavirus vaccine begins trials in the UK

A trial of a new vaccine that appears to train the immune system to fight coronavirus has begun in the UK.Early tests showed the jab, developed by US biotechnology company Novavax, leads to high levels of virus-fighting antibodies being produced. The trial on 10,000 people will now see if the vaccine can prevent people getting ill.The UK government has already ordered 60 million doses in case it proves successful.A vaccine that can protect people from Covid-19 is still widely seen as the main exit strategy from the restrictions on all our lives.The Novavax jab is only the second to enter...

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Can a 'circuit break' halt the second Covid wave?

Can a 'circuit break' halt the second Covid wave?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the UK is "now seeing a second wave" of Covid-19.Expanding "local" restrictions mean more than 13 million people (one-fifth of the UK population) have extra curbs on their lives. And the surge in cases is not contained to just the hotspots, but is widespread across the UK. Local restrictions do not suppress a virus that is spreading outside of those areas. It is against this backdrop the government is deciding what to do next. One idea is a "circuit-break" - a short, sharp period of tightened restrictions for everyone to curb the spread of coronavirus. So...

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Simple Covid test gives results in 90 minutes

Simple Covid test gives results in 90 minutes

A rapid test can accurately diagnose a coronavirus infection within 90 minutes without needing a specialist laboratory, say scientists.The study by Imperial College London showed the "lab-on-a-chip" gave comparable results to current tests. The device is already being used in eight NHS hospitals to quickly identify patients who are carrying the virus.However, experts warn that the kit will not be a solution to the beleaguered Test and Trace programme.The device, developed by the company DnaNudge, can be used by anyone capable of taking a swab of the nose or throat.The swab is placed inside...

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