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Covid-19 linked to depression and dementia, study suggests

Covid-19 linked to depression and dementia, study suggests

People diagnosed with Covid-19 in the previous six months were more likely to develop depression, dementia, psychosis and stroke, researchers have found.A third of those with a previous Covid infection went on to develop or have a relapse of a psychological or neurological condition. But those admitted to hospital or in intensive care had an even higher risk.The study authors pointed to both the effects of stress, and the virus having a direct impact on the brain.UK scientists looked at the electronic medical records of more than half a million patients in the US, and their chances of...

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Vitamin D: The truth about an alleged Covid ‘cover-up’

Vitamin D: The truth about an alleged Covid ‘cover-up’

As Covid-19 swept the world, so did misinformation about how to treat it. But sometimes misinformation can develop even around ideas that have some truth to them - and that can be the most difficult kind to tackle.There are many treatments that have been suggested for Covid-19.Hydroxychloroquine, Ivermectin and vitamin D - all are, or were, being studied. Suggesting that a treatment could be effective and then finding it isn't upon further research is all part of the normal scientific process. But online, early or low quality research can be shared out of context. And the confusion this...

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Mental health: More help for new and expectant mothers in England

Mental health: More help for new and expectant mothers in England

Mental health "hubs" for new, expectant or bereaved mothers are to be set up around England. The 26 sites, due to be opened by next April, will offer physical health checks and psychological therapy in one building.NHS England said these centres would provide treatment for about 6,000 new parents in the first year. Five years ago, 40% of areas in England had no dedicated maternal mental health services.Things have improved since then with some specialist services available in each of the 44 local NHS areas in England. But in the NHS's Long Term Plan, published in 2019, the health service...

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Covid: Half of UK has antibodies from vaccination or infection

Covid: Half of UK has antibodies from vaccination or infection

Roughly half of people in the UK now have antibodies against Covid, either through infection or vaccination, tests conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show. Most of this will be through vaccination - with 30 million people having received at least one dose.Antibodies are proteins in the blood which recognise specific infections and fight them off.Among the oldest who are most at risk, levels are even higher.But there has been a small decline in detectable antibodies in that group since the peak of infections in January.The ONS speculates this might be people who received...

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Covid: Ethnic jab gap 'not due to area or education'

Covid: Ethnic jab gap 'not due to area or education'

Where people live, how poor that area is and their level of education explains only a fraction of the difference in Covid vaccination rates between ethnic groups, the Office for National Statistics has concluded.The ONS highlighted higher vaccination hesitancy among some ethnic groups.White people were the most and people of black African ethnicity were the least likely to have had a jab.But location, education and health accounted for just 30% of this gap.GPs have highlighted a history of people belonging to ethnic minorities being treated differently by health services, being experimented...

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Covid jab probably does protect those around you

Covid jab probably does protect those around you

The Covid-19 vaccine blocks pretty much all cases of serious illness - but the government has been much more cautious about saying whether it stops people carrying the virus and infecting others. Until evidence had built up from lots of people being vaccinated, scientists could not say for sure if the jab would stop transmission - and there was concern those vaccinated might stop taking precautions, potentially leading to a rise in infections. But with some now refusing the vaccine in the belief it will not stop them passing on the virus, is this caution becoming counterproductive?A number...

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Covid: Past infection increases vaccine response six-fold

Covid: Past infection increases vaccine response six-fold

Health workers with previous Covid-19 infections had six times the immune response to one dose of the Pfizer jab than those who hadn't had the virus.The researchers said this emphasised the importance of people having their second dose to provide the same "booster" effect.Those who have had Covid should still have a second jab, though, to ensure "longer-lasting" protection.Giving the previously-infected one dose would not be efficient, experts say.Having two jabs gives the best chance of activating all parts of the immune system and potentially protecting against new variants. The study,...

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Covid: Deaths below average for first time since summer

Covid: Deaths below average for first time since summer

Deaths in the UK have fallen below the five-year average for the first time since the summer.Experts say it means the winter wave of Covid deaths has ended and lockdown and the vaccine rollout have saved lives.In the week up to 12 March, 14% of all deaths involved Covid, compared with 44% at the 22 January peak, Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show.In January, Covid deaths drove overall mortality in the UK 40% higher than the average seen between 2015 and 2019.There have been more than 145,000 deaths involving Covid in the UK since the first lockdown, a year ago.During the...

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Covid: 'Prioritise prisoners for coronavirus vaccine'

Covid: 'Prioritise prisoners for coronavirus vaccine'

Prisoners have an elevated risk of dying of Covid and should be prioritised for vaccination, along with prison staff, say researchers from University College London (UCL).The risk is driven both by greater exposure to the virus, and by having generally poorer health to start with.And Covid has meant many prisoners have been living in near-total isolation.The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation said its current priority list would prevent 99% of Covid deaths."As the single greatest risk of death from Covid-19 is older age, prioritisation is primarily based on age," Prof Wei Shen...

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Covid: UK vaccine rollout 'breaking link' between infections and death

Covid: UK vaccine rollout 'breaking link' between infections and death

Increasingly strong evidence shows that the UK's vaccination programme is breaking the link between Covid-19 cases and deaths, scientists tracking the epidemic have said. infections had fallen by roughly two-thirds since February, before beginning to level off.This is probably because people are beginning to mix more - but deaths have not followed the same pattern.This was not the case before January, when the vaccine rollout began. The research, commissioned by the government and run by Imperial College London, is based on swabs taken from 140,000 people selected to represent England's...

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