Coronavirus: Mixing and matching Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs ‘could worsen side effects’


Mixing and matching Covid vaccines could lead to more side effects, scientists say. British guidance says people should be given two doses of the same jab because of a lack of data on alternating doses. But there are ongoing trials of giving one type for the first dose and a different type for the second, […]

Delaying second Covid vaccine cuts death toll by up to a FIFTH, study finds


The decision to delay second Covid vaccine doses in the UK saved thousands of lives, more research has found. A study published in the British Medical Journal modelled how fatality rates are impacted when second jab appointments are pushed beyond the recommended regimen.  Scientists estimated deaths would be slashed by up to a fifth if […]

Nearly three quarters of U.S. children infected with Covid NEVER develop worrisome symptoms


The majority of children infected with COVID-19 do not show typical symptoms of the disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found nearly 75 percent of children who test positive don’t experience fever, coughing or shortness of breath. Although, only about five percent of kids ended up hospitalized, they were up to five times likely to […]

NHS waiting list hits ANOTHER record-high with 4.95MILLION patients in England needing treatment


Nearly 5million people in England are waiting for hospital treatment — the highest number ever recorded.   Despite the second Covid wave having been almost entirely squashed, the NHS is still struggling to recover from the impact of the virus on normal care. Some 4.95million people were waiting to start routine treatment in March, the most […]

Gene therapy restores immune function in children with rare immunodeficiency — ScienceDaily


An investigational gene therapy can safely restore the immune systems of infants and children who have a rare, life-threatening inherited immunodeficiency disorder, according to research supported in part by the National Institutes of Health. The researchers found that 48 of 50 children who received the gene therapy retained their replenished immune system function two to […]

Low levels of a simple sugar — A new biomarker for severe MS? — ScienceDaily


Multiple sclerosis, or MS for short, manifests itself slightly differently in each person — which is why some call it “the disease of a thousand faces.” Arguably the worst manifestation of MS is its chronic progressive form. Unlike the more common relapsing-remitting variant (RRMS), in which sufferers are often symptom-free for months or even years, […]

Covid shots prevent more than 99% of hospitalizations, study suggests


Covid vaccines are virtually 100 percent effective at protecting people from getting sick enough from the virus to need to be hospitalized, new, real-world data reveal.   A medical research center in Cleveland, Ohio studied coronavirus vaccine effectiveness among its staff and found resounding success. Of about 2,000 caregivers in the study who tested positive for […]

No difference between those who did and didn’t take these drugs for 1-2 years — ScienceDaily


Long term use of prescription meds for insomnia doesn’t seem to improve disturbed sleep in middle-aged women, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open. There was no difference in sleep quality or duration between those who did and didn’t take these meds for 1 to 2 years, the findings show. Disturbed sleep — […]

Jab that curbs calorie intake and cravings could help fight obesity crisis, study shows 


Dieters’ weight-loss wonder-drug: Jab that curbs calorie intake and cravings could help fight obesity crisis, study shows Experts say semaglutide could play major role in combating the obesity crisis Patients given the weekly jab lost a tenth of their body weight in just 20 weeks  Participants also ate 35% fewer calories when offered an unlimited […]

Brain computer interface turns mental handwriting into text on screen — ScienceDaily


Scientists are exploring a number of ways for people with disabilities to communicate with their thoughts. The newest and fastest turns back to a vintage means for expressing oneself: handwriting. For the first time, researchers have deciphered the brain activity associated with trying to write letters by hand. Working with a participant with paralysis who […]

Coronavirus UK: Britain may pull out of deal for a million doses of AstraZeneca’s antibody drug


The UK may pull out of plans to buy a million doses of AstraZeneca‘s experimental Covid antibody drug, it was claimed today. Ministers announced an order for the doses from the British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant in November and said the final deal would depend on clinical trial results. But Britain is now considering a U-turn, two sources […]

Britain could approve Covid vaccines for children after US allows Pfizer’s jab for youngsters


Britain could approve Covid vaccines for children within weeks following US health chiefs’ decision to green light the move, UK scientists said today. America’s regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), last night approved plans for the Pfizer jab to be given to children aged 12 and above.   No10 has reportedly already drawn up plans […]

Average daily US Covid cases fall to fewer than 40,000 for the first time since September 15


Average daily US Covid cases fall to fewer than 40,000 for the first time since September 15 as average daily deaths fall to a low since July 6 Average new daily Covid cases fell to 38,826 on Monday, the lowest the figure has been since September  Deaths have fallen to an historic low average of […]

Could ECSTASY cure PTSD? Patients given party drug before counselling respond better to treatment


Giving ecstasy to people with post-traumatic stress disorder before counselling can relieve them of their symptoms within weeks, a study has suggested. Two-thirds of patients prescribed the illegal party drug alongside therapy no longer qualified for a PTSD diagnosis two months after treatment finished.  For comparison, 32 per cent who were given a placebo and […]

The Harley Street doctors charging for cannabis treatments 


The smart entrance to the Sapphire Medical Clinic looks much like any other private practice on Harley Street in London. But there is something very different about this one. It’s not the staff — the doctors here are all leading experts with roles as NHS consultants. It’s what they are prescribing that marks them apart. […]

Asthma attacks plummeted among Black and Hispanic/Latinx individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic — ScienceDaily


Asthma attacks account for almost 50 percent of the cost of asthma care which totals $80 billion each year in the United States. Asthma is more severe in Black and Hispanic/Latinx patients, with double the rates of attacks and hospitalizations as the general population. When the COVID-19 pandemic swept over the United States, a series […]

New Strep A human challenge model paves the way to test vaccines against the deadly bacteria — ScienceDaily


Researchers have successfully developed a new Strep A human challenge model, paving the way to test vaccines against the common deadly bacteria that causes sore throats, scarlet fever and skin sores. The collaborative research effort, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and published in The Lancet Microbe, found the model, which deliberately infected […]

Beaming infrared light into the ear could combat hearing loss, tests show 


Shooting infrared light into the ear may prevent one of the most common causes of hearing loss — and even restore hearing that’s been damaged. That’s the thinking behind a new U.S. trial. Previous research suggests that infrared light can prevent the death of hair cells, which are key to hearing, as well as trigger […]

Can ‘smart coffees’ really boost your brain?


Beyond the welcome caffeine lift, research shows that regularly drinking coffee may help you live longer, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  But now manufacturers are ‘pimping up’ coffee with everything from added vitamins to brain boosters.  Angela Dowden asked dietitians Noor Al-Refae, based in Doncaster, S. Yorks, and Helen Bond, from Derbyshire, to […]

BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones is using AI to monitor his Parkinson’s


Navigating the kitchen of his West London home to collect his pill tray, his right foot drags slightly — a symptom, along with his shaking hand, of the Parkinson’s which Rory, 63, was diagnosed with in January 2019 As his right hand starts to tremble with increasing urgency, veteran BBC correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones glances at it […]

FDA authorizes Pfizer’s Covid shot for kids 12-15


BREAKING NEWS: FDA authorizes Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in children aged 12-15 Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for people ages 12-5, officials told the New York Times   The Pfizer vaccine was authorized for anyone aged 16 or older in the U.S. in December  A trial conducted from October to March […]

Phase II study shows rucaparib helped control cancer growth in patients with BRCA or PALB2 — ScienceDaily


More than two-thirds of pancreatic cancer patients harboring genetic mutations saw their tumor stop growing or shrink substantially after being switched from intensive chemotherapy to the PARP inhibitor rucaparib as a maintenance therapy, researchers from the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) at the University of Pennsylvania reported online today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The […]

Scientists working on anti-Covid nasal spray


It’s an attractive prospect: a single pill, popped immediately after you test positive for Covid, to stop the virus in its tracks and prevent serious disease. The idea was floated by the Prime Minister recently at a Downing Street press conference, generating much excitement. There’s just one problem: no such pill exists. Prime Minister Boris […]

‘Amazing’ results with new breast cancer drug


Women with incurable breast cancer have been thrown fresh hope thanks to a ‘mind-blowing’ new drug that holds the disease at bay for more than twice as long as previous treatments. The medication can halt progression for two years, compared to just nine months with previous options, according to the latest trial results. The drug, […]

Jab ends scaly skin misery for 60% of psoriasis patients


People blighted by psoriasis could soon find relief from a drug that completely eradicated the itchy skin disease in nearly two-thirds of users during trials. Doctors say bimekizumab ‘beats all other treatments’ and are hopeful it could be available across the NHS in a year. Psoriasis causes red, flaky, itchy patches of skin, and at […]

TB immune response discovery could significantly reduce disease harm — ScienceDaily


A pioneering study by UCL scientists has discovered the presence of a harmful inflammatory protein in patients with symptomatic tuberculosis (TB). Researchers say, by targeting the IL-17 cytokine, a component produced naturally by the immune system in response to infection, excessive and damaging lung inflammation caused by TB may be significantly reduced to help speed […]

Don’t hug too much, keep them short and wear a MASK, cautious SAGE scientist warns


Don’t hug too often, keep embraces short and avoid face-to-face contact, is the message from No10’s cautious scientific advisers ahead of the next major relaxation of Covid rules.   Boris Johnson will announce England’s next steps out of lockdown at a 5pm Downing Street press conference today, where he is expected to confirm that friends and […]

Boris Johnson will confirm hugs from Monday at 5pm briefing


Britain’s Covid alert level was downgraded to three today because of the success of the vaccination roll-out and dwindling case numbers. Health chiefs say infections, hospital admissions and deaths have ‘fallen consistently’ over the past few months, with social distancing measures and the huge inoculation drive to thank. The move to downgrade the alert level […]

Why a home with no stairs can give you ‘bungalow leg’


To many people, moving to a bungalow makes good sense — if aching or immobile joints become a problem then a life without stairs is not only simpler, but also much safer. However, experts warn that making that move too early can actually hasten the decline associated with old age, leading to a phenomenon now being […]

FDA expected to authorize Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for teens ages 12-15 by next WEEK  


FDA expected to authorize Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for teens ages 12-15 by next WEEK Food and Drug Administration is preparing to authorize Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for people ages 12-5, officials told the New York Times  Authorization is expected to come as early as late this week, or early next week  The Pfizer vaccine was authorized […]

Stunning therapy lands knock-out blow to cancer


While it sounds like the stuff of science fiction, a cancer treatment in which a patient’s own cells are engineered to hunt down and wipe out their disease — and then linger in the body to stop the cancer returning — is helping to save patients’ lives. The results of the treatment, known as CAR […]

The ‘acid’ jab that may beat back pain for good


A once-in-a-lifetime jab may treat back pain. In a new trial, injections of lactic acid — a syrup-like substance formed in sour milk and found naturally in our bodies — are being given to 120 patients with lower back pain caused by disc problems. The researchers say that the jab will make the discs, which […]

Secret behind maintaining a healthy weight loss — ScienceDaily


Half of the Danish population have overweight, while 17 percent live with obesity. Worldwide, almost 40 procent have overweight and 13 procent live with obesity. The condition is associated with increased risk for early death, as well as sequelae such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and infertility. Weight regain after an initial successful […]

Pfizer is working on a new version of its Covid vaccine that could be stored in a refrigerator


Pfizer has submitted information to U.S. health regulators about a new version of its coronavirus vaccine that could be stored in refrigerators for up to 10 weeks. In an earnings report on Tuesday, the pharmaceutical company said it sent ‘stability data’ to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday and expects the formulation […]

New research on organ maturation models could lead to improvements in drug development — ScienceDaily


Determining safe yet effective drug dosages for children is an ongoing challenge for pharmaceutical companies and medical doctors alike. A new drug is usually first tested on adults, and results from these trials are used to select doses for pediatric trials. The underlying assumption is typically that children are like adults, just smaller, which often […]

Study confirms racial differences in response to prostate cancer treatment — ScienceDaily


A study designed to enroll an equal number of Black and white men with advanced prostate cancer confirms key findings that have been evident in retrospective analyses and suggest potential new avenues for treating Black patients who disproportionately die of the disease. Researchers at Duke Cancer Institute enrolled 50 Black and 50 white men with […]

COVID-19 vaccine is associated with fewer asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections, study finds — ScienceDaily


Vaccination dramatically reduced COVID-19 symptomatic and asymptomatic infections in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital employees compared with their unvaccinated peers, according to a research letter that appears today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study is among the first to show an association between COVID-19 vaccination and fewer asymptomatic infections. When the […]

Fully vaccinated healthcare workers were up to 18 TIMES less likely to be infected, two studies find


Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus reduces the risk of getting sick from COVID-19 by five- to 18-fold for fully immunized people, two new studies show.  In one report, just 0.4 percent of healthcare workers in Israel who received both shots of the COVID-19 immunization later tested positive compared to 7.2 percent of unvaccinated employees. This means healthcare workers who […]

Covid: Moderna vaccine 96% effective in teenagers ages 12-17 in early trials


Moderna Inc says its COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective among teenagers, early clinical trial data show. In the TeenCOVE study, including children ages 12 to 17, the two-dose shot was 96 percent effective. The results are in line with the 94 percent efficacy Moderna showed among adults in its December 2020 trial that led to […]

Children likely to be pleading guilty when innocent — ScienceDaily


The study says differences in children’s brains, which affect their sensitivity to pressure and rewards, and differences in the way they process information, make it more likely they will admit to crimes they didn’t commit when incentivized to do so. These developmental vulnerabilities mean solicitors and barristers should get extra support to help them better […]

Pfizer hits out at Biden administration over vaccine patent waivers


Pfizer has hit out at the Biden administration’s support for waiving intellectual property protections to allow poorer countries to produce vaccines developed by companies like it and Moderna, potentially cutting into the firms’ profits.  It comes just hours after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle penned an open letter to vaccine makers urging them to suspend […]

Trial demonstrates early AI-guided detection of heart disease in routine practice — ScienceDaily


Heart disease can take a number of forms, but some types of heart disease, such as asymptomatic low ejection fraction, can be hard to recognize, especially in the early stages when treatment would be most effective. The ECG AI-Guided Screening for Low Ejection Fraction, or EAGLE, trial set out to determine whether an artificial intelligence […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: How fasting could help cut your blood pressure


Regular readers of this column might wonder if I am ever so slightly obsessed with the microbiome, the billions of tiny creatures that live in our guts — and you’d be right. I’m fascinated by these extraordinary microbes, and the ongoing battle between the ‘good’ and the bad’ ones, that influences so much about us, […]

Have scientists found the key to beating prostate cancer?


Have scientists found the key to beating prostate cancer? ‘Miracle’ immunotherapy trial targets protein that allows tumours to flourish Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men with 48,500 cases a year Researchers start clinical trials on a protein which may be key to treating them The goal is to unleash cancer-killing white blood […]

Multi-drug resistant infection about to evolve within cystic fibrosis patients — ScienceDaily


Scientists have been able to track how a multi-drug resistant organism is able to evolve and spread widely among cystic fibrosis patients — showing that it can evolve rapidly within an individual during chronic infection. The researchers say their findings highlight the need to treat patients with Mycobacterium abscessus infection immediately, counter to current medical […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Can eating too much be a sign your body lacks nutrients?


For most people, the past 12 months have been really tough, but some businesses have thrived — it seems 2020 was a fantastic year for supplement manufacturers, with nearly £500 million in UK sales, up a record 14 per cent compared with 2019. We swallowed their products in record numbers partly because we’re all more […]

Engineering T cells to attack cancer broadly — ScienceDaily


Through T cell engineering, researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center show that it’s possible to arrest tumor growth for a variety of cancers and squash the spread of cancer to other tissues. This research will be published in tomorrow’s print edition of Cancer Research. The paper builds on decades of research by study […]

Men really DO remember to take the male ‘Pill’, say doctors


Men really DO remember to take the male ‘Pill’ despite women’s fears that they’ll forget to take it, say doctors In study involving 35 men aged 18 to 50, 90% remembered to use a contraceptive gel every day for a year The gel, rubbed on the shoulder, suppresses testosterone more effectively than tablets so men […]

Results from phase two study show improved language and daily functioning among participants — ScienceDaily


An experimental treatment produced improvements in cognitive function and language in patients with fragile X syndrome, according to study results published on April 29 in Nature Medicine. Fragile X syndrome (known as FXS for short) is the most common known genetic cause of autism and the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability. “These results […]

THIRD of Britain saw ZERO Covid deaths last month


Around 22million people are living in areas across the UK where there have been no coronavirus deaths so far in April, official figures revealed today.  Data from the Government’s Covid dashboard suggests the threat of the virus has almost been eradicated in a third of the country, despite everyone still being subjected to harsh lockdown […]

Fish oil supplements and heart rhythm disorder: New analysis — ScienceDaily


Omega-3 supplements are associated with an increased likelihood of developing atrial fibrillation in people with high blood lipids. That’s the finding of a study published today in European Heart Journal — Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Currently, fish oil supplements are indicated for patients with elevated plasma triglycerides to […]

Covid-19 UK: More than half of positive rapid tests at schools were false, data reveals


Lateral flow tests are only accurate at diagnosing coronavirus when administered by trained professionals, studies have repeatedly shown.  The tests, which give results in as little as 15 minutes, use swabs of the nose or throat. Samples are then mixed in a testing liquid and put into a plastic cassette which can detect the presence […]

Pfizer’s at-home pill to ‘cure’ COVID-19 might be available by the end of the year


Covid PILL could be ready THIS year: Pfizer says the first safety trials will end in May and the at-home ‘cure’ could ship by fall Pfizer Inc is currently running clinical trial on an experimental pill that would be the first to cure COVID-19 called PF-07321332  It belongs to a class of drugs called protease […]

How your tears may soon help save your life


Here’s a good reason to start crying with happiness: your tears could soon save your life by providing an early warning of cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disease. In future, they may even predict your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. And tears are not the only bodily secretions that are being used in a new generation of […]

Vaccine passports WON’T be ready by May 17


Heathrow’s boss today warned of his ‘deep concerns’ about impending chaos at arrivals after it emerged covid passports will not be ready for the start of foreign holidays from May 17 and could be delayed until ‘later in the summer’. John Holland-Kaye said the Home Office and UK Border Force ‘need to get a grip’ […]

Coronavirus: Symptom study shows Covid cases in England fall again to just 757 infections per day


The number of people developing Covid in England has dropped to another record low in the last week with just over 750 people now falling ill each day.  Researchers behind the country’s largest symptom tracking study estimate the daily number of people getting sick is down 13 per cent from 870 to 757, after falling […]

Mass Covid testing scheme could lead to spike in transmission, experts say


Lateral flow tests are only accurate at diagnosing coronavirus when administered by trained professionals, studies have repeatedly shown.  The tests, which give results in as little as 15 minutes, use swabs of the nose or throat. Samples are then mixed in a testing liquid and put into a plastic cassette which can detect the presence […]

Dementia sufferer, 74, gets two AstraZeneca Covid jabs in FIVE DAYS


A dementia sufferer received two coronavirus vaccines just five days apart, after a mix-up at her London clinic. The 74-year-old got her first AstraZeneca jab on January 23 after she was booked in at Woolwich Late Night Pharmacy by her daughter.  But just five days later the grandmother-of-four, who lives in supported housing, went and […]

Covid US: Biden to announce new CDC guidance on outdoor masks tomorrow


President Biden is expected to announce new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advice on masking tomorrow, and it could say that fully-vaccinated people can stop covering their faces outside, sources told CNN.  New guidance is expected as the share of Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 approaches 30 percent, and warmer begins […]

Tiny miracles saved by surgery in the womb


There could barely be worse news for a mother-to-be to receive. And because of pandemic regulations, Becky had to hear it alone. ‘The sonographer said: ‘I’m so sorry, there’s something seriously wrong with your baby and she is in imminent danger,’ ‘ the 28-year-old recalls. ‘I couldn’t stop crying.’ What should have been a routine mid-pregnancy […]

Smokers attending A&E will be handed vaping ‘starter packs’ in Government-funded trial


Smokers attending A&E will be handed vaping ‘starter packs’ in Government-funded trial to see if it helps them kick the habit Initiative at five NHS hospitals will see smokers at A&E units offered e-cigarettes  Research shows e-cigarettes can be a useful tool to help people quit tobacco  Devices are controversial as people can become addicting […]

Research shows consuming prebiotic supplements once a day has a positive impact on anxiety levels — ScienceDaily


In a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from Surrey investigated whether the daily consumption of a prebiotic food supplement could improve overall wellbeing in a group of 18 to 25 year-olds. The study found that those who received a daily dose of prebiotics improved mental wellbeing by reducing anxiety levels and had […]

Hospital accidentally gives woman wrong second Covid vaccine ‘in first error of its kind in Britain’


A hospital has accidentally dished out the wrong second Covid vaccine dose to a woman, in what is believed to be the first error of its kind in Britain. The patient — who wasn’t identified — turned up at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon expecting to receive another shot of the AstraZeneca jab. But […]

Having type 2 diabetes in middle age could double dementia risk, study finds


People who develop type 2 diabetes before they turn 60 could double their risk of developing dementia in old age, a study has claimed. French scientists found that dementia at age 70 was twice as likely if someone had been diagnosed with diabetes 10 years earlier. The risk was also increased for people who got […]

Fully vaccinated Americans can go maskless outside – except in crowds


Fully vaccinated Americans can now safely go without masks outside, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday. ‘If you are fully vaccinated, things are much safer for you,’ said CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky during a Tuesday White House press briefing.  ‘There are many situations in which Americans do not need […]

Covid-19: One in four suffer mild side effects from AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines, study shows


Just one in four people suffer mild side effects after taking a coronavirus vaccine, real-world data has shown. Data from the ZOE Covid Symptom Tracking Study — a surveillance tool that tracks Britain’s outbreak — showed headaches, fatigue and fever were more common with the AstraZeneca vaccine.  A third of recipients suffered mild side effects […]

Covid US: Biden keeps mask ON despite CDC saying fully-vaccinated can go MASKLESS outside


President Joe Biden kept his face mask on Tuesday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said fully vaccinated Americans can now safely go without masks outside, saying he was doing so to make a point. Biden wore his face mask as he came out onto the North Lawn of the White House […]

Impaired drainage also may play a role in Alzheimer’s in people — ScienceDaily


Experimental Alzheimer’s drugs have shown little success in slowing declines in memory and thinking, leaving scientists searching for explanations. But new research in mice has shown that some investigational Alzheimer’s therapies are more effective when paired with a treatment geared toward improving drainage of fluid — and debris — from the brain, according to a […]

Moderna to ship larger vials of its Covid-19 vaccine to state health departments by late May


Moderna will start shipping its bigger vaccine vials that contain 15 doses instead of 10 by late MAY Moderna Inc is manufacturing a larger vial of its COVID-19 vaccine that can hold 15 doses instead of the standard 10 doses  The firm said it wanted to increase the number of doses that clinicians could get […]

40m Britons now live in practically ‘Covid-free’ areas


Nearly 40million people in England live in practically ‘Covid-free’ areas, data has revealed. The UK’s hugely successful vaccine rollout and continued lockdown measures have meant that seven in ten people now live in places where two or fewer cases were recorded during the latest week. It sparks hopes that Boris Johnson will proceed with the next […]

Preclinical discovery triggers wound healing, skin regeneration — ScienceDaily


Difficult-to-treat, chronic wounds in preclinical models healed with normal scar-free skin after treatment with an acellular product discovered at Mayo Clinic. Derived from platelets, the purified exosomal product, known as PEP, was used to deliver healing messages into cells of preclinical animal models of ischemic wounds. The Mayo Clinic research team documented restoration of skin […]

Fully vaccinated seniors are 94% less at-risk of being hospitalized for Covid


COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna are 94 percent effective at preventing people 65 and older from winding up hospitalized for the infection, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DC) report finds.  That puts the the efficacy rate about as high as what was found in clinical trials, and helps to assuage […]

‘Jelly’ that could renew damaged knee joints


An injection of jelly could help treat worn-out joints. Scientists hope the jab, using jelly found in donated umbilical cords, will stimulate the growth of cushioning cartilage once injected into the knees of patients with osteoarthritis. Tests on animals suggest the jelly — called Wharton’s jelly — can potentially reverse damage to joints caused by […]

Doctors using ‘rescue therapy’ treatment that reverses abortion pill told it may be dangerous


Doctors using ‘rescue therapy’ treatment that reverses abortion pill are accused of having scant evidence it works and told it may be dangerous Doctors at the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) have treated 90 women in UK They say almost 50 per cent of women have maintained their pregnancies By contrast, the CMA says, the chance […]

DIY drug infusion that halves the risk of relapse to benefit hundreds of thousands of MS patients


Hundreds of thousands of British multiple sclerosis patients are to benefit from a DIY drug infusion that they can administer in their own home. The monthly jab goes into the leg, arm or stomach using a device, similar to the EpiPen carried by severe allergy sufferers. In trials, the drug, Kesimpta, more than halved the […]

Minimally invasive retinal reattachment procedure leads to superior photoreceptor integrity — ScienceDaily


A minimally invasive retinal reattachment procedure that can be done in an ophthalmologist’s office leads to better long-term integrity and structure of the retina’s photoreceptors — cells that allow us to see — compared with more invasive operating room procedures, according to new research published April 22. The study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology and led […]

MERS DNA vaccine induces immunity, protects from virus challenge in preclinical model — ScienceDaily


A synthetic DNA vaccine candidate for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) developed at The Wistar Institute induced potent immune responses and afforded protective efficacy in non-human primate (NHP) models when given intradermally in abbreviated, low-dose immunization regimen. A similar vaccine candidate was previously shown to be safe and tolerable with a three-dose intramuscular injection […]

Further studies underway to determine extent of clinical benefits — ScienceDaily


A natural compound previously demonstrated to counteract aspects of aging and improve metabolic health in mice has clinically relevant effects in people, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. A small clinical trial of postmenopausal women with prediabetes shows that the compound NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide) improved the ability of […]

Oregon woman died of rare blood clot within two weeks of getting J&J shot


An Oregon woman in her 50s has died of a rare blood clot within two weeks of receiving Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose COVID-19 vaccine, state officials announced Thursday.  She is the 10th person publicly confirmed to have had the rare adverse event. Six other women, all between 18 and 50, developed the brain rare clots […]

Covid England: Fewer than 900 people now fall ill from infection every day


Fewer than 900 people in England are now developing Covid each day, according to a symptom-tracking app, the lowest level ever and below estimates for August when there were next to no restrictions. The Covid Symptom Study this week claims only 870 people suffered a symptomatic infection with the virus every day last week, based on […]

First person in the world to get Covid jab encourages everyone to get their second dose


A British grandmother who became the first person in the world to get an approved Covid vaccine in December has encouraged everyone to get their second dose.  Maggie Keenan, 91, from Coventry, praised ‘incredible’ staff for the UK’s successful vaccine drive while speaking to NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens in a Zoom call.  The grandmother-of-four made […]

Can PLANT extract protect against COVID? Clinical trial begins for vaccine made from tobacco shrub


Researchers around the country are testing a new two-dose COVID-19 vaccine candidate that is plant-based. Developed by Medicago vaccination, a biopharmaceutical company based in Canada, the shot uses a tobacco shrub to produce coronavirus-like particles. The help the body recognize the pathogen so that it can induce an immune response and launch an attack if […]

Covid PILLS could be available in UK ‘by autumn’ says Boris Johnson


People in the UK could be offered pills to treat Covid at home from autumn this year thanks to a new antivirals taskforce being set up by No10. Boris Johnson today said he will assemble a team of scientists to find ways for people to recover from the virus without going into hospital because the […]

New safer blood test is close to 100 per cent accurate at spotting nut allergies 


A new blood test promises to diagnose food allergies more accurately and offer a safer alternative to current testing practices. A trial by doctors at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London has found that the test — called the basophil activation test (BAT) — is close to 100 per cent accurate at spotting nut […]

Latest remedy for eczema – rub bacteria on to your skin! 


Scientists have developed an unlikely treatment for the dry skin condition eczema — a cream that is packed with human skin bacteria. Studies suggest a healthy strain of skin bacteria can effectively treat flare-ups in people with the most common form of eczema, called atopic dermatitis, which affects 15 million people in the UK. The […]

Author of study cited by J&J says she did NOT find clots linked to Pfizer, Moderna


Johnson & Johnson defended its COVID-19 vaccine amid worries it may cause blood clots by saying that clots have been reported with all three shots authorized in the U.S., citing a study published in February.  But that study did not find blood clots related to the other two vaccines, made by Pfizer and Moderna.  And […]

Treatment not always needed to prevent vision loss in patients with elevated eye pressure — ScienceDaily


More than 20 years after the launch of a landmark clinical trial, follow-up examinations and analyses found that not all patients with elevated eye pressure need pressure-lowering treatment to prevent vision loss from glaucoma. When the study was launched, it was universally accepted that all patients with elevated eye pressure should be given medication to […]

Author HORATIO CLARE describes the truth of being sectioned


Those whom the Gods would destroy, the old saying goes, they first make mad. But it wasn’t the Gods who drove me to madness and destruction. It was me, writes Horatio Clare Those whom the Gods would destroy, the old saying goes, they first make mad. But it wasn’t the Gods who drove me to […]

Gene therapy shows promise in initial trial for patients with childhood blindness — ScienceDaily


A new gene therapy for one of the most common forms of congenital blindness was safe and improved patients’ vision, according to initial data from a clinical trial led by researchers at the Scheie Eye Institute in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The therapy delivers working copies of GUCY2D to […]

Once-a-week insulin treatment could be game-changing for patients with diabetes — ScienceDaily


Treating people with Type 2 diabetes with a new once-a-week injectable insulin therapy proved to be safe and as effective as daily insulin injections, according to the results of two international clinical trials published online today in Diabetes Care. The studies suggest that the once-weekly treatment could provide a convenient alternative to the burden of […]

Microglia, Stockholm syndrome and miraculous cures in glioblastoma patients — ScienceDaily


Despite access to some of the best possible medical care in the world, Senators John McCain and Edward Kennedy both died within 18 months of their diagnosis of glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. While this deadly outcome typifies the nature of this disease, some glioblastoma patients see exceptional benefits from chemotherapy and survive […]

Moderna’s vaccine booster shot that protects against South African variant will be ready by FALL


Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine booster shot that protects against South African variant will be ready by FALL, CEO says Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said the company has been testing three coronavirus vaccine booster shots in parallel Two-thirds of the volunteers will be given two different dose of the third dose, which codes for the spike protein of […]

Lateral flow Covid tests are being given to millions of schoolchildren with the WRONG instructions


Controversial lateral flow tests may have been sent out to millions of schoolchildren with the wrong instructions, it has emerged.  Many of the Chinese-made kits contained guidance saying they were to be used by people suffering symptoms of coronavirus — going against official UK guidance. The devices were also sent out with a notice that […]

Nearly all children will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines by the first quarter of 2022, Fauci says 


Dr Anthony Fauci said he believes nearly all children in the U.S. will be eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccines by the start of 2022.  Speaking with CNN, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, added that he would not be surprised if high schoolers were vaccinated over the summer before […]

Infections of South African and Kent variants in those vaccinated have already been recorded


Infections of South African and Kent coronavirus variants have already been recorded in vaccinated people, NHS expert warns Cases of people getting South Africa and Kent variants after vaccine recorded Dr Susan Hopkins said vaccines acted as ‘primer’ for the immune system She said the cases were to be expected as vaccines aren’t 100 per […]

Mother who was given five per cent chance of survival loses four limbs


A brave mother who had four limbs amputated and was given a five per cent chance of surviving after contracting sepsis admits she ‘wished she was dead’ due to the illness. Allison Friday, 56, from Hartlepool, County Durham, was put into a coma in February last year and her family was told to prepare for the […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Should doctors now prescribe dummy pills to ease pain?


How would you feel if you went to see your GP with severe pain caused by a bad back or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and you were told they had just the thing to help — a placebo; a pill containing nothing but rice flour or sugar. That possibility has come closer, thanks to a […]

No10 hits back at lateral flow test fears after Matt Hancock adviser warning


Number 10 has today hit back at claims controversial rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests are dangerously unreliable.  The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the kits, which give a result in under half an hour, ‘have been tested rigorously and we are confident that they are accurate’. It came after an adviser to Matt Hancock admitted as few […]

New Hampshire man accidentally given cocktail of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines


A New Hampshire man was accidentally given a different COVID-19 vaccine at his second appointment than he received during his first one. When Craig Richards, from Lempster, scheduled his first appointment at a location in West Lebanon, he received the Moderna vaccine, reported WMUR 9. However, when he returned four weeks later to complete his vaccine […]

Covid: Russia says Sputnik jab DOESN’T cause rare complication linked to AstraZeneca and J&J’s jab


Russia waded into the coronavirus vaccine safety debate today with a PR blitz to claim its Sputnik jab does not cause the rare blood clots that have blighted others. The country’s controversial vaccine triggers an immune response in a similar way to rival jabs made by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.  But its manufacturer, the […]