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Vaccines 'highly effective' in reducing severe Covid-19 in older adults

First dose protection ranged between 57-61 per cent for Pfizer vaccine and between 60-73 per cent for the Oxford-AZ vaccine (ChAdOx1)

Possible link between Covid and psychiatric disorders

As many as one in eight who have had Covid-19 may be diagnosed with a psychiatric or neurological condition for the first time within six months.

Opioid prescribing varies widely across England

Opioid prescribing varies considerably across England and is especially marked in areas of high socio-economic deprivation, a study shows. 

Fatigue, insomnia and anxiety are long term consequences of Covid-19

Study in The Lancet looks at Covid patients six months after discharge.

Experimental RSV drug ‘promising’ says MHRA

The MHRA has granted a ‘promising innovative medicine’ designation to experimental RSV drug nirsevimab. 

Men especially vulnerable to Covid-19, study confirms

Men almost three times more likely to be admitted to intensive care with coronavirus, a new study confirms. 

Naturally acquired immunity to Covid lasts at least five months

Naturally acquired immunity provides at least 83 per cent protection against reinfection, SIREN study shows

New guideline for long Covid care

The guidelines look at symptom management, when to refer and how to follow up patients in the longer term. 

Erythromycin alert for patients with prolonged QT interval

Potential drug interaction between rivaroxaban and erythromycin resulting in increased risk of bleeding identified

Asthma significantly impacts mental wellbeing, report finds

Nearly half of adults with asthma also diagnosed with a psychological condition, according to a new survey. 

HRT: breast cancer risk depends on formulation and duration of use

The risk that women using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will develop breast cancer depends on the formulation and duration of use, a new analysis suggests.

Pharmacist interventions prevent pregnancy after EHC

Pharmacist interventions result in a significant increase in effective use of a contraceptive pill following emergency hormonal contraception.

Use of hormonal contraceptives linked to reduced asthma risk

A study claims the use of hormonal contraceptives may reduce the risk of severe asthma in women.

Most side effects of statins down to 'nocebo effect'

Most of the side-effects people suffer after taking statins are due to their negative associations with the drug, researchers have found.  

Ridge: Only use dexamethasone for oxygen patients

Dexamethasone should be used to treat patients with critical or severe Covid-19 but not patients with ‘non-severe’ illness, Keith Ridge says. 

Aspirin could protect against severe Covid-19

Taking aspirin may reduce the need for admission to an intensive care unit (ICU) and in-hospital mortality among people hospitalised with Covid-19.

Covid transmission no longer fastest in north of England

Covid infections doubling every nine days and R number up to 1.56.

Covid-19 antibody response wanes over time

Over three months the proportion of people who tested positive for antibodies declined by 26.5 per cent.

Intranasal spray may offer Covid protection, study suggests

An intranasal spray product using a mucoadhesive gel may offer some protection against coronavirus infection, new research suggests.

Once-promising Covid drug has ‘little to no survival impact’

Remdesivir – hailed in May as a potential breakthrough – has little impact on survival rates for patients hospitalised with the virus, says WHO.

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