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09/04/2021 - Sun but not vitamin D may reduce COVID risk
Exposure to sun may have helped reduce mortality from COVID-19 – but vitamin D is probably not the explanation, according to a new UK study published today. More

08/04/2021 - UK switches vaccine strategy after thrombosis risks assessed
The UK is to offer under 30s alternatives to the Oxford adenoviral COVID-19 vaccine after confirming a small increased risk of serious thrombotic events, it was announced last night. More

07/04/2021 - Lung transplant feasible for severe COVID-19
Lung transplants were successfully used to save some COVID-19 patients who developed acute respiratory distress syndrome, it has been revealed. More

01/04/2021 - Hospitalised COVID-19 patients face organ damage risk
People discharged from hospital after being treated for COVID-19 are more likely to suffer from multi-organ dysfunction. More

31/03/2021 - Facemasks must continue after lockdown, urge scientists
The UK should continue to require the use of facemasks after other lockdown restrictions are ended, according to an analysis published today. More

30/03/2021 - Asthma attacks reduced in first COVID-19 phase
Fewer than normal patients presented with severe asthma attacks, or were hospitalised with pneumonia, influenza and chronic lung diseases during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to three new studies. More

29/03/2021 - Vaccine success evidence as lockdown eased
Vaccination is proving highly effective in preventing deaths and infection in the UK, according to a series of studies released as lockdown restrictions are relaxed in England. More

25/03/2021 - TB testing slumped during pandemic
Testing for tuberculosis (TB) plummeted by almost half in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, new analysis has revealed. More

25/03/2021 - UK trial to prevent post-discharge COVID relapse
A clinical trial is being launched in the UK to reduce the number of people who die in the months following a hospital treatment for COVID-19. More

24/03/2021 - COVID vaccine approval grows significantly
Confidence in COVID-19 vaccination in the UK has grown substantially this year, according to a new survey. More

23/03/2021 - COVID-19 associated with hearing loss
Hearing loss and auditory and vestibular problems have been linked to COVID-19 after-effects, according to a new study. More

23/03/2021 - Government COVID-19 taskforces need more women
Women’s absence from COVID-19 government taskforces around the globe perpetuates the gender divide and will hamper their recovery from the pandemic, according to a new United Nations report. More

19/03/2021 - COVID-19 vaccines may protect against variants
Existing COVID-19 vaccines are likely to protect against the Brazilian coronavirus variant, scientists at the University of Oxford, UK, have reported. More

19/03/2021 - Vaccine linked to rare VTE events - but safe overall, regulators say
Two very rare kinds of venous thromboembolism have affected a small number of people under the age of 50 after COVID-19 vaccination, regulators reported yesterday. More

16/03/2021 - COVID-19 machine learning models 'unusable'
Machine learning models for diagnosing COVID-19 are not suitable for clinical use because of biases, methodological flaws, lack of reproducibility and “Frankenstein datasets”, researchers warned last night. More

11/03/2021 - Global review determines COVID-19 risks to pregnant women
Pregnant women – particularly those from ethnic minority backgrounds – have been at increased risk of severe COVID-19 and more likely to need intensive care or invasive ventilation than non-pregnant women with the virus, researchers report today. More

05/03/2021 - COVID-19 gout treatment trial to include under-50s
A UK COVID-19 trial that is assessing the effectiveness of a common gout drug to help alleviate the virus’s symptoms can now include under-50s, it has been announced. More

05/03/2021 - Warning as virus surges across Europe
Europe is seeing a resurgence of COVID-19 infection driven by new variants, the World Health Organisation has warned. More

04/03/2021 - Infection reduction may be flatlining
The prevalence of COVID-19 infection has risen slightly in four large English regions, according to the findings of a major national monitoring project. More

03/03/2021 - HIV immune population found in central Africa
Thousands of people in central Africa may have immunity to HIV infection, it was announced last night in a discovery that researchers say will open the way to new treatments. More

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