Half of Covid-hospitalised still symptomatic two years on, study finds
Research on Wuhan patients reveals effects of long Covid, with 11% still not having returned to workMore than half of people hospitalised with Covid-19 still have at least one symptom two years after they were first infected, according to the longest follow-up study of its kind.While physical and mental health generally improve over time, the analysis suggests that coronavirus patients discharged from hospital still tend to experience poorer health and quality of life than the general population. The research was published inthe Lancet Respiratory Medicine.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 11, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Gregory Health editor Tags: Coronavirus Long Covid Science Medical research World news China Infectious diseases Microbiology Source Type: news

Clinical and microbiological characteristics of children with drowning-associated aspiration pneumonia - Yang N, Dai JH.
OBJECTIVES: To study the clinical and microbiological characteristics of children with drowning-associated aspiration pneumonia, so as to provide a reference for empirical selection of antibacterial agents. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was per... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 11, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Doxycycline Bests Azithromycin for Anogenital Chlamydia in Women
(MedPage Today) -- Doxycycline was superior to azithromycin for women with both anorectal and vaginal Chlamydia trachomatis infections, French researchers found in an open-label randomized trial. In a modified intention-to-treat analysis, microbiological... (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 10, 2022 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Affordable Covid drugs kept out of reach by sluggish WTO
Analysis: EU and US pharma giants ’ intellectual property rights stop poorer countries accessing vital medication – despite WTO claims of progressThere is still a long way to go beforeSouth Africa and other developing countries can manufacture Covid vaccines and treatments quickly and without paying the huge charges demanded by the big US and European drug companies.Last week,the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that the 180-member trade forum had taken a step towards a patent waiver that would allow developing countries to make the drugs they need – including vaccines, tests, and treatments – for as long a...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 9, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Phillip Inman Tags: Global development Global health Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Infectious diseases Medical research Science World news Society World Trade Organization Intellectual property Business Law Microbiology Source Type: news

Sir John Bell: ‘Most people who have had the Covid vaccine are completely safe’
The renowned immunologist remains as upbeat about jabs – and UK life science – as he was in the depths of the pandemicSir John Bell, the Canadian immunologist, is a familiar sight to locals along the stretch of the Thames near his home in Wallingford, just outside Oxford, where he and his wife can often be seen rowing in a double scull.During the pandemic, Bell ’s voice became familiar to millions of radio listeners too. As news broke that a viable Covid-19 vaccine was on its way, following successful trials by Pfizer and BioNTech, Bell was asked on BBC Radio 4 whether the world would now return to normal. His respon...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 7, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Julia Kollewe Tags: Biotechnology industry Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Business Health Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Society UK news Source Type: news

Vaccine to stop Covid transmission should now be top priority, says leading UK scientist
Oxford University ’s Sir John Bell says sharp fall in death rate due to existing vaccines allows for a change in prioritiesIt is questionable how much longer current Covid-19 vaccines will be used as they have largely done their job in preventing mass deaths, and scientists should focus on developing a vaccine that stops transmission of the virus, according to leading scientist Sir John Bell.The huge success of Covid vaccines in countries able to get them has led tosharp declines in deaths and severe disease from the virus, even though the latest Covid variant, Omicron, has spread rapidly.Continue reading... (Source: Gua...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 7, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Julia Kollewe Tags: Pharmaceuticals industry Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus Health Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science UK news Business Source Type: news

Are nasal sprays the answer to stopping Covid transmission?
With the virus rampant despite jabs, trials are underway to create intranasal vaccines to block infections from the bodyThe roaring success of Covid vaccines – in countries able to obtain them – has led to deaths and severe disease from the infection plummeting even as the virus evolved to sidestep immunity and rip through populations more swiftly.But while the rapid development of Covid shots ranks as the finest achievement of the pandemic, scientists are not done yet. In a small number of labs around the world, teams are taking on a problem that cannot be ignored: that the virus remains rampant in the face of mass im...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 5, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus Health Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Society Science World news Source Type: news

Certain gut microbes may affect stroke risk and severity, scientists find
Studies of ischaemic stroke patients open up possibility of treatments to prevent condition and improve recoveryScientists have identified specific groups of gut microbes that could increase or decrease someone ’s risk of suffering the most common type of stroke. The research, presented at the European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC) in Lyon, France, adds to growing evidence that alterations in the gut microbiome could play a role in cardiovascular disease.Previous studies have suggested that certain microbes may influence the formation of atherosclerotic plaques in the arteries, and that the gut microbiomes of str...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 4, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Linda Geddes Science correspondent Tags: Stroke Biology Science Microbiology Health Medical research Source Type: news

Covid hospitalisation may affect thinking similar to 20 years of ageing
Some people experience lingering cognitive decline, with degree of impairment linked to illness severityPeople who have been hospitalised with Covid may be left with difficulties in thinking comparable in magnitude to ageing 20 years, research suggests.As the pandemic swept the world it became apparent that coronavirus could not only cause immediate health problems but also leave some people with often debilitating symptoms – a condition known aslong Covid.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 3, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Science correspondent Tags: Medical research Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Microbiology World news Neuroscience UK news University of Cambridge Source Type: news

Number of UK children suffering from hepatitis rises to 145
Concerns rise about surge as scientists say lack of exposure to viruses during Covid restrictions could be factorThe number of children in the UK suffering from severe hepatitis has risen to 145 as concerns mount about the mysterious surge in cases.The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) announced an increase of 34 cases but said most children have recovered and no children have died. There has been no increase from the 10 children who have required a liver transplant, reported on Monday.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 29, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Health Infectious diseases Children UK news Society Coronavirus Science Medical research Microbiology World news Source Type: news

Some long COVID-19 cases may be caused by abnormally suppressed immune system
A UCLA-led team of researchers studying the effect of the monoclonal antibody Leronlimab on long COVID-19 may have found a surprising clue to the baffling syndrome.  Their finding, that an abnormally suppressed immune system may be to blame, contradicts their initial hypothesis, which was that a persistently hyperactive immune system could be the culprit.The study, which was funded by CytoDyn Inc., the manufacturer of  Leronlimab, and it was conducted by researchers who are either employed by or consulting with the company. The findings are published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.”While this was ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 25, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Pigs can pass deadly superbugs to people, study reveals
Research into C difficile found antibiotic resistance is growing as a result of overuse on farm stockScientists have uncovered evidence that dangerous versions of superbugs can spread from pigs to humans. The discovery underlines fears that intensive use of antibiotics on farms is leading to the spread of microbes resistant to them.The discovery of the link has been made by Semeh Bejaoui and Dorte Frees of Copenhagen University and Soren Persson at Denmark ’s Statens Serum Institute and focuses on the superbugClostridioides difficile, which is considered one of the world ’s major antibiotic resistance threats.Continue ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 24, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Robin McKie Science editor Tags: Antibiotics Farming Infectious diseases Microbiology Science Health Epidemics UK news Medical research World news Source Type: news

At least one child has died from mystery strain of severe hepatitis, WHO confirms
Strain reported in 12 countries causing at least 169 cases in young children, most of them in the UKAt least one child has died from amystery strain of severe hepatitis which has now been reported in 12 countries, the World Health Organization has confirmed.The UN body said on Saturday that it is aware of 169 rare cases of acute hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver, in young children. Of these, 17 became so sick they needed liver transplants.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 23, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Anna MacSwan Tags: UK news Health Microbiology Science Source Type: news

Gut Healing Is TikTok ’s Latest Trend. Does It Work?
Despite what social media might have you believe, there is no overnight shortcut to better digestive health. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dani Blum Tags: Diet and Nutrition Bowels Microbiology Irritable Bowel Syndrome Fiber (Dietary) Diarrhea Digestive Tract Constipation Food TikTok (ByteDance) Sonnenburg, Justin L Content Type: Service Source Type: news

Covid-19: India accused of trying to delay WHO revision of death toll
According to WHO analysis, figure for country is more than 4 million and not official tally of 520,000India has been accused of attempting to delay an effort by the World Health Organization to revise the global death toll from Covid-19 after its calculations suggested that the country had undercounted its dead by an estimated 3.5 million.India ’s official number of deaths from Covid is 520,000. But according to in-depth analysis and investigations into the data by WHO, the total is more than 4 million, which would be by far the highest country death toll in the world.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 18, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Delhi Tags: India Coronavirus World news South and Central Asia Infectious diseases World Health Organization Science Society Microbiology Source Type: news