James Bond would have died from STIs, food poisoning and alcohol, study shows
On screen, James Bond is 'poorly prepared for travel-associated health risks' and naïve to the threat of infectious disease, report academics at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biden Pivots to Home Tests to Confront Omicron Surge
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fighting the omicron variant surging through the country, President Joe Biden announced the government will provide 500 million free rapid home-testing kits, increase support for hospitals under strain and redouble vaccination and boosting efforts. At the White House on Tuesday, Biden detailed major changes to his COVID-19 winter plan, his hand forced by the fast-spreading variant, whose properties are not yet fully understood by scientists. Yet his message was clear that the winter holidays could be close to normal for the vaccinated while potentially dangerous for the unvaccinated. His pleas are n...
Source: TIME: Health - December 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: AP/ JOSH BOAK, RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and COLLEEN LONG Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Margaret Waddy obituary
My aunt Margaret Waddy, who has died aged 77 of a pulmonary embolism, was a horticulturist and a teacher, a quiz fan and a committed volunteer with Samaritans in Cambridge.Margaret was born in London but her early life was spent in the Gold Coast, now Ghana, where her parents, Bernard (known as BB) Waddy, a doctor in tropical medicine, and Mary (nee Lawrence), worked for the Colonial Service. At the age of five she was sent to Britain to be educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, a Roman Catholic boarding school.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 17, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Isabelle Farah Tags: Gardens Biology Cambridge Source Type: news

Omicron UK: TWO Covid jabs should cut risk of dying or hospitalisation 84%, says SAGE
The estimates were presented in modelling by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) on Saturday and are based on lab studies looking at antibodies. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doomsters' prediction of 75,000 Omicron deaths by May questioned by experts
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine study sounded the alarm that the country will face a substantial wave of infections by the variant unless more drastic measures are put in place. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Will Omicron kill Christmas? How science stacks up in boosters v Covid variant battle
Analysis: UK faces grim winter if vaccines offer poor overall protection, but if the virus has weak powers to evade immunity, hospital cases can be containedTwo competing forces will determine Omicron ’s impact on the nation over the next few weeks. The power of booster jabs to give last-minute protection against Covid-19 will be pitted against the new variant’s ability to elude existing immunity. The outcome will decide whether our festive season is going to be muted or miserable.If enough arms are jabbed with booster vaccines, while Omicron turns out to have poor powers to evade immunity, then there is hope h...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 12, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Robin McKie Science editor Tags: Coronavirus UK news Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science World news London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Vaccines and immunisation Health policy Source Type: news

Scientists fear falling trust in Boris Johnson could harm bid to curb Omicron surge
Researchers say new rules may be needed to cut deaths, but there are concerns that ‘fed-up’ people will ignore governmentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters announced a huge expansion of the booster vaccine campaign on Saturday night, amid warnings that further restrictions will be needed imminently to prevent tens of thousands of deaths.With new Covid measures being discussed in Whitehall and claims of people being turned away from booster walk-in centres, third jabs will be opened up to those in their 30s from Monday in England. Those who had their second jab three mont...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 12, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Michael Savage, Robin McKie, Robyn Vinter Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases England UK news Science London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine NHS Health Society Vaccines and immunisation Source Type: news

SAGE expert calls for five-year-olds to be jabbed to fight off the impending Omicron wave
SAGE member Professor John Edmunds, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said jabs for children aged five to 11 should be brought in 'as soon as possible'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Omicron could be spreading faster in England than in South Africa, Sage adviser says
John Edmunds says variant is ‘very severe setback’ to controlling Covid pandemic and that plan B ‘absolutely not an overreaction’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCases of the Omicron variant could be spreading even faster in England than in South Africa, according to a senior scientific adviser, who warned that the variant was a “very severe setback” to hopes of bringing the pandemic under control.Prof John Edmunds, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of the government ’s Scientific Advisory Group for...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 9, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Coronavirus Health UK news Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Covid-19 UK: Experts warn Plan B may not be enough to contain Omicron
Professor Martin McKee, an expert in European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, slammed No10 for its 'inexplicable' decision not to act earlier on Omicron. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to Tackle the Femicide Epidemic
After suffering in a violent and abusive relationship, Layla went to the police, accompanied by a friend. Meanwhile, Covid-19 has exacerbated gender-based violence. Fighting patriarchal power structures and gender inequalities is essential in putting an end to it. Credit: UN Women/Mohammed BakirBy Jade LevellBRISTOL, UK, Nov 30 2021 (IPS) Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the increase in domestic violence rates has led the United Nations to declare a ‘shadow pandemic’ of gender-based violence. In the most brutal cases, the violence has led to murder – or ‘femicide’, as the World Health...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jade Levell Tags: Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

England would only suffer 35,000 Covid hospitalisations if EVERYONE caught virus now, study suggests
A London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) analysis suggests the NHS is unlikely to be overwhelmed by the virus even in the event of a major surge in cases. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccines for preventing rotavirus diarrhoea: an updated Cochrane review
The latest update of the Cochrane review ‘Vaccines for preventing rotavirus diarrhoea: vaccines in use’ has found that rotavirus vaccines pre-qualified by the World Health Organization (WHO) (Rotarix, RotaTeq, Rotasiil, and Rotavac), prevent episodes of rotavirus diarrhoea in children and no increased risk of serious adverse events was found.Rotavirus infection is a common cause of diarrhoea in infants and in young children, and can cause mild illness, hospitalization, and death. Since 2009, the WHO has recommended that a rotavirus vaccine be included in all national infant and child immunization programmes. To...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 12, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Anne Rimoin named to new Gordon –Levin Chair in Infectious Diseases and Public Health
Anne Rimoin, an internationally recognized expert on emerging infections, global health, infectious disease surveillance systems and vaccinations who has been engaged in pandemic preparedness and response work for more than two decades, has been appointed to the newly established Gordon –Levin Endowed Chair in Infectious Diseases and Public Health at theUCLA Fielding School of Public Health.The chair was established by a $2 million gift from Tom and Edna Gordon and the Don S. Levin Trust to support the teaching and research activities of a faculty member with expertise in the epidemiology, transmission and control of...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 9, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Cochrane Nigeria: 15 years on
Cochrane Nigeria recently launched as a full Cochrane Centre. Here they reflect on their journey and contributions over the past 15 years.  Cochrane takes hold in NigeriaThe story ofCochrane Nigeria dates back to 1998 when Prof. Martin Meremikwu, by chance met Prof. Paul      Garner, the Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group, at the Centenary celebration of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Prof. Garner introduced Prof. Meremikwu to the Cochrane Collaboration and gave him a head start in the conduct of systematic reviews. In 1999, Prof. Meremikwu conducted his first...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 1, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Statement on Data Published in PLOS Medicine on Tolerability and Immune Response of Johnson & Johnson Ebola Vaccine Regimen in Adults Living with HIV
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., October 29, 2021 – Data published in PLOS Medicine demonstrated that the Johnson & Johnson (the Company) Ebola vaccine regimen, Zabdeno® (Ad26.ZEBOV) and Mvabea® (MVA-BN-Filo), was well tolerated and induced a robust immune response in both healthy adults and adults living with HIV. These findings, alongside Phase 3 data recently published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, support the potential prophylactic use of the vaccine regimen to protect people at risk of acquiring Ebola. The regimen was granted Marketing Authorisation by the European Commission in July 2020 and Prequalificati...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - October 29, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Give Covid booster jabs to middle-aged and young adults, No10 scientist says
Professor John Edmunds, a modeller at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said boosting the entire adult population 'in time' would give us the best chance of keeping Covid rates low. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

It May Be Too Late to Find the Origin of COVID-19. The WHO Is Trying Anyway
Almost two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s still not clear exactly how, where or when the SARS-CoV-2 virus began infecting people. Many experts believe the virus jumped from animal hosts to humans, but researchers continue to investigate the possibility that it escaped from a laboratory. It’s not clear which, if either, of those theories is correct, and as time passes, the chances of finding a concrete answer grow slimmer. But on Oct. 13, the World Health Organization (WHO) unveiled a new effort to capitalize on whatever limited time remains: the Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathoge...
Source: TIME: Health - October 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Dr. Paul Stoffels, Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer of Johnson & Johnson To Retire, Effective December 31, 2021
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (October 12, 2021) – Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today announced that Paul Stoffels M.D., currently Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer of Johnson & Johnson, will retire from the Company effective December 31, 2021.As the Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Stoffels spearheaded the company’s research and product pipeline leading teams across sectors to set the company-wide mandate to discover and develop transformational healthcare solutions. Under his leadership, Johnson & Johnson revitalized its innovati...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - October 12, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Our Company Source Type: news

The World Health Organization Just Endorsed The World ’s First Malaria Vaccine
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday endorsed the world’s first malaria vaccine and said it should be given to children across Africa in the hope that it will spur stalled efforts to curb the spread of the parasitic disease. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called it “a historic moment” after a meeting in which two of the U.N. health agency’s expert advisory groups recommended the step. “Today’s recommendation offers a glimmer of hope for the continent, which shoulders the heaviest burden of the disease. And we expect many more African child...
Source: TIME: Health - October 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maria Chang / AP Tags: Uncategorized Disease wire Source Type: news

Pay ballots continue to dominate
General secretary Christina McAnea updated the NEC on a series of pay disputes across the union, and did not disguise how member turnout was still proving to be a major obstacle to future action. Recently, 79% of local government members voted to reject their 1.75% pay offer, with the NJC committee agreeing to move to an industrial action ballot. NHS members in England also voted by a similar margin (80%) to oppose the government over the 3% pay increase, with their SGE deciding to embark on further consultation prior to a strike ballot. The union’s Cymru/Wales NHS pay consultation found that 87% of healthcare worker...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 6, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article local government pay – the National Joint Council (NJC) NEC One Team2K Source Type: news

Major analysis that sparked alcohol fears was flawed, experts insist
The 'occasional glass of wine or glass of beer' with is perfectly safe, University College London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine scientists have claimed in a study. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rules and advice don ’t slow the spread of the virus – human behaviour does | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters
Surveys can help us understand how the pandemic is influenced by our choicesRecent queues for fuel have shown the consequences of abrupt changes in behaviour. Almost as sudden were the changes around the first lockdown in March 2020, when close meetings between people plummeted by about three-quarters. We know this through theCoMix contact survey from the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), which has continued to askUK adults about their “direct contacts”, that is any sort of skin-to-skin contact or anyone to whom at least a few words were exchanged in person. Can you remember how many such...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 3, 2021 Category: Science Authors: David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters Tags: Coronavirus Psychology Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Ebola Vaccine Regimen Demonstrated Robust and Durable Immune Response in Adults and Children in Data Published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., September 13, 2021 – Data from two papers published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases demonstrated that the Johnson & Johnson (the Company) Ebola vaccine regimen, Zabdeno® (Ad26.ZEBOV) and Mvabea® (MVA-BN-Filo), generated robust humoral (antibody) immune responses in adults and children (ages 1-17) with the immune responses persisting in adults for at least two years. The data also showed that booster vaccination with Ad26.ZEBOV, administered to adults two years after the initial vaccination, induced a strong anamnestic (immune) response within seven days. These findings support the p...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - September 13, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

UNISON wins outsourcing battle at London medical university
UNISON has won a decision to bring outsourced workers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) back in house at the end of the current contract in August 2022. The move follows months of negotiations, after the union submitted a claim for the insourcing of staff employed by Samsic UK in 2019 on behalf of the dedicated cleaners and security staff at the school. In a huge win for the outsourced workers, parity of terms and conditions will now be offered to the staff, many of whom have worked tirelessly on the front line throughout COVID-19 to keep the researchers safe and the school open to help com...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 2, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News higher education insourcing Source Type: news

Innovative Use of World ’s First Malaria Vaccine Generates Remarkable Results and a Life-Saving Opportunity
Malaria still kills 400,000 people every year, most of them African children under five years old. RTS,S is the first malaria vaccine shown to reduce malaria and life-threatening severe malaria in young children. Credit: Mercedes Sayagues/IPSBy Kesete AdmasuSep 1 2021 (IPS) In the midst of the tragedy and turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s gratifying to see work continuing in Africa to find new ways of fighting malaria, a very old disease that has been a formidable foe for thousands of years and still kills 400,000 people every year, most of them African children under five years old. Scientists from the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kesete Admasu Tags: Africa Headlines Health Malaria Source Type: news

What Public Health Officials Can Learn from a New Long COVID Survey
Fifty percent of vaccine-hesitant Americans believe the message that “Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to prevent COVID-19 and its potential long-term complications”. Credit: UNICEF/Nahom Tesfaye By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Jul 30 2021 (IPS) A new survey on public awareness of long COVID by ‘Resolve to Save Lives” showed that among the 40% of Americans who were not vaccinated, seeing testimonials of those who suffer from long COVID inspired nearly two-thirds to consider the vaccine. A representative sample of nearly 2,000 Americans 18 and older took the survey between May 21 and Ju...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Global Headlines Health Source Type: news

Jeremy Farrar: ‘A September 2020 lockdown would have saved a lot of lives’
The Wellcome Trust director and Sage member on what politicians and scientists got right and wrong on Covid and why we need an immediate public inquiryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJeremy Farrar is the director of the Wellcome Trust, a former professor of tropical medicine at the University of Oxford and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage). He has just published his account of the Covid crisis –Spike: The Virus vthe People - in which he attacks the government for delaying a lockdown last autumn and describes the scientific and medical efforts that went ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 25, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Anthony Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Microbiology Medical research Science Politics books Chris Whitty Patrick Vallance Source Type: news

Left out in the cold
This report was prompted by our awareness of the cuts over the last few years which are affecting a broad range of healthcare services, specifically specialist sex worker services throughout London. As an organisation, DOTW is interested in identifying gaps in support for people excluded from healthcare and other services, and so began conversations with partners, including colleagues at LSHTM, to see how we could broaden our understanding of this issue, and to understand better what sex workers were asking for in terms of support. The relocation of the DOTW clinic to Newham two year ago was one of the reasons we cho...
Source: Doctors of the World News - July 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Dominic Stevenson Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Launches Network of Global Health Discovery Centers that Aim to Speed Up Science and Tackle Pandemic Threats
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., July 9, 2021 – Johnson & Johnson (the Company) today announced the launch of the J&J Centers for Global Health Discovery (J&J Centers), a new, global network of unique research partnerships that will leverage the institutional strengths of Johnson & Johnson and leading academic institutions to accelerate discovery research to address the world’s most pressing global health challenges. The first J&J Satellite Center for Global Health Discovery (Satellite Center) was launched at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) at an event co-hosted by Johnson &...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - July 9, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Our Company Source Type: news

Nearly 8% of men who have sex with men estimated to have syphilis globally
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) The global burden of syphilis among men who have sex with men (MSM) has been estimated for the first time in a new study published in The Lancet Global Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 8, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Being clean and hygienic need not impair childhood immunity
(University College London) The theory that modern society is too clean, leading to defective immune systems in children, should be swept under the carpet, according to a new study by researchers at UCL and the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Regional Advisors Will Guide Frontline Health Workers Coalition ’s Policy and Advocacy Work
July 02, 2021This week the Frontline Health Workers Coalition welcomed four new regional advisors from low- and middle-income countries to its steering committee, where they will help guide the coalition’s health workforce policy and advocacy work over the next year. IntraHealth International serves as the secretariat for the coalition.“We are working to address longstandingpower imbalances in the global health arena, and reflecting on ways to more comprehensively address health workforce needs,” says David Bryden, director of the Coalition.“We do not simply want to speak on behalf of health workers...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Health Workers Source Type: news

Covid: SAGE expert says school restrictions should stay in place until all children are vaccinated
Professor John Edmunds, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, insisted the 'safest time' to lift measures at schools would be after all children have had a jab. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ivermectin treatment in humans for reducing malaria transmission
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Malaria still kills millions. Researchers are excited by a new intervention: giving people a drug which kills mosquitoes that bite them. Incredibly, this is a reality, as the drug ivermectin, widely used for the control of parasite infections such as lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis, appears to do this. With some mosquitoes now resistant to the insecticides used in treated bed nets, this is a potentially important new control measure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 30, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Children with asymptomatic malaria a 'hidden risk' to disease control efforts
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) The role of people infected with malaria without showing symptoms presents a hidden risk to efforts to control the disease after they were found to be responsible for most infections in mosquitoes, according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 16, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Naomi Osaka ’s Bravery can be a Teachable Moment about Mental Health
There is no health without mental health. Credit: Unsplash /Melanie Wasser. By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Jun 2 2021 (IPS) Recently, Naomi Osaka, the number 2 ranked women’s tennis player in the world, said she would not participate in the press conference at the French Open (Rolland-Garros) because she wanted to protect her mental health. The organizers of the tournament were incensed, imposed a fine on her and threatened to disqualify her.  Would the organizers have reacted differently if Naomi Osaka said she could not participate in the tournament’s press briefing because of a physica...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor Tags: Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Machine learning brings an early diagnostic for pancreatic cancer a step closer to reality
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) Individuals at higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer could be identified earlier using machine learning (ML) techniques which would result in a greater number of patients surviving the disease, suggests a new study published in PLOS ONE. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - June 2, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Global warming already responsible for one in three heat-related deaths
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) Between 1991 and 2018, more than a third of all deaths in which heat played a role were attributable to human-induced global warming, according to a new article in Nature Climate Change. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Infrared imaging to detect lymphatic filariasis
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Researchers from LSTM's Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases (CNTD) have been using an infrared thermal imaging camera to detect subclinical cases and predict the progression of lymphatic filariasis in Bangladesh. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Covid-19: England's lifting of lockdown on June 21 is 'not inevitable', government adviser warns
Lifting lockdown on June 21 is 'not inevitable', Adam Kucharski, assistant professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has warned. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Faster than a PCR test: dogs detect Covid in under a second
Study in London used six enthusiastic dogs in a double-blind trialCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFaster than PCR and more accurate than lateral flow tests, the latest weapons against Covid-19 have four legs and a wet nose.A study published on Monday found that people who are infected with coronavirus give off a distinct odour, which these highly trained dogs can detect with pinpoint precision.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 24, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Linda Geddes Tags: Coronavirus Dogs London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Animals Pets UK news Infectious diseases Medical research World news Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Joins World Health Organization in Efforts to Prevent Spread of Ebola in West Africa
Discussions are ongoing with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding the approval of the vaccine regimen in the U.S. WHO Prequalification is often a prerequisite for national registrations of new vaccines and medicines in developing countries. Johnson & Johnson now looks forward to collaborating with the WHO’s African Vaccine Regulatory Forum (AVAREF) to progress national registrations of the Company’s Ebola vaccine regimen. The Company’s Ebola vaccine regimen is designed to be used proactively to induce immunity against Ebola virus disease in adults and children. Johnson & Johnson’s...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - May 13, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Our Company Source Type: news

Compulsory vaccinations for care staff are the wrong approach
This study makes plain any talk of compulsory vaccination could damage take-up ​severely. “​Care workers need clear, accurate information from their employers about when and how they ​to get their jab​s. “If ​achieving maximum ​coverage is the goal, employers and policymakers w​ill get better results through encouragement, reassurance and removal of any practical barriers ​for staff. ​Forced ​injections ​simply aren’t the answer.” Notes to editors: – UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 mill...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 12, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release social care vaccination Source Type: news

How West African Leaders Can Tackle Youth and Gender Inequities
Women informal cross-border traders. Credit: Trevor Davies/IPSBy Ifeanyi Nsofor, Adaeze Oreh, and John Lazame TindabilMay 6 2021 (IPS) Recently, both Republics of Benin and Chad held their 2021 national elections. These countries are among thirteen countries on the continent billed to elect new political leaders in 2021 alone. This is a good opportunity to improve conditions on the continent. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified other issues on the continent like youth unemployment that better leadership could help improve. These are three ways West African leaders can better help their nations at thi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor, Adaeze Oreh, and John Lazame Tindabil Tags: Africa Gender Global Governance Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

T ü bingen study raises hope for effective malaria vaccine
(German Center for Infection Research) At the University Hospital of Tuebingen, a clinical trial led by Prof. Dr. Peter Kremsner, Director of the Institute of Tropical Medicine and Dr. Rolf Fendel, Research Group Leaderat the Institute of Tropical Medicine partnered with the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), was able to show that the vaccine, " Sanaria ® PfSPZ-CVac " , which is being developed in Tuebingen together with the biotechnology company Sanaria Inc., provides 77 percent cross-strain protection against malaria parasites. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Why Variants are Most Likely to Blame for India ’ s COVID Surge
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post Why Variants are Most Likely to Blame for India’s COVID Surge appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

A PLOS Medicine Collection on Plasmodium vivax--a neglected cause of malaria
(PLOS) Strenuous efforts to prevent in recent decades have brought great benefits, particularly against disease caused by Plasmodium falciparum in countries in Africa and the Americas. But malaria caused by its " stealthier and more resilient cousin " , P. vivax, now needs to be confronted with high priority, say Lorenz von Seidlein and Nicholas White of the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok, Thailand in a Perspective. The piece introduces a Collection on the prevention and treatment of P. vivax malaria in PLOS Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Babies surviving Group B strep more likely to require special educational support
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) Invasive Group B Streptococcus (GBS) disease, notably meningitis, during the first days and months of a baby's life can have persistent effects for children and hence their families, according to new research. Published in the Lancet Child& Adolescent Health, the study is the first evidence of long-term effects including after GBS sepsis (infection in the bloodstream). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 21, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Will Trust in the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Recover? Europe ’s AstraZeneca Experience Suggests Not
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended stopping use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine on April 13, they declared the action a “pause”—a brief intermission as the government investigates a possible link between the vaccine and blood clots in a small number of recipients. The agencies may lift that recommendation as soon as this week, and vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna shots has continued. However temporary it might be, a recent YouGov/Economist survey suggests that the J&J pause has already hurt U.S. pu...
Source: TIME: Health - April 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news