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Fewer than one in 20 people living with HIV in England expected to be unaware of status by 2025

Credit: CC0 Public Domain England is on track to have diagnosed 95% of people living with HIV by 2025, putting it in a strong position to eliminate HIV transmission by 2030, say researchers at the MRC Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge, and Public Health England (PHE). In 2014, UNAIDS set an ambitious target of 90-90-90 …

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New web portal launched to help people address myths about Covid-19 vaccines

New web portal launched to help people address myths about Covid-19 vaccines

How do you have a constructive conversation with someone who doesn’t want to or is reluctant to be vaccinated against Covid-19? A new web portal has been launched in Sweden to help ordinary people address myths and misconceptions about the vaccines, using evidence-based advice and support. It is currently available in Swedish and English, with …

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Increased risk of depression for young people if their mothers experienced depression during or after pregnancy

Increased risk of depression for young people if their mothers experienced depression during or after pregnancy

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Children born to mothers who are depressed during and after pregnancy are more likely to develop depressive symptoms themselves by the age of 24, according to new research led by the University of Bristol. By the age of 24, young people born to mothers with antenatal and postnatal depression, had depression …

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Study: High genetic barrier to SARS-CoV-2 polyclonal neutralizing antibody escape. Image Credit: Dotted Yeti/ Shutterstock

People with natural immunity and subsequent mRNA vaccination can neutralize viral particles capable of resisting vaccine-induced antibodies

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has mutated since its initial emergence in Wuhan, China, in late 2019. to survive. A select few mutations have allowed the virus to spread faster and cause more severe infection. Variants of concern that contain such mutations, such as the Delta variant, have also acquired mutations to …

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COVID-19 mortality rates in people with cancer not showing same reduction as those with no history of cancer

COVID-19 mortality rates in people with cancer not showing same reduction as those with no history of cancer

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A large prospective study of COVID-19 outcomes in people with a history of cancer has found that hospital mortality rates do not appear to have reduced over time, unlike those for people with no history of cancer. The findings from the Clinical Characterisation Protocol (CCP) CANCER-UK study—which is led by Liverpool …

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Study investigates if music can improve memory in people with Alzheimer's disease

Study investigates if music can improve memory in people with Alzheimer’s disease

The main goal of the study, named “The Mozart Effect and memory in patients with cognitive impairment (MEM-COG)”, is to investigate whether music can be used to facilitate or enhance learning in those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It will also look at which aspects of music are key in …

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Self-harm may be increasing more quickly among young people from ethnic minorities

Self-harm may be increasing more quickly among young people from ethnic minorities

Rates of self-harm could be rising more quickly in children and adolescents from ethnic minority groups than in those from white groups, according to a study led by University of Manchester researchers. The study, which used data on hospital emergency department presentations across three cities and five hospitals for 10-19 year-olds between 2000-2016, is published …

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People dropped whisky into their noses to treat Spanish flu. Here's what else they took that would raise eyebrows today

People dropped whisky into their noses to treat Spanish flu. Here’s what else they took that would raise eyebrows today

Credit: Shutterstock We’re researching COVID-19 in a fast-paced world with new data becoming available all the time. We track which interventions work well and which ones don’t. But in 1918, during the Spanish flu pandemic, the world was a different place. No one was entirely sure what caused influenza. By the time health authorities began …

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Long COVID symptoms rarely persisted beyond 12 weeks in young people

Long COVID symptoms rarely persisted beyond 12 weeks in young people

Long COVID symptoms rarely persisted beyond 12 weeks in children and adolescents, unlike adults. But more studies were required to investigate the risk and impact of long COVID in young people to help guide vaccine policy decisions in Australia, according to a review led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI). The review, published in …

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Men, jobless and people with mental health diagnoses most vulnerable in 2020 overdose spike

Men, jobless and people with mental health diagnoses most vulnerable in 2020 overdose spike

Credit: CC0 Public Domain At the same time as COVID-19 has claimed more than 600,000 lives across the United States, drug overdose deaths across the nation reached unprecedented heights. Rhode Island has been particularly affected: In December 2020, the state had the highest rate in the country of COVID-19 cases and deaths relevant to population; …

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