Researchers encourage the public to look out for new symptoms linked to Covid-19 Delta variant

June 15th, 2021

Researchers are encouraging the public to be wary of additional symptoms linked to the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus.  Prof Tim Spector, who is in charge of the Zoe Covid Symptom study, suggested that headaches, a runny nose and a sore throat are now the most common symptoms reported. Prof Spector said that many […]

UK regulator approves Pfizer vaccines for 12-15-year-olds

June 8th, 2021

The UK’s medicines regulator has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12-15-year-olds. The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) conducted an extensive review of the vaccine and members have now confirmed that the jab is safe for use in children aged 12 and over. The vaccine had already been approved for over 16s in […]

UK regulator approves single-shot Janssen vaccine

June 1st, 2021

The UK medicines regulator has approved the single-shot vaccine produced by Janssen.  The single-dose vaccine, which is expected to be available in the UK later in the year, recorded efficacy rates of 85% in stopping severe disease and has now satisfied safety standards following an extensive review.  The Janssen vaccine is the fourth jab approved […]

Study suggests Covid-19 may increase the risk of stillbirth and prematurity

May 25th, 2021

A new study suggests that Covid-19 may increase the risk of stillbirth and prematurity. The study, which was conducted in the UK, revealed that infection around the time of birth slightly increased the risk of giving birth prematurely and stillbirth. Researchers stressed that the risk to pregnant women remains very low. The research was led […]

New research suggests that long working hours are killing over 700,000 people per year

May 18th, 2021

New research conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that over 700,000 people are dying every year as a result of long working hours. In what is the first study of its kind, the global project involved analysing data from countries across the world. Researchers found that in 2016, 745,000 people died from working […]

Under 40s to be offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

May 11th, 2021

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has released new guidelines, suggesting that under 40s in the UK should be offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Previously, the JCVI released new guidance for under 30s but this advice has now been extended to include those aged 30-39. The UK safety regulator revealed that […]

Health chiefs urge social media sites to ban weight gain drug advertising

May 4th, 2021

UK health chiefs are urging social media sites to ban advertising for an illegal weight gain drug. NHS England has called for Instagram to put a stop to advertising for Apetamin, an appetite stimulant, which is currently illegal in the UK. Accounts promoting the drug are targeting users, most notably young women. Apetamin is not […]

44-year-olds encouraged to book vaccines as new campaign urges younger people to have the jab

April 30th, 2021

The vaccine rollout is continuing in the UK, as 44-year-olds in England have now been encouraged to book appointments. From Monday 26th April, 44-year-olds have been able to book their jab. Ministers have confirmed that more details will be made available in the coming days for those aged 40-44. The news comes as a new […]

UK advisers encourage pregnant women to take Covid-19 vaccine

April 30th, 2021

Advisers in the UK have proposed new guidelines encouraging pregnant women to take up the Covid-19 vaccine. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has released new advice, urging pregnant women to accept the vaccine when their age group is invited to book an appointment. Previously, pregnant women were advised against vaccination while research […]

UK sets new record for second doses as vaccine rollout continues

April 13th, 2021

The UK set a new record for second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine over the weekend of the 10th/11th April. On Saturday 10th April, more than 475,000 second doses were provided. Saturday marked the fourth consecutive day of delivering over 400,000 second vaccine doses per day. More than 111,000 first doses were also administered on […]

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