Covid antibody drug Ronapreve to be given to vulnerable NHS patients

2 days 18 hours ago

Ronapreve, which was used to treat Donald Trump, will be ‘saving lives as early as next week’, says Sajid Javid

A drug given to the former US president Donald Trump when he had coronavirus last year is to be used to treat vulnerable NHS hospital patients.

Last month, the health secretary, Sajid Javid, heralded Ronapreve as the first treatment designed specifically for Covid-19 to receive regulatory approval in the UK.

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Could gene editing chickens prevent future pandemics?

2 days 19 hours ago

Rearing virus-resistant birds could benefit humans too, say scientists, and Covid may have made us more open to the controversial technology

Diseases such as avian flu trigger the culling of millions of birds each year. But that need not be the case for much longer.

Vaccines are one preventive strategy employed in some countries, but they do not stop birds from being infected, getting mild versions of the disease and transmitting it to healthy chickens. In fact, this imperfect shield can make things worse, incentivising the virus to mutate to evade the vaccine.

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Natalie Grover

Are retirement properties sound investments or inheritance headaches?

2 days 20 hours ago

Options for such developments are increasing but Guardian Money hears they are not easy to sell

Almost one in eight (12%) over-70s are hoping to downsize their property or have done so already as a direct result of the pandemic.

That is one of the findings from research shared with Guardian Money that suggests many older people are rethinking their living arrangements after having been left isolated for prolonged periods during the lockdowns. Many will also have reflected on the devastating impact that Covid-19 had on some care homes.

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Rupert Jones and Hilary Osborne

Freshers’ week drive to give Covid jabs to students in England

2 days 20 hours ago

Top NHS doctor urges young people to use pop-up clinics and walk-in centres before start of autumn term

Unvaccinated university students have been urged to get a Covid jab during freshers’ week to protect themselves and their peers against the virus.

The NHS’s top doctor has called on freshers to get the vaccine at pop-up clinics and walk-in centres set up by universities before their courses begin.

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Private hospitals profit from NHS waiting lists as people without insurance pay out

2 days 21 hours ago

As NHS waiting lists reach record levels, more and more patients are paying for ops out of their own pockets

When Fabien needed to have a decayed tooth removed in May, his dentist told him that he would have to wait up to three years to have it done on the NHS. In disbelief, the 27-year-old from Edinburgh rang 50 dental practices but without any luck. He had no choice but to go private. Having lost his job during the pandemic, he was on universal credit and had to borrow the £600 from his family.

Fabien is one of a growing number of people without health insurance who are paying for medical treatments out of their own pocket. NHS hospital waiting lists in England have reached record levels, hitting 5.6 million this summer, as doctors struggle to clear a growing backlog caused by Covid-19. People on modest incomes, and even those claiming benefits are turning to private providers for knee or hip replacements, cataract removal or even expensive cancer treatment.

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Julia Kollewe

People with chronic conditions among most at risk from Covid even after jabs

2 days 21 hours ago

Research finds those with Down’s syndrome, Parkinson’s and other conditions may benefit from booster dose

People living with chronic conditions such as Down’s syndrome and dementia remain among the most vulnerable to Covid-19 even after vaccination, research has found.

The study, based on data from more than 6.9 million vaccinated adults, 5.2 million of whom had received both doses, found that being vaccinated offers powerful protection against hospitalisation for almost all groups. However, a risk calculator based on the data shows that some groups remain at particular risk and may benefit from booster vaccine doses and treatments such as monoclonal antibodies.

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Hannah Devlin

NSW Covid cases exceed 50,000 since pandemic began as ACT records 15 new infections

2 days 23 hours ago

NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty gives update via video livestream as state records 1,331 new cases

New South Wales has recorded 1,331 new locally acquired Covid-19 infections and six more people with the virus have died.

The numbers were given by NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty via video livestream – the first time an update was given without questions from journalists since NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the end to daily Covid press conferences.

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Covid live news: Scotland follows England in terminating traffic light travel system — as it happened

3 days 4 hours ago

Scotland will not change testing rules; French president says close to 90% of people in country of 67 million have had at least one vaccine dose; UK reports 178 Covid-linked deaths

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Surges in coronavirus cases in several U.S. states this week, along with staffing and equipment shortages have prompted warnings at some facilities that care would be rationed.

Montana, Alaska, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Kentucky experienced the biggest rises in new Covid-19 hospitalizations during the week ending September 10th compared with the previous week.

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Nadeem Badshah (now); Nicola Slawson, Matthew Weaver, Harriet Grant and Helen Livingstone (earlier)

Digested week: start with a Monday from hell and go from there

3 days 5 hours ago

The pandemic continues to be a ball-ache but we were given a tiny and surprising point of light


Today was the kind of Monday we all dream of having. My 10-year-old son fell, hurt various bits of himself and smashed his two front teeth on the pavement. We spent the day in A&E, then the dentist. I and the extended family went into uncharacteristic convulsions when presented with the necessity of the latter, because our folk memory is saturated with horror stories of oral tortures past.

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Lucy Mangan