Thailand Scraps Plan for 16-Week Dose Gap on AstraZeneca Vaccine

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand has abandoned its plan for a 16-week gap between doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and will opt for a shorter interval of 10 to 12 weeks instead, a senior health official said on Friday. The government, which plans to use the AstraZeneca vaccine for most of its inoculations, had sought to reach more people faster […]

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UK government announce £36M AI research boost for NHS

A share of £36 million to test ‘state-of-the-art’ AI technology has been invested in projects that aim to help the NHS transform the quality of care and the speed of diagnoses for conditions such as lung cancer. At the CogX Festival last week, UK Health and Social Care secretary Matt Hancock announced the winners of the second wave of the […]

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Charting 60 years of treatments, health characteristics among people with dwarfism to improve quality of life

In a retrospective study believed to be one of the largest of its kind, researchers say they have successfully charted the health risks, growth patterns, and medical and surgical outcomes of 1,374 people with the most common form of dwarfism, called achondroplasia, seen over a 60-year period at four academic medical centers, including Johns Hopkins Medicine. The findings, according to […]

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Sport and health group guidelines will maintain positive social media use post-pandemic

Sport, physical activity and health organizations should keep using social media to deliver exercise and cooking classes and information on staying healthy even after pandemic restrictions have eased, according to new guidelines published by experts at the University of Birmingham. The guidelines are based on evidence gathered by researchers in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, that shows […]

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UK citizens of South Asian heritage most likely minority ethnic group to choose COVID vaccination

People of South Asian origin are the most likely of all Britain’s minority ethnic communities to agree to COVID-19 vaccination—the safest way to reach population immunity, a new study reveals. In the first survey focussing on the UK’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) population and other high-risk groups identified for priority vaccination, researchers discovered that from 4,884 respondents, 79.3 percent […]

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Risk of forced labour in clothing industry rises due to pandemic and industry response

Deteriorating living and working conditions for workers in garment supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic have increased the risk of forced labour, according to a new report from the University of Sheffield. ‘The Unequal Impacts of COVID-19 on Global Garment Supply Chains’ has found that workers in Ethiopia, Honduras, India, and Myanmar who produce many of the clothes we buy […]

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Social anxiety can increase distress related to mask-wearing during and after COVID-19

People who struggle with social anxiety might experience increased distress related to mask-wearing during and even after the COVID-19 pandemic. A paper authored by researchers from the University of Waterloo's Department of Psychology and Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment also has implications for those who haven't necessarily suffered from social anxiety in the past. "The adverse effects of […]

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