Health

Novartis’s Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec) Receives Health Canada Approval as the First Gene Replacement Therapy for Inherited Retinal Disease

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Shots: Health Canada has approved Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec) as a one-time gene therapy for the treatment of adult & pediatric patients with vision loss due to inherited retinal dystrophy caused by confirmed biallelic RPE65 mutations and who have sufficient viable retinal cells Luxturna is designed… Read More »Novartis’s Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec) Receives Health Canada Approval as the First Gene Replacement Therapy for Inherited Retinal Disease

Australia’s drug regulator TGA approves Covid tests that deliver results in 15 minutes

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Healthcare workers and health departments will be among the first to use the rapid antigen tests Full Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by state Follow our global live blog Vic cases map; NSW cases map NSW hotspots list; Qld hotspots list Australia’s drugs regulator… Read More »Australia’s drug regulator TGA approves Covid tests that deliver results in 15 minutes

Oxford Covid-19 vaccine is still possible this year, says AstraZeneca chief

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Pharmaceutical firm’s boss says 2020 deadline possible if regulators move fast Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine could still be available by the end of the year, or early next year, according to the company’s chief executive, Pascal Soriot,… Read More »Oxford Covid-19 vaccine is still possible this year, says AstraZeneca chief

Oxford University Covid vaccine trial put on hold due to possible adverse reaction in participant

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A spokesman for AstraZeneca, the company working on the coronavirus vaccine, said pausing trials was common during vaccine development The development of a promising Covid-19 vaccine has been put on hold due to a possible adverse reaction in a trial participant. A spokesman for AstraZeneca,… Read More »Oxford University Covid vaccine trial put on hold due to possible adverse reaction in participant

Honey better treatment for coughs and colds than antibiotics, study claims

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Research suggests honey also more effective than many over-the-counter medicines Honey may be better than conventional treatments for coughs, blocked noses and sore throats, researchers have said. The substance is cheap, readily available, and has virtually no side-effects. Doctors can recommend it as a suitable… Read More »Honey better treatment for coughs and colds than antibiotics, study claims

‘Vaccine nationalism’ stands in the way of an end to the Covid-19 crisis | Stephen Buranyi

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Russia is not the only country pursuing domestic politics over global cooperation in the fight against coronavirus We’re all waiting for a coronavirus vaccine, but when Russia announced earlier this week that it would be the first country to approve one, nobody rejoiced. Scientists pointed… Read More »‘Vaccine nationalism’ stands in the way of an end to the Covid-19 crisis | Stephen Buranyi

Australia experiencing critical shortage of antidepressants, contraceptives and HRT

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Reasons for shortages are often unclear and substitutes, which are not subsidised by PBS, are prohibitively expensive Australia is experiencing a critical shortage of key drugs including antidepressants, contraceptives and hormone replacement therapies, a situation that experts say highlights systemic problems with medicine supply in… Read More »Australia experiencing critical shortage of antidepressants, contraceptives and HRT

Pelvic mesh scandal is what happens when men with power ignore women | Richard Vize

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Cumberlege report is a damning reminder of how arrogant, intimidating doctors have suppressed their patients’ views Julia Cumberlege’s report into avoidable harm inflicted by the healthcare system exposes an institutional inability to listen to patients in general and women in particular. Her investigation into decades… Read More »Pelvic mesh scandal is what happens when men with power ignore women | Richard Vize

The pelvic mesh scandal makes it clear: doctors must declare any funding | Margaret McCartney

We need a public register to show if healthcare professionals are in the pay of industry – or more patients will suffer It was never “just women’s problems”. After decades of having their suffering dismissed, many patients will have been relieved about the publication of… Read More »The pelvic mesh scandal makes it clear: doctors must declare any funding | Margaret McCartney

Thanks to a new drug for cystic fibrosis, I can plan a future I thought I’d never have | Isabelle Jani-Friend

With the NHS deal on Kaftrio, I’m likely to live longer. This is why swift access to novel treatments is so important It’s been 15 weeks since I went into isolation to shield from Covid-19 – having cystic fibrosis (CF) put me in the high-risk… Read More »

Thanks to a new drug for cystic fibrosis, I can plan a future I thought I’d never have | Isabelle Jani-Friend

WHO says trials show malaria and HIV drugs don’t cut Covid-19 hospital deaths

Hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir not found to help patients in hospital Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir for patients… Read More »

WHO says trials show malaria and HIV drugs don’t cut Covid-19 hospital deaths

Australian drugmakers hit by critical shortages at height of pandemic, inquiry hears

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Evidence given to parliamentary committee sparks new calls to develop national capability to manufacture medicines and key supplies Australian companies were “shocked” to experience price-gouging and had trouble accessing critical supplies to make medicines and personal protective equipment at the height of the pandemic, a… Read More »Australian drugmakers hit by critical shortages at height of pandemic, inquiry hears

How will the world’s poorest people get a coronavirus vaccine? | Achal Prabhala and Kate Elder

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Rich countries’ governments are putting all their trust in a marriage of markets and philanthropy called Gavi Vaccines for Covid-19 are coming. Billions of dollars are flowing in, over 100 efforts are under way, and at least 13 leading candidates are already being tested on… Read More »

How will the world’s poorest people get a coronavirus vaccine? | Achal Prabhala and Kate Elder

The Lancet’s editor: ‘The UK’s response to coronavirus is the greatest science policy failure for a generation’

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Richard Horton does not hold back in his criticism of the UK’s response to the pandemic and the medical establishment’s part in backing fatal government decisions Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage There is a school of thought that says now is… Read More »

The Lancet’s editor: ‘The UK’s response to coronavirus is the greatest science policy failure for a generation’

TEDMED 2020 Meetups

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TEDMED Meetups, uniquely designed conversations, engage the entire TEDMED community to share their individual perspectives and voices to help improve humanity’s health. Read on to view some of the details of these captivating conversations taking place at TEDMED 2020. Meetup 1 Tuesday, March 3rd, 8:00… Read More »TEDMED 2020 Meetups

10 tips for cultivating wellbeing

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What is wellbeing? I would describe wellbeing as the holistic experience of feeling energised, comfortable, connected and inspired. Our personal wellbeing is cultivated by all the unconditionally kind, wise and compassionate choices we make to nurture our health and happiness. These choices encompass our thoughts… Read More »10 tips for cultivating wellbeing