Medical research

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Omicron: what do we know about the new Covid variant?
Scientists are racing to establish the variant’s transmissibility, effect on immune system and chance of hospitalisation or death

Robin McKie Science Editor

05, Dec, 2021 @8:00 AM

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‘Wall of secrecy’ in Pfizer contracts as company accused of profiteering
US company faces scrutiny over Covid profits after UK agrees to secrecy clause

Jon Ungoed-Thomas

05, Dec, 2021 @6:30 AM

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UK’s progress on Covid now squandered, warns top scientist
Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of Wellcome Trust, suggests emergence of Omicron variant means pandemic is far from over

Michael Savage and Robin McKie

05, Dec, 2021 @1:19 AM

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Australia and Omicron: how and when will the Covid pandemic actually end?
We were looking forward to a summer of relative normality, then along came a new coronavirus variant

Melissa Davey Medical editor

03, Dec, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Black and south Asian people in UK urged to get jabs to cut higher Covid death rates
Disparity with white people who have lower death rate relative to infection rate suspected to be due to slower vaccine uptake

Ian Sample Science editor

03, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Sex ratio of babies linked to pollution and poverty indicators
Study finds some pollutants are correlated with higher levels of boys and others with more girls

Damian Carrington Environment editor

02, Dec, 2021 @7:00 PM

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What are pros and cons of whole-genome sequencing for every UK baby?
Knowing a baby’s whole genetic code would help detect a range of health problems, but would not replace need for some existing tests

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent

02, Dec, 2021 @5:40 PM

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How probable is it Omicron Covid variant will take hold in UK?
Analysis: UK’s early vaccine deployment and use of different vaccines to South Africa mean it’s too soon to say

Nicola Davis

02, Dec, 2021 @5:31 PM

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UK drugs watchdog approves new Covid treatment Xevudy
Drug found in trials to cut vulnerable adults’ risk of hospital admission and death by 79%

Andrew Gregory Health editor

02, Dec, 2021 @10:01 AM

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The pandemic body: how the Covid era changed us – from hair loss to weight gain
Sore, blurry eyes, decaying teeth, spreading feet – the strange, difficult years of coronavirus have had unexpected effects on our general health

Amy Fleming

02, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Omicron variant found around world as more nations tighten travel rules
US among more than 50 nations bringing in stricter border controls as variant is identified in 24 countries

Peter Beaumont

01, Dec, 2021 @7:02 PM

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‘Traitor’: the Australian researchers working under the weight of pandemic misinformation
Scientists face barrage of conspiracy theories and falsehoods at unprecedented levels, study finds

Melissa Davey Medical editor

01, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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