Medical research

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US scientists develop cheap smartphone-based test kit for Covid
Doing a test with new technique costs a 10th as much as a PCR and has been as reliable in small-scale trial

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent

28, Jan, 2022 @4:40 PM

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Drug used to treat cancer may also help fight HIV, Australian research finds
Pembrolizumab has revolutionised treatments of cancers, including melanoma, and makes HIV vulnerable to attack

Melissa Davey Medical editor

27, Jan, 2022 @3:45 AM

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Frog regrows amputated leg after drug treatment
Nearly complete limb develops over 18 months, raising exciting possibilities for human patients

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent

26, Jan, 2022 @7:27 PM

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Coronavirus vaccines may reduce risk of long Covid, ONS study finds
Observational study finds double-jabbed people 41% less likely to report Covid symptoms 12 weeks after a positive test

Hannah Devlin and Nicola Davis

26, Jan, 2022 @4:17 PM

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About 300,000 in UK have potentially deadly aortic valve condition, study finds
NHS may struggle with future numbers, researchers warn, due to large pool of undiagnosed people

Andrew Gregory Health editor

25, Jan, 2022 @11:30 PM

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Long Covid: doctors find ‘antibody signature’ for patients most at risk
Low levels of certain antibodies found to be more common in those who go on to develop long Covid

Ian Sample Science editor

25, Jan, 2022 @4:00 PM

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‘Paradigm shift’ needed in way WHO is funded, says director general
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says Covid pandemic has proven that health is ‘an international issue’

Peter Beaumont

24, Jan, 2022 @2:48 PM

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Reaching for military metaphors won’t help Britain learn to live with Covid | Philip Ball
There will be no ‘victory’ or ‘armistice day’ – the reality of how pandemics end is far more complicated than that, says the science writer Philip Ball

Philip Ball

24, Jan, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Long Covid: nearly 2m days lost in NHS staff absences in England
MPs urge support for workers after data shows extent of ongoing illness in first 18 months of pandemic

Ian Sample Science editor

24, Jan, 2022 @12:01 AM

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Half of first-wave Covid cases may have lasting harm to sense of smell
Early findings in Swedish study show range of chronic olfactory problems in people infected in 2020

Ian Sample Science editor

23, Jan, 2022 @5:30 PM

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UK is over worst of Covid but beware of bumps on the road, says Prof Ferguson
Epidemiologist optimistic that UK deaths and hospitalisations will fall thanks to high immunity levels

Nicola Davis Science correspondent

23, Jan, 2022 @12:10 PM

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Can a sick note make you better? Dr Gavin Francis on the power of convalescence
After serious illness, busy lives mean a proper convalescence is now a rarity. But a full and proper recovery takes time. GP and writer Gavin Francis reveals why a sick note can be a ‘powerful prescription’

Emma Beddington

23, Jan, 2022 @9:00 AM

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