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Pharmacology - Social Sciences - 19.04.2021
Researchers win 1.3M funding to make a portable device to detect street drug ’spice’
A portable device to detect spice is being developed at Bath. This will be the first gadget to give on-the-spot readings for the street drug.

Health - Pharmacology - 16.04.2021

Health - Pharmacology - 15.04.2021
Risk of rare blood clotting higher for COVID-19 than for vaccines
COVID-19 leads to a several-times higher risk of cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) blood clots than current COVID-19 vaccines.

Health - Pharmacology - 14.04.2021
Over-80s show similar antibody responses following single vaccination with either Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine - but cellular responses are enhanced after AstraZeneca vaccine
People aged over 80 receiving a single dose of either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca COVID vaccine show equivalent antibody responses five weeks post vaccination.

Health - Pharmacology - 14.04.2021
Profile: How UK doctor linked rare blood-clotting to AstraZeneca Covid jab
Professor Marie Scully (UCL Cardiovascular Science) is interviewed about her about her work identifying a new rare blood clotting syndrome linked to the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine & established the correct test & treatments for patients, helping save lives.

Health - Pharmacology - 13.04.2021
COVID-19 drug screening hub at the University of Glasgow begins work
A new COVID-19 drug screening and resistance hub in Scotland, based at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR), has begun its vital work.

Health - Pharmacology - 13.04.2021
Newly launched British biotech company pioneers ground-breaking potential treatments for COVID-19
Newly launched British biotech company pioneers ground-breaking potential treatments for COVID-19
A team of top scientists from the University of Bristol have announced the formation of a new biotech company that is developing ground-breaking and newly patented potential treatments for coronavirus.

Health - Pharmacology - 13.04.2021
Artificial Intelligence used to automate assessment of Mesothelioma
Patients receiving treatment for the "asbestos cancer", Mesothelioma, are being assessed with Artificial Intelligence (AI) as part of a prototype imaging system which could revolutionise the way people with the disease are cared for.

Health - Pharmacology - 12.04.2021
Asthma drug budesonide shortens recovery time in non-hospitalised patients with COVID-19
Inhaled budesonide, a common corticosteroid, is the first widely available, inexpensive drug found to shorten recovery times in COVID-19 patients aged over 50 who are treated at home and in other community settings, reports the UK's PRINCIPLE trial in 1,779 participants.

Health - Pharmacology - 12.04.2021
Weather forecasts that predict meningitis outbreaks
Weather forecasts that predict meningitis outbreaks
Scientists are using weather forecasts to predict the location and scale of impending meningitis outbreaks in sub-Saharan Africa. It is part of an early-warning system being piloted with the aim of giving health agencies more time to activate emergency response plans.

Pharmacology - 09.04.2021

Health - Pharmacology - 07.04.2021
Opinion: The risks of the AstraZeneca jab are so small, yet the gains are so great
Research into the potential link between the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine and blood clots is urgently needed, but the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks even if a causal link is established, says Professor David Werring (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology).

Health - Pharmacology - 01.04.2021
Dual dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine elicits strong antibody immune responses in older people
A University of Birmingham-led study supported by the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium has found that 98% of people aged 80 or over who had two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine had a strong antibody immune response. The research involved 100 people aged 80 to 96, who were living independently, and had received the Pfizer vaccine twice at three weeks apart.

Pharmacology - Health - 30.03.2021
Overwhelming public support for donating vaccines to low-income countries
A survey led by the University of Oxford has found that most people in high-income countries support donating some of their country's COVID-19 vaccine supplies to low-income nations who would otherwise struggle to gain access.

Career - Pharmacology - 30.03.2021
Uncertainty on cuts to research funding risks jeopardising UK’s position as a scientific superpower
Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research), comments on recent uncertainty about, and cuts to, research funding: "From the rapid generation of vaccines by UK scientists to the discovery of ne

Pharmacology - Health - 29.03.2021
Researchers create online resource to optimise NHS routes for housebound vaccinations
Two engineering DPhil students from the University of Oxford have created a website for GP surgeries across the UK to optimise the delivery of Covid-19 vaccinations to the UK's 1 million housebound patients.

Health - Pharmacology - 26.03.2021
Volunteers needed for study looking into whether COVID-19 and flu vaccines can be administered at the same time
Researchers at the Bristol Trials Centre (CTEU) at the University of Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) are leading a new study which could set the foundations for how booster COVID-19 vaccinations are delivered in the future.

Health - Pharmacology - 25.03.2021
New partnership enables access to state-of-the-art radiotherapy machine in Oxford | University of Oxford
New partnership enables access to state-of-the-art radiotherapy machine in Oxford | University of Oxford
The new ViewRay MRIdian machine is the first of its kind in the UK and will help to improve challenging cancer treatment through faster, tailored radiotherapy.

Health - Pharmacology - 25.03.2021
Cambridge leads national drug trial to prevent deaths after COVID-19 patients leave hospital
Cambridge leads national drug trial to prevent deaths after COVID-19 patients leave hospital
A UK-wide study is being launched to reduce the number of people who die in the months following a stay in hospital with COVID-19.

Health - Pharmacology - 24.03.2021
Patients should receive COVID-19 vaccine before surgery to reduce risk of postoperative death - study
Patients should receive COVID-19 vaccine before surgery to reduce risk of postoperative death - study
Patients waiting for elective surgery should get COVID-19 vaccines ahead of the general population - potentially helping to avoid thousands of post-operative deaths linked to the virus, according to a new study funded by the NIHR.

Pharmacology - Health - 24.03.2021
Over 4 in 5 people who were hesitant would now take Covid-19 vaccine
More than four in five (86%) people who were unsure or said no to a Covid-19 vaccine in December 2020 would now take one, or have already been vaccinated, finds the latest research by UCL's Virus Watch study. Published today, the new findings, part of UCL Virus Watch's longitudinal study of over 46,000 people in England and Wales, show the fall in vaccine hesitancy was consistent across all ethnic groups.

Pharmacology - Health - 23.03.2021
The RECOVERY Trial: One year on
The Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY (RECOVERY) trial was officially launched on 23 March 2020.

Health - Pharmacology - 23.03.2021
How Bristol's research has played a key role in the world's response to COVID-19
How Bristol’s research has played a key role in the world’s response to COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, academics from across the University of Bristol joined together to understand the virus and the impact of the pandemic. Today [23 March] is a year since the first UK lockdown and their research is continuing to play a key role in global efforts to overcome the disease.

Health - Pharmacology - 22.03.2021
Cambridge leads trial to see if tapeworm drug can boost protection from COVID-19 among vulnerable
Cambridge leads trial to see if tapeworm drug can boost protection from COVID-19 among vulnerable
UK researchers are launching a clinical trial to investigate if the drug niclosamide, usually used to treat tapeworms, can prevent COVID-19 infection in vulnerable, high risk kidney patients and reduce the number of people who become seriously ill or die from it.

Health - Pharmacology - 16.03.2021
CPAP breathing aid helping COVID-19 patients in over 15 countries
CPAP breathing aid helping COVID-19 patients in over 15 countries
The low-cost breathing aid developed by UCL, UCLH and Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains - the UCL-Ventura - is helping to cut deaths from COVID-19 in hospitals around the world.

Health - Pharmacology - 12.03.2021
Experts support health professionals and mums-to-be on COVID vaccination
Global health professionals are joining the latest in a series of online expert workshops aimed at improving the care of pregnant women during the current COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in lowand middle-income countries.

Pharmacology - Social Sciences - 12.03.2021

Health - Pharmacology - 07.03.2021
Opinion: Remember those NHS volunteers? We need them now in the fight against Covid
Community health workers across Asia play a pivotal role in contact-tracing and boosting vaccine uptake in hesitant groups, says Professor Anthony Costello (UCL Institute for Global Health).

Pharmacology - Health - 05.03.2021

Health - Pharmacology - 04.03.2021
Funding boost to tackle bowel cancer 'postcode lottery'
Funding boost to tackle bowel cancer ’postcode lottery’
Bowel cancer patients in Yorkshire will continue to benefit from improvements in diagnosis and treatment following a £2.1 million funding boost from Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Health - Pharmacology - 04.03.2021
Albumin provides no benefit to hospitalised patients with advanced liver disease
Albumin provides no benefit to hospitalised patients with advanced liver disease
Daily infusions of albumin provide no significant health benefit to patients hospitalised with advanced liver cirrhosis, over and above 'standard care', finds a large-scale multicentre trial led by UCL researchers.

Health - Pharmacology - 03.03.2021
PRINCIPLE Covid-19 treatments trial widens to under 50s and adds colchicine
From today, the UK's national priority platform trial of Covid-19 treatments for recovery at home launches its investigation of the gout drug colchicine, and expands for the first time to include adults of any age.

Health - Pharmacology - 26.02.2021
Single dose of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine reduces asymptomatic infections and potential for SARS-CoV-2 transmission
Single dose of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine reduces asymptomatic infections and potential for SARS-CoV-2 transmission
New data from Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge suggests that a single dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine can reduce by four-fold the number of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections.

Health - Pharmacology - 19.02.2021
Global taskforce set to demystify and overcome vaccine hesitancy amid COVID-19 pandemic
International experts are joining forces to combat vaccine hesitancy by tackling its root cause - misinformation - and arming key influencers with the facts.

Health - Pharmacology - 18.02.2021
Major 2.2m research project aims to improve treatment and understanding of Long COVID
Major 2.2m research project aims to improve treatment and understanding of Long COVID
The University of Birmingham today launches a major new 2.2m government-funded research project to improve the treatment, causes and symptoms of so-called Long COVID in non-hospitalised patients.

Health - Pharmacology - 15.02.2021
UofG announces research collaboration with Lilly to discover potential new drug targets
The University of Glasgow has entered into a research collaboration with pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company, that aims to discover and validate the next generation of drug targets for immunological diseases.

Health - Pharmacology - 11.02.2021
Opinion: Poor support for self-isolation undermines the UK’s Covid vaccination effort
The more that Covid-19 is allowed to replicate in the community, the greater the risk of mutations that escape the vaccines, argues Professor Anthony Costello (UCL Institute for Global Health).

Health - Pharmacology - 10.02.2021
Drug trial that could improve respiratory recovery from COVID-19 now underway
A clinical trial has commenced this week to test whether a drug called Almitrine can help people who are seriously ill with COVID-19 to recover from the disease.

Health - Pharmacology - 09.02.2021
Common asthma treatment reduces need for hospitalisation in COVID-19 patients
A team of medical research and statistical modelling experts at Oxford University and the Alan Turing Institute have conducted a joint analysis to assess the impact of the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app. The research suggests the app stopped between 200,000 and 900,000 infections between 1st October and 31st December 2020, when 1.9 million people were infected with coronavirus in England and Wales.

Health - Pharmacology - 04.02.2021
New education resources launched to mark World Cancer Day and inspire next generation of researchers
Cardiff University has teamed up with the Wales Cancer Research Centre to launch a competition and education pack to mark World Cancer Day.

Pharmacology - Health - 02.02.2021
Pfizer BioNTech vaccine likely to be effective against B1.1.7 strain of SARS-CoV-2
Pfizer BioNTech vaccine likely to be effective against B1.1.7 strain of SARS-CoV-2
The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine BNT162b2 is likely to be effective against the B1.1.7 variant of SARS-CoV-2, even though its efficacy is modestly affected, say scientists at the University of Cambridge.

Health - Pharmacology - 02.02.2021
Analysis: Egg freezing is on the up - but new research raises questions about how clinics advertise
Dr Zeynep Gurtin (UCL EGA Institute for Women's Health) discusses her analysis of the UK's 15 largest fertility clinics which offer egg freezing, warning that in general they provide a poor standard of information.
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