Friday Five

CQC State of Care report, NHS under ‘sustainable pressure’, over-50s to come forward for booster jabs, pig kidney tested in human and gene silencing medicine – this week’s Friday Five

Health minister claims NHS is under ‘sustainable pressure’ Edward Argar, a health minister has claimed the NHS is under “sustainable pressure” despite the concern being raised by a major doctors’ union urging the government to introduce stricter measures to reduce the spread of Covid. The British Medical Association (BMA) have insisted that the “time is…

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Winter rescue package for face-to-face GP appointments, accurate lateral flow tests and the British government’s ‘historic public health failure’ – this week’s Friday Five

£250 winter rescue package unveiled in attempt to boost face-to-face GP consultations Emergency funding of £250 million is being handed to GPs in an attempt to increase face-to-face appointments amid mounting criticism about the fall in face-to-face appointments since the beginning of the pandemic. Whilst 80% of appointments were held in person before the pandemic,…

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Pfizer vaccine efficacy, new sickle-cell disease drug, malaria vaccine approval, and one in 10 to have diabetes by 2030 – this week’s Friday Five

Effectiveness of Pfizer vaccine found to drop after 6 months According to data published on Monday, the effectiveness of the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE vaccine in preventing Covid infection dropped to 47% from 88% six months after the second dose. The analysis also demonstrated that the vaccine’s effectiveness in preventing hospitalisation and death remained high at…

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Half of young people willing to have a Covid jab, Vitamin A to restore sense of smell, HRT not linked to dementia and long-term use of anti-depressants – this week’s Friday Five

Over half of young people willing to have Covid jab A large study in England has demonstrated that half of the children and young people aged nine to 18 are willing or eager to be vaccinated against Covid. The study was carried out during the summer term and asked over 27,000 students at 180 schools…