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Stomach bugs dropped during lockdown, more women getting tested for autism, ONS says no evidence Covid vaccine leads to young deaths, new NHS steam therapy for enlarged prostate symptoms – this week’s Friday Five

No evidence to show Covid vaccines increase deaths in young people – ONS The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have previously been linked to higher rates of heart conditions myocarditis and pericarditis in young people who received the injections. While these conditions are rare, a second Covid jab appeared to increase the likelihood of these conditions…

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AI scan to reduce risk of still birth, rising levels of Covid, new £1bn private hospital and all travel restrictions dropped – this week’s Friday Five

Trial begins of AI scan that could reduce risk of stillbirth and other conditions Scientists are launching a trial of a new scanning technique that could identify women at high risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, including stillbirth and pre-eclampsia, by analysing their placentas. Some hospitals within the NHS are beginning to introduce a screening algorithm that uses…

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Covid cases rising, hospitals told to allow visitors, man given pigs heart dies and Covid treatment causing drug resistant mutation – this week’s Friday Five

Covid cases rising among those aged 55 and over Covid cases appear to be rising in older people as increased socialising, waning immunity and a more transmissible version of the Omicron variant threaten to fuel a resurgence of the virus. The suspected uptick has raised concerns as older people are more prone to severe Covid and…

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Confirmation of the end of VCOD, white people at higher risk of cancer, NHS unprepared for ageing population and support needed for GPs – this week’s Friday Five

Compulsory Covid jabs for care home staff scrapped On Tuesday, the government confirmed that a requirement for health workers to have a COVID-19 vaccination would no longer be introduced in April and care home workers would no longer be required to have the shots from March 15. Regulations making vaccination a requirement for patient-facing healthcare…