Q+A: COVID vaccine boosters – who will receive them and why are they being given?

Q+A: COVID vaccine boosters – who will receive them and why are they being given? ShotPrime Studio/Shutterstock After consulting its vaccine advisers, the UK government is launching its much-discussed COVID-19 vaccine booster programme. From the week beginning September 20 2021, a third dose will be offered to all people who…

Q+A: COVID vaccine boosters – who will receive them and why are they being given?

Q+A: COVID vaccine boosters – who will receive them and why are they being given? ShotPrime Studio/Shutterstock After consulting its vaccine advisers, the UK government is launching its much-discussed COVID-19 vaccine booster programme. From the week beginning September 20 2021, a third dose will be offered to all people who…

Resistance band workouts are everywhere – but do they work?

Resistance band workouts are everywhere – but do they work? And streeeetch … Vladimir Sukhachev Resistance-band exercises have been all over social media during the pandemic. In case you aren’t familiar with them, resistance bands are similar to an elastic band, usually made from a synthetic fibre like latex or…

COVID vaccine effects wane over time but still prevent death and severe illness

COVID vaccine effects wane over time but still prevent death and severe illness PIC SNIPE/Shutterstock Several countries – including the UK – are now offering third COVID-19 shots amid reports of vaccines proving less effective over time. But do these countries really need to embark on widespread booster campaigns? Here’s…

How will the COVID pandemic end?

How will the COVID pandemic end? After over 18 months of this pandemic, with the social distancing, mask wearing and on-off lockdowns, what we all want to know more than anything else is when it will all be over and how it will end. While nothing is certain, we have…

COVID-19: why infection rates among double-vaccinated older adults look worse than they are

COVID-19: why infection rates among double-vaccinated older adults look worse than they are Recently, ITV journalist Robert Peston caught COVID, despite being double vaccinated. This set Peston wondering how common it is for the fully vaccinated to get the disease. His analysis is now complete. The headline is fairly alarming:…

Cholesterol jab: why gene silencing drugs may work better than current treatments

Cholesterol jab: why gene silencing drugs may work better than current treatments The jab would be given twice a year. Girts Ragelis/ Shutterstock The NHS has very recently approved a new cholesterol-lowering jab which will be offered to 300,000 people over the next three years. The drug – inclisiran –…

Here’s what happens when two very different respiratory viruses infect the same cell – new study

Here’s what happens when two very different respiratory viruses infect the same cell – new study Influenza virus particles. Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock Right now, there’s just one virus on everyone’s minds: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. But humanity is plagued by many respiratory viruses, such as influenza A (IAV) and…

Four factors that increase the risk of vaccinated people getting COVID

Four factors that increase the risk of vaccinated people getting COVID Kazantseva Olga/Shutterstock Two weeks after your second COVID-19 vaccine dose, the protective effects of vaccination will be at their highest. At this point, you’re fully vaccinated. If you still get COVID-19 after this point, you’ve suffered a “breakthrough” infection.…

Type 2 diabetes: why treatment plans may need to be different for older adults

Type 2 diabetes: why treatment plans may need to be different for older adults Ageing can affect blood sugar control. November27/ Shutterstock Around 6% of the world’s population suffer from type 2 diabetes. People of any age can develop the condition, but the number of older adults with type 2…

UK Government lowering water standards – Waterways becoming open sewers.

UK Government lowering water standards. HGV driver shortages are now affecting waste water treatment resulting in the government letting polluters off the hook if they use Brexit as an excuse for not using the right chemicals to treat effluent. Government Guildance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publica… Patreon – http://www.patreon.com/MaxRobespierre Amazon – https://amzn.to/2QoRauj Facebook: –…

Egg freezing: why extending the ten-year limit won’t mean more older mums

Egg freezing: why extending the ten-year limit won’t mean more older mums The limit has been extended from ten years to up to 55 years. bezikus/ Shutterstock The number of women choosing to freeze their eggs is on the rise in Europe, including in the UK. Even during the pandemic,…

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