Flu vaccination rate holds steady but misinformation about flu and Covid-19 persists

Although the public had been alerted that this winter could be a potentially bad flu season, barely half of Americans said in January that they had received a flu shot, a vaccination level unchanged in a representative national panel from the comparable period last year, according to a new Annenberg Science Knowledge (ASK) survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the […]

The SAIVE trial for prevention of COVID-19

Professor Colleen Aldous is a research professor at in the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa. She recently described the SAIVE trial of prophylactic ivermectin for covid-19 as the “best quality RCT we have yet seen published on ivermectin”. In this series of short videos, she explains what makes the SAIVE trial so good […]

Boiled peanuts could help overcome childhood allergy

Boiling peanuts for up to 12 hours could help overcome children’s allergic reactions, according to the results of a clinical trial which found up to 80% of children with peanut allergy became desensitised to eating peanuts. The study, was conducted by at Flinders University and South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute and published in the journal Clinical & Experimental […]

COVID-19 vaccine acceptance increased globally in 2022

Global willingness to accept a COVID-19 vaccine increased from 75.2% in 2021 to 79.1% in 2022, according to a new survey of 23 countries that represent more than 60% of the world’s population, published today in Nature Medicine. Vaccine acceptance decreased in eight countries however, and nearly one in eight vaccinated respondents were hesitant about receiving a booster dose. This third annual study, […]

A three-dose malaria vaccine shows safety, efficacy in West African adults

A three-dose regimen of a whole-parasite vaccine against malaria — called Plasmodium falciparum sporozoite (PfSPZ) vaccine — demonstrated safety and efficacy when tested in adults living in Burkina Faso, West Africa, which has endemic malaria. That is the finding of a new study published on Dec. 7, 2022, in Science Translational Medicine. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s […]

Treating COVID-19 infection with molnupiravir does not decrease deaths or hospital admission in high-risk, vaccinated patients, but can lead to quicker recovery

Molnupiravir (taken as an 800mg dose twice daily for five days) does not reduce hospital admissions or deaths in vaccinated adults with COVID-19 infection who are at higher risk of mortality, according to the results of a randomised controlled trial, published in The Lancet journal. However, the patients treated at home with molnupiravir recovered quicker compared to the control group. Previous studies […]

Why do many young cancer survivors forgo human papillomavirus vaccination?

Although young cancer survivors face an elevated risk for later developing cervical, oropharyngeal, and several other human papillomavirus (HPV)–related cancers, HPV vaccination rates among this group remain low. This is primarily because of certain vaccine‐related concerns, according to a study published by Wiley online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. To understand why young cancer survivors often opt out […]

The impact of vitamin D on auto-immune disease

A recent prospective study has shown that vitamin D supplementation has a “strongly positive effect” in reducing the incidence of rheumatoid arthritis, Martin Hewison, Professor of Molecular Endocrinology, explains. [embedded content] The recognition that low vitamin D levels were linked with increased risks of a variety of health issues, including common cancers and autoimmune disease, prompted calls for prospective, randomised, […]

Why do people become vitamin D deficient?

Vitamin D deficiency occurs even in sunny parts of the world and one way to tackle it could be fortification of flour, a foodstuff that is used by most communities, suggests Professor of Molecular Endocrinology, Martin Hewison. [embedded content] One reason for low levels of vitamin D is limited exposure to sunlight and countries in the far North or South […]