Text messaging shows promise in reaching unvaccinated patients

Automated text messaging was as effective as direct phone calls in getting unvaccinated patients to seek out a COVID-19 shot, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that demonstrated the possibility of lower-cost alternatives to traditional patient outreach. The research was published today in JAMA Network Open. “The take-away is that the […]

Why COVID vaccines are deemed non-essential for UK young children

Throughout the pandemic the University of Huddersfield’s Department of Pharmacy has been raising awareness on what vaccines are, how they are formulated, and why they’re an important part of the healthcare strategy as well as the progress on further developments in COVID vaccines, so that people can make an educated decision on becoming vaccinated or if choosing for their children. In […]

Study reports first use of antivirals in monkeypox patients, highlighting challenges in understanding and treating this rare disease

Peer-reviewed/ Case study/ People An analysis of seven cases of monkeypox that occurred in the UK between 2018-2021 reports on the first instances of in-hospital transmission and household transmission outside of Africa. All patients in the study recovered following treatment in isolation in UK hospital units. Researchers observed patient responses to two different antiviral medications (brincidofovir and tecovirimat), suggesting that […]

Long COVID poses risks to vaccinated people, too

Even vaccinated people with mild breakthrough COVID-19 infections can experience debilitating, lingering symptoms that affect the heart, brain, lungs and other parts of the body, according to new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System. The study of more than 13 million veterans also found that vaccination against […]

Third dose of COVID-19 vaccine does not appear to increase severe adverse events

Investigators report that even though there was some increase in cases of low-severity adverse events after third-dose vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 infection with mRNA vaccines, such third-dose vaccination did not significantly increase severe adverse events. The findings appeared on April 14, 2022 in JAMA Network Open. As background the authors said. “Recent reports on waning of COVID-19 vaccine–induced immunity have led […]

Conventional vaccine messages miss the mark

Promotional campaigns designed to increase vaccine uptake are often ineffective, according to a new study in eight European countries. Some initiatives which highlight the benefits of immunisation may even be counterproductive, say scientists. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich worked with colleagues at the University of Trento and the London School of Economics and Political Science to test the […]

EU experts cautious on fourth dose of COVID-19

It is ‘too early’ to consider using a fourth dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in the general population, according to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control (ECDC). However, experts from both agencies agreed that a fourth dose – or second booster shot – can be given to adults 80 years of age. […]

A third of healthcare workers took sick leave after Covid vaccination, study finds

A third of healthcare workers took sick leave after being vaccinated against COVID-19, a German study presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Lisbon, Portugal, (23-26 April) has found. A healthy healthcare workforce is vital to cope with COVID-19, as well as with the pandemic’s wider effects on public health. As a result, […]

Additional COVID vaccine helps protect transplant patients

Additional booster doses of vaccine against COVID-19 are particularly important for those who are immunosuppressed, namely those who have had solid organ transplants, a new study shows. The study, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, shows that even after vaccination, patients taking immunosuppressive medications to prevent rejection of an organ transplant have higher risk for severe COVID-19 than those with […]

New COVID-19 nasal spray outperforms current antibody treatments in mice

A new protein-based antiviral nasal spray developed by researchers at Northwestern University, University of Washington and Washington University at St. Louis is being advanced toward Phase I human clinical trials to treat COVID-19. Designed computationally and refined in the laboratory, the new protein therapies thwarted infection by interfering with the virus’ ability to enter cells. The top protein neutralized the […]