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UK Covid live: government 'confident' about vaccine supply after EU threat

Latest updates: Nadim Zahawi says UK deliveries will not be hindered after EU says it may block vaccine exportsEU vaccines threat will not affect UK deliveries, says Nadim ZahawiGerman government challenges reports on AstraZeneca vaccineEU threatens to block vaccine exports after AstraZeneca shortfallNew quarantine rules expected for arrivals to UKGlobal coronavirus updates - live 11.39am GMT...

Pharmaceutical giants not ready for next pandemic, report warns

Ten of the world’s most infectious diseases identified by the WHO not being catered for by drug firmsThe world’s biggest pharmaceutical firms are little prepared for the next pandemic despite a mounting response to the Covid-19 outbreak, an independent report has warned.Jayasree K Iyer, executive director of the Netherlands-based Access to Medicine Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation...

German government challenges AstraZeneca Covid vaccine efficacy reports

Newspaper had reported that government was expecting European regulator’s assessment to show that vaccine was only 8% effective among over-65The German government has challenged reports of a lower-than-expected efficacy rate of the AstraZeneca vaccine for older people, while reiterating concerns about the British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant’s data reporting.An article in German business daily...

Why more countries need covid vaccines, not just the richest ones

The global vaccine rollout is full of glitches, shortages, and problems, but not every country faces the same challenges. Evening out those inequalities to make sure poorer countries are included in the vaccination race isn’t just the ethical thing to do: it’s good for rich countries, too. A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that the entire global economy depends on...

Could understanding the history of anti-vaccine sentiment help us to overcome it?

Ever since Edward Jenner developed the first vaccine for smallpox there have been opportunistic people willing to spread misinformation. As the Covid-19 vaccines are administered, what’s the best way to counter them?Sarah and her brother Benjamin (not their real names) have never seen eye to eye. She’s a professional scientist, he – according to Sarah’s description – is someone who is...

Delaying the second Covid dose in the UK is controversial, but it's the right decision | Deborah Dunn-Walters

There are worries about the change in the vaccination schedule. However, a longer gap between jabs has its advantages tooCoronavirus – latest updatesDeborah Dunn-Walters is chair of the British Society for Immunology’s Covid-19 and Immunology taskforceA recent YouGov poll shows that the British are among the most willing in the world to take the Covid-19 vaccine. This is good news. But there...

You can teach an old dog new words, researchers find

Canines in Hungarian study appear to pick up unfamiliar terms through playWhether you can teach an old dog new tricks might be a moot point, but it seems some canines can rapidly learn new words, and do so through play.While young children are known to quickly pick up the names of new objects, the skill appears to be rare in animals. Continue...

What does history smell like? – podcast

What did London really smell like during the great stink of 1858? What odours wafted through the Battle of Waterloo? Were cities identifiable by the lingering aromas of the various commodities produced during the industrial revolution? It may not be possible to literally go back in time and give history a sniff, but a new project is aiming to identify and even recreate scents that would have...

Breakthrough design at UBCO vastly improves mechanical heart valve

New research coming out of UBC's Okanagan campus may take the current 'gold standard' for heart valves to a new level of reliability.A team of researchers at UBCO's Heart Valve Performance Lab (HVPL) has developed a way to improve overall blood flow through the valves, so the design of mechanical heart valves will more closely match the real thing.

Can dogs rapidly learn words?

A new study found that talented dogs can learn new words after hearing them only four times. While preliminary evidence seems to show that most dogs do not learn words (i.e. names of objects), unless eventually very extensively trained, a few individuals have shown some exceptional abilities.

Highly specific synaptic plasticity in addiction

Addiction, or substance use disorder (SUD), is a complex neurological condition that includes drug-seeking behavior among other cognitive, emotional and behavioral features. Synaptic plasticity, or changes in the way neurons communicate with one another, drives these addictive behaviors. A new study in Biological Psychiatry, published by Elsevier, now shows that players in the extracellular...

How did Florida fail to respond to a coral disease epizootic and what's to follow?

By 2020, losses of corals have been observed throughout Florida and into the greater Caribbean basin in what turned out to be likely the most lethal recorded case of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. A Perspectives paper, published in the open-access peer-reviewed journal Rethinking Ecology, provides an overview of how Florida ended up in a situation, where the best that could be done is rescuing...

No overall difference in concussion recovery time for male and female college athletes

Researchers found female and male collegiate athletes take approximately the same amount of time to recover from a concussion, with subtle differences in recovery time depending on the type of sports being played and the division level of the sport. The findings suggest that equity in access to sports medical care among college athletes may be contributing to these similar outcomes.

Research shows people with high omega-3 index less likely to die from COVID-19

Researchers with the Fatty Acid Research Institute (FARI) and collaborators at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and in Orange County, CA, have published the first direct evidence that higher omega-3 blood levels may reduce risk for death from COVID-19 infection. The report was published in the journal Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids on January 20, 2021.