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Severe COVID-19 linked to faulty genes and autoimmune condition

More than 10 percent of young and healthy people who develop severe COVID-19 have misguided antibodies that attack not the virus, but the immune system itself, new research shows. Another 3.5 percent, at least, carry a specific genetic mutation.

Heart rhythm in COVID-19 patients receiving hydroxychloroquine

Short-term hydroxychloroquine treatment is not associated with lethal heart rhythms in patients with COVID-19 who are risk assessed prior to receiving the drug.

Research compares accuracy of SARS-CoV-2 antibody assays

Research presented at the ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease has investigated the accuracy of a number of antibody assays.

Modular ward provides COVID-free zone

A new 18-bed modular ward has been installed at Kettering General Hospital (KGH) to provide extra capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MRFF backs COVID-19 vaccine candidate

The Commonwealth Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) has invested almost $3 million into new COVID-19 vaccine candidates led out of Melbourne.

Rapid 90-minute COVID-19 test shown to be highly accurate

A 90-minute COVID-19 test has been shown to have over 94 per cent sensitivity, and 100 per cent specificity in a new study.

New labs announced for COVID testing

Two new Lighthouse Labs in Newcastle and Bracknell will join the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history to help scale up testing capacity ahead of winter.

RCN calls for lessons to be learnt from pandemic response

Speaking at the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Coronavirus, RCN director of nursing, policy and public affairs, Susan Masters, called for an inquiry to investigate how the UK prepared for and responded to the pandemic.

£500m funding boost for rapid testing technologies

A £500 million funding package is being invested in next generation testing technology and increased testing capacity, the Health and Social Care Secretary has announced.

QVH takes part in COVID-19 antibody study

Up to 200 staff working for Queen Victoria Hospital are being recruited to take part in a major national study to help scientists to find out more about COVID-19 antibodies and whether having COVID-19 antibodies makes someone immune to the virus.

Most are comfortable with treatment during pandemic

A ​Medical Technology Group survey shows that patients are embracing technology during the COVID-19 pandemic, but still value real-life consultations.

Transferrin identified as potential contributor to COVID-19 severity

The University of Kent's School of Biosciences and the Institute of Medical Virology at Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, have identified that a glycoprotein known as transferrin may critically contribute to severe forms of COVID-19.

Take, Test and Treat: a free series of webinars

BD has teamed up with CloserStill Media, organisers of Health Plus Care, to present ‘Take, Test and Treat – The critical future in diagnostics and blood culture’ webinar series, taking place online on 8, 9 and 10 September.

Blood clots and lung injuries found in patients who have died of COVID

A new post-mortem study of patients who have died from COVID-19 found severe damage to the lungs and signs of blood clotting in major organs.

Ecolab to deliver five million litres of hand sanitiser to the NHS

Ecolab has been asked to supply NHS Supply Chain with five million litres of hand sanitiser by the end of the year, to meet increased demand in the wake of COVID-19.

Chemo doorstep drops help to keep cancer patients safe

Thousands of patients with cancer have had chemotherapy delivered to their doors so that they can more safely receive treatment during the coronavirus pandemic.

Expansion of COVID-19 infection survey announced for UK

The ONS COVID-19 Infection Survey tracking the virus in the general population will be expanded from regularly testing 28,000 people per fortnight in England to 150,000 by October, the Health Secretary has announced.

COVID-19 drives new NHS contracts for clinical decision support tool

Wolters Kluwer Health has won seven new NHS contracts for its clinical decision support tool UpToDate, as hospitals have turned to evidence-based support during the COVID-19 crisis.

Study finds 6% of the population have antibodies to the Coronavirus

More than 100,000 people across England have tested themselves for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies at home as part of a major research programme.

New research to investigate COVID-19 and ethnicity

The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have announced a multi-million-pound investment in six new projects to improve understanding of the links between COVID-19 and ethnicity.

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