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The Shingrix Vaccine and COVID-19

The Shingrix vaccine, shingles vaccine appears to give benefit and help to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in older adults. An interesting preprint published in medRxiv by Bruxvoort and others suggests that vaccines may elicit long term boosting of innate immune responses...

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COVID-19 Infection, Immunity from Vaccination or Infection?

A personal view published by Milne and others in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine October 21st 2021, looks at this.  It is further discussed by Altmann and others in a comment published October 21st 2021.  Many nations are pursuing the rollout of SARS-CoV-2...

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A New but Old Treatment for Lyme’s Disease

A study published by Leimer and others in Cell October 6th 2021, highlighted the rediscovery of the antibiotic hygromycin A against Lyme’s disease.  Lyme’s disease is on the rise.   It is caused by the spirochete Borreliella burgdorferi and affects an...

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COVID-19 Therapies in the Community Setting

The editorial published in Lancet Infectious Diseases October 14th 2021, reviews this issue. There has been widespread coverage in the media of Merck and Ridgeback's interim results of their phase 2 trial of the antiviral molnupiravir.  According to a press...

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Tau Protein and Neurodegenerative Diseases

An article published by Stahlberg and Riek in Nature September 2021 establishes that high resolution structures of previously uncharacterised strains of tau fibril purified from the postmortem brains of individuals with various neurodegenerative diseases could be used...

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Remote Working, Is It Beneficial?

An interesting paper published on 9th September 2021, in Nature Human Behaviour by Yang and others looked at the effect of remote working on collaboration amongst information workers.   The COVID-19 pandemic caused a rapid shift to full time remote work for...

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