Health

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What I learnt as an Oxford vaccine guinea pig

September 13, 2020 11:08 am

I now feel like an expert in the pandemic. I’m not really, of course

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COVID-19 and the end of clinical medicine as we know it

September 8, 2020 9:12 am

Governments are producing a series of contradictory and confusing policies which have a brief shelf life as the next crisis emerges

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The problem with fast-tracking vaccines

September 2, 2020 11:52 pm

It can have disastrous effects — even if the shots work

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Bad news from my oncologist didn’t spoil my joyous reunion with my grandson

August 20, 2020 9:53 am

I hadn’t seen Oscar since Christmas, and had spent months looking forward to his visit

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Did female leaders trump men in dealing with the pandemic?

August 19, 2020 11:25 am

Gender-based study is permissible when it presents women in a positive light, and absolutely forbidden when it does not

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Why are we so sniffy about the Russian vaccine?

August 13, 2020 9:27 am

We don’t like Putin’s corrupt, authoritarian, nationalistic administration. But what if he’s got this one right?

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Could mass testing for COVID-19 do more harm than good?

August 12, 2020 3:57 pm

The drawbacks of false-positive results can be substantial

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How dangerous is COVID? A Swedish doctor’s perspective

August 11, 2020 7:17 am

Sweden ripped the metaphorical band-aid off quickly and got the epidemic over and done with in a short amount of time

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Why are black Americans likelier to die of COVID than Latinos?

August 8, 2020 2:34 pm

Latino poverty is no less than black poverty and Latino access to quality healthcare is no better than for black Americans

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Never has a virus been so oversold

August 7, 2020 8:50 am

I’d like to sign on with COVID’s agent. What a publicity budget

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A look into the post-RBG world of American politics

July 31, 2020 4:01 pm

Spoiler alert: not much will change

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Sports are back — but COVID isn’t gone

July 29, 2020 2:05 pm

‘Your linemen are right next to each other spitting in each other’s faces — there’s really no avoiding that.’

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Is the handshake ready to bow out?

July 25, 2020 1:40 pm

The advantages of bowing, apart from the public health benefits, are that it is dignified and solemn

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How much do face masks actually help?

July 24, 2020 9:34 am

Despite two decades of pandemic preparedness, there is considerable uncertainty as to the value of wearing masks

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In an age of science, why are face masks a matter of opinion?

July 23, 2020 12:04 am

Nobody sane disputes the scientific method. So why are we wasting time talking about face masks?

blood

Why should I have to wear a face mask to give blood?

July 22, 2020 11:40 pm

Over in Wales, they’d make me remove it

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What we don’t (yet) know about the Oxford vaccine

July 21, 2020 9:52 am

The presence of antibodies is not a guarantee that a person could not develop COVID-19

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The Oxford vaccine appears to have surpassed expectations

July 20, 2020 1:17 pm

The vaccine garners both an autobody and T-cell response which it is hoped may provide lasting immunity to the disease

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How hopeful should we be about Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine?

July 17, 2020 11:12 am

There are early signs of promise, but this vaccine has many hurdles still to jump

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T-cell immunity can last for 17 years, study shows

July 16, 2020 11:06 am

The vaccine race between Oxford/AstraZeneca and its rivals is a battle to stay ahead of the curve

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Is it a ‘transphobic lie’ to say ‘only females get cervical cancer’?

July 16, 2020 9:02 am

Trans women are inherently incapable of experiencing the full biological expression of femaleness

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What happens when coronavirus mutates?

July 3, 2020 11:34 am

Mutations arise as the virus replicates and new, slightly imperfect, copies are made of the genetic material

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Is the Lancet becoming too political?

July 1, 2020 9:12 am

Playing politics makes it easy for critics to question your intentions

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In praise of French doctors

June 27, 2020 11:43 am

Thirty-five years ago, my nurse had competed against an English team who played rugby with a violence that was incredible

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The drugs that can help us defeat COVID-19

June 24, 2020 12:01 pm

Anti-virals and anti-inflammatories are potential strategies