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Covid-19: Seven UK blood clot deaths after AstraZeneca vaccine

Covid-19: Seven UK blood clot deaths after AstraZeneca vaccine

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EPASeven people have died from unusual blood clots after getting the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK, the medicines regulator has confirmed to the BBC. In total, 30 people out of 18 million vaccinated by 24 March had these clots.It is still not clear if they are just a coincidence or a genuine side effect of the vaccine.The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency says the benefits continue to outweigh any risk. However, concern has led to other countries including Germany, France, the Netherlands and Canada to restrict the vaccine's use only to older people. The data released by the MHRA on Friday showed 22 cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) which is a type of blood clot in the brain. These were accompanied by low levels of platelets, which help form blood cl...
European regulator: ‘No indication’ Oxford jab is cause of blood clots

European regulator: ‘No indication’ Oxford jab is cause of blood clots

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The European Union's medicines agency has said there is "no indication" that Oxford-AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine is the cause of reported blood clots.The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has been carrying out a case-by-case evaluation of incidents and was expected to complete its review on Thursday, said executive director Emer Cooke. Live updates COVID updates from the UK and around the world The review began after a report from the Norwegian Medicines Agency revealed blood clotting events in four adults who had the COVID-19 jab.But on Tuesday, the EMA said it was "firmly convinced" the vaccine's benefits outweighed the risk of side effects. ...
Germany, France, Italy and Spain pause Oxford jab amid blood clot concerns

Germany, France, Italy and Spain pause Oxford jab amid blood clot concerns

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Germany, France, Italy and Spain are suspending use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine as EU regulators investigate reports some people developed blood clots after having the jab.The German health ministry, the Italian medicines authority and French President Emmanuel Macron said the measure was a "precaution" while the European Medicines Agency (EMA) looks into the matter. Mr Macron said EU regulators were expected to give guidance on Tuesday afternoon.Spain joined the group early on Monday evening, with a pause in its use of the vaccine to last at least two weeks, and Slovenia has also temporarily halted its rollout of the jab.The countries are the latest European nations to stop administering the AstraZeneca vaccine amid concerns over possible links to the clots. ...
High blood pressure during pregnancy raises heart risk later

High blood pressure during pregnancy raises heart risk later

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Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Women with a history of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy show signs of significant changes in the structure and function of their hearts 10 years after childbirth, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Among those who experienced preeclampsia or gestational hypertension and still had high blood pressure 8 to 10 years after giving birth, nearly four of five women had left ventricular remodeling, or relative thickening of the walls of their left ventricles, the data showed. Advertisement Just over one-third of women who had neither had evidence of these structural heart changes up to 10 years after childbirth. Left ventricular remodeling is a process by which the heart changes in size, shape and function. It is co...
Covid vaccine impact revealed in over-80s blood tests

Covid vaccine impact revealed in over-80s blood tests

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Getty ImagesThe vaccination programme is starting to pay off as people over 80 are now the most likely to test positive for coronavirus antibodies, Office for National Statistics testing suggests.Blood tests reveal more over-80s than any other age group are showing signs of some immunity against Covid infection.This comes as Covid deaths have continued to fall.But deaths are still 40% above the five year average. Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Health