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British researchers evaluate asthma, COPD drug for COVID-19

British researchers evaluate asthma, COPD drug for COVID-19

Health
May 4 (UPI) -- Interferon beta, a drug used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is being explored as a possible cure for severe lung infections caused by COVID-19. Clinical trials of the drug, manufactured by the biotech firm Synairgen, are already underway at 10 hospitals, with some 75 patients enrolled. All 10 hospitals participating are in Britain, and results are expected by the end of next month. "In an ideal world we would see a significant improvement in the health of the patients receiving the drug, a reduction in those requiring intensive care and ventilation," Dr. Tom Wilkinson, a professor of respiratory medicine at the University of Southampton, told the BBC. "But it is early days to understand that and we will know more when we have the results." Other f...
British Airways to cut up to 12,000 jobs as air travel collapses

British Airways to cut up to 12,000 jobs as air travel collapses

Business
British Airways is set to cut up to 12,000 jobs from its 42,000-strong workforce due to a collapse in business because of the coronavirus pandemic.The airline's parent company, IAG, said it needed to impose a "restructuring and redundancy programme" until demand for air travel returns to 2019 levels.The pilots' union Balpa said it was "devastated" at the news and vowed to fight "every single" job cut.IAG also owns Spanish airline Iberia and Ireland's Aer Lingus.In a statement, IAG said: "The proposals remain subject to consultation, but it is likely that they will affect most of British Airways' employees and may result in the redundancy of up to 12,000 of them."The company said it will take several years for air travel to return...
British PM’s praise for health service could boost its cause

British PM’s praise for health service could boost its cause

World
LONDON -- His skin pale and his eyes hooded from a week in the hospital with the coronavirus, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson looked into the camera and paid tribute to the two nurses who never left his bedside for 48 hours, a time when his fight to survive "could have gone either way.″ Jenny McGee from New Zealand and Luis Pitarma from Portugal, he said, embodied the caring and sacrifice of National Health Service staff on the front lines of the pandemic, which has already killed 11,329 people in Britain. “The reason, in the end, my body did start to get enough oxygen was because, for every second of the night, they were watching and they were thinking and they were caring and making the interventions I needed,” he said in an address to the nation Sunday. “So that is also how I know
The Latest: British PM says he owes life to health staff

The Latest: British PM says he owes life to health staff

Health
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR — British PM Boris Johnson says he owes life to health staff — Some South Korean churches hold Easter services online — Australia ‘in good place’ after low number of deaths reported ——— LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he owes his life to staff at the National Health Service who treated him for COVID-19. Johnson has made his first public statement since he was moved out of intensive care at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, saying he “can’t thank them enough. I owe them my life.” The 55-year-old Johnson was diagnosed with COVID-19
British PM Boris Johnson taking ‘short walks’ in hospital: Downing Street

British PM Boris Johnson taking ‘short walks’ in hospital: Downing Street

World
April 10 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been able to briefly walk in his hospital room as he recovers from COVID-19, a statement from the British government said Friday. "The prime minister has been able to do short walks, between periods of rest, as part of the care he is receiving to aid his recovery," a news release from Downing Street said. "He has spoken to his doctors and thanks the whole clinical team for the incredible care he has received. His thoughts are with those affected by this terrible disease," the statement said. Johnson was transferred out of intensive care Thursday at London's St. Thomas' Hospital after spending three nights in the intensive care unit as he recovered from COVID-19. The British prime minister was taken to the hospital Sunday after 10...