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Study: COVID-19 death risk higher for people with severe MS disability

Study: COVID-19 death risk higher for people with severe MS disability

Health
March 19 (UPI) -- Older adults with severe disability due to multiple sclerosis are 25 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those with more mild forms of the neurological disorder, a study published Friday by JAMA Neurology found. These same patients with multiple sclerosis are up to four times as likely to develop severe COVID-19 symptoms and require hospital care after getting infected with the virus, the data showed. Advertisement In addition, MS patients treated with corticosteroids like prednisone -- a common class of drugs used in people with the condition -- are three times as likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and four times as likely to die from the disease compared to those who do not use these medications. Similarly, those treated with rituximab -- a man-made antibo...
Covid: Jo Whiley ‘so happy’ over learning disability vaccine change

Covid: Jo Whiley ‘so happy’ over learning disability vaccine change

Health
Everyone on the GP learning disability register should be prioritised for a Covid vaccine, the joint committee on vaccination has advised the government.This means 150,000 people at higher risk with severe disabilities will be offered a jab more quickly in England.But those with mild learning disabilities should not expect to be prioritised.It follows DJ Jo Whiley's plea for people such as her sister, Frances, to be vaccinated as quickly as possible.Whiley was offered the vaccine before her sister, who has a rare genetic syndrome and lives in residential care.The broadcaster's sister is recovering after being admitted to hospital with coronavirus earlier this week.'So relieved'"This is a great day, I am so relieved. I'm so happy for all those people who have been living in fear," Jo Whiley...
The Witches film faces backlash over portrayal of disability

The Witches film faces backlash over portrayal of disability

Entertainment
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