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CDC: Few side effects reported with COVID-19 vaccines, and most ‘non-serious’

CDC: Few side effects reported with COVID-19 vaccines, and most ‘non-serious’

Health
Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine report shot-related side effects at a rate of roughly one for every 2,000 doses, with more than 90% classified as "non-serious," according to data released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Headaches were the most common side effect, followed by fatigue and dizziness, the data showed. Advertisement Although 113 deaths were reported following receipt of the vaccine, none were found to be related to the shot, the agency said. About 65% were among residents of nursing homes. The findings are based on the first 13.8 million doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines administered in the United States between Dec. 14 and Jan. 13, according to the CDC. Fewer than 7,000 side effects were reported with b...
‘Most healthcare apps not up to NHS standards’

‘Most healthcare apps not up to NHS standards’

Technology
Getty ImagesA firm which reviews healthcare apps for several NHS trusts says 80% of them do not meet its standards.Failings include poor information, lack of security updates and insufficient awareness of regulatory requirements, said Orcha chief executive Liz Ashall-Payne.The firm's reviews help determine whether an app should be recommended to patients by NHS staff.There are about 370,000 health-related apps available online, Orcha said.App developers can categorise their apps themselves and the ones reviewed by the firm include those tagged health, fitness and medical. So far, the firm has reviewed nearly 5,000 apps and found many poor examples, including:A diabetes management app offering complex medical support without any back-up from expertsA physiotherapy app offering exercise plan...
Study: Most with severe COVID-19 develop a ‘robust’ antibody response

Study: Most with severe COVID-19 develop a ‘robust’ antibody response

Health
Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Most people's immune systems can fight back against COVID-19 when they develop severe disease, according to a study published Thursday by PLOS Pathogens. Eight people, after recovery from serious illness, had higher levels of neutralizing antibodies against the virus than 10 patients with more mild symptoms, the data showed. Advertisement Neutralizing antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system to fight off infections. The findings support the use of antibody-based therapy, perhaps with blood plasma donated by those who have recovered from COVID-19, to prevent and treat the disease, the researchers said. "Even with a vaccine at our doorstep, arming clinicians with specific anti-[COVID-19] therapeutics is extremely important," wrote the authors, from Tel Aviv Un...
NASA prepares most sophisticated Mars rover for ‘dangerous’ landing

NASA prepares most sophisticated Mars rover for ‘dangerous’ landing

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- NASA will spend the next three weeks preparing its biggest and most sophisticated Mars rover, Perseverance, to make a dangerous seven-minute landing Feb. 18 on the Red Planet. At stake is a multinational effort to find evidence of life on Mars and the planned return of rock samples the rover will drill out of the Martian surface. Advertisement The rover and its landing system have an updated system called terrain relative navigation. The last NASA rover mission to Mars, Curiosity in 2012, had a similar system, but Perseverance's is better -- using its computer brain, maps and cameras to pick a safe landing site, said Allen Chen, a lead engineer on the mission. The landing process "is replete with danger," Chen said in a briefing for the media Wednesday. "Th...
Covid: ‘Most dangerous time’ of the pandemic, says Whitty

Covid: ‘Most dangerous time’ of the pandemic, says Whitty

Health
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