Articles in the News 29/11/20

Covid-19 News

BBC: Covid vaccines: Who decides if they are safe?

· Safety trials begin in the lab, with tests and research on cells and animals, followed by human studies

· Trials are done on a large number of volunteers, half are given the vaccine and half a placebo.

· Approval is only given if the government regulator is happy that it’s both safe and effective

· If a coronavirus vaccine is approved, people who have had Covid-19 in the past will still be offered it as natural immunity may not be long-lived and immunization could offer more protection

Women’s Health

Science Daily: Endometriosis: No cure, but diagnosis could avert surgery

· Invasive laparoscopic surgery for an official diagnosis of Endometriosis

· Alternative investigations to diagnose Endometriosis (eg transvaginal ultrasound)

· Endometriosis affects 10% of women worldwide

· Occurs when (endometrial tissue) grows outside of the uterus, forming legions on the ovaries, bowel and pelvis

· Surgery can remove the deposits and hormone based medications can help to stop the progression of disease and reduce pain. Some women require multiple surgeries and are never entirely free of pain, one surgery is all some women need

Mental Health

The Guardian: “I was at war with my body” : my year as a day patient on a eating disorders ward

Hear about Jenny’s heartfelt and honest account of her journey with an eating disorder and the struggles she faced with getting help from the healthcare system, which led her to choosing a full time intensive day care program rather than waiting for the chance to be admitted full time.

She goes on to describe the treatment program she went through and the way her life has changed since she has been discharged.


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