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Interferon does not improve outcomes for hospitalized adults with COVID-19

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A clinical trial has found that treatment with the immunomodulator interferon beta-1a plus the antiviral remdesivir was not superior to treatment with remdesivir alone in hospitalized adults with COVID-19 pneumonia. In addition, in a subgroup of patients who required high-flow oxygen, investigators found that interferon beta-1a was associated with more adverse events and worse outcomes.…

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How many people have died as a result of a COVID-19 vaccine?

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Last month Office for National Statistics published the first statistics on the number of fully vaccinated people who had subsequently died from COVID-19. They showed the risk of death involving COVID-19 was consistently lower for people who had received two vaccinations compared to one or no vaccination. However, there has also been some inaccurate speculation…

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Growth of tenant demand appears to be exceeding supply

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UK private rents increased by 1.3% in the 12 months to August, rising to 2.0% excluding London.…

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House prices in tourist hotspots increasingly out of reach for young and low paid

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The FINANCIAL — Rising house prices and private rents mean that some workers are at risk of being priced out of living in rural and coastal areas, contributing to skill shortages in the tourism and hospitality industries that their local economies rely on.…

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40% of UK has increased psychological distress as a result of pandemic

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Two fifths of the UK have experienced severely elevated levels of psychological distress as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns, according to new research by the University of Cologne.…

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More people travelling to work

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The FINANCIAL — Almost two in three (65%) working adults in Great Britain reported travelling to work in the past seven days.…

UK Government Gives Green Light to Genome-Edited Wheat Trial

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The FINANCIAL — BBSRC funded UK research institute, Rothamsted Research, has been granted permission by Defra to run a series of field trials of wheat that has been genome edited.…

Modern slavery offences sentencing guidelines published

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The FINANCIAL — The Sentencing Council has published the first sentencing guidelines for offenders convicted of Modern Slavery offences including slavery, forced labour, human trafficking or an offence committed to facilitate human trafficking.…

Son banned from visiting mum in Notts care home following dispute

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A Nottinghamshire man was barred from visiting his mother after he raised concerns about her welfare to the care home in which she was living, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.…

Oil and Chemical Giants Lobbying Against Rules on Microplastic Chemicals

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The FINANCIAL — Trade groups representing the world’s biggest oil and chemical companies have been opposing a ground-breaking new proposal to regulate toxic and persistent chemicals in microplastics, according to documents obtained by Unearthed, Greenpeace UK’s investigative platform, Greenpeace International notes. “We know that microplastic is everywhere, from Arctic sea ice to tap water, and…

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COVID-19 Infections decrease in England, Wales and Scotland

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The FINANCIAL — Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases decreased in England, Wales and Scotland but continued to increase in Northern Ireland in the week ending 31 July 2021.…

Innovate UK launches UK Transport Vision 2050

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The FINANCIAL —  The new document sets out the changes, challenges and opportunities that will confront the transport sector over the next 30 years. Innovate UK has today announced the launch of its UK Transport Vision 2050, UKRI notes.…

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One in two hospitalised COVID-19 patients develop a complication

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The FINANCIAL — A study of more than 70,000 people in 302 UK hospitals finds that one in two people hospitalised with COVID-19 developed at least one complication, UKRI notes.…

Infrastructure Investments to Boost UK Research and Innovation

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The FINANCIAL -- UKRI is investing £50 million into a portfolio of over a dozen infrastructure projects and scoping studies to underpin the UK’s position as a research superpower. The UKRI infrastructure fund represents the first portfolio of investments to come from UKRI’s Infrastructure Roadmap programme to boost the UK’s research and innovation capabilities. It marks…

Coronavirus “Delta” variant (B.1.617.2) have increased in England

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The percentage of people testing positive continued to increase in England in the week ending 5 June 2021. Trends are uncertain in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland in the latest week.…

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