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Hope on Horizon for Painful, Incurable Hand Disease

Known drug appears to reverse progress of early-stage Dupuytren's disease

(Newser) - You probably take for granted the ability to stick your hand in your pocket, use a keyboard, and grip a steering wheel. But all this can be challenging for sufferers of a painful and incurable disease that causes fibrotic scar tissue to develop at the base of the fingers. In...

Your Pandemic Drinking Is Hurting Your Brain
Safe Alcohol Consumption?
There's No Such Thing

Safe Alcohol Consumption? There's No Such Thing

Study finds drinking impacts brain's white and gray matter

(Newser) - "So many people drink 'moderately,' and think this is either harmless or even protective," says Oxford University researcher Anya Topiwala. The opposite is true, according to Topiwala's new study , which finds any amount of alcohol consumption reduces the volume of gray matter in the brain,...

For Many Survivors, COVID Is the Curse That Keeps on Giving

1 in 3 patients get other diagnoses, including psychological and neurological disorders

(Newser) - One in three COVID-19 patients were diagnosed with a neurological or psychological condition within six months of infection, according to a new study hoping to lay out a treatment plan as we move forward through the pandemic. University of Oxford researchers analyzed the health records of more than 236,379...

Oxford Vaccine Headed for Kids' Arms

Young volunteers being sought for Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine testing

(Newser) - The University of Oxford plans to test its COVID-19 vaccine in children for the first time, becoming the latest vaccine developer to assess whether its coronavirus shot is effective in young people. The trial announced Saturday seeks to recruit 300 volunteers between the ages of 6 and 17, with up...

Mixing Vaccines Could Provide 'Better Antibody Response'
New Study Looks
at Mixing Vaccines

New Study Looks at Mixing Vaccines

Human trial will attempt to replicate results found in mice

(Newser) - There have been limited cases of people receiving one coronavirus vaccine for their first dose, and a different vaccine for their second. So how will that affect their immunity? That's now the subject of a trial in the UK, seeking to discover whether a mix of vaccines proves effective...

UK Takes Another 'Giant Step' on Vaccine Front

Britain is now administering the world's first AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID vaccinations

(Newser) - Britain on Monday took another giant step in the fight against COVID-19, ramping up its immunization program by giving the first shots in the world from the vaccine created by Oxford University and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. Dialysis patient Brian Pinker, 82, was the first to get the new vaccine, administered...

2nd Vaccine OK'd in UK Is Cheaper, Easier to Store

AstraZeneca/Oxford shots will start to be administered in Britain next week

(Newser) - A big update in vaccination efforts from across the pond: In what Prime Minister Boris Johnson is calling a "triumph for British science," regulators in the United Kingdom have given the green light to a second vaccine there, this time for one from AstraZeneca and Oxford University. Why...

After AstraZeneca's Big Vaccine Claim, Questions

90% efficacy was seen in participants given a half-dose by accident

(Newser) - Initial results regarding the AstraZeneca and University of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine had the industry buzzing Monday—but that enthusiasm is beginning to erode. The vaccine was said to be up to 90% effective , quite cheap at $3 to $5 per dose , and able to be stored for months in a...

Organization Questions 'No-Profit' Promise on Vaccine

AstraZeneca cuts deals with governments, partners around the world

(Newser) - AstraZeneca could not have bigger plans for its coronavirus vaccine. The company intends to make its vaccine available in every part of the world and expects to produce 3 billion doses to make that possible. The vaccine, developed by Oxford University, could turn out to be more practical, easier to...

There's More Good Vaccine News
There's More Good
Vaccine News

There's More Good Vaccine News

Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine has average effectiveness of 70%

(Newser) - Another COVID-19 vaccine trial is reporting positive news: The vaccine developed by British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca in collaboration with the University of Oxford is "highly effective" at preventing disease, the pharma giant says in a statement. The vaccine was found to have an average effectiveness of 70%, CNBC reports,...

18% of COVID Survivors Diagnosed With Mental Illness

And that's just within 3 months of positive test, per a new study

(Newser) - New research suggests the coronavirus takes a toll on a person's mental health as well as their physical health, with 18% of people diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within 90 days of testing positive for COVID-19. That compares to about 13% of those who suffered from the flu or...

Vaccine Candidate Has Good News for Seniors

Candidate from AstraZeneca and Oxford sees immune response, few side effects in older adults

(Newser) - Bad news about COVID is easy to find these days, whether in the US or overseas . But now comes a dose of good news from the makers of one of the leading vaccine candidates. AstraZeneca, which is teaming with Oxford University, said Monday that its vaccine produces an immune response...

Big Vaccine Trial Is Back Despite 'Unwell' Woman

Oxford University's work with AstraZeneca resumes

(Newser) - Oxford University says trials of a coronavirus vaccine that it is developing with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca will resume, days after being paused due to a reported side-effect in a patient in the UK, the AP reports. In a statement, the university said in large trials such as this "it...

Early Vaccine Tests at Oxford Show Promise

Those who got the shot developed antibodies

(Newser) - Researchers at Oxford University have hopeful—but very early—news to report about their coronavirus vaccine candidate. Those who got the shot in a small trial developed antibodies with no ill effects, they report in the Lancet medical journal. The BBC calls the results "hugely promising" but adds that...

Malala Gets Her Degree, Looks Forward to Netflix

Young Nobel prize winner graduates from Oxford

(Newser) - Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for daring to want an education, has completed her degree at Oxford University. The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, now 22, posted images on Twitter of her celebration early Friday upon completing a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics, per the...

'Explosive' Biblical Fragment Leads to Byzantine Scheme
'Explosive' Biblical Fragment
Leads to Scholar's Arrest
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'Explosive' Biblical Fragment Leads to Scholar's Arrest

Dirk Obbink, once a leading papyrologist, is now in hot water

(Newser) - Dirk Obbink seemed eerily calm when a reporter knocked on his door near Oxford University last year. "I'd like to tell it," the scholar said of his alleged role in a major antiquities scandal. "But I'm under a duty not to speak about the matter...

Team Is '80% Sure' Vaccine Will Work

British researchers had already created a vaccine for an earlier coronavirus

(Newser) - A professor at Oxford University has spent decades trying to perfect a vaccine for malaria. His work may have given researchers a big head start in trying to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus. Professor Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute, is part of a team that was preparing...

Art World's 'Indiana Jones' Tracks Down a Famous Ring

Oscar Wilde gave the ring to a friend at Oxford; it was stolen in 2002

(Newser) - In 1876, Oscar Wilde and another friend gave a "friendship ring" to a fellow student at Magdalen College Oxford, where the Irish writer was studying at the time. The 18-karat gold ring, shaped like a belt and buckle, became part of the college's collection of Wilde memorabilia, but...

Sleep May Not Be a Major Casualty of Kids' Screen Time

Researchers say using electronic devices may not have significant impact on kids' shut-eye

(Newser) - If you're worried about your kids not getting enough shut-eye because of the time they spend on their smartphones and computers, playing Xbox, or watching Netflix, new research may ease that parental guilt—somewhat. The BBC reports on a new study out of Oxford University that found any ties...

Study of Famous Dodo Reveals Surprise Death

Oxford's specimen was shot in the back of the head, scan reveals

(Newser) - Scientists used the latest forensic scanning technology to look inside the world's most famous dodo specimen in the hope of learning more about the anatomy of the bird that went extinct on Mauritius 350 years ago. "In our wildest dreams we never expected to find what we did,...

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