Educational

A collection of articles explaining the facts behind immunisation and vaccines.

26 January 2022

Genetics helps estimate the risk of disease – but how much does it really tell us?

How to make sense of 'polygenic' risk scores.

25 January 2022

COVID: why some people with symptoms don’t get tested

Recent research found around a quarter of people with classic COVID symptoms didn't get tested.

25 January 2022

Can Omicron evade detection from PCR, rapid antigen or lateral flow tests?

PCR and antigen tests are still reliable in detecting the new variant, although in the first few days saliva could be better than nose swabs at picking up the virus.

24 January 2022

Is the Western diet causing a spike in autoimmune diseases?

Autoimmune diseases are becoming more prevalent around the world. They come about when the body’s immune system has difficulty distinguishing healthy cells from unhealthy microorganisms. These diseases include type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. The global spread of Western diets is linked to higher levels of autoimmune disease.

24 January 2022

Four surprising ways climate change is affecting people’s health in England and Wales

A new report uncovers how temperature-related deaths and hospital admissions have changed since 2001.

21 January 2022

We now know a major cause of multiple sclerosis. Can we eradicate it?

A new study shows that Epstein-Barr virus infection is strongly linked to multiple sclerosis. There is currently no cure to multiple sclerosis, and access to innovative treatments is limited in many countries. Vaccinating for EBV instead could provide a more equitable path to treat and ultimately prevent the disease.

21 January 2022

How unequal access to vaccines could threaten climate negotiations

Wealthy countries have given their citizens third booster doses, yet have so far failed to ensure that those in less well-resourced nations are also protected; experts warn this inability to respond to a shared crisis could threaten climate negotiations.

20 January 2022

Antimicrobial resistance now causes more deaths than HIV/AIDS and malaria worldwide – new study

Latest numbers show antimicrobial resistant infections contributed to 4.95 million deaths globally in 2019.

14 January 2022

Common cold could explain why some people never seem to get COVID-19

A recent cold is no substitute for a COVID-19 vaccine, but lingering immunity from one might protect a lucky few.

13 January 2022

The resilience of mothers in Nigeria’s displaced people camps

Despite fleeing their homes because of civil unrest and violence, mothers in the camps are doing whatever it takes to protect their children by getting them immunised.

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