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Researchers Will Infect Healthy Volunteers with COVID to Test Potential Vaccines

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The U.K. government has announced plans for a COVID-19 vaccine trial where healthy volunteers will be intentionally infected with the novel coronavirus.

The human challenge trial, led by scientists at Imperial College London, is scheduled to begin in January at a quarantine facility in London with 34 million pounds ($44 million) of funding from the British government, The New York Times and ABC News reported.

Volunteers will be vaccinated and then intentionally inhale a diluted dose of the virus while being closely monitored by scientists and doctors. The overall goal of the study is to test several vaccine candidates in a controlled environment.

Trial participants will include up to 90 healthy volunteers from 18 to 30 years old. They are including younger volunteers to minimize the risk of health complications. Once the volunteers have the virus, they will be monitored in a quarantine ward of the Royal Free Hospital. There, they will undergo daily, even hourly, tests over two to three weeks, the Washington Post reported.

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According to ABC News, Dr. Chris Chiu, from the Department of Infectious Disease at Imperial College London and lead researcher on the human challenge study, said that the human challenge trial will be able to determine within 10 weeks how effective a COVID-19 vaccine is.

The study is expected to be complete in 2021 and is still subject to ethical and regulatory approval, CNBC reported. Experts are divided on whether the study is ethical, since there is no highly effective treatment for Covid-19.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed last week that a coronavirus vaccine for the respiratory illness may be available next year.

“[A vaccine] will likely be [available] within the first quarter of 2021, by let’s say April of 2021,” he told CBS Evening News. “But that would be predicated on the fact that all of the vaccines that are in clinical trials have proven to be safe and effective.”

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UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

LONDON (AP) — U.K. researchers are preparing to infect healthy young volunteers with the virus that causes COVID-19, becoming the first to announce plans to use the controversial technique to study the disease and potentially speed up development of a vaccine that could help end the pandemic.

This type of research, known as a human challenge study, is used infrequently because some consider the risk involved in infecting otherwise healthy individuals to be unethical. But researchers racing to combat COVID-19 say that risk is warranted because such studies have the potential to quickly identify the most effective vaccines and help control a disease that has killed more than 1.1 million people worldwide.

“Deliberately infecting volunteers with a known human pathogen is never undertaken lightly,″ said Professor Peter Openshaw, co-investigator on the study. “However, such studies are enormously informative about a disease, even one so well studied as COVID-19.”

Human challenge studies have been previously used to develop vaccines for diseases including typhoid, cholera and malaria.


Imperial College London said Tuesday that the study, involving volunteers aged 18 to 30, would be conducted in partnership with the government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and hVIVO, a company that has experience conducting challenge studies. The government plans to invest 33.6 million pounds ($43.4 million) in the research.

Governments around the world are funding efforts to develop a vaccine in hopes of ending the pandemic that has pummeled the international economy, shutting businesses and putting millions of people out of work. Forty-six potential vaccines are already in human testing, with 11 of them in late-stage trials — several expected to report results later this year or in early 2021.

The Imperial College partnership expects to begin work in January, with results expected by May. Before any research begins, the study must be approved by ethics committees and regulators.

While one or more vaccines are likely to be approved before then, the study will still be relevant because the world may need multiple vaccines to adequately protect different groups within the population, as well as treatments for those who continue to get sick, said Dr. Michael Jacobs, a consultant in infectious diseases at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust who will take part in the research.

“I don’t think many people think that what we’re doing as scientists is searching for a silver bullet,” Jacobs said. “We’re going to need a whole raft of interventions in order to control this pandemic.”

Tens of thousands of volunteers around the world have already signed up to participate in more traditional trials of COVID-19 vaccines. Critics of challenge studies question the need to expose healthy people to the virus when the disease remains widespread and vaccine development is moving quickly.

In the first phase of the U.K. challenge study, researchers will expose 90 paid volunteers to the virus using nasal drops in an effort to determine the smallest level of exposure needed to cause COVID-19. Ultimately, the

Covid-19 challenge trials to infect healthy volunteers in U.K.

The United States is moving more cautiously, with leading government researchers saying human challenge trials might be too risky or unnecessary. But the British scientists say the potential payoff is massive — that accelerating vaccine development by even three months could save 100,000s of lives globally.

The British experiment is scheduled to begin in January. Volunteers will be given a laboratory-grown strain of the live virus while quarantined in a secure unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London, where they will undergo daily, even hourly, tests.

The initial phase of the study, involving 50 to 90 healthy young adults, between ages 18 and 30, will seek to determine the minimal amount of virus necessary to cause an active, measurable infection.

Later in the spring, the scientists hope to enlist more volunteers, who will be inoculated with promising vaccines and then exposed to the virus to see how well the vaccines protect them.

Andrew Catchpole, chief science officer for hVIVO, a commercial pharmaceutical company that will recruit the volunteers, manufacture the challenge strain of the virus and conduct the tests, said the human challenge study will be reviewed by a specially convened ethics committee and Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, its version of America’s Food and Drug Administration.

Catchpole told The Washington Post it is not yet known which vaccines may be tested. He said possible candidates include those vaccines that have proven themselves in large-scale Phase 3 trials or they may be earlier in their development but potentially more effective.

Hedging its bets, the British government has signed an agreement for 100 million doses of a vaccine being trialed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, as well as inking deals with Pfizer, Sanofi and Valneva.

The safety data gained from large, Phase 3 trials will still be essential to show the vaccines are ready to be deployed in large populations. But the British government hopes challenge trials will help accelerate the study of vaccines in mid-stages of development.

Catchpole said the major advantage is “you get efficacy data so much sooner” than trials that rely on chance exposure. If there is not much virus circulating in a population, it could take months and tens of thousands of inoculations to prove efficacy.

Challenge experiments have a long history in biomedical research, dating back to Edward Jenner’s development of a smallpox vaccine in 1796. In the modern era, challenge trials have been used extensively to study and find treatments for influenza, malaria, typhoid, dengue fever and cholera.

Covid-19, though, is different. Without a medication to reliably “rescue” volunteers from the disease, many scientists are hesitant to infect people.

Although physicians have more treatments for hospitalized patients than they did at the beginning of the pandemic, there isn’t yet an approved drug to stop recently infected people from developing a severe case.

The challenge trial participants will be given the antiviral drug remdesivir, which President Trump took when hospitalized for covid-19 and which has been approved or authorized for temporary use

Healthy volunteers to be infected with Covid as part of new U.K. ‘challenge trial’

LONDON — British volunteers will be intentionally infected with Covid-19 as part of an experimental trial that could change scientists’ understanding of the virus.

London is hosting the world’s first coronavirus so-called “challenge trials” in which volunteers are injected with a potential vaccine before being given a nasal-spray dose of the potentially deadly pathogen.

Ahead of the announcement by Open Orphan plc on Tuesday, there has been huge controversy within the scientific community.

Supporters say challenge trials can be far quicker than regular vaccine tests, potentially shortening the wait until the world has access to an effective inoculation.

But critics argue that too little is known about Covid-19 to make challenge trials safe. While young people rarely die of the disease, there is increasing evidence they can be left with long-term debilitating illnesses.

Sue Tansey, a pharmaceutical physician who is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, an independent British watchdog, said that there was still “disagreement among experts” whether it’s appropriate to go ahead with challenge trials. “People are divided because it’s an ethical conundrum,” she said.

There are more than 150 vaccines in development around the world, a handful of which have reached phase 3 tests, where large numbers of people — as many as tens of thousands — are given the vaccine, while others get a placebo.

In ordinary studies volunteers are sent out into the world and regularly tested for Covid-19 in the hope that there will be some noticeable difference between the vaccinated and non-vaccinated groups. However this can take a long time — many of the participants will take months to get infected if they do at all.

A challenge trial could shorten that timeline: All volunteers get the vaccine, and all of them get the virus too. Researchers say a group of just 40 volunteers would likely tell them a huge amount about any vaccine candidate in just a short space of time. Everyone accepts there are risks.

Image: The construction site is seen of the new dedicated Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (VMIC) currently under construction on the Harwell science and innovations campus near Didcot in central England (Richard Pohle / AFP - Getty Images)
Image: The construction site is seen of the new dedicated Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (VMIC) currently under construction on the Harwell science and innovations campus near Didcot in central England (Richard Pohle / AFP – Getty Images)

Sir Patrick Vallance, the U.K.’s chief scientific adviser, said in July that two things needed to happen for challenge trials to be considered safe. Scientists need to know the right dose to administer and to have discovered antiviral drugs that can “rescue” patients who become seriously ill.

Asked what the answers to these questions were, he said, “We don’t yet know.”

Although young people aged 18 to 30 — who typically volunteer for medical trials — rarely die from coronavirus, there is increasing data and anecdotal evidence of young, healthy people crushed by debilitating long-term conditions affecting the heart, brain and lungs.

“The argument against doing it is that we don’t know enough about the cases where some younger people have these long term problems afterwards,” Tansey said. “The other downside is that although we’ve

Pregnant mom recovers from coronavirus after induced coma, gives birth to healthy twins

A mother in Ireland who was diagnosed with coronavirus just nine weeks into her pregnancy and then placed in a two-week induced coma as she battled the illness gave birth to healthy twin girls last week.

Danielle Martin and her family are calling the safe arrival of the twins “a miracle” after doctors reportedly said it would be “highly unlikely” that the babies would survive her battle with coronavirus, SWNS reported.

Danielle Martin was just nine weeks pregnant when she told her partner she felt like she was suffocating. 

Danielle Martin was just nine weeks pregnant when she told her partner she felt like she was suffocating. 
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“It’s definitely a miracle for us,” Bryan Green, who shares three older boys with Martin, told the news outlet. “They’re our wee princesses.”

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It started on March 30 when Martin told Green she felt like she was suffocating. At the time, she was nine weeks pregnant and thought she was expecting one baby. The 32-year-old was rushed to the hospital near their home in Belfast. She tested positive for COVID-19 and her condition soon deteriorated, SWNS reported.

“At first, I thought I just had a sore throat which led to a bad chest and I thought it must be a chest infection but I could barely breathe after six days,” she told SWNS. “It felt like I was suffocating so Bryan decided to call an ambulance who came within five minutes and took me away – I was terrified.”

Bryan Green said he was shocked when he called the hospital to find out that she had been placed in an induced coma.

Bryan Green said he was shocked when he called the hospital to find out that she had been placed in an induced coma.
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She was placed on a ventilator to help with her breathing, but when her oxygen levels dropped they put her into an induced coma, SWNS reported.

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“I rang the hospital to say I needed to get in touch with my partner and a consultant came on the phone to tell me they’d rushed her up to the theater and put her in a coma,” Green told the news outlet. “I was just speechless on the phone, I didn’t know what to say it was madness.”

Doctors allegedly then informed Green it would be “highly unlikely” for the baby to survive the ordeal.

Ava and Amelia survived their mother's battle with COVID-19 and were born healthy last week. 

Ava and Amelia survived their mother’s battle with COVID-19 and were born healthy last week. 
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Research on coronavirus in pregnant women is ongoing. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that based on what is already known, pregnant people may be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant people. Additionally, COVID-19 may have an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as pre-term birth.

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Researchers say the outcomes thus far have been impacted by timing of infection during pregnancy, severity of the disease, and whether the newborn was also diagnosed with COVID-19. Two reports recently published on the virus’ impact on pregnant women showed that more than half

Dentist Phobia – How To Turn Your Fear Of Dentists Into A Healthy Smile

There are lots of people with anxiety about going to the dentist. It is something that is difficult to overcome. I have had a fear of the dentist that included avoiding going for years and when I did go I had panic attacks on the way, in the dentist and in the chair.

By visiting your dentist regularly you can prevent problems before they start. Those who avoid going to the dentist are actually risking their teeth needing more serious treatment. Basically what it comes down to is that if you don't overcome your fear you teeth will get into a worse condition and the treatments will be more complex.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Dental procedures have advanced so much that nothing is as frightening or painful as before. Yes some of the procedures do hurt but nothing you can't handle. It is the fear that is the most serious issue. As someone who has overcome this – the number one thing you must do is communicate. Communicate to your dentist that you have some fear. There are lots of dentists nowadays who are much more sensitive to how their patients feel. If they are aware of this they can help you. I know that when I spoke to my dentist about the fear half of it went anyway.

Remember regular cleaning visits to your dentist are the best way to keep your teeth healthy and prevent problems. That is the measure for your teeth and you fear. Just take small regular steps.

Some tips on what your options are and how you can get help with your dentist fear.

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

• Dentists are now using mild sedatives know as sedation which means you can sleep right through any complex treatment. You just wake up afterwards when it is finished.

• Ask friends or family for a recommendation for a dentist so that you know you are seeing a sensitive and approachable dentist.

• When visiting the dentist don't hesitate to ask any questions – remember you are the customer.

• Let the dentist know you have anxiety and build some trust between you both.

Over time you will work with your dentist and overcome your fear whilst establishing a great relationship with your dentist.

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A Healthy Dose of Medicine for the Soul

A large segment of the human population takes things way too seriously for their own good. The strange anomaly is that most people laugh at the wrong thing and fail to laugh at the right thing. This serious incongruity has robbed people of a healthy attitude towards life in general.

Those who take life too seriously are in danger of missing the great joys of living in a crazy world like ours. I am not sure about the scientific research but I would guess that for every sad moment it takes one hundred laughs to balance the books. Some people are about ninety-nine laughs short of a real sane moment.

I like the old English proverb that says, "Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone."

From my perspective, if you cannot laugh with someone you will not be able to cry with him or her and have it mean anything.

According to some medical advice, it takes more facial muscles and energy to frown than it does to smile. Of course, the only exercise some people have is frowning and who am I to take that away from them.

I am determined, no matter what, to exercise my right to smile and laugh and enjoy the world around me. I must confess that I get this attitude quite honestly.

My paternal grandfather was a Past Master in the area of ​​practical jokes. No amount of time was too much to spend preparing for one of his famous practical jokes. His favorite holiday was April 1 and began preparing for this holiday right after Christmas.

The fact that his practical jokes at times got him into trouble did not seem to affect him at all.

Once while in the hospital for an extended period he had somebody smuggle in to him a can of snuff. For some reason he liked chewing snuff. It is the most disgusting habit I know of on earth.

He no sooner received his smuggled goods then he began chewing it. If you know anything about chewing snuff, you know it is accompanied by a lot of spitting. As usual, his timing was impeccable. Just as the head nurse passed his door and looked in, he leaned over and spit in to the garbage can he had next to his bed. The nurse, not knowing about the chewing snuff, thought he was spitting blood and immediately went into emergency mode. Immediately my grandfather was rushed into the operating room and the surgeon and medical team were assembled.

My grandfather was very sick at the time. Some did not think he would get out of the hospital.

Just as they got him situated in the operating room he pulled from under his sheet his can of chewing snuff and smiled at them. The only person in the room that thought this was in any way amusing was my grandfather. The doctors were so angry with him that they refused to see him …

Visiting a Pediatric Dentist Is Essential to Keeping Your Child's Teeth Healthy

Keeping a child's teeth clean (even baby teeth) is vital to improving his or her overall health and ensuring proper growth and development. Encouraging healthy habits, such as regular brushing and flossing, as well as proper nutrition, will go a long way in keeping a child's teeth healthy. Beyond day-to-day care, scheduling regular visits to a pediatric dentist is essential in preventing infection, disease, and identifying any potential problems in a child's mouth. Following these three essential steps will help to keep a child's teeth healthy.

1. Regular Brushing and Flossing

For adults, regular brushing and flossing might seem like a no-brainer, but for many kids, brushing and flossing can seem like a chore that they would rather avoid. To help introduce a child to regular brushing, it is best to start when he or she is two years old. Early on, take care to only use a small amount of toothpaste (about an eighth of what an adult would typically use). As many young children will swallow toothpaste and not spit it out, it's best to use a fluoride-free toothpaste until a child is old enough to stop swallowing it. At some point, kids will want to brush their own teeth – it's okay to let them, but be sure to give their teeth an extra brush once they've had their turn. Most children won't get into the habit of regularly giving their teeth a proper brush until age 8 or 9.

It is best to start to start flossing between a child's teeth as soon as his or her teeth touch each other. Floss once a day or as needed with either regular string floss or plastic floss picks. Eventually, repeated proper instruction will enable kids to start flossing on their own. Let them try a few times under supervision, and be sure to reward them for a job well done to encourage continued thorough flossing.

2. Proper Nutrition

Maintaining proper nutrition for a child is vital in keeping his or her teeth healthy and preventing decay. Frequent snacking of unhealthy foods can increase a child's risk of tooth decay. Foods high in sugar can cause cavities if they are left on a child's teeth for too long. Bacteria eat the sugar left on teeth and create acid, which dissolves enamel. To avoid this, try to limit a child's intake of sugar-high foods and lengthen the intervals between snacks.

3. Routine Visits to A Pediatric Dentist

In order to ensure that a child's teeth remain healthy and develop properly, it is essential to schedule routine visits to a trusted pediatric dentist. Pediatric dental professionals can find and treat early signs and symptoms of infection and structural abnormalities and can provide parents with further information on proper tooth care for their children. Pediatric dental professionals can also provide information and advice on early orthodontics as needed.

Following these three steps will ensure your children are on the right track for proper oral health.

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Health Foods – That May Not Be So Healthy

When it pertains to weight loss, a one-size-fit-all diet plan does not have great results. This is far more important considering that although some could be fine and also wholesome, they can on the other hand be detrimental for several individuals.

However, you will find lots of individuals who assume that since a food item is considered "healthy" and "good" suggests that they are totally free to eat just as much of it as they would like while not having any sort of consequence.

The argument regarding which food is good or not will possibly remain a never-ending one. There seem to be lots of divisive beliefs cropping up now and again. Having said that, there are particular things which just about everyone accept are not ideal whenever you might be looking to reduce weight as well as live a healthy life.

Exactly how bad any particular food item may be thought to be is actually debatable considering that any food item could be eaten in moderation without it having any kind of negative effect upon the individual.

It's thus essential to take into account the overall quality as well as effects of some of the foodstuffs that you are eating just as much as you like right now while you may be reasoning that they would have zero influence upon your weight loss endeavors.

It is quite astonishing to notice many individuals eat so much highly processed foods thinking that they are truly nutritious for them.

Below are a number of common foods men and women are eating trusting that they're eating wholesome foods.

Salad Dressings

Whereas the salad by itself is known as a way of consuming a healthy and balanced food, the dressing applied can nevertheless make it totally "harmful." Plenty of the regular salad dressings contain a whole lot of sugar and used primarily vegetable oils including canola or soy oil. These kinds of toppings easily help to make the salad as harmful as the other foods the individual could be avoiding.

You could as an alternative dress your salads by using olive or vinegar oil. You could also look for a number of the far healthier salad dressings that don't have added preservatives, vegetable oils and sweeteners.

Conventional Soy

All soy contains high quantities of phytoestrogens which many experts dispute to be either wholesome or unhealthy. At the same time, most conventional soy is mostly genetically improved and therefore raises a whole lot of wellness and safety questions. Try and keep soy intake to a minimum and also opt for the organic and whole food variants.

Yogurt

The majority of classic yogurts tend to be filled with lots of artificial sweeteners and / or sugar. The homemade yogurt or the ones that you are able to get from fresh milk from a local ranch are often very nourishing. Make use of Greek yogurt or get a very good high-quality organic plain yogurt then include your own preferred toppings.

Whole Wheat Bread

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Healthy Living – Are You Obsessed With Your Health?

When it comes to health, most of us are merely trying to do the very best we can. We take note of how we are currently feeling and are striving to one-up how we feel as time goes on. We exercise, make changes to our diet plan, and look after our sleep needs. So, one should think we are on track to optimal success.

However, could you be too concerned about your health? For some people, this is a genuine concern: call it health OCD if you want, or call it anxiety. If you spend too much time looking at and researching your state of health and how you should feel, you may have a problem on your hands as incidents of acute stress affects your body and in a measurable way…

1. How To Spot Trouble. First, let us talk about how to spot trouble when it may be starting. The thing about being overly health conscious is usually you do not even realize you have a problem until it is too late and you have a full-blown anxiety disorder.

Some of the signs you may be becoming obsessed with your health include…

  • you are always feeling stressed about your health and wondering why you are not feeling better.
  • you visit the doctor complaining of symptoms that fail to exist.
  • people around you often tell you not to worry so much.
  • when the doctor advises you there is no health issue, it does not ease your anxiety.
  • when you hear of a disorder in someone else, you begin researching it and may eventually come to believe you have it as well.
  • you have trouble resting easy after tests have been taken, and you cannot focus on your usual life until you know the results.

If you are experiencing even a few of these symptoms, this is not something to take lightly.

2. What To Do About Your Anxiety. What do you do if you do spot yourself in some of the above points?

  • first, talk to a friend. Ask them if they have noticed you becoming overly concerned with having different diseases. If they have, then there could be an issue at hand.
  • next, consider consulting a psychological counselor. Talk to someone trained in dealing with this type of problem. You may need professional help to get past it.
  • finally, practice stress controlling tactics. Stress-busting techniques often work for combating anxiety too, so the two can go hand in hand. The selection of methods to relieve pressure is somewhat personal.

Common health concerns when you are genuinely ill is nothing to stress over as there is a built-in level of stress when recovering from an illness. It is when you become consumed with negative thoughts about your health you could find you have a significant problem.

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