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New Research Finds Psychedelic Substance with Potential to Treat Depression

Research from the University of California published in the journal Nature has found that tabernanthalog (TBG), an analogue of the plant-based substance ibogaine, has anti-addictive and antidepressant effects on rats. These promising results suggest that TBG, which is a non-hallucinogenic, safer form of ibogaine, could be useful in treating addiction and depression in humans. Scientists Read More…

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Oxford and Google research shows that tracing apps are effective at reducing COVID-19 impact

Research has found that the number of infections, deaths and hospitalisations caused by COVID-19 could be reduced through digital contact tracing systems, when used alongside other measures like social distancing and effective testing. A team of researchers from the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Medicine and Google Research have used data from three counties Read More…

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UK government launches £10 billion campaign to tackle obesity

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced a series of measures to tackle obesity in both children and adults, in light of evidence that suggests it can make people more vulnerable to coronavirus. The campaign marks the beginnings of a change in focus with regards to healthcare, emphasising preventative measures and public health. Read More…

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The great ‘techtonic’ shift: why now?

On the east bank of the brimming Pearl River rests Shenzhen, a southern Chinese city neighbouring Hong Kong. This little fishing town was only brought to life in 1979 when it became the first Special Economic Zone in China. Eight years later, it became the place that incubated Huawei, the world’s largest telecom equipment supplier Read More…

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Oxford study shows masks beneficial as university plans to require their use in Michaelmas

An Oxford study released last week found that masks and cloth face coverings are effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19. The University of Oxford plans to require the use of face coverings as part of its preparations for Michaelmas 2020. The study by Oxford University’s Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science investigated the effectiveness of Read More…

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Oxford’s quest to find a vaccine against COVID-19 continues

Since April, a team of researchers at the Oxford Jenner Institute have been gradually coming closer to developing a highly sought-after vaccine for COVID-19, AZD1222 (formerly ChAdOx1), with Business Secretary Alok Sharma stating that “the UK continues to lead the global response to find a vaccine”.

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Coronavirus home testing to be available within weeks

Public Health England’s (PHE) Professor Sharon Peacock has revealed that coronavirus home testing kits could be available at chemist shops and via Amazon as soon as next week. They will be made available to vulnerable people and the general public, according to the government, who have bought 3.5 million kits that are in the process Read More…