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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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NHS blood donation rules to be relaxed for gay and bisexual men from summer 2021

In what has been described as a “landmark change” by the Health Secretary, there will be a relaxation of the rules surrounding NHS blood donation by gay and bisexual men.  The changes, announced on Monday, follow the conclusions of the FAIR (For the Assessment of Individualised Risk) steering group report. From summer 2021, men who 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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Oxford University announces landmark partnership for the development of COVID-19 vaccine

The University of Oxford announced today their agreement with AstraZeneca, a UK-based global biopharmaceutical company, to develop, manufacture and potentially distribute at a large scale the COVID-19 vaccine which is currently being worked on and trialled by the University. The partnership has been solidified now, with finer details and terms to be finalised in the Read More…

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Oxford University leads world’s largest drug trial for use against Covid-19

“This is by far the largest trial in the world,” said Peter Horby who is leading the trial and is professor of emerging infectious diseases and global health at Oxford University.

An Oxford based trial is aiming to test the effect of current drugs in treating Covid-19, and has recruited over 5000 patients in 165 NHS hospitals around the UK.

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New Oxford research stresses need for COVID-19 blood tests to track herd immunity progress

New Oxford research led by Professor Gupta and Dr Lourenco from the Department of Zoology stresses the urgent need for antibody blood (serological) tests. These could determine what proportion of the population has already been infected, and therefore has immunity, The Blue reports.