The Anonymous Widower

Pfizer Booster Dose Offers Exceptionally High Levels Of Protection Against Covid And All Variants, Study Shows

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Independent.

The title says everything except that the protection is 95.6 % from a study of 10,000 people.

How are the anti-vaxxers going to explain that one away?

Perhaps if the old one-two works in boxing, it also works with vaccines.

October 21, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , | 4 Comments

I Had My Covid-19 Booster Jab Today

I had my second Covid-19 vaccination on April 19th.

Yesterday, I received a text message and an e-mail inviting me to book a booster jab.

I was able to book the jab for 9:45, this morning, when I had it in a local pharmacy.

There seemed to be a big difference in attitude this time. For the first two jabs, there was a positive almost happy atmosphere, but today it was much more subdued, with everybody waiting looking almost miserable.

Could it be, that everybody getting fed up with the covids?

October 21, 2021 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Enforcement Of Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Comes Into Effect In Scotland

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on ITV.

I am going to Edinburgh on Wednesday and thought I had better check if I needed a Covid-19 passport.

This paragraph describes where I will need one.

The policy will now be enforceable for nightclubs, strip clubs and unseated indoor events with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor events with over 4,000 and any event with more than 10,000 people.

As I’m only likely to have lunch with less than five fully-vaccinated friends, I’m fairly certain I won’t need one.

I’m also certain at my age, I won’t be visiting any strip clubs.

And given the going on you get with hypodermics in the average night club, I wouldn’t visit any of those if you paid me thousands of pounds.

It should be remembered that my family has issues with identity cards and their cousins.

My father ceremonially burned his wartime one, when he found it around 1955 and gave me a warning about ever letting governments introduce them.

October 21, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , | 1 Comment

Defibrillators Installed At Every Southern And Thameslink Train Station

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on The Argus.

The title says it all!

It is obviously a good development.

I also think, that there should be instructions by the defibrillator, as to the quickest way to call medical help.

October 19, 2021 Posted by | Health, Transport | , , | 1 Comment

Who Stole All The M & S Gluten-Free Food?

Over the last few weeks, certain gluten-free lines in Marks and Spencer have started getting difficult to find.

Some of the things, I like that have been difficult have included.

  • Ginger snap biscuits.
  • Gluten-free pies
  • Scones
  • Bloomer slices
  • Gluten-free muesli

Note that my supper is usually something I cook myself from scratch or one of the many M & S ready meals, that contain no gluten. It is usually washed down by a bottle of Adnams low-alcohol beer and followed by some fruit. Tonight, the fruit will be one of my favourites, which are strawberries and bananas.

I did think that the shortage of the lines I mentioned was due to a supply problem.

But then, there have not been shortages of other lines, that I buy, that are not specifically gluten-free.

So is it some gluten-free suppliers are having problems? Possibly.

But!

Regular readers of this blog will know that I believe that those coeliacs on a long-term gluten free diet seem to be unlikely to suffer a severe dose of the dreaded covids. There was no battle with the second dose!

I know for a start that my immune system gives short shift to any viral invaders, as it did with the AstraZeneca vaccine before they came to a truce.

So have others, including some with more medical knowledge than myself, come to the same conclusion about coeliac disease, the immune system, gluten and the covids and have gone gluten-free for safety?

For example, I’ve heard that those suffering from long covid have been tested for coeliac disease.

I’d love to be able to analyse the sales of gluten-free food.

 

October 11, 2021 Posted by | Food, Health | , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Historic Go-Ahead For Malaria Vaccine To Protect African Children

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the first paragraph.

Children across much of Africa are to be vaccinated against malaria in a historic moment in the fight against the deadly disease.

The vaccine has been developed by GSK, who have their headquarters on the Golden Mile in Brentford.

The vaccine is called RTS,S and is described like this in the first paragraph of its Wikipedia entry.

RTS,S/AS01 (trade name Mosquirix) is a recombinant protein-based malaria vaccine.

Approved for use by European regulators in July 2015, it is the world’s first licensed malaria vaccine and also the first vaccine licensed for use against a human parasitic disease of any kind. The RTS,S vaccine was conceived of and created in the late 1980s by scientists working at SmithKline Beecham Biologicals (now GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines) laboratories in Belgium. The vaccine was further developed through a collaboration between GSK and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and has been funded in part by the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Its efficacy ranges from 26 to 50% in infants and young children. On 23 October 2015, the World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) and the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) jointly recommended a pilot implementation of the vaccine in Africa.

When you consider how fast the Covid-19 vaccines were developed, this might appear to have taken a long time to be developed. But then as Wikipedia states, “this is the first vaccine licensed for use against a human parasitic disease of any kind.”

I can’t describe this as anything other than good news.

 

 

October 6, 2021 Posted by | Health, Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Life After Pancreatic Cancer

The London Marathon always throws up human stories.

This one from the Argus, which is entitled Youngest London Marathon Runner Raising Funds For Medics Who Saved Her Life, is one of the best I can remember.

These are the first two paragraphs.

The youngest runner in the London Marathon is undertaking the challenge to raise money for the medics who saved her life by carrying out surgery to remove a tumour from her gut the size of a large grapefruit.

Lucy Harvey, from Poole, Dorset, was admitted to Poole Hospital in January 2019 with appendicitis, but the pre-op scans identified a mass on her pancreas.

This story has really touched me.

  • My son died at 37 from pancreatic cancer.
  • His daughter, who is now eighteen, was born with a congenital hernia of the diaphragm and was saved by heroic surgery in the Royal London Hospital by Vanessa Wright.
  • I support pancreatic cancer research at Liverpool University, where I met my late wife in the 1960s.
  • I raised a little bit of money, for the pancreatic cancer study I talk about in There’s More To Liverpool Than Football And The Beatles!.

My granddaughter now lives a reasonably normal life!

October 3, 2021 Posted by | Health, Sport | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Has Ciprofloxacin Attacked My Tendon?

After my gallstone operation, the hospital gave me a week’s Ciprofloxacin, which is an antibiotic, to take.

I took one tablet on Thursday evening and another on Friday morning. But as I returned from shopping at the Angel, it felt like I had a splinter in the heel of my left foot.

The pain was so bad I could hardly walk this morning.

I have had plantar fasciitis in the past in my left foot, and as someone, who has spent a working life looking for connections in databases, I wondered if the Ciprofloxacin had anything to do with it.

So I looked up the data sheet on MedLinePlus, which is a trusted site, from the US Library of Medicine.

The data sheet starts with this Important Warning.

This is the first paragraph of the warning.

Taking ciprofloxacin increases the risk that you will develop tendinitis (swelling of a fibrous tissue that connects a bone to a muscle) or have a tendon rupture (tearing of a fibrous tissue that connects a bone to a muscle) during your treatment or for up to several months afterward. These problems may affect tendons in your shoulder, your hand, the back of your ankle, or in other parts of your body. Tendinitis or tendon rupture may happen to people of any age, but the risk is highest in people over 60 years of age. Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had a kidney, heart, or lung transplant; kidney disease; a joint or tendon disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis (a condition in which the body attacks its own joints, causing pain, swelling, and loss of function); or if you participate in regular physical activity. Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking oral or injectable steroids such as dexamethasone, methylprednisolone (Medrol), or prednisone (Rayos). If you experience any of the following symptoms of tendinitis, stop taking ciprofloxacin, rest, and call your doctor immediately: pain, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, or difficulty in moving a muscle. If you experience any of the following symptoms of tendon rupture, stop taking ciprofloxacin and get emergency medical treatment: hearing or feeling a snap or pop in a tendon area, bruising after an injury to a tendon area, or inability to move or to bear weight on an affected area.

After reading that, I decided the best thing to do was to call a doctor, so I dialled 111 and within three hours I was seeing a young local doctor in his surgery.

He decided to be prudent and changed the antibiotics.

I have since found out from this page on celiac.com, that not all Ciprofloxacin is gluten-free. Mine was from a company called Torrent.

October 2, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , , | 5 Comments

Covid: Merck’s Antiviral Pill molnupiravir Slashes Chances Of Illness And Death

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on The Times.

The title almost sounds to go to be true, but on reading the article, that seems to be even better.

  • Halves the chance of going to hospital.
  • Slashes chance of death.

Xi Jinping was said to be unavailable for comment.

October 1, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , , | 8 Comments

People With Coeliac Disease Are At Higher Risk For Cataracts

The title of this post is the same as that of this page on Ocli Vision.

This is a paragraph from the article.

In a recent study published by the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found that people who suffer from celiac disease are at a much higher risk of developing cataracts than those who are not diagnosed with the disease.

On Monday, Boots identified that my cataracts had got worse and signed me up to a private hospital that could do them free on the NHS.

It was an offer I couldn’t refuse.

September 30, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | 8 Comments