HEALTH NOTES: Researchers test inhaled TB vaccine as cases rise

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Experts are searching for a more effective tuberculosis (TB) vaccine amid rising levels of infections.

Researchers at Oxford University’s Jenner Institute are recruiting volunteers who have received a BCG injection, who will be given an inhaled booster.

Scientists hope to show that inhaling the drug through the lungs (where TB droplets enter and infect the body) will better stimulate the immune system to fight the disease. BCG injection is usually given to babies and young children, but its effect is thought to wear off over time.

The UK Health Security Agency announced in September that tuberculosis cases in England had increased by seven per cent in the first half of 2023, with 2,408 cases compared to 2,251 in the first half of 2022.

Dr Esther Robinson, head of UKHSA’s tuberculosis unit, said: “Tuberculosis is curable and preventable, but despite significant progress towards its elimination in recent years, the disease remains a serious public health problem. in the United Kingdom”.

Researchers at Oxford University's Jenner Institute are recruiting volunteers who have received a BCG injection, who will be given an inhaled booster.

Researchers at Oxford University’s Jenner Institute are recruiting volunteers who have received a BCG injection, who will be given an inhaled booster.

A quarter of people referred for diagnostic testing on the NHS face a wait of six weeks or more.

Medical negligence company Patient Claim Line analyzed NHS England data from October 2023 and found that of almost 1.6 million people waiting for tests, 393,583 had been on the list for more than a month and a half. Some 160,000 had suffered delays of more than three months.

People requesting urodynamic tests (which test how well the bladder can hold and release urine) were the most likely to face long delays, with 42 percent having to wait six weeks or more.

People requesting urodynamic tests (which look at how well the bladder can hold and release urine) were the most likely to experience long delays: 42 percent had to wait six weeks.

People requesting urodynamic tests (which look at how well the bladder can hold and release urine) were the most likely to experience long delays: 42 percent had to wait six weeks.

AI application that detects fake medicines

Artificial intelligence (AI) is used to help people detect if the medicines they have purchased are counterfeit.

A smartphone app created by artificial intelligence firm Cypheme says its detection technology can identify counterfeits by comparing images of drug packaging with images of genuine products to check for subtle differences.

Users take a photo on their smartphone of the product they want to review, then upload it to ChatGPT AI software to allow Cypheme’s software to scan it and instantly reveal whether it is genuine or not.

One in ten people in the UK are believed to have bought fake medical products in the last year alone, as criminal gangs intercept shipments of medicines and exchange them for counterfeit imitations. Those most commonly purchased in the UK include erectile dysfunction and weight loss pills.

Medications purchased from dubious websites are also much more likely to be fake. While there is no single method to detect them, suspicious websites will often be poorly designed with lots of pop-up ads, spelling and grammatical errors, and prescription drug ads on the home page, which is illegal in the UK.

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