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ESE Daily News Alert - 16 February 2021

Stress may increase risk of heart attacks

According to a Swedish study published in Scientific Reports, long-term stress and high cortisol levels may be associated with an increased risk of heart attacks.

Science Daily

Birth control pills may soon be available for purchase in the UK without prescription

Progestogen-only contraceptive pills may be available to purchase at pharmacies without a prescription in the UK, depending on the results of an open public consultation which closes in March.

BBC News

Vitamin D could reduce risk of death from COVID-19 by up to 60%

New research from a Spanish study suggests that high doses of vitamin D could cut risk of death from COVID-19 by up to 60% and reduce likelihood of going in to intense care.

The Telegraph

New drug may help treat obesity

According to results from a phase 3a STEP 1 trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a new weight loss drug called semaglutide shows encouraging results for treating obesity, but further research is needed.


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