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Dorothy Lepkowska

Health and education journalist

HPV immunisation: Moving toward a single dose?

‘The JCVI's report said that the single-dose schedule “breaks the dogma that a prime and a booster is required for this type of vaccine". It said that the papillomavirus had not evolved to evade...

Hepatitis: Increase in paediatric cases still under investigation

‘We continue to remind everyone to be alert to the signs of hepatitis, particularly jaundice – look for a yellow tinge in the whites of the eyes and contact your doctor if you are concerned.’ .

Diabetes: new guidance supports wider access to glucose monitoring technology

‘Many people find finger-prick testing to be painful and time consuming and the introduction of technology for all people living with type 1 diabetes will reduce this considerably.’ .

Asthma: Disadvantaged children at greater risk of the condition persisting into adulthood

‘Children with asthma who spent the early years of their life living in a social disadvantaged environment, have a greatly increased risk of the condition persisting into adulthood…’ .

COVID-19 vaccine: Rollout of the school immunisation programme

‘It came as little surprise, therefore, that by the beginning of October, official Department for Education figures showed that more than 200 000 pupils were off school for COVID-related reasons –...

Internet safety: Teaching children to keep themselves safe

…the overriding message [is] that it is never too young to start talking about online safety.’ .

Looking at the impact of lockdown on eating habits

‘Eating well in childhood is the very foundation stone of equality of opportunity and is essential for both physical and mental growth …’ .

COVID-19: Susceptibility and transmission in children

‘…researchers undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis of more than 6 000 international studies, to understand how susceptible children are to catching COVID-19 and whether they pass it on to...

Asthma: New COVID-19 rapid guideline

Media reporting and government announcements about COVID-19 and its spread can cause anxiety and concern among people who are at risk, particularly those who require high dose medication. Referring...

Sepsis: The importance of knowing the signs and symptoms

‘Some of the symptoms are not dissimilar to other illnesses such as colds and flu, or a chest infection, which is why a delayed diagnosis can be fatal.’ .

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