Health & Medicine

When too much news is bad news: is the way we consume news detrimental to our health?

Shutterstock Evita March, Federation University Australia Humans are curious and social creatures by nature. The news helps us make sense of the world around us and connects us with our local, national and international community. So it’s no wonder we’re drawn to it. Objective, legitimate news also keeps us informed, empowering us with knowledge to make balanced decisions. But the …

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What coronavirus survey told us about getting people to take a vaccine

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The search goes on. Shutterstock/Orpheus FX Lynn Williams, University of Strathclyde Vaccination will be hugely important in controlling future waves of COVID-19. But for it to work, we will need high levels of public acceptance of a vaccine, if and when it eventually becomes available. In recent years, vaccination rates have fallen across the world, and public confidence in vaccines …

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فرص نجاة مرضى كورونا من الموت “أفضل الآن”

صدر الصورة، GETTY IMAGES سمح الفهم الأفضل لطبيعة الفيروس للأطباء بتقديم علاج أفضل للمرضى بما في ذلك علاجات مثل ديكساميثازون وطرق أسهل لدعم التنفس قالت مديرة أقسام الرعاية المركزة البريطانية إن فرص نجاة مرضى كورونا الذين يتم وضعهم على أجهزة التنفس الاصطناعي أصبحت أعلى مما كانت عليه في شهر أبريل //// نيسان الماضي وأضافت دكتور أليسون بيتارد أن نسبة الوفيات …

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Coronavirus reinfection cases: what we know so far – and the vital missing clues

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Sheena Cruickshank, University of Manchester As President Trump claims that he is immune to COVID-19 and isolated reports emerge of reinfection, what is the truth about immunity to COVID-19? To date, there have been six published cases of COVID-19 reinfection, with various other unverified accounts from around the world. Although this is a comparably small fraction of the millions of …

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Coronavirus vaccine: what we know so far – a comprehensive guide by academic experts


M-Foto/Shutterstock Rob Reddick, The Conversation Since the early days of the pandemic, attention has focused on producing a vaccine for COVID-19. With one, it’s hoped it will be able to suppress the virus without relying purely on economically challenging control measures. Without one, the world will probably have to live with COVID-19 as an endemic disease. It’s unlikely the coronavirus …

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COVID-19 masks FAQs: How can cloth stop a tiny virus? What’s the best fabric? Do they protect the wearer?

Although cloth masks have been widely adopted, many people still have questions about them. (Usplash/Vera Davidova)

Although cloth masks have been widely adopted, many people still have questions about them. (Usplash/Vera Davidova) Catherine Clase, McMaster University; Edouard Fu, Leiden University, and Juan Jesus Carrero, Karolinska Institute Face masks reduce the spread of viruses passed on from respiratory secretions. While cloth masks are imperfect, widespread use of an imperfect mask has the potential to make a big …

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¿Conviene hacerse el sueco con el coronavirus?

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Shutterstock / OPOLJA Salvador Peiró, Fisabio La respuesta sueca a la COVID-19 ha sido mucho menos intensa que en cualquier otro país europeo, incluyendo sus vecinos nórdicos. Suecia no sólo eludió los confinamientos generalizados sino que mantuvo abierta la escuela primaria, continúa desaconsejando el uso de mascarillas (salvo situaciones específicas) y hasta hace poco mantenía sin aislar a los contactos …

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¿Por qué no todos vemos el mundo en 3D?

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Shutterstock / Standret Daura Vega Moreno, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Evolutivamente, la visión en tres dimensiones ha dotado a la especie humana de la capacidad de calcular distancias, percibir la profundidad o visualizar de forma eficaz objetos en movimiento. Y eso ha permitido el desarrollo de habilidades motoras relacionadas con el entorno. ¿Pero qué la hace posible? …

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