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Health & Medicine

How lockdown changed the sex lives of young adults – new research

Liam Wignall, Bournemouth University and Mark McCormack, University of Roehampton Lockdown significantly affected our health (for good and bad), our work and how we socialise. These consequences have been widely discussed, but far less attention has been given to the effect on our sex lives. When lockdown came into force in the UK in March 2020, people from outside the …

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COVID-19 vaccines are a victory for public research, not ‘greed’ and ‘capitalism’

David Whyte, University of Liverpool Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister, reportedly attributed the success of the COVID-19 vaccines to “capitalism” and “greed”. But he is wrong – the idea that private ingenuity and naked competition produced the vaccines is a complete fantasy. Before COVID-19, the vaccine market was notoriously sluggish, taking between five and 15 years to develop a …

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The WHO report into the origin of the coronavirus is out. Here’s what happens next, says the Australian doctor who went to China

Dominic Dwyer, University of Sydney The World Health Organization (WHO) overnight released its report into the origins of the coronavirus, a report I contributed to as a member of the recent mission to Wuhan, China. The report outlines our now well-publicised findings: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, most likely arose in bats, and then spread to humans via an …

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COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective for pregnant women and their babies – new study

New infectious diseases come with all kinds of risks for women during pregnancy and childbirth. https://www.pexels.com/, FAL Catherine Thornton, Swansea University and April Rees, Swansea University COVID-19 vaccines are proving highly effective in pregnancy, according to a newly published study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It has also found that mothers who have been vaccinated are passing …

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Long COVID in children: what parents and teachers need to know

Image Point Fr/Shutterstock Carolyn Chew-Graham, Keele University; Amali Lokugamage, UCL, and Frances Simpson, Coventry University As we learn more about COVID-19, the accepted narratives about it are constantly being challenged. Initially it was said that children aren’t seriously affected by the virus. But while acute infections in children do tend to be milder, there is emerging evidence that, like adults, …

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Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine’s rollercoaster ride continues, but latest results again suggest it is safe and effective

Michael Head, University of Southampton The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has been quite the political football over the past few months, particularly in the EU. There have been concerns about its efficacy, its safety and its availability, which appear to have lowered trust. As one of the leading COVID-19 vaccines available, it’s vital that it is supported by the general public. The …

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COVID-19: how to tackle vaccine hesitancy among BAME groups

Samantha Vanderslott, University of Oxford; Andrew Pollard, University of Oxford, and Seilesh Kadambari, University of Oxford Some of the highest rates of death and serious illness during the pandemic have been among Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. According to government data, Black ethnic groups have the highest diagnosis rates of COVID-19 and people of Bangladeshi ethnicity have twice …

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Child abuse and neglect: new evidence they can cause mental health problems

Our study is the first to show that childhood maltreatment, at least in part, causes poorer mental health. Master1305/ Shutterstock Varun Warrier, University of Cambridge; Charlotte Cecil, Erasmus University Medical Center, and Marinus van IJzendoorn, University of Cambridge It’s not surprising to learn that people who experience maltreatment in childhood – such as abuse or neglect – are more likely …

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