Health & Medicine

World’s first mass malaria vaccine rollout could prevent thousands of children dying

Danielle Stanisic, Griffith University and Michael Good, Griffith University The world’s first mass vaccination program against malaria, announced this week, is set to prevent millions of children from catching malaria and thousands dying from this debilitating disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended widespread use of the RTS,S/AS01 (Mosquirix) vaccine in young children who are most at risk of …

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Back pain: why exercise can provide relief – and how to do it safely

Our spines are designed to move. Stock-Asso/ Shutterstock Suzanne McDonough, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences; Joanne Marley, Ulster University, and Michael Thacker, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences After many months in lockdown, a lot of us are finding that we’re experiencing back pain that we hadn’t been bothered by before. There could be many reasons for …

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Children who eat more fruits and vegetables have better mental health – new study

Primary and secondary school students who ate five servings of fruit or veg daily had better mental wellbeing. Monkey Business Images/ Shutterstock Ailsa Welch, University of East Anglia and Richard PG Hayhoe, Anglia Ruskin University Around 10%-20% of adolescents globally suffer from a mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression, according to the World Health Organization. It’s also been …

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What the world can learn from Bhutan’s rapid COVID vaccine rollout

NiarKrad/Shutterstock Sarah Schiffling, Liverpool John Moores University and Chris Phelan, Edge Hill University Nearly half the world’s population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. But figures vary widely between countries. Many low and middle-income countries have barely started their vaccination campaigns. But the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan isn’t one of them. By the end of …

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Cold showers are said to be good for you – here’s what the evidence shows

Lindsay Bottoms, University of Hertfordshire A cold shower in the morning is a pretty unpleasant way to start the day. Yet many have been tempted to take up the habit because being immersed in cold water has many purported health benefits, both physical and mental. Cold showers were first administered for health reasons in the early 19th century when doctors …

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COVID smell loss can have profound effects on your life, from weight change to intimacy barriers

Flotsam/Shuttestock Vincent Deary, Northumbria University, Newcastle and Duika Burges Watson, Newcastle University It took a while to be officially recognised, but smell loss eventually became known to be one of the defining features of COVID-19. It’s now widely acknowledged that COVID-19 has a unique effect on smell receptors, and about 10% of those who lose their smell are still reporting …

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