Health & Medicine

Short-sightedness is on the rise in both children and adults – new study

Short-sightedness is increasing worldwide. chali_studio/ Shutterstock Neema Ghorbani Mojarrad, University of Bradford and Sophie Coverdale, University of Bradford We’ve known for years now that rates of short-sightedness (scientifically known as myopia) are rising globally. Some estimates even suggest that half of the world’s population will be short-sighted by 2050. In the UK and Europe alone, rates of short-sightedness have doubled …

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Antimicrobial resistance now causes more deaths than HIV/AIDS and malaria worldwide – new study

Some estimates suggest antimicrobial resistance could cause 10 million deaths per year by 2050. Fahroni/ Shutterstock Jonathan Cox, Aston University Antimicrobial resistance is spreading rapidly worldwide, and has even been likened to the next pandemic – one that many people may not even be aware is happening. A recent paper, published in Lancet, has revealed that antimicrobial resistant infections caused …

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Languishing: what to do if you’re feeling restless, apathetic or empty

Many people may have experienced languishing without even knowing what it was. New Africa/ Shutterstock Jolanta Burke, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences If you’ve been feeling restless, apathetic or even emotionally empty since the pandemic began, you may be “languishing”. Languishing is described as an emotional state of limbo, aimlessness and low mood, which can last for a …

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Omicron may reach millions before vaccines do – but that doesn’t mean race to vaccinate the world is over

Michael Head, University of Southampton The pandemic is accelerating. It’s estimated that there could be 3 billion new infections globally over the next three months thanks to the highly infectious omicron variant. Large outbreaks are ongoing across Europe and North America and cases are also rising in many other countries. Omicron has now reached most corners of the world – …

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The journey to a pig-heart transplant began 60 years ago

Surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, holding up the genetically modified heart that would be transplanted into David Bennett. University of Maryland School of Medicine Daniel M Davis, University of Manchester On Friday, January 7 2022, David Bennett became the world’s first person to successfully receive a transplant of a pig’s heart. The eight-hour-long operation by …

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COVID: why T cell vaccines could be the key to long-term immunity

Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock Sheena Cruickshank, University of Manchester With omicron having rapidly driven up COVID infections, attention is once again focusing on antibodies, and reasonably so. They play a critical role in fighting off viruses and are important for preventing the coronavirus infecting our cells. This is why some countries have mounted booster campaigns in response to recent COVID surges – …

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How to remain youthful and resilient despite stress

Obak/Shutterstock Jolanta Burke, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences and Padraic J. Dunne, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences A bit of stress can be good for your mental and physical wellbeing, but too much can lead to anxiety, depression and other health problems. It can also make you age faster. So learning to become more stress-resilient is …

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Here’s where (and how) you are most likely to catch COVID – new study

VGstockstudio/Shutterstock Trish Greenhalgh, University of Oxford; Jose-Luis Jimenez, University of Colorado Boulder; Shelly Miller, University of Colorado Boulder, and Zhe Peng, University of Colorado Boulder Two years into the pandemic, most of us are fed up. COVID case rates are higher than they’ve ever been and hospitalisation rates are once again rising rapidly in many countries. Against this bleak picture, …

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