Tag Archives: Covid-19

Does a plant-based diet really help beat COVID-19?

Dejan Dundjerski/Shutterstock Duane Mellor, Aston University Since the beginning of the pandemic, it’s been suggested that certain foods or diets may offer protection against COVID-19. But are these sorts of claims reliable? A recent study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health sought to test this hypothesis. It found that health professionals who reported following diets that are vegetarian, vegan …

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Ce que la crise de la Covid-19 nous dit de l’UE

Sylvain Kahn, Sciences Po Cette année, la journée de l’Europe (le 9 mai) a fait écho au premier anniversaire du plan de relance européen, symbole de la panoplie de politiques publiques déployée en réponse à la crise sanitaire, économique et sociale du Covid. Si cette journée est célébrée le 9 mai, c’est parce que le 9 mai 1950 Robert Schuman prononça son discours sur …

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Nuestra huella genética neandertal influye en el sueño, el humor… y en cómo nos afecta la covid

Shutterstock / Procy Lorenza Coppola Bove, Universidad Pontificia Comillas El descubrimiento realizado en la Cueva Guattari (Roma, Italia) de los restos de nueve neandertales –los verdaderos señores del oeste (de Europa, aunque su área de distribución era más amplia)– podrían ofrecernos otra mirada sobre nuestra historia evolutiva. Es un hallazgo muy importante, pues constituye otra pieza fundamental para aclarar nuestros …

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Covid-19: why the lab leak theory must be formally investigated

Virginie Courtier, Université de Paris and Etienne Decroly, Aix-Marseille Université (AMU) A year and a half into the pandemic, we still do not know exactly where the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, came from. The prevailing view so far has been that the virus “spilled over” from bats into humans. But there are increasing calls to investigate the possibility that …

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The next pandemic is already happening – targeted disease surveillance can help prevent it

Sustained surveillance for disease outbreaks at global hot spots may be the key to preventing the next pandemic. MR.Cole_Photographer/Getty Images Maureen Miller, Columbia University As more and more people around the world are getting vaccinated, one can almost hear the collective sigh of relief. But the next pandemic threat is likely already making its way through the population right now. …

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Pfizer jab approved for children, but first other people need to be vaccinated

Dominic Wilkinson, University of Oxford; Jonathan Pugh, University of Oxford, and Julian Savulescu, University of Oxford Moderna and Pfizer have released data suggesting that their vaccines are well tolerated in adolescents and highly effective in preventing COVID-19. Canada, the US and the EU have already authorised the Pfizer vaccine in children as young as 12. And the UK has just …

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Dog coronavirus found in humans – why you shouldn’t worry

‘ Relax, humans! I’m not going to start the next pandemic. Firn/Shutterstock Sarah L Caddy, University of Cambridge Scientists have found a new canine coronavirus in a handful of people hospitalised with pneumonia. This may sound alarming, but once we unpack it, you will see that there’s no reason to lose any sleep. The discovery of the canine coronavirus in …

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How plant-based diets could help prevent the next COVID-19

Eating less animal proteins may help reduce the risk of future zoonotic viruses. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) Kurtis Boyer, University of Saskatchewan Viruses like COVID-19, SARS, bovine spongiform, swine flu and avian flu all have something in common: They all come from animals, described by scientists as zoonotic diseases. Yet, these diseases do not really “come from animals.” After all, it …

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Combinación de vacunas contra el SARS-CoV-2: ¿por qué el ensayo CombivacS?

Shutterstock / Marc Bruxelle Raquel Yotti, Instituto de Salud Carlos III La posibilidad de administrar de forma secuencial diferentes vacunas frente al coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, utilizando lo que se denominan pautas heterólogas –combinación de distintas vacunas–, se ha reconocido a nivel internacional como una oportunidad de flexibilización que puede contribuir a mantener la velocidad de vacunación ante fluctuaciones de suministro. Además, …

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