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Tag Archives: PUBLIC HEALTH

The cold supply chain can’t reach everywhere – that’s a big problem for equitable COVID-19 vaccination

Getting vaccines to rural and hard-to-reach areas is critical for public health and ethical reasons. Hector Roqueta Rivero/Moment via Getty Images Timothy Ford, University of Massachusetts Lowell and Charles M. Schweik, University of Massachusetts Amherst To mitigate health inequities and promote social justice, coronavirus vaccines need to get to underserved populations and hard-to-reach communities. There are few places in the …

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Why most food labels are wrong about calories

OK you can trust this food label. But calories? Forget it. Bryan Kennedy, CC BY-NC Richard Wrangham, Harvard University and Rachel Carmody, Harvard University Looks so official and definitive…. FDA Food labels seem to provide all the information a thoughtful consumer needs, so counting calories should be simple. But things get tricky because food labels tell only half the story. …

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La vacuna contra la covid-19 no debe ser obligatoria

Shutterstock / Ivi Lichi Iñigo De Miguel Beriain, Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea Las vacunas contra la covid-19 ya están llamando a la puerta. En breve, será posible empezar a distribuirlas. A partir de ese momento, será perentorio responder a una pregunta compleja: ¿deberíamos introducirlas a través de políticas de vacunación obligatoria? La propuesta es tentadora. Las …

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Oxford vaccine results are in: here’s how to ensure it is used

Tom Solomon, University of Liverpool The Oxford vaccine – developed in partnership with AstraZeneca – stops 70% of people developing COVID symptoms. And, depending on how the doses are given, may even protect up to 90% of people. This follows recent announcements from Pfizer and from Moderna that their vaccines provide greater than 90% efficacy. The positive news about COVID-19 …

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Major new study unveils complexity and vast diversity of Africa’s genetic variation

GettyImages. Zané Lombard, University of the Witwatersrand Africa is the cradle of humankind. All humans are descendants from this common pool of ancestors. Africa and its multitude of ethnolinguistic groups are therefore fundamental to learning more about humankind and our origins. A human genome refers to the complete set of genetic information found in a human cell. We inherit our …

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A new data-driven model shows that wearing masks saves lives – and the earlier you start, the better

The computer model simulates how many COVID-19 cases could have been prevented in a particular county in the U.S. Leontura/DigitalVision Vectors via Getty Images Biplav Srivastava, University of South Carolina Dr. Biplav Srivastava, professor of computer science at the University of South Carolina, and his team have developed a data-driven tool that helps demonstrate the effect of wearing masks on …

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COVID-19 drug and vaccine patents are putting profit before people

The TRIPS waiver enables WTO member states to manufacture and distribute COVID-19 drugs and medical supplies that would normally be protected by patents. (Pixabay) Ronald Labonte, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa and Mira Johri, Université de Montréal Since the birth of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995, most member states have had to abide by the Agreement on Trade Related …

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