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UK COVID-19 cases climb amid concern over new variant

By |2021-02-06T04:40:27+00:00February 6th, 2021|

France today eased part of its ban on travel from England, a move prompted by the discovery of a rapidly spreading variant of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom. France was among roughly 50 countries that imposed travel restrictions with the United Kingdom amid concern over the variant (see related CIDRAP News story). The French travel ban [...]

The new COVID-19 variant: a primer

By |2021-02-06T04:39:31+00:00February 6th, 2021|

Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ll have seen that there’s a new COVID-19 variant on the scene. This block summarises the key information that has emerged so far about this new variant. It seems to be more transmissible, no more virulent, and there’s no evidence that the vaccines that are approved or [...]

Wood burners triple harmful indoor air pollution, study finds

By |2021-02-06T04:39:29+00:00February 6th, 2021|

Wood burners triple the level of harmful pollution particles inside homes and should be sold with a health warning, says scientists, who also advise that they should not be used around elderly people or children. The tiny particles flood into the room when the burner doors are opened for refuelling, a study found. Furthermore, people who [...]

12 Calming Drink Ideas to Help with Relaxation + Focus

By |2021-02-06T04:39:26+00:00February 6th, 2021|

If you are looking for a calming drink to ease your nerves, you might be pleasantly pleased by the large variety of natural options out there. Some drinks for stress relief that I list here might surprise you too, but keep an open mind; they are absolutely worth a try. The bonus of all the drinks here [...]

Spices to Control COVID-19 Symptoms: Yes, but Not Only…

By |2021-02-06T04:39:25+00:00February 6th, 2021|

Abstract There are large country variations in COVID-19 death rates that may be partly explained by diet. Many countries with low COVID-19 death rates have a common feature of eating large quantities of fermented vegetables such as cabbage and, in some continents, various spices. Fermented vegetables and spices are agonists of the antioxidant transcription factor nuclear [...]

Junk food linked to sleep problems in teens

By |2021-02-06T04:39:24+00:00February 6th, 2021|

Eating too much junk food has been linked with poor sleep quality in teens, a University of Queensland-led study has found. UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences researcher Associate Professor Asad Khan said frequent consumption of soft drinks and fast food was strongly associated with sleep disturbance in adolescents around the world. “This is the first study [...]

“Super-Spreaders” and Person-to-Person Transmission of Andes Virus in Argentina

By |2021-01-16T01:11:09+00:00January 16th, 2021|

Abstract BACKGROUND From November 2018 through February 2019, person-to-person transmission of Andes virus (ANDV) hantavirus pulmonary syndrome occurred in Chubut Province, Argentina, and resulted in 34 confirmed infections and 11 deaths. Understanding the genomic, epidemiologic, and clinical characteristics of person-to-person transmission of ANDV is crucial to designing effective interventions.     Credit: CDC Read more… The post [...]

CDC advisory panel’s lone dissenter on why long-term care residents shouldn’t receive Covid-19 vaccine first

By |2021-01-16T01:11:08+00:00January 16th, 2021|

When a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee voted Tuesday to recommend residents of long-term care facilities should be at the front of the line — with health care providers — for Covid-19 vaccines, the lone dissenting voice came from a researcher who studies vaccines in older adults. Helen Keipp Talbot — who is known [...]

HHS, DoD buy up 650,000 more doses of Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 antibody therapeutic

By |2021-01-16T01:10:55+00:00January 16th, 2021|

In preparation for rising cases of COVID-19, the United States Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Defense (DoD) have purchased an additional 650,000 doses of Eli Lilly and Company’s investigational monoclonal antibody therapeutic, bamlanivimab. This puts the total number of treatment courses at 950,000 purchased, with the current 300,000 doses in the process of [...]

COVID-19 Mortality Among American Indian and Alaska Native Persons — 14 States, January–June 2020

By |2021-01-16T01:10:49+00:00January 16th, 2021|

What is already known about this topic? COVID-19 incidence is higher among American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) than among non-Hispanic Whites. In 2009, AI/ANs experienced disproportionately high pandemic influenza A(H1N1)–associated mortality. What is added by this report? Based on data from 14 participating states, age-adjusted COVID-19–associated mortality among AI/ANs was 1.8 times that among non-Hispanic Whites. Among AI/ANs, mortality [...]