Julia Schwarz, University of Cambridge While mask-wearing is no longer required in many locations, it remains in use as a way to limit the spread of COVID-19. One of the criticisms of masks has been that they make communication more difficult. A recent report by the UK Department for Education, for example, suggests that maskContinue reading “Face masks affect how children understand speech differently from adults – new research”
Category Archives: 3. Good Health and Well-being
Monkeypox: World Health Organization declares it a global health emergency – here’s what that means
Paul Hunter, University of East Anglia The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the current monkeypox epidemic a global health emergency. The committee of independent advisers who met on Thursday July 21 2022, were split on their decision on whether to call the growing monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) –Continue reading “Monkeypox: World Health Organization declares it a global health emergency – here’s what that means”
Coronavirus weekly: where next for globalisation after the crisis?
Camille Khodor, The Conversation; Gemma Ware, The Conversation, and Thibault Lieurade, The Conversation As lockdown measures start to be eased in most countries around the world, the experts of The Conversation’s global network have focused this week on the major trends that are reshaping trade and the global economy. Just before the pandemic struck, theContinue reading “Coronavirus weekly: where next for globalisation after the crisis?”
Making COVID Vaccines in Africa: Advances and Sustainability Issues
The history of vaccine manufacturing capacity in Africa dates back to 1881, when Egypt’s Vacsera company was established. Before the COVID pandemic was declared, there were eight African countries that, to our knowledge, had a record of vaccine manufacturing facilities (see the map).
Clean hands may make the difference between life and death – WHO report
When good hand hygiene and other infection prevention and control (IPC) measures are followed, 70 percent of infections can be prevented in health care settings, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report published on Friday.
Kenya puts in place tougher labelling for baby foods, bottles, teats and pacifiers
The Kenyan government has provided more stringent measures for the labelling of feeding bottle, teat and pacifier packages. It wants the labels of these products to include a warning that their use can have negative effects on breastfeeding.
5 ways college instructors can help students take care of their mental health
Max Coleman, Indiana University A few years ago, a student showed up in my class looking distraught. “I don’t think I can be in class today,” the student told me. No explanation, no elaboration. Yet I knew from our previous conversations that this student suffered from anxiety and that the previous few weeks had beenContinue reading “5 ways college instructors can help students take care of their mental health”
Even after lockdowns eased, pandemic depression persisted across social classes – new study
Catherine Ettman, Boston University and Sandro Galea, Boston University The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we found that more than 1 in 5 U.S. adults reported probable depression in both spring 2020 and spring 2021. We also found that financial assetsContinue reading “Even after lockdowns eased, pandemic depression persisted across social classes – new study”
UN rights chief leads call for global COVID-19 vaccine equity
The global failure to deliver enough COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries “is prolonging the pandemic” and causing tens of thousands of preventable deaths every week, senior UN figures told the Human Rights Council on Thursday.
Why do people get diarrhea?
Hannibal Person, University of Washington Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Why do people get diarrhea? – A.A.A., age 10, Philadelphia The digestive system breaks down everything you eat and drink to absorb nutrients and makeContinue reading “Why do people get diarrhea?”