Health and Fitness

An increased number of children with Covid in the second wave

April 18, 2021
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       1 1 2SharesMore children are testing positive in the second wave of covid 19, some of them are silent spreader of infection to older people, and the majority were ending up on a ventilator. increased number of children are tested positive compared to the previous year, and with increased complications. This has been a cause of worry […]

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A new way of processing cowpeas brings affordable nutrition to children

March 29, 2021
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      11 1 3SharesAs the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, its complex connections with food security are developing too. Lockdowns have disrupted livelihoods and trade. Food prices have increased. The World Food Programme estimates that over 270 million people are at risk of food insecurity around the globe – an increase from 135 million at the beginning of 2020. The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Committee on World […]

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Friendly fire: How autoantibodies could drive severe Covid

March 29, 2021
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      11   2Sharesome people get very sick with Covid-19; some die. Some have symptoms that last for months. Yet others have only mild illness, or don’t even notice they’re infected. Last spring, as the pandemic got going, many immunologists began hunting, in patients’ blood samples, for the reason behind this broad variation. Perhaps, some surmised, the sickest patients […]

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COVID-19 affects men and women differently. It’s important to track the data

March 29, 2021
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           The African Population Health Research Centre, based in Kenya, has been mining data across 47 countries in Africa, tracking differences in COVID-19 infection, illness and deaths among men and women. Sylvia Muyingo lays-out their key findings and explains why tracking these data is important. What did you set out to track? Why? I am part […]

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COVID-19: what happens if some countries don’t vaccinate?

March 28, 2021
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           Some countries, such as Tanzania and Madagascar, have issued statements saying they do not have plans to vaccinate their populations against COVID-19. Moina Spooner, an editor with The Conversation Africa, asked pathology expert Dr Ahmed Kalebi to unpack what this means for the global effort to contain the pandemic. What are the risks if not everyone is vaccinated […]

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How does resistance to disinfectants happen? We’re on the road to answering the question

March 28, 2021
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           COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our lives. One effect that could yet be seen might be the development of bacterial resistance to disinfectants, as a result of the overuse of substandard disinfectants. SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – is susceptible to most disinfectants, including those containing 70% alcohol. As a result the […]

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How does the Johnson & Johnson vaccine compare to other coronavirus vaccines? 4 questions answered

March 28, 2021
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           The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine in adults. Maureen Ferran, a virologist at the Rochester Institute of Technology, explains how this third authorized vaccine works and explores the differences between it and the Moderna and Pfizer–BioNTech vaccines that are already in use. 1. How does the Johnson & Johnson vaccine […]

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China start Using Anal Swab Test to detect COVID-19 cases

January 28, 2021
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       1 1 2SharesAuthorities in China have started to roll out anal swab COVID-19 tests, which they say will help detect cases in high-risk individuals. With regional outbreaks of COVID-19 cases in the lead up to Spring Festival, China health authorities are taking new prevention measures to make sure no potential carriers are missed.  On Wednesday, a Weinan city official in Shaanxi province said […]

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New Class of Antibiotics Active Against a Wide Range of Bacteria

January 28, 2021
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           Wistar Institute scientists have discovered a new class of compounds that uniquely combine direct antibiotic killing of pan drug-resistant bacterial pathogens with a simultaneous rapid immune response for combatting antimicrobial resistance (AMR). These finding were published today in Nature. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared AMR as one of the top 10 global public health […]

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