Category: Health

In Depth Out Loud podcast: how to model a pandemic In this episode of The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast, Christian Yates, senior lecturer in mathematical biology at the University of Bath, looks at how to model a pandemic. …

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Coronavirus jargon buster – how to sound like an expert Unless you have been on a remote island with no access to the internet (if so, you should have stayed there!), several new words will have been added to your …

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RESEARCHERS ANNOUNCE PROMISING CORONAVIRUS VACCINE CANDIDATE PITTSBURGH, April 2, 2020 – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists today announced a potential vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. When tested in mice, the vaccine, delivered through …

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A strange paradox: the better we manage to contain the coronavirus pandemic, the less we will learn from it Every prophet of doom, unless he also happens to be a psychopath, hopes that his predictions will not be borne out. …

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U.S. Army soldiers work to set up a field hospital inside CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson In the U.S., scientists stress that the number of coronavirus cases has been growing exponentially. In ordinary speech, the term …

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Coronavirus: as a health economist, I’m not convinced the case for mass testing stacks up In 1974, a classic book, Who Shall Live?, was published. Written by Victor Fuchs, a Stanford University professor, it marked the birth of health economics. …

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Fuller for longer? How appetite research is used – and misused Shutterstock There are plenty of adverts and websites that promise to share secrets on how to suppress appetite, or which foods will keep hunger at bay. Protein drinks are frequently …

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Coronavirus: If we are in a war against COVID-19 then we need to know where the enemy is Panayu Chairatananond/Shutterstock The fight against COVID-19 has launched a thousand military metaphors in the British press. The “greatest challenge since the Second …

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Patient zero: why it’s such a toxic term Stigma. Andrii Yalanskyi/Shutterstock Heightened fears surrounding COVID-19 have once again brought the idea of “patient zero” into public consciousness. Ever since it was coined by accident in the 1980s, this popular yet …

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Sheep and bacteria are helping in the fight against coronavirus – here’s how Fotogrin/Shutterstock SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, works by infecting the respiratory system. If it gets into the lungs, it causes an immune reaction, which can lead …

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