Who hasn’t heard of COVID-19 by now? More than you think

A half-year into the most momentous pandemic in decades, it’s hard to imagine that anyone, anywhere has not heard of the coronavirus. But scores of migrants arriving in Somalia tell United Nations workers every day that they are unaware of COVID-19. Monitors for the U.N. migration agency interview people at the border in Somalia, a crossroads on one of the […]

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Russia’s virus cases rise by over 10,000 for third day

Russia cemented its place as the European country reporting the highest number of new coronavirus infections Tuesday as its total cases soared passed 155,000. Health officials reported 10,102 new infections over the last 24 hours, a decrease of 531 cases from Sunday’s record surge, bringing Russia’s total to 155,370. Russia has emerged as a new coronavirus hotspot as many European […]

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U.S. states build stockpiles of malaria drug touted by Trump

State and local governments across the United States have obtained more than 30 million doses of a malaria drug touted by President Trump to treat patients with the new coronavirus, despite warnings from doctors that more research is needed. At least 22 states and Washington, D.C. secured shipments of the drug, hydroxychloroquine, according to information compiled from state and federal […]

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Your coronavirus questions answered by our leading health experts

Could I catch coronavirus from my dog or cat? Your coronavirus questions answered by our leading health experts Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID We are now firmly in week five of lockdown, and questions on how we should go about our daily lives, and the risks we face, remain important. We asked for your queries about […]

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Childhood eczema cannot be prevented by daily moisturiser use, study finds

Eczema is a very common skin problem affecting around one in five children in the UK. Eczema usually starts in infancy, and a generally dry skin is often one of the first symptoms in babies who go on to develop the condition. It is thought that a faulty skin barrier could be the first step in the development of eczema. […]

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Releasing artificially-infected mosquitoes could reduce global dengue cases by 90%

This is the finding of a team of international scientists, led by Imperial College London, and including researchers from the University of California and University of Florida. The Imperial team, based at J-IDEA, the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics, created the first ever global map of dengue transmission intensity—which is a measure of how easily dengue […]

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Women prefer beards but some are put off by fear of LICE and fleas

Women DO prefer men with beards – but those who don’t may be put off by an evolutionary fear they harbour LICE or fleas, study claims Almost 1,000 women in America were quizzed on their facial hair preferences They were also asked about their disgust towards parasites and bacteria Women who were squeamish about hair-borne pests were not keen on beards […]

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Betrayed by bile: bile acids help norovirus sneak into cells

A new study led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that human noroviruses, the leading viral cause of foodborne illness and acute diarrhea around the world, infect cells of the small intestine by piggybacking on a normal cellular process called endocytosis that cells use to acquire materials […]

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