COVID-19’s global death toll tops 5 million in under 2 years – The Denver Post

The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 5 million on Monday, less than two years into a crisis that has not only devastated poor countries but also humbled wealthy ones with first-rate health care systems. Together, the United States, the European Union, Britain and Brazil — all upper-middle- or high-income countries — account for one-eighth of the world’s population but […]

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Global food, hunger challenges projected to increase mortality, disability by 2050

A new study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and RTI International (RTI) projects that global chronic and hidden hunger will increase the overall years of life lost due to premature mortality and years lived with disability, also known as disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), globally by over 30 million by 2050 relative […]

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Revisiting the Global Workspace orchestrating the hierarchical organisation of the human brain

The celebrations in the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven would not be the same without Herbert von Karajan’s brilliant performances conducting Beethoven’s memorable symphonies. The execution of any musical symphony is a hugely difficult task, demanding very significant skills on the part of each individual musician—but perhaps the most difficult task lies with the conductor who […]

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Experts agree on new global definition of ‘fermented foods’

Humans have consumed different types of fermented foods—from kimchi to yogurt—for thousands of years. Yet only recently, with the availability of new scientific techniques for analyzing their nutritional properties and microbiological composition, have scientists begun to understand exactly how the unique flavors and textures are created and how these foods benefit human health. Now, 13 interdisciplinary scientists from the fields […]

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Dealing with the global tsunami of mental health problems during and post COVID-19

In a special session addressing global mental health before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic held at the ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID) Professor Vikram Patel (Harvard Medical School, U.S.) will present a new review of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global mental health. He will explain: “Mental health problems were already a leading cause of suffering […]

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Global deaths due to smokeless tobacco are up by a third, according to new study

The number of deaths globally due to smokeless tobacco has gone up by a third in 7 years to an estimated 350,000 people, a new study suggests. The research, from the University of York, comes at a time when there are concerns that spitting—a behaviour common among those who chew tobacco—is likely to transmit the COVID-19 virus. The researchers—who are […]

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Student-built dashboard gives insight into global COVID-19 picture

Three graduate students at the University of Alberta developed a new, interactive tool to help provide insight into the COVID-19 pandemic. “The goal is to transform the dynamic big data to charts and graphs for ordinary people to easily understand the spread and identify trend patterns across countries,” explained Frincy Clement, who developed the new COVID-19 dashboard along with fellow […]

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Global death toll from coronavirus surpasses 200,000 – The Denver Post

ATLANTA — As the global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 200,000 on Saturday, countries took cautious steps toward easing some lockdowns, while fears of infection made even some pandemic-wounded businesses reluctant to reopen. The states of Georgia, Oklahoma and Alaska started loosening restrictions on businesses despite warnings from experts that such steps might be coming too soon. Some owners […]

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Global panic deepens over China virus

China’s coronavirus crisis worsened Thursday as the death toll soared to 563 and the plight of thousands trapped on quarantined cruise ships deepened global panic over the epidemic. More than 28,000 people have been infected in China, where authorities are struggling to contain the outbreak, despite ordering millions indoors in a growing number of cities. Two dozen countries have confirmed […]

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