Study finds 1 in 10 people in Spain has been infected with virus

Around 4.7 million people in Spain, which amounts to one in 10 people, have contracted the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to a new government-led antibody study. The figure is significantly higher than the health ministry official tally, which now sits at 1.76 million. It is higher too than the estimate of over three million COVID-19 cases […]

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In pandemic, people are turning to nature—especially women

Spotting horned owls in neighborhood trees? Raising a bumper crop of winter squash? You may have much in common with individuals in a new study. People in the study—who ranged from stuck at home to stressed in essential worker jobs—reported significant increases in outdoor activity during COVID-19, especially among women. Outdoor activities seeing the largest increases were: watching wildlife (up […]

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US gun violence: Too many people have died in 2020 – and COVID played a larger part than you think

Recent reports here and elsewhere in the media have focused on gun violence in the US, reporting a dramatic rise in mass shootings in 2020—despite the pandemic—which by November had overtaken the total for 2019. The term mass shooting conjures up images of Columbine and Parkland, but the story for 2020 is more complex. How many mass shootings there have […]

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The next vaccine breakthrough: Health experts identify ways to help people trust a coronavirus vaccine

The pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNtech announced Nov. 20, 2020, that they will seek emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for a vaccine to prevent COVID-19. On Nov. 16, Moderna announced that a vaccine it has been working on has been shown to be close to 95% effective. But no vaccine will be anywhere nearly that effective […]

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Almost a million people inoculated with Chinese Covid-19 vaccine: firm

Nearly a million people have taken an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Chinese company Sinopharm, the firm said, although it has not yet provided any clear clinical evidence of efficacy. China has been giving experimental COVID-19 vaccines to people including state employees, international students and essential workers heading abroad since July. Sinopharm’s chairman told media this week that nearly a […]

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Exoskeleton Helps Paralyzed People Walk Again

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2020 — People paralyzed with spinal cord injuries can safely and effectively use an exoskeleton to assist them in walking, a new study finds. “Participants showed improvement regardless of level of injury, completeness or duration of injury,” said Gail Forrest, director of the Tim and Caroline Reynolds Center for Spinal Stimulation at Kessler Foundation in East Hanover, […]

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Q&A: Despite COVID-19 risks, older people experience higher emotional well-being than younger adults

Despite being most at risk of contracting COVID-19 and suffering health complications due to the virus, older adults reported feeling calm more often than younger people, and were less likely to report negative emotions like anxiety compared to people their junior, according to a recent study by Stanford psychologist Laura Carstensen. In a survey of nearly 1,000 U.S. adults conducted […]

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