View mask refusers like drink drivers: leading scientist

People who refuse to wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic should be stigmatised the same as drink drivers, the head of the prestigious Royal Society science journal said Tuesday. The comments from Venki Ramakrishnan come as two new peer-reviewed studies showed how wearing face coverings may help significantly reduce the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. “It used to […]

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DR MARTIN SCURR and DR MAX PEMBERTON give view on organ donation

With a new opt-out donation law weeks away…DR MARTIN SCURR and DR MAX PEMBERTON question if the NHS should have the right to take our organs? Government says an opt-out system will save an additional 700 lives a year However critics of the system claim organ donation should be a gift, not a given   Adults will be presumed to be organ […]

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An atomic view of the trigger for the heartbeat

Atomic-level studies of the architecture of tiny sodium channel proteins, critical to generating electrical signals that start off each beat of the heart, are imparting striking details about their function, malfunctions, disruption by many disease mutations, and response to medication. This structural information could become the basis for developing better diagnostics and drugs for life-threatening heart rhythm problems, according to […]

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Taking the long view on health: Tracking the impact of aging in rural South Africa

Population aging is a growing challenge worldwide, and African is no exception. The World Health Organisation estimates that the continent is home to almost 65 million people aged 60 years or older, and that this number will increase to over 100 million by 2050. This rapid population aging will certainly lead to an increase in non-communicable diseases. This, in turn, […]

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