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RESISTANT SARS-COV-2 VARIANT COULD EMERGE ANY TIME. HERE’S WHAT RAISES THE RISK

05 AUG 2021 With hopes pinned on mass vaccination programs seeing an eventual end to the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens around the world are lining up for a jab. So far, efforts to curb the outbreak by spreading immunity this way seem to be working – but according to new research, right now …

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LONG COVID HAS OVER 200 SYMPTOMS, AND THEY’RE MORE WIDESPREAD IN US THAN WE THOUGHT

26 JULY 2021 Besides dealing with everything else that COVID-19 has thrown our way, medical experts are working hard to get a better idea of what’s causing long COVID – a condition where symptoms persist for months after a COVID-19 infection. A new study has identified 203 different long COVID symptoms across …

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UNVACCINATED CRUISE GUESTS GET SECOND-CLASS TREATMENT AT SEA

18 JULY 2021 Royal Caribbean’s 4,275-passenger Freedom of the Seas has restarted sailings from Miami to the Bahamas with two classes of passengers on board—those who’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19, and those who have not. Jabbed guests, identified with special wristbands, get full run of the ship; those unprotected from the virus …

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IS EATING FAT GOOD FOR YOU OR NOT? HERE’S WHY IT’S SO CONFUSING

14 JULY 2021 You’d be forgiven for being confused about whether or not you should eat fat. For a long time, people were told to stay well away from it entirely. But lately, fat seems to be back on the table – but only certain types of fat. With so …

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WHAT IS THE DELTA VARIANT? 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

5 JULY 2021 For the first time in more than a year, we’re feeling some hope – or at least cautious optimism – that the pandemic could recede to the background. But experts want us to know that there is still a concern that new mutations of the virus could bring it back, and …

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HOW PROTECTED ARE YOU WITH JUST ONE DOSE OF A COVID-19 VACCINE? HERE ARE SOME STATS

04 JULY 2021 More than 179 million Americans and more than 44 million Britons have received their first dose of a two-shot COVID-19 vaccine. The US has authorized vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, while the UK has authorized Pfizer’s shot as well as one made by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. Both countries have authorized Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, which is a single dose. The …

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MIND-BLOWING ‘INFLATABLE’ SPINAL CORD IMPLANT COULD MAKE PAIN RELIEF WIDELY AVAILABLE

01 JULY 2021 Scientists have revealed a fascinating new design for an incredibly tiny, inflatable spinal cord implant, suited for treating severe chronic back pain that doesn’t respond to medication. The inflatable electronic device is part of a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) setup, a type of well-established therapy that delivers mild electric …

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WHICH IS THE BEST VACCINE FOR COVID? EXPERTS HAVE AN ANSWER, OF SORTS

24 JUNE 2021 With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines accelerating, people are increasingly asking which vaccine is best? Even if we tried to answer this question, defining which vaccine is “best” is not simple. Does that mean the vaccine better at protecting you from serious disease? The one that protects you from whichever …

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AFTER HUNGER STRIKE, CREW OF ABANDONED BULKER FINALLY HEADS HOME

16 JUNE 2021 The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reports that the 19 remaining crewmembers of the abandoned bulker Ula will soon be headed home, bringing their two-year ordeal to a close at last. For one crewmember, it will mark the end of a 31-month stay on board. The Ula was abandoned by her …

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FDA JUST APPROVED A ‘GAME-CHANGER’ WEIGHT LOSS DRUG, FIRST ONE IN YEARS

12 JUNE 2021 A weight-loss drug described as a ‘game-changer’ by obesity researchers has just been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), representing the first time the agency has endorsed such a treatment in several years. Wegovy, a weight-management therapy to be manufactured by Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, …

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