Chronicle of a Tragedy Unfolded
By Vani S. KulkarniPHILADELPHIA, Apr 22 2022 (IPS) The Karnataka court’s verdict to uphold the hijab ban has intensified the protest in the state. The row has been typically perceived by many as manufactured by the politicians pointing to the culture of politics in the state. While the jury is still out there on this, evidence on how state’s local culture constructs and deconstructs religious identity allows drawing conclusions with some definitiveness. The culture of state’s politics is one side of the coin. Considering its flip side – politics of culture, particularly of the religious cultural identity, is just a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 22, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Vani Kulkarni Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Education Headlines Health Human Rights Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The New $10 Billion COVID-19 Deal Leaves Uninsured People at Risk
When Senators announced on Monday that they reached a deal for $10 billion in additional funding for the coronavirus response, many public health experts were dismayed that the package will not include aid for vaccines abroad. But another area that is likely to get shorted is the program that has covered the costs of coronavirus tests, treatments and vaccines for uninsured Americans. That lack of funding could not only hurt the most vulnerable Americans, experts say, but also fuel future outbreaks of COVID-19. The program for uninsured people began winding down late last month. The Biden Administration repeatedly asked la...
Source: TIME: Health - April 5, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Warning: Climate Crisis Is Now the Single Biggest Health Threat Facing Humanity
This year’s World Health Day launched a new warning: more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to “avoidable environmental causes”. Credit: BigstockBy Baher KamalMADRID, Apr 5 2022 (IPS) While the world’s top scientists and experts continue their arduous work to finally submit to politicians at the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt (7-18 November 2022), a new alert now emerges: the climate crisis has already become the single biggest health threat to humankind. But this new alert should be no surprise: it rather constitutes the logic, expected cons...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 5, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Development & Aid Environment Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations World Health Day Source Type: news

Baby with rare skull defect that could leave him BLIND undergoes hours-long sight-saving surgery
Teddy Jones, an 18-month-old from Skelton has undergone a day long operation that remodelled his skull and saved his vision after a rare birth defect meant his head was too small for his brain. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 5, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Intelligent vehicle moving trajectory prediction based on residual attention network - Yang Z, Gao Z, Gao F, Shi C, He L, Gu S.
Skilled drivers have the driving behavioral characteristic of pre-sighted following, and similarly intelligent vehicles need accurate prediction of future trajectories. The LSTM (Long Short-Term Memory) is a common model of trajectory prediction. The exist... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 19, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

A Step Toward Africa ’s First Covid-19 Vaccine of Its Own
While most health care workers in the wealthy world were vaccinated early in 2021, only a quarter of Africa’s health workers had received their Covid-19 jabs at the end of last year. Credit: UNICEF/Nahom Tesfaye By Akshaya KumarNEW YORK, Feb 16 2022 (IPS) Efforts to combat the vast global inequity in access to Covid-19 vaccines just got a boost. A Cape Town company claims it successfully made a vaccine that mimics Moderna’s messenger RNA vaccine—without any help from Moderna. This copycat will still need to undergo clinical trials, but the effort could yield Africa’s first Covid-19 vaccine. So far, African factorie...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 16, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Akshaya Kumar Tags: Africa Headlines Health Inequality TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Gayle King Remembers the ‘Sparkle’ of Cheslie Kryst—And Hopes to Shine a Light on ‘High-Functioning Depression’
Gayle King, the long-time journalist and current CBS Mornings host, is known for both her interview skill and the depth, length, and quality of her friendships. In the days following the death of her mentee-turned-close-friend Cheslie Kryst, King has asked herself a recurrent set of questions. “I really can’t get over it,” King tells me when we speak by phone a few days after Kryst’s death, which has been determined to be due to suicide. “I’m haunted by it. I did know her. It’s—I don’t even know how to comprehend or wrap my brain around what’s happened. I really, ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 4, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Janell Ross Tags: Uncategorized Mental Health nationpod Source Type: news

What We Misunderstand About Suicide Among Black Americans
It’s an idea that in one form or another has been repeated again and again. Cheslie Kryst had so much. She seemed so happy. She didn’t fit the mold of someone who dies by suicide. Kryst, an entertainment reporter, former lawyer, and Miss USA 2019, was a successful young Black woman in a country that often assumes suicide primarily affects white, visibly depressed middle-aged men, the Willy Lomans who populate American culture. So the shock that followed news of her death Sunday—which the New York medical examiner confirmed to be caused by suicide—was predictable. It also revealed a dangerous gap bet...
Source: TIME: Health - February 4, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme and Janell Ross Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate Mental Health nationpod Source Type: news

‘End Leprosy Discrimination Now, For the Sake of Our Children’
Parents at Alheri leprosy colony outside Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have appealed for an end to discrimination, which they say impacts their children. Credit: Oluwatobi Enitan/IPS By Oluwatobi EnitanAbuja, Nigeria, Feb 3 2022 (IPS) Seidu Ishaiku lives in the hope that his children will succeed. He and his family live with about 300 other residents in the Alheri leprosy colony outside Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory Abuja. “They (our children) are obviously our future and hope,” Ishaiku says. “We don’t want our children to constitute a nuisance to society. We want them to...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 3, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Oluwatobi Enitan Tags: Africa COVID-19 Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations ​#Health​ #HumanRights IPS UN Bureau Sasakawa Health Foundation Source Type: news

Like everyone, I ’m so tired of fighting Covid. But we must keep going | Nesrine Malik
The pandemic has given us new kinds of exhaustion, all of them equally draining. Yet there ’s hope in perseveranceDuring the past two years, each stage of the pandemic has brought with it a new species of tired. The first was a heady sort of tiredness, all jittery over-vigilance when the first lockdown happened. The memory of that time has an almost lunar quality: it felt like being marooned in a pod on a hostile deserted landscape but with your lights and radars still blinking, still whirring, powered by adrenaline and restlessness. It was a short, sharp fear, in anticipation of a crisis that would be intense but soon o...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 20, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Nesrine Malik Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science World news UK news Politics Source Type: news

Compared to Polio and Smallpox, America ’s COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign Is Going Great
The agonizingly slow upward creep of the U.S. COVID vaccination rate, coupled with the emergence of the Omicron variant, has observers speaking in tones of gloom. What is wrong with people who refuse to get the shots? Some point to diseases such as smallpox and polio as evidence of a less-broken time when people trusted authorities and believed more strongly in science. But as historians of medicine, we find the despair about vaccine hesitancy misplaced. By historical standards, the U.S. COVID-19 vaccination campaign has already been an astonishing success. In the past, fearsome diseases have been brought to heel even in t...
Source: TIME: Health - December 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeanne Abrams and Hilary Smith Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

The 07:32 from Pen Mill
Sitting on the 07.32 from Pen Mill going to a meeting in Bristol I marvel at the things people still do to earn a living and count myself lucky to work at home. I never endure the daily commute amongst people intent only on getting to work (and back again). On the infrequent occasions, I happen to find myself amongst them, it’s now treat not trial. I’m aware this line has benefits those stuck on the tube in London will never know. It is truly beautiful, and I watch my fellow travellers, wondering how many gaze like sheep or cows through the carriage window, rather than read or listen their way through the journey, ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 19, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Fiction friday fiction short story Source Type: news

A New Generation of Nuclear Reactors Could Hold the Key to a Green Future
On a conference-room whiteboard in the heart of Silicon Valley, Jacob DeWitte sketches his startup’s first product. In red marker, it looks like a beer can in a Koozie, stuck with a crazy straw. In real life, it will be about the size of a hot tub, and made from an array of exotic materials, like zirconium and uranium. Under carefully controlled conditions, they will interact to produce heat, which in turn will make electricity—1.5 megawatts’ worth, enough to power a neighborhood or a factory. DeWitte’s little power plant will run for a decade without refueling and, amazingly, will emit no carbon. &...
Source: TIME: Science - November 16, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Blum Tags: Uncategorized biztech2030 climate change Source Type: news

Watch: A Pet Turtle ’s Pursuit of Happiness in “Snowy”
Filmmakers Kaitlyn Schwalje and Alex Wolf Lewis decided to make a movie about Snowy the pet turtle after spending Thanksgiving with him one year. Their short documentary is both an investigation into animal happiness and an intervention to improve one turtle’s life. Snowy is a comedy. But there also seems to be a deeper message? Alex: It’s easy to take life for granted. It’s even easier to fall into habits and lose sight of the fact that we’re surrounded by incredible people, each a human-shaped time capsule full of story and experience. We’d hoped that Snowy, an insignificant little thing on...
Source: TIME: Science - November 4, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Time Tags: Uncategorized animals Evergreen feature freelance healthscienceclimate Source Type: news