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

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

The ‘Safe Supply’ Movement Aims to Curb Drug Deaths Linked to the Opioid Crisis
On a morning Zoom call, a group of Canadian mothers give their full attention to a young man from the Drug User Liberation Front. At 26, Jeremy Kalicum is the age some of their kids would be if they had not died of accidental overdoses. <strong>“We’re just sick of it. We’re sick of our friends dying.”</strong>Kalicum’s tone is urgent as he walks the moms through a PowerPoint presentation explaining why the Liberation Front, known as DULF, wants to protest on International Overdose Awareness Day and hand out illicit drugs. These wouldn’t be the kind that killed their sons and ...
Source: TIME: Health - October 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paul Moakley Tags: Uncategorized feature nationpod photography Source Type: news

Scientists Successfully Attached a Pig Kidney to Human For the First Time
Scientists temporarily attached a pig’s kidney to a human body and watched it begin to work, a small step in the decades-long quest to one day use animal organs for life-saving transplants. Pigs have been the most recent research focus to address the organ shortage, but among the hurdles: A sugar in pig cells, foreign to the human body, causes immediate organ rejection. The kidney for this experiment came from a gene-edited animal, engineered to eliminate that sugar and avoid an immune system attack. Surgeons attached the pig kidney to a pair of large blood vessels outside the body of a deceased recipient so they cou...
Source: TIME: Health - October 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carla K. Johnson / AP Tags: Uncategorized Research wire Source Type: news

Scientists Successfully Attached a Pig Kidney to Human For the First Time
Scientists temporarily attached a pig’s kidney to a human body and watched it begin to work, a small step in the decades-long quest to one day use animal organs for life-saving transplants. Pigs have been the most recent research focus to address the organ shortage, but among the hurdles: A sugar in pig cells, foreign to the human body, causes immediate organ rejection. The kidney for this experiment came from a gene-edited animal, engineered to eliminate that sugar and avoid an immune system attack. Surgeons attached the pig kidney to a pair of large blood vessels outside the body of a deceased recipient so they cou...
Source: TIME: Science - October 20, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Carla K. Johnson / AP Tags: Uncategorized Research wire Source Type: news

When Girls Have Access to Technologies, A True Digital Revolution Will Be In Sight
2.2 billion young people below the age of 25 don't have internet connections at home, and girls are more likely to lack access. Young girls in Guinea. Credit: Karl Grobl/EDCBy Margaret Butler, Julia Fan, and Amy WestNEW YORK, Oct 11 2021 (IPS) This year’s International Day of the Girl theme, Digital Generation, Our Generation, celebrates the potential of digital technologies while calling for the inclusion of all girls in accessing technology. The digital revolution will not be realized if girls without access to digital solutions are left behind. For years, advocates of technology for development have been repeating th...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Margaret Butler - Julia Fan - and Amy West Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Education Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Staring at phone screens for too long can increase the risk of short-sightedness
Half the world could need glasses in 30 years because of young people staring at screens, experts from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. Fishermen Are Making Their Last Stand Against Offshore Wind
A few hundred yards south of the fishing boat docks at the Port of New Bedford in southeastern Massachusetts, workers will soon start offloading gigantic turbine components onto a wide expanse of gravel. Local trawlers and lobster boats will find themselves sharing their waterways with huge vessels hefting cranes and massive hydraulic jacks. And on an approximately 100-square mile patch of open sea that fishermen once traversed with ease, 62 of the world’s largest wind turbines will rise one by one over the ocean waves. Known as Vineyard Wind, the project is set to be the first-ever commercial-scale offshore wind fa...
Source: TIME: Science - September 30, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Alejandro de la Garza Tags: Uncategorized climate change Climate Is Everything healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Can Cannabis Help Your Gut?
When Joe Silverman developed Crohn’s disease at age 21, the symptoms started out mild. While the sight of blood in his stools initially freaked him out, what really bothered him was the frequent abdominal pain and bloating that occurred as his condition progressed to moderate and then severe. Dietary changes didn’t make a difference, so he began taking prescription oral anti-inflammatory drugs that are often used to treat certain bowel diseases, which alleviated but didn’t eliminate his discomfort. He started using prescription steroid suppositories to cope with flare-ups of the inflammatory bowel disease...
Source: TIME: Health - September 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Stacey Colino Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Day at the beach: Biden hits shore as US admits Afghan kid kills, FDA spikes boosters, France bids adieu
President Biden left DC for a long weekend at his Delaware beach house and kept out of sight after three big pieces of news came out on... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news