Covid: is it safe to kiss this Christmas? It ’s a risk, say scientists
Boris Johnson may have given parties go-ahead but experts warn against sharing air space in poorly ventilated roomsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChristmas parties and nativity plays may have been given the go-ahead by Boris Johnson, but a government minister had science on her side when she warned against festive kissing this Christmas.Speaking on ITV ’s Peston, the work and pensions secretary,Th érèse Coffey, said: “We should all be trying to enjoy the Christmas ahead of us” but, “for what it’s worth, I don’t think there should be much snogging under the mistletoe.”Continue ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 2, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Coronavirus Christmas Infectious diseases Science UK news World news Source Type: news

Covid: Don't kiss strangers under mistletoe - minister
People should try to reduce Covid transmission so we can all enjoy Christmas "knees up", Therese Coffey says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Disgraced anti-vaxxer 'nurse', 54, who compared medics to Nazis only worked briefly for NHS
Kate Shemirani also ran a clinic injecting clients with Botox and claims to have beaten breast cancer with coffee enemas and injecting her stomach with mistletoe. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to watch the Jupiter and Saturn 'great conjunction' on winter solstice
On 21 December 2020, the planets will align, appearing closer than they have since the middle ages, in what is being called a ‘Christmas kiss’This year, stargazers will have the chance to see a Christmas “kiss” beneath interplanetary mistletoe when Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer to one another and brighter than they have in 800 years in an event known as a “great conjunction”.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 21, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Sullivan Tags: Astronomy Saturn Jupiter Space Science Source Type: news

Plantwatch: holly, ivy and how warmer weather boosts Christmas plants
These evergreens are thriving due to climate change but can smother other woodland speciesThe holly and ivy decorations should be looking lush this Christmas thanks to climate change boosting the growth of these plants.In a study 15 years ago, holly was found spreading further north in Europe than ever before. The plant had pushed northwards by 80 miles (130km) in more than 60 years and was seen in Norway and Sweden where it was being used forChristmas decorations for the first time.Ivy is also becoming more widespread across forests in Europe. In just over 80 years it has spread across more areas of forests, withrising te...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 16, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Paul Simons Tags: Science Climate change Environment Trees and forests Source Type: news

How to watch the Jupiter and Saturn 'great conjunction' of 2020
On 21 December, the planets will align, appearing closer than they have since the middle ages, in what is being called a ‘Christmas kiss’This year, stargazers will have the chance to see a Christmas “kiss” beneath interplanetary mistletoe when Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer to one another and brighter than they have in 800 years in an event known as a “great conjunction”.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 15, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Sullivan Tags: Astronomy Saturn Jupiter Space Science Source Type: news

Race To Get A Christmas Tree Begins: Cars Line Up Through East Bridgewater Tree Farm
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Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Black Friday Christmas Trees East Bridgewater News Source Type: news

Mistletoe may hold the secret to banishing endometriosis, scientists find
Scientists at the Catholic University of Korea studied 40 women with severe endometriosis, taking tissue samples from each one and exposing them to mistletoe extract in laboratory tests. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to survive your office Christmas party
This year less than half of US firms will offer an open bar and most are doing away with the mistletoe,  according to a new poll. For those that do have one, nutritionists offer tips to keep control. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Under the mistletoe: Tips for a happy sex life over the holidays
The holidays can be a stressful time for couples, with very few chances to share intimate moments. Here is our guide to a happy sex life this Christmas. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Sexual Health / STDs Source Type: news

So, Mistletoe Is Actually A Tree-Sucking Parasite
Mistletoe is an essential decoration at any adorable holiday party. But if you knew about mistletoe’s true origins, you’d be less than tickled by its presence. Trust us. Mistletoe is a semiparasitic plant that attaches to trees and sucks out their water and nutrients. Trees afflicted with mistletoe die prematurely, thanks to these giant parasitic balls that grab onto branches and weigh up to 50 pounds, according to the National Wildlife Federation. Mistletoe berries are poisonous to humans and many animals. In short, this plant is anything but romantic IRL: You’ll never guess where mistletoe g...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 6, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Christmas Trees Are Dying From Drought
For 23 years, Curtis Abbott and his family have been growing and selling Christmas trees on their farm in the town of Charlton, Massachusetts. Photos from previous harvests show picture-perfect trees — towering evergreens with sturdy branches dusted with white snow. But this year, Abbott Tree Farm has shared no photographs. Instead, a couple of days before Thanksgiving, the farm posted an unexpected message on Facebook: “Sorry we are closed.” Drought, said Abbott, had forced the farm to shutter its doors this year — only the second time it’s done so in over two decades. “We feel it...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 5, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Holiday Plants Can Pose Health Risks to Kids, Pets
Mistletoe, holly berries and poinsettias should be placed out of reach, expert advises Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Children's Health, Pet Health (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Natural chain that hangs the mistletoe
Mistletoe is a wonderful plant, and not just for Christmas. It is actually a vampire, a parasite which sucks water and minerals out of the trees it grows on, drawing the sap out with such power it can leave the trees short of water.For Christmas, though, this has been a great year for mistletoe. The season began well in February and March when the flowers came out in dry, sunny, weather and were pollinated well by early flying insects. “You could walk into an orchard and hear the buzzing from early emerging insects looking for nectar,” says Jonathan Briggs, an ecologist and mistletoe specialist. Sunshine and showers ov...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 23, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Paul Simons Tags: Plants Birds Climate change Wildlife Trees and forests Christmas Science Environment Source Type: news

Top 10 stories from 2015 every resident should read
The past year proved lively for residents as they broke records for the highest number of fellowship applicants, charted creative burnout solutions and discovered new ways to thrive in the profession. Look back at some of the top resident moments and headlines of 2015.  1. Physicians rank residency work-life balance by specialty Physician network Doximity and U.S. News & World Report asked physicians to rate residency programs based on work hours and schedule flexibility. This resulted in more than 90,000 physician comments, which were used to create a peer-ranked list of the best—and worst—specialties for work-l...
Source: AMA Wire - December 9, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news