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Risk of severe COVID established early in infection – new study

Rebecca Aicheler, Cardiff Metropolitan University Why most people who get COVID have mild symptoms or none at all while some become severely ill is still a mystery – a mystery that scientists are urgently trying to solve. Being obese or having existing health problems, such as diabetes or high blood […]

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‘Male’ vs ‘female’ brains: having a mix of both is common and offers big advantages – new research

How androgynous are you? Thomas Piercy, University of Cambridge., Author provided Barbara Jacquelyn Sahakian, University of Cambridge; Christelle Langley, University of Cambridge; Qiang Luo, Fudan University, and Yi Zhang, University of Cambridge From advertising to the workplace, it is often assumed that men and women are fundamentally different – from […]

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New Covid ‘stay home’ advert

From the Government: There are currently over 38,000 beds taken up in England by COVID-19 patients. Everyone across the UK is being asked “Can you look them in the eyes and tell them you’re helping by staying at home?” in a new government advertising campaign which will act as a […]

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Biden presidency marks a return to normalcy after chaotic Trump years

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Jill Biden holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2021. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP) Thomas Klassen, York University, Canada The […]

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Covid-19 study interim findings published

The interim findings from the eighth report of REACT, one of the country’s largest studies into COVID-19 infections in England, have been published today by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI. Over 142,900 volunteers were tested in England from 6 to 15 January to examine the levels of infection in the […]

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Over 70s and those with underlying health conditions advised against cruise ship travel

From the Government: British nationals aged 70 and over, and those with underlying health conditions such as chronic diseases and diabetes, have been advised not to travel on cruise ships in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The new advice is based on guidance from the Chief Medical Officer and follows […]

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Population update from ONS

The population of the UK in mid-2018 was estimated to be 66,436,000. The UK population grew by 0.6% between mid-2017 and mid-2018, the same rate of growth as in the previous year; growth in the years to mid-2017 and mid-2018 was slower than in any year since mid-2004. In the […]

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In Rabbit Awareness Week, vaccination is urged

June 1–9 is Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW), an annual campaign raising awareness around the welfare needs of pet rabbits in the UK and Ireland. Rabbit Awareness Week is organised by Burgess Pet Care and supported by the UK’s largest animal welfare organisations and charities. This year’s campaign is urging rabbit […]

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Marie Kondo: a psychologist assesses the KonMari method of tidying

Netflix Chris Stiff, Keele University Have your friends recently begun obsessively folding their t-shirts, or explaining how they have got rid of a book that no longer “brings them joy”? If so, they’ve probably been caught up in the new craze from lifestyle guru and “tidying consultant” Marie Kondo. Kondo’s […]

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Should you hide negative emotions from children?

Sharing is good. altanaka/Shuttestock John Lambie, Anglia Ruskin University From crying in the toilet to leaving the house in a rage, many parents and carers don’t want their children to see them getting emotional. But is this the right thing to do, or should you come clean about your fear […]

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