coronavirus

What do we know about the latest coronavirus variant, ‘Omicron’?

There is a new variant of COVID-19, the virus that has caused a global pandemic that began in early 2020 and shows no signs of letting up. Here's what we know about it: Official name - SARS-CoV-2 variant: B.1.1.529. Classified on 26/11/22 by WHO and named Omicron First reported to WHO on 24/11/21 First discovered… Continue reading What do we know about the latest coronavirus variant, ‘Omicron’?

#ps, writing

It always seems impossible until it’s done

I was looking for something to post when I came across this quote and it made me stop and think. Every so often, I get anxious about not writing enough or writing fast enough (see my previous post and the lack of part two!). That, in turn, makes me think that I shouldn't bother anyway.… Continue reading It always seems impossible until it’s done

Public Health

The impact of food poverty on society | part 1

“Food poverty is contributing to social unrest. Add school closures, redundancies, and furloughs into the equation and we have an issue that could negatively impact generations to come. It all starts with stability around access to food.” - Marcus Rashford, Manchester United/England Football Player Last year, Marcus Rashford, a young professional footballer threw himself headfirst… Continue reading The impact of food poverty on society | part 1

Public Health

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast cancer affects 55,000 women every year in the UK and 7.8m worldwide over the past five years, with 2.3m women being diagnosed in 2020 alone. Men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer. They make up 0.5-1% of breast cancer patients. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer… Continue reading Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021

Public Health

Malnutrition affects all countries on Earth

Since last year, I have taken a deeper interest in malnutrition and food poverty both here in the UK and across the world. One thing I noticed was that the image of malnutrition is often linked to regions in Africa and Asia. While the issues there are not unimportant, people are going hungry in all… Continue reading Malnutrition affects all countries on Earth

On This Day

On This Day [Aug. 26th]

AUGUST 26TH 1938: a tape recorder was used for the first time to send a radio broadcast 1743: Antoine Laurent Lavoisier was born. He is considered to be 'the father of modern chemistry' and is responsible for naming oxygen and determining what role it plays in combustion and respiration. 1874: Lee de Forest was born.… Continue reading On This Day [Aug. 26th]

coronavirus

COVID-19 vaccine protection is fading as the number of cases increase

Researchers in the UK have found that the protection offered by the Pfizer/Biotech and AstraZeneca vaccines begins to fall after six months. The researchers have linked this to the need for booster shots for those who already had two doses of the vaccine. While major countries like the US, UK and also the EU are… Continue reading COVID-19 vaccine protection is fading as the number of cases increase