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

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Do you need to wear a face mask outside?

Face masks have become part of our new normal over the past year both indoors and outdoors. While they're highly recommended inside heavily populated areas like supermarkets/grocery stores and public transport, there's not much guidance when it comes to outside. According to Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, the risk of catching COVID-19 outside is quite low.… Continue reading Do you need to wear a face mask outside?

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Update: EMA concludes that benefits of AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh the risks

EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) concludes that the benefits of the #COVID19Vaccine AstraZeneca still outweigh its risks despite possible link to rare blood clots associated with low levels of blood platelets. 👉Read more: https://t.co/WCdaKqOPxB pic.twitter.com/0NO8kh5a48 — EU Medicines Agency (@EMA_News) March 18, 2021 The EMA safety committee held a meeting on 18th March and found that:… Continue reading Update: EMA concludes that benefits of AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh the risks

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AstraZeneca vaccine suspended in Europe due to safety concerns

Several countries across Europe have suspended the AstraZeneca vaccine due to safety concerns. There have been reports of blood clotting and deaths in people who have been administered the vaccine. In comparison, there seems to be little trouble with the rollout of the vaccine in the UK with scientists there insisting that the jab is… Continue reading AstraZeneca vaccine suspended in Europe due to safety concerns

On This Day

On This Day – 14th March

On This Day, Albert Einstein was born. Born 14 March 1879 in Ulm, Württemberg, Germany, Einstein was a renowned physicist who developed the special and general theory of relativity. He is, perhaps, one of the most influential scientists of the 20th Century, with his work continuing to have an impact even today (without his breakthroughs,… Continue reading On This Day – 14th March

Mental Health, Resources

Mental Health and Social Media

https://youtu.be/-QDjx_spkwI When people ask me if I have social media, I often provide my handles with a caveat. I don't post often. It's an understatement, really because I hardly post at all. Why? Well, like the video states, I was using it as an escape and it often took all my time and I'd feel… Continue reading Mental Health and Social Media

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How are we using social media?

Roxanne Cohen Silver, PhD: Research does make it clear that social media is a larger source of misinformation and rumour than we typically get from traditional media. There isn't anybody who is monitoring and vetting the information for its truthfulness or its veracity. So we need to step back. How are we using social media?… Continue reading How are we using social media?