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Macron voices concerns over Covid vaccines patent waiver

French president says US and UK should start exporting doses around the world insteadCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEmmanuel Macron has echoed the German government’s concerns over Joe Biden’s proposed suspension of intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines as he urged the US and the UK to instead start exporting doses around the world.Arriving at an EU summit in Porto in Portugal, the French president expressed his reservations about the White House proposa...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Science, France, White House, Germany, Angela Merkel, US, Eu, Society, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Portugal


ifeel, another well-being platform that blends self-care tools with 1-2-1 therapy, scores $6.6M

If the pandemic has been good for anything it’s been good for the therapy business and for startups targeting mental health, with VCs kept very busy signing checks. To wit, here’s another one: Madrid-based ifeel has bagged €5.5 million (~$6.6M) in Series A funding, led by Nauta Capital. The startup was founded back in 2017 — initially as a consumer-focused therapy platform — but last year it pivoted to a hybrid business model, tapping into demand from businesses to offer staff emotional support ...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Europe, UK, Mexico, France, Germany, Singapore, Israel, Insurance, Tech, Spain, Meditation, Mindfulness, Mental Health, Therapy


Under the Pavement Lies the Strand: Berliners build a feminist future

Part of the New German Cinema boom, Helma Sanders-Brahms’ 1975 film about two actors asks if theatre still has revolutionary potentialThe stage on screen: more films about theatreGrischa Huber, the magnetic German star who died this year aged 76, became a feminist icon in European cinema with one of her first features. She was an established stage performer by the time she was cast by director Helma Sanders-Brahms as a politically engaged theatre actor in the film Unter dem Pflaster ist der Stra...
Tags: Health, Europe, Film, France, Germany, Women, Theatre, Society, World news, Culture, Feminism, Stage, Abortion, World cinema, Huber, Grischa


A new SARS-CoV-2 variant (HMN.19B) has been identified in France

New research published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s journal Emerging Infectious Diseases has confirmed the emergence of a new SARS-CoV-2 variant called HMN.19B from the viral clade 19B in France. The 19B viral clade — which includes the D614G variant — was prevalent in late 2019 but had since been rarely observed since early 2020 because of newer viral clades.
Tags: Health, France, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Emerging Infectious Diseases


Coronavirus live news: surge testing to begin in east London after South African and Brazilian variants detected; WHO approves Moderna vaccine for emergency use

Australians trying to return home from India could face fine or jail; Indian government ignored warnings on variant, scientists sayThousands waiting for dementia diagnoses during Covid crisisTravellers in England to get one-week notice of overseas rule easingCanberra condemned over decision for Australians returning from IndiaUK’s south Asian communities worst-hit in Covid second wave - study See all our coronavirus coverage 5.29pm BST The number of people in intensive care units in France w...
Tags: Health, England, London, France, India, Society, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Reuters, Coronavirus, COVID, IndiaUK


The birth of childhood: A brief history of the European child

It took several thousand years for our culture to realize that a child is not an object. Learning how to treat children as humans continues to this day."Nature wants children to be children before they are men," wrote Jean-Jacques Rousseau in the book Emile, or On Education (1762). While Rousseau did not see children as humans, he appealed to parents to look after their offspring. "If we consider childhood itself, is there anything so weak and wretched as a child, anything so utterly at the merc...
Tags: Psychology, Europe, Family, New York, London, Sweden, Greece, Children, France, History, Britain, Innovation, Wheeler, Poland, Philosophy, Catholic Church


3 coronavirus variants can make people sicker or spread faster - and experts are monitoring others, including one spreading in India

People wearing masks in Del Mar, California. There are three coronavirus variants that experts around the world are worried about. These include variants first identified in South Africa, the UK, and Brazil. Others variants, like one first found in India, have concerning features, but it's not yet clear they're more dangerous. See more stories on Insider's business page. Several coronavirus variants have evolved mutations that mean they spread more easily, make people sicker,...
Tags: Health, Japan, UK, New York, Science, London, California, Cdc, France, India, New York City, Nigeria, Israel, US, Trends, Taiwan


3 coronavirus variants can make people sicker, evade the immune response, or spread faster - and experts are monitoring others, including one spreading in India

People wearing masks in Del Mar, California. There are three coronavirus variants that experts around the world are worried about. These include variants first identified in South Africa, the UK, and Brazil. Others variants, like one first found in India, have concerning features, but it's not yet clear they're more dangerous. See more stories on Insider's business page. Several coronavirus variants have evolved mutations that mean they spread more easily, make people sicker,...
Tags: Health, Japan, UK, New York, Science, London, California, Cdc, France, India, New York City, Nigeria, Israel, US, Trends, Taiwan


The EU is suing AstraZeneca over delayed delivery of its vaccine

A box containing vials of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against AstraZeneca. AstraZeneca has delivered far fewer doses to the EU than initially promised. It said in January that it needed to cut Q1 deliveries by 60%, citing supply-chain issues. See more stories on Insider's business page. The European Commission is suing AstraZeneca, saying the drugmaker delayed deliveries of its COVID-19 vacci...
Tags: Health, Politics, France, Germany, Politico, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, European Union, Speed, Healthcare, News UK, Commission, European Commission, Astrazeneca, Reuters


Japan’s slow Covid vaccine rollout casts cloud over Olympics

Just 1.3% of Japan’s population have received at least first dose, with less than 90 days until Games Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than two months after it began its vaccine rollout, Japan still lags behind the rest of the developed world, raising questions about its preparedness and doubts about the wisdom of holding the Olympics in Tokyo in less than three months’ time.To date, 1.3% of Japan’s population have received at least one of two doses, compared with...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Japan, UK, France, Sport, Society, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Vaccines and immunisation, Olympic Games, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Coronavirus, US 49


"With no daily obligations and no children around, the challenge was 'to profit from the present moment without ever thinking about what will happen in one hour, in two hours'...."

"In partnership with laboratories in France and Switzerland, scientists monitored the 15 team members’ sleep patterns, social interactions and behavioural reactions via sensors. One sensor was a tiny thermometer inside a capsule that participants swallowed like a pill. It measured body temperature and transmitted data to a computer until it was expelled naturally. The team members followed their biological clocks to know when to wake up, go to sleep and eat. They counted their days not in hours...
Tags: Psychology, Law, France, Time, Switzerland, Ann Althouse, Christian -RSB- Clot


'Long haulers' study suggests even mild COVID-19 could increase risk of death up to 6 months after infection

A soldier fills syringes with a Covid-19 vaccine in Londonderry, New Hampshire on February 4, 2021. JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images Mild COVID-19 increased risk of death by about 60% in a new study. The study found a higher risk of death in the months after infection, even in those not hospitalized with COVID-19. The study included mostly white males with an average age of 66. See more stories on Insider's business page. Mild COVID-19 made people more likely to die for six months ...
Tags: Health, France, US, Trends, New York Times, Veterans Affairs, Healthcare, Veteran, GlaxoSmithKline, Hackensack University Medical Center, Londonderry New Hampshire, Joseph Prezioso, Coronavirus, Catherine Schuster Bruce, Ziyad Al Aly, Laurie Jacobs


Mild COVID-19 increases risk of death for at least 6 months in a new study of 73,000 people

A soldier fills syringes with a Covid-19 vaccine in Londonderry, New Hampshire on February 4, 2021. JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images Mild COVID-19 increased risk of death by about 60% in a new study. The study found a higher risk of death in the months after infection, even in those not hospitalized with COVID-19. The study included mostly white males with an average age of 66. See more stories on Insider's business page. Mild COVID-19 made people more likely to die for six months ...
Tags: Health, France, US, Trends, New York Times, Veterans Affairs, Healthcare, Veteran, GlaxoSmithKline, Hackensack University Medical Center, Londonderry New Hampshire, Joseph Prezioso, Coronavirus, Catherine Schuster Bruce, Ziyad Al Aly, Laurie Jacobs


"People with psychosomatic illnesses are unfortunate in the fact that their condition offends western ideas not just about illness but who we are...."

"Our minds are airy, ethereal, separate; our bodies are a sort of machine for which the doctor is a mechanic. But... [s]praying water from your eyes in response to bad news is an example of a psychological state causing a physical one. So is the phenomenon of staving off a bout of illness until after you’ve completed an exam or an important piece of work....[S]ufferers from Parkinson’s disease, a physically manifested illness with an identifiable biological cause, respond dramatically to placeb...
Tags: Health, Sweden, Law, France, Earth, Tennessee, Marriott, Philosophy, Nicaragua, Prayer, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Strange Medical Condition, James Marriott London Times Secular


EU states begin using single-dose J&J Covid vaccine

Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus jab rolled out after backing from European Medicines AgencyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEU member states are starting to administer Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine after Europe’s drug regulator this week backed the single-dose shot, with several expected to impose age restrictions, as with the AstraZeneca jab.Spain’s regional health authorities began using the shot on Thursday for people aged 70 to 79, two days after the Euro...
Tags: Health, Europe, Greece, France, Germany, Eu, Spain, European Union, Italy, Netherlands, Astrazeneca, Denmark, Vaccines and immunisation, Iceland, Johnson Johnson, European Medicines Agency EMA


Alan raises $220 million for its health insurance and healthcare super app

French startup Alan has raised a $220 million funding round at a $1.67 billion valuation (€185 million and €1.4 billion respectively). Coatue is leading the round with Dragoneer, Exor, and existing investors Index Ventures, Ribbit Capital and Temasek also participating. Alan has been building health insurance products from scratch. When I first covered the company back in 2016, the startup had just managed to get approval from regulators to become an official health insurance company. Since then...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, France, Insurance, Tech, Spain, Healthcare, Alan, Temasek, France Belgium, Coatue, Insurtech, Index Ventures Ribbit Capital, Jean Charles Samuelian Werve


Coronavirus live news: France to impose 10-day quarantine on Brazil arrivals; Oscars reinvented for pandemic

Global death toll tops 3m; pandemic made 2020 ‘the year of the quiet ocean’, say scientistsPeak District welcomes visitors as Mansfield cases riseWhat are the new Covid variants?For all our coronavirus coverage 11.29pm BST South Africa’s health regulator on Saturday recommended that the government lift the pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, as long as certain conditions are met. Reuters reports:“These conditions include, but are not limited to, strengthened screen...
Tags: Health, France, Society, World news, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Alberta, Mansfield, Reuters, Johnson Johnson, Public Health Agency of Canada, Coronavirus


France and Germany’s Covid vaccination programmes pick up speed

As daily inoculations hit record figures, warning comes of new delaysCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVaccine rollouts in France and Germany have finally begun to pick up speed, after a slow start and problems with supplies and bureaucracy.France continues to struggle to contain a third Covid-19 wave, but announced it had hit its 10 million inoculations target a week earlier than expected, while Germany doubled the number of vaccinations, administering a record 720,000...
Tags: Health, Europe, France, Germany, European Union, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Immunology, Coronavirus


Probabilistic model can help analyze patient trajectories during COVID-19 pandemic

As SARS-CoV-2 continues to spread in France, a thorough characterization of hospital care needs and of the trajectories of hospital patients, as well as how they have changed over time, is essential to support planning.
Tags: Health, France


Study reveals molecular mechanisms of drug resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

A consortium of researchers from Russia, Belarus, Japan, Germany and France led by a Skoltech scientist have uncovered the way in which Mycobacterium tuberculosis survives in iron-deficient conditions by utilizing rubredoxin B, a protein from a rubredoxin family that play an important role in adaptation to changing environmental conditions.
Tags: Health, France, Skoltech, Russia Belarus Japan Germany


Regulators have found a link between AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot and rare blood clots in younger women, but the exact cause of the clots is unknown, a top official said

Women poses for selfie after vaccine. CRISTINA QUICLER / Contributor / Getty Images A European official said Tuesday there was a link between AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine and blood clots. Marco Cavaleri, head of vaccines at the EMA, said the mechanism causing the brain blood clots wasn't yet clear. The clots are most common in younger women, he said. See more stories on Insider's business page. The European medicines regulator has found a link between AstraZeneca's COVID-...
Tags: Health, France, Germany, Trends, Canada, Healthcare, Astrazeneca, Denmark, Norway, Oxford University, EMA, European Medicines Agency EMA, Cavaleri, Emer Cooke, Coronavirus, Catherine Schuster Bruce


Study reports on two cats that caught COVID-19

Our feline friends are also vulnerable to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, according to new research posted to the preprint server bioRxiv. The researchers diagnosed two cats living in France with mild symptomatic COVID-19 illness. The virus was most likely transmitted from their owners.
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LA County vows to reach 80% coronavirus vaccination rate in 12 weeks

Within 12 weeks, Los Angeles County public health officials expect to vaccinate 80% of residents over 15 years old, a benchmark that could be a giant stride toward the end of the pandemic here. But increases in virus variants of concern that are continuing to be detected at county laboratories still have officials concerned, which is why on Wednesday, March 31, they urged residents to hang on for just two to three months more when the level of inoculation countywide was at a sufficient enough le...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, France, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, New York Times, Fema, Netherlands, Long Beach, Community, Disneyland


France to close schools and stop domestic travel after Covid surge

Emmanuel Macron announces three-week shutdown of schools after leaving restrictions ‘until last moment’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance’s schools are to close for at least three weeks and travel within the country will be banned for a month after Easter in an attempt to curb a dramatic surge in Covid-19 cases that threatens to overwhelm hospitals, Emmanuel Macron has said.In a televised address to the nation, the French president said the government had waited “...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, France, Germany, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Emmanuel Macron, Coronavirus


Canada suspends the AstraZeneca vaccine in under-55s while officials investigate reports of rare blood clots

A nurse is inoculated with the Pfizer/BioNTEch coronavirus vaccine in Toronto, Canada, December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio Canada paused its AstraZeneca vaccine rollout in people under 55 on Monday. Officials cited reports of a rare blood disorder in young women in Europe. The recommendation was a precaution based on "international data" and a "good supply" of alternative vaccines. See more stories on Insider's business page. Canada has temporarily stopped giving AstraZeneca's...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Sweden, France, Trends, Canada, Italy, Healthcare, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, Quebec, Wall Street Journal, Berlin Germany, Toronto Canada


How Europe botched its vaccine rollout through shortages, stalled negotiations with drugmakers, and confusing health advice, forcing itself back into damaging lockdowns

A man is having body temperature checked on the entrance to Krakow University Hospital on the first day of teachers' Covid-19 vaccination programme. Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images The EU will struggle to hit its target of vaccinating 70% of people by summer. Less than 10% of people in Germany, France, and Italy have had their first COVID-19 shot. Slow negotiations with drugmakers, shortages, and confusing public health messages have contributed. See more stories on Insider'...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Australia, France, China, Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, Israel, US, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, Hungary, Italy


Coronavirus live news: Venezuelan president’s Facebook page frozen over cure claim; UK deaths pass 150,000 milestone, analysis shows

Turkey sees highest number of daily cases this year; Brazil daily deaths near 4,000 amid surge; UK vaccines minister says first booster doses will go to the top four priority groupsOne in 25 hospitalised with Covid in UK since December had vaccine‘Vaccine prince’: the Indian billionaire set to make Covid jabs for the UKGazebo sales boom as families plan outdoor Easter gatheringsSee all our coronavirus coverage 7.19pm GMT Here is more on the rock concert in Barcelona where spectators had rapi...
Tags: Health, UK, France, Barcelona, Society, World news, Turkey, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Reuters, Palau Sant Jordi, Coronavirus


Increased replicative fitness of SARS-CoV-2 UK strain in human bronchial cells

A recent study from France showed that the UK variant of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – also known as B.1.1.7 variant – can replicate much more efficiently in a reconstituted human bronchial epithelium, which may explain why it spreads so rapidly in the human population. The study is currently freely available on the bioRxiv preprint server.
Tags: Health, UK, France


Data shows AstraZeneca's vaccine is safe and effective - and investigations into serious blood clots aren't cause for alarm

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, prepares to receive his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health on December 22, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images The European regulator this week declared the AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine safe. But it will keep investigating reports of rare clots after vaccination, particularly among younger women. These investigations into side effe...
Tags: Health, Science, France, Trends, Eu, Analysis, Healthcare, Peru, Astrazeneca, National Institutes of Health, Oxford University, Anthony Fauci, EMA, European Medicines Agency EMA, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Bethesda Maryland


Some dream — others scheme — to find a vaccine before spring break

Hawaii, Florida, Seattle and the South of France are on the minds of New York City college students. Those are some of the destinations that undergrads mentioned when asked where they'd go for spring break, if they weren't grounded by Covid-19.
Tags: Health, France, New York City, Hawaii Florida Seattle



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