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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


The power of conformity: How good people do evil things

After World War II, many psychologists wanted to address the question of how it was that people could go along with the evil deeds of fascist regimes.Solomon Asch's experiment alarmingly showed just how easily we conform and how susceptible we are to group influence.People often will not only sacrifice truth and reason to conformity but also their own health and sense of right and wrong. It's the last question of the quiz, and Chloë knows the answer: it's Bolivia. Yes, it's definitely Bolivia....
Tags: Psychology, Germany, Innovation, Oxford, Panama, Bolivia, Shaun, Chloe, Stanley Milgram, Milgram, Zimbardo, Asch, Philip Zimbardo, Solomon Asch, Jonny Thomson, John Darley


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


Researchers discover new way to improve the subcutaneous administration of mRNA

If not before, then certainly since the first messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines to combat the SARS CoV2 virus were approved in Germany, mRNA has become a recognized term even outside scientific circles.
Tags: Health, Germany


Competitive multiplex binding assay can monitor SARS-CoV-2 immune responses using nanobodies

Researchers at the Eberhard Karls University and the University of Tübingen in Germany described 11 unique nanobodies (Nbs) specific for the SARS-CoV-2 spike receptor-binding domain (RBD), of which 8 Nbs potentially inhibit the connection of RBD with the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2).
Tags: Health, Germany, Nbs, University of Tübingen, Eberhard Karls University


Australia live news: Brittany Higgins speaks after meeting with Scott Morrison

Former Liberal staffer says there is a ‘consensus’ that change is needed; Covid breach at Brisbane airport after traveller tests positive. Follow the latest updatesSome 16% of public servants have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, survey findsIndia wants access to cheap copies of Covid vaccines. So why is Australia holding out?Coronavirus WA: Perth Covid lockdown rules and Western Australia’s coronavirus restrictions explained 8.16am BST It’s not so much a war footing as a regu...
Tags: Health, Google, Business, Australia, Germany, India, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Brisbane, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, Western Australia


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


Coronavirus live news: more than half of UK population has had first Covid jab; Germany restricts travel from India

Parts of western Australia in three-day lockdown; Germany reports 23,392 Covid cases; Thailand curbs shop opening hours after daily case recordIndia’s daily Covid death toll hits new record amid oxygen shortages‘Smell training’ recommended for Covid anosmiaGlobal report: Tokyo goes under state of emergencyUS lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine Fears Covid anxiety syndrome could stop people reintegratingSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.59pm BST Cambodia recorded a daily record of 10 ne...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Germany, India, Society, World news, Thailand, Cambodia, Tokyo, Vaccines and immunisation, Damascus, Johnson Johnson, Coronavirus, COVID, Hassan Ghabash


Coronavirus live news: Germany restricts travel from India ; children ‘left behind’ in vaccine trials, says UK expert

Parts of western Australia in three-day lockdown; Germany reports 23,392 Covid cases; Thailand curbs shop opening hours after daily case recordIndia’s daily Covid death toll hits new record amid oxygen shortages‘Smell training’ recommended for Covid anosmiaGlobal report: Tokyo goes under state of emergencyUS lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine Fears Covid anxiety syndrome could stop people reintegratingSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.11pm BST Scientists are recommending “smell traini...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Germany, India, Society, World news, Thailand, Tokyo, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson Johnson, Coronavirus, COVID, Clea Skopeliti, Edna Mohamed


Coronavirus live news: India sets new world record for daily cases; restrictions on outdoor mixing eased in Wales

Parts of western Australia in three-day lockdown; Germany reports 23,392 Covid cases; Thailand curbs shop opening hours after daily case recordIndia’s hospital crisis deepens, Tokyo goes under state of emergencyUS lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine Fears Covid anxiety syndrome could stop people reintegratingSee all our coronavirus coverage 9.14am BST Cambodia closed all markets in the capital Phnom Penh on Saturday to contain a spike in coronavirus infections as thousands of families p...
Tags: Health, Wales, Australia, Germany, India, Society, World news, Thailand, Cambodia, Tokyo, Vaccines and immunisation, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Reuters, Johnson Johnson, Coronavirus


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


Can a single BNT162b2 vaccine dose confer protective immunity against SARS-CoV-2 variants?

A team of researchers in Germany aimed to determine if the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine mRNA vaccine (also known as the BNT162b2 vaccine) induces robust antibody responses against emergent SARS-CoV-2 variants, including the United Kingdom (or B1.1.7) variant; the South African (or B.1.351) variant; and the Brazilian (or P.1) variant.
Tags: Health, Germany, United Kingdom


Characterization of lab-produced neutralizing antibodies targeting SARS-CoV-2

A new study led by Hans-Martin Jäck of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany engineered clusters of neutralizing monoclonal antibodies using a transgenic mouse model. A unique characteristic for the antibodies was the different ways it bound to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and the overall reduction in the viral spread for human ACE2.
Tags: Health, Germany, Friedrich Alexander University, Hans Martin Jäck, Erlangen Nuremberg


Researchers reveal long-term kinetics of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in patient sera

A team of scientists in Germany recently evaluated the specificities and sensitivities of different serological assays for detecting antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.
Tags: Health, Germany


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


Merkel sets out plan to take control of Germany’s Covid response

Bill would give national government power to impose restrictions in states with high infection ratesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe German chancellor, Angela Merkel, plans to take control over the Covid-19 response from federal states to impose restrictions on regions with high numbers of new infections, as the head of the country’s disease control agency said Germany needed a two- to four-week lockdown to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.“Germany is in th...
Tags: Health, Europe, Germany, Angela Merkel, Merkel, Vaccines and immunisation, Bill, Coronavirus, COVID


German minister defies EU by saying he wants Russia to supply Sputnik vaccine

Berlin could act independently of EU but would require regulator’s approval of Covid jabCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany’s health minister has said he wants to hold talks with Moscow about obtaining supplies of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, in an effort to boost the country’s inoculation campaign.Jens Spahn said Germany would have no hesitation in acting independently of the EU, indicating his frustration over the bloc’s refusal to engage with the Russian jab’...
Tags: Health, Europe, Germany, Russia, Berlin, Eu, World news, Moscow, Vaccines and immunisation, Jens Spahn, Coronavirus, European Medicines Agency EMA Continue


Germany seeks talks with Russia over Sputnik Covid vaccine

Berlin could act independently of EU but would require regulator’s approval of jabCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany’s health minister has said he wants to hold talks with Moscow about obtaining supplies of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, in an effort to boost the country’s inoculation campaign.Jens Spahn said Germany would have no hesitation in acting independently of the EU, indicating his frustration over the bloc’s refusal to engage with the Russian jab’s manu...
Tags: Health, Europe, Germany, Russia, Berlin, Eu, World news, Moscow, Vaccines and immunisation, Jens Spahn, Coronavirus, European Medicines Agency EMA Continue


South African and Brazilian SARS-CoV-2 variants can evade antibodies from therapies, vaccines, and infection

Researchers at the Infection Biology Unit, German Primate Center, and the Georg-August-University Göttingen in Germany have found that the B.1.351 and P.1 SARS-CoV-2 variants have the potential to evade therapeutic antibodies or antibodies induced by natural infection or vaccination.
Tags: Health, Germany, Georg August University Göttingen, Infection Biology Unit German Primate Center


For some, the pandemic eased mental health distress

While COVID-19 physically affects adults more than children, mental health distress has increased across all age groups. Children between 5 and 17 sought help for mental health issues at much higher rates in 2020. However, a new study found children with pre-existing mental health issues experienced reduced symptoms when lockdowns began.While the physical effects of COVID-19 have dominated headlines for the last 13 months, mental health effects are considered a simultaneous pandemic that could o...
Tags: Facebook, Education, Children, Germany, America, Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, Innovation, University Of Houston, Derek, Latinx, Bartlett Illinois, COVID-19, COVID, Carla Sharp


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


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


Germany has suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for anyone under 60

Getty Germany has suspended the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for residents under the age of 60. The country is one of several who paused the use of the vaccine over concerns of blood clots. WHO said earlier this month that there's no link between the vaccine and blood clots. See more stories on Insider's business page. Germany has suspended the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for younger citizens over concerns of blood clotting, health officials announced on T...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Germany, Trends, Spain, Ap, Cnn, Speed, Canada, Who, World Health Organization, Astrazeneca, Vaccinations, Associated Press, European Medicines Agency


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


Heroes to zeros: how German perfectionism wrecked its Covid vaccine drive

The same thoroughness that made Angela Merkel’s government a pandemic role model is now holding it backCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn December, two weeks before the European Medicines Agency authorised the first vaccine against Covid-19 for use across the European Union, Berlin unveiled a plan to rocket-fuel its immunisation drive with German precision engineering. Jabs would be mass-administered in purpose-built vaccination centres where patients could be shuttle...
Tags: Health, Europe, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, European Union, World news, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Green Party, European Medicines Agency, Dahmen, Coronavirus, Janosch Dahmen


'I am begging you, get the vaccine': pockets of fear emerge in Serbia

Mistrust is rife in country EU has said is launchpad for Russian disinformation and where mass vaccinations were mandatory in cold war-eraCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSerbia’s most famous citizen, the tennis champion Novak Djokovic, has been vocally cautious about vaccines. A government adviser on the pandemic told media last March that Covid-19 “exists only on Facebook”. When cases of measles spiked three years ago, authorities blamed the influence of a powerful a...
Tags: Health, Europe, Germany, Russia, Eu, Society, World news, Canada, Serbia, Novak Djokovic, Vaccines and immunisation, Balkans, Coronavirus


EU leaders push back against bloc's plans to halt Covid vaccine exports

More sceptical member states hope ‘stick will never be used’ amid concerns over supply chainCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEU leaders are likely to shy away from supporting the use of new powers to block Covid vaccine shipments to countries with better jab coverage such as the UK, according to a draft statement before a meeting of EU leaders.The European commission has increased its scope for blocking vaccine exports but disquiet among member states is set to be refl...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Sweden, Germany, Angela Merkel, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Ireland, Netherlands, European Commission, Belgium, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation


EU leaders push back against bloc's plans to halt Covid vaccine export

More sceptical member states hope ‘stick will never be used’ amid concerns over supply chainEU leaders are likely to shy away from supporting the use of new powers to block Covid vaccine shipments to countries such as the UK with better jab coverage than the bloc, according to a draft statement ahead of a meeting of EU leaders today.The European commission has increased its scope for blocking vaccine exports but disquiet among capitals is set to be reflected in a muted statement at the end of th...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Sweden, Germany, Angela Merkel, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Ireland, Netherlands, European Commission, Belgium, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation


INTERVIEW: BioNTech founders Özlem Türeci and Ugur Sahin on developing the BioNTech-Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the future of fighting cancer, and whether people can live to 200

BioNTech founders Özlem Türeci and Ugur Sahin spoke with Axel Springer CEO Matthias Döpfner about their COVID-19 vaccine, how they plan to tackle cancer, and more. WELT The various COVID-19 vaccines have been a game-changer for international pandemic. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in particular was the first one to be approved for use in many countries. Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner talks to BioNTech founders Özlem Türeci and Ugur Sahin about their vaccine's impact. See more stories ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, England, Science, Interview, Opinion, China, Germany, Boston, Israel, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Eu


Sturgeon welcomes 'official, definitive, independent' ruling she did not breach ministerial code – as it happened

This live blog is now closed. For more on this story, you read the news report hereFull report: Nicola Sturgeon cleared of breaching ministerial codeTimeline: what we know so far about Sturgeon and the Salmond inquiry 6.15pm GMT The army’s increased deployability and technological advantage will mean that greater effect can be delivered by fewer people. I’ve therefore taken the decision to reduce the size of the army from today’s current strength of 76,500 trade trained personnel to 72,500 ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, Scotland, China, Germany, European Union, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Nicola Sturgeon, Health policy, Scottish politics, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Office For National Statistics



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