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Covid booster shots significantly strengthen immunity, trial finds

Jabs offer far higher protection than that needed to prevent hospitalisation and death, Cov-Boost trial lead saysCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid booster shots can dramatically strengthen the body’s immune defences, according to a study that raises hopes of preventing another wave of severe disease driven by the Omicron variant.In a study published in the Lancet, researchers on the UK-based Cov-Boost trial measured immune responses in nearly 3,000 people who rece...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Lancet, Coronavirus, Cov Boost


How to choose which booster shot is right for you, between Pfizer and Moderna

Vials of the Moderna (R) and Pfizer (L) COVID-19 vaccines.Hazem Bader/AFP via Getty Images Most people who've gotten booster shots in the US have stuck with the same brand of vaccine they had initially. But, it's also fine to switch it up. Some early studies suggest that Moderna's vaccine is slightly stronger than Pfizer's. "To be honest, I'm not sure there's really a big difference between those two," one expert said. Now that free booster shots are being offered to a...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Public Health, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, Johnson Johnson, J J, Johns Hopkins University, R, International Vaccine Access Center, L, Moderna, William Moss, Hilary Brueck


Biden requires health insurers to cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests amid growing concern over Omicron variant

A woman gets a COVID-19 swab test at the Utah County Health Department in Salt Lake City on November 20, 2020.George Frey/Getty Images Biden required health insurers to cover the cost of at-home COVID tests on Thursday. Those who aren't covered by private insurance can find free tests at clinics and health centers, Biden said. The policy comes amid growing concern over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. President Joe Biden announced Thursday that health insurers must pay for at-home ...
Tags: Politics, Science, California, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, South Africa, National Institutes of Health, Salt Lake City, Biden, Utah County Health Department, Coronavirus, Lauren Frias, COVID-19, COVID


Sex ratio of babies linked to pollution and poverty indicators

Study finds some pollutants are correlated with higher levels of boys and others with more girlsA swathe of pollutants and indicators of poverty have been linked to changes in the ratio of baby boys to girls born to millions of parents.A study of half the US population and the entire Swedish population examined more than 100 possible factors and found, for example, that mercury, chromium and aluminium pollution correlated with more boys being born, while lead pollution increased the proportion o...
Tags: Gender, Science, Sweden, Children, Environment, Pregnancy, US, Society, World news, US news, Poverty, Medical Research, Pollution, Social exclusion




Biden requires health insurers to cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests amid growing concern over the Omicron variant

A woman gets a COVID-19 swab test at the Utah County Health Department in Salt Lake City on November 20, 2020.George Frey/Getty Images Biden on Thursday required health insurers to cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests. Those who aren't covered by private insurance can find free tests at health centers, Biden said. The policy comes amid growing concern over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. President Joe Biden announced Thursday that health insurers must pay for at-home COVID-19 ...
Tags: Politics, Science, California, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, Salt Lake City, Biden, US South Africa, Utah County Health Department, Coronavirus, Lauren Frias, COVID-19, COVID


Fossil remains of a herd of 11 dinosaurs discovered in Italy

Exceptional find includes biggest and most complete dinosaur skeleton ever seen in the countryA treasure trove of fossils of a herd of 11 dinosaurs has been identified for the first time in Italy, including the biggest and most complete dinosaur skeleton ever found in the country.Although isolated dinosaur remains have been discovered in Italy since the 1990s, palaeontologists have now identified an entire group at Villaggio del Pescatore, a former limestone quarry close to the north-eastern por...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, World news, Italy, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Zoology, Fossils, Villaggio del Pescatore, Trieste Continue


Astrocolonialism: Big tech is stealing the night sky from humans

Everybody deserves to have internet access. It’s as crucial to our ability to thrive in modern society as running water and electricity. Getting that access to rural and/or impoverished areas is one of the great technology challenges of our time. Unfortunately, the people who’ve stepped up the most are those hoping to profit from humanity’s problems at any cost. To that end, companies such as SpaceX, Amazon, OneWeb, and StarNet/GW have decided it’s in their financial best interest to capitalize ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Opinion, Tech, Earth, Neural, SpaceX Amazon OneWeb, Next Featured, StarNet GW


Fossil remains of herd of 11 dinosaurs discovered in Italy

Exceptional find includes biggest and most complete dinosaur skeleton ever unearthed in the countryA treasure trove of fossils of a herd of 11 dinosaurs has been identified for the first time in Italy, including the biggest and most complete dinosaur skeleton ever found in the country.Although isolated dinosaur remains have been discovered in Italy since the 1990s, palaeontologists have now identified an entire group at Villaggio del Pescatore, a former limestone quarry close to the north-easter...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, World news, Italy, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Zoology, Fossils, Palaeontology, Villaggio del Pescatore, Trieste Continue


How probable is it Omicron Covid variant will take hold in UK?

Analysis: UK’s early vaccine deployment and use of different vaccines from South Africa mean it’s too soon to sayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOmicron is causing consternation around the world, with the variant found to be behind an exponential rise in Covid cases in South Africa. Yet with just 42 cases confirmed in the UK so far, and most European countries seeing numbers in the double rather than triple figures, could this be a tentative sign the variant may fail ...
Tags: UK, Science, Africa, UK News, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus, COVID


Even Jack Dorsey's rebranded crypto company is getting in on the craze for tungsten cubes, the super-heavy metal blocks that cost up to $3,500

Midwest Tungsten Service Square's rebranding announcement as Block contained a strange reference to tungsten cubes. The mention was a signal to crypto enthusiasts, who were recently in a frenzy to buy the novelty objects. A small tungstent manufacturing company shared what it has been like to ride the surge of attention. In its rebranding announcement as Block, the digital financial company Square contained an odd reference."Not to get all meta on you… but we're going to!" the company...
Tags: Amazon, Science, News, Trends, Markets, Bloomberg, Square, Jack Dorsey, Journal, Cube, Murray, Mts, Carter, NFT, Sean Murray, Tech Insider


Missouri hid own Covid study after it found mask mandates saved lives

Mask mandates saved lives, according to a study conducted by Missouri's health department. This was not the outcome that governor Mike Parson wanted, so the study was buried. The Missouri Independent forced them to reveal it with a Freedom of Information Act filing. — Read the rest
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Germany is imposing a COVID-19 lockdown for unvaccinated people only

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to the media during her visit at the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies, in Berlin, Germany, November 22, 2021.Markus Schreiber/Reuters Germany is putting a new COVID-19 lockdown in place, but only for people who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus, outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel and her successor, Olaf Scholz, announced Thursday."Culture and leisure nationwide will be open only to those who have been vaccinated or recovered (from Covid)," Me...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, International, Trends, Olaf Scholz, Kelly McLaughlin, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Speed desk, TUMO Center for Creative Technologies, Markus Schreiber Reuters Germany, Covid Merkel


Senior UK politician warns people to avoid 'snogging under the mistletoe' over the holidays as Omicron raises fears of uncontrolled spread

A couple kiss under the mistletoe at a Santa-themed event in Seattle, Washington in 2014. UK minister Thérèse Coffey this week warned against doing the same.Reuters/David Ryder People should avoid "snogging" strangers under the mistletoe, a top UK politician warned. The advice comes amid concerns over the spread of the Omicron variant in the UK and around the world. 32 Omicron cases have now been found in the UK. The variant has spread to 28 countries worldwide. People should probably avoid "...
Tags: UK, Science, Nbc, Trends, The Sun, News UK, Boris Johnson, World Health Organisation, Johnson, Santa, Financial Times, Reuters, Erin Schumaker, Coffey, Peston, Seattle Washington


Covid: scientists find possible trigger for AstraZeneca jab blood clots

Experts hope better understanding of rare side effect of vaccine could help ‘turn the tide’ on pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists believe they may have found the trigger behind the extremely rare blood clot complications stemming from the Oxford/AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine.According to a team of researchers from Cardiff and the US, the reaction can be traced to the way the adenovirus used by the vaccine to shuttle the coronavirus’s genetic material int...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Biology, US, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Cardiff, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Californian firm touts ‘mushroom leather’ as sustainability gamechanger

Vegan leather alternative isn’t just the hot fashion must-have – it could teach us about consumption and wasteVegan alternatives to leather could save more than just animals. The scientists behind fashion’s new latest must-have – the “mushroom leather” handbag – believe that mycelium, a material grown from fungi which can be engineered to look and feel like calfskin or sheepskin, could help save the planet.Speaking to the Guardian before a talk at the Business of Fashion Voices conference in Oxf...
Tags: Business, Fashion, Science, Environment, Veganism, Oxfordshire, MycoWorks, Matt Scullin, Business of Fashion Voices


The pandemic body: how the Covid era changed us – from hair loss to weight gain

Sore, blurry eyes, decaying teeth, spreading feet – the strange, difficult years of coronavirus have changed us physically. Will we ever get back to our former selves?This year, out of nowhere, my left heel has started hurting. Is it the onset of some degenerative condition, a normal byproduct of ageing, or simply pandemic life, I wonder. After all, living through this period has had surprising health consequences – even for people who have not caught coronavirus. It has recently emerged, for in...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Life and style, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Beauty, Microbiology, Dentists, Hair Loss, Coronavirus



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