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WHO publishes series of profiles on climate change and health in island states

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are among the most vulnerable nations to climate change in the world. Yet, many island states are also leading in the global response to climate change, through ambitious emissions reduction targets, adaptation actions, and developing climate resilient health systems. On 4 November 2020, WHO together with the Americas (PAHO) and […]

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Earwax test could reveal stress levels

Your earwax could be a window into your mental health, researchers have suggested. A study of 37 participants has shown a build-up of the stress hormone cortisol can be measured from the oily secretions around your ear canal. This could open the door to better ways of diagnosing psychiatric conditions including depression, according to lead […]

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The lesson of lockdown 2: never again run down England’s public health defences

Aleak inquiry? The looming lockdown was no state secret, as everyone had watched the graphs of doom ticking upwards daily: Ipsos Mori repeatedly found a majority of British people urging stricter controls. What was the cabinet doing all summer? That picture of the mask-free chancellor serving Wagamama plates for his “eat out to help out” disaster may be a career-killer, seeing […]

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Gyms and coronavirus: What are the facts?

For the second time this year, gyms in England are closing their doors. Some areas such as Liverpool had already turned off their treadmills, but now the rest of the country is following suit. It’s after the government announced a second national lockdown, which means pubs, restaurants, non-essential shops and places of worship will also […]

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Coronavirus: Are Indians more immune to Covid-19?

Millions of Indians have limited access to clean water, consume unhygienic food, breathe foul air and live in densely packed surroundings. Researchers have found this makes them susceptible to a host of non-communicable illnesses like heart and chronic respiratory diseases, cancer and diabetes. These contribute significantly to the disease burden, according to a government report. Air […]


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