With pandemic-related stress, abuse against kids can surge

(HealthDay)—Stress from social distancing and isolation to stop the spread of COVID-19 can lead to increased family violence at home, Tulane University experts say. These changes in routine can upset kids, who may lash out and test limits. Stress from bad behavior, along with financial and other concerns can result in angry outbursts—even verbal and physical abuse, said Dr. Charles […]

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Encouraging results from functional MRI in an unresponsive patient with COVID-19

Many patients with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) remain unresponsive after surviving critical illness. Investigators led by a team at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) now describe a patient with severe COVID-19 who, despite prolonged unresponsiveness and structural brain abnormalities, demonstrated functionally intact brain connections and weeks later he recovered the ability to follow commands. The case, which is published in […]

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The real reason people eat in their sleep

Eating healthy is difficult as it is, but most of us are lucky enough to know that once we’re asleep at night, it’s highly unlikely that any further foodstuffs are going to make their way past our lips. For those suffering with nocturnal eating disorders, or NEDs, however, being unconscious doesn’t necessarily mean they’re done eating for the day (or […]

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How to choose sunscreen based on season, skin type and SPF content

Dry skin is a resultant of the skin not retaining sufficient moisture to keep it soft and supple. This might happen as a result of frequent bathing, use of harsh soaps, or certain medical conditions. In the case of colder climates, dry skin can also stem from the cold, dry winter air. Moisturisers, which rehydrate the top layer of the […]

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BARNEY CALMAN: Cystic fibrosis sufferers get drug after endless talks

BARNEY CALMAN: After cystic fibrosis sufferers finally get a ‘wonder drug’ after endless talks, it’s time to ask – did it really have to be this difficult? Dare we dream? Amid the flurry of tweets in response to our articles over the past fortnight that predicted the Government would soon strike a deal for a lifesaving cystic fibrosis drug, this […]

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WHO says first alerted to virus by its office, not China

The World Health Organization has updated its account of the early stages of the COVID crisis to say it was alerted by its own office in China, and not by China itself, to the first pneumonia cases in Wuhan. The UN health body has been accused by US President Donald Trump of failing to provide the information needed to stem […]

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COVID-19 and face masks: 4 common myths

Many countries around the world recommend that people wear masks in public as part of their strategy to curb the pandemic. We look at why some people do not wear masks and discuss what scientific evidence says about wearing them. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists and other experts have debated whether the general public should wear face […]

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