Working mums dealing with Covid-era redundancies

Written by Joeli Brearley Pregnant Then Screwed has seen a 450% increase in calls to its free advice line during the pandemic. Here’s why.  It was a wet and colourless August day when Laurinda (not her real name) received a letter to say she was being made redundant. As she digested the crushing news, her heart briskly sank into the pit […]

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New study finds presence of regulatory T cells enables partial recovery from paralysis

In a new University of California, Irvine-led study, researchers have discovered how regulatory T cells (Treg) are instrumental in limiting the damage caused to the spinal cord in diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS). Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the results of the study help explain how Treg cells prevent autoimmunity and dampen immune responses, specifically […]

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Are the additives in our food making us ill?

Are the additives in our food making us ill? Scientists say a diet of highly processed meals is fuelling harmful inflammation that can lead to heart disease, arthritis, dementia and even cancer Our lives are being cut short by the toxic effects of our ‘ultra-processed’ diet, according to new research buried by the attention on Covid-19. Ultra-processed food products — […]

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Inverted U-shaped link seen for sleep duration, cognitive decline

(HealthDay)—There is an inverted U-shaped association between sleep duration and global cognitive decline, according to a study published online Sept. 21 in JAMA Network Open. Yanjun Ma, from the Peking University First Hospital in Beijing, and colleagues examined the association between sleep duration and cognitive decline by a pooled analysis of two nationally representative cohorts. Data were obtained from waves […]

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Researchers uncover early results about an existing tuberculosis vaccine

While scientists race to develop and test a vaccine effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, recent studies have indicated that countries with widespread BCG vaccination appear to be weathering the pandemic better than their counterparts. This has led many researchers to suspect that BCG vaccine, which immunizes against tuberculosis, might offer protection against COVID-19. Controlled trials with the […]

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One in seven medical diagnoses incorrect

The estimated 140,000 diagnostic errors made in Australia every year could be prevented by implementing key strategies, according to a perspective paper by a University of Queensland researcher. UQ’s Professor Ian Scott said statistics have revealed around 21,000 cases of misdiagnosis made in a clinical setting involved serious harm, and up to 4000 resulted in death. “Almost one in two […]

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A Trump Supreme Court pick would put the ACA in much greater danger

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios The Supreme Court vacancy created by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death leaves the Affordable Care Act in much greater jeopardy than it was just a few days ago. The big picture: Conventional wisdom had held that Chief Justice John Roberts would likely join with the court’s liberals to save the ACA once again. But if President Trump is […]

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