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Could COVID-19 research help to end the tuberculosis epidemic?

World leaders have set an ambitious target of ending the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic by 2030 and that effort could be boosted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report by the World Health Organization published this month, an estimated 10 million people fell ill with TB in 2019, though that number continues to fall each year. Funding towards the fight against COVID-19 has seen vast amounts of money put towards overlapping research and technology that could also help countries to elim

Ukraine's anti-vaccine crisis: '40% of healthcare workers are skeptical'

As countries race to vaccinate their populations against COVID-19, Ukraine is yet to administer a single dose and won't receive delivery of its first batch of jabs until later this month. Even when the vaccines arrive, its government faces another pressing question: How many people will be willing to take the vaccine? A survey conducted by the Wellcome Trust in 2019 revealed that just 29 percent of Ukrainians think vaccines are safe and only 50 percent believe they are effective. More worryingl

How a children's toy could revolutionize health monitoring

Inside a small laboratory at the University of California, scientists have developed monitoring technology that could identify ill health before people fall sick and end the use of many modern day medicines. Remarkably, they've created it using a children's toy. A team of scientists led by Michelle Khine has created small plastic sensors that can be attached to the body to provide beat to beat blood pressure monitoring to uncover underlying issues before they develop into more serious problems.

Should I worry about Long COVID-19 in the young?

Most people who are infected with COVID-19 suffer little more than a persistent cough, high temperature or a loss of taste and smell before recovering within a couple of weeks – but an increasing number of people are facing a longer and more serious battle. A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found that 5 to 20 percent of people who are infected with COVID-19 are still ill after four weeks, while one in 10 remains sick after 12 weeks. Many suffer from an overlapping combination o

Is this the face mask of the future?

Face masks have become a key tool in the global fight against COVID-19 and scientists in Scotland say they've now developed a version that tells the wearer when to stop using it. Masks are mandatory in public spaces across large swathes of Europe as countries attempt to reduce the spread of the virus via air droplets. However, masks need to be replaced regularly in order for them to be effective, and little advice has been given by countries about how long to wear them. Scientists at Scottish co

What are the biggest threats to the planet in the next 10 years?

In 2006, a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) predicted that a lethal global flu pandemic was one of the biggest threats to humanity in the years ahead. Last year, what the pandemic experts had long feared materialized as global travel facilitated the worldwide spread of COVID-19. WEF has now published the results of its new Global Risks Report, highlighting the biggest risks to the planet over the next decade - but what are they? Over the next two years, 'livelihood crises' are expected

Could red light help humans to live longer?

Scientists in the UK are hopeful that new research into red light therapy could help humans to live healthier, longer lives. Professor Jeffrey at University College London initially studied the impact that red light has on the quality of life of fruit flies and was stunned by its impact. He told RAZOR: "The first thing we realized is that not only did we improve the metabolism of the flies but also the flies lived longer. They were much healthier in old age. "Research has also shown that they we

Why lichens could hold environmental and medicinal secrets

On the surface, lichens are small, indiscreet and insignificant, but scientists believe they could play an important role in the fight against climate change and pursuit of new medicines. Lichens are a form of microalgae that live on trees all over the world and are notable by their ability to survive at temperatures between -60 + 70 degrees Celsius. Scientists particularly interested in their ability to provide a natural indication of air quality, and lichen experts in France are studying them

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