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Preventing skin damage due to face masks

With many frontline healthcare workers wearing face masks for much of the day, some are experiencing uncomfortable skin damage. One of the authors of a recent article on the topic offers advice. Face masks need to fit snuggly to the wearer’s face, and they m…

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Can eating a plant-based diet alleviate or prevent asthma?

Eating more fruit and vegetables and less dairy can help to prevent asthma and reduce symptoms, a review of published research has concluded. However, the claim remains controversial. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the airways and ca…

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COVID-19: Surgical masks may help, but not as first line of defense

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are changing tack regarding their recommendation to the public about wearing face masks, some experts explain how certain masks could help keep the coronavirus at bay. However, these should be our last r…

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Africans ‘evicted from Chinese hotels over Covid-19 fears’

Hundreds of African residents and businessmen in China’s southern city of Guangzhou have been evicted from hotels and apartments as local health officials rollout a testing campaign for Covid-19, community

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App-based contact tracing may significantly reduce pandemic spread

New research has shone further light on the different rates of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, suggesting app-based contact tracing may significantly reduce the spread of the virus. A study appearing in the journal Science suggests that a significant amount of t…

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People on steroids for chronic illness may be more at risk of COVID-19

People taking a type of corticosteroid may be more likely to contract the virus that is causing COVID-19 and may have worse symptoms if they do. An editorial of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) has suggested that people who take …

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Staying present may help planners minimize stress

A study finds that planning while mindfully staying in the moment may improve responses to stressful events. A new study has suggested that people can minimize adverse emotional reactions to stressful events by both planning ahead and mindfully staying in th…

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Keeping active while staying put: A brief ‘how to’ guide

Social distancing measures require citizens around the globe to stay at home. In this situation, how can people stay active and maintain their physical and mental well-being while also protecting themselves and others by staying put? Read our brief how-to gui…

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#Covid19: Nigerian Government to evacuate Nigerians from South Africa

The general public is hereby, notified that the Consulate General of Nigeria in Johannesburg, South Africa is currently compiling names of Nigerian nationals, residents or stranded in South Africa, who

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Excess dietary salt may weaken immunity against bacteria in the kidneys

Eating more than the recommended amount of salt disrupts the antibacterial function of a type of immune cell, research in mice and humans has found. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 9 out of 10 people in the United States consume too much s…