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Dec 2, 2022

SARS-CoV-2 and the role of close contact in transmission: a systematic review

SARS-CoV-2 transmission has been reported to be associated with close contact with infected individuals. However, the mechanistic pathway for transmission in close contact settings is unclear. Our objective was to identify, appraise and summarise the evidence from studies assessing the role of close contact in SARS-CoV-2 transmission. Methods: This review is part of

Nov 25, 2022

The 10 big climate insights of 2022

IPCC experts have distilled this year’s many important reports on climate change into 10 conclusions Experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have distilled this year’s main findings from climate science, in the hope that government delegates will take them on board at the ongoing UN climate summit. “The insights are

Nov 8, 2022

Overview on Strategies and Assays for Antibiotic Discovery

The increase in antibiotic resistance poses a major threat to global health. Actinomycetes, the Gram-positive bacteria of the order Actinomycetales, are fertile producers of bioactive secondary metabolites, including antibiotics. Nearly two-thirds of antibiotics that are used for the treatment of bacterial infections were originally isolated from actinomycetes strains belonging to the genus Streptomyces.

Nov 4, 2022

Meat or vegan ultraprocessed products, does it matter?

A number of people choose to remove meat from their meals, and food items made from vegetables are an option. Several options of meat or vegetable products are in the supermarkets, with similar nutritional values. Sodium contents, however, can be significantly higher in veggie meals, making them less healthy. Beware of ultraprocessed food items.

Nov 4, 2022

Il Poker di Virtù

Le immagini più famose delle Virtù sono quelle del Pollaiolo e di Botticelli, risalenti al Rinascimento (1470) e conservate alla Galleria degli Uffizi di Firenze. Ogni donna è raffigurata con oggetti che simboleggiano le caratteristiche di ciascuna Virtù. Il termine VIRT deriva dal latino virtus -utis che significa forza, coraggio, e da vir, che

Nov 4, 2022

The Quadrumvirate of Virtues

The most famous images of the Virtues are the paintings by Pollaiolo and Botticelli, dating from the Renaissance (1470s) and preserved in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Each woman is depicted with objects symbolizing the characteristics of each Virtue. The term VIRTUE comes from the Latin virtus -utis, meaning strength or courage, and

Oct 26, 2022

Covering marijuana: Research roundup and 7 tips for journalists

by Naseem S. Miller, The Journalist’s ResourceOctober 7, 2022 As more states consider legalizing marijuana, consider these studies and tips on what’s known and unknown about the health effects of cannabis products. Originally published in April 2021, this piece about covering marijuana was updated on Oct. 7, 2022, with information about President Biden’s

Oct 25, 2022

Five future concerns for women’s health

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has brought the world’s attention to the gendered impacts of health emergencies of women. This offers a critical opportunity to advance our understanding of the gendered impacts of healthcare and to improve health outcomes for women around the world. However, to do so we need to be