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Plan to feed phone data of NHS mental health patients to AI mothballed

New Scientist - Lu, 16/05/2022 - 18:10
An AI was designed to predict when people are at risk of having a mental health crisis, based on their health records, but plans to extend the project with mobile phone data seem to have been scrapped

Vaping may be an effective way to quit smoking during pregnancy

New Scientist - Lu, 16/05/2022 - 18:00
E-cigarettes may be more effective than nicotine patches as a tool for quitting smoking during pregnancy, suggests a UK study

How serious is monkeypox and what are the symptoms?

New Scientist - Lu, 16/05/2022 - 17:44
Since 7 May, the UK Health Security Agency has announced three cases of monkeypox, two of which required hospital care

Covid-19 news: Just 7 per cent of 5 to 11-year-olds in England jabbed

New Scientist - Lu, 16/05/2022 - 15:42
A regular round-up of the latest coronavirus news, plus insight, features and interviews from New Scientist about the covid-19 pandemic

COP26: No countries have delivered on promise to improve climate plans

New Scientist - Lu, 16/05/2022 - 13:25
In Glasgow, 196 countries promised to "revisit and strengthen" their plans for curbing emissions, but there is little sign of this happening before the next talks in November

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is packed with floating life

New Scientist - Lu, 16/05/2022 - 11:00
Beautiful floating organisms called neuston are gathered up by the same ocean currents as plastic pollution, and they may be endangered by clean-up efforts

Red salamander found in Panamanian forest is a new species

New Scientist - Lu, 16/05/2022 - 10:00
The new-to-science Chiriquí fire salamander was found by a Panamanian team that has been investigating one of the least-explored regions of Central America

Emphysema missed among Black men in US due to race-adjusted lung tests

New Scientist - Do, 15/05/2022 - 19:40
Poorly supported assumptions about typical levels of lung function among Black men in the US are leading medics to miss cases of emphysema

Strange state of matter made into a pancake-shape for first time

New Scientist - Sa, 14/05/2022 - 16:00
A supersolid is an exotic state of matter that behaves like both a solid and a fluid. It was first predicted 60 years ago, but has only recently been created in the lab

Which countries will do well at Eurovision 2022 – according to science

New Scientist - Sa, 14/05/2022 - 08:00
Neuroscientists measured 75 volunteers’ physiological responses while they watched eight countries’ performances to predict which songs will do well in the popular vote

[Editorial] Why Roe v. Wade must be defended

The Lancet - Sa, 14/05/2022 - 00:00
“Abortion presents a profound moral issue on which Americans hold sharply conflicting views.” So begins a draft opinion by Associate Justice Samuel Alito, leaked from the US Supreme Court on May 2, 2022. If confirmed, this judgement would overrule the Court's past decisions to establish the right to access abortion. In Alito's words, “the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives”. The Court's opinion rests on a strictly historical interpretation of the US Constitution: “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision.” His extraordinary text repeatedly equates abortion with murder.

[Comment] Offline: Bill Gates and the fate of WHO

The Lancet - Sa, 14/05/2022 - 00:00
Bill Gates was not shy about his disdain for WHO. Of its staff he said, “If you’re not very good, you’ll stay working there for a long time.” Gates fired his broadside during the London launch of his book, How to Prevent the Next Pandemic. The audience laughed. But as someone who has been welcomed into the global health family, there was something cheap and unpleasant about his remark. It diminished him. Gates was there to promote the idea of GERM—a Global Epidemic Response and Mobilization team.

[World Report] Health organizations fear effects of US abortion ruling

The Lancet - Sa, 14/05/2022 - 00:00
Health and human rights groups are concerned about women's health and rights as many states would outlaw abortion if the Supreme Court topples Roe v Wade. Susan Jaffe reports.

[World Report] Calls to restart testing for parasitic disease at US CDC

The Lancet - Sa, 14/05/2022 - 00:00
Researchers and clinicians pressure the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reintroduce parasitic disease testing amid concerns about patient care. Andrew Green reports.

[World Report] Zero COVID in China: what next?

The Lancet - Sa, 14/05/2022 - 00:00
How China cornered itself into an unsustainable COVID-19 control strategy, and the slim prospects for change. Shawn Yuan reports.

[Perspectives] Raj Panjabi: bringing a global outlook to the US pandemic response

The Lancet - Sa, 14/05/2022 - 00:00
In February, 2022, US President Joe Biden appointed global health physician and epidemiologist Raj Panjabi as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Global Health Security and Biodefense at the White House National Security Council in Washington, DC, which advises Biden on foreign policy and security issues. In this position, Panjabi's presence ensures that global health threats “are considered in discussions of national security and foreign policy, and are not an afterthought”, said Jennifer Kates, Senior Vice President and Director of Global Health and HIV Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington, DC.

[Perspectives] Migrant traumas heard

The Lancet - Sa, 14/05/2022 - 00:00
Silence Heard Loud by Anna Konik offers snapshots of traumatised lives through the stories of migrants who have fled persecution and settled in the UK. The film gives the viewer a chance to hear people whose stories remain trapped within them. People who are usually ignored, cast aside, or, sometimes, demonised. As one person in the film remarks, “it is hurtful to dream when you know that your dreams are controlled, your destiny, my very destiny, is controlled by someone else”.

[Perspectives] Researcher trauma: when our stories collide

The Lancet - Sa, 14/05/2022 - 00:00
I was mesmerised as I knelt on a grainy floor beneath the storyteller, my village neighbour. Her name is long gone, buried in the crevices of her husband's name on her tombstone, erased beyond the dust that she became within the soil. I do not think I ever learnt her name, she was simply Bibi, Bibi who carried the village stories. Bibi shone in her language, but she was without a pen, or Qalam, which was a dangerous instrument for a woman to wield. Like Bibi, my grandmother also captivated me with the stories she shared.

[Obituary] Luc Antoine Montagnier

The Lancet - Sa, 14/05/2022 - 00:00
Nobel Prize winning co-discoverer of HIV. He was born in Chabris, France, on March 18, 1932 and died in Paris, France, on Feb 8, 2022 aged 89 years.

[Correspondence] Capitalism, not racism

The Lancet - Sa, 14/05/2022 - 00:00
Richard Horton1 correctly states that, in efforts to construct a fairer world, “we need to undertake a more realistic and rigorous analysis of where power lies”. However, Horton's Comment does not exhibit the required rigorous analysis. Citing the dubious work of Cheikh Anta Diop and Martin Bernal as authoritative commentary is precisely the type of shallow gesture that he correctly criticises as inadequate. Contrary to what Horton and Kehinde Andrews describe, the primary logic underpinning the western world order is not “that Black and Brown life is worth less”.
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