‘Shadow pandemic’: Advocates worry lockdowns have fuelled surge in partner violence

COVID-19 has been dubbed "an abuser's dream," says a new study probing how the pandemic has affected victims of domestic violence. "It took me aback to just to think about COVID-19 this way," lead researcher Halina Haag, a social work...

In visual memory, size matters

Every day we encounter images on the wall, in newspapers, books, and electronic devices. Some become etched in our memory and some don't. The elements influencing whether we remember one image and not the other aren't yet known, but researchers...

Russia sets another daily virus record amid Omicron surge

MOSCOW -- New coronavirus infections in Russia reached an all-time high on Sunday, the third consecutive daily record as the highly contagious Omicron variant spreads through the country. The national coronavirus task force reported 63,205 new infections tallied in 24...

Study identifies mutations specific to Omicron variant

While the Omicron variant continues to infect people around the world, researchers at the University of Missouri have identified the highly prevalent, specific mutations that are causing the Omicron variant's high rate of infection. The findings help explain how the...

COVID virus linked with headaches, altered mental status in hospitalized kids

Of hospitalized children who tested or were presumed positive for SARS-CoV-2, 44% developed neurological symptoms, and these kids were more likely to require intensive care than their peers who didn't experience such symptoms, according to a new study led by...

After the Omicron wave, here’s what U.S. experts say could come next in 2022

Picture a not-too-distant future when you can book that summer trip to Italy or you don't have to remember to take off your mask for graduation photos. After the past 25 months, forgetting the pandemic for even a little while...

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians are travelling abroad despite Omicron

Despite growing concerns across the globe last fall over the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, Sandy Long and her husband departed on Nov. 28 for a 10-day vacation in Mexico. Long said they felt comfortable travelling, because they planned to take strict safety...

As U.S. accelerates distribution of rapid tests, critics call on Ottawa to catch up

As Canadians grapple with the highly transmissible Omicron variant and a molecular testing regime that has all but collapsed, rapid antigen tests have become a much-needed lifeline — for those lucky enough to get their hands on one.Canada is suffering a supply crunch, with...

Oral immunotherapy induces remission of peanut allergy in some young children

A clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health has found that giving peanut oral immunotherapy to highly peanut-allergic children ages 1 to 3 years safely desensitized most of them to peanut and induced remission of peanut allergy in...

People who are depressed may be more susceptible to misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines

A general bias toward negativity -- or the tendency to focus on negative rather than positive information -- may exacerbate the spread of misinformation. Because depression may contribute to such negativity bias, a team led by investigators at Massachusetts General...
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