Ex-US presidential advisor on Covid now admits closing schools during pandemic was a mistake

Ex-US presidential advisor on Covid now admits closing schools during pandemic was a mistake

Social media companies have often targeted conservative users, organisations and religious messages for censorship. By labelling the messages as “hate” or “misinformation,” social media companies silence conservative voices and stunt the free flow of information.

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Over 4,000 die of snakebites, 7,000 are paralysed every year as it is hard to find cure in Kenya

Over 4,000 die of snakebites, 7,000 are paralysed every year as it is hard to find cure in Kenya

Kenya imports antivenom from Mexico and India, but antivenom is usually region-specific, meaning a treatment in one region might not effectively treat snakebites in another. Part of the work of Maranga and colleague Fredrick Angotte is extracting venom from one of Africa’s most dangerous snakes, the black mamba. The venom can help produce the next generation of antivenom.

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Obesity epidemic rocks US as weight-loss options for young people are hard to come by

Obesity epidemic rocks US as weight-loss options for young people are hard to come by

Fewer than 1 per cent of the nearly 15 million US children with obesity get this type of structured care, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says. Efforts by the CDC and others to expand insurance coverage have stalled, doctors involved in the process told Reuters.

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Why South Africa embraces traditional healers as first point of contact in war against HIV/Aids

Why South Africa embraces traditional healers as first point of contact in war against HIV/Aids

South Africa has one of the highest rates of HIV in the world. Stigma remains in many communities around the disease and its treatment – even though HIV antiretroviral medication and pre-exposure prophylaxis are free. Concern about privacy at clinics also keeps people from seeking help.

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Pig and haram: To turn off Muslims, US Army cast Chinese vaccines as derived from pork, therefore forbidden

Pig and haram: To turn off Muslims, US Army cast Chinese vaccines as derived from pork, therefore forbidden

By 2010, the military began using social media tools, leveraging phony accounts to spread messages of sympathetic local voices – themselves often secretly paid by the United States government. As time passed, a growing web of military and intelligence contractors built online news websites to pump US-approved narratives into foreign countries.

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Ping pong: How China’s scramble to link US Army to the origin and spread of Covid stirred US propaganda machine

Ping pong: How China’s scramble to link US Army to the origin and spread of Covid stirred US propaganda machine

Health workers and the government struggled to get Filipinos vaccinated against Covid-19, despite mobile sites like this one, operating in May 2021 in Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines. At that time, the Philippines had one of the worst inoculation rates in Southeast Asia. The primary vaccine available then was Sinovac. Credit: Reuters

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As Covid killed millions US secret services – CIA and FBI – ran an anti-vaccine propaganda to discredit China

As Covid killed millions US secret services – CIA and FBI – ran an anti-vaccine propaganda to discredit China

The US military launched a clandestine program amid the Covid crisis to discredit China’s Sinovac inoculation – payback for Beijing’s efforts to blame Washington for the pandemic. One target: the Filipino public. Health experts say the gambit was indefensible and put innocent lives at risk.

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New studies show Covid vaccines cause heavy flows during menstruation, prolong the cycles

New studies show Covid vaccines cause heavy flows during menstruation, prolong the cycles

Evidence also suggests that during the menstrual cycle phase a woman is in at the time of vaccination may play a role in how vaccination affects menstruation, the researchers said. Assessing the effects of Covid-19 vaccination on menstrual cycles is important because the menstrual cycle is a significant indicator of women’s health, and research suggests there is a major gap in understanding, they said.

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Top Kenyan official optimistic new technologies bolstered by new laws will cut foreign medical tourism

Top Kenyan official optimistic new technologies bolstered by new laws will cut foreign medical tourism

Muthoni said the Digital Health Act would not only provide the necessary legal and institutional framework for the use of the information technology in the provision of healthcare services but also facilitate the rollout of universal health coverage (UHC) in the country.

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Asthma omena therepy: Patients flock Hyderabad city in India to swallow live sardines as medicine

Asthma omena therepy: Patients flock Hyderabad city in India to swallow live sardines as medicine

Legend has it that in 1845 a wandering saint presented a secret formula of miracle herbs to Veeranna Goud, a man living in the old city of Hyderabad, and instructed him to give it to asthma patients for free. Since then, Goud’s descendants, known as the Bathini family, have preserved the tradition and kept the herbal formula under wraps, shared only among male descendants.

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