Study finds 80 percent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients have neurological issues — ScienceDaily

Patients with clinically diagnosed neurological symptoms associated with COVID-19 are six times more likely to die in the hospital than those without the neurological complications, according to an interim analysis from the Global Consortium Study of Neurologic Dysfunction in COVID-19 (GCS-NeuroCOVID). A paper published today in JAMA Network Open presents early results of the global […]

Independent evolutionary origins of vertebrate dentitions — ScienceDaily

The origins of a pretty smile have long been sought in the fearsome jaws of living sharks which have been considered living fossils reflecting the ancestral condition for vertebrate tooth development and inference of its evolution. However, this view ignores real fossils which more accurately reflect the nature of ancient ancestors. New research led by […]

What makes a feel-good film feel good? First large-scale study of feel-good films and their audiences — ScienceDaily

“Feel-good films” are usually dismissed by film critics as being sentimental and without intellectual merit. But their popularity with audiences, who seek them out precisely because of their “feel-good” qualities, tells a more favorable story. Now, for the first time, this popular movie genre has been examined scientifically. A new study from the Max Planck […]

New mechanism for regulating RNA maturation that depends on diet — ScienceDaily

Particularly sensitive to chemical modifications, messenger RNAs (mRNAs) are molecules responsible for transmitting the information encoded in our genome, allowing for the synthesis of proteins, which are necessary for the functioning of our cells. Two teams from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), have […]

Coronavirus: Covid elimination policies are best, says Oxford article

Countries that tried to keep out Covid completely rather than controlling it survived the pandemic with fewer deaths, more money and more freedom, economists say. In an article published in The Lancet medical journal, Oxford University researchers said countries with ‘zero Covid’ policies did best by their citizens. Australia and New Zealand notoriously took a […]

‘Fat genes that raise the risk of having an eating disorder 

Shocking figures show more than 1.2 million people in the UK are estimated to have an eating disorder, and hospital admissions for those severely affected have risen by more than a third in recent years. Meanwhile, Britain’s leading eating disorder charity, Beat, has reported an 80 per cent surge in calls to its helpline since […]

Awakening ‘ghosts’ in patients with Parkinson’s, a powerful diagnostic tool — ScienceDaily

Scientists are developing a completely new ‘brain stress test’ for evaluating the mental status of patients with Parkinson’s disease, the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disease worldwide. It involves awakening the ‘ghosts’ hidden in specific networks of the brain to predict the onset of hallucinations. “We’re developing something similar to a cardiac stress test, but instead […]

The shape of light changes our vision — ScienceDaily

Vision is a complex process that has been successfully deciphered by many disciplines -physics, biochemistry, physiology, neurology, etc.-: The retina captures light, the optic nerve transmits electrical impulses to the brain, which ultimately generates the perception of an image. Although this process takes some time, recent studies have shown that the first stage of vision, […]

Removing ‘garbage’ from brain cells improves memory in mice — ScienceDaily

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have designed an experimental drug that reversed key symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in mice. The drug works by reinvigorating a cellular cleaning mechanism that gets rid of unwanted proteins by digesting and recycling them. The study was published online today in the journal Cell. “Discoveries in mice don’t […]

New weapons against antibiotic resistance — ScienceDaily

In the arms race “humankind against bacteria,” bacteria are currently ahead of us. Our former miracle weapons, antibiotics, are failing more and more frequently when germs use tricky maneuvers to protect themselves from the effects of these drugs. Some species even retreat into the inside of human cells, where they remain “invisible” to the immune […]

Our attention is captured by eye-glance — ScienceDaily

Eyes play an important role in social communication by expressing the intentions of our interlocutors, and even more so in times of pandemic when half of the face is hidden. But is this eye contact automatic and rapid? Is it based on a priority attentional reaction or, on the contrary, on a particular emotional reaction? […]

Patients who are overweight or obese at risk of more severe COVID-19, study finds — ScienceDaily

Patients who are overweight or obese have more severe COVID-19 and are highly likely to require invasive respiratory support, according to a new international study. The research, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and The University of Queensland and published in Diabetes Care, found obese or overweight patients are at high risk for […]

Coronavirus: Just half of carers vaccinated in London borough with South Africa variant outbreak

Real name: B.1.351 When and where was it discovered?  Scientists first noticed in December 2020 that the variant, named B.1.351, was genetically different in a way that could change how it acts. It was picked up through random genetic sampling of swabs submitted by people testing positive for the virus, and was first found in […]

Epigenetic regulator HPI1a drives de novo genome reorganization in early Drosophila embryos — ScienceDaily

The DNA molecule is not naked in the nucleus. Instead, it is folded in a very organized way by the help of different proteins to establish a unique spatial organization of the genetic information. This 3D spatial genome organization is fundamental for the regulation of our genes and has to be established de novo by […]

From Denisovans to the human immune response — ScienceDaily

Describing the genetic diversity of human populations is essential to improve our understanding of human diseases and their geographical distribution. However, the vast majority of genetic studies have been focused on populations of European ancestry, which represent only 16% of the global population. Scientists at the Institut Pasteur, Collège de France, and CNRS have looked […]

Why I made a film about my struggle to have a baby

Charlotte (pictured) and her now husband were told that the pregnancy was ectopic — rather than growing in the womb, the fertilised egg had lodged in one of her fallopian tubes Young filmmaker Charlotte Carroll went to hospital writhing in agony, convinced she had a hernia. But as she waited on the trolley, she received surprising […]

US records more than 70,000 average daily coronavirus cases for the first time since February

Coronavirus cases continue to rise across the United States, fueling fears of a fourth wave as officials urge Americans to keep following public health measures. On Sunday, the U.S. recorded 46,378 new infections with a seven-day rolling average of 70,196, the highest figure since February 26. In the last week alone, the average number of cases […]

Fighting dementia with play — ScienceDaily

A dementia diagnosis turns the world upside down, not only for the person affected but also for their relatives, as brain function gradually declines. Those affected lose their ability to plan, remember things or behave appropriately. At the same time, their motor skills also deteriorate. Ultimately, dementia patients are no longer able to handle daily […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: It’s official: If you’re over 60, you’re HAPPIER than ever! 

What is happiness? It’s one of those questions that’s vexed great minds down the ages, including the Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schulz, who famously said: ‘Happiness is a warm puppy.’ I hate to contradict one of my favourite philosophers but, thanks to the World Happiness Report, produced every March by the United Nations Development Network, […]

Busting Covid myths: Why those Covid temperature tests aren’t just pointless – they’re dangerous

The anticipation is palpable. In just over a fortnight, Britain will begin to spring back to life. Pub gardens will bustle and the pavements outside restaurants will be transformed for continental-style alfresco dining. Gyms will throw open their doors, hairdressers will be ready to get to work on the nation’s lockdown locks. And, as Chancellor Rishi […]

Health remedies by Royal appointment: Harry’s ring to improve sleep and Kate’s bug-resistant gloves

Both the Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen wear gloves from Cornelia James, some of which are made from fabric treated with an anti-microbial coating called HeiQ Viroblock Cornelia James Imogen Gloves are seen above We all have our favourite products we rely on for our health needs — and the Royal Family is no […]

EU approaches India for 10m doses of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine as Delhi blocks UK jabs shipment

The European Union has approached India in a bid to buy 10million doses of the AstraZeneca jab from its Serum Institute, as the bloc desperately scrambles to procure more vaccine supplies.  Britain has already blamed India’s export ban for delaying the shipment of five million doses to the UK and restricting the country’s vaccine drive […]

UK taxpayers pumped £21m in to fitting out Dutch vaccine factory that EU have now blocked

No10 was today urged to consider asking for a refund of the £21million it invested into fitting out a Dutch factory to make AstraZeneca jabs, if the EU presses ahead with its threat to impose an export ban. Health Secretary Matt Hancock approved the multi-million pound investment in the Halix factory in Leiden with the […]

Studimi/ Ky është vendi më i lumtur në botë! Ja në cilin vend renditet Shqipëria, Kosova më e lumtur se ne

Finlanda është vendi më i lumtur në botë. Kombet Nordike dominojnë listën globale ndërsa Mbretëria e Bashkuar bie pesë vende në vendin e 18-të – ndërsa Zimbabve vjen i fundit në listë. Ndërkohë për sa i përket Shqipërisë, vendi ynë rendit i 63. ndërsa për sa i përket Kosovës renditet në vendin 31. Shumë më […]

The week in 43 photos

Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of Tiger Woods’ rollover crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday, February 23. The golf icon sustained serious leg injuries in the accident. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock Members of Congress observe a moment of silence on the steps of the US Capitol on Tuesday, February 23. More than […]

This 29-year-old cancer survivor is set to be the youngest American ever in space

“I remember laughing,” Arceneaux told CNN Business. “And then, I just said — ‘Yes! Yes, like, put my name down.’” Arceneaux will be one of four crew members on Inspiration 4, the first spaceflight to take a group composed entirely of civilians — not professional astronauts — on a multi-day journey to orbit the Earth. […]

Gene-editing treatment shows promise for sickle cell disease

This July 2019 image provided by the Sarah Cannon Research Institute shows Victoria Gray on her infusion day during a gene editing trial for sickle cell disease at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute and The Children’s Hospital At TriStar Centennial in Nashville. Since her treatment, Gray has weaned herself from pain medications she depended on […]

‘Vaccines do not equal zero Covid,’ warns WHO as jab rollouts start

Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 14:55 The World Health Organization warned that vaccines were no magic bullet for the coronavirus crisis, as Russia started vaccinating its high-risk workers Saturday and other countries geared up for similar programmes. The WHO warned about what it said was an erroneous belief that the Covid-19 crisis is over with jabs […]

Nations plan for vaccine as global virus cases top 65 million

Britain is training healtcare workers to administer the Covid-19 vaccine after it become the first country to approve one for public use Global coronavirus infections surged past 65 million on Friday even as countries doubled down on restrictions and plans to roll out vaccines gathered pace. The World Health Organization warned against complacency and what […]

Zvicra fut në karantinë Ballkanin, jashtë listës Kosova dhe Shqipëria

E Premte, 4 Dhjetor 2020 – 13:00 Zürich, Switzerland – Photo by: Tomek Baginski Është përditësuar lista e shteteve dhe territoreve që janë me rrëzikshmëri të lartë për shtetin e Zvicrës. Kjo listë do të hyjë në fuqi në orën 00.00 të datës 14 dhjetor 2020, shkruan Kosova dhe Shqipëria janë dy shtetet […]

Remembering Giscard d’Estaing, fighting to ski despite Covid-19 & decoding ‘The Crown’

After France lost former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing to Covid-19 at 94 on Wed., FRANCE 24 took a look back at the “modernist” ex-leader’s life and times. This week, France dropped a controversial measure to curb the filming of police on duty, outlined its vaccine plan and weathered skiers’ dismay at slopes shuttered during the pandemic. […]

Closed French ski resorts cry ‘catastrophe’ as neighbours keep slopes open

A European dispute on the wisdom of opening ski resorts amid the Covid-19 pandemic has turned into a battle pitting France, Italy and Germany – whose slopes remain shut – against the defiant Alpine nations of Switzerland and Austria, backed by Spain. France’s flag still flutters above the entrance to Châtel’s town hall, but visitors […]

France announces random checks to prevent skiers from crossing borders, spreading Covid-19

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 12:53Modified: 02/12/2020 – 12:59 France will make random border checks to stop people getting infected with Covid-19 by crossing into countries where ski resorts remain open, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Wednesday. The measures, also aimed at appeasing French resort operators complaining of an uneven playing field, will apply to France’s borders […]

Young adults, unfairly blamed for COVID-19 spread, now face stress and uncertain futures

by Rod Knight, Marie Jauffret-Roustide, Naseeb Bolduc and Pierre-Julien Coulaud, The Conversation Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic there was an enormous amount of concern and attention focused on elderly people—and for good reason: people over the age of 65 years are among the most vulnerable to serious health complications, […]

More shops open as France starts easing virus lockdown measures

Issued on: 28/11/2020 – 07:23Modified: 28/11/2020 – 07:42 France and other parts of Europe reopen “non-essential” stores on Saturday in time for the holiday season after progress in containing the coronavirus pandemic. Most countries hope to ease their virus rules for Christmas and New Year, allowing families a respite before bracing for what the world […]

France weighs forcing coronavirus-infected patients to isolate

As France seeks to ease its Covid-19 lockdown and stem the virus’s spread, French President Emmanuel Macron this week proposed compelling those infected to isolate from others. His prime minister Jean Castex followed suit and promised draft legislation on the matter soon. Already, though, the prospect of forcing people to fall in line on coronavirus […]

Ski holidays up in the air as Europe plans for a Covid-19 Christmas

Issued on: 26/11/2020 – 05:29 Germany announced Wednesday that it will push for Europe to ban ski holidays in a bid to curb coronavirus infections, while cases of Covid-19 reached a new peak of more than 60 million globally. The prospect of Christmas behind closed doors rather than on the slopes stretched before Europeans as […]

Swiss stabbing suspect ‘linked to jihadism inquiry’

Issued on: 25/11/2020 – 14:15 A woman arrested for a knife attack in a Swiss department store was linked to a 2017 jihadism investigation and spent time in a psychiatric clinic, police said on Wednesday. The 28-year-old was held on Tuesday after allegedly trying to strangle one woman with her bare hands and stabbing another […]

Two hurt in suspected terror incident at supermarket in Swiss city of Lugano

Issued on: 25/11/2020 – 03:59 A Swiss woman attacked two other women in a supermarket in southern Switzerland on Tuesday, regional police said, adding that “terrorist motives” could not be excluded. Police in Switzerland‘s Italian-speaking Ticino region said they had been alerted to a stabbing in a department store in the city of Lugano shortly before 2:00 […]

Gut immune cells may help send multiple sclerosis into remission

Credit: CC0 Public Domain An international research team led by UCSF scientists has shown, for the first time, that gut immune cells travel to the brain during multiple sclerosis (MS) flare-ups in patients. These gut cells seem to be playing a protective role, helping drive MS symptoms back into remission. Scientists know that in MS, […]

How the flu virus spreads within cities

Influenza virus. Credit: CDC, 2020. New insights into the local transmission of seasonal influenza may be valuable for planning interventions to combat the spread of respiratory diseases within cities, according to a study published November 19, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Nicola Müller and Tanja Stadler of ETH Zürich, and colleagues. As […]

Swiss sound alarm as ICU beds fill up with COVID patients

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A top Swiss medical association has sounded the alarm over saturated intensive care units across Switzerland as the second wave of COVID-19 infections takes a heavy toll. “Swiss intensive care units are at the limit of their regular bed capacity,” the Swiss Society for Intensive Care Medicine (SSMI) warned in a […]

France’s Covid-19 ‘Ground Zero’ steps up to help second-wave patients

Issued on: 13/11/2020 – 14:45 In the first wave of COVID-19 earlier this year, the region around Strasbourg was so badly hit that it had to evacuate patients by helicopter. In the second wave, other regions are suffering and the French city is returning the favour. The same helicopters that in the spring were flying […]

World champions France slump to 2-0 home defeat to Finland

Issued on: 12/11/2020 – 07:12 France geared up for their upcoming Nations League games with a shock 2-0 home defeat against Finland as their 12-match unbeaten streak came to an abrupt end on Wednesday. Marcus Forss and Onni Valakari scored in the first half to give Finland their first win against Les Bleus, having lost all their previous eight […]

Covid Infections in Animals Prompt Scientific Concern

The decision this week by the Danish government to kill millions of mink because of coronavirus concerns, effectively wiping out a major national industry, has put the spotlight on simmering worries among scientists and conservationists about the vulnerability of animals to the pandemic virus, and what infections among animals could mean for humans. The most […]

Portugal, Hungary hunker down against Europe’s virus surge

A resident of a nursing home is being tested with a PCR test in Ammerschwihr, eastern France, Monday, Nov.9, 2020. The antigen tests can give results in 15-30 minutes, and if they turn out positive, the patient is sent for a PCR test to confirm the result. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias) Portugal and Hungary on Monday […]

Europe coronavirus deaths surge past 300,000

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A second coronavirus wave ploughed on relentlessly through Europe which reported more than 12 million cases and 300,000 deaths as swathes of Italy returned to lockdown and the British city of Liverpool trialled city-wide testing on Friday. The continent has become the new epicentre of the pandemic and a total of […]

Macron urges Europe to strengthen border controls after terror attacks

Issued on: 05/11/2020 – 16:13 Europe must rethink its open-border Schengen area, including a more robust protection of the zone’s external frontiers, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, after a spate of Islamist attacks in France and Austria. The tighter controls were needed to curb clandestine immigration, said Macron, adding that the criminal gangs illegally trafficking migrants into […]

Denmark Will Kill All Farmed Mink, Citing Covid Infections

The Danish government will slaughter millions of mink at more than 1,000 farms, citing concerns that a mutation in the novel coronavirus that has infected the mink could possibly interfere with the effectiveness of a vaccine for humans. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen made the announcement at a news conference on Wednesday. There are 15 million […]

Swiss drafts army as virus cases spike

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The Swiss government said Wednesday it will deploy troops in cantons where under-pressure health services require support as coronavirus cases spike. The Federal Council, the country’s highest executive authority, said it had “decided to support the public health sector by mobilising up to 2,500 troops as backup.” It said authorities would […]

Europe tightens restrictions as UK, Germany widen testing

A health worker collects a nose swab sample for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at the Mycorama coronavirus testing facility during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Cernier, Switzerland, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (KEYSTONE/Laurent Gillieron) New coronavirus restrictions took effect Tuesday in Austria and Greece, while Germany and the U.K. announced plans to expand […]

Mehr Paracetamol-Vergiftungen in der Schweiz

Seit 2003 ist das Schmerzmittel Paracetamol in der Schweiz in Tabletten mit einer höheren Wirkstoffdosis erhältlich. Gleichzeitig haben in der Alpenrepublik die Paracetamol-Vergiftungsfälle zugenommen, konnten ETH-Forschende in einer Datenauswertung zeigen. Das Schmerzmittel Paracetamol ist in der Schweiz nicht nur rezeptfrei in Tabletten zu 500 Milligramm erhältlich, sondern nach Verschreibung durch einen Arzt oder eine Ärztin […]

Geneva shutters bars, restaurants over virus

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Geneva said Sunday it would go beyond Swiss national measures and close all bars, restaurants and non-essential shops in a bid to rein in skyrocketing cases of the novel coronavirus. On the same day, the Swiss ski lift association told media it would make face masks obligatory on all lifts during […]

Ex-FIFA official convicted, PSG official cleared in Swiss corruption trial

Issued on: 30/10/2020 – 15:17 A former high-ranking FIFA official was convicted Friday in a corruption case in Switzerland, while the president of Paris Saint-Germain was acquitted. Jérôme Valcke was found guilty of a lesser charge of forging documents linked to World Cup broadcasting deals in Italy and Greece. He was acquitted of accepting bribes […]

Europe and US facing new round of shutdowns amid virus surge

A medical crew treat a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at the Joseph Imbert Hospital Center in Arles, southern France, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Many French doctors are urging a new nationwide lockdown, noting that 58% of the country’s intensive care units are now occupied by COVID patients and medical staff are under […]

Europe surges again this week

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The number of people infected by the novel coronavirus continued to surge in Europe over the past week, while also increasing in Africa and America and abating in Asia. A weekly roundup from AFP’s specialised database: Explosion in Europe The pandemic continued to rampage over the past week across the world […]

Swiss sound the alarm as virus cases double

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Switzerland’s president said on Thursday it was time for action on the country’s skyrocketing coronavirus cases, which are now doubling from week to week. If the situation does not stabilise within days, the government is threatening to impose new measures to control the surge in registered infections, which began around the […]

Fostering dialogue among Europeans on critical issues

Issued on: 20/10/2020 – 17:51 FRANCE 24’s editorial team joined forces with 17 other European media outlets to create a platform where Europeans with disparate political views can exchange and discuss their ideas. Join the Europe Talks project.   In the age of algorithms and internet filter bubbles, when was the last time you openly debated […]

Global Covid-19 cases pass 40 million as Europe tightens restrictions

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide passed 40 million on Monday, as fresh measures to combat the spread of the virus came into effect in several European countries. Belgium imposes a nationwide overnight curfew from Monday and Switzerland has made wearing face masks compulsory in indoor public spaces, the latest measures by European governments […]

Europe surges past 250,000 virus deaths as Israel lifts lockdown

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Europe passed the milestone of 250,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday as Israel and Australia’s second-largest city of Melbourne began to gradually ease their strict lockdowns. European nations have ratcheted up restrictions on daily life to tackle soaring infections, with a 44 percent increase in cases this week. Nighttime curfews on […]

Swiss impose tighter virus rules as cases jump

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The Swiss government said on Sunday it was making the wearing of masks in indoor public spaces compulsory under new measures introduced after a “worrying” rise in coronavirus infections. It said gatherings of more than 15 people in public would also be banned under the rules to take effect on Monday, […]

When We Can Hug Again, Will We Remember How It Works?

Alexis Block was worried that the robot she’d built was malfunctioning. She was testing the optimal hug duration for her “HuggieBot 1.0,” a purple-furred, on-demand squeeze machine. Ms. Block had built pressure sensors into the machine’s torso, so if the human tester tapped or squeezed the robot on the back, it let go. But this […]

Parisians enjoy last night out before Covid-19 curfew comes into force

Issued on: 17/10/2020 – 06:23 Thousands of Parisians enjoyed a last night out on Friday ahead of a curfew aimed at stemming the tide of the second wave of Covid-19 infections. From now on, around  20 million people in the Paris greater area and eight other French cities will have to be home by 9pm. […]

Netherlands to Allow Doctors to Help End Lives of Terminally Ill Children

The Dutch government announced plans this week to allow doctors to end the lives of terminally ill children who are under 13 years old, a decision that is bound to inflame the debate over physician-assisted death. The Netherlands already allows doctors to facilitate the deaths of people who are over 12 or less than a […]

Weekly infections explode in Europe

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The number of coronavirus infections has continued to explode over the past week in Europe, but has declined in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. A weekly roundup from AFP’s specialised database: Explosion in Europe Around the world the pandemic has continued to pick up speed over the past week, […]

Yemen’s warring sides exchange hundreds of prisoners, raising hopes for peace

Issued on: 16/10/2020 – 08:40 Planes carrying prisoners exchanged by the warring parties in Yemen took off from three airports on Thursday in an operation to return about 1,000 men home and help build the trust to enable fresh talks to end a devastating war. The Saudi-led military coalition and Yemen‘s Houthi movement agreed last […]

WHO warns Europe virus surge of ‘great concern’

European countries have unveiled tough new measures to try to curb a surge in coronavirus infections which the World Health Organization warned Thursday is of “great concern”. Underscoring the disruption wrought by Covid-19 even in the corridors of power, US presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris suspended travel after a staffer contracted the […]

UN warns against pursuing herd immunity to stop coronavirus

In this Monday, March 9, 2020 file photo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization speaks during a news conference on updates regarding COVID-19, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The head of the World Health Organization warned against the idea that herd immunity might be a realistic strategy to stop […]

Switzerland says citizen held hostage in Mali has been killed by captors

Issued on: 10/10/2020 – 11:05 Switzerland’s Foreign Ministry said Friday that a Swiss woman who was held hostage in Mali has been killed by an Islamist group. The ministry said it was informed by French authorities that the hostage had been “killed by kidnappers of the Islamist terrorist organization Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam Muslimeen about a […]

New daily record as COVID-19 cases hit more than 350,000

In this Thursday, June 11, 2009 file photo, the logo of the World Health Organization is seen at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Health Organization has reported a new daily record high in coronavirus cases worldwide, with more than 350, 000 cases reported to the U.N. health agency on Friday, Oct. 9, […]

Pandemic has widened existing gaps in access to abortion services across Europe

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The coronavirus pandemic has widened existing gaps in access to abortion services across Europe, finds a review of country-wide policy changes in response to COVID-19, published in the journal BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health. But enforced innovations adopted in some countries, such as telemedicine and the provision of abortion at home, […]

Europe hits 6m cases as Scotland, Brussels shut bars

Paris has already shut bars and cafes for two weeks. With Europe topping six million coronavirus cases, Scotland and Brussels became the latest to introduce curbs on alcohol consumption Wednesday, while experts detailed the hugely divergent consequences of the pandemic for the world’s richest and poorest. A two-week pub closure in central Scotland, including Glasgow […]

Swiss told ‘get a grip’ as virus cases top 1,000-mark

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Daily coronavirus cases in Switzerland jumped over the 1,000 mark on Wednesday for the first time since April 1 as the Swiss were urged to “get a grip”. Recorded infections in the wealthy Alpine nation of 8.5 million people only previously topped 1,000 between March 16 and April 1, at the […]

Outcomes worse for deferred aortic valve replacement

(HealthDay)—For patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis, deferred aortic valve replacement (AVR) is associated with an increased risk for hospitalization for valve-related symptoms or worsening heart failure, according to a research letter published online Sept. 30 in JAMA Network Open. Christoph Ryffel, M.D., from the Bern University Hospital in Switzerland, and colleagues examined outcomes in […]

Pse Zvicra largoi Kosovën nga lista me rrezik, ndërsa Gjermania jo?

Dallimet mes Zvicrës dhe Gjermanis për listat e shteteve me rrezik për Covid E Shtunë, 3 Tetor 2020 – 20:00 Zürich, Switzerland – Photo by: Tomek Baginski Arsyet se pse Zvicra largoi Kosovën nga lista me rrezik në raport me politikat e shtetit gjerman, janë thelbësore dhe ka dallushmëri në kritere, transmeton Mes […]

Is it time to reframe the assisted dying debate?

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Several articles published by The BMJ today explore the debate around assisted dying, in which, subject to safeguards, terminally ill people who are near to death, suffering, and of sound mind, could ask for drugs that they would take to end their lives. The views expressed are the authors’ own and […]

Wildcard Hugh Gaston is last French man standing at Roland Garros

Issued on: 30/09/2020 – 22:51 Hugo Gaston, a 20-year-old wildcard ranked 239th in the world, is the last French man standing at the French Open after Benoit Paire crashed out meekly and Pierre-Hugues Herbert missed an opportunity to beat sixth seed Alexander Zverev on Wednesday. While qualifier Benjamin Bonzi can be excused for being humbled […]

Sonic boom from fighter jet on a rescue mission rattles Parisians, disrupts French Open

Issued on: 30/09/2020 – 17:08 A thunderous noise that panicked residents of Paris on Wednesday was caused by the sonic boom of a fighter jet breaking the sound barrier, police in the French capital said.  The military said the jet was scrambled to go to the aid of another aircraft that had lost radio contact, […]

Alaphilippe becomes France’s first road race world champion since 1997

Issued on: 27/09/2020 – 21:43 Julian Alaphilippe soloed to victory at the road cycling world championships on Sunday, becoming France’s first holder of the rainbow jersey since 1997. Alaphilippe had time to punch the air before raising his arms above his head as he crossed the finish line on Imola’s auto racing circuit to finish […]

Yemeni govt, Houthi rebels agree large prisoner exchange

Issued on: 27/09/2020 – 15:32Modified: 27/09/2020 – 15:33 The United Nations said Yemen’s warring sides agreed Sunday to exchange more than 1,000 prisoners, marking the first phase of a release plan reached earlier this year. The U.N. mission in Yemen said the internationally recognized government that was driven from the capital six years ago and […]

2,500 students locked down at elite Swiss school over virus

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Some 2,500 students of a prestigious Swiss hospitality school have been placed in quarantine after a major outbreak of coronavirus following private parties there, regional authorities said on Wednesday. Around 75 percent of the total number of students at EHL Hospitality Management School of Lausanne have been asked to stay at […]

Freedom, dignity in French Alzheimer’s ‘village’

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The small village, like most in France, has a cafe-restaurant, a hairdresser, a superette and a library. Neighbours have a cup of coffee and a chat on the terrace, or meet up in the park or at the gym before heading their separate ways home. But these are no ordinary villagers. […]

Toyota wins Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race for third consecutive year

Issued on: 20/09/2020 – 15:26 Toyota have taken their third successive Le Mans title thanks to the driving of Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima, who was at the wheel of the number eight car for the chequered flag at the Sarthe circuit, and Switzerland’s Sebastien Buemi. New Zealander Brendon Hartley, the third member of the crew and who […]