100 MILLION Americans are fully vaccinated

At least 100 million U.S. adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a major milestone in the harrowing fight to end the pandemic, White House officials announced Friday.  Daily average COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. fell to a low of 628 for this year on Thursday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

How safe is it to take Roaccutane?

In December 2003, 22-year-old Jon Medland, from Devon, grew irritated by a collection of angry, red pimples decorating his shoulder blades. Topical creams, prescribed by his dermatologist, added to the annoyance, staining his towels and bed sheets. Worse still, they didn’t work. Eventually, Jon decided to opt for a stronger treatment and asked for a prescription […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: The cutting-edge medicine that has helped save hero soldiers like Ben Parkinson 

Reading Ben Parkinson’s extraordinary story, the first part of which is serialised in today’s Mail, stirred up some powerful memories. Ten years ago I spent time in Afghanistan making a documentary about medicine on the frontline, about the courage of soldiers such as Ben as well as new developments in trauma medicine. The survival rate […]

Coronavirus UK: There will be no third wave – and I should know, writes PROFESSOR PHILIP THOMAS

A welcome sense of normality is at last beginning to return to Britain. As shops and bars re-open and families reunite, the long ordeal of lockdown appears to be coming to an end. Given the current positive trends, the Government’s target of full freedom by June 21 looks like it should be met. But that […]

Boris Johnson to hold 5pm Covid press conference amid growing concerns over Indian variant

Boris Johnson will hold his first press conference in two weeks tonight amid growing concerns about the Indian coronavirus variant.  The Prime Minister is due to appear in Downing Street‘s new briefing room at 5pm after coming under fire for taking too long to ban travel to India.   No10 only announced India was being added […]

Coronavirus: Lockdown did NOT cause a spike in suicides in England, study finds

England’s first coronavirus lockdown did not lead to a rise in suicides, a study has claimed.   A team of researchers at Manchester University examined official suicide rates in England throughout 2020 and found there was no change in the trend.  They say people may have got through the tough year by checking in with family and […]

JOHN STAPLETON on the ‘cure’ that killed his wife Lynn Faulds Wood

This Saturday will be the first anniversary of the death of my wife Lynn Faulds Wood. Her passing prompted an amazing response — glowing obituaries, 70,000 tweets of condolence, and more than 400 letters and cards This Saturday will be the first anniversary of the death of my wife Lynn Faulds Wood.  Her passing prompted an […]

US State Department will issue ‘Level 4: Do Not Travel’ advisory for 80% of countries

BREAKING NEWS: US Department of State will issue ‘do not travel’ advisory for 80% of countries due to COVID-19 risk The U.S. Department of State announced it will be issuing ‘Level 4: Do Not Travel’ advisories for 80% of countries In a statement on Monday, officials recommended that Americans ‘reconsider all travel abroad’ Level 4 is […]

DR MAX PEMBERTON: Line of Duty’s pill popping plot rings scarily true

Along with millions of others, I have been gripped by the latest series of Line Of Duty. Yet while storylines in the hit TV show often stretch cred- ulity, there’s one part that rings horrifyingly true: Detective Inspector Steve Arnott, one of the main characters, is addicted to prescription painkillers. His battle with these medicines […]

Covid US: Rolling daily average of new cases hits 66,000 – the highest number in a MONTH

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 Monday, the U.S. recorded 69,417 new infections with a seven-day rolling average of 66,159, the highest figure in about a month. In the last week alone, the average number […]

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 […]

Average daily Covid deaths in the US fall below 1,000 for the first time in nearly five MONTHS

The seven-day rolling average of daily COVID-19 deaths fell below 1,000 for the first time in nearly five months on Wednesday, a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.  It comes after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr Rochelle Walensky said Monday she was ‘scared’ and had ‘a feeling of impending […]

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 […]

More than 40% of US adults have had at least one dose of Covid vaccine 

More than 40 percent of American adults have now had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the White House Covid response team announced on Monday.  Nearly one in four adults are now fully vaccinated, as are 55 percent of seniors in the U.S., revealed response team member Andy Slavitt during a press briefing.  […]

Remember when Jane Fonda revolutionized exercise in a leotard and leg warmers?

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN Remember when Jane Fonda became the queen of 1980s at-home exercise? Released in 1982, “Jane Fonda’s Workout” is one of the bestselling VHS tapes of all time. Following on the heels of her New York Times bestseller of the previous year, “Jane Fonda’s Workout Book,” the home video helped galvanize […]

Purple Heart left at thrift store returned to veteran’s family

Want more inspiring, positive news? Sign up for The Good Stuff, a newsletter for the good in life. It will brighten your inbox every Saturday morning. “Every time I’ve ever seen [medals] in a Goodwill or something I’m like, ‘Why is this here? This needs to be with the owner,’” skëterrën told CNN. In this […]

These international destinations are open to US tourists

Editor’s Note — CNN Travel updates this article periodically. It was last updated in its entirety on February 27. The US State Department advises that travelers consult country-specific travel advisories via their website or consult the CDC’s latest guidance. Before you make any international travel plans, check these sites first and again before you depart. […]

NASA’s Mars rover had a secret message in its parachute. Meet the man behind it

The footage gave the world a glimpse of an often entirely invisible process, including the deployment of the parachute to slow down the spacecraft after entering the atmosphere. The 70.5-foot supersonic parachute was an extraordinary engineering challenge, said Ian Clark, systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Clark, who has been at […]

The court of international public opinion long ago found MBS guilty over Khashoggi murder. The US has just caught up

A Turkish intelligence audio recording captured the moments inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that Saudi government agents drugged, suffocated and dismembered the 59-year-old Washington Post columnist. In the 879 days since, the only geopolitical question of consequence is what role Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known by his initials MBS, played in […]

Satellite images reveal extent of damage caused by Biden administration’s first military action

What he likely heard was the sound of seven 500-pound bombs slamming into a compound near the border. The compound, according to the Pentagon, was used by two Iranian-affiliated Iraqi militias, Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid Al-Shuhada. Before-and-after satellite images released by Maxar Technologies, a space technology company, show vividly just how much destruction those […]

Trump supporters who breached the Capitol: ‘It was not Antifa’

Many of the alleged rioters facing charges also embraced this conspiracy. But according to a CNN review of court documents, nearly a dozen defendants have explicitly pushed back, saying that they and other Trump supporters deserve the credit for storming the Capitol — not Antifa. “There’s a lot of memes and posts flying around saying […]

Captain Tom Moore, 100-year-old UK fundraising hero, honored at funeral

Veteran Moore received a firing salute from 14 soldiers of the Yorkshire Regiment and a flypast from a World War II-era plane. His Union Flag-draped coffin was carried by soldiers from the regiment into the crematorium in Bedford, eastern England, past empty pews due to coronavirus restrictions. The soldiers then marched out and left his […]

The tough message Biden just sent Iran (Opinion)

Pentagon officials said two F15s dropped Joint Direct Attack Munitions (precision weapons with GPS navigation capabilities) on buildings at an unofficial border crossing believed to be used by militias to transfer munitions into Syria from Iraq. The strike sought to cripple the ability of these groups, particularly Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al Shuhada, to […]

Pokémon at 25: How 151 fictional species took over the world

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN When the Gameboy titles “Pocket Monsters: Red” and “Pocket Monsters: Green” were first released in Japan in 1996, few could have predicted what came next. The concept was simple enough: Players would traverse a fictional world capturing, training and battling the creatures that inhabited it — a mission encapsulated in […]

Massacre in the mountains: How an Ethiopian festival turned into a killing spree

The corpses, some dressed in white church robes drenched in blood, were scattered in arid fields, scrubby farmlands and a dry riverbed. Others had been shot on their doorsteps with their hands bound with belts. Among the dead were priests, old men, women, entire families and a group of more than 20 Sunday school children, […]

Biden doesn’t penalize crown prince despite promise to punish senior Saudi leaders

The choice not to punish Prince Mohammed directly puts into sharp relief the type of decision-making that becomes more complicated for a president versus a candidate, and demonstrates the difficulty in breaking with a troublesome ally in a volatile region. On Friday, Biden’s administration released an unclassified intelligence report on Khashoggi’s death, an action his […]

Khashoggi’s fiancé says she is more “devastated than ever before”

The US intelligence community just released a report on Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Its basic conclusion was not expected to be a surprise. Shortly after Khashoggi’s October 2018 killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the CIA assessed with high confidence that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman had personally ordered the murder. In June […]

Covid relief bill: The House is set for a historic down payment on Biden’s legacy

Yet the extreme circumstances of a pandemic, an ex-President’s impeachment trial and a partisan split over the contents of the legislation have so far tended to obscure the Covid relief plan’s significance. The bill, which the House of Representatives is expected to pass Friday with Democratic votes, has the symbolic weight and financial power to […]

Prince Harry says he left royal life because the UK press was ‘destroying’ his mental health

In a rare one-on-one interview in which he discussed the pressures of royal life and his move away from London, Harry told “The Late Late Show” host James Corden that he decided he needed to “get (his) family out of here” and that he preferred the depiction of royal life seen on Netflix show “The […]

US court awards $2.3 billion to USS Pueblo crew held hostage by North Korea more than 50 years ago

More than 100 crew members and their relatives filed a suit against North Korea in February 2018 in a federal court under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which allows victims to sue state sponsors of terrorism for torture, hostage-taking, personal injury or death. The award is among the largest sums ever handed out in a […]

Analysis: Saudi Arabia is experiencing the downside of betting on the Trump family

“The President’s intention — as is the intention of this government — is to recalibrate our engagement with Saudi Arabia and have counterparts communicate with counterparts,” Joe Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, said Wednesday before today’s call between her boss and MBS’s father, King Salman. It doesn’t get much blunter than that. The fact that […]

No one is perfect, and Tiger Woods made us realize it’s OK to love an imperfect athlete

Some of the moments in between have been far less jubilant. In late 2009, a string of lurid and shocking infidelity claims eventually led to his divorce from wife Elin Woods, the withdrawal of several sponsors and a temporary absence from golf. Months of rabid press coverage revealed in discomfiting detail the extent of his […]

Khashoggi report: Biden calls Saudi King before expected release of intelligence report

The congressionally mandated release of the report, which is expected to further implicate Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Washington Post columnist’s death, is expected to take place imminently now that Biden and the King have spoken. The call “went well,” according to a source close to the Saudi government. White […]

The next Republican civil war: a fight over earmarks

The GOP conference is deeply divided along ideological and even generational lines with fiscal conservatives arguing the practice of sending money directly to certain districts and projects has been grossly abused and represents the worst of Washington. Meanwhile, longer-serving members and appropriators support the practice and recall the benefits of driving pork back home. “The […]

Lockdown has made London a boomtown for rats

“There’ll be something in there for sure,” he says, kicking an overflowing waste container. “Rats are like little survival machines; wherever you get reliable access to food waste, they’ll keep coming back.” Coates’ prey has become more conspicuous in London the longer England’s lockdown lasts. What’s more, the animals are on the move. Pest controllers […]

Two dead after undercover cops shoot at each other in Philippines drug bust

The two officers, from the Philippine National Police (PNP), faced off against agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Quezon City on Wednesday evening. Three PDEA agents were also wounded in the confrontation and hospitalized. Police from the Quezon City Police District special operations unit had been conducting a drug buy-bust operation in […]

Congress rocked by consequential battles that will shape Biden’s presidency

After four years of politics by tweeted decree, normal service is resuming inside the Beltway in all its brutal, hypocritical, and high-stakes glory as everyone with power tries to wield it to set the tone for the coming years. The White House is standing firm behind Neera Tanden, its pick for budget director, though her […]

Japan increases protection for US military amid ‘severe security environment’

The number of what Japan calls “asset protection” missions was up from 14 in 2019 amid a “severe security environment,” according to an announcement from Japan’s Ministry of Defense. The Japanese military said the 25 missions involved Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) protecting US Navy ships on four occasions while those ships were gathering information on […]

Opinion: The truly shocking failures on the day rioters stormed the Capitol

There was no shortage of finger-pointing and blame-passing, but one big takeaway was clear: We’ve barely scratched the surface of what happened on one of the most ignominious days in American history. Republicans have tried to cast the January 6 attacks as an unfortunate incident, a moment when emotions ran high, many otherwise decent people […]

Capitol riot hearing: Live updates

Steven Sund is sworn in on Tuesday. Pool Former chief of the US Capitol Police, Steven Sund, called the rioters “criminals” and said they “came prepared for war” during the Jan. 6 attack. In his prepared opening statement during a Senate hearing on the Capitol riots, Sund said that the events of Jan. 6 were […]

Former Capitol Police Chief says Jan. 6 rioters “came prepared for war”

Steven Sund is sworn in on Tuesday. Pool Former chief of the US Capitol Police, Steven Sund, called the rioters “criminals” and said they “came prepared for war” during the Jan. 6 attack. In his prepared opening statement during a Senate hearing on the Capitol riots, Sund said that the events of Jan. 6 were […]

Opinion: What Biden and Pelosi can learn from a 1941-1942 presidential commission

In addition, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for a “9/11-type commission” to investigate the attack on the Capitol. Subsequently, congressional Democrats have drafted an initial plan to create a bipartisan commission that would examine the security failures at the Capitol to ensure that something similar never happens again. Under this plan, the commission’s report […]

Mounting confirmation battle sends warning sign to Biden

Growing intrigue over a trio of controversial presidential picks is also underscoring the power of individual senators such as Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, when the partisan balance is so evenly divided. While Biden has seen blue-chip national security selections such as Antony Blinken as secretary of state […]

Golf world rallies around Michelle Wie West following Rudy Giuliani’s ‘highly inappropriate’ comments on Steve Bannon podcast

The former New York mayor appeared last Thursday on the ‘War Room’ podcast hosted by Trump’s ex-adviser Steve Bannon and was remembering a round of golf he played with Wie West and the late talk show host Rush Limbaugh at a charity event in 2014. As he recalls it, Limbaugh was complaining about the “paparazzi” […]

Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen team up to host Spotify podcast

Spotify (SPOT) revealed the new show on Monday, along with dozens of other announcements as part of its virtual event, Stream On. The streaming platform that was once just home to popular music is continuing its expansion into podcasts and will soon include more exclusive shows on race, religion, politics and superheroes. Higher Ground and […]

Merrick Garland’s 2-day confirmation hearing to be Biden’s attorney general starts Monday morning

Now Garland gets another chance to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 9:30 a.m. ET on Monday, the first day of a two-day hearing, but this time he’s appearing for a different role as President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Justice Department. While Garland is expected to face pointed questions over multiple thorny […]

Malcolm X: We can finally meet the real man (opinion)

No less than Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X hovers over this national moment of reckoning around racial justice. His continued resonance in policy arenas related to ending mass incarceration, police brutality and the war on drugs is evident. So is Malcolm’s indefatigable pursuit of a human rights agenda broad enough to recognize the universality […]

Opinion: Ted Cruz isn’t the only issue in Texas

Nearly a year ago, the Covid-19 pandemic began bringing death, disease and economic distress to millions of households. But the disaster hasn’t come alone — a host of others have struck the US in the past 12 months. The 2020 hurricane season broke the record for the number of major storms, forcing meteorologists to dip […]

Popular literature and films about Mars that capture our imagination

The odds against your being you are massive, while the odds for your being you are infinitesimal. It is one of the great wonders of the universe that here you are, alive on Earth, breathing the air. So it is with the stars, the planets — with everything in the universe: The odds are always […]

Biden visits Bob Dole following cancer diagnosis

The two had served in the Senate together and Dole is a “close friend” of the President, the White House said. Dole, the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, was one of the key Republicans to say plainly after the November election that Biden had won. “The election is over and (Joe) Biden will be president on […]

Opinion: Biden is racing a ticking clock to fulfill this campaign promise

The appeal didn’t work. More voters were drawn to Vice President Bush, whose campaign manager Lee Atwater, along with consultant Roger Ailes, put together a blistering strategy that smeared Dukakis and rallied Americans around an unabashed patriotism. While Dukakis promised competence, Bush painted him as a radical “card-carrying member of the ACLU” who would allow […]

The US deported a 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard

Friedrich Karl Berger, a 95-year-old German citizen, was ordered removed from the US in February 2020, when a US immigration judge determined his “willing service” as a guard of concentration camp prisoners “constituted assistance in Nazi-sponsored persecution,” the Justice Department said. Berger was eligible for removal from the US under the Holtzman Amendment, which prohibits […]

Bill Gates: Texas’ tradeoffs lead to deaths

Gates pushed back on Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s claim that frozen wind turbines were to blame for the massive power failure. Gates said America’s dependence on renewable energy sources isn’t high enough to worry about their stability — the problem was natural gas plants that were not weatherized. “This is not because of renewable dependency,” […]

Alexey Navalny will remain in jail after Russian court shortens sentence

The court did shorten the activist’s sentence by a month and a half. Navalny appealed the sentence at Moscow City Court on Saturday. At the start of proceedings the anti-corruption activist asked the judge to allow video recording of the hearing for journalists but the court refused the request. His lawyer Olga Mikhailova then petitioned […]

Chinese fighters buzz Taiwan’s air defense zone as it appoints new defense minister

Beijing, which claims Taiwan as Chinese territory, says it is responding to what it calls “collusion” between Taipei and Washington, Taiwan’s main international backer and weapons supplier. The Taiwanese Defense Ministry said four Chinese J-16s and four JH-7s as well as an electronic warfare aircraft flew near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the top part […]

Lawmakers call Biden’s Yemen policy ‘historic shift’ in US foreign relations

In 2017, Khanna, a progressive Democrat from California, introduced a measure that came to be known as the Yemen War Powers resolution. It was intended to curtail US military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, which has created a humanitarian crisis in the country. At the time, there was very little support on Capitol […]

Opinion: Joe Manchin’s realism is just what the country needs

Sen. Joe Manchin, widely viewed as the most conservative Democrat in the now 50-50 US Senate, has announced he will support the budget resolution on Covid-19 relief being introduced by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders. In so doing, Manchin has laid down a marker: he is with his party at the beginning of this […]

How to help and get help

Arts and culture How to give American Guild of Musical Arts Relief Fund: The AGMA is a labor union that represents artists involved in America’s operatic, choral and dance heritages. Their relief fund will support members who have lost opportunities and income during the coronavirus crisis. Broadway Cares: This non-profit helps vulnerable people in the […]

US may have enough vaccines to fully vaccinate its population by July

French President Emmanuel Macron is pictured during a video conference meeting with African Union officials at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on February 17. Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool/AFP/Getty Images European countries should allocate 4-5% of their vaccine supply to developing countries, French President Emmanuel Macron has urged ahead of the G7 virtual meeting Friday where the issue is expected […]

Opinion: Why ‘It’s a Sin’ resonates for the Covid generation

“It’s a Sin” isn’t a show about the current Covid-19 pandemic. It’s about the last great pandemic to engulf Britain and America: the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 1990s. It’s the creation of Russell T. Davies, the showrunner behind the 2005 revival of “Dr Who” and 1999’s “Queer as Folk.” Now he’s retelling the […]

4 Chinese soldiers died in bloody India border clash, China reveals

The two sides fought with fists, stones, and nailed-studded bamboo poles, in what was the deadliest border clash between the two nuclear-armed neighbors in more than 40 years. New Delhi previously said at least 20 Indian soldiers died during the brawl in the Galwan Valley area. On Friday, China’s official army newspaper, PLA Daily, said […]

A new UN report proposes a radical shift in the way we think about nature

The report, “Making Peace with Nature,” spans 168 pages and distills the latest science on climate change and mankind’s “war” on the planet. It also argues that amid our pursuit of wealth and security, humans must now learn to value the fundamental “natural capital” of geology, soil, air and water — and urgently. “For too […]

Prince Philip spends second night in London hospital

Prince Philip: Decades in public life Britain’s Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, poses in his military dress uniform circa 1990. Prince Philip: Decades in public life Prince Philip was born into the royal families of Greece and Denmark. His family left Greece in 1922 and settled in Paris after his uncle, King Constantine I, […]

As the WHO investigated coronavirus origins in China, Beijing pushed a conspiracy about the US

That Chinese officials should point to the US when discussing the origins of a virus first detected in central China may at first appear confusing to many. But for months now, China has been advancing alternative theories for how the coronavirus first emerged, ones that would obviate any blame officials in Wuhan may bear for […]

India-China border: New satellite images show Chinese troops have dismantled camps on disputed border near Ladakh

Satellite images taken on January 30 by US-based Maxar Technologies showed a number of Chinese deployments along Pangong Tso, a strategically important lake that runs across the two nuclear powers’ de facto border, known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In new images taken on Tuesday, dozens of vehicles and building structures had been […]

AstraZeneca’s vaccine contract with the UK is based on ‘best efforts,’ just like its deal with a frustrated EU

British officials had earlier declined to provide the contract to CNN, making no mention of the redacted version, and have repeatedly refused to give details on the country’s vaccine supplies, citing “security reasons.” A junior UK government minister said in a recent interview that publishing the contract would risk national security. Yet in response to […]

Opinion: Rush Limbaugh was the architect of Donald Trump’s presidency

Limbaugh, who announced last February that he was battling advanced cancer, died Wednesday at age 70. At the center of most discussions of right-wing media’s role in propping up the Trump presidency, Fox News looms largest. But talk radio played just as big a role. And Limbaugh’s show was the most important of all, not […]

US life expectancy dropped a staggering full year in first half of 2020 and widened racial inequities, according to new CDC data

The life expectancy for the entire US population fell to 77.8 years, similar to what it was in 2006, CDC data shows. Changes to life expectancy also widened racial and ethnic inequities. Compared to 2019, life expectancy for non-Hispanic Black people in the US fell about three times what it did for non-Hispanic White people, […]

Why the Republican Party is poised to tear itself apart

“Mr. Trump may run again, but he won’t win another national election. He lost re-election before the events of Jan. 6, and as President his job approval never rose above 50%. He may go on a revenge campaign tour, or run as a third-party candidate, but all he will accomplish is to divide the center-right […]

Opinion: Biden is right to spend big for Covid-19 relief. But who’s going to pay for it?

The spending is both necessary and affordable, yet there is a crucial question: how should the US pay for it? The Biden recovery plan covers three important needs. It spends $400 billion to fund the fight against the pandemic, through immunizations, an expanded public health workforce, and other means. It allocates around $1 trillion in […]

Joe Biden confronts a leadership moment

There have been some signs in recent weeks that an injection of new White House urgency has improved the organization of the anti-Covid-19 effort and coordination with state governors who cried out for months for help. But on his first official trip outside Washington on Tuesday to Wisconsin, highlighted by a presidential appearance at a […]

UK gears up for huge vaccination plan watched by the world

Nurses at the Royal Free Hospital, London, simulate the administration of the Pfizer vaccine to support staff training ahead of the rollout, in London, Friday Dec. 4, 2020. (Yui Mok/Pool Photo via AP) The coronavirus vaccine developed by American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech was being sent to hospitals across the U.K. in super-cold containers […]

Forschungsgruppe entdeckt für Biodiversität verantwortliches Gen

Die Arbeitsgruppe von Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard am Max-Planck-Institut für Entwicklungsbiologie in Tübingen hat ein Gen identifiziert, das für die unterschiedlichen Muster von nahverwandten Arten des Zebrabärblings Danio rerio mitverantwortlich ist. Das Gen, Obelix, codiert für einen Kaliumkanal; diese Klasse von Proteinen steuert zahlreiche zelluläre Prozesse, die in einigen menschlichen Krankheiten gestört sind. Ihre Ergebnisse haben sie […]

Amid the verbal barbs, Macron and Turkey’s Erdogan may be ideal foes

Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 19:04 Relations between Turkey and France sank to new lows this week as the countries’ heads of state engaged in the latest bout of vitriol that had all the colour and spectacle of a ringside sport. French President Emmanuel Macron has been caught up in a series of verbal spats with […]

US firms gear up for distribution of COVID vaccines

US firms are gearing up for the massive logistical challenge of distributing Covid vaccines when they become available With the imminent arrival of coronavirus vaccines that will need to be stored at ultra-low temperatures, US companies are gearing up for a massive logistical effort to aid their distribution. Automaker Ford has ordered its own freezers […]

‘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 […]

Trump orders a near total withdrawal of American troops from Somalia

Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 06:24 President Donald Trump has ordered nearly all American troops to withdraw from Somalia, U.S. officials said on Friday, part of a global pullback by the Republican president before he leaves office next month that will also see him drawdown forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. The United States has about 700 […]

Cliff Joseph, Artist, Activist and Therapist, Dies at 98

Cliff Joseph, an artist raised in Harlem who in the 1960s and ’70s led protests against major New York museums to advocate for the inclusion of Black artists, and who later pioneered the practice of multiculturalism in the field of art therapy, died on Nov. 8 in a hospital in Chicago. He was 98. His […]

Iraqi activists go underground after wave of attacks by pro-Iran militias

There has been a wave of kidnappings, torture and killings of high-profile anti-government activists in Iraq in recent months. Protesters and experts blame pro-Iran militias within the Popular Mobilisation Forces, a paramilitary organisation created in 2014 to combat the Islamic State group. The Popular Mobilisation Forces have been accused of numerous instances of violence against civilians. […]

Erdogan expresses hope that France will ‘get rid of Macron’ as soon as possible

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 20:00 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he hopes France will get rid of Emmanuel Macron as soon as possible, the latest salvo in an escalating war of words between the two leaders. Turkey is embroiled in a series of disputes with France and its EU partners, from tensions […]

Venezuela’s Guaido risks political irrelevance as Maduro eyes poll victory

Juan Guaido, Venezuela’s opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president, has called for a boycott of legislative elections on Sunday, a move critics say will consolidate President Nicolas Maduro’s grip on power and leave Guaido out in the political cold. Eights years into a crippling economic crisis, Venezuelans head to the polls on Sunday in parliamentary […]

US-Studie: Rückgang asthmabedingter Fälle in der Notaufnahme während des COVID-19-Lockdowns im Frühjahr

In einer neuen Studie beschreiben US-amerikanische Wissenschaftler einen starken Rückgang der Patientenzahlen in der Asthma-Notaufnahme des Boston Children’s Hospital im Frühjahr 2020 – während des COVID-19-bedingten Lockdowns – im Vergleich zu den Vorjahren. Dr. Tregony Simoneau, Assistenzprofessorin für Pädiatrie am Boston Children’s Hospital analysierte gemeinsam mit seinen Koautoren die Krankenakten von Kindern, Jugendlichen und jungen […]

Exiled in Sudan, Tigray refugees face new struggle for survival

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 15:38 Since fighting erupted between Ethiopian forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) earlier this autumn, tens of thousands of civilians have fled across the border into neighbouring Sudan. But once safe from the violence in their homeland, they have to survive their new lives in exile.   By December […]

Ivory Coast issues passport to exiled former president Laurent Gbagbo

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 16:06 Ivory Coast has issued passports to former president Laurent Gbagbo, allowing him to return from exile in Belgium before the end of the year following his acquittal on war crimes charges at the International Criminal Court, his lawyer said on Friday. Gbagbo welcomed the move as a conciliatory gesture from […]

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. […]

Prednison lindert Cluster-Kopfschmerz – Biermann Medizin

Die Therapie mit Prednison kann die Zahl der Kopfschmerzattacken bei PatientInnen mit episodischem Clusterkopfschmerz signifikant reduzieren. Das berichtet die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Neurologie und verweist auf eine aktuelle Studie in „Lancet Neurology“. Durch die hohe Intensität der Schmerzen können Clusterkopfschmerzen die Lebensqualität der Betroffenen massiv beeinträchtigen. Als Akutmedikamente zur Attackenkupierung haben sich die Inhalation von […]

Über die Riechschleimhaut: Wie SARS-CoV-2 ins Gehirn gelangt

Forschende der Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin hat anhand von Gewebeproben verstorbener COVID-19-Patienten analysiert, wie SARS-CoV-2 ins Gehirn eindringen kann und wie das Immunsystem dort reagiert: SARS-CoV-2 tritt über die Nervenzellen der Riechschleimhaut in das Gehirn über. Das Team konnte dabei erstmals elektronenmikroskopische Aufnahmen intakter Coronaviruspartikel in der Riechschleimhaut anfertigen. Dass COVID-19 nicht allein eine Atemwegserkrankung […]

Dapansutril kann entzündliche Reaktionen im Gehirn von Mäusen verhindern

Neuroinflammation spielt beim Verlauf der Alzheimer-Krankheit eine wichtige Rolle. Forschende der Technischen Universität Braunschweig konnten in einer Studie mit Mäusen zeigen, dass die Substanz Dapansutril solche Entzündungsprozesse im Gehirn verhindern kann.  Um Krankheitserreger unschädlich zu machen, aktivieren Immunzellen des Gehirns spezielle Proteinkomplexe, die Inflammasome. Diese lösen eine Neuroinflammation aus, die in der Regel mit der […]

Nearly half of Yemenis face acute food insecurity, UN says, pushing country closer to famine

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 03:53 Famine-like conditions have re-appeared in parts of Yemen and almost half the population is experiencing high levels of food insecurity, new United Nations data showed on Thursday, with aid agencies warning time is running out to prevent mass starvation. Around 45% of Yemen’s population is facing high levels of acute […]

Macron declares national day of mourning for Giscard d’Estaing on December 9

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 21:06 French President Emmanuel Macron said in a TV address on Thursday evening that France would pay tribute to the late president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing with a national day of mourning next Wednesday, December 9. The centrist former head of state died on Wednesday from Covid-19 at the age of 94. […]

Lungenfachärzte: Verzicht auf Silvesterfeuerwerk in diesem Jahr besonders sinnvoll

Zum Endspurt dieses Jahres, das in vielen Lebensbereichen von der COVID-19-Pandemie geprägt war, warnt der Bundesverband der Pneumologen, Schlaf- und Beatmungsmediziner (BdP) vor den Risiken durch Feinstaub, der bei den traditionellen Silvesterfeuerwerken entsteht – auch und vor allem im Hinblick auf COVID-19.  „Das jährliche Feuerwerk zu Silvester vernichtet innerhalb weniger Stunden Millionen Euro, die sich […]

COVID-19 auf deutschen Intensivstationen: Viele Fälle mit Nierenversagen

Auf einer virtuellen Pressekonferenz im Rahmen der diesjährigen Tagung der Deutschen Interdisziplinären Vereinigung für Intensiv- und Notfallmedizin (DIVI) stellte Prof. Christian Karagiannidis (Köln) deutsche Daten aus der ersten COVID-19-Welle vor, stellte Vergleiche mit  der aktuellen Situation und anderen Ländern an und ordnete Risikofaktoren für eine erhöhte Sterblichkeit nach ihrer Bedeutung ein. Karagiannidis, Leiter des ECMO-Zentrums […]

Bau der derzeit modernsten Intensivstation Europas abgeschlossen

Im neuen Modulbau der Uniklinik Düsseldorf werden bereits erste COVID-19-PatientInnen behandelt. In Rekordzeit hat das Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf (UKD) eine räumlich vollständig getrennte Neubau-Einheit zur Versorgung von InfektionspatientInnen erbaut. Das Gebäude, das in Modulbauweise errichtet worden ist, bietet 18 Intermediate-Care- (IMC) und 25 IntensivpatientInnen Platz. Das UKD verfügt damit über die aktuell modernste Intensiveinheit Europas. Nun […]

Nine years on, the psychological effects of the Syrian war on school children in Damascus

Almost a decade of civil and military unrest has left Syrian children mentally scarred, angry and traumatized, according to new research. In the largest such survey yet carried out, researchers questioned more than 1,300 secondary school children in the Syrian capital, Damascus, about the impact that nine years of exposure to the conflict has had. […]

Corona-Infektion bei Hund und Katze in Deutschland nachgewiesen

In Deutschland sind bei einer Katze und einem Hund Infektionen mit dem Coronavirus nachgewiesen worden. Proben der Katze seien im Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut auf der Insel Riems bei Greifswald untersucht worden, sagte dessen Präsident Thomas Mettenleiter am Mittwoch der Deutschen Presse-Agentur. Zuvor hatten verschiedene Medien berichtet, dass erstmals seit Einführung der Meldepflicht Anfang Juli mit Corona infizierte […]

Pompeo criticises Turkey over Russian missiles, alliance reforms at NATO talks

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 22:25 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly criticised Turkey at a NATO ministerial meeting, participants told AFP on Wednesday, raising the hopes of some allies pushing for sanctions against Ankara. A US spokesman would not confirm or deny the details of Pompeo‘s participation in Tuesday’s foreign minister’s videoconference, but several […]

Frankfurt-Höchst: Chefarzt Walter Ohlig in den Ruhestand verabschiedet

Dr. Walter Ohlig, Chefarzt der Klinik für Urologie am Klinikum Frankfurt-Höchst hat akoma November nach über 30 Jahren Tätigkeit am Klinikum seinen Ruhestand angetreten. „Mit Dr. Ohlig verlässt ein Höchster Urgestein unser Krankenhaus, dem es gelungen ist, nicht nur seine Klinik und sein Team beständig weiterzuentwickeln, sondern auch Gold-Standards in der Therapie zu setzen. Wir […]

UN chief slams ‘suicidal’ war on nature as 2020 on track to be one of hottest years on record

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 19:26 This year is on course to be one of the three warmest ever recorded, the United Nations said Wednesday, as the UN chief warned the world was on the brink of “climate catastrophe”. The past six years, 2015 to 2020, are set to make up all six of the hottest […]

Afghan government, Taliban reach deal to conduct peace talks

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 18:33 Afghan government and Taliban representatives said on Wednesday they had reached a preliminary deal to press on with peace talks, their first written agreement in 19 years of war and welcomed by the United States as a chance to halt the violence. The agreement lays out the way forward for discussion but is considered a […]

Pfizer und BioNTech erhalten weltweit erste Zulassung für COVID-19-Impfstoff

Die britische Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) hat die Genehmigung einer temporären Notfallzulassung für den mRNA-basierten COVID-19-Impfstoffkandidaten BNT162b2 von Pfizer und BioNTech erteilt. Das teilten die Unternehmen heute (2. Dezember) mit. Es handele sich um die weltweit erste Notfallzulassung eines in einer Phase-III-Studie getesteten Impfstoffes zur Bekämpfung der COVID-19-Pandemie, erklärten die Unternehmen. Man […]