(HealthDay)—If you smoke, you significantly increase your odds of developing bladder cancer, experts warn.

“Everyone knows smoking causes lung cancer, but they don’t always know about bladder cancer,” said Dr. Srinivas Vourganti, a urologist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago who specializes in treating bladder and other .

Smoking causes more than half of all cases of bladder cancer, and smokers are three times more likely to get bladder cancer than nonsmokers.

“The same harmful chemicals you inhale when you smoke accumulate in your urine, and as the bladder holds urine, it is exposed to these

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The success or failure of coronavirus regulations is often assessed on whether they affect the rate of transmission in the community, and whether or not people comply with them. But what about the ethics behind the measures?

With inevitable and complex value judgments at play, responses to COVID-19 have shown how the regulations’ success also requires us to pay attention to their moral authority.

Links between , social ethics, and political philosophy have long been recognized; on more and less favorable terms. One of the most prominent voices in favor of strong public

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Austria plans to start its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in January, the health minister said Tuesday, with the elderly, at-risk groups and health professionals being first in line.

The country will acquire more than 16 million doses of the through the European Union which has signed six contracts for supplies, according to Clemens Martin Auer, who coordinates the ‘s pandemic response.

“In all likelihood we can start in January,” Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said.

“Our goal is to vaccinate at least 50 percent of the population,” he told a news conference, adding that the

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Amusement and pleasant surprises—and the laughter they can trigger—add texture to the fabric of daily life.

Those giggles and guffaws can seem like just silly throwaways. But laughter, in response to funny events, actually takes a lot of work, because it activates many areas of the brain: areas that control motor, emotional, cognitive and social processing.

As I found when writing “An Introduction to the Psychology of Humor,” researchers now appreciate laughter’s power to enhance physical and mental well-being.

Laughter’s physical power

People begin laughing in infancy, when it helps develop muscles and

A testing staff member completes a lateral flow test swab, mandatory before opening to the public, at Rhydycar leisure centre in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. where mass coronavirus testing begins following a two-week “firebreak” lockdown. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to end an England-wide lockdown as scheduled on Dec. 2 and will announce a return to regional restrictions as statistics show that coronavirus infections have stabilized.

Johnson’s office also confirmed plans to begin a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination program next month, assuming regulators approve a vaccine against the . The government also

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In this Feb. 12, 2019 photo, Meghan Waldron walks down the street in Boston. Waldron is a student at Emerson College with progeria, one of the world’s rarest diseases. The first treatment has been approved for progeria, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Zokinvy which was shown in testing to extend patients’ lives by 2 ½ years on average. (Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via AP)

The first drug was approved Friday for a rare genetic disorder that stunts growth and causes rapid aging in children, after studies showed it