October 2020

Canada extends international travellers ban


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Canada on Friday extended a restriction on non-essential international entries until the end of November as COVID-19 cases rise, while easing quarantine rules for some cut-off Canada-US border communities.

The travel ban has been in force since mid-March, while Ottawa and Washington have a separate arrangement prohibiting non-essential travel between their two countries set to expire one week earlier.

Travellers allowed into Canada despite the ban—including essential workers, students, and spouses, children, parents or guardians of Canadian citizens—must still quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

But Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said “some practical adjustments”

How young people in cities feel about the natural world


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If you’re under 30, living in a city in the UK, and especially if you’re in an ethnic minority group, you’re likely to be considered less connected to nature or an “infrequent nature user” in academic research. This characterisation has consequences—if you fit this description, your voice is heard much less in debates about nature, conservation and wildlife than your wealthier or, if you’re a person of color, white peers.

But throughout my own research, I’ve found that young people in cities tend to value nature more than others realize. It’s not yet clear how

Make your Halloween tastier with these delicious pumpkin recipes


Halloween is here and so are all the pumpkins. If you’re in need to some Halloween inspiration look no further than these two delicious pumpkin recipes

Tomorrow is Halloween, which means the supermarkets will be wanting to get rid of all those pumpkins they ordered… especially since Halloween is cancelled this year. Thanks Covid-19.

Pumpkins don’t just look pretty, these orange plants are amazingly versatile in the kitchen – it’s no wonder they are so totally ‘Instagrammable’.

The pumpkin and it’s seed has a multitude nutrients and vitamins such as zinc, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin A –

New mouth spray could benefit patients with painful genetic skin condition


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A new spray for treating severely painful blisters, mouth ulceration and oral scarring in patients with a rare genetic skin condition is being developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham.

The is designed for patients with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a condition that causes the skin to blister and tear at the slightest touch.

Around 5,000 people in the UK are currently living with EB, which is usually diagnosed in early childhood. Symptoms include open wounds and sores where fragile skin is damaged and severe scarring where wounds heal.

EB can be particularly painful

Adults with endocrine disorders have an increased risk of heart disease


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All adults with endocrine disorders should be tested for high cholesterol and triglycerides to evaluate their risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a Clinical Practice Guideline issued today by the Endocrine Society.

The guideline, titled “Lipid Management in Patients with Endocrine Disorders: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline,” was published online and will appear in the December 2020 print issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), a publication of the Endocrine Society. This guideline provides an approach to assessing and treating and triglycerides in patients with endocrine

5 signs of vitamin D deficiency affecting your wellbeing


Around a billion people globally and some 10 million Brits aren’t getting enough vitamin D. A new study has found that over 80 per cent Covid-19 patients had low levels of vitamin D 

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, sunshine is becoming a distant memory and concerns about low vitamin D levels start to hit the press once again, especially as every where you turn, there seems to be someone suffering with repeated colds and infections.

Indeed, a new study published on Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, found that the