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With coronavirus restrictions gradually lifting across the country, we’re now able to resume many of our regular activities.

A lot of us might have been particularly keen to get back to the gym, which is now an option in some Australian states, and not far off in others.

So, how can we protect ourselves and other people from COVID-19 infection when we return to the gym?

How are gyms unique?

First it’s important to understand gyms are a bit different to other places

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In the largest study of the genetics of childhood obesity, researchers have looked at why some children gain weight very easily.

By the age of five, one in four are either overweight or obese. While easy access to high calorie foods and sedentary lifestyles have driven the rise in childhood in recent years, some children seem able to eat what they like and remain thin, while others very easily. An individual’s risk of gaining is strongly influenced by their , and some children who gain a lot of weight, are

(HealthDay)—Health care workers (HCWs) in Italy who treated COVID-19 patients self-report substantial mental health symptoms, according to a research letter published online May 28 in JAMA Network Open.

Rodolfo Rossi, M.D., from University of Rome Tor Vergata, and colleagues evaluated mental health outcomes among HCWs in Italy. The was conducted between March 27 and 31, 2020, and was distributed via social networks using a snowball technique and sponsored social network advertisements. The analysis included 1,379 responses.

The researchers found that 49.38 percent of respondents reported posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS); 24.73 percent reported symptoms of depression; 19.80 percent

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Many patients had to wait for lifesaving surgeries, such organ transplants, due to the heavy burden COVID-19 caused for hospitals. Now, UTSA computer science seniors have built a software program that assists doctors in prioritizing medical procedures and treat people more efficiently.

The , called ESCal, can organize almost three months of surgeries in a few minutes by simply working within a hospital’s existing system.

“For the past nine months we were working on another project for Amita Shah at UT Health San Antonio, but once the outbreak struck, we had to pivot,” said Mark

WHO and Costa Rica launch landmark COVID-19 Technology Access Pool

Thirty countries and multiple international partners and institutions have signed up to support the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) an initiative aimed at making vaccines, tests, treatments and other health technologies to fight COVID-19 accessible to all.

The Pool was first proposed in March by President Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica, who joined WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today at the official launch of the initiative. 

“The COVID-19 Technology Access Pool will ensure the latest and best science benefits all of humanity,” said President Alvarado of Costa Rica. “Vaccines,

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Research by Bangor University’s Professor Dyfrig Hughes has provided important evidence on the safety of treatments that are being tested for use in COVID-19.

Chloroquine, an old drug developed for treating malaria, and hydroxychloroquine, a related drug used in , are being used as potential treatments for COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration authorised their emergency use in the U.S., and clinical guidelines have made recommendations for their use in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 across many countries.

However, both drugs are poisonous in high dose. Several cases of overdose have been reported,