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North Vancouver, BC Canada
Retired college teacher, SF & fantasy novelist, nonfiction books too, accidental journalist since the 1970s.
Interests: History, writing, politics, public health, teaching & learning, environment, online communication.
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Via The Guardian: Even low levels of air pollution can damage health, study finds. Excerpt: A study in one of the cleanest countries in the world could help governments think about future ways to manage air pollution. Abundant data from... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via The Mainichi Shimbun: Japan's daily COVID-19 tally hits record 250,000 cases. TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's daily coronavirus tally soared to a record 250,403 cases on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's new Cabinet faces the challenge of tackling the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at H5N1
Via ECDC, an August 8 situation update: Monkeypox multi-country outbreak. Excerpt: Since the start of the monkeypox outbreak and as of 8 August 2022, 13 912 confirmed cases of monkeypox (MPX) have been reported from 29 EU/EEA countries: Spain (4... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at H5N1
Via NEJM, a letter to the editor: A Zoonotic Henipavirus in Febrile Patients in China. Excerpt: The Hendra virus and the Nipah virus, which belong to the genus henipavirus in the family Paramyxoviridae, are known to infect humans and cause... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at H5N1
Via Nature Climate Change: Over half of known human pathogenic diseases can be aggravated by climate change. The abstract: It is relatively well accepted that climate change can affect human pathogenic diseases; however, the full extent of this risk remains... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at H5N1
Via eLife: Genomic epidemiology of the first two waves of SARS-CoV-2 in Canada. The abstract: Tracking the emergence and spread of SARS-CoV-2 lineages using phylogenetics has proven critical to inform the timing and stringency of COVID-19 public health interventions. We... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2022 at H5N1
Via Yle Uutiset: Growing divide in literacy among Finland's population. The Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) surveys have shown that the gap between high and low achieving students in Finland has widened over time. The survey measures pupils' performance in science, mathematics and reading skills. According to Johanna Kaakinen,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2022 at Finnish Education Forum
Via ECDC: Joint ECDC-WHO Regional Office for Europe Monkeypox Surveillance Bulletin. The summary: A total of 15926 cases of monkeypox have been identified through IHR mechanisms and official public resources up to 2 August 2022, 14:00, from 38 countries and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2022 at H5N1
Via PNAS: Climate Endgame: Exploring catastrophic climate change scenarios. The abstract of an important paper: Prudent risk management requires consideration of bad-to-worst-case scenarios. Yet, for climate change, such potential futures are poorly understood. Could anthropogenic climate change result in worldwide societal collapse or even eventual human extinction? At present, this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2022 at Hothouse Earth
Via Reuters: 'Living with COVID': Where the pandemic could go next. Excerpt: LONDON/CHICAGO, Aug 1 (Reuters) - As the third winter of the coronavirus pandemic looms in the northern hemisphere, scientists are warning weary governments and populations alike to brace... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2022 at H5N1
Via Folha de São Paulo: Monkeypox: Brazil confirms first death. Excerpt from the Google translation, lightly edited: The Ministry of Health confirmed the first death of monkeypox in Brazil. The patient was a 41-year-old man from Minas Gerais. According to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2022 at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Air pollution is ‘likely’ to raise dementia risk, find UK government experts. Excerpt: Air pollution is likely to increase the risk of developing dementia, a government research group has said. The Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants has published its findings after reviewing almost 70... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2022 at The Politics of Dementia
Via How long is COVID infectious? What scientists know so far. Excerpt: When the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) halved its recommended isolation time for people with COVID-19 to five days back in December, it said... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2022 at H5N1
A new report in Science: The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan was the early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. The abstract: Understanding how severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) emerged in 2019 is critical to preventing zoonotic outbreaks... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2022 at H5N1
Via Nature Medicine: Symptoms and risk factors for long COVID in non-hospitalized adults. The abstract: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection is associated with a range of persistent symptoms impacting everyday functioning, known as post-COVID-19 condition or long COVID.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2022 at H5N1
Case counts up to July 22. The surge in Japanese COVID cases has been sudden and alarming. Via The Japan Times: COVID-19 cases in Japan top 200,000 for first time. Excerpt: Japan reported more than 200,000 new COVID-19 cases for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2022 at H5N1
Via, a Tanzania Daily News report: Tanzania: Govt Moves to Contain Nosebleed Disease. Excerpt: Preliminary specimens taken from patients suffering nosebleed disease in Lindi Region have tested negative for Ebola, Marburg and Covid-19, as the government intensifies measures to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2022 at H5N1
Via WHO AFRO:Ghana reports first-ever suspected cases of Marburg virus disease. The news release and then a comment: Accra – Ghana has announced the preliminary finding of two cases of Marburg virus disease and if confirmed these would the first... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2022 at H5N1
Via WHO AFRO: The Democratic Republic of the Congo declares 14th Ebola outbreak over. Excerpt: Brazzaville/Kinshasa – The Democratic Republic of the Congo today declared the end of the Ebola outbreak that erupted less than three months ago in Mbandaka,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2022 at H5N1
Via ECDC: Joint ECDC-WHO Regional Office for Europe Weekly Hepatitis of Unknown Origin in Children Surveillance Bulletin. The summary: This report provides an overview of the cases of hepatitis of unknown origin in children aged 16 years and below reported... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2022 at H5N1
Via Reuters: Militants in Pakistan attack polio vaccination team, killing three. Excerpt:PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 28 (Reuters) - Unidentified militants opened fire on a polio vaccination team in Pakistan on Tuesday, killing one of those handing out doses and two policemen,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2022 at H5N1
Via CMAJ: Canada’s response to the initial 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic: a comparison with peer countries. The key points: • Compared with the other Group of 10 (G10) countries, Canada performed better than most in terms of percentage... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2022 at H5N1
Via MMWR: Interim Analysis of Acute Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology in Children Aged 10 Years — United States, October 2021–June 2022. The summary: What is already known about this topic? During October 2021–February 2022, a cluster of children with hepatitis... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2022 at H5N1
Via Research Square, a preprint: Outcomes of SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection. This is a disturbing finding. The abstract, re-formatted and with my bolding: First infection with SARS-CoV-2 is associated with increased risk of acute and post-acute death and sequelae in the pulmonary... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2022 at H5N1
WHO has published a DON: Multi-country monkeypox outbreak: situation update. Excerpt: This current Disease Outbreak News on the multi-country monkeypox outbreak is an update to the previously published Disease Outbreak News of 10 June, with updated data, some further details... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2022 at H5N1