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  1. Modelling suggests COVID-19 vaccines prevented 20 million deaths worldwide in first year

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Jun 2022 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    Lancet Infectious Diseases

    how they were delivered and the precise timing of when new virus variants arrived in each country. ... They also assumed that the relationship between age and the proportion of COVID-19 deaths occurring Read more about Modelling suggests COVID-19 vaccines prevented 20 million deaths worldwide in first year

    InternationalImperial College London, UK
  2. COVID-19 widened Australia's 'loneliness gap'

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Jun 2022 at 0300 AEST | 0500 NZST

    Australian Journal of Social Issues

    In general, the surveys reported increases in loneliness caused by isolation, health anxieties, reduced activity and quality of social connections, and poor motivation. ... The authors conclude Read more about COVID-19 widened Australia's 'loneliness gap'

    Australia; NSWUniversity of Wollongong|The University of Sydney
  3. Fourth dose of COVID vaccine increases protection against severe disease and death in aged care

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Jun 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Internal Medicine

    Compared to only 3 doses, a fourth dose of the Pfizer vaccine gave aged care residents good extra protection against hospitalisation and death from the Omicron wave, but only moderate protection Read more about Fourth dose of COVID vaccine increases protection against severe disease and death in aged care

    InternationalTel Aviv University, Israel
  4. Long COVID symptoms reported in kids under 14

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Jun 2022 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health

    More research will be beneficial to treat and better understand these symptoms and the long-term consequences of the pandemic on children going forward. ” ... Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Read more about Long COVID symptoms reported in kids under 14

    InternationalUniversity of Copenhagen, Denmark
  5. Could going on holiday be a treatment for dementia?

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Jun 2022 at 1100 AEST | 1300 NZST

    Tourism Management

    And then there’s the basics like fresh air and sunshine increasing vitamin D and serotonin levels. ... So, tourism is not just about travelling and having fun; we need to rethink the role tourism plays Read more about Could going on holiday be a treatment for dementia?

    Australia; International; WAEdith Cowan University|Curtin University
  6. Hashtag plandemic - how COVID misinformation spread on twitter

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Jun 2022 at 0400 AEST | 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    Social media became the home of an "infodemic" of misinformation during the COVID-19 lockdowns, and international researchers have tracked how users with tweets using the hashtags "Scamdemic" and Read more about Hashtag plandemic - how COVID misinformation spread on twitter

    InternationalUT Southwestern Medical Centre, USA
  7. Online classes during COVID lockdowns helped students' mental health

    Publicly released: Wed 22 Jun 2022 at 1701 AEST | 1901 NZST

    Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences Reports

    The researchers conducted anonymous surveys over one month in late 2020 at 21 junior and senior high schools in Japan. ... From 5,000 responses the authors found that online classes resulted in lower Read more about Online classes during COVID lockdowns helped students' mental health

    InternationalUniversity of Tokyo, Japan
  8. Could your activity tracker tell if you're about to develop COVID-19 symptoms?

    Publicly released: Wed 22 Jun 2022 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    BMJ Open

    Participants (1163 all under the age of 51) were drawn from the GAPP study between March 2020 and April 2021. ... Participants wore the AVA bracelet at night. The device saves data every 10 seconds and Read more about Could your activity tracker tell if you're about to develop COVID-19 symptoms?

    InternationalDr Risch Medical Laboratory, Liechtenstein
  9. Inability to stand on one leg later in life linked to near doubling of death risk

    Publicly released: Wed 22 Jun 2022 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    British Journal of Sports Medicine

    The team suggests this simple and safe balance test could be included in routine health checks for older adults. ... And information on potentially influential factors, including recent history of falls, Read more about Inability to stand on one leg later in life linked to near doubling of death risk

    Australia; International; NSWThe University of Sydney|Clinimex Medicina do Exercicio, Brazil
  10. NZ’s true ethnic disparities in Covid vaccine coverage remain unclear

    Publicly released: Wed 22 Jun 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    e. the "denominator" - unevenly affects vaccine rates. The team looked at both census data and health service use data from the Ministry of Health - but found their vaccine coverage estimates Read more about NZ’s true ethnic disparities in Covid vaccine coverage remain unclear

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago|ESR (Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd)...
  11. Women 22% more likely to suffer with long COVID than men

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Jun 2022 at 1401 AEST | 1601 NZST

    Current Medical Research and Opinion

    interventions that are inclusive of and sensitive to the potential differential treatment needs of both sexes,” the authors explain. ... No research is complete unless the data is made available to Read more about Women 22% more likely to suffer with long COVID than men

    InternationalJohnson & Johnson, USA
  12. EXPERT REACTION: Conversations may spread COVID-19 more than previously thought

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Jun 2022 at 1128 AEST | 1328 NZST

    PNAS

    Researchers used laser light scattering and an optical particle counter to measure the size of potentially contagious aerosols expelled when speaking and found that most prior reports failed to Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Conversations may spread COVID-19 more than previously thought

    InternationalNational Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  13. 5-minute record for diagnosis

    Publicly released: Mon 20 Jun 2022 at 1600 AEST | 1800 NZST

    Angewandte Chemie

    Most importantly, the data produced can be accurately read with a cell phone camera – immediately addressing the gap between development and implementation of biomarker-based precision medicine. Read more about 5-minute record for diagnosis

    Australia; International; SAFlinders University|University of California, Irvine
  14. How does long-term anti-anxiety drug use affect the brain?

    Publicly released: Mon 20 Jun 2022 at 1230 AEST | 1430 NZST

    Nature Neuroscience

    The overlapping of the immune system (glial cells) and the nervous system (neurons) is important in understanding the underlying cellular mechanism. ... Both systems mediate between the internal world of Read more about How does long-term anti-anxiety drug use affect the brain?

    Australia; International; NSWAustralian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)...
  15. Aussie COVID-19 cases higher than reported

    Publicly released: Mon 20 Jun 2022 at 0600 AEST | 0800 NZST

    2 and other subvariants. Data are provided to all states, territories and the Commonwealth Government under the Australian National Disease Surveillance Plan for COVID-19. ... The work was funded by the Read more about Aussie COVID-19 cases higher than reported

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales|The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society...
  16. How do we better prepare our health system for times of disaster?

    Publicly released: Mon 20 Jun 2022 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    Medical Journal of Australia

    wrote the authors, led by Professor Sotiris Vardoulakis, Professor of Global Environmental Health at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University. Read more about How do we better prepare our health system for times of disaster?

    Australia; NSW; QLD; ACTThe Australian National University|The University of Sydney...
  17. Omicron may be less likely to cause long Covid than Delta

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Jun 2022 at 1053 AEST | 1253 NZST

    The Lancet

    The team found the odds of long COVID were lower - by a quarter to a half - with Omicron versus Delta, depending on age and the length of time since vaccination. ... The authors note, however, that the Read more about Omicron may be less likely to cause long Covid than Delta

    InternationalKings College London, ZOE, Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (UK)
  18. WHO urges mental health action

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Jun 2022 at 1039 AEST | 1239 NZST

    The report estimates that both anxiety and depressive disorders rose more than 25% during the first year of the pandemic, while mental health services were severely disrupted and the treatment gap Read more about WHO urges mental health action

    Australia; InternationalWorld Health Organization (WHO)
  19. Weighing the cost of increasing Saudi heritage tourism

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Jun 2022 at 1433 AEST | 1633 NZST

    Journal of Heritage Tourism

    Al-Hijr is now a focus of new international tourism activity, and while the UNESCO listing helped foster local community support for tourism due to new economic opportunities, the proposed scale Read more about Weighing the cost of increasing Saudi heritage tourism

    Australia; International; SAFlinders University
  20. Time to rebuild construction

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Jun 2022 at 1340 AEST | 1540 NZST

    Sustainability

    efficiently; and· More control over bank lending, capital funding and wage policies within the construction sectors. ... The article, Assessment of Economic Sustainability in the Construction Sector: Read more about Time to rebuild construction

    Australia; International; SAFlinders University|Teknologi Petronas

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