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Fourteen Days co-edited by Margaret Atwood review – a pandemic tale | Fiction

‘In the dark times / Will there also be singing?” muses Brecht in the Svendborg Poems. “Yes, there will also be singing / About the dark times.” The impulse for lamentation in a crisis is instinctive and, perhaps, socially useful. But how we voice a response to catastrophe can be contentious, not least with the recent Covid pandemic. And while it may be too early to judge the overall effect of the crisis on the written word, we seem to have come out of it with more of a feeling of discord than harmony, and a sense that…

Scientists Identify Leading Driver of the TB Pandemic

A new study underscores the significant but overlooked role of malnutrition in the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic, advocating for the inclusion of nutritional interventions in TB elimination efforts. By treating TB as both a medical and social disease, the research highlights the potential for significant reductions in TB incidence and mortality rates through comprehensive strategies that address malnutrition.Recognizing N-AIDS as a crucial factor and coexisting condition of can improve the detection, prevention, and…

Which Virus Will Cause the Next Global Pandemic? Scientists Discover New Disease X Clues

A study has identified 70 virus lineages with the highest potential for causing a global pandemic, emphasizing the importance of monitoring viruses related to known human pathogens. This research supports the preparation for future pandemics by informing vaccine and diagnostic development and refining surveillance efforts to focus on the most threatening RNA viruses.Understanding the ancestry of virus families may assist researchers in pinpointing which variants possess the potential to become Disease X, the elusive…

A Cat in Oregon Gave Bubonic Plague to Its Owner

A rare case of plague has been found in Oregon. Local health officials reported a U.S. case of the bacterial menace earlier this month—the first seen within the state in nearly a decade. The victim has been hospitalized as a result, but appears to be responding well to treatment, officials say.Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra: 3 Things We Love and HatePlague is caused by the rod-shaped bacteria Yersinia pestis. Y. pestis can make us sick in different ways, depending on how the bacteria invade our body. When it’s transmitted…

New Research Indicates That Climate Change Can Trigger Pandemics

By MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen February 7, 2024A collaborative study has revealed a correlation between climate change and the occurrence of pandemics in the Roman Empire, suggesting that climate-induced stress may have played a role in triggering these outbreaks. This research underscores the importance of examining the links between climate change, health, and societal resilience to better prepare for future challenges.Specimens obtained from the seabed offer the inaugural…

Rampant COVID Poses New Challenges in the Fifth Year of the Pandemic

For four years now, either as a physical virus or as a looming threat, the COVID-causing pathogen SARS-CoV-2 has been the elephant in every room—sometimes confronted and sometimes ignored but always present. While once we dreamed of eradicating COVID, now much of society has resigned itself to SARS-CoV-2’s constant presence—a surrender that would once have been unthinkable.Worldwide, there were more than 11,000 reported deaths from COVID between mid-December 2023 and mid-January 2024, and more than half of those deaths…

Pandemic, inflation worries drive Colorado ranch property popularity

During the past four years, the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation fears encouraged record interest and investment in Colorado ranch properties. Just as pandemic worries pushed homebuyers out of cities and into bigger homes in the suburbs, wealthier buyers turned to ranch properties for more space, privacy, and opportunities to become more self-reliant. Mike Ledger with Confluence Land Company, a Denver real estate brokerage specializing in buying and selling ranches and farms, said interest has been high for ranch…

For students still feeling pandemic shock the clock is ticking—report shows persistent achievement gaps

by Elizabeth M. Ross, Harvard Gazette Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A new report from the Education Recovery Scorecard, a collaboration between the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard and the Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University, shows that some states, including Massachusetts, are still struggling to close academic achievement gaps that widened during…