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Smallpox vaccines may not protect against monkeypox for life | Monkeypox

Smallpox vaccinations may not protect against monkeypox for life, research suggests, with experts saying HIV may play a role in eroding protection from the jab over time.Monkeypox outbreaks are ongoing around the world, with the World Health Organization declaring the disease a public health emergency of international concern. At present, the majority of cases in current outbreaks are among men who have sex with men.Vaccination with a jab initially developed to protect against small pox, a related but more serious disease, is among the measures being taken to control infections. However, while experts stress that it is important for those at risk of monkeypox to take up the offer of a vaccination, as it reduces the chance of symptomatic infection and severe illness, protection offered ...
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Wildfires in Europe burn area equivalent to one-fifth of Belgium | Wildfires

Across Europe, an area equivalent to one-fifth of Belgium has been ravaged by flames as successive searing heatwaves and a historic drought propelled the continent towards what experts say is likely to be a record year for wildfire destruction.According to data from the European Forest Fire Information System (Effis)659,541 hectares (1.6m acres) of land burned across the continent between January and mid-August, the most at this time of year since records began in 2006.The figure is 56% higher than the previous record in 2017. Then, 420,913 hectares burned over the same period, and 988,087 were consumed by the end of the year. On present trends, more than 1m hectares could be lost to wildfires this year.“The situation in terms of drought and extremely high temperatures has affected all...
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Knee pain will be a thing of the past in 2023: a hydrogel that exceeds the capabilities of human cartilage

Since the human being stepped on Earth for the first time, knee pain has accompanied him (it is possible that in that first step it was already present). For this reason, medicine has been fighting for decades against an international disease and, until now, very difficult to solve. Joint pain is a common ailment of aging, due to cartilage's tendency to wear down. Now, researchers at Duke University have developed a new hydrogel that is stronger and more durable than our own cartilage. Natural cartilage plays an important role in cushioning joints, but unfortunately it doesn't regenerate very well after damage from age or injury.Current treatment options are often limited to pain medication, physical therapy or, if things go wrong too soon, a total knee reconstruction...
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My 2009 BlackBerry has become a paperweight because time is unforgiving

Although it was released in 2009, I bought my Blackberry Curve 8520 in 2010, when he was 18 years old. I remember that he had a small budget, but wanted to make the leap from Nokia and its clunky Symbian operating system, which had been with me for a long time. The idea of ​​having a slightly more robust OS, an application store and BBM to chat with friends seemed very interesting to me. With its advantages and disadvantages, this BlackBerry Curve 8520 accompanied me for almost a year, until I finally changed it for my first Android phone. Afterwards, RIM's phone kept hanging around the house for several years and, at some point, ended up in a drawer. We are in 2022, that little guy has returned to my hands and I wonder what it can offer me today. BlackBerry 8520 in 2022 I no...
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‘I daren’t go far’: Taliban rules trap Afghan women with no male guardian | Afghanistan

Hasina* cannot send her two daughters to school, because they are teenagers and high school is banned for girls in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. But she cannot take them out of the country to finish their education because she is a divorced single mother, and women are barred from long-distance travel without a male “guardian” to escort them.Wazhma* lies awake worrying what she will do if her sick, elderly mother needs emergency medical help at night. Her father de ella is dead, she is unmarried and her sister de ella is a disabled teenager.She is terrified that as women out alone at night, even on their way to a hospital, they would be arrested and harassed by the Taliban.Most Afghan women have had to learn to endure new restrictions and controls over the last year, but there is one grou...
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Metal: Hellsinger – where video games and heavy-metal music collide | Games

video games and heavy metal music have long shared a passing curiosity with one another. Look no further than the iconography of Doom, or Tim Schafer's Brütal Legend, for evidence of that. But it was in the mid 00s – during the reign of music and rhythm games such as Guitar Hero – that the link was most obvious. Count me among the ranks of those who learned about Pantera and Megadeth by way of the plastic instrument.Which is why this year's Metal: Hellsinger is on my radar. The game is a cross between a first person shooter and a rhythm game: by matching your shooting to the tempo of the music, you build a score multiplier that increases the damage you deal. We've seen this before in BPM: Bullets Per Minutebut Metal: Hellsinger brings its own setting and original heavy metal soundt...
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It is vital to control diseases such as polio – so why is the UK cutting global vaccine funding? | Helen Bedford

We are talking again about polio – a disease that ran rampant in the 1950s, paralyzing thousands of children every year. The successful introduction of polio vaccine in 1956 into the UK, and later more widely, has resulted in the elimination of this once dreaded disease from Europe and indeed most of the world. After the successful global eradication of smallpox in 1980, polio is the next human disease on the list targeted for eradication.But for all the progress, we are not there yet. the first case of paralytic polio in almost a decade was reported in New York state in July, and a few days later vaccine-derived virus was reported to have been found in sewage in a neighboring county. A related virus has now been reported in multiple samples of London sewage, prompting authorities i...
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What is and how to use the Nearby functionality in Windows 11

Nearby of Windows 11 is unknown to many users, unfortunately, since we are talking about an exchange functionality between devices with this operating system that is extremely interesting and very useful. It is quite strange that a functionality such as Nearby is much better known and used by a good number of Windows 11 users. This may be a communication issue on Microsoft's part, as it's not only about encouraging people to install Windows 11, but also explaining the features they can take advantage of.Well, having a system on a computer with Windows 11 similar to what AirDrop achieves on Apple is something that seems relevant and important enough to ensure that all users know that this exists in the Redmond software. . We are not talking about a new function, since th...
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Buy a Garmin watch: what you should look for and differences between the different models

Garmin is a brand that has been manufacturing current devices for years, with a multitude of functions and options. They have been placed at the forefront of smart watches. they not only establish functions with the mobile, but also modes for different sports and health, which help us to progress. Their price varies from just under a hundred euros to 2,500 euros. It is a very good quality brand that has watches for all tastes. As you will be thinking about having the best possible watch, here we make a small guide for you to find yours. Buy a Garmin watch:What should I look for in a Garmin?They are all good quality watches and there is a wide range according to price. For this, we give you a couple of tips on what you should pay attention to. To get started, his style It's e...
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Anne Heche obituary | Film

Anne Heche began acting in her teens, but despite her successes in television and film, and on stage, her career was overshadowed by a life steeped in tragedy and controversy. Heche, who has died aged 53 after a car crash, came to tabloid prominence in the late 1990s as the girlfriend of Ellen DeGeneres, who was then the star of a hit TV comedy series.Heche later blamed the publicity around their relationship for hampering her career, saying Hollywood was not ready for a lesbian star in straight love-interest roles. That was exactly what her first starring role was; in Six Days, Seven Nights (1998), she marooned on a desert island with Harrison Ford. After a string of roles the previous year, including in Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, and critical success in films suc...