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[Perspectives] How imperialism, slavery, and war shaped epidemiology

The Lancet - Sab, 16/10/2021 - 00:00
In recent decades, historians have become increasingly attuned to the ways in which empire and imperialism transformed modern conceptions of disease, medicine, and the body. Such scholarship argues that European medical theories were not simply disseminated in imperial territories and that science and medicine should not only be seen as scientific and cultural projects that consolidated imperialism. Instead, the thrust has been to understand how the development of modern ideas of hygiene, sanitation, public health, and disease were themselves produced out of an encounter with empire and subjugated populations.

[Perspectives] Superhuman, but never enough: Black women in medicine

The Lancet - Sab, 16/10/2021 - 00:00
Historically, Black women have long been disregarded in the USA. The Three-Fifths Compromise of the US Constitution discounted Black women as only “part” of a human being, to be counted for congressional representation and direct taxation but nothing more. Even in prominent social justice movements, Black women have been excluded. Racism and elitism were embedded within the 19th-century and early 20th-century US women's suffrage movement, which prioritised white women over voting rights for all women.

[Obituary] Gino Strada

The Lancet - Sab, 16/10/2021 - 00:00
Surgeon and founder of the non-governmental organisation Emergency. He was born in Sesto San Giovanni, Italy, on April 21, 1948, and died of heart disease in Honfleur, France, on Aug 3, 2021, aged 73 years.

[Correspondence] Telehealth use in antenatal care? Not without women's voices

The Lancet - Sab, 16/10/2021 - 00:00
Kirsten R Palmer and colleagues1 assessed integrated telehealth for antenatal care in Australia during the early COVID-19 pandemic. However, the estimated 50% reduction of in-person consultations does not represent the proportion of telehealth consultations received by women. Women included in the intervention gave birth between March 23 and July 26, 2020, which is equivalent to, at most, 4 months of a telehealth-integrated antenatal care schedule. Although not presented, the average duration of antenatal follow-up was probably 2 weeks (implementation period) and 6 weeks (integrated care period), allowing for a maximum of two telehealth visits with three face-to-face consultations.

[Correspondence] Telehealth use in antenatal care? Not without women's voices – Authors' reply

The Lancet - Sab, 16/10/2021 - 00:00
We thank Anna Galle and colleagues for progressing the conversation about quality and equity in antenatal care. Although our analysis of telehealth integrated care addressed the initial 4 months following widespread telehealth integration and analysed data following birth only,1 this means that women included in the analysis were predominately in the third trimester of pregnancy, a time when most pregnancy complications arise. The fact that women in their final stages of pregnancy received, on average, 40% of consultations via telehealth without an impact on the quality of their pregnancy outcomes remains heartening.

[Clinical Picture] Lumbar sediment sign seen in an unusual presentation of meningitis

The Lancet - Sab, 16/10/2021 - 00:00
A 39-year-old woman was transferred to our neurosurgical service following a fall and development of a progressive quadriparesis over the previous 24 h.

Your unique pattern of brain activity can be spotted in 100 seconds

New Scientist - Ven, 15/10/2021 - 21:00
Everyone has a unique pattern of brain activity and it can be spotted after just 100 seconds inside a brain scanner

Climate change could slow recovery of southern right whales

New Scientist - Ven, 15/10/2021 - 21:00
Extreme El Niño weather events caused by climate change could slow the recovery of southern right whale populations

Self-healing plastic repairs itself in 10 seconds even under water

New Scientist - Ven, 15/10/2021 - 20:37
A new type of strong, flexible, self-healing plastic can repair itself rapidly, even in salty or acidic water, which may be useful for divers or underwater pipes

Evaluation of progress toward universal health coverage in Myanmar: A national and subnational analysis

PLoS Medicine - Ven, 15/10/2021 - 16:00

by Zlatko Nikoloski, Alistair McGuire, Elias Mossialos


Universal health coverage (UHC) encompasses 2 main components: access to essential healthcare services and protection from financial hardship when using healthcare. This study examines Myanmar’s efforts to achieve UHC on a national and subnational level. It is a primer of studying the concept of UHC on a subnational level, and it also establishes a baseline for assessing future progress toward reaching UHC in Myanmar.

Methods and findings

The study uses the Demographic and Health Survey (2015) and the Myanmar Living Conditions Survey (MLCS; 2017) and adapts a previously developed UHC index to provide insights into the main barriers preventing the country’s progress toward UHC. We find a negative correlation between the UHC index and the state/region poverty levels. The equity of access analysis reveals significant pro-rich inequity in access to all essential healthcare services. Socioeconomic status and limited availability of healthcare infrastructure are the main driving forces behind the unequal access to interventions that are crucial to achieving UHC by 2030. Finally, financial risk protection analysis shows that the poor are less likely to use healthcare services, and, once they do, they are at a greater risk of suffering financial catastrophe. Limitations of this study revolve around its correlational, rather than causal, nature.


We suggest a 2-pronged approach to help Myanmar achieve UHC: Government and state authorities should reduce the financial burden of seeking healthcare, and, coupled with this, significant investment in and expansion of health infrastructure and the health workforce should be made, particularly in the poorer and more remote states.

Correction: Immunogenicity of an oral rotavirus vaccine administered with prenatal nutritional support in Niger: A cluster randomized clinical trial

PLoS Medicine - Ven, 15/10/2021 - 16:00

by Sheila Isanaka, Souna Garba, Brian Plikaytis, Monica Malone McNeal, Ousmane Guindo, Céline Langendorf, Eric Adehossi, Iza Ciglenecki, Rebecca F. Grais

Arid meteor shower makes new appearance in southern hemisphere skies

New Scientist - Ven, 15/10/2021 - 13:51
A meteor shower called the Arids has appeared in southern hemisphere skies, as predicted by astronomers

Covid-19 news: UK lab may have given 43,000 false PCR test results

New Scientist - Ven, 15/10/2021 - 12:58
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

Contraceptive pill may reduce polycystic ovary syndrome diabetes risk

New Scientist - Ven, 15/10/2021 - 02:01
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who take the contraceptive pill have three-quarters of the diabetes risk as those with PCOS who don’t

Pill may reduce diabetes risk for those with polycystic ovary syndrome

New Scientist - Ven, 15/10/2021 - 02:01
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who take the contraceptive pill have three-quarters of the diabetes risk as those with PCOS who don’t

Coronapod: the COVID scientists facing violent threats

Nature - Ven, 15/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 15 October 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02852-5

From death threats to physical abuse - has the pandemic increased abuse in science?

Daily briefing: The puzzle of COVID super-immunity

Nature - Ven, 15/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 15 October 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02841-8

Why do people who have recovered from COVID-19 show such spectacular immune responses when they get vaccinated? Plus, the first mission to the Trojan asteroids is ready to launch and how eclectic acupuncture zaps inflammation in mice.

Climate lessons from COVID, and the end of paperwork: Books in brief

Nature - Ven, 15/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 15 October 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02833-8

Andrew Robinson reviews five of the week’s best science picks.

Scientists under attack and weird viruses — the week in infographics

Nature - Ven, 15/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 15 October 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02817-8

Nature highlights three key infographics from the week in science and research.

Our enormous fish catches have skewed ocean chemistry

Nature - Ven, 15/10/2021 - 00:00

Nature, Published online: 15 October 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02801-2

Industrial fishing seems to have altered the processing of biomass in the ocean.