Politically polarized brains share an intolerance of uncertainty

Since the 1950s, political scientists have theorized that political polarization -- increased numbers of "political partisans" who view the world with an ideological bias -- is associated with an inability to tolerate uncertainty and a need to hold predictable beliefs...

Screening for ovarian cancer did not reduce early deaths

A large-scale randomised trial of annual screening for ovarian cancer, led by UCL researchers, did not succeed in reducing deaths from the disease, despite one of the screening methods tested detecting cancers earlier. Results from the UK Collaborative Trial of...

Ontario father given months to live now cancer-free after surgery on rare tumour

TORONTO -- An Ontario father is cancer-free after a rare life-saving surgery performed by a Toronto cardiac surgeon. “It’s surreal. I play with my kids, I get to call my family and tell them the good news. It’s overwhelming, it’s...

Delaying second COVID-19 vaccine doses can help reduce deaths: study

LONDON -- Giving a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine but delaying a second dose among people younger than 65 could lead to fewer people dying of the disease, but only if certain conditions are met, a predictive modeling study showed....

U.S. CDC eases guidance on indoor mask-wearing for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19

In a striking move to send the country back toward pre-pandemic life, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has eased indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most...

Canada reports 28 cases of rare blood clots following AstraZeneca vaccinations

After distributing more than 2.3 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses nationwide, public health officials have so far identified 28 suspected cases of a rare but serious condition called vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT).Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada's deputy chief public health officer, said Thursday...

Delaying second COVID vaccine dose may prevent deaths under certain conditions

Delaying the second dose of covid-19 vaccines, at least for people aged under 65, could result in up to 20% lower mortality, but only under certain conditions, finds a US study published by The BMJ today. These conditions include a...

Count your blessings: Short gratitude intervention can increase academic motivation

Our dynamically changing lifestyle can make it hard for many to stay motivated on work and study, which calls for new intervention strategies. In a recent study published in BMC Psychology, researchers explore how nurturing feelings of gratitude can enhance...

‘Terrifying for any new parent’: Mother left waiting for her daughter’s Manitoba birth certificate due to backlog

WINNIPEG -- A new mother is speaking out about her experiences with Vital Statistics Manitoba, saying that almost six months after her child was born, they still aren’t registered with the province. Janna Weber gave birth in Winnipeg on Dec....

Who decides if the world needs COVID-19 booster shots?

Vaccine makers Moderna Inc and Pfizer Inc, with its German partner BioNTech, have been vocal in their view that the world will soon need COVID-19 booster shots to maintain high levels of immunity. What is less clear, however, is who...
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