28 articles from SUNDAY 6.6.2021

The Guardian view on the god of science: a divine but rational disagreement | Editorial

A key maths tool during the pandemic came about because of an 18th-century debate about Christianity. The lesson we can draw today is that moral philosophy mattersDo the laws of science and mathematics explain everything, without any need to bring God into it? The pious once believed that wrathful deities could unleash plagues. As reason emerged in the temple of thinking, there was a move to claim...

‘Mix and match’ Covid booster jabs may be offered in UK

Researchers testing whether second dose of different vaccine could generate stronger immune responseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters are considering giving people a different type of Covid vaccine as an autumn booster, it has emerged, after early results from “mix and match” trials appeared to show promise for an enhanced immune response.Four different...

‘She’s my soulmate’: My childhood BFF is still my best friend

How a close and enduring relationship forged in the school playground turned my life aroundMy school bully came in an unlikely package. She was a bushy-haired, bespectacled, briefcase-carrying pocket rocket who made my life miserable for a significant portion of Year 8 when I was 12 years old. I met her on the first day at our large and rowdy comprehensive school. With all my existing friends...

Covid live: UK under-30s to be invited for jabs this week; Labour calls for ‘amber list’ to be axed

Latest updates: health secretary says Delta variant appears 40% more transmissible; Lisa Nandy says robust quarantine needed for people arriving in UKTony Blair says fully vaccinated people should get greater freedoms Data on Delta variant splits scientists on lifting final Covid restrictionsShare vaccines or climate deal will fail, rich countries toldOther countries need vaccine before UK...

Covid Delta variant ‘about 40% more transmissible’, says Matt Hancock

Under-30s to be offered jabs from next week but variant makes decision on easing rules in England ‘more difficult’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe new Delta variant of coronavirus appears to be about 40% more transmissible than the variant it has largely replaced, Matt Hancock has said, making government decisions about whether to ease restrictions in England...

Cruise ships restart in Venice, bring environmental protests

The first cruise ship since the pandemic wended its way Saturday through the heart of Venice, escorted by triumphant water-spouting tugboats and elated port workers as it traveled down the Giudecca Canal but also protested by hundreds on land and a small armada of wooden boats waving "No Big Boats" flags.

Data on Delta variant splits scientists on lifting final Covid restrictions

Sage group advises against easing social distancing on 21 June, but others say it is too early to assess risksCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHealth experts remain divided over the dangers posed by the new Delta variant of Covid-19 and the risks it poses to the nation as ministers consider whether or not to lift lockdown later this month.Some argue that the new...

HIV after Covid: Anthony Fauci and an army of researchers seek to regain momentum

In the summer of 1981, public health professionals faced a terrifying crisis. Their work helped shape victories against the current pandemic – but some fear hard-won ground is lostAs Anthony Fauci marks 40 years since HIV emerged, he regrets how the extraordinary disruptions that Covid-19 have wreaked upon society have hampered efforts to tackle the major pandemic that preceded it. Related:...

Cells/colony motion index of oral keratinocytes predicts epithelial regenerative capacity

Cells/colony motion of oral keratinocytes was non-invasively and quantitatively determined by optical flow algorithm. As per the distinct cell growth kinetics, modified optic flow algorithm was applied with fewer full-screening imaging analyses & cell segmentations, which confirmed the association of proliferative capacity & epithelial regenerative capacity with mean motion speed (MMS). The index...

Climate change increases extreme rainfall and the chance of floods

An international research team have concluded that increases in extreme rainfall and associated flooding are projected to continue as global temperatures continue to rise. Efforts to limit warming to +1.5C will help limit changes in extreme rainfall, though some societal adaptations will still be required.

Global travelers pick up numerous genes that promote microbial resistance

Research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that international travelers often return home with new bacterial strains jostling for position among the thousands that normally reside within the gut microbiome. Such travel is contributing to the rapid global increase and spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Healthy environment, healthy kidneys!

Climate change represents one of the greatest global health threats of our time. In choosing Healthy Environment, Healthy Kidneys as the theme for the 2021 fully virtual Congress, the ERA-EDTA highlights the central role of nephrologists and other health professionals in advocacy for global efforts to reduce emissions and protect against climate change.

Mechanisms of kidney protection by gliflozins

SGLT2 inhibitors (gliflozins) are oral anti-diabetic drugs. They not only reduce blood sug-ar, but also improve cardiovascular and renal outcomes -- not only in type 2 diabetics, but also in non-diabetics. This benefit cannot be due to lower blood sugar levels per se; however, it is not yet known how these positive effects are actually mediated. A recent study has now discovered correlations with...