Developing Intercultural Understanding of Covid-19 and other Dilemmas

By Elizabeth Clark, MA TESOL (Bath) On 20 May 2020 I watched a webinar presentation featuring Fons Trompenaars, a Dutch intercultural specialist, and Alex Morgan, of Abbey Communication, in south west England.   The webinar was organised by the United Kingdom branch of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research, more easily known by its

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‘A no-win situation’ — Expert weighs in on COVID-19 racial disparities

The current pandemic is exposing — and exacerbating — already existing social inequalities. In this interview, Medical News Today spoke to Tiffany Green, assistant professor in the Departments of Population Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about COVID-19 and race-related health disparities. All data and statistics are based on publicly

How we commute associated with cancer and mortality risk

Traveling to work by car is worse for your health than cycling, walking, or taking the train, according to a large study spanning 25 years in England and Wales. Researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge, both in the United Kingdom, tracked the outcomes of more than 300,000 commuters between 1991 and

4 infectious diseases that should not be forgotten during COVID-19

Tuberculosis remains the world’s deadliest disease, according to the World Health Organization. Eradicating cholera, malaria and measles by 2030 is a target of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. A drop in supplies of vaccines due to COVID-19 restrictions is threatening vital immunization work. While the world is waiting for lockdowns to end and for

Patients Are Giving High Marks to U.S. Health Care Providers During the Crisis

When people feel vulnerable, they focus on what matters most. That’s why in the hours after JFK was shot or the terrorism attacks of 9/11, people huddled in their homes with their families. And that’s why, as the Covid-19 pandemic has unfolded, people have been rediscovering that the essence of health care is not miracle

How better home hygiene could curb antibiotic resistance

Rates of resistance to commonly used antibiotics have already reached 40–60% in some countries outside the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and are set to continue rising fast. In OECD countries, rates of resistance could reach nearly 1 in 5 (or 18%) by 2030 for eight different bacterium-antibiotic combinations. By 2050, about 10 million people could die

Why does medicine treat women like men?

Towards the end of her training in emergency medicine at Brown University, Rhode Island, Dr Alyson McGregor was asked what her “specialism” would be. “You are expected to have a niche so my answer was, ‘Well, I like women’s health,’” says McGregor. “From that, people thought, ‘Oh, she’s into obstetrics/gynaecology.’” So on busy shifts in

Fighting infectious diseases: The connection to climate change

As global temperatures rise, long-term changes in climate and wildlife habitat could have a significant effect on human health and increase the risk of infectious diseases like the coronavirus (COVID-19). Here are four reasons the battle against infectious diseases and pandemics is also about the fight against climate change.  1. Changing weather patterns increase the risk of

32 Mental Health Apps to Help You Stay Happy and Healthy

It’s no secret we’re living in an unprecedented time. We’ve all been affected by the coronavirus pandemic in many ways, including economically, socially, and even recreationally with adjusted running routines and the loss of race days. So while one in five adults in the U.S. experienced mental illness in 2018, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness,

All the Covid-19 Symptoms You Didn’t Know About

As the pandemic spreads around the world, doctors are beginning to scope the coronavirus’s damage. Seen initially as a cause of viral pneumonia during the chaos of an explosion of cases in China, it’s now emerging as an enigmatic pathogen capable of harming the body in a myriad of unexpected, and sometimes lethal, ways. Clinical

We’re in the middle of a mental-health crisis too.

The overall financial and health impact of Covid-19 is unprecedented. However, while we can think of little else, we are also in the middle of a mental-health crisis. Millions of Americans are suffering in silence. They are sad and alone. They feel scared and hopeless. These feelings can become all-consuming and interfere with our lives in

Getting to medical appointments during a pandemic

Going to the doctor or pediatrician wasn't so complicated just a few months ago. Neither was a trip to the dentist or the veterinarian. Would your blood pressure be too high? Would your child cry at the shots? Would Fido bark at a cat in the waiting room? Even getting a cavity filled is more

Targeting early brain inflammation may slow down Alzheimer’s

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that impacts a person’s brain. It is the most common form of dementia, affecting around 5 million people in the United States as of 2014. Those with the disease are typically over 60 years of age. A person with Alzheimer’s

Parkinson’s: Autoimmune attack may start years before diagnosis

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive disorder. Its characteristics tend to include tremor, rigidity, slowness of movement, and impaired balance. Around 1 million people in the United States and 10 million people throughout the world have the disease. Parkinson’s results from a loss of nerve cells in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra. These

How Should You Stock Your Medicine Cabinet?

Right now, there is no cure for the coronavirus. And although doctors and researchers are making progress on different ways to treat the illness, much remains uncertain. Many common symptoms continue to be identified, and families staying at home can take steps now to prepare in case someone falls ill, to best monitor one’s health

Healthy Plate, Healthy Planet

FRANK HU AND Kentucky Fried Chicken arrived in Beijing around the same time. Hu, a recent graduate of Tongji Medical University, in Wuhan, had never seen a restaurant like it. Three-floored, gleaming, and distinctly Western in atmosphere, KFC proved irresistible to a country unfamiliar with the greasy efficiency of American fast food. On a frigid day

What The Coronavirus Crisis Reveals About American Medicine

At 4:18 a.m. on February 1, 1997, a fire broke out in the Aisin Seiki company’s Factory No. 1, in Kariya, a hundred and sixty miles southwest of Tokyo. Soon, flames had engulfed the plant and incinerated the production line that made a part called a P-valve—a device used in vehicles to modulate brake pressure and prevent

New coronavirus targets cells in the nose, lungs, and gut

A new study by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University, both in Cambridge, MA — alongside colleagues from other institutions — may have pinpointed the cells that SARS-CoV-2 primarily targets in the human body. The study — the findings of which will soon appear in the journal Cell — built on existing investigations showing

New cancer treatment that tracks and zaps tumors is coming to Stanford Medicine

A new technology aims to make tumors their own worst enemy in the fight against cancer -- and Stanford Medicine will be the first in the world to incorporate the treatment into the clinic. The first generation of a machine using this technology -- the X1, from the company RefleXion Medical -- harnesses positron emission tomography

Faulty blood clotting mechanism may explain COVID-19 severity

The conditions that raise the risk of COVID-19 severity are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and conditions affecting the kidneys. Researchers are still investigating the precise reasons and mechanisms for why these conditions make COVID-19 outcomes so much worse. The authors of a