Today is World Lung Day

Today is World Lung Day, an opportunity for us all to unite globally and promote better lung health! This year’s focus is respiratory infections. In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has made the world aware of how deadly respiratory viruses can be. COVID-19 has affected more than 25 million people worldwide and has killed 988,576 people as of September 25, 2020. Bacteria, fungi and other organisms can also infect the lower airways and lungs. Respiratory infections have existed for a very long time and will continue to be a major source of disease and death. They may infect the upper airways (nose, sinuses and throat) and more worryingly, the lower airways and lungs. COPD, asthma, acute lower r

A new rapid and affordable COVID-19 test has been developed

The high transmission rate of COVID-19 and large amount of asymptomatic infections has led to a global need for fast, efficient and accessible diagnostic testing. Standard COVID-19 testing methods use reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) to detect viral RNA in patient swab samples. The RNA extraction step in the current testing methods is causing a major bottleneck in the testing process due to the logistics, equipment and expensive chemicals required. Researchers at Karolinska Institute have developed a fast and cost-effective yet accurate COVID-19 testing method to overcome the current bottleneck in the testing process. This method bypasses the expensive and time-consum

Raising Awareness on World Alzheimer’s Day

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day. This year, the theme of World Alzheimer’s Month is #LetsTalkAboutDementia. Talking about dementia can raise awareness and help to end the stigma associated with dementia. We had a look through the World Alzheimer’s Month Toolkit and thought we’d share a few interesting facts. Did you know: Every 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia Symptoms of dementia aren’t limited to memory loss, they also include: difficulty in finding the right words or understanding what people are saying, difficulty in performing previously routine tasks, as well as personality and mood changes By 2050, it is estimated 152 m

Effects of Diet on Mental Health

Fall and winter may seem like the perfect time to over-indulge in your favourite comfort foods. While longer nights and colder weather may have you craving more simple carbohydrates like chips and chocolate, research shows that diet can actually affect our moods, feelings, and cognitive functions. Alcohol and caffeine, for example, are stimulants known to impair your mental health if ingested in excess. Furthermore, refined sugar and processed foods can leave you not only feeling depressed and anxious, but can also have a negative impact on your memory and brain function. There's good news — you can help boost your mental health through your diet by eating lean proteins, whole grains, and lo

Strategies for Reframing Challenges as Opportunities

Kids disrupting your virtual meeting? COVID-19 disrupting your everyday routine? Uber disrupting the taxi industry? Disruptive innovation has been around for a long time. Yet the impacts of a global pandemic forcing billions of people to work from home has added new perspective to the word “disruption” and its ability to act as a catalyst for lasting change. Harvard Business Review recently published an article entitled “6 ways a crisis can help you cultivate a growth mindset” where they provide tips for managers looking to leverage the transition to remote work to nurture a growth mindset in themselves and their teams. In summary, it’s important to be patient. Be more intentional about norm


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