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Sperm counts worldwide have plunged 62% in under 50 years, study finds
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Sperm counts worldwide have plunged 62% in under 50 years, study finds

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An international team led by Professor Hagai Levine of Hebrew University of Jerusalem has published the first meta-analysis to demonstrate declining sperm counts among men from South and Central America, Asia and Africa. Alarmingly, this study also shows that the decline in sperm counts in North America, Europe, and Australia has continued and even accelerated in the 21st century. The authors say the decline reflects a global crisis related to our modern environment and lifestyle.See the Story
Thousands of Canadians experienced depression for the first time during the pandemic, study suggests
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Thousands of Canadians experienced depression for the first time during the pandemic, study suggests

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1 in 8 older adults developed depression for the first time during the pandemic. For those who had experienced depression in the past, the numbers were even worse. By the autumn of 2020 almost half (45%) of this group reported being depressed. Factors associated with depression include inadequate income, loneliness, chronic pain, trouble accessing healthcare, a history of adverse childhood experiences, and family conflict.See the Story
Multivalent mRNA-based vaccine may serve as a preventative measure against future flu pandemics
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Multivalent mRNA-based vaccine may serve as a preventative measure against future flu pandemics

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MRNA-based vaccine provided broad protection from otherwise lethal flu strains in initial tests. Tests in animal models showed that the vaccine dramatically reduced signs of illness and protected from death. Current flu vaccines are merely seasonal vaccines that protect against recently circulating strains, but would not be expected to protect against new, pandemic strains.See the Story

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