People have drinks in the 'de Buci' street, Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighbourhood, in Paris, on February 21, 2021. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that less than 10 per cent of the global population have antibodies to the coronavirus, WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said.

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Pfizer and its partner BioNTech on Thursday said that they have begun to test how well the third dose of their authorised vaccine stacks up against new coronavirus variants.

The study will evaluate up to 144 Phase 1 participants in two age cohorts, 18-55 and 65-85 years of age.

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The findings of a recent study suggested that antibodies that help in guarding against the COVID-19 virus are transferred from mothers to their babies while in the womb.

This discovery, published in the 'American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology', adds to growing evidence that suggests that pregnant women who generate protective antibodies after contracting the coronavirus often convey some of that natural immunity to their fetuses.

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Mermaid scholars in action at Maija Möttönen's class in Espoo

The alternative sports trend and social media craze ‘Mermaiding’ has made its way to Finland, with qualified ‘mermaid instructors’ now teaching classes in Helsinki and Espoo.

The sport, which is believed to have first gained prominence in the United States earlier this year, consists of swimming with the aid of a mermaid tail, allowing the user to move like a fish. 

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Antigym® or Antigymastique® is a body work method developed by French physiotherapist Thérèse Bertherat in the 1970s. Its popularity has spread outside of France as Antigym practitioners have brought the method across the world, particularly to South America and Europe. Helsinki Times spoke to trained Antigym practitioner, Sonu Manglani, about the method after one of her classes. 

THE CLASS takes place in a bright, well-lit room. We begin by standing on our mats, rotating our knees in and out to get a feel of the way different parts of our body are connected to one another. Sonu gives instructions and asks questions as we move through each subtle movement slowly.

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Exercise firm Erimover's CEO, SUP instructor Sonja Lauren presents SUP paddling at Helsinki's Hietaniemi beach on 4 August.Nobody ever decides to quit doing sports. It just ends or slowly becomes more and more rare and eventually sinks to an embarrassing level. The reason is always the same: a break.

A small, innocent pause can kick off a year-long slacking off period meant to last originally either a week or two, after which you'd pull yourself together again. The reason may have been summer holiday, flu, travel, work commitments, kids or a backache.

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Several serious illnesses have been reported in the United States after parents' refusal of a vitamin K jab to be given to their baby. American magazine Mother Jones was the first to report this.

At the children's hospital at Vanderbildt University in Nashville, Tennessee, for example, seven children have been treated for internal bleeding caused by lack of vitamin K. The condition at its worst is very serious and can lead to permanent neurological problems if the bleeding takes place in the brain, or even to death.

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Emotional coldness in a child does not always predict the development of psychopathic characteristics later on, reveals a new review.“We know that it is very difficult to change psychopathic characteristics in adults. But this commonly held view is changing as we are accumulating research data showing that such characteristics in children can be changed,” explains Taina Laajasalo, a professor of psychology. 

A research team from the University of Helsinki compiled a review of several international studies and the conclusions have now been published in the medical journal Duodecim.

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Vitamin B can be found in fish, meat, milk, yeasts, whole grains, peanuts and seeds.The brain requires Vitamin B to calm down. Stress, depression and memory-related problems can be related to a lack of Vitamin B.

With stress looming over you and the blues take over, the need for vitamin B rarely crosses the mind first.

Studies in recent years have proven, though, that vitamins of group B can lift the mood and alleviate stress. They may well be called "nervous vitamins".

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“The cancer does not restrict my life in any way,” says Juha Wirekoski, who suffers from Waldenström’s disease. “I have to practice caution during the treatment periods but at other times I can lead a normal, quiet life.”"Prostate, breast, lung and bowel cancers are common," says Pirkko Kellokumpu-Lehtinen, professor of oncology at the University of Tampere and chief physician at the Tampere University Hospital.

"All other cancer types are rare, including childhood cancers."

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