By pooling studies from eight cohorts across the United States, a group of researchers accelerated the collection of essential data to answer questions about the immune response needed for long-term protection against SARSCoV2. A description of the cohort, assays used, and event definitions were recently published in the American Society for Microbiology's open-access journal, mSphere.

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When you're not lifting heavy weights or doing painful stretches, dancing is one of the best and most enjoyable fitness exercises. Not only is dancing physically helpful, but it also has some benefits for mental health as it has been shown to be a great activity to instantly lift and relax.

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Medical staff members tend to a Covid-19 patient at the Seinäjoki Central Hospital in Seinäjoki, Finland, on December 2, 2021.

Researchers have found that subjects infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus displayed signs of severe brain inflammation and injury consistent with a reduction in blood or oxygen flow into the brain, neuron damage and small areas of bleeding.

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Friends take a selfie on Primrose Hill as the sun rises over the skyline in London on February 17, 2022. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

A recent study conducted by a group of researchers from Finland, found that long-term poverty undermined many prerequisites for inclusion and well-being.

The research was carried out by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). The results of the study were published in 'Journal of Social and Political Psychology'.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic entered into its third year, countless people have undergone varying degrees of uncertainty, isolation and mental health challenges. Many are still severely affected by mental health issues. New research has revealed that those who have had COVID-19 had a significantly higher chance of experiencing mental health problems.

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A woman at home in Helsinki.

No matter how many times it has been said, it is an undeniable fact that the COVID-19 pandemic was one that spiralled out of control and brought about not only loss of loved ones, but also an increase in loneliness amongst other things. A recent analysis found that loneliness was widespread at a problematic level in many countries.

The analysis of evidence from 113 countries and territories during 2000-19 was published in 'The BMJ'.

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A nurse setting up electrocardiogram wiring for a patient.

Another day, another COVID-19 development. A recent study has found that almost a third (32 of every 100) of older adults infected with COVID-19 in 2020 developed at least one new condition that required medical attention in the months after initial infection, 11 more than those who did not have COVID-19.

The study was published in 'The BMJ'.

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Medical staff works inside a newly created Covid-19 coronavirus isolation ward at a government hospital in Chennai on January 06, 2022. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

A recent study led by an international team of researchers has found that more than half of nurses went through sleeping issues during the first six months of the pandemic which led to experiencing anxiety as well as depression.

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A person receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

A recent study has quashed rumours that COVID-19 vaccination leads to infertility.

The study published in the 'American Journal of Epidemiology' asserts that COVID-19 vaccination does not appear to affect fertility.

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People rest after receivng a dose of the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a vaccination centre in Helsinki, Finland, on January 12, 2022.

The placebo effect is the well-known phenomenon of a person's physical or mental health improving after taking a treatment with no pharmacological therapeutic benefit - a sugar pill, or a syringe full of saline, for example. Sometimes placebo effects can also harm -the so-called "nocebo effect" occurs when a person experiences unpleasant side effects after taking a treatment with no pharmacological effects. That same sugar pill causing nausea, or that syringe full of saline resulting in fatigue.

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