How to Stop Doomscrolling News and Social Media

Reading through their social media feeds, Americans are likely to encounter anguished accounts of political turmoil, the coronavirus pandemic and continued fallout from cyberattacks, among other less than cheerful topics. And yet many can’t stop scrolling even more, perhaps hoping to distract themselves from thinking too hard about any one of these ongoing problems. The … Read more

We May Be Prescribing Antidepressants Wrong, Claims Concerning New Review

Millions of people take antidepressants each day, but a major new review of the data brings up some concerns with how the drugs are currently prescribed.  In fact, when taken over long periods for mild and moderate depression, antidepressants may be doing patients more harm than good, the review explains.   That’s not to say … Read more

Oak processionary moth: Tougher action needed to stop tree-killing insect in UK

Seven years of concerted action to slow the spread of oak processionary moth have failed to stop its consistent outward expansion from London Environment 16 December 2021 By Adam Vaughan Caterpillars of the oak processionary moth (Thaumetopoea processionea) on a tree trunk in Germany blickwinkel/Hecker/Alamy Tougher action will be needed to stop a caterpillar threatening … Read more

Covid-19 news: Two vaccine doses not enough to stop omicron infection

By Michael Le Page, Clare Wilson, Jessica Hamzelou, Sam Wong, Graham Lawton, Adam Vaughan, Conrad Quilty-Harper, Jason Arunn Murugesu and Layal Liverpool Syringes filled with the Pfizer covid-19 vaccine THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP via Getty Images Latest coronavirus news as of 1pm on 14 December Two doses of the Pfizer jab are only 33 per cent effective … Read more

Omicron: How do we stop coronavirus variants from evolving

By Michael Le Page Artist’s rendering of the delta variant of the coronavirus Shutterstock / Fit Ztudio We are witnessing the scenario that many people feared unfold before our eyes. The new omicron variant can largely evade prior immunity and is spreading with alarming rapidity. And the really bad news is that there is every … Read more