China virus cases rise as Delta variant challenges Beijing

China’s coronavirus cases hit a seven-month high on Tuesday, after a cluster at a test site drove up numbers as the Delta variant challenges Beijing’s grip on the pandemic. State media has described the current outbreak—which has sparked local lockdowns, mass testing and travel restrictions—as the most severe since the…

Curfews return in Spain as infections soar in young people

Spanish regions are bringing back curfews as well as restrictions on socializing and nightlife to contain a sharp rise in coronavirus infections as the fast-spreading delta variant races through the country’s unvaccinated young people. Catalonia and Valencia, two Mediterranean coast regions with major virus outbreaks, are limiting social gatherings to…

Oslo tightens up anti-Covid measures as cases rise

The Norwegian capital Oslo on Monday announced tougher measures to stem the spread of coronavirus, closing secondary schools and restricting the number of visitors to homes, as COVID case numbers rise. Of particular concern to the municipality is the spread of the more contagious British variant of the disease. A…

Layperson can reduce pregnant women’s depression as well as mental health professional

Perinatal depression has soared during the pandemic. But many mental health professionals are overwhelmed and can’t take on new clients. Good news comes from a new Northwestern Medicine study finding paraprofessionals generated similar reductions in depressive symptoms as mental health professionals when delivering a group-based cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention. The study…

How to reframe exercise as fun, not a punishment

‘As long as you frame exercise as punishment, you will always be fighting a losing battle to make lasting changes,’ says Luke Worthington, a qualified personal trainer, sports scientist and strength and conditioning specialist. ‘Humans were hunter-gatherers who had to run, climb and forage for food -eating was a reward…