Playtime with dad may improve children’s self-control

Children whose fathers make time to play with them from a very young age may find it easier to control their behavior and emotions as they grow up, research suggests. The study, by academics at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and the LEGO Foundation, pulled together fragmentary evidence…

Why men may fare worse than women against SARS-CoV-2

Data from COVID-19 cases around the world suggest that the new coronavirus hits men harder than women. Differences in men and women’s immune responses to the virus may help explain why. When infected by the new coronavirus, women may mount a more potent adaptive immune response than do men, a…

As new clusters emerge, WHO warns virus may be here to stay

New coronavirus clusters have surfaced around the world as nations struggle to balance reopening economies and preventing a second wave of infections, while a top global health official warned Wednesday that COVID-19 could be around for a long time. Authorities in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the pandemic first…

Virus may spark ‘devastating’ global condom shortage

A global condom shortage is looming as the coronavirus pandemic shutters factories and disrupts supply chains, the world’s top maker of the contraceptives said, with the United Nations warning of “devastating” consequences. Over half of humanity has been confined to their homes as the highly contagious virus marches round the…