Jacob Zuma, the former president of South Africa, was taken to prison on Wednesday to begin serving a 15-month sentence, capping a stunning downfall for a once-lauded freedom fighter who battled the apartheid regime alongside Nelson Mandela.
The Constitutional Court, the nation’s highest judicial body, ordered Mr. Zuma’s imprisonment last month after finding him guilty of contempt for failing to appear before a commission investigating corruption accusations that tainted his tenure as the nation’s leader from 2009 to 2018.
By the end of the month, the Delta (B1617.2) variant will likely become an even more dominant strain of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States, as the more transmissible variant now accounts for 51.7% of all new COVID-19 cases in the country, CNN reports. The Alpha (B117) variant now accounts for 28.7% of cases.
The variant, first identified in India, has swept across the globe and caused delayed reopening throughout the United Kingdom.
Source: CDC: Delta variant now 50% of US COVID-19 cases | CIDRAP
Physical activity can help limit brain tissue damage, and thus cognitive decline, in old age, a new study has found. File Photo by Image Point Fr/Shutterstock
Physical activity leads to positive changes in brain tissue that help stave off cognitive decline in older adults, a study published Wednesday by the journal PLOS ONE found.
These changes are visible on magnetic resonance imaging, which means physicians can measure the effects of exercise on the aging brain, the researchers said.
Source: Study: Physical activity reduces brain tissue damage, maintains cognitive function – UPI.com
The new study finds the gene GIGYF1 plays a significant role in how likely people are to lose the Y chromosome. In turn, this also sends their risk of developing type 2 diabetes skyrocketing.
Researchers find around one in 3,000 people carry the GIGYF1 genetic variant, leading to a 30-percent chance they’ll develop type 2 diabetes. For comparison, the general population only has a five percent chance of developing diabetes on average.
“Reading an individual’s DNA is a powerful way of identifying genetic variants that increase our risk of developing certain diseases. For complex diseases such as type 2 diabetes, many variants play a role, but often only increasing our risk by a tiny amount. This particular variant, while rare, has a big impact on an individual’s risk,” says Dr. John Perry in a university release.
Additionally, people who carry the GIGYF1 gene have more signs of aging such as weaker muscle strength and more body fat.
Source: 1 in 3,000 people have a gene variant that increases diabetes risk by 6 times – Study Finds
Britain’s leaders and their advisers told us last year that we could not suppress the virus. China and Vietnam did, within six weeks. They told us these countries would inevitably face a huge second wave. They haven’t; just smaller outbreaks, suppressed with good public health practice implemented by people on the ground. As we know, exploding cases in March 2020 forced the UK into a 13-week full national lockdown, with huge damage to livelihoods, the economy and mental health. None of the east Asian states had national lockdowns, only local ones. In 2020, China’s GDP grew by 2% and Vietnam’s by 2.9%, according to the World Bank, compared with the UK’s 9.9% contraction. Last summer the UK government set up a privatised, call centre-based test-and-trace system divorced from our underfunded local public health and primary care teams – quite unlike anything done in successful east Asian states. It couldn’t possibly work, and it didn’t. The Treasury refused to give any financial support to poorer people to isolate – in case, as the then health secretary, Matt Hancock, told a Commons select committee, they “gamed the system”. So poor families gamed the test-and-trace system instead, t
Source: ‘Living with the virus’ makes no sense. Only half of the UK is fully vaccinated | Anthony Costello | The Guardian