More than one in three respondents reported clinically significant levels of depression, exceeding rates seen before 2020 — ScienceDaily

Though childbirth is often anticipated with optimism and enthusiasm, approximately 10 to 20 percent of pregnant individuals also experience mental health challenges during the weeks immediately before and after birth. Depression, anxiety and trauma-related disorders can all be exacerbated by increased stress related to pregnancy and postpartum experiences. But it’s unknown how the stressors of a significant health pandemic can impact these complications. In a new study published in Psychiatry Review, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital surveyed pregnant women and those who had recently given birth, finding concerning rates of depression, generalized anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, which were found to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related grief and health worries.

“We know the perinatal period is already a time in which women are particularly vulnerable to mental health concerns,” said corresponding author Cindy Liu, PhD, of the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry.

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Darwin notebooks reported stolen from Cambridge library

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LONDON (AP) — Cambridge University in London launched an appeal Tuesday to find two valuable notebooks written by Charles Darwin after they were reported as stolen from the university’s library.

The notebooks, estimated to be worth millions of pounds, include the 19th-century scientist’s famous “Tree of Life” sketch. They haven’t been seen since 2000, and for years staff at the library believed that the manuscripts had probably been misplaced in the vast archives.

But after doing a thorough search, library staff now conclude it’s likely that the notebooks were stolen. Police are now investigating and Interpol has also been notified.

“My predecessors genuinely believed that what had happened was that these had been mis-shelved or misfiled,” said Jessica Gardner, university librarian and director of library services. “Now we have completely reviewed as a new team what happened and come to a conclusion that that’s not a

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OAIC has fielded zero complaints and received no reported COVIDSafe breaches


The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released its first six-monthly report on the privacy and security of Australia’s COVIDSafe app, which has been far from successful and only identified a small number of unique cases.

The app, which was touted at its introduction as being akin to sunscreen, has since been relegated to double-checking duties.

“There is scarce evidence on the effectiveness of digital or automated contact tracing,” a contact tracing review released earlier this month said.

For the OAIC, from May 16 to November 15, it fielded no complaints about the app and handled 11 enquiries. Over half of the enquiries occurred in July, and no enquiries were reported for October or November.

“We provided general information in response to 10 enquiries and provided assistance on how to make a complaint in response to one enquiry,” the OAIC said.

The types of enquiries handled were about

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Mirrorless Camera Black Friday Deals (2020) Reported by Save Bubble

Save on a range of full-frame mirrorless camera deals at the early Black Friday sale, together with all the top Sony Alpha, Nikon, Canon, FUJIFILM, and Pentax camera sales

Early Black Friday mirrorless camera deals are underway. Review the top savings on compact and full-frame mirrorless cameras from top brands like Canon, Sony Alpha, Pentax, FUJIFILM, and Nikon Z-Series. Links to the best deals are listed below.

Best Mirrorless Camera Deals:

  • Save up to 37% on mirrorless cameras from Sony, Nikon, Canon & more at Walmart – check the latest savings on the top-rated a6000, a6500 & a7iii mirrorless cameras

  • Save up to $502 on a wide range of Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, Canon, Nikon & Panasonic mirrorless cameras & camera kits at Amazon – featuring savings on best-selling camera bodies & bundles

  • Save up to $500 on Canon, Nikon, Sony, & Fujifilm mirrorless cameras at – including discounts on

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Early EOS M50, SL2, T7i and T7 & 80D Sales Reported by Save Bubble

Early Black Friday Canon deals for 2020 are live, explore the best early Black Friday Canon EOS T6, EOS R, M50, Rebel SL2 & SL3 savings listed below

Compare the best early Canon deals for Black Friday, including all the best EOS T6i, PowerShot G7 X Mark II & EOS Rebel DLSR camera savings. Links to the top deals are listed below.

Best Canon Deals:

  • Save up to 53% on a wide range of Canon cameras, lens bundles, digital cameras & printers at Walmart – deals available now on the latest Canon DSLR, mirrorless and Powershot digital cameras

  • Save up to $650 on a wide range of Canon DSLR, mirrorless and digital cameras at Amazon – check live deals on bundles, travel kits, lenses, filters & tripods

  • Save up to $800 on Canon EOS Rebel DSLRs, EOS 5D, EOS 80D & PowerShot G7X Cameras – at B&H Photo Video

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Patients reported international hydroxychloroquine shortages due to COVID-19 — ScienceDaily

A new study shows that patients with rheumatic diseases across Africa, Southeast Asia, the Americas and Europe had trouble filling their prescriptions of antimalarial drugs, including hydroxychloroquine, during the 2020 global coronavirus pandemic, when antimalarials were touted as a possible COVID-19 treatment. Patients who could not access their antimalarial drugs faced worse physical and mental health outcomes as a result. Details of the research was presented at ACR Convergence, the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting.

Systemic lupus erythematosus, also called lupus or SLE, is a chronic (long-term) disease that causes systemic inflammation which can affect multiple organs: the skin, joints, kidneys, the tissue lining the lungs (pleura), heart (pericardium) and brain. Many patients experience fatigue, weight loss and fever. Antimalarial drugs are taken regularly by most people with lupus, as well as many with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other rheumatic diseases.

In the early weeks of the global SARS-CoV-2

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Study finds 1.7 million New Yorkers have been infected with SARS-Cov-2 and virus was in NYC earlier than reported — ScienceDaily

The virus that causes COVID-19 was present in New York City long before the city’s first case of the disease was confirmed on March 1, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai report. Their study found that more than 1.7 million New Yorkers — about 20 percent of the city’s population — have already been infected with the virus, known as SARS-CoV-2, and that the infection fatality rate of the virus is close to 1 percent, ten times deadlier than the flu.

Results of the retrospective surveillance study of more than 10,000 plasma samples taken from the beginning of February to July will be published in Nature on Tuesday, November 3 at 5AM ET.

A sharp rise in infections in New York City occurred in the week ending March 8, followed by a significant increase of COVID-19 deaths during the week ending March 15. New York State

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Nudges fail more often than is reported — ScienceDaily

Research led by Queen Mary University of London has shown that despite the widespread use of behavioural interventions across society, failed interventions are surprisingly common.

The researchers looked at published failed behavioural interventions across all areas that impact society, from healthy eating and organ donation, to tax compliance. They showed that whilst any type of behavioural intervention, applied in any type of setting, could be liable to fail, certain types of intervention were more likely to fail.

Current behavioural change programmes focus largely on promoting successes. This new study suggests that improved understanding of why and how interventions fail could help develop successful behavioural interventions in future, and avoid wasting time and money on interventions that will likely fail.

For the project, the researchers analysed 65 articles, published between 2008 and 2019, which identified failed behavioural interventions, including nudges. They identified eight different types of failures in total, which include

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Apple Watch SE Overheating Problem Reported By Some Users In South Korea


  • The Apple Watch SE is an affordable choice for those who want to try out the Apple wearable
  • Some users in South Korea, however, reported that the device has major overheating issues
  • Apple has yet to release an explanation about the cause of the issue

Apple’s newest budget smartwatch, the Apple Watch SE, appears to have a serious problem, according to a post in the Reddit forums. At least six users in South Korea have reported that their wearable suffers from unexplained overheating problems, which leads to the device being unusable, and in worst cases, even dangerous to users.

The Reddit post summarized six such reports that were posted between Oct. 10 to Oct. 19. The post said the overheating issue affected both the GPS and Cellular models of the Apple Watch SE 40mm. No specific color was singled out as the issue allegedly occurred in Space Gray

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