A new study led by a sociologist at Trinity College Dublin has shown that Irish primary school children were more engaged with remote schooling during the first Covid-19 lockdown if they had access to adequate digital technologies and had help from parents and teachers.
- Child Indicators Research
Through numerical simulations, a researcher details the discovery of a new isolated skyrmion with a half-integer topological quantum number in the ferromagnetic phase of the magnetic quantum fluid Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). The new skyrmion is generated by applying a spin current to a magnetic domain wall and it has an eccentric (off-center) spin singularity inside it.
- Physical Review A
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As many as one in two patients stop taking statins, reduce the dose or take them irregularly because they believe the cholesterol-lowering drugs cause muscle pain and other side-effects. Now, a new study of over four million patients has shown that the true prevalence of statin intolerance worldwide is between six to ten percent. The study is published in the European Heart Journal.
- European Heart Journal
The analysis uses mathematical model based on vaccination rates and local COVID-19 case rates to determine “off-ramps” and “on-ramps” for mitigation measures such as masking. The model can be tailored to decision-makers’ goals, such as preventing all in-school transmissions or minimizing absences to promote in-person learning. Local COVID-19 case rates should be far below those seen at this point in the pandemic to safely lift mask mandates without risking increased transmission within schools, according to the model.
- JAMA Network Open
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A new analysis of the River Ganges in West Bengal, India, highlights how wastewater flowing into the river impacts its water quality, and how that influence shifts with seasons and tides. Sayanti Kar of Jadavpur University and Asutosh College in Kolkata, India, and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS Water on February 15, 2022.
A combined analysis of results from 149 earlier studies finds that treatment rates for major depressive disorder remain low worldwide, particularly for people living in low and lower-middle income countries. Alize Ferrari of the University of Queensland, Australia, Modhurima Moitra of the University of Washington, U.S., and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine.
- PLoS Medicine