How sick do you get from the delta variant if you are vaccinated? –

Now that the delta variant is rapidly spreading, you may start to fear that you will still get sick despite your vaccination. But that chance is very small, explains immunologist Marjolein van Egmond at Op1.

“In principle, the vaccines are very good,” says the immunologist. The protection is between 60 and 95 percent. “That is to ensure that you do not get sick at all. All vaccines offer around 85 to 90 percent protection against serious illness or hospitalization.”

Nevertheless, the number of hospital admissions rose in England and that increase is also expected here. “It’s not that nobody comes to the hospital who is vaccinated at all, but in general it’s really the unvaccinated people.”

Ultimately, hundreds of corona patients can end up on the IC. “That is also the reason that nightlife has been reversed at lightning speed. With these types of infection numbers, it will trickle down to older groups.”

Bron (nen): Metro

‘Don’t let people get Parkinson’s unnecessarily’ –

The authoritative neurologist Bas Bloem of Radboudumc looks at the increasing numbers of people with Parkinson’s with anger. The victims often did not need to get sick. Pesticides can cause the brain disease, yet a ban has not been forthcoming. “But it’s damn urgent! How do we explain to next generations that they got Parkinson’s because we were hesitant to take action?”

Bloem is known worldwide as an expert, he has seen for years how this ‘horrible brain disease’ destroys the lives of his patients. He is convinced that chemical (pesticides) agents are an important cause. This is also confirmed all over the world. However, farmers may continue to use the life-threatening substances. It is primarily the farmers themselves who run the risk of Parkinson’s due to their use of pesticides. “So they are victims themselves, I do not consider them as perpetrators,” Bloem tells De Stentor. “It is the government that must intervene.” But the people living in the vicinity of the spraying farmers are also at risk: “We find the pesticides on their kitchen table and in the diapers of their babies.”

And there are studies showing that people are also exposed to pesticides when they eat sprayed fruits and vegetables. The exact effect of the poison on our food is still under investigation.

Bron (nen): The Stentor

Wappies and believers are a danger to us all –

Whoever refuses to be vaccinated puts not only his own health at risk, but also that of others. That’s because variants can only develop in the body of infected people, a risk that obviously increases if you don’t get vaccinated. “Unvaccinated people are potential variant factories,” William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases, told CNN

“The more unvaccinated people, the more chance for the virus to multiply.” And when that happens, the virus mutates and can deliver a more serious variant somewhere along the way.”

That’s what viruses do: mutate. A virus wants – if everything living, survives as a species. So when one way is closed by vaccines, the virus finds other ways. If the mutation can spread, a new virus variant emerges, which may be more contagious, replicate more efficiently, or infect a greater diversity of hosts. Such a variant can then become dominant, as is now fully underway in many countries with the Delta variant.

For the time being, the vaccines still hold up against the current variants, but that is not a certainty for any new variants. That is why high vaccination coverage is so important now. And wappies and believers are therefore a danger to all of us


Man breaks penis ‘vertically’ during sex –

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. The latter was the case with the man who was just a little too enthusiastic and as a result broke his penis vertically (see image). The 40-year-old man He is the very first patient in the world who has broken his penis vertically. That reports the business magazine Forbes

Because it has never happened before, the treating physicians described about condition and recovery in the British Medical Journal. A vertical fracture is different from a horizontal one, they write. The man didn’t feel like anything ‘popped’ – which is common with a horizontal fracture.

The man was operated on and after six months was completely ‘the old one’. Even his erections “are of the same quality as those from before the injury.”


Why holidays are often bad for your relationship –

Gradually the holiday begins hesitantly. To the south or carefully in the Netherlands. There at the campsite you should enjoy the environment, but especially the family and each other. And it is precisely with the latter that it often goes wrong. It is not without reason that there is a peak in divorce after the summer holidays.

High expectations
Relationship expert Rika Ponnet explains in Knack magazine why this is. “Whether people leave for a campsite or a boutique hotel, they have one thing in common: expectations are high. The month of June is very busy in many families: deadlines have to be met, there are parent meetings, farewell parties and so on. Everyone is tired and has People are saving for this and are looking forward to time for their partner and family. They can already see it all: enjoying that holiday home, while the children play in the pool and they read a book with a cocktail in hand Unfortunately, the reality is usually different. Many people already get stressed when they pack their bags, and then the long car or plane journey has yet to start. There is always something disappointing on site: the breakfast, the view or the mattresses. people have a feeling of decompression They step from a very hectic life into total idleness That seems great, but it can lead to restlessness, headaches and even withdrawal differences. jnselen: they keep scrolling through their smartphone, out of habit. This often leads to frustration and quarrels. I regularly hear couples say that they had a clattering argument in the first week of vacation, often about something small. Fortunately, they usually make up for it afterwards, so that they can still enjoy it.’

But that doesn’t always work. September is a busy month in her practice, says Ponnet. “Many couples sign up for couples therapy after the big holidays. And you can also see this trend in the divorce statistics. That is not illogical. Many couples who are having difficulties start living side by side. They both work hard, and keep a They have a family running. So they spend little time really together. On vacation they suddenly sit on each other’s lips 24 hours a day. That can be very confronting, because they notice that they actually have nothing to say to each other anymore.”

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go on vacation. “Vacation is important precisely because it is a way to slow down and view your life from a distance. One decides he wants to put his career on the back burner, the other wants to end his relationship. And that is fine, otherwise that would have happened.”

Bron (nen): Knack

Losing weight with this ‘torture tool’ is peanuts –

The idea is simple: if you can’t open your mouth properly, you’ll eat less. From that simple thought, scientists in New Zealand developed the DentalSlim Diet Control.

The device can be mounted by dentists and uses magnetic components with locking bolts.

Thanks to the device, you can only open your mouth a few millimeters. So you can only consume liquid food.

And it worked fine for a group of test subjects. They lost an average of 6 kilos in a few weeks.

At least: the participants who persevered and did not cheat. Because some were mad about it and left the DentalSlim Diet Control prematurely. And at least one contestant cheated: he ‘drunk’ melted chocolate

Online there is a lot of criticism, as people compare the device to a medieval torture device. And participants complained that the device was difficult to use, causing discomfort with their speech. They said they felt tense and that “life in general was less satisfying”.

But for those who lose weight is a must, for example in morbid obesity, and who do not want or cannot have a stomach reduction, it seems to be a solution.


“Coronavirus can infect our brain cells” –

Researchers from Erasmus University think that the coronavirus can infect brain cells. The inflammatory response that follows from this could possibly contribute to the neurological and psychological complaints in many (former) patients.

These complaints range from problems with memory to headaches and sometimes even psychosis and inflammation of the brain tissue. Also (ex-) patients often smell less well.

“What we saw is consistent with the fact that infection with SARS-CoV-2 rarely leads to severe encephalitis due to uncontrolled virus spread in the brain,” virologist Debby van Riel (Erasmus MC) told Business AM.


Discovery of huge human skull forces scientists to rethink evolution

An enormous human skull, hidden there 90 years ago, has been discovered in a Chinese well. The find is forcing scientists to rewrite the history of human evolution, says The Guardian.

After analyzing the fossil, they conclude that there must have been another branch of the human family tree. It is an unknown sister group that is more related to modern humans than to Neanderthals.

The special fossil has been labeled by Chinese scientists as a new human species, Homo longi or ‘dragonman’, although other scientists do not fully agree that it is a new species. They see similarities with other fossils found in the area. This does not alter the fact that there is consensus about the great importance of this find.

An international team led by Professor Qiang Ji of Heibei Geo University used geochemical techniques to determine when the skull found its final resting place in Harbin. The fossil is estimated to be at least 146,000 years old. The skull has a unique combination of primitive and modern features.

huge head
The skull is 23 centimeters long and 15 centimeters wide. That is substantially bigger than the head of modern people. There is plenty of room for the modern human brain. “This man had a huge head,” Chris Stringer, research leader at the Natural History Museum in London, told the British newspaper.

The researchers believe the skull belonged to a 50-year-old man of impressive stature. His broad, bulbous nose allowed him to inhale a lot of oxygen, indicating a lifestyle that required a lot of energy. Its size is also said to have helped it endure the freezing cold winters in the area. “Homo longi is heavily built, very robust,” said Professor Xijun Ni from Hebei. “It is difficult to estimate how tall he was, but his enormous head probably rested on a body much larger than the average modern person.”


How Joost Prinsen courted Noraly Beyer –

He was with Emma for almost 50 years. She was his everything. And the mourning after her death was profound.

Until Joost Prinsen thought he had to move on. And also felt something of lust. For the first time in fifty years, he was suddenly a free boy again. And that brought up in him an interest in sex of the kind he had grown accustomed to. “It’s time for a date, Dad,” his youngest daughter Fleur said in June, having had enough of his self-pity.

That was too early. But a while later it was not too early, he tells de Volkskrant. De Volkskrant: “In the distant past, he had briefly worked with Noraly Beyer and then really liked her. She was his age. He got her contact details via via, and took the plunge: he invited her for a cup of coffee. clicked, but the jump turned into a hop because he got corona and he couldn’t meet for a while. “Dear Prince, I’m sending you a bosi and a brasa to heal further,” the former newsreader wrote to him. Once fever-free and declared cured, he invited her to lunch at his house. “We sat there at the kitchen table, kissing a bit awkwardly like 16-year-old children in a porch.” Then he invited her to dinner, asking her to bring her toothbrush. ‘It was red.'”

Bron (nen): De Volkskrant

Do you really suffer from side effects after the second shot? –

A painful upper arm, a little weak feeling, that’s how the side effects of the corona vaccine stop for most people. But the second shot is yet to come for many. And doesn’t that cause more severe side effects?

Indeed, Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines reported more severe side effects after administration of the second dose. “With the AstraZeneca vaccine, which was made on the basis of a ‘cultivated’ cold virus, it is just the opposite. The complaints themselves are generally very similar: fever, fatigue, headache, nausea and chills,” explains vaccinologist Isabel Leroux-Roels (UZ Gent) at Het Laatste Nieuws.

The explanation for the difference is that an mRNA vaccine triggers the immune response by showing the body what the virus looks like. This happens again with the second shot, but your body has now been warned, which means it can react more violently. AstraZeneca’s vector vaccine makes your body a little bit sick, causing it to produce antibodies. With the second dose, the body is more used to the substances in the vaccine and reacts more mildly.

Bron (nen): HLN