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US approach to Somalia | Pandemic adds to pregnancy stress

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Monday, 28 September 2020


In spite of a massive military effort by African troops with western support, the war against al-Shabaab has been effectively stalemated since 2016. This is partly because authority in Somalia is fragmented and there is no obvious way to inflict a decisive military defeat. Paul D. Williams warns that US plans to expand its targeted drone strikes into Kenya are unlikely to make a difference. Instead of intensifying airstrikes or simply disengaging militarily from Somalia, the US should increase its diplomatic muscle in order to help secure a negotiated end to the country’s civil war.

Moving on to health news, every pregnant woman experiences stress, but the stress level for women pregnant in the pandemic is something different – and potentially dangerous. Researchers have long understood that levels of the stress hormone cortisol rise in pregnant women. That is normal, to a degree. Jennifer Ablow of the University of Oregon and Elinor Sullivan of Oregon Health Science University explain that high levels of cortisol can harm a developing foetus and cause developmental problems in early childhood.

Julius Maina

Regional Editor East Africa

A military drone replica is displayed in front of the White House during a protest against drone strikes on January 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Why US diplomatic muscle could achieve more in Somalia than drone strikes

Paul D. Williams, George Washington University

In spite of a massive military effort the war against al-Shabaab has been effectively stalemated since 2016.

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Pregnancy during a pandemic: The stress of COVID-19 on pregnant women and new mothers is showing

Jennifer C. Ablow, University of Oregon; Elinor Sullivan, Oregon Health & Science University

Born into a coronavirus world: how new parents and infants can stay safe.

Health + Medicine

We looked at the link between sexual violence and unintended pregnancy in South Africa

Anthony Idowu Ajayi, African Population and Health Research Center

Adolescents and young adults who reported having experienced sexual violence were more likely to have also had an unintended pregnancy.

Blood pressure medications decrease death and severe disease in COVID-19 patients

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Although they remain untested as a treatment, this suggests these drugs could be used as a therapeutic against the coronavirus.

Business + Economy

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Samuel Ayokunle Olówósejéjé, University College Cork

Nigeria's unreliable power supply comes with a triple challenge of social, economic and environmental costs.

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Mills Soko, University of the Witwatersrand

An EU-UK trade deal will reinforce the certainty and continuity that South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and Eswatini – plus Mozambique are seeking in their relationship with the UK.

Arts & Culture

Why contemplating death can help you live a happier life

Steve Taylor, Leeds Beckett University

Becoming aware of your own mortality can be a liberating and awakening experience.

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Mark Llewellyn, University of South Wales; Alecia Cousins, Swansea University; Philip Tyson, University of South Wales

A sense of purpose and a social bond on the pitch.

En español

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Juan Oliva Moreno, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

Cuando apenas empezábamos a levantar cabeza tras la Gran Recesión, llegó el el SARS-CoV-2. Su impacto sobre la salud mental de la población podría ser importante.

Cuando termine la COVID-19, el cáncer seguirá ahí

Luis Montuenga, Universidad de Navarra

El cáncer, que cada año se cobra la vida de más de ocho millones de personas, estaba antes de la COVID-19, convive con la pandemia y permanecerá cuando nos hayamos deshecho de ella. Por este motivo urge no desviar ni un solo recurso para la investigación oncológica.

En Français

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Oulmann Zerhouni, Université Paris Nanterre – Université Paris Lumières; Elisa Sarda, Université de Nantes; Laurent Bègue-Shankland, Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA)

Les séries télévisées actuelles sont imprégnées de références à l’alcool. Cela perturbe notre rapport à la boisson.

Quelle est la durée « normale » d’un rapport sexuel ?

Brendan Zietsch, The University of Queensland

Des scientifiques tentent de répondre à une question que tout un chacun peut se poser. Une étude internationale montre que cette durée varie considérablement d’un couple à l’autre.


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