August 3, 2022
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COVID-19 and the brain
SARS-CoV-2 Hijacks nanotubes between neurons to infect them
Using electron microscopy, researchers at the Institut Pasteur and CNRS in France have shown that the SARS-CoV-2 virus uses nanotubes to reach the brain and infect neurons.
Read the original scientific publication
Read additional coverage in Scientific American
Even Mild Covid-19 May Cause Lasting Brain Fog 
The author of this article traces the scientific evidence that inflammation may be the cause of the brain fog experienced by many people infected by SARS-CoV-2.
More Long COVID coverage:

The Guardian - Long Covid: what we know about it and how best to treat it
The Globe and Mail - What is long COVID? Four explanations on how and why it occurs
CTV News - Researchers find similarities between COVID brain fog and 'chemo brain'
British Medical Journal - Long covid and disability: a brave new world

CBC NewsLong COVID may now be less common than previously thought
Viruses and the brain

Common Viruses May Be Triggering the Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease
A new study out of Tufts University and the University of Oxford shows how the chickenpox and herpes simplex viruses may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease.
Read the original study.
Read a summary of the findings. 

Scientific Articles:

MedRxivNeurological and psychiatric presentations associated with human monkeypox virus infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Environment and brain health
Why Extreme Heat Is So Bad for the Human Body
An article in Time Magazine explains what happens to the human body in extremely hot temperatures, in particular, how high temperatures affect mental health and heart health.
Pandemic Preparedness
An argument for pandemic risk management using a multidisciplinary One Health approach to governance: an Australian case study
Increases in zoonoses are linked to environmental drivers such as biodiversity loss, climate change and resource extraction. This article makes the case for adopting a comprehensive, interdisciplinary and proactive  ‘One Health’ approach to pandemic risk management.
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