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1. United Kingdom News 2. Malaysia News
1. United Kingdom News
Date: 29th June 2020
Source: Express & Star
Monthly Visitors: 249,810
The number of COVID-19 cases in Ireland are increasing as a "worrying" trend and could halt plans for easing restrictions.
6 fresh diagnoses were associated with international travel.
More than 1.1 million cases were reported globally last week.
Ireland still warns against non-essential travel and cautioned young people against ignoring lockdown restrictions.
The Chief Medical Officer is deeply worried about easing restrictions next month for allowing foreign travel.
The risk of imported cases remains high.
The number of people likely to make a roundtrip travel in-and-out of Ireland for non-essential trips, was higher than the total of tourists coming in from outside of Ireland.
Research conducted by the Department of Health showed an increase in the proportion of people who self-reported to be wearing face coverings (now at 45%).
A total of 64% believe Ireland will see a second wave. 31% believe the authorities are trying to return to normal too fast.
2. Malaysia News
Headline: Gut feeling is real science: Know your microbiome! Date: 29th June 2020 Source: Malaysia Kini Monthly Visitors: 1,371,780
There are about 39 trillion bacteria, and around 30 trillion human cells in our body.
A collection of microbes: bacteria, fungi, viruses, and genes inside us are called microbiome.
The gut microbiome alone weighs up to 2kg.
Recently, the World Microbiome Day 2020 was celebrated on 27th June.
There are many studies linking changes in microbiome with different types of mental illnesses such as: stress, depression and autism.
Several research has also linked the gut microbiome with non-communicable diseases (diabetes and obesity).
The author hypothesises that if autism can be induced into mice during experiments, then the causality could be reversed and develop an intervention in the gut microbiome.
If this can truly be done, it will help improve the symptoms of autistic children.