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The conditions of “second-line workers” highlighted

In a study published on Tuesday, May 18, the Dares, the studies service of the Ministry of Labor, sheds new light on the situation of "Second line workers", the employees of these trades who, during confinement, "Have been called upon to perform, with sometimes increased intensity, the tasks necessary for the daily life of the population".Seventeen professions in total, bringing together 4.6 million private sector employees (read opposite), who have in common that they cannot work remotely and are more exposed than average to contamination (37% against 27% for the private sector as a whole).This health risk is also part of a broader context of difficult working conditions: 61% of second-line employees are thus exposed to at least three "Physical constraints" (noise, cold w...
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Aid conditions relaxed for establishments

In the month of June, restaurants, cafes, but also cultural or event companies will be eligible for the solidarity fund, even if their loss of turnover is less than 50% compared to 2019, the Minister announced on May 3. of the economy, Bruno Le Maire, on RTL. Until now, the loss had to be at least 50% to benefit from this support scheme.Compensation criteria should be decided in meetings with professionals in these sectors."We will keep the entire solidarity fund for the month of May ", and that "Even if there are partial reopenings from May 19", Bruno Le Maire also said. . Disclaimer: If you need to update/edit/remove this news or article then please contact our support team Learn more
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Major Earthquake Fault Study Reveals How Earth Controls The Magnitude of Ruptures

There's more than 32 times as much energy in a magnitude 8 earthquake as there is in a magnitude 7 earthquake – and scientists have discovered a natural 'gate' that controls which quakes are allowed to increase up to that highest scale.  The gate in question is at the Alpine Fault in New Zealand. A new analysis estimates that the fault has around a 75 percent chance of producing a damaging earthquake within the next 50 years or so.That's partly down to the earthquake gate that the research team has identified: a particular set of geological conditions that can stop a quake from growing. At the Alpine Fault, the next major earthquake has an 82 percent chance of passing through the gate and reaching a magnitude 8."An earthquake gate is like someone directing traffic at a one-lane constructi...
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Mysterious And Deadly 'Thunderstorm Asthma' Has Many Factors Involved, Study Hints

Calls to emergency departments spiked in the wake of a thunderstorm that swept over Melbourne, Australia, in 2016. It was a rare outbreak of "thunderstorm asthma," the most severe ever recorded.  Now, a new model, published April 14 in the journal PLOS One, hints that a combination of lightning strikes, wind gusts, low humidity and popping pollen grains may be to blame for the surge of asthma attacks following the storm, which contributed to the deaths of 10 people. As the name suggests, thunderstorm asthma outbreaks occur when a passing storm disperses allergen particles in the air, triggering asthma attacks in susceptible people, according to the American Lung Association.Those most at risk include: people with diagnosed asthma, particularly if their condition is poorly controlled; peop...
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Scientists Rediscover a Rare, Wild Species That Could Save Coffee From Climate Change

As the climate crisis causes havoc in temperature and rainfall patterns around the world, one of the many crops under threat is humanity's precious coffee. Now scientists have identified a coffee-making plant that could be more robust against the rigors of the shifting seasons.  The plant is stenophylla coffee or Coffea stenophylla, a wild and relatively rare species found in Upper West Africa. Compared with the more commonly used coffee plants, it's better equipped to handle climate shifts.What's more, it has a similar flavor to high-quality Arabica coffee made from the arabica (C. arabica) plant, so it should keep connoisseurs of the hot beverage satisfied as well. Arabica - currently dominating 75 percent of the market - is one of the varieties particularly under threat from climate ch...
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More Than 500 Genes Linking Depression And Anxiety Discovered in New Study

Find any two people with a diagnosis of depression, and there's more than a fair chance one of them will also experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their life.While the triggers for each condition are undoubtedly complex, it's clear the genes we inherit can play a strong part in setting us up for a lifetime of bad mental health.  A new study led by researchers from the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Australia has now identified 509 genes shared by both psychiatric disorders.Studies to identify genes associated with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety have uncovered a vast library of candidates in the past. But most of these are like suspects found standing around at the scene of the crime. Little is known about their role in events.   "Not a lot has been ...
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6 Months After Surviving COVID, 1 in 3 Have Neurological or Psychiatric Problems

One in three people who overcome COVID-19 suffer from a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis six months on, according to the largest study so far published on the mental toll that long-COVID takes on survivors.  Authors said the research, printed Wednesday in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, proved that COVID-19 patients were significantly more likely to develop brain conditions than those suffering from other respiratory tract infections.Studying the health records of more than 230,000 patients who had recovered from COVID-19, they found that 34 percent were diagnosed with a neurological or psychiatric condition within six months.The most common conditions were anxiety (17 percent of patients) and mood disorders (14 percent).For 13 percent of patients the disorders were their first diagno...
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Cannibalistic Moths Help Scientists Understand How Extreme Selfishness Evolves

Scientists have figured out a way to stop cannibalistic moths from selfishly eating their siblings. All that's required is the space to get to know one another.The Indian meal moth, or the pantry moth (Plodia interpunctella), is usually a voracious vegetarian, chowing down on flours, cereals, rice, and other packaged foods as a young caterpillar. However, if there's not enough nutrition around, or if there are too many moths in the brood, these larvae can sometimes turn on one another, feasting on both strangers and relatives alike.  That's some brutal survival behavior, but new research suggests this moth-eat-moth mentality is not inherent to the species. Under friendlier conditions, these insects can be quite neighborly.When researchers directly manipulated the spacing of five moth popu...