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Is the lockdown an overreaction? Uproar over epidemiologist John Ioannidis’ study minimizing coronavirus risks

For his Covid-19 work, the Stanford scientist John Ioannidis is being accused of the same bad science he has criticized ...
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Coronavirus ‘immunity passports’? Why it’s too early to know whether survivors are safe

Policymakers have another reason to scramble to deploy antibody tests: they could indicate whether someone is immune to SARS-CoV-2. With ...
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Seeking mainstream acceptance for psychedelic drugs: Will entrepreneurs ruin it for everyone else?

After spending decades as highly illegal and restricted substances, psilocybin (magic mushrooms), LSD, MDMA, DMT, and other psychedelic drugs are ...
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‘Digital’ contact tracing: How would the US react to coronavirus containment effort that tracks our cell phones?

There’s a reason contact tracing has survived the test of time: it works. Thanks to epic efforts at hunting down ...
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Viewpoint: US failure to ‘study drugs more quickly’ means more people are dying from coronavirus

When medical historians look back at the Covid-19 pandemic, they will reckon with how the United States, with its vast ...
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When coronavirus patients don’t have time to wait: Pandemic forces ethical shift in assessing treatments

Normally, it takes about eight years to move a drug through clinical trials and approval by the US Food and ...
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Why isn’t there an ‘accelerated pathway’ for approving treatments during a pandemic?

Commercial biopharmaceutical discovery is a less than ideal vehicle for responding to an outbreak of a new viral pathogen spreading ...
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We’re using a lot of experimental coronavirus treatments. That could make it harder to figure out what works

Use of unproven treatments like hydroxychloroquine could be obscuring clinical trials of other interventions ...
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‘It’s the only strategy’: Coronavirus pandemic cannot end without herd immunity

For weeks, the most pressing policy challenge has been relieving the life-and-death pressure on our hospitals. But all that justifiable ...
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‘It’s a cacophony’: Quest for coronavirus treatments undermined by ‘disorganized and scattershot’ US approach

In a desperate bid to find treatments for people sickened by the coronavirus, doctors and drug companies have launched more ...
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Coronavirus pill? Oral antiviral medication shows promise, slated for human tests

An oral medicine was able to hinder the coronavirus behind COVID-19 as it attempted to replicate itself in human lung ...
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Targeting cancer cells by ‘putting the brakes’ on their ability to mutate and evolve

The vast majority of cancer deaths in the US come about not because of a lack of treatment, but because ...
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Wave of coronavirus conspiracies might be ‘just as dangerous for societies as the outbreak itself’

The coronavirus has given rise to a flood of conspiracy theories, disinformation and propaganda, eroding public trust and undermining health ...
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Podcast: Nothing about me without me—The importance of involving patients in genomic research

Kat Arney discusses why it’s so important to make sure that academic and commercial genomics research studies involve patients and ...
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When will experimental coronavirus drugs will be ready for the clinic?

Is there hope that something will be available soon to help us fight this virus, known as SARS-CoV-2? Here’s a ...
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Podcast: GMOs to blame for coronavirus? Catching COVID-19 twice; junk studies fuel biotech skepticism

As the world continues to struggle against the rapidly spreading coronavirus, anti-GMO activists are blaming crop biotechnology for the pandemic ...
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‘Anecdote and feeling over science and fact’: Exploring President Trump’s embrace of controversial anti-malarial drug

As he stares down a pandemic, economic collapse and a political crisis of his own, President Trump thinks he may ...
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Podcast: The misused meta-analysis—How statistical trickery yields impressive but bogus study results

A meta-analysis allows researchers to compile data from many smaller studies and, hopefully, find more conclusive answers to critical public ...
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Italy considers a return to normal—for people with the ‘right’ coronavirus antibodies

There is a growing sense in Italy that the worst may have passed. ... That glimmer of hope has turned ...
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FDA approves rapid blood test for coronavirus antibodies. Could help determine who has ‘some’ immunity.

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new test for coronavirus antibodies, the first for use in the ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-vaccine, anti-GMO groups use coronavirus outbreak to stir unfounded 5G-cancer fears

Leave it to science denialists to exploit a global crisis and tragedy to spread health hysteria. As the world struggles ...
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3 million COVID-19 vaccines a week by June? British American Tobacco in pre-clinical trials on cloning-developed plant-based antigen

British American Tobacco (BAT), which makes Lucky Strike and Benson & Hedges, says it is developing a vaccine for Covid-19, ...
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‘Sophie’s Choice’ in the time of coronavirus: Deciding who gets the ventilator

Three otherwise healthy patients go to the emergency department with severe acute respiratory failure. Only one ventilator, required to sustain ...
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Viewpoint: World Health Organization, China must be held accountable for ‘recklessly managing’ coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) [March 11] finally declared the coronavirus from China that rapidly spread across the world a pandemic ...
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Podcast: Coronavirus and food safety; debunking the ‘Dirty Dozen’; COVID-19 cure worse than the disease?

As the world takes unprecedented measures to blunt the coronavirus pandemic, some commentators argue 'the cure is worse than the ...
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Video: Biohackers take coronavirus vaccine into their own hands

A collective of biohackers has begun circulating a document proposing a plan to create, test, and distribute a vaccine to ...
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Podcast: Coronavirus isn’t just a bad flu; COVID-19 vaccine may be delayed; and have we cured HIV?

The novel coronavirus is not just "the flu," contrary to what you may have read on social media. There may ...
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‘This has never happened before’: CDC ‘conspicuously silent’ during coronavirus outbreak

At a time when the nation is desperate for authoritative information about the coronavirus pandemic, the country's foremost agency for ...