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Viewpoint: Medical ethics shouldn’t stop coronavirus vaccine researchers from experimenting on healthy people

The pandemic has thrown previous moral assumptions into disarray. ... Research ethics normally prohibits exposing human subjects to significant risk ...
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Podcast: GMOs = witchcraft? ‘Big Ag’ didn’t cause coronavirus; Remdesivir for COVID-19

We finally have a drug to treat COVID-19 in remdesivir, but how well does it work? Anti-GMO activists have blamed ...
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‘Money being made from people’s suffering’: Selling blood samples from coronavirus survivors

Some biotech companies are cashing in on the race to produce coronavirus antibody tests, taking blood samples from people who ...
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‘Impenetrable medical jargon’: Why retooling ClinicalTrials.gov should be a priority

Millions of people visit ClinicalTrials.gov each year to find a trial that they or a loved one might be eligible ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-vax group says ‘the elite’ are using COVID-19 to usher in a ‘techno-communist global government’

Children's Health Defense says governments and corporations are using the coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) to advance a "global immunization agenda." The anti-vaccine ...
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Shedding light on ‘bizarre’ 1930s procedure in which doctors injected malaria into human brains

A new paper in a neurosurgery journal sheds light on one of the most bizarre and shocking medical procedures ever ...
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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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