GLP podcast: Mexico's activist-inspired glyphosate ban; Anti-GMO Twitter bots on the loose; Malaria vaccine coming soon?

GLP podcast: Mexico’s activist-inspired glyphosate ban; Anti-GMO Twitter bots on the loose; Malaria vaccine coming soon?

Mexico seems determined to ban the weedkiller glyphosate and biotech crops, drawing intense opposition from the country's farmers. Twitter bots ...
Vaccine disinformation and conspiracy theories run wild in California among Mexican farm workers. Here’s what’s being done to address that

Vaccine disinformation and conspiracy theories run wild in California among Mexican farm workers. Here’s what’s being done to address that

For months, anti-vaccine conspiracy theories had ripped across northern California’s wine country, invisible wildfires of untruth spreading through some of ...
The mRNA biotechnology revolution unleashed by COVID vaccine breakthroughs is just beginning — and it will impact disease research for decades to come

The mRNA biotechnology revolution unleashed by COVID vaccine breakthroughs is just beginning — and it will impact disease research for decades to come

The messenger RNA, or mRNA, platform may be new to the global public, but it's a technology that researchers had ...
Detecting COVID-19 with a one-second test? It’s now possible

Detecting COVID-19 with a one-second test? It’s now possible

A group of scientists from the United States and Taiwan say they have developed a test that can detect whether ...
Viewpoint: Why are some people hesitant to get vaccines? It may have more to do with hard-wired personality than politics

Viewpoint: Why are some people hesitant to get vaccines? It may have more to do with hard-wired personality than politics

After conducting a national survey of U.S. adults, we grouped people into distinct profiles based on their shared beliefs and ...
Republicans, people of color, the young, less educated and uninsured — these are the groups most likely to remain unvaccinated, poll shows

Republicans, people of color, the young, less educated and uninsured — these are the groups most likely to remain unvaccinated, poll shows

Unvaccinated adults are a shrinking population in the U.S. that, as of late May 2021, consists of about one-third of ...
Maybe both sides are right: If SARS-CoV-2 was leaked from a Wuhan lab, it doesn’t mean the virus was necessarily engineered

Maybe both sides are right: If SARS-CoV-2 was leaked from a Wuhan lab, it doesn’t mean the virus was necessarily engineered

The “lab leak” hypothesis about the origin of Covid-19 has been getting a lot of attention lately, and deservedly so ...
In between belly rubs, dogs are on the front lines in hunting down COVID

In between belly rubs, dogs are on the front lines in hunting down COVID

[T]hree Labradors, operating out of a university clinic in Bangkok, are part of a global corps of dogs being trained ...
Nearly 500 Trump-voting US counties have less than 25% of their populations vaccinated, opening door to fall COVID revival

Nearly 500 Trump-voting US counties have less than 25% of their populations vaccinated, opening door to fall COVID revival

As much of the country emerges from masking and social distancing, undervaccinated pockets in the U.S. still threaten to bring ...
COVID vaccines aren’t generating antibodies for 10 million people in the US alone, including transplant recipients, who take immunosuppressants. What should they do?

COVID vaccines aren’t generating antibodies for 10 million people in the US alone, including transplant recipients, who take immunosuppressants. What should they do?

For many people like [Alicia Merritt,] a liver transplant patient who must take immunosuppressants daily to prevent her body from ...
Here’s why mixing and matching shots is likely superior than using just one brand

Here’s why mixing and matching shots is likely superior than using just one brand

Vaccinating people with both the Oxford–AstraZeneca and Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines produces a potent immune response against the virus SARS-CoV-2, researchers ...
CRISPR gene editing on the cusp of adding new gene drive tools to control disease-carrying mosquitoes

CRISPR gene editing on the cusp of adding new gene drive tools to control disease-carrying mosquitoes

[D]espite decades of effort, vaccines have, for many [diseases like malaria and dengue], proved tricky to develop. Better, then, to ...
Infographic: Asians are the most likely ethnic group to get vaccinated — but Hispanic and Black Americans lag behind

Infographic: Asians are the most likely ethnic group to get vaccinated — but Hispanic and Black Americans lag behind

To date, vaccination rates among Black and Hispanic people have lagged behind those of White people, largely due to access ...
Viewpoint: Zantac BS—Sanofi’s marketing sleight-of-hand in ‘reformulating’ its Zantac acid-reducer deceives consumers

Viewpoint: Zantac BS—Sanofi’s marketing sleight-of-hand in ‘reformulating’ its Zantac acid-reducer deceives consumers

Back in 2019, I wrote about some of the tricks that drug companies use to hang onto brand name sales ...
7 people contract malaria every second. We are finally on the verge of engineering a vaccine to stymie one of the world’s most relentless killers

7 people contract malaria every second. We are finally on the verge of engineering a vaccine to stymie one of the world’s most relentless killers

In a study published in The Lancet on [May 5th] an international team has shared promising new data on a ...
‘Holy sh--, it works’: How an out-of-the-box UK COVID recovery trial evaluating a common drug has saved a million lives

‘Holy sh–, it works’: How an out-of-the-box UK COVID recovery trial evaluating a common drug has saved a million lives

[Epidemiologist Peter Horby’s] summary was pithy.  “Holy shit, it works.”  On June 16 [2020], after verifying the data, the Recovery ...
Top China virologist who conducts risky experiments in Wuhan with bat coronaviruses rejects lab leak theory

Top China virologist who conducts risky experiments in Wuhan with bat coronaviruses rejects lab leak theory

Shi Zhengli, a top Chinese virologist, is once again at the center of clashing narratives about her research on coronaviruses ...
Vitamin D supplements do not reduce COVID risk, genetic study of people of European ancestry suggests

Vitamin D supplements do not reduce COVID risk, genetic study of people of European ancestry suggests

[A] new genetic study suggests that giving people extra vitamin D may not protect against coronavirus infection or COVID-19. In ...
COVID side-effect: Many of us are more interested in brand names of companies that make our medications. Here's why that could be a good development

COVID side-effect: Many of us are more interested in brand names of companies that make our medications. Here’s why that could be a good development

In a new survey, my company, M Booth Health, found that a seismic shift has already begun. People are changing ...
'It does not violate the Nuremberg Code': Judge throws out suit by Houston medical workers protesting mandated COVID vaccines

‘It does not violate the Nuremberg Code’: Judge throws out suit by Houston medical workers protesting mandated COVID vaccines

A federal judge tossed out a lawsuit from more than 100 hospital employees who sued Houston Methodist over its policy ...
A cure for COVID? Scientists now think it’s possible, and it may come soon

A cure for COVID? Scientists now think it’s possible, and it may come soon

Doctors have some medications they can use to treat the effects of COVID-19, but developing a drug that targets the ...
Wait and see: Many parents remain cautious about getting their teens COVID vaccinated

Wait and see: Many parents remain cautious about getting their teens COVID vaccinated

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on [May 12] recommended the use of Pfizer/BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine in 12- ...
Organ transplantation: Challenging ethical questions on race, economics, and the meaning of life

Organ transplantation: Challenging ethical questions on race, economics, and the meaning of life

At an international conference on kidney transplantation in 1963, a disagreement broke out about exactly when a patient should be considered ...
Does DNA 'determine' our health? The way you live your life can significantly modulate the effects of our genetic endowment

Does DNA ‘determine’ our health? The way you live your life can significantly modulate the effects of our genetic endowment

The study of genetics has always been an attempt to understand our biologically determined fate. Many of us know of ...
A pill for breast cancer? There's one for early-stage patients with aggressive cases — and it works

A pill for breast cancer? There’s one for early-stage patients with aggressive cases — and it works

A drug sold by AstraZeneca and Merck & Co. reduced the recurrence of breast cancer in women with an early ...
At least 80% COVID vaccine coverage is needed to significantly lower risk of ‘imported’ coronavirus variants, WHO says

At least 80% COVID vaccine coverage is needed to significantly lower risk of ‘imported’ coronavirus variants, WHO says

COVID-19 vaccination coverage of at least 80% is needed to significantly lower the risk that “imported” coronavirus cases like those ...
Russia approves first animal COVID vaccine to protect vulnerable species and thwart viral mutations

Russia approves first animal COVID vaccine to protect vulnerable species and thwart viral mutations

While many scientists say the virus causing covid-19 initially jumped from bats to humans, perhaps through another intermediary, infections have ...
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