Rural, Republican America deeply skeptical about the reality of COVID and the importance of vaccines. Here's why

Rural, Republican America deeply skeptical about the reality of COVID and the importance of vaccines. Here’s why

Sarah Jane Tribble | 
At 70, Linda Findley has long been active in her small town of Fort Scott, Kansas, which sits more than ...
Would you agree to be infected with COVID for science? Intentional 'challenge' studies underway as researchers explore new vaccines and treatments

Would you agree to be infected with COVID for science? Intentional ‘challenge’ studies underway as researchers explore new vaccines and treatments

Ricki Lewis | 
Lauren Thomas, who just turned 26, is trying to get into a clinical trial at the University of Oxford, where ...
Viewpoint: FDA’s ‘pause’ on distribution of the J&J vaccine was overly risk-averse

Viewpoint: FDA’s ‘pause’ on distribution of the J&J vaccine was overly risk-averse

Henry Miller | 
Citing “an abundance of caution,” the FDA on [April 13] recommended a “pause” in the administration of Johnson & Johnson’s ...
Battling AIDS has provided valuable lessons for managing the pandemic

Battling AIDS has provided valuable lessons for managing the pandemic

Linda-Gail Bekker | 
World AIDS Day this year finds us still deep amid another pandemic – COVID-19. The highly infectious novel coronavirus has ...
How do you spot a liar? (Hint: Non-verbal cues don’t matter much)

How do you spot a liar? (Hint: Non-verbal cues don’t matter much)

Jessica Seigel | 
Police thought that 17-year-old Marty Tankleff seemed too calm after finding his mother stabbed to death and his father mortally bludgeoned ...
Viewpoint: ‘War against the West’: Russia powers global vaccine rejectionist movement even as it inoculates its own citizens

Viewpoint: ‘War against the West’: Russia powers global vaccine rejectionist movement even as it inoculates its own citizens

Henry Miller | 
Anyone active on social media is aware that there is a great deal of passionate but ill-founded opposition to vaccination, ...
Science vs spirituality: The case of the severed head

Science vs spirituality: The case of the severed head

Patrick Whittle | 
There’s a ghastly severed head in St Robert’s Roman Catholic church, just down the road from me in Catforth, northern ...
Message to social media 'prophets of doom' Drs. Whistle Blower, Anti-Vaxx and Dangerfield: No, COVID vaccines aren't dangerous and are incredibly effective

Message to social media ‘prophets of doom’ Drs. Whistle Blower, Anti-Vaxx and Dangerfield: No, COVID vaccines aren’t dangerous and are incredibly effective

Marilyn Quigley | 
It’s hard to ignore the wave of anti-vaccine videos circulating on social media. Curiosity makes us click, and we watch ...
Playing victim: People who claim grievances more likely to lie and cheat, but victim status comes with evolutionary benefits

Playing victim: People who claim grievances more likely to lie and cheat, but victim status comes with evolutionary benefits

Cory Clark | 
Victimhood is defined in negative terms: “the condition of having been hurt, damaged, or made to suffer.” Yet humans have ...
Podcast: If you get a COVID vaccine, you're pro-GMO; 5G conspiracies; Lab-grown humans?

Podcast: If you get a COVID vaccine, you’re pro-GMO; 5G conspiracies; Lab-grown humans?

Cameron English, Kevin Folta | 
All the approved COVID-19 vaccines were developed with the help of genetic engineering. If we rely this technology to end ...
Should ‘race’ be abandoned as surrogate for population differences in medical research?

Should ‘race’ be abandoned as surrogate for population differences in medical research?

Clyde Yancy, John Ioannidis, Neil Powe | 
Race was originally introduced in US medical curricula in 1790 by Benjamin Rush, who asserted that blackness was a particular ...
Brain fog, fatigue and depression: Solving the mystery of Long Covid and what can be done about it

Brain fog, fatigue and depression: Solving the mystery of Long Covid and what can be done about it

Sam Moxon | 
COVID-19 entered my home a year ago today when my 16-year-old daughter Molly first developed the tell-tale cough. By March ...
The mRNA vaccines battling COVID-19 are revolutionizing virus fighting strategies. Here’s how

The mRNA vaccines battling COVID-19 are revolutionizing virus fighting strategies. Here’s how

Val Giddings | 
British economist Thomas Babington Macaulay challenged a thread of pessimism writing in 1830: “On what principle is it that, when ...
Exploring Prophet Muhammad’s Hebraic descent

Exploring Prophet Muhammad’s Hebraic descent

Ibrahim Omer | 
In the West, the discussion on the origins of Prophet Muhammad has been the subject of limited studies. Traditional and ...
Podcast: Giving nature a helping hand - how humans are shaping species

Podcast: Giving nature a helping hand – how humans are shaping species

Dr Kat Arney explores the impact that humans have had on the evolutionary trajectories of the species we share the ...
Which offers more protection: Vaccination or natural  immunity?

Which offers more protection: Vaccination or natural immunity?

Chuck Dinerstein | 
According to Sen. Rand Paul – an ophthalmologist, not an infectious disease specialist – natural immunity is better. While not ...
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Viewpoint: Will 5G harm you? Activist groups succeed in stirring conspiracy health risk phobias, as New York State legislature prepares to debate ‘growing evidence’ of harm

Geoffrey Kabat | 
Two bills were recently introduced in the New York State legislature (in the Assembly and in the Senate) to establish ...
Why some diseases confer lifelong immunity and others do not

Why some diseases confer lifelong immunity and others do not

Isobel Whitcomb | 
Some diseases, like the measles, infect us once and usually grant us immunity for life. For others, like the flu, ...
Was the devout evangelical Christian who murdered 8 people in Atlanta suffering from 'sex addiction'?

Was the devout evangelical Christian who murdered 8 people in Atlanta suffering from ‘sex addiction’?

Joshua Grubbs | 
A 21-year-old white man is alleged to have entered three different spas in the greater Atlanta area on March 16 ...
About bats and COVID: Why the Wuhan 'lab leak' theory shouldn't be dismissed out of hand, and other reflections one year into the crisis

About bats and COVID: Why the Wuhan ‘lab leak’ theory shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand, and other reflections one year into the crisis

Ron Unz | 
Winston Churchill famously observed that in wartime the truth must be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies. Many of my ...
Viewpoint: Heard reports that dozens of environmental chemicals found in pregnant women pose health dangers? It’s junk science, and here’s why

Viewpoint: Heard reports that dozens of environmental chemicals found in pregnant women pose health dangers? It’s junk science, and here’s why

Hank Campbell | 
Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, of the University of California San Francisco, frequent collaborator of anti-vaccine activist and organic industry trade ...
Gene doping: The next 'big issue' in world athletics

Gene doping: The next ‘big issue’ in world athletics

Sam Moxon | 
In 2020, the Polish developer CD Projekt Red launched Cyberpunk 2077, a video game that pulled players in to a ...
Viewpoint: How a God-like superintelligent AI set free in the world could destroy us

Viewpoint: How a God-like superintelligent AI set free in the world could destroy us

James Miller | 
The person in the photo that sits to the left of this paragraph does not exist. It was generated using Artificial ...
Can big data fight cancer by identifying those genetically predisposed to disease?

Can big data fight cancer by identifying those genetically predisposed to disease?

Kristen Hovet | 
Present-day cancer care is reactive. When an individual begins to have symptoms of cancer, a tumor has typically already formed ...
Podcast: Are you a genetic superhero? Finding the hidden powers in our genes

Podcast: Are you a genetic superhero? Finding the hidden powers in our genes

Kat Arney | 
Geneticist Dr Kat Arney explores the science behind so-called ‘genetic superheroes’, and why you might also have hidden powers within ...
Herd immunity is the key to controlling COVID. How many people need to get the vaccine?

Herd immunity is the key to controlling COVID. How many people need to get the vaccine?

Pedro Mendes | 
It has been clear for a while that, at least in the U.S., the only way out of the coronavirus ...
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Could there ever be a vaccine for breast cancer?

Sam Moxon | 
Triple-negative breast cancer, about 10% of all breast cancers, is one of the most aggressive and deadliest forms of this ...
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