Is your temperature lower than 98.6? Here’s why you shouldn’t be worried

Is your temperature lower than 98.6? Here’s why you shouldn’t be worried

Feeling under the weather? Chances are you or your doctor will grab a thermometer, take your temperature and hope for ...
Viewpoint: After large Thanksgiving gatherings, expect small Christmas funerals

Viewpoint: After large Thanksgiving gatherings, expect small Christmas funerals

“You’re going to have a lot of sick folks who caught (COVID-19) during Thanksgiving. We know this is the perfect ...
Do you want to eat turkey or be the turkey: Reflect on this before you host a large gathering for Thanksgiving

Do you want to eat turkey or be the turkey: Reflect on this before you host a large gathering for Thanksgiving

My blog posts around Thanksgiving are predictably dull: Turkey Genetics 101, The Peaceable Genomes of Pumpkins. But 2020 is like no ...
200 million people contract malaria each year. A genetically engineered vaccine might soon be coming

200 million people contract malaria each year. A genetically engineered vaccine might soon be coming

Malaria’s catastrophic toll has inspired many attempts to create a viable vaccine, but the genetic complexity of the malaria parasite ...
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Women and HIV: 6 shots a year shown to be more effective than daily pill

Women have had only one approved option for pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, a course of drugs taken to prevent contracting ...
HIV infections among gay and bisexual men hit 20 year low

HIV infections among gay and bisexual men hit 20 year low

A PHE report reveals that overall, across all genders and sexualities, the number of people with a new HIV diagnosis dropped ...
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After a vaccine or infection, how long will immunity to COVID last? It could be years, hopeful new data suggest

Eight months after infection, most people who have recovered still have enough immune cells to fend off the virus and prevent ...
Viewpoint: Eating organic food reduces diabetes risk? Evidence is ‘rather thin’

Viewpoint: Eating organic food reduces diabetes risk? Evidence is ‘rather thin’

A recent prospective study finds an inverse association between eating organic and the risk of type 2 diabetes. But the ...
Unraveling COVID’s corrosive persistence: Doctors struggle to understand why initially mild symptoms sometimes leave lingering scars on the mind and body

Unraveling COVID’s corrosive persistence: Doctors struggle to understand why initially mild symptoms sometimes leave lingering scars on the mind and body

For many patients, including young ones who never required hospitalization, Covid-19 has a devastating second act. Many are dealing with ...
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Why the US pandemic death rate might be 50 percent more than what is being reported

[E]xperts know that the official [COVID-19] death tally is going to be an undercount by some extent. Some people who ...
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Now there are two: Modern’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine 94.5% successful, joins Pfizer-BioNTech collaboration in targeting pandemic

The Moderna vaccine reduced the risk of Covid-19 infection by 94.5%. There were 95 cases of infection among patients who ...
Emergency relief needed: COVID-related lockdowns have led to a 50% crash in immunization rates for polio and measles

Emergency relief needed: COVID-related lockdowns have led to a 50% crash in immunization rates for polio and measles

According to [the UN Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization], immunization rates in some countries have fallen by as much ...
Why COVID kills more men than women

Why COVID kills more men than women

For every 10 women claimed by [COVID] in the United States, 12 men have died, found an analysis by Global Health 50/50, ...
Viewpoint: Are health advocates and politicians overselling the value of masks?

Viewpoint: Are health advocates and politicians overselling the value of masks?

The public assumes that research performed since the beginning of the pandemic supports mask mandates. Policy makers and the media ...
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Eating plant-based burgers doesn’t cause ‘man boobs’

[December 2019, cattle veterinarian James] Stangle cautioned that Impossible’s meat substitute, which debuted in the spring of 2019 and started ...
‘It’s like a severe hangover’: Pfizer COVID vaccine volunteers suffered flu like side effects, but they quickly passed

‘It’s like a severe hangover’: Pfizer COVID vaccine volunteers suffered flu like side effects, but they quickly passed

While [Pfizer’s COVID] vaccine has proven to be safe and effective in the late-stage trials that comprised of thousands of ...
Childhood asthma linked to maternal depression during pregnancy

Childhood asthma linked to maternal depression during pregnancy

Researchers had the parents of 4,231 children fill out well-validated questionnaires on psychological stress in the second trimester of pregnancy, ...
Long hauler phenomenon explained? In some COVID survivors, normally protective antibodies turn on their own cells

Long hauler phenomenon explained? In some COVID survivors, normally protective antibodies turn on their own cells

At some point, the body’s defense system in [some COVID survivors shifts] into attacking itself, rather than the virus, [a ...
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3D printed vulvas help women and health practitioners better understand the female body

Over the past year, Granville has been creating 3D-printed models of the female anatomy aimed at enhancing training and patient ...
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Temper the celebration: 2-shot Pfizer COVID vaccine appears 90% effective but it’s not known for how long or its impact on severe cases

Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine is reportedly successful in preventing 90% of infections according to early data from a Phase 3 ...
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Ketogenic high fat diet could prevent and even reverse heart failure, study finds

In an animal model, drastic heart failure in mice was bypassed by switching to high fat or “ketogenic” diets, which ...
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Quack or fact: Can a copper bracelet cure arthritis or other pains?

Although people have adorned themselves with copper since prehistory, the marketing of copper bracelets as a treatment for arthritis pain appears to date back only to ...
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Super fit and unafraid of COVID? Think again, as lingering symptoms often debilitate the healthiest

Like many healthy people, [57-year-old Brendan Delaney] figured his symptoms, a mild fever and a cough, would pass soon enough ...
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Viewpoint: Not all the COVID news is gloomy

Clearly, the pandemic has not ended. So far some 215,000 Americans have lost their lives to the coronavirus, and reliable estimates suggest ...
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Using GM crops to safely feed more people is a ‘no brainer,’ plant scientist says

Whether drought, disease, or simply increasing the efficiency of crops, [Borglaug Institute director Elsa] Murano and her colleagues work every ...
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What our COVID world might look like over the next year

Now — with health authorities saying it may not be until at least the end of 2021 before there’s a ...
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Colder weather is arriving. What do we know about indoor vs outdoor transmission of COVID?

As autumn settles in and the holidays loom, it’s worth pausing to ponder what we’ve learned about COVID-19 transmission over ...
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How to assess your risk of pancreatic cancer

Previously, it was thought that someone’s risk for pancreatic cancer was increased only if two or more family members were ...