Viewpoint: Tribalism and COVID — Many progressives rejecting science on lockdowns and becoming major hindrance to return to near-normalcy

Viewpoint: Tribalism and COVID — Many progressives rejecting science on lockdowns and becoming major hindrance to return to near-normalcy

The spring of 2021 is different from the spring of 2020... Scientists know a lot more about how COVID-19 spreads—and ...
Why do some people cheat? The science of infidelity

Why do some people cheat? The science of infidelity

There are many reasons why people cheat, and the patterns are more complex than common stereotypes suggest. A fascinating new ...
People with compromised immune systems are likeliest evolutionary source of rogue COVID variants

People with compromised immune systems are likeliest evolutionary source of rogue COVID variants

A coronavirus typically gains mutations on a slow-but-steady pace of about two per month. But this variant, called B.1.1.7, had ...
Sleepy during the day? Struggle with sleep apnea? Both are genetically linked to telomeres, parts of your chromosomes that reflect biological age

Sleepy during the day? Struggle with sleep apnea? Both are genetically linked to telomeres, parts of your chromosomes that reflect biological age

A predilection for afternoon naps does not necessarily mean you need to worry about your own mortality, but the scientific ...
COVID-19 variants pose new threats but our antibodies are evolving to fight them

COVID-19 variants pose new threats but our antibodies are evolving to fight them

The emergence of “variants of concern” has raised questions about our long-term immunity to the coronavirus. Will the antibodies we make ...
5 reasons why we might never reach COVID herd immunity

5 reasons why we might never reach COVID herd immunity

Long-term prospects for the pandemic probably include COVID-19 becoming an endemic disease, much like influenza. But in the near term, ...
50,000 athletes and visitors could descend on Tokyo for the Summer Olympics with COVID cases rising and just 1% of the population fully vaccinated. Japan is worried

50,000 athletes and visitors could descend on Tokyo for the Summer Olympics with COVID cases rising and just 1% of the population fully vaccinated. Japan is worried

The International Olympic Committee [recently] unveiled updated plans for holding the Summer Games in Japan, meticulous “playbooks” that promise to ...
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Photographs: As COVID crisis surges in India, tragedy spreads

Photographs: As COVID crisis surges in India, tragedy spreads

[India now] accounts for almost half of new [COVID] cases worldwide. Experts say a combination of factors gave rise to ...
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‘Super smellers’: 4 ways some people are hard-wired to sniff out even the subtlest aromas

Do certain smells make you feel uncomfortable, even nauseous? Or is your nose so good that you can detect even ...
A clue to long-haul COVID symptoms: Coronavirus might change gene expression

A clue to long-haul COVID symptoms: Coronavirus might change gene expression

Results from a new cell study suggest that the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein can bring about long-term gene expression changes. The ...
Video: Many people are asymptomatic to COVID. Why?

Video: Many people are asymptomatic to COVID. Why?

For many people infected, COVID has been a devastating virus. However, there are people who test positive, yet don't exhibit ...
Viewpoint: What’s causing an explosion in incidents of Parkinson’s disease? Do household products play a role?

Viewpoint: What’s causing an explosion in incidents of Parkinson’s disease? Do household products play a role?

[Ray] Dorsey, a neurologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center and author of Ending Parkinson’s Disease, believes a Parkinson’s ...
10 cases in the world: Here’s the remarkable story of woman who got pregnant while already carrying a baby

10 cases in the world: Here’s the remarkable story of woman who got pregnant while already carrying a baby

Noah's first close-ups, taken by ultrasound at seven and 10 weeks into the pregnancy, showed 39-year-old mom Rebecca Roberts and ...
Podcast: How to live in a partially COVID-vaccinated society

Podcast: How to live in a partially COVID-vaccinated society

[A]bout a quarter of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated. So until many more people get their shots, Americans remain ...
Viewpoint: Critical juncture — ‘Situation getting enormously better in growing vaccinated population, while growing worse in the unvaccinated group’

Viewpoint: Critical juncture — ‘Situation getting enormously better in growing vaccinated population, while growing worse in the unvaccinated group’

Life has become even riskier for unvaccinated people, particularly those who have never had covid-19.  ... While treatments for covid-19 ...
Lack of sleep nearly doubles risk of sexual dysfunction, concludes Mayo Clinic study

Lack of sleep nearly doubles risk of sexual dysfunction, concludes Mayo Clinic study

Consistently getting a bad night's sleep may lead to an unsatisfactory sex life for many older women, a new study ...
Podcast: Pig and cow organs for human transplant? From valves to tendons, xenotransplanted animal parts are common, but so is rejection due to alpha gal meat allergies. Gene-altered pigs could change that

Podcast: Pig and cow organs for human transplant? From valves to tendons, xenotransplanted animal parts are common, but so is rejection due to alpha gal meat allergies. Gene-altered pigs could change that

[A recent] episode covered Alpha Gal Syndrome, the tick-induced allergy to beef and pork.  The same immunological response could also ...
No endgame for COVID: In the face of vaccine hesitancy, herd immunity now appears out of reach in the US

No endgame for COVID: In the face of vaccine hesitancy, herd immunity now appears out of reach in the US

Now, more than half of adults in the United States have been inoculated with at least one dose of a ...
‘Look out; we’re coming for you’: It’s scary for public health officials on the front lines of the politicized COVID crisis

‘Look out; we’re coming for you’: It’s scary for public health officials on the front lines of the politicized COVID crisis

Public servants like [Santa Cruz health officer Dr. Gail] Newel have become the face of government authority in the pandemic ...
Does your child snore? Links found to brain changes and behavioral problems as they grow older

Does your child snore? Links found to brain changes and behavioral problems as they grow older

[R]esearchers examined MRI images collected from more than 10,000 children aged 9 to 10 years enrolled in the Adolescent Brain ...
Coffee is good for you. There are dozens of carcinogens in coffee. What are the real facts about whether coffee is healthy or not?

Coffee is good for you. There are dozens of carcinogens in coffee. What are the real facts about whether coffee is healthy or not?

Moderate coffee intake is linked to a lower likelihood of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver and endometrial cancers, Parkinson’s disease and depression.  ... For years, researchers linked ...
Viewpoint: Genetically modified mosquito release ‘represents the best of what public-private collaborations can do’

Viewpoint: Genetically modified mosquito release ‘represents the best of what public-private collaborations can do’

10 years after the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) first invited Oxitec to the Keys, and in efforts to ...
Viewpoint: Why are misconceptions about transgender youth so widespread? Maybe too many people listen to misinformed pundits like FOX’s Tucker Carlson

Viewpoint: Why are misconceptions about transgender youth so widespread? Maybe too many people listen to misinformed pundits like FOX’s Tucker Carlson

[Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson has] repeatedly mangled and misrepresented the science on gender dysphoria and transgender youth. ... "There ...
Country-by-country guide of where you can travel once you are fully vaccinated

Country-by-country guide of where you can travel once you are fully vaccinated

As more of the world’s population gets vaccinated, travel is already beginning to make a comeback as countries begin to ...
Bad luck: How the world came close to sidestepping COVID-19

Bad luck: How the world came close to sidestepping COVID-19

[SARS-CoV-2] almost didn't make it as a pandemic virus. Only bad luck and the packed conditions of the Huanan seafood ...
Practical travel tips: Why you will need a vaccine passport

Practical travel tips: Why you will need a vaccine passport

Here’s why a vaccine passport could be the key to having a safe, seamless trip the next time you travel.  ...
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