Does being born first help in life? Yes, but just a little bit

Does being born first help in life? Yes, but just a little bit

An analysis of a longitudinal study that tracked 3,763 Americans across 50 years found no evidence that birth order is linked to the ...
How getting your flu shot could reduce the likelihood of a COVID infection

How getting your flu shot could reduce the likelihood of a COVID infection

[A] new study suggests that there could be another key reason to get a flu jab this year: it might reduce ...
How infectious are asymptomatic COVID carriers?

How infectious are asymptomatic COVID carriers?

[E]vidence suggests that about one in five infected people will experience no symptoms, and they will transmit the virus to ...
Viewpoint: COVID won't subside in the US until 70% of us are immune. That means: 'Get a vaccine'

Viewpoint: COVID won’t subside in the US until 70% of us are immune. That means: ‘Get a vaccine’

The United States is one of the most seriously COVID-19-impacted countries, faring the worst among the ten most-affected countries worldwide, as ...
Halal effect: Global Muslim communities face unique COVID challenges, including a religion-grounded hesitation to vaccines

Halal effect: Global Muslim communities face unique COVID challenges, including a religion-grounded hesitation to vaccines

COVID-19 has spared no ethnic, racial or religious group. It treats everyone with equal disdain. But that doesn’t mean that ...
Science has limits: Unraveling the medical mystery of one woman’s pelvic pains

Science has limits: Unraveling the medical mystery of one woman’s pelvic pains

Between 2012 and 2018, she consulted her own doctors and made eight trips to an urgent care center or emergency ...
'We never got it under control’: COVID modelers say case surge in US and Europe is more than just another wave

‘We never got it under control’: COVID modelers say case surge in US and Europe is more than just another wave

The consensus among major Covid-19 modelers is that we could see 20,000 to 25,000 deaths in just the next two ...
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Not so random after all: Human egg cells choose which sperm is the lucky winner

[H]ormones present at ovulation can drive a woman to choose a cocky, confident man with a slight stubble and more masculine features. Men can ...
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Infographic: When extremely premature babies grow up, they face chronic conditions that researchers are just beginning to understand

For the first time, researchers can start to understand the long-term consequences of being born so early. Results are pouring ...
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Everything you need to know about COVID-19 antibody testing

Though experts say there is now evidence that the presence of antibodies results in some immunity to the virus that ...
Prepare for some unpleasant side effects from COVID-19 shots

Prepare for some unpleasant side effects from COVID-19 shots

Data from early trials of several COVID-19 vaccines suggests that consumers will need to be prepared for side effects that, ...
Why do many COVID patients lose their sense of smell? Here are some answers

Why do many COVID patients lose their sense of smell? Here are some answers

Smell loss is so common in people with [COVID-19] that some researchers have recommended its use as a diagnostic test because it ...
Viewpoint: ‘Organic crops are healthier than GMOs,’ and 6 other anti-science myths we should forget

Viewpoint: ‘Organic crops are healthier than GMOs,’ and 6 other anti-science myths we should forget

As much as we hate to acknowledge it, many of the once-viable ideas that are swimming around in the memory ...
Going vegan? Switching to a plant-based diet to improve your health? You are almost 50% more likely to suffer bone fractures

Going vegan? Switching to a plant-based diet to improve your health? You are almost 50% more likely to suffer bone fractures

Vegans and vegetarians may be at greater risk for bone fractures than meat eaters, according to a large, longitudinal study published [November ...
‘If I get sick from COVID, what is the chance that I will die?’

‘If I get sick from COVID, what is the chance that I will die?’

Perhaps the most important question that each of us wants to know in regard to the coronavirus pandemic is, "Will ...
Antioxidants: Magic bullets for health and longevity—or marketing gimmick?

Antioxidants: Magic bullets for health and longevity—or marketing gimmick?

Antioxidants are chemical compounds that can be a vitamin, mineral, enzyme, or one of thousands of other naturally occurring plant ...
Video: Anti-COVID vaccine movement? How the Trump administration has eroded trust in science

Video: Anti-COVID vaccine movement? How the Trump administration has eroded trust in science

Distrust in the Trump administration has turned into distrust of science, adding to an already powerful anti-vaccine movement. Infectious-disease epidemiologists ...
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High-tech medical and dental innovation garner the headlines but the most impactful practices are mostly lower tech and prevention-focused

Much of the progress in medicine during the past half-century has involved expensive, high-tech diagnostic tests and therapies.  The trend in ...
Ebola-like virus, Chapare, emerges in Bolivia

Ebola-like virus, Chapare, emerges in Bolivia

[A new] disease, caused by the Chapare virus, killed three people and is thought to have sickened at least five during [an] ...
As COVID is transmitted via airborne particles, there’s no evidence that sanitizing surfaces lowers risk of infection

As COVID is transmitted via airborne particles, there’s no evidence that sanitizing surfaces lowers risk of infection

All over the world, workers are soaping, wiping and fumigating surfaces with an urgent sense of purpose: to fight the ...
Aging reversed using high-pressure hyperbaric oxygen chamber, Israeli researchers claim in peer reviewed study

Aging reversed using high-pressure hyperbaric oxygen chamber, Israeli researchers claim in peer reviewed study

Scientists in Israel showed they could turn back the clock in two key areas of the body believed to be ...
reverse dieting is this the secret to keeping the weight off

‘Reverse dieting’ fad reality check: Is it possible to maintain a lower body weight while consuming more calories?

We all know that when it comes to weight loss, dropping the pounds is the easy part. It’s keeping weight ...
Prescription-strength omega-3 fatty acid fish oil supplements don’t prevent heart disease, study finds

Prescription-strength omega-3 fatty acid fish oil supplements don’t prevent heart disease, study finds

Prior research into a prescription medicine derived from fish called Vascepa, announced earlier this year, suggested it might be of real value ...
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Harvard and Stanford business schools pursue different – but equally successful – strategies to contain COVID on campus

Two elite programs, two wildly different approaches in tone and execution. In terms of the substance of their efforts, though, ...
Natural Cycles wearable birth control monitor on track for FDA approval

Natural Cycles wearable birth control monitor on track for FDA approval

The Natural Cycles app uses daily temperature measurements and period cycle tracking to predict the days someone is least likely ...
COVID immunity could last years, even decades, study suggests — but we can’t know for sure

COVID immunity could last years, even decades, study suggests — but we can’t know for sure

[W]e won't know exactly how long immunity lasts without continuing to study those who have recovered from COVID-19. However, [a] new study, ...
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COVID-infected pregnant women often face symptoms for months

In the largest study to date of COVID-19 among non-hospitalized pregnant women, researchers analyzed the clinical course and outcomes of ...
Seasonal cold infections might generate protective antibodies against COVID-19

Seasonal cold infections might generate protective antibodies against COVID-19

[S]easonal coronavirus infections occur frequently and typically result in a mild, common cold-like illness. The presence of these coronavirus infections ...
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