COVID can ravage our sense of smell. It’s also sparking research on the sense we often take for granted

COVID can ravage our sense of smell. It’s also sparking research on the sense we often take for granted

Smell is a startling superpower. You can walk through someone’s front door and instantly know that she recently made popcorn ...
While teenage medical claims fell during COVID lockdowns, mental health claims jumped by more than 20%

While teenage medical claims fell during COVID lockdowns, mental health claims jumped by more than 20%

[T]he New York nonprofit [Fair Health’s] seventh [report] in a series on the pandemic is the result of analysis of ...
Why so many people in the LGBTQ community are vaccine hesitant

Why so many people in the LGBTQ community are vaccine hesitant

Research has shown that sexual and gender minorities, and especially people of color, are more vulnerable to becoming infected with ...
CRISPR offers hope for controlling African swine fever

CRISPR offers hope for controlling African swine fever

New vaccine trials hold great promise in the management of an East African strain of African swine fever (ASF), one ...
Infographic: Deaths from COVID-19 are far higher than reported estimates

Infographic: Deaths from COVID-19 are far higher than reported estimates

More than 2.8 million people have lost their lives due to the pandemic, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis ...
One gene dramatically increases our chances of getting tuberculosis. Here is how evolution mostly knocked it out

One gene dramatically increases our chances of getting tuberculosis. Here is how evolution mostly knocked it out

Tuberculosis is the deadliest infectious disease in human history, responsible for the deaths of about a billion people in the ...
Half of US travelers say they prefer to visit destinations that require COVID vaccines

Half of US travelers say they prefer to visit destinations that require COVID vaccines

Of the Americans who are interested in traveling in 2021, the majority (76%) are as likely, if not more, to ...
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

Geneticist Dr Kat Arney explores the science behind so-called ‘genetic superheroes’, and why you might also have hidden powers within ...
Infographic: South Africa sees surprising drop in COVID-19 cases and deaths despite presence of more infectious and dangerous variant

Infographic: South Africa sees surprising drop in COVID-19 cases and deaths despite presence of more infectious and dangerous variant

Since mid-January, confirmed Covid-19 infections in South Africa have fallen from a record of nearly 22,000 a day to around ...
A protein inherited from Neanderthals may offer limited protection against COVID-19

A protein inherited from Neanderthals may offer limited protection against COVID-19

Recent advances in proteomic technology - that is, the capacity to isolate and measure hundreds of circulating proteins at once ...
Will Trump-country, vaccine-hesitant Republicans block the US from reaching herd immunity?

Will Trump-country, vaccine-hesitant Republicans block the US from reaching herd immunity?

[U]nlike many at-risk Americans seeking safety and an end to the pandemic, [80-year-old retiree] Margaret refuses to get a coronavirus ...
Europe at a tipping point? Coronavirus gloom deepens as vaccine rollout lags, COVID resurges

Europe at a tipping point? Coronavirus gloom deepens as vaccine rollout lags, COVID resurges

Contagion is rising again in much of the EU, despite months of restrictions on daily life, as more-virulent virus strains ...
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Could there ever be a vaccine for breast cancer?

Triple-negative breast cancer, about 10% of all breast cancers, is one of the most aggressive and deadliest forms of this ...
‘Zombie Apocalypse’: The CDC’s guidelines on how we might cope if ‘The Walking Dead’ come to life is a must read

‘Zombie Apocalypse’: The CDC’s guidelines on how we might cope if ‘The Walking Dead’ come to life is a must read

There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s ...
Viewpoint: Spermageddon and endocrine disrupting chemicals? Shanna Swain book claiming common chemicals pose catastrophic dangers is deeply flawed

Viewpoint: Spermageddon and endocrine disrupting chemicals? Shanna Swain book claiming common chemicals pose catastrophic dangers is deeply flawed

In 2017, [epidemiologist Shanna] Swan, along with other scientists, published a meta-analysis, an aggregation of existing research. It said that ...
How churches and community groups are responding to vaccine hesitancy among Black Americans

How churches and community groups are responding to vaccine hesitancy among Black Americans

[West Baltimore resident Reverend Derrick] DeWitt is a field marshal in the local war against poverty, disease and hunger. "My ...
Vasectomies are becoming a political statement

Vasectomies are becoming a political statement

The fate of male reproductive organs is not a traditional concern in debates about the environment. But this is the ...
Cancer and cocktails? Physician groups urge that alcohol should carry a warning label

Cancer and cocktails? Physician groups urge that alcohol should carry a warning label

In recent years, a growing number of medical and public health groups have introduced public awareness campaigns warning people to ...
Why your sex designated at birth may not match your genetics

Why your sex designated at birth may not match your genetics

There are lots of different conditions that fall under the umbrella of intersex. In humans, the phenotypic sex is usually ...
Infographic: Is COVID here to stay? Why the virus may never be eradicated

Infographic: Is COVID here to stay? Why the virus may never be eradicated

Nature asked more than 100 immunologists, infectious-disease researchers and virologists working on the coronavirus whether it could be eradicated. Almost ...
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Using CRISPR to fight antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’

The superbugs are winning the antibiotics wars. CRISPR could turn the tide ...
When it comes to COVID, identical doesn’t always mean the same: Twins got COVID together but their illnesses followed different trajectories

When it comes to COVID, identical doesn’t always mean the same: Twins got COVID together but their illnesses followed different trajectories

Early last spring, [twin] sisters from Rochester, Mich., checked themselves into the hospital with fevers and shortness of breath. While ...
Video: Are there benefits to exercising in cold weather?

Video: Are there benefits to exercising in cold weather?

Research suggests exposure to the cold can help activate brown fat cells which burn more calories. Does this translate to ...
Healthy weight gain? Genes that increase the risk of obesity may protect as many as 45% of overweight people from heart disease

Healthy weight gain? Genes that increase the risk of obesity may protect as many as 45% of overweight people from heart disease

People living with obesity tend to have unhealthy glucose and lipid levels in their blood, as well as high blood ...
Apocalyptic and conspiratorial views are escalating as the pandemic persists

Apocalyptic and conspiratorial views are escalating as the pandemic persists

Since ancient times, pandemics have spurred sharp turns in political beliefs, spawning extremist movements, waves of mistrust and wholesale rejection ...
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