History documents hundreds of pandemics over the ages. Understanding how they ended could provide us a roadmap going forward

History documents hundreds of pandemics over the ages. Understanding how they ended could provide us a roadmap going forward

How did [pandemics of the past] end? The viruses didn’t go away; a descendent of the Spanish flu virus, the ...
Many mammals can ‘breathe’ in a unique way — through the anus. Could this insight spur change in how we treat severe respiratory failure in humans?

Many mammals can ‘breathe’ in a unique way — through the anus. Could this insight spur change in how we treat severe respiratory failure in humans?

It is established that humans, much like many other mammals out there, breathe oxygen either through their nostrils or mouth ...
‘It’s out-competing other viruses’: Killer Indian COVID strain spreads dark cloud over growing global recovery

‘It’s out-competing other viruses’: Killer Indian COVID strain spreads dark cloud over growing global recovery

India [has] set another coronavirus milestone. [On May 19th], authorities announced the country had recorded more than 4,500 deaths from ...
‘Young blood’: Here’s how a plasma infusion could ward off bone brittleness, increase lifespan and reverse aspects of aging

‘Young blood’: Here’s how a plasma infusion could ward off bone brittleness, increase lifespan and reverse aspects of aging

[I]n the past two decades, the idea of blood as an elixir of youth has leapt from the pages of ...
‘Post-coronavirus trauma’: Why a growing group of ‘perma-maskers’ say they won’t forgo face coverings anytime soon

‘Post-coronavirus trauma’: Why a growing group of ‘perma-maskers’ say they won’t forgo face coverings anytime soon

Last year, protesters staged rallies against official requirements to wear masks, built pyres to burn them in protest and touched ...
Podcast: Bad science in the headlines—Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat explains how to spot flawed research on Google News

Podcast: Bad science in the headlines—Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat explains how to spot flawed research on Google News

A just-published study found that consuming two or more sugar-sweetened beverages in a day is linked to a doubling of ...
Viewpoint: Do people gain weight because of genes or personal choices? Here’s why the answer is so complex

Viewpoint: Do people gain weight because of genes or personal choices? Here’s why the answer is so complex

More than 40 percent of adults in the United States qualify as obese, and an elevated body mass index has ...
Video: Dogs are being trained to sniff out COVID-19 at large public events

Video: Dogs are being trained to sniff out COVID-19 at large public events

University of Pennsylvania researchers are training dogs to sniff out coronavirus, a skill that could be useful in controlling spread ...
Japan travel ban announced by the CDC darkens clouds over scheduled summer Tokyo Olympics

Japan travel ban announced by the CDC darkens clouds over scheduled summer Tokyo Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics, postponed in 2020 during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, are facing increasing hurdles in putting ...
Ancient poop could save lives: ‘Exquisitely preserved’ lost microbes discovered in 2,000-year old feces could help battle chronic illnesses

Ancient poop could save lives: ‘Exquisitely preserved’ lost microbes discovered in 2,000-year old feces could help battle chronic illnesses

Previous research has made a connection between preindustrial diets, greater diversity in the gut microbiome and lower rates of chronic ...
Can you stall Alzheimer’s and memory loss? Nutrient-dense Mediterranean diet could help, mounting evidence suggests

Can you stall Alzheimer’s and memory loss? Nutrient-dense Mediterranean diet could help, mounting evidence suggests

Meals inspired by traditional foods from the sunny Mediterranean, a new study found, may lower your risk for dementia by ...
Assisant Health Secretary Rachel Levine sets trail-blazing path: How the highest-ranking openly transgender person to serve in the federal government has navigated her first months in office

Assisant Health Secretary Rachel Levine sets trail-blazing path: How the highest-ranking openly transgender person to serve in the federal government has navigated her first months in office

Dr. [Rachel] Levine, a former Pennsylvania health secretary, is now President Biden’s assistant secretary for health, the first openly transgender ...
What might happen if viruses jump from pet dogs to humans? That worrisome future is already here

What might happen if viruses jump from pet dogs to humans? That worrisome future is already here

[S]cientists are reporting that they have discovered what may be the latest coronavirus to jump from animals into people. And ...
Rapidly-spreading COVID-19 variant currently ravaging India makes first appearance in the US — in children with no recent travel history

Rapidly-spreading COVID-19 variant currently ravaging India makes first appearance in the US — in children with no recent travel history

Scientists [at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found] two cases of the variant first detected in India using ...
Reach for ice cream when you’re feeling down? Sugar-laden, high-fat foods are comforting, but least likely to benefit mental health

Reach for ice cream when you’re feeling down? Sugar-laden, high-fat foods are comforting, but least likely to benefit mental health

[O]ver the years, a growing body of research has provided intriguing hints about the ways in which foods may affect ...
200,000-women study concludes that ovarian cancer screening with ultrasounds or blood tests does not reduce early deaths

200,000-women study concludes that ovarian cancer screening with ultrasounds or blood tests does not reduce early deaths

In the UK, 4,000 women die from ovarian cancer each year. It is not usually diagnosed until it is at ...
Viewpoint: Too far too fast? Two public health advocates say CDC courts unnecessary dangers with relaxed mask recommendations

Viewpoint: Too far too fast? Two public health advocates say CDC courts unnecessary dangers with relaxed mask recommendations

There is still a Covid-19 death about every 2.5 minutes in the nation, and serious racial and ethnic disparities exists ...
Here’s why the CDC relaxed its mask policy a week after announcing confusing guidance

Here’s why the CDC relaxed its mask policy a week after announcing confusing guidance

For months, federal officials have vigorously warned that wearing masks and social distancing were necessary to contain the pandemic. So ...
Science Facts and Fallacies Podcast: Is coffee healthy or not? Public health officials encourage vaccine skepticism? Why childbirth is so hard

Science Facts and Fallacies Podcast: Is coffee healthy or not? Public health officials encourage vaccine skepticism? Why childbirth is so hard

Coffee is nutritious, according to the latest study. Also, coffee is linked to cancer, new research finds. How do we ...
Vaccine conspiracy theories hold wide sway in government-skeptical Latino community

Vaccine conspiracy theories hold wide sway in government-skeptical Latino community

Since the pandemic began, Latinos like my dad, a Mexican immigrant, have been hit with a torrent of false claims ...
What’s the likelihood of getting reinfected by COVID-19? Who’s most vulnerable?

What’s the likelihood of getting reinfected by COVID-19? Who’s most vulnerable?

Coronavirus reinfections are relatively rare, but it's more common for people 65 and older to get infected more than once, ...
‘A woman’s blood could signal that birth is approaching’: Test in development uses biomarkers to predict delivery date

‘A woman’s blood could signal that birth is approaching’: Test in development uses biomarkers to predict delivery date

At the moment, women are given a due date that is 40 weeks from the first day of their last ...
How prevalent are microplastics in our environment? How harmful are they?

How prevalent are microplastics in our environment? How harmful are they?

From limited surveys of microplastics in the air, water, salt and seafood, children and adults might ingest anywhere from dozens ...
‘The most terrifying thing’: For an unlucky few, even mild COVID can lead to psychosis. We still don’t know why

‘The most terrifying thing’: For an unlucky few, even mild COVID can lead to psychosis. We still don’t know why

[I]n mid-December, after a mild case of Covid-19, [49-year-old former marine Ivan Agerton] was seized by a kind of psychosis ...
Infographic: Trending green and going great — Every state in the US seeing decreased cases of COVID

Infographic: Trending green and going great — Every state in the US seeing decreased cases of COVID

The U.S. averaged fewer than 40,000 new cases per day over the past week. That’s a 21% improvement over the ...
Genetically modified mosquitoes are now hatching in the Florida Keys. Scientists and residents concerned about Zika and other viral diseases couldn't be more pleased. Here's why

Genetically modified mosquitoes are now hatching in the Florida Keys. Scientists and residents concerned about Zika and other viral diseases couldn’t be more pleased. Here’s why

[M]osquito eggs placed in the Florida Keys are expected to hatch tens of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes, a result ...
Impact of false negative COVID tests: Some patients have Long Covid symptoms but have been denied medical coverage

Impact of false negative COVID tests: Some patients have Long Covid symptoms but have been denied medical coverage

Kristin Novotny once led an active life, with regular CrossFit workouts and football in the front yard with her children ...
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