Podcast: How do mRNA vaccines work and why were they developed so fast?

Podcast: How do mRNA vaccines work and why were they developed so fast?

Geneticist Dr Kat Arney takes a look at the discovery of messenger RNA (mRNA) and finds out how mRNA vaccines ...
Recovery is elusive for this COVID longhauler

Recovery is elusive for this COVID longhauler

Since getting sick with the coronavirus in March, Mr. Long, 54, has fallen into a distressing new cycle — one ...
Most religious leaders at the head of the anti-abortion movement are backing COVID vaccines

Most religious leaders at the head of the anti-abortion movement are backing COVID vaccines

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which says fighting abortion is its “preeminent” priority, said last month that getting vaccinated ...
COVID-19 linked to early Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive decline

COVID-19 linked to early Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive decline

Decades of evidence from other respiratory viruses, along with observations of patients in recent months, suggests such infections may increase ...
There is a lot of misinformation about COVID, the available vaccines and their effectiveness. These 7 insights will help clear that up.

There is a lot of misinformation about COVID, the available vaccines and their effectiveness. These 7 insights will help clear that up.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been many thousands of articles and commentaries published on almost every ...
Even after an apparent ‘full recovery’ from COVID, this 20-year-old student experienced heart failure and nearly died

Even after an apparent ‘full recovery’ from COVID, this 20-year-old student experienced heart failure and nearly died

Maddie Neville contracted COVID-19 in October while living in an apartment off-campus near Temple University. She developed only mild symptoms — some ...
Genetic engineering gave us COVID vaccines. Here's how they work, and why you shouldn't be frightened

Genetic engineering gave us COVID vaccines. Here’s how they work, and why you shouldn’t be frightened

We’ve all heard the conspiracy theories about COVID-19. Now a whole new set is emerging around COVID vaccines — and spreading ...
Immunity from serious cases of COVID-19 could last for years, emerging research shows

Immunity from serious cases of COVID-19 could last for years, emerging research shows

[A new] study, published January 6 in Science, contrasts with earlier findings that suggested covid-19 immunity could be short-lived, putting millions ...
What do 'non-identical identical twins' have to do with COVID-19? Mutations!

What do ‘non-identical identical twins’ have to do with COVID-19? Mutations!

Identical twins Stella and Desiree Vignes were born in 1938 in a Louisiana town so small that it wasn’t on ...
Viewpoint: The COVID vaccine rollout isn’t going well in the US. Here’s what we need to change

Viewpoint: The COVID vaccine rollout isn’t going well in the US. Here’s what we need to change

[F]ew Americans can answer the basic question: When and where can I get vaccinated? The country needs a distribution strategy ...
Why Black Americans are among the largest group of COVID vaccine skeptics

Why Black Americans are among the largest group of COVID vaccine skeptics

[A]cross the U.S., only 32% of Black adults say they would definitely or probably take a COVID-19 vaccine, according to ...
$850,000 in Trump Administration PPP loans went to anti-vaccine activist groups

$850,000 in Trump Administration PPP loans went to anti-vaccine activist groups

Five prominent anti-vaccine organizations that have been known to spread misleading information about the coronavirus received more than $850,000 in loans from ...
To beat COVID-19, we need a global vaccination effort. How is that going?

To beat COVID-19, we need a global vaccination effort. How is that going?

Even with several vaccines approved for emergency use, there remains the tremendous challenge of producing enough of them for the ...
Single-dose COVID vaccine by Johnson & Johnson/Janssen up next for approval

Single-dose COVID vaccine by Johnson & Johnson/Janssen up next for approval

Among the multiple vaccine candidates around the globe, next up in the arsenal against COVID-19 is likely the single-dose Ad26.COV2.S ...
Flashing red on college campuses: As schools reopen, universities emerge as COVID petri dishes

Flashing red on college campuses: As schools reopen, universities emerge as COVID petri dishes

[Researchers] studied 30 [US college] campuses nationwide with the highest numbers of reported coronavirus cases and found that more than half ...
Viewpoint: COVID vaccine successes have made headway in rebutting facile arguments about the dangers of biotechnology

Viewpoint: COVID vaccine successes have made headway in rebutting facile arguments about the dangers of biotechnology

It turns out that, despite the destruction and heartbreak caused by the COVID pandemic, there is a silver lining: Scientists ...
Crash effort to develop coronavirus vaccines has revolutionized disease treatment

Crash effort to develop coronavirus vaccines has revolutionized disease treatment

The COVID-19 experience will almost certainly change the future of vaccine science, says Dan Barouch, director of the Center for ...
Neanderthals, COVID-19 and you: Exploring how our inherited genes are harming us and could have decimated our hominid ancestors

Neanderthals, COVID-19 and you: Exploring how our inherited genes are harming us and could have decimated our hominid ancestors

[Researchers Svante] Pääbo and colleague Hugo Zeberg announced that the major genetic risk factor for severe COVID-19 is inherited from Neanderthals… By ...
Video: Infrared camera shows how COVID spreads through a room

Video: Infrared camera shows how COVID spreads through a room

More than 288,000 Americans have been killed by a virus that public health officials now say can be spread through ...
‘Year of the Plague’: The New Yorker explores America’s continuing tragedy

‘Year of the Plague’: The New Yorker explores America’s continuing tragedy

In October, 2019, the first Global Health Security Index appeared, a sober report of a world largely unprepared to deal ...
Global health groups urge countries to donate COVID vaccines to humanitarian stockpiles, protecting stateless people in asylum camps

Global health groups urge countries to donate COVID vaccines to humanitarian stockpiles, protecting stateless people in asylum camps

Public health groups are lobbying countries to commit a portion of their Covid-19 vaccine supplies to a “humanitarian buffer” that ...
How virtual reality could become a vital treatment to deal with the uncertainty of COVID

How virtual reality could become a vital treatment to deal with the uncertainty of COVID

A national shortage in mental health clinicians existed before COVID-19. Now, health care organizations must decide how to rapidly scale ...
People with certain DNA sequences are much likelier to get severe COVID. Is that you?

People with certain DNA sequences are much likelier to get severe COVID. Is that you?

A new study of thousands of COVID-19 patients has revealed eight genetic sequences that are more common in people who ...
Here’s how to address the confusing data hampering the USA's COVID response

Here’s how to address the confusing data hampering the USA’s COVID response

The challenges of defining the spread of COVID-19 relates in part to existing deficiencies – “We don’t really have a ...
Here’s why you still need to wear a face mask after you get a COVID vaccine

Here’s why you still need to wear a face mask after you get a COVID vaccine

While [recent vaccine] developments mark a historic moment and hold much promise, that doesn't mean Americans can stop wearing masks ...
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Heated copper mesh face masks that kill viruses may soon be available

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have submitted a patent for a prototype mask with a heated copper mesh, a news ...
Should schools reopen for in-class study? Evidence suggests they are not major COVID spreaders

Should schools reopen for in-class study? Evidence suggests they are not major COVID spreaders

Emerging data on contact tracing — which illuminates the origins of infections — shows that the virus does not seem ...
Could the world be dealing with COVID-19 in all its mutations for decades to come?

Could the world be dealing with COVID-19 in all its mutations for decades to come?

We are currently faced with the question of how the CoV-2 severity may change in the years ahead. Our analysis ...
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