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Struggling with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the US, Mississippi health officials move to block social media misinformation

Struggling with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the US, Mississippi health officials move to block social media misinformation

Leah Willingham | 
The Mississippi State Department of Health is now blocking comments on its Facebook posts that relate to COVID-19 because of ...
Eugenics reparations: California poised to pay up to $25,000 to people who were deemed ‘unfit to have children’ and sterilized

Eugenics reparations: California poised to pay up to $25,000 to people who were deemed ‘unfit to have children’ and sterilized

Adam Beam | 
California is poised to approve reparations of up to $25,000 to some of the thousands of people — some as ...
WHO proposes global registry and whistle-blowing mechanism to curb unethical and unsafe human gene editing abuses

WHO proposes global registry and whistle-blowing mechanism to curb unethical and unsafe human gene editing abuses

The World Health Organization issued new recommendations [July 12] on human genome editing, calling for a global registry to track ...
‘Suicidal negationism’: Vatican launches global campaign to contain ‘myths and disinformation’ ciruclated by vaccine rejectionists

‘Suicidal negationism’: Vatican launches global campaign to contain ‘myths and disinformation’ ciruclated by vaccine rejectionists

Nicole Winfield | 
The Vatican’s bioethics academy and the World Medical Association on [July 2] called for an all-out effort to combat vaccine ...
At least 80% COVID vaccine coverage is needed to significantly lower risk of ‘imported’ coronavirus variants, WHO says

At least 80% COVID vaccine coverage is needed to significantly lower risk of ‘imported’ coronavirus variants, WHO says

Jamey Keaten | 
COVID-19 vaccination coverage of at least 80% is needed to significantly lower the risk that “imported” coronavirus cases like those ...
‘The effects of naloxone are amazing’: Hospitals in Colorado give out free doses of opioid overdose antidote to at-risk abusers of fentanyl, prescription opioids or heroin

‘The effects of naloxone are amazing’: Hospitals in Colorado give out free doses of opioid overdose antidote to at-risk abusers of fentanyl, prescription opioids or heroin

Jennifer Brown | 
[W]hat if hospital physicians simply handed a vial of naloxone to the patients they worry are most likely to die, ...
Are masks causing more harm than good in battling COVID? Fringe journal publishes speculative report falsely linked to Stanford, fueling conservative media outburst

Are masks causing more harm than good in battling COVID? Fringe journal publishes speculative report falsely linked to Stanford, fueling conservative media outburst

Ali Swenson | 
Websites and social media users ranging from political candidates to health influencers are falsely claiming a study published on a ...
Arizona governor poised to sign or veto bill making it a felony to abort a fetus with genetic abnormalities like Down syndrome

Arizona governor poised to sign or veto bill making it a felony to abort a fetus with genetic abnormalities like Down syndrome

Bob Christie | 
Republicans who control the Arizona Legislature on [April 22] approved a sweeping anti-abortion bill that bans the procedure if the ...
Top disease control official in China admits its vaccines are less effective, then gets rebuked by central government

Top disease control official in China admits its vaccines are less effective, then gets rebuked by central government

Huizhong Wu, Joe McDonald | 
China has distributed hundreds of millions of doses of domestically made vaccines abroad and is relying on them for its ...
Arizona House passes bill making it a felony to terminate a pregnancy if the fetus has a survivable genetic abnormality

Arizona House passes bill making it a felony to terminate a pregnancy if the fetus has a survivable genetic abnormality

Bob Christie | 
The Republican-controlled Arizona House on [April 1] approved a sweeping abortion bill that makes it a felony for a doctor ...
While many prisoners agree to vaccinations, prison guards emerge as hotbed of vaccine hesitancy

While many prisoners agree to vaccinations, prison guards emerge as hotbed of vaccine hesitancy

Michael Sisak, Nicole Lewis | 
As states have begun COVID-19 inoculations at prisons across the country, corrections employees are refusing vaccines at alarming rates, causing ...
‘Another animal in the zoo’: Indian virus expert expects coronavirus to mutate into less harmful variants

‘Another animal in the zoo’: Indian virus expert expects coronavirus to mutate into less harmful variants

Aniruddha Ghosal, Christina Larson | 
Will the coronavirus, which has already killed more than 2 million people worldwide, eventually be eliminated by a global vaccination ...
Long COVID: This woman’s symptoms started the day COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. A year later, she is still struggling

Long COVID: This woman’s symptoms started the day COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. A year later, she is still struggling

The same day a global pandemic was declared, [Rachel Van Lear] developed symptoms of COVID-19. A year later, she's still ...
Mississippi bans transgender athletes from competing on women's sports teams

Mississippi bans transgender athletes from competing on women’s sports teams

Emily Wagster Pettus | 
[March 11, Mississippi Republican Governor Tate Reeves signed a bill] to ban transgender athletes from competing on girls or women’s ...
Defying world trends, India sees dramatic drop in COVID cases, stumping scientists

Defying world trends, India sees dramatic drop in COVID cases, stumping scientists

Krutika Pathi | 
[Early on in the pandemic, COVID] infections climbed dramatically for months and at one point India looked like it might ...
Full face and hand transplants give badly burned man ‘new chance at life’

Full face and hand transplants give badly burned man ‘new chance at life’

Marion Renault, Marshall Ritzel | 
Almost six months after a rare face and hands transplant, Joe DiMeo is relearning how to smile, blink, pinch and ...
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

David Crary | 
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which says fighting abortion is its “preeminent” priority, said last month that getting vaccinated ...
Video: Fire Fauci? Trump suggests he will take ‘advice’ of chanting supporters and dismiss America’s infectious disease expert ‘after the election’

Video: Fire Fauci? Trump suggests he will take ‘advice’ of chanting supporters and dismiss America’s infectious disease expert ‘after the election’

Zeke Miller | 
Speaking at a campaign rally in Opa-locka, Florida, Trump expressed frustration that the surging cases of the virus that has killed ...
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Can ancient potions treat COVID? Short on modern medicine, Peru’s indigenous groups give them a try

Rodrigo Abd | 
The coronavirus pandemic’s ruthless march through Peru — the country with the world’s highest per-population confirmed COVID-19 mortality rate — ...
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How COVID-19 kills

Adam Geller, Malcolm Ritter | 
Nine of every 10 students worldwide shut out of their schools at one point. More than 7 million flights grounded ...
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‘Desperation is not a strategy’: Slew of low quality studies clouds picture of how to confront COVID-19

Marilynn Marchione | 
Desperate to solve the deadly conundrum of COVID-19, the world is clamoring for fast answers and solutions from a research ...
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Activists push for magic mushroom decriminalization in DC

Ashraf Khalil | 
[July 8,] activists presented more than 36,000 signatures to the [Washington DC] Board of Elections. If the signatures hold up ...
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The rich get safer? Developing countries likely last in line to get virus vaccine

Christina Larson, Maria Cheng | 
Worldwide, about a dozen potential COVID-19 vaccines are in early stages of testing. While some could move into late-stage testing ...
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How does herd immunity work – and could it protect us from COVID-19?

Herd immunity is when a virus can no longer spread easily because enough people are immune to it. That lowers ...
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Blood type and COVID-19 severity: Type O may help; Type A may hurt, study says

Marilynn Marchione | 
Scientists who compared the genes of thousands of patients in Europe found that those who had Type A blood were ...
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Hydroxychloroquine found ‘no better than placebo pills’ in preventing COVID-19 in high risk people, New England Journal of Medicine study finds

Marilynn Marchione | 
A malaria drug President Donald Trump took to try to prevent COVID-19 proved ineffective for that in the first large, ...
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Novavax launches human clinical trial on coronavirus vaccine in Australia

Rod McGuirk | 
A U.S. biotechnology company began injecting a coronavirus vaccine candidate into people in Australia on Tuesday [May 26] with hopes ...
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Can decades-old vaccines against polio and tuberculosis protect against the coronavirus?

Lauran Neergaard | 
Scientists are dusting off some decades-old vaccines against other germs to see if they could provide a little stopgap protection ...
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