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Latest anti-vaccine memes linking COVID shots to infertility go viral. Here’s how that happened

Latest anti-vaccine memes linking COVID shots to infertility go viral. Here’s how that happened

April Glaser, Brandy Zadrozny | 
Persistent myths like vaccine shedding are becoming more extreme on social media. The latest misinformation claims are that even being ...
Struggling with chronic insomnia? Ambien and other pills might work for women short-term but sleep problems usually return

Struggling with chronic insomnia? Ambien and other pills might work for women short-term but sleep problems usually return

Linda Carroll | 
An estimated 9 million Americans say they use prescription medications as sleep aids, including benzodiazepines; Z-drugs, such as zolpidem, zaleplon ...
Would you get a vaccine for a chance at winning $1 million? Ohio hopes so

Would you get a vaccine for a chance at winning $1 million? Ohio hopes so

Deon Hampton | 
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's [lottery to win one of 5 $1 million prizes] to encourage vaccinations appears to be an ...
Annual COVID shot likely necessary to protect against virus, Pfizer chief says

Annual COVID shot likely necessary to protect against virus, Pfizer chief says

Erika Edwards | 
Despite the 95 percent effectiveness at preventing coronavirus infection after two doses of its vaccine, Pfizer is now seeing what ...
Common anti-depressant pill Luvox shows promise in preventing serious COVID infections

Common anti-depressant pill Luvox shows promise in preventing serious COVID infections

Joel Grover | 
A commonly prescribed pill — approved more than 13 years ago by the Food and Drug Administration for depression and ...
‘Good first step’: Teachers union tepidly endorses CDC roadmap to open schools without requiring teacher vaccinations

‘Good first step’: Teachers union tepidly endorses CDC roadmap to open schools without requiring teacher vaccinations

Corky Siemaszko, Safia Samee Ali | 
Calling the CDC’s proposals [to reopen US schools] “an informed, tactile plan,” [American Federation of Teachers president Randi] Weingarten said ...
How cultural tribalism is feeding the anti-vaccination and COVID conspiracy movement

How cultural tribalism is feeding the anti-vaccination and COVID conspiracy movement

Timothy Caulfield | 
The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in an intensification of... personal identity as a way to push conspiracy theories, unproven treatments ...
Athletic boost? A year after starting hormone treatments, transgender women still have an advantage over cisgender peers

Athletic boost? A year after starting hormone treatments, transgender women still have an advantage over cisgender peers

Dan Avery | 
A new study suggests transgender women maintain an athletic advantage over their cisgender peers even after a year on hormone ...
China attempting to develop ‘biologically enhanced super soldiers’, US spy chief claims

China attempting to develop ‘biologically enhanced super soldiers’, US spy chief claims

Ken Dilanian | 
China has conducted "human testing" on members of the People's Liberation Army in hope of developing soldiers with "biologically enhanced ...
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DNA A-to-F: Can genes predict if kids will succeed in school?

Daisy Yuhas | 
[Social scientist Ben] Domingue and his colleagues found that [a] polygenic score could help identify which groups of high schoolers ...
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COVID is definitely airborne – Here’s what that means for you

Cory Stieg | 
The Centers for Disease Control revised its COVID-19 guidelines on [October 5] to include that the novel coronavirus can be spread through ...
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Vaccine distribution logistics, not vaccine development, may pose highest hurdle to achieving COVID herd immunity

Kenneth Gorelick | 
Importantly, creating the vaccine is just one step. We then need to distribute it. Because while vaccinating everyone is impossible, ...
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The bubonic plague sparked cultural and technological transformation. What might come from COVID?

Michael Oren | 
Europe was in the grips of history's deadliest pandemic, the Black Death. This, too, likely originated in China and followed ...
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Human blood suckers: How nature’s tiniest killer developed its deadly diet

Tom Metcalfe | 
Although most of the roughly 3,500 mosquito species don’t feed on human blood, the Aedes aegypti is one of the worst. Its ...
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Mosquito relief: Grapefruit-scented natural insect repellent with nootkatone heading to stores

Akshay Syal | 
The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had approved a new ingredient, called nootkatone, that repels and kills mosquitoes and ticks ...
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‘America’s Frontline Doctors’? Who are the far-right PACs funding ‘quack’ MDs that recommend ‘no masks’ and ‘use hydroxychloroquine’?

Ben Collins, Brandy Zadrozny | 
[T]he latest video to go viral from apparent experts, quietly backed by dark money political organizations, [evangelized] treatments for or ...
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Infants not at risk for COVID-19? One Texas county alone has had 85 cases, most under 1

Minyvonne Burke | 
The public health director in Nueces County on the Texas Gulf Coast said 85 children under 2 years old, including ...
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Video: There were objections to Spanish flu lockdowns too. Bad things happened when critics got their way

Dartunorro Clark | 
During the Spanish flu era, officials pushing public health mandates to stop the pandemic in its tracks were met with ...
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Using DNA to crack cold cases: Should police lie to collect evidence from innocent people?

Jon Schuppe | 
On an October morning in 2018, Eleanor Holmes and her husband left home to run an errand and found two ...
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3 experimental vaccines could be ‘game changer’ for HIV treatment

Tim Fitzsimons | 
The global fight against the human immunodeficiency virus is poised to make important advances thanks to three experimental HIV vaccines ...
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Fossilized ape pelvis suggests human ancestors walked upright much earlier than previously thought

Jeremy Deaton | 
Scientists have long thought that humans evolved from an ape that moved about on all fours like a chimpanzee, and ...
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‘Live life to the fullest’: Should autism research shift away from the search for a cure and focus on wellness?

Jacqueline Stenson | 
“There’s no cure for autism and anybody who tries to sell you a cure is lying,” [Lizzie] Acevedo, a single ...
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Patient death prompts new rules for fecal transplants: ‘Why weren’t these guidelines already in place?’

Linda Carroll | 
In June [2019], after a patient died and another was sickened from a fecal transplant that contained drug-resistant bacteria, the ...
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HPV vaccine better than expected at shielding against cancer. Why are anti-vaxxers fighting it?

Tara Smith | 
New research shows that the HPV vaccine is exceeding expectations in protecting individuals from HPV infection and precancerous cells.  ...
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23andMe harnesses ‘massive’ genetic database for medical research

Aliza Nadi, Cynthia McFadden, Rich Schapiro | 
23andMe is well known for its DNA kits that promise to shed light on a person's ancestral history and potential ...
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How human evolution—and racism—could be altered by climate change

Scott Solomon | 
Evidence suggests that a warming planet could melt away differences between human races — or population groups, as scientists more ...
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98: That’s how many humans it would take to start over on another planet

Corey Powell | 
Are we too vulnerable to asteroid strikes and other cataclysms to stick with our single planet? … Frédéric Marin is ...
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Chocolate producers look to CRISPR gene editing to help cacao trees adapt to climate change

Max Blau | 
With the help of a suite of genetic engineering tools including CRISPR — and money from Mars Inc., one of the world’s ...
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