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Is it safe to use growth hormones to treat unusually short children? Here are the pros and cons

Is it safe to use growth hormones to treat unusually short children? Here are the pros and cons

Jane Brody | 
Experts estimate that 60 percent to 80 percent of children who are short for their age do not have a ...
IVF rates are on the rise — and so are disputes over who gets ‘custody’ of frozen embryos when couples separate

IVF rates are on the rise — and so are disputes over who gets ‘custody’ of frozen embryos when couples separate

Jenny Gross, Maria Cramer | 
Anyone who has been divorced knows the painful process well: disentangling finances, dividing possessions and mapping out custody arrangements for ...
The incredible shrinking heart: Astronaut Scott Kelly’s heart shrunk by ¼ during his year in space, raising concerns about Mars travel

The incredible shrinking heart: Astronaut Scott Kelly’s heart shrunk by ¼ during his year in space, raising concerns about Mars travel

Kenneth Chang | 
In a study published on [March 29] in the journal Circulation, scientists reported that the largest chamber of the heart ...
NDV-HXP-S ‘game changer’: A new low-cost vaccine made in chicken eggs now in clinical trials could change the way we fight COVID

NDV-HXP-S ‘game changer’: A new low-cost vaccine made in chicken eggs now in clinical trials could change the way we fight COVID

Carl Zimmer | 
[A new] vaccine, called NDV-HXP-S, is the first in clinical trials to use a new molecular design that is widely ...
Assessing AstraZeneca’s vaccine: Are those who get the shot in danger of blood clots or are governments being overly cautious?

Assessing AstraZeneca’s vaccine: Are those who get the shot in danger of blood clots or are governments being overly cautious?

Benjamin Mueller, Denise Grady | 
[A] few cases of a rare blood-clotting disorder — some fatal — emerged within the past month or so, [and] ...
Brazil is now the world’s global COVID epicenter. Here is why the country has failed

Brazil is now the world’s global COVID epicenter. Here is why the country has failed

Ernesto Londoño, Letícia Casado | 
More than a year into the pandemic, deaths in Brazil are at their peak and highly contagious variants of the ...
Infographic: COVID variants spreading rapidly throughout the US, stalling post-coronavirus recovery

Infographic: COVID variants spreading rapidly throughout the US, stalling post-coronavirus recovery

Lauren Leatherby | 
The country’s vaccine rollout has sped up since the first doses were administered in December, recently reaching a rolling average ...
You’ve survived mild COVID? For many, debilitating symptoms kick in weeks or months later

You’ve survived mild COVID? For many, debilitating symptoms kick in weeks or months later

Pam Belluck | 
[A] study that analyzed electronic medical records in California found that nearly a third of the people struggling with long ...
Workout junkie? Daily high-intensity workouts might be problematic to your health

Workout junkie? Daily high-intensity workouts might be problematic to your health

Gretchen Reynolds | 
Consisting of repeated, brief spurts of hard exercise interspersed with a few minutes of rest, [high-intensity interval training, or] HIIT ...
Many long-term care workers resist COVID vaccinations. Can they be mandated?

Many long-term care workers resist COVID vaccinations. Can they be mandated?

Paula Span | 
It’s a question that many long-term care employers, from individual families to big national companies, are confronting as vaccines become ...
Psychedelic mushrooms in your future? Oregon edges closer to becoming first state to license therapeutic use

Psychedelic mushrooms in your future? Oregon edges closer to becoming first state to license therapeutic use

Ezra Klein | 
Oregon is about to become the first state in the country to try to build a support infrastructure through which ...
Infographic: Africa and Asia are lagging behind rest of the world in mass vaccinating their populations

Infographic: Africa and Asia are lagging behind rest of the world in mass vaccinating their populations

Apoorva Mandavilli, Josh Holder | 
More than 345 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered worldwide in the three months since mass inoculation began ...
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

Brooke Jarvis | 
Smell is a startling superpower. You can walk through someone’s front door and instantly know that she recently made popcorn ...
Why so many people in the LGBTQ community are vaccine hesitant

Why so many people in the LGBTQ community are vaccine hesitant

Christina Caron | 
Research has shown that sexual and gender minorities, and especially people of color, are more vulnerable to becoming infected with ...
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

Anahad O'Connor | 
In recent years, a growing number of medical and public health groups have introduced public awareness campaigns warning people to ...
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

Katherine Wu | 
Early last spring, [twin] sisters from Rochester, Mich., checked themselves into the hospital with fevers and shortness of breath. While ...
COVID variant warning: Brazil P.1 variant infects many who had recovered, devastating Manaus

COVID variant warning: Brazil P.1 variant infects many who had recovered, devastating Manaus

Carl Zimmer | 
B.1.1.7, first identified in Britain, has demonstrated the power to spread far and fast. In South Africa, a mutant called ...
Meet black footed ferret Elizabeth Ann, the first cloned endangered species in North America

Meet black footed ferret Elizabeth Ann, the first cloned endangered species in North America

Sabrina Imbler | 
Elizabeth Ann had just turned 21 days old — surely a milestone for any ferret but a particularly meaningful one ...
Debunking 7 myths about the COVID vaccine

Debunking 7 myths about the COVID vaccine

Aaron Carroll | 
[W]idespread immunization is the fastest and best way to begin to return to a more normal way of life. Seven ...
Mass vaccination campaigns are always challenging. Here’s how the US fared with a previous outbreak

Mass vaccination campaigns are always challenging. Here’s how the US fared with a previous outbreak

Jenny Gross | 
On April 12, 1955, the U.S. government licensed the first vaccine against poliomyelitis, created by Dr. Jonas Salk, after scientists ...
Sickle cell gene therapy trial halted after two patients develop cancer, though the link is not certain

Sickle cell gene therapy trial halted after two patients develop cancer, though the link is not certain

Gina Kolata | 
A patient who was treated [with gene therapy for sickle cell disease] five and a half years ago has developed ...
Long COVID: Some people may never fully recover

Long COVID: Some people may never fully recover

Moises Velasquez-Manoff | 
They hadn’t been hospitalized. They were relatively young and otherwise in good health, without the underlying conditions like obesity and ...
COVID might be amplifying teenage suicide rates. Here’s how to help

COVID might be amplifying teenage suicide rates. Here’s how to help

Perri Klass | 
Even during normal times, many mental health problems tend to emerge in adolescence, and young people in this group are ...
Antibody treatments: Vaccines are in demand while other effective drugs go unused. Here’s why

Antibody treatments: Vaccines are in demand while other effective drugs go unused. Here’s why

Katie Thomas, Rebecca Robbins | 
Hospitals and clinics, staggered by the needs of the sick and gearing up to help administer the new coronavirus vaccines, ...
'Cancer is a life sentence. But Covid is a death sentence': Patients with compromised immune systems unable to access vaccines

‘Cancer is a life sentence. But Covid is a death sentence’: Patients with compromised immune systems unable to access vaccines

Dani Blum | 
Facing conflicting guidance and logistical chaos, many cancer patients are struggling to navigate the bumpy rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination ...
AI writing test accurately predicts Alzhiemer’s years before symptoms appear

AI writing test accurately predicts Alzhiemer’s years before symptoms appear

Gina Kolata | 
People with a wide variety of neurological illnesses have distinctive language patterns that, investigators suspect, may serve as early warning ...
UK COVID variant now spreading across the US likely deadlier than original virus

UK COVID variant now spreading across the US likely deadlier than original virus

Benjamin Mueller, Carl Zimmer | 
[British scientists recently said] that there was a “realistic possibility” that the variant was not only more contagious than others, ...
Evolution and the pandemic: How COVID could develop resistance to vaccines over time

Evolution and the pandemic: How COVID could develop resistance to vaccines over time

Carl Zimmer, James Gorman | 
With the emergence of what seem so far to be safe and effective vaccine candidates, it appears that humanity may be ...
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