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HIV patients can now get monthly, FDA-approved injections, replacing multiple daily treatments

HIV patients can now get monthly, FDA-approved injections, replacing multiple daily treatments

Apoorva Mandavilli | 
The Food and Drug Administration on [January 21] approved a combination of two monthly shots for treatment of H.I.V. in ...
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How the ‘Japan model’ – limited testing with robust contact tracing – kept the country from being initially overwhelmed by COVID-19

Ben Dooley, Makiko Inoue | 
[At the beginning of the pandemic,] Japan went its own way, limiting tests to only the most severe cases as ...
Book review: Who knew the world of paleoanthropology could be so cutthroat?

Book review: Who knew the world of paleoanthropology could be so cutthroat?

Steve Brusatte | 
[T]he scientists looking for ever older bones of our ancestors always seem to be squabbling. At least that’s their reputation ...
Recovery is elusive for this COVID longhauler

Recovery is elusive for this COVID longhauler

Pam Belluck | 
Since getting sick with the coronavirus in March, Mr. Long, 54, has fallen into a distressing new cycle — one ...
Where does my body begin and machine end? How AI is keeping my pancreas, and me, alive

Where does my body begin and machine end? How AI is keeping my pancreas, and me, alive

Mark Taylor | 
I have Type 1 diabetes, so my pancreas does not produce the life-essential insulin that a normal pancreas secretes. Instead, ...
COVID vaccine benefits appear to outweigh minimal potential dangers for pregnant and breastfeeding women

COVID vaccine benefits appear to outweigh minimal potential dangers for pregnant and breastfeeding women

Apoorva Mandavilli | 
[T]he American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the S.M.F.M. and other organizations have been calling on the F.D.A. to allow pregnant and lactating ...
How the Chinese government suppressed the real story of the country’s coronavirus catastrophe

How the Chinese government suppressed the real story of the country’s coronavirus catastrophe

Aaron Krolik, Jeff Kao, Paul Mozur, Raymond Zhong | 
The news was spreading quickly that Li Wenliang, a doctor who had warned about a strange new viral outbreak only to be ...
‘The Pattern Seekers’: What autism can tell us about the evolutionary tipping point that made us human

‘The Pattern Seekers’: What autism can tell us about the evolutionary tipping point that made us human

Christine Kenneally | 
[In “The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention,” psychologist Simon] Baron-Cohen argues that humans split off from all other ...
'25 days in China that changed the world': How the country's COVID bungling helped accelerate a global disaster

’25 days in China that changed the world’: How the country’s COVID bungling helped accelerate a global disaster

[The January 23 Wuhan] lockdown was the first decisive step in saving China. But in a pandemic that has since ...
Africa has largely avoided the COVID scourge to date. Here’s why that may change

Africa has largely avoided the COVID scourge to date. Here’s why that may change

Sheri Fink | 
In South Africa, a crush of new cases that spread from Port Elizabeth is growing exponentially across the nation, with ...
Which provides longer-lasting immunity: Getting COVID or a vaccine?

Which provides longer-lasting immunity: Getting COVID or a vaccine?

Apoorva Mandavilli | 
Which produces a stronger immune response: a natural infection or a vaccine? The short answer: We don’t know. But Covid-19 ...
COVID-19 vaccine tracker: What’s the status of all vaccines in development?

COVID-19 vaccine tracker: What’s the status of all vaccines in development?

Carl Zimmer, Jonathan Corum, Sui-Lee Wee | 
Vaccines typically require years of research and testing before reaching the clinic, but in 2020, scientists embarked on a race ...
Interactive: What’s your place in the COVID-19 vaccine line?

Interactive: What’s your place in the COVID-19 vaccine line?

Jorge Colombo, Stuart Thompson | 
Health officials are considering vaccine timelines that give some Americans priority over others. If you’re a healthy American, you may ...
What you need to know about the fast-mutating strains of COVID-19

What you need to know about the fast-mutating strains of COVID-19

Nathaniel Lash, Tala Schlossberg | 
It’s still unclear how successful a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, can be. A lot will depend ...
Voter fraud truthers add vaccine conspiracies to their social media disinformation efforts

Voter fraud truthers add vaccine conspiracies to their social media disinformation efforts

Davey Alba, Sheera Frenkel | 
As Mr. Trump’s challenges to the election’s results have been knocked down and the Electoral College has affirmed President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s ...
Ellume: 91%+ accurate at-home COVID test given first emergency authorization in the US

Ellume: 91%+ accurate at-home COVID test given first emergency authorization in the US

Katherine Wu | 
The Food and Drug Administration on [December 15] issued an emergency authorization for the country’s first coronavirus test that can run from ...
Viewpoint: How Trump and Steve Bannon aided by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and Lou Dobbs promoted the ‘China created COVID in a lab’ conspiracy myth

Viewpoint: How Trump and Steve Bannon aided by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and Lou Dobbs promoted the ‘China created COVID in a lab’ conspiracy myth

Amy Qin, Danny Hakim, Vivian Wang | 
[Chinese researcher Dr. Li-Meng Yan] appeared in the United States on Fox News making the unsubstantiated claim to millions that ...
Vaccine diplomacy: China poised to introduce first COVID shots to Latin America, increasing its regional influence

Vaccine diplomacy: China poised to introduce first COVID shots to Latin America, increasing its regional influence

Carol Rosenberg | 
China is actively making “deals to try to get the vaccine deployed and employed” around the globe to stop the ...
As COVID is transmitted via airborne particles, there’s no evidence that sanitizing surfaces lowers risk of infection

As COVID is transmitted via airborne particles, there’s no evidence that sanitizing surfaces lowers risk of infection

Apoorva Mandavilli, Mike Ives | 
All over the world, workers are soaping, wiping and fumigating surfaces with an urgent sense of purpose: to fight the ...
Viewpoint: If you care about science and the well-being of our children, don’t close schools

Viewpoint: If you care about science and the well-being of our children, don’t close schools

Aaron Carroll | 
We should not be going to public events. We should not be eating indoors at restaurants. We should not be ...
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Women and HIV: 6 shots a year shown to be more effective than daily pill

Apoorva Mandavilli | 
Women have had only one approved option for pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, a course of drugs taken to prevent contracting ...
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After a vaccine or infection, how long will immunity to COVID last? It could be years, hopeful new data suggest

Apoorva Mandavilli | 
Eight months after infection, most people who have recovered still have enough immune cells to fend off the virus and prevent ...
Childhood asthma linked to maternal depression during pregnancy

Childhood asthma linked to maternal depression during pregnancy

Nicholas Bakalar | 
Researchers had the parents of 4,231 children fill out well-validated questionnaires on psychological stress in the second trimester of pregnancy, ...
Long hauler phenomenon explained? In some COVID survivors, normally protective antibodies turn on their own cells

Long hauler phenomenon explained? In some COVID survivors, normally protective antibodies turn on their own cells

Apoorva Mandavilli | 
At some point, the body’s defense system in [some COVID survivors shifts] into attacking itself, rather than the virus, [a ...
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Viewpoint: Not all the COVID news is gloomy

Donald McNeil Jr. | 
Clearly, the pandemic has not ended. So far some 215,000 Americans have lost their lives to the coronavirus, and reliable estimates suggest ...
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First new human organs found in three centuries – camera-shy salivary glands in your head

Katherine Wu | 
A team of researchers in the Netherlands has discovered what may be a set of previously unidentified organs: a pair ...
Brain fog: COVID’s lingering threat

Brain fog: COVID’s lingering threat

Pam Belluck | 
It’s becoming known as Covid brain fog: troubling cognitive symptoms that can include memory loss, confusion, difficulty focusing, dizziness and ...
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Video: Viewpoint: The US wrote the global playbook on the coronavirus and then ignored it

Adam Ellick, Johnny Harris, Nicholas Kristof | 
A year ago, the United States was regarded as the country best prepared for a pandemic. Our government had spent ...
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