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Moderna tweaking COVID vaccine to target evasive new variants

Moderna tweaking COVID vaccine to target evasive new variants

[A] highly transmissible variant first detected in people who had recently traveled to Brazil was discovered in Minnesota. Moderna, the ...
Type 1 diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar, and four other myths about the disease

Type 1 diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar, and four other myths about the disease

Laura Todd Carns | 
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, 34.2 million Americans had diabetes in 2018. Of those, only 1.6 ...
Nearly 60% of COVID-19 cases spread by asymptomatic carriers, CDC finds

Nearly 60% of COVID-19 cases spread by asymptomatic carriers, CDC finds

Ben Guarino | 
Regardless of whether you feel ill, wear a mask, wash your hands, stay socially distant and get a coronavirus test ...
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

Tara Bahrampour | 
Decades of evidence from other respiratory viruses, along with observations of patients in recent months, suggests such infections may increase ...
Colonizing Mars? Here’s the technology we need to make that happen

Colonizing Mars? Here’s the technology we need to make that happen

David Von Drehle | 
Though it is the most livable non-Earth planet within our grasp, Mars is brutally hostile to life: It is as cold as Antarctica, ...
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

Drew Altman | 
[F]ew Americans can answer the basic question: When and where can I get vaccinated? The country needs a distribution strategy ...
$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

Aaron Gregg, Elizabeth Dwoskin | 
Five prominent anti-vaccine organizations that have been known to spread misleading information about the coronavirus received more than $850,000 in loans from ...
Video: Infrared camera shows how COVID spreads through a room

Video: Infrared camera shows how COVID spreads through a room

Dalton Bennett, Daron Taylor, Sarah Cahlan | 
More than 288,000 Americans have been killed by a virus that public health officials now say can be spread through ...
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

Moriah Balingit | 
Emerging data on contact tracing — which illuminates the origins of infections — shows that the virus does not seem ...
Early COVID vaccine recipients are reporting numerous side-effects. Believe it or not, that’s great news. Here’s why

Early COVID vaccine recipients are reporting numerous side-effects. Believe it or not, that’s great news. Here’s why

Joel Achenbach | 
Two criteria for a good vaccine are “effective” and “safe.” The coronavirus vaccine technically named BNT162b2 and developed by industry ...
Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine appears to protect against South African, UK COVID variants

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine appears to protect against South African, UK COVID variants

Carolyn Johnson | 
[A new] study showed the immunity conferred by the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine could block a version of the virus that contained one key ...
Viewpoint: Fears grow that Trump’s anti-science extremism could fuel rise in creationism

Viewpoint: Fears grow that Trump’s anti-science extremism could fuel rise in creationism

Adam Laats | 
Loss and humiliation do not make bad ideas go away. Rather, they can take on wilder and more outrageous forms ...
Fact check: 8 common COVID misconceptions

Fact check: 8 common COVID misconceptions

Maria Iati | 
To help you out, we rounded up eight facts about the coronavirus to keep in mind if you see claims to ...
Viewpoint: Halo Band not ready for primetime – Amazon’s invasive wearable health tracker gets a poor review

Viewpoint: Halo Band not ready for primetime – Amazon’s invasive wearable health tracker gets a poor review

Geoffrey Fowler, Heather Kelly | 
You haven’t exercised or slept enough, reports Amazon’s $65 Halo Band. Your body has too much fat, the Halo’s app shows ...
COVID-19 vaccine state-by-state availability tracker: When will you be able to get the shot?

COVID-19 vaccine state-by-state availability tracker: When will you be able to get the shot?

The Post is tracking how many doses are expected to be delivered in the first set of Pfizer’s newly authorized ...
COVID tests often yield false results, underscoring the limits of testing to control pandemics

COVID tests often yield false results, underscoring the limits of testing to control pandemics

Ishani Ganguli | 
National coronavirus test shortages have emphasized testing’s critical role in containing and mitigating the pandemic, but these inconvenient truths remain: ...
How most of Europe has kept schools open safely during the current COVID surge

How most of Europe has kept schools open safely during the current COVID surge

Michael Birnbaum | 
Most of Europe kept schools open even during a worst-on-the-planet second wave of infections this fall. And still, schools appear to ...
Science has limits: Unraveling the medical mystery of one woman’s pelvic pains

Science has limits: Unraveling the medical mystery of one woman’s pelvic pains

Sandra Boodman | 
Between 2012 and 2018, she consulted her own doctors and made eight trips to an urgent care center or emergency ...
School children will not get a COVID vaccine in time for the next school year, experts believe

School children will not get a COVID vaccine in time for the next school year, experts believe

Meryl Kornfield | 
Children’s immune responses are different from that of adults, so there is a consensus that pediatric [COVID vaccine] trials are ...
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All leading COVID vaccines so far require two shots, making it even more challenging to contain the pandemic

Frances Stead Sellers | 
As the nation gears up to vaccinate tens of millions of Americans against the novel coronavirus, public health officials… are ...
Kevin Davies’ ‘Editing Humanity’ explores the CRISPR revolution and the ethical dilemmas that await us

Kevin Davies’ ‘Editing Humanity’ explores the CRISPR revolution and the ethical dilemmas that await us

Adrian Woolfson | 
We cannot rewind the tape of life to see how we might have been and whether humans are inevitable products ...
Conservative media touts Danish study raising doubts about mask effectiveness. Health experts say that’s dangerous

Conservative media touts Danish study raising doubts about mask effectiveness. Health experts say that’s dangerous

Meryl Kornfield | 
In [a] large, randomized study published [November 18] in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers observed more than 6,000 people in Denmark ...
Video: Anti-COVID vaccine movement? How the Trump administration has eroded trust in science

Video: Anti-COVID vaccine movement? How the Trump administration has eroded trust in science

Danielle Kunitz, Kate Woodsome | 
Distrust in the Trump administration has turned into distrust of science, adding to an already powerful anti-vaccine movement. Infectious-disease epidemiologists ...
Airlines moving towards required pre-flight COVID testing to boost traveling

Airlines moving towards required pre-flight COVID testing to boost traveling

Ian Duncan, Lori Aratani | 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to caution that even with masks, social distancing and other measures, travel ...
Seaweed could ‘neutralize’ stubborn methane emissions from cows, slowing climate change

Seaweed could ‘neutralize’ stubborn methane emissions from cows, slowing climate change

Tatiana Schlossberg | 
Reducing methane from livestock, and cows in particular, has long been a goal of scientists and policymakers but is especially ...
Almost 50 years after brutal rape and murder, DNA cracks cold case, suspect commits suicide before conviction

Almost 50 years after brutal rape and murder, DNA cracks cold case, suspect commits suicide before conviction

Jaclyn Peiser | 
For 47 years, the case remained cold, with little evidence of who assaulted and murdered [20-year-old Jody] Loomis — until ...
Reliable, at-home, 11 minute COVID test green lighted by FDA, available within months

Reliable, at-home, 11 minute COVID test green lighted by FDA, available within months

Meryl Kornfield, Teo Armus | 
Many tests take days to produce results, require leaving quarantine to visit a medical professional, or — most likely — ...
Why is it taking so long to rollout home COVID tests?

Why is it taking so long to rollout home COVID tests?

William Wan | 
Although no single test will end the pandemic in the United States, experts say the ability for people to take ...
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