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COVID vaccine side effects are real. Here’s what you should know

There are several coronavirus vaccines that are currently in Phase 3 clinical trials. For vaccines, this final experimental stage requires ...
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When it comes to medicine, how we define slippery concepts like race, gender and age matters

The foundation of medical research, which is considered the gold standard, is the Randomized Controlled Trial when individuals are matched ...
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Why antibiotic-resistant pathogens may get a boost from the COVID-19 pandemic

I want to return to my favorite topic, antibiotics, viewed through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, as ...
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Viewpoint: Taking vitamin D is the ‘least crackpot’ of the coronavirus nutrition ideas

For the most part, supplements are a waste of money at best and harmful at worst. But could vitamin D ...
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A question of free will: How much of our behavior is determined by our genes?

Are our fates determined by the stars or by our actions? An age-old debate made no less contentious by reducing ...
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‘Disease X’: Why there’s reason to fear an unknown pandemic threat

Disease X -- a yet unseen deadly infectious disease with an epidemic potential for which no countermeasures exist -- has ...
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Growing criticism over stratospheric cost of spinal muscular atrophy-fighting drug Zolgensma ignores trade-off value

Novartis recently won FDA approval for Zolgensma, a new medicine that can potentially cure infants suffering from the otherwise fatal ...
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Headache or brain tumor: How can we tell the difference?

A news report out [April 1] highlights an unfortunate situation of a young woman in the United Kingdom who claims repeated doctor ...
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Your blood type may influence your vulnerability to stomach flu

Not only is a case of norovirus gastroenteritis the personification of misery, but the virus that causes it is also one ...
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Viewpoint: Elective, unproven IV therapies create ‘perfect storm of risks’

We don’t have to look very far these days to find wellness facilities touting this or that intravenous (IV) infusion for “detoxification” and ...
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Viewpoint: We can’t ignore scientific evidence about male, female brain differences

It's obvious to just about anyone who is paying attention — and to most biologists, in particular — that there ...
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Viewpoint: We aren’t doing enough to protect people against ‘false promises’ of unproven stem cell treatments

In an announcement of no surprise, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) again officially warned a company it previously warned in ...
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Using molecular trickery to cross the blood-brain barrier

[There are a] number of methods that are being used to break down the [blood-brain] barrier that keeps drugs for ...
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Change, resilience and the mysterious human microbiome

Our microbiome is an inner ecology of Planet Us. And thought of in that context, two new small, exploratory studies, may ...
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Simple urine test for anxiety, depression around the corner

Depression and anxiety are not always easy to detect. … Besides being time consuming and inconvenient, diagnostic criteria are rather ...
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‘Foot soldiers’ of disease: Plasma proteins could be key to understanding genetic risks

[Blood plasma] is the home of the “secretome,” a host of proteins that serve as inter-cell communicators. These proteins are ...
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How John Oliver was duped by the fringe anti-science advocacy groups USRTK and the Organic Consumers Association

Sometimes it's difficult to know who is defending science and who is more concerned about identity politics and cheap laughs ...
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In lower risk groups, lifestyle, rather than genetics, plays the largest role in diabetes and heart disease, study shows

The data-miners have found a new vein of data, the UK Biobank, which contains genetic information on about 500,000 of ...
Breast cancer risk actually decreases as women under 55 gain weight, study shows

Breast cancer risk actually decreases as women under 55 gain weight, study shows

A new, large-scale breast cancer study of women who had not yet reached menopause produced a surprising result: as body ...
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Are biosimilar drugs reliable replacements for their pricier counterparts?

Biologics are complex molecules, modifying our immune responses to specific chronic inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or irritable ...
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Bringing a common language to Alzheimer’s research

The research into the underlying causes and treatment [of Alzheimer's] have been intensifying but have been a bit undisciplined; it ...
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Does an extra glass of wine take 30 minutes off your life? That’s ‘outlandish’

A few weeks ago, the media ran wild with an outlandish claim that an extra glass of wine will take ...
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Can humans reproduce in space? NASA wants to know

If the thought of conceiving in space or the potential of one day giving birth there seem unimaginable and far-fetched ...
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Habits and choices: How does our brain differentiate between the two?

Habitual behavior is routine and automatic, frequently initiated by a cue or change in a situation.Sometimes, habits don't hold up, ...
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Viewpoint: No, the placebo effect is not increasing, but bedside manners do impact perceived drug efficacy

[A] new article, published in Psychology Today, purports that the “Placebo Effect is Growing.” In the author’s words, “Over the ...