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Why going for herd immunity to fight COVID won’t work

The idea of abandoning preventive measures and letting the virus infect people has already gotten traction in [US] administration. [Recently, ...
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Behold the sturddlefish: ‘It’s like if a cow and a giraffe made a baby’

“Sturddlefish,” as these [Russian sturgeon and American paddlefish] hybrids were nicknamed after researchers in Hungary announced their creation last month, go shockingly ...
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Permanent readjustment: Why COVID-19 is here to stay

If there was ever a time when this coronavirus could be contained, it has probably passed. One outcome is now ...
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Viewpoint: How COVID-19 has brought America to its knees

Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus. And despite its considerable advantages—immense resources, biomedical ...
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Having your period can be painful, messy, expensive – and optional?

Menstruation has now become an elective bodily process. “Once your periods are established, we can turn them off,” Sophia Yen, ...
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Latest partisan flashpoint: Gap between rising confirmed coronavirus infections and relatively flat death rate

President Donald Trump has brushed off the coronavirus surge by emphasizing the lower death rate, saying that “99 percent of ...
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Quest for a coronavirus vaccine ‘reinvigorating’ anti-vax conspiracy theories

There is no COVID-19 vaccine, but there are already COVID-19 vaccine conspiracies. Even as vaccines for the disease caused by ...
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Prebiotics: How best to protect your skin and why daily showers may not be a good idea

Now couldn’t be a weirder time to question washing. I’ve spent the past three years reporting on how our notions ...
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30 years later in Romania: What happened to the babies deprived of human contact?

In 1990, the outside world discovered [Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu’s] network of “child gulags,” in which an estimated 170,000 abandoned ...
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‘This virus has ruined my life’: Some COVID-19 patients have suffered through symptoms for months—with no end in sight

About 80 percent of [COVID-19] infections, according to the World Health Organization, “are mild or asymptomatic,” and patients recover after ...
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‘Diagnostic conundrum’: COVID-19 pandemic has given us a lot of clinically depressed people

As a rough average, during pre-pandemic life, 5 to 7 percent of people met the criteria for a diagnosis of ...
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‘High-stakes information battle’ brewing over which coronavirus experts to trust

Determining who is an authoritative figure worth amplifying is more challenging than ever. Curated, personalized feeds enable bespoke realities. Trump ...
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Unanswered COVID-19 questions multiply: Why some people get really sick and others not? Does social distancing really matter? Are models right?

In a pandemic characterized by extreme uncertainty, one of the few things experts know for sure is the identity of ...
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Are we facing a ‘more transmissible’ coronavirus strain? Not so fast, researchers say

As if the pandemic weren’t bad enough, on April 30, a team led by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory ...
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How America is neglecting its growing elderly autistic population

[E]merging research suggests that autistic adults are at high risk of a broad array of physical and mental health conditions, ...
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There are 7 coronaviruses that infect humans. Here’s what makes SARS-CoV-2 so dangerous

SARS-CoV-2 is not the flu. It causes a disease with different symptoms, spreads and kills more readily, and belongs to a completely ...
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There are 3 possible endgames for the coronavirus pandemic

Three months ago, no one knew that SARS-CoV-2 existed. Now the virus has spread to almost every country... . It ...
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Breast milk breakthrough on the horizon? Growing mammary cells to create casein and lactose

The inconvenient truth about breastfeeding is that breasts are, invariably, attached to a person. A person who could get too ...
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Human hibernation eyed as solution for severe trauma, weight loss and deep-space travel

A small group of scientists is taking human hibernation extremely seriously. They are studying the basic mechanisms with an eye ...
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Why are Americans obsessed with unproven CBD supplements?

CBD belongs to a class of chemicals called cannabinoids, dozens of which have been identified in cannabis and hemp plants, ...
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Here’s a virus that CRISPR can’t touch—it could help researchers gain better control of the gene-editing tool

Bacteria and phages are likely locked in an arms race. The former evolve new kinds of scissor enzymes, and the ...
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Tracing evolution of mammalian hearing: Essential ear bones were once part of the jaw

One hundred and twenty million years ago, when northeastern China was a series of lakes and erupting volcanoes, there lived ...
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Chronic pain relief: Why Gabapentin may not be a ‘safe’ alternative to opioids

Gabapentin was supposed to be the answer. Chronic pain afflicts about a fifth of American adults, and for years, doctors thought it ...
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Why do women make up two-thirds of Alzheimer’s patients? The answer may be found in menopause

Two-thirds of all Alzheimer’s patients are women. Why? It has often been posited that this is because women live longer ...
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How a genetically modified morning glory was almost the 2020 Olympics mascot

Sebastian Cocioba, a 29-year-old college dropout and self-styled “plant hacker,” has lived there with his parents for the past decade ...
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Keto diet as a cancer treatment? Researchers explore potential to treat diseases, seizures

[S]cientists have known for decades that the keto diet can prevent epileptic seizures even when pharmaceutical treatments have failed. But ...
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‘Superhero therapy’: How comic book characters can help us navigate life

Why adults flock to this kind of therapy speaks volumes about the importance of superhero stories—and the nature of the ...
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Could common infections be causing eating disorders?

Infections might, in fact, spark eating disorders in some people. For the study, Lauren Breithaupt, a clinical psychologist at Massachusetts ...
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