Unvaccinated Americans 11 times as likely as the vaccinated to die of COVID, research finds, bolstering case for mandatory shots

Unvaccinated Americans 11 times as likely as the vaccinated to die of COVID, research finds, bolstering case for mandatory shots

Apoorva Mandavilli, Roni Caryn Robin | 
Just a day after President Biden issued broad mandates aimed at encouraging American workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, ...
GLP Podcast: Climate change enhances farming? Lawyers target paraquat; NYT vs anti-GMO groups

GLP Podcast: Climate change enhances farming? Lawyers target paraquat; NYT vs anti-GMO groups

Cameron English, Kevin Folta | 
Climate change could boost crop yields in the coming decades, but pests enabled by the warmer temperatures may offset whatever ...
If you can't see me you can't bite me: CRISPR experiments target altering mosquitoes to make them blind to humans

If you can’t see me you can’t bite me: CRISPR experiments target altering mosquitoes to make them blind to humans

Sabrina Imbler | 
For the first time, scientists have used the gene-editing tool Crispr-Cas9 to render humans effectively invisible in the eyes of ...
Delta surge sparks spike in virus disinformation

Delta surge sparks spike in virus disinformation

Davey Alba | 
Coronavirus misinformation has spiked online in recent weeks, misinformation experts say, as people who peddle in falsehoods have seized on ...
Viewpoint — This osteopath and natural medicine peddler is the most notorious COVID disinformation spreader: Dr. Joseph Mercola

Viewpoint — This osteopath and natural medicine peddler is the most notorious COVID disinformation spreader: Dr. Joseph Mercola

Sheera Frenkel | 
Dr. [Joseph] Mercola, 67, an osteopathic physician in Cape Coral, Fla., has long been a subject of criticism and government ...
Tik Tok and social media influencers join White House campaign to soften vaccine hesitancy

Tik Tok and social media influencers join White House campaign to soften vaccine hesitancy

Taylor Lorenz | 
Fewer than half of all Americans age 18 to 39 are fully vaccinated, compared with more than two-thirds of those ...
Brain speak: Electrodes implanted in a paralyzed man’s brain transmit signals to a computer that reads his words

Brain speak: Electrodes implanted in a paralyzed man’s brain transmit signals to a computer that reads his words

Pam Belluck | 
He has not been able to speak since 2003, when he was paralyzed at age 20 by a severe stroke ...
Viewpoint: Still believe that GMOs and gene edited crops pose more harm than good? Time for a rethink

Viewpoint: Still believe that GMOs and gene edited crops pose more harm than good? Time for a rethink

Jennifer Kahn | 
Since their introduction in the mid-1990s, G.M.O.s have remained wildly unpopular with consumers, who see them as dubious tools of ...
Stirring disinformation: Once relegated to political fringes, vaccine bashing takes center stage with Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham

Stirring disinformation: Once relegated to political fringes, vaccine bashing takes center stage with Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham

Tiffany Hsu | 
Rupert Murdoch received a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Afterward, he urged everyone else to get it, too. Since then, ...
Fan of soda? Association found between colon cancer and sugary drinks, though no direct links identified

Fan of soda? Association found between colon cancer and sugary drinks, though no direct links identified

Nicholas Bakalar | 
[A] new study, published in the medical journal Gut, examined the link between colorectal cancer and sweet drinks in 94,464 ...
What can teenagers looking for COVID shots do if their parents are opposed to vaccines?

What can teenagers looking for COVID shots do if their parents are opposed to vaccines?

Jan Hoffman | 
[T]hough Covid vaccines have been authorized for children as young as 12, many parents, worried about side effects and frightened ...
Nearly a quarter of COVID survivors, even those with mild symptoms, face ongoing medical issues

Nearly a quarter of COVID survivors, even those with mild symptoms, face ongoing medical issues

Pam Belluck | 
[A] study, tracking the health insurance records of nearly two million people in the United States who contracted the coronavirus ...
Viewpoint: Why are some people hesitant to get vaccines? It may have more to do with hard-wired personality than politics

Viewpoint: Why are some people hesitant to get vaccines? It may have more to do with hard-wired personality than politics

Sema Sgaier | 
After conducting a national survey of U.S. adults, we grouped people into distinct profiles based on their shared beliefs and ...
In between belly rubs, dogs are on the front lines in hunting down COVID

In between belly rubs, dogs are on the front lines in hunting down COVID

Hannah Beech | 
[T]hree Labradors, operating out of a university clinic in Bangkok, are part of a global corps of dogs being trained ...
Top China virologist who conducts risky experiments in Wuhan with bat coronaviruses rejects lab leak theory

Top China virologist who conducts risky experiments in Wuhan with bat coronaviruses rejects lab leak theory

Amy Qin, Chris Buckley | 
Shi Zhengli, a top Chinese virologist, is once again at the center of clashing narratives about her research on coronaviruses ...
Swiss voters ‘overwhelmingly’ reject activist-proposed synthetic pesticide ban, referendum results show

Swiss voters ‘overwhelmingly’ reject activist-proposed synthetic pesticide ban, referendum results show

Noele Illien | 
Voters in Switzerland on [June 12] overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have banned the use of artificial pesticides in ...
‘COVID is well on its way to becoming endemic’: With hopes for herd immunity fading, living with the coronavirus could be long term reality

‘COVID is well on its way to becoming endemic’: With hopes for herd immunity fading, living with the coronavirus could be long term reality

Andrés Martínez | 
Experts now say [SARS-CoV-2] is changing too quickly, new more contagious variants are spreading too easily and vaccinations are happening ...
Will your college mandate vaccines this fall? It depends — mostly — on whether Democrats or Republicans control your state

Will your college mandate vaccines this fall? It depends — mostly — on whether Democrats or Republicans control your state

Rukmini Callimachi | 
In a divided nation, college vaccine mandates are mostly following familiar fault lines. As of [May 22] only 34 — ...
‘Post-coronavirus trauma’: Why a growing group of ‘perma-maskers’ say they won’t forgo face coverings anytime soon

‘Post-coronavirus trauma’: Why a growing group of ‘perma-maskers’ say they won’t forgo face coverings anytime soon

Sarah Maslin Nir | 
Last year, protesters staged rallies against official requirements to wear masks, built pyres to burn them in protest and touched ...
Sickle cell mystery or excuse? Sudden deaths of many young Black people while in police custody are often blamed on genetics. What does the science say?

Sickle cell mystery or excuse? Sudden deaths of many young Black people while in police custody are often blamed on genetics. What does the science say?

The New York Times has found at least 46… instances over the past 25 years in which medical examiners, law ...
Poorer countries are most vulnerable: Fast-spreading Indian variant and limited vaccine supplies threaten global recovery

Poorer countries are most vulnerable: Fast-spreading Indian variant and limited vaccine supplies threaten global recovery

Benjamin Mueller | 
In the United States, which has detected more than 800 cases of the variant from India, a glut of vaccines ...
Assisant Health Secretary Rachel Levine sets trail-blazing path: How the highest-ranking openly transgender person to serve in the federal government has navigated her first months in office

Assisant Health Secretary Rachel Levine sets trail-blazing path: How the highest-ranking openly transgender person to serve in the federal government has navigated her first months in office

Sheryl Gay Stolberg | 
Dr. [Rachel] Levine, a former Pennsylvania health secretary, is now President Biden’s assistant secretary for health, the first openly transgender ...
Reach for ice cream when you’re feeling down? Sugar-laden, high-fat foods are comforting, but least likely to benefit mental health

Reach for ice cream when you’re feeling down? Sugar-laden, high-fat foods are comforting, but least likely to benefit mental health

Anahad O'Connor | 
[O]ver the years, a growing body of research has provided intriguing hints about the ways in which foods may affect ...
Reviving cold cases: DNA Doe Project uses genetic genealogy to solve long-unsolved crimes

Reviving cold cases: DNA Doe Project uses genetic genealogy to solve long-unsolved crimes

Virginia Huges | 
Genetic genealogy debuted more than 20 years ago as a pastime for ancestry enthusiasts. The customer sent a saliva sample ...
Here’s why the CDC relaxed its mask policy a week after announcing confusing guidance

Here’s why the CDC relaxed its mask policy a week after announcing confusing guidance

Apoorva Mandavilli | 
For months, federal officials have vigorously warned that wearing masks and social distancing were necessary to contain the pandemic. So ...
‘The most terrifying thing’: For an unlucky few, even mild COVID can lead to psychosis. We still don’t know why

‘The most terrifying thing’: For an unlucky few, even mild COVID can lead to psychosis. We still don’t know why

Pam Belluck | 
[I]n mid-December, after a mild case of Covid-19, [49-year-old former marine Ivan Agerton] was seized by a kind of psychosis ...
People with compromised immune systems are likeliest evolutionary source of rogue COVID variants

People with compromised immune systems are likeliest evolutionary source of rogue COVID variants

Apoorva Mandavilli | 
A coronavirus typically gains mutations on a slow-but-steady pace of about two per month. But this variant, called B.1.1.7, had ...
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