Infographic: COVID variants spreading rapidly throughout the US, stalling post-coronavirus recovery

Infographic: COVID variants spreading rapidly throughout the US, stalling post-coronavirus recovery

The country’s vaccine rollout has sped up since the first doses were administered in December, recently reaching a rolling average ...
You’ve survived mild COVID? For many, debilitating symptoms kick in weeks or months later

You’ve survived mild COVID? For many, debilitating symptoms kick in weeks or months later

[A] study that analyzed electronic medical records in California found that nearly a third of the people struggling with long ...
Workout junkie? Daily high-intensity workouts might be problematic to your health

Workout junkie? Daily high-intensity workouts might be problematic to your health

Consisting of repeated, brief spurts of hard exercise interspersed with a few minutes of rest, [high-intensity interval training, or] HIIT ...
Many long-term care workers resist COVID vaccinations. Can they be mandated?

Many long-term care workers resist COVID vaccinations. Can they be mandated?

It’s a question that many long-term care employers, from individual families to big national companies, are confronting as vaccines become ...
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Psychedelic mushrooms in your future? Oregon edges closer to becoming first state to license therapeutic use

Psychedelic mushrooms in your future? Oregon edges closer to becoming first state to license therapeutic use

Oregon is about to become the first state in the country to try to build a support infrastructure through which ...
Infographic: Africa and Asia are lagging behind rest of the world in mass vaccinating their populations

Infographic: Africa and Asia are lagging behind rest of the world in mass vaccinating their populations

More than 345 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered worldwide in the three months since mass inoculation began ...
COVID can ravage our sense of smell. It’s also sparking research on the sense we often take for granted

COVID can ravage our sense of smell. It’s also sparking research on the sense we often take for granted

Smell is a startling superpower. You can walk through someone’s front door and instantly know that she recently made popcorn ...
Why so many people in the LGBTQ community are vaccine hesitant

Why so many people in the LGBTQ community are vaccine hesitant

Research has shown that sexual and gender minorities, and especially people of color, are more vulnerable to becoming infected with ...
Cancer and cocktails? Physician groups urge that alcohol should carry a warning label

Cancer and cocktails? Physician groups urge that alcohol should carry a warning label

In recent years, a growing number of medical and public health groups have introduced public awareness campaigns warning people to ...
When it comes to COVID, identical doesn’t always mean the same: Twins got COVID together but their illnesses followed different trajectories

When it comes to COVID, identical doesn’t always mean the same: Twins got COVID together but their illnesses followed different trajectories

Early last spring, [twin] sisters from Rochester, Mich., checked themselves into the hospital with fevers and shortness of breath. While ...
COVID variant warning: Brazil P.1 variant infects many who had recovered, devastating Manaus

COVID variant warning: Brazil P.1 variant infects many who had recovered, devastating Manaus

B.1.1.7, first identified in Britain, has demonstrated the power to spread far and fast. In South Africa, a mutant called ...
Meet black footed ferret Elizabeth Ann, the first cloned endangered species in North America

Meet black footed ferret Elizabeth Ann, the first cloned endangered species in North America

Elizabeth Ann had just turned 21 days old — surely a milestone for any ferret but a particularly meaningful one ...
Debunking 7 myths about the COVID vaccine

Debunking 7 myths about the COVID vaccine

[W]idespread immunization is the fastest and best way to begin to return to a more normal way of life. Seven ...
Mass vaccination campaigns are always challenging. Here’s how the US fared with a previous outbreak

Mass vaccination campaigns are always challenging. Here’s how the US fared with a previous outbreak

On April 12, 1955, the U.S. government licensed the first vaccine against poliomyelitis, created by Dr. Jonas Salk, after scientists ...
Sickle cell gene therapy trial halted after two patients develop cancer, though the link is not certain

Sickle cell gene therapy trial halted after two patients develop cancer, though the link is not certain

A patient who was treated [with gene therapy for sickle cell disease] five and a half years ago has developed ...
Long COVID: Some people may never fully recover

Long COVID: Some people may never fully recover

They hadn’t been hospitalized. They were relatively young and otherwise in good health, without the underlying conditions like obesity and ...
COVID might be amplifying teenage suicide rates. Here’s how to help

COVID might be amplifying teenage suicide rates. Here’s how to help

Even during normal times, many mental health problems tend to emerge in adolescence, and young people in this group are ...
Antibody treatments: Vaccines are in demand while other effective drugs go unused. Here’s why

Antibody treatments: Vaccines are in demand while other effective drugs go unused. Here’s why

Hospitals and clinics, staggered by the needs of the sick and gearing up to help administer the new coronavirus vaccines, ...
'Cancer is a life sentence. But Covid is a death sentence': Patients with compromised immune systems unable to access vaccines

‘Cancer is a life sentence. But Covid is a death sentence’: Patients with compromised immune systems unable to access vaccines

Facing conflicting guidance and logistical chaos, many cancer patients are struggling to navigate the bumpy rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination ...
AI writing test accurately predicts Alzhiemer’s years before symptoms appear

AI writing test accurately predicts Alzhiemer’s years before symptoms appear

People with a wide variety of neurological illnesses have distinctive language patterns that, investigators suspect, may serve as early warning ...
UK COVID variant now spreading across the US likely deadlier than original virus

UK COVID variant now spreading across the US likely deadlier than original virus

[British scientists recently said] that there was a “realistic possibility” that the variant was not only more contagious than others, ...
Evolution and the pandemic: How COVID could develop resistance to vaccines over time

Evolution and the pandemic: How COVID could develop resistance to vaccines over time

With the emergence of what seem so far to be safe and effective vaccine candidates, it appears that humanity may be ...
Viewpoint: Why you shouldn’t be worried about potential reactions to COVID vaccines

Viewpoint: Why you shouldn’t be worried about potential reactions to COVID vaccines

Anaphylaxis — a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction — is nothing to be ignored. It’s most commonly associated with allergies to ...
Fauci: “This phenomenon is quite real and extensive’. More needs to be done to treat COVID ‘long haulers’

Fauci: “This phenomenon is quite real and extensive’. More needs to be done to treat COVID ‘long haulers’

In a two-day meeting [January 14-15], the federal government’s first workshop dedicated to long-term Covid-19, public health officials, medical researchers ...
Pregnant COVID survivors appear to pass protective antibodies on to their babies

Pregnant COVID survivors appear to pass protective antibodies on to their babies

[New findings, published January 29 in JAMA Pediatrics, offer] more evidence that Covid-19 antibodies can cross the placenta.  “What we ...
When we get COVID-19 under control, here's what it might turn into

When we get COVID-19 under control, here’s what it might turn into

The coronavirus is here to stay, but once most adults are immune — following natural infection or vaccination — the ...
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