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Teaching AI to diagnose COVID-19 by analyzing CT scans

Claire Jarvis | 
In China, CT scans are already used as a COVID-19 diagnostic tool when a patient arrives at a healthcare setting ...
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Infographic: No more shots? Next-gen vaccine ‘sheets’ melt on the tongue

Ruth Williams | 
Two issues influencing the accessibility of many vaccines are their needs for constant refrigeration from production until use and for ...
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COVID-19 recoverers appear to rapidly lose antibodies, leaving them vulnerable to reinfection within months

Amanda Heidt | 
Infections caused by coronavirus cousins such as SARS and MERS result in antibodies that remain in the body for nearly ...
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How the COVID-19 pandemic has emboldened ‘armchair’ virologists

Bob Grant | 
[W]hen the Olympics are being broadcast, I transform into an armchair commentator, catching a full-blown case of what I like ...
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People with PTSD may have trouble suppressing memories—good and bad

Jef Akst | 
One question the researchers want to explore through the lens of the [November 13, 2015] Paris attacks is why some ...
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Viewpoint: We need more female animals included in research projects

Shawna Williams | 
In 2011, Annaliese Beery and Irving Zucker of the University of California, Berkeley, analyzed biomedical literature and reported that studies ...
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Infographic: From the common cold to COVID-19, here’s our history with coronaviruses

Shawna Williams | 
On January 9 of this year, Chinese state media reported that a team of researchers led by Xu Jianguo had ...
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‘Bioelectric memory patch’ promises to boost short-term memory. Could it really work?

Diana Kwon | 
What if you could boost your brain’s processing capabilities simply by sticking electrodes onto your head and flipping a switch? ...
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Gut microbiomes are most malleable in the first 2 years of life. Can infant probiotics improve long-term health?

[Children] acquire gut microbiome species from their mothers and others in the community during early life. This stands in contrast ...
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Why a poorly designed coronavirus vaccine could actually make infections worse

Katarina Zimmer | 
Antibodies created during a first-time infection could, under very specific circumstances, end up enhancing the disease rather than protecting against ...
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People with two copies of ‘Alzheimer’s gene’ at greater risk of developing severe COVID-19 infection

Jef Akst | 
The APOE ε4 gene variant that puts people at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease also has a link ...

Infographic: How our brains keep track of time

Catherine Offord | 
It’s unclear how the brain keeps track of the timing of events within a memory. One theory posits that, as ...
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‘The Idea of the Brain’: Pinpointing the storage location for our memories

Matthew Cobb | 
For centuries, scientists have been arguing about where memory resides in the brain. I explore the fascinating history of this ...
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Sewage monitoring could give early warning of fresh coronavirus outbreaks

Chris Baraniuk | 
Scientists in Spain are expecting to begin regularly analyzing sewage for traces of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, The Scientist ...
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Fighting malaria: Genetically modified parasites offer promising but incomplete protection

Ruth Williams | 
Two clinical trials, in which subjects were vaccinated with genetically engineered Plasmodium parasites and later exposed to the malaria-causing microbe, ...
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Hydroxychloroquine trials halted after World Health Organization cites ‘significantly higher risk of death’ for COVID-19 patients

Catherine Offord | 
The World Health Organization has suspended testing of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine after a study published in The Lancet reported ...
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False memories: Why marijuana users may not be the best eye witnesses

Amy Schleunes | 
When Lilian Kloft stumbled across a 2015 study showing a connection between cannabis use and susceptibility to false memories, she ...
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From “COVID toes” to delirium, coronavirus presents a wide range of unusual symptoms

Claire Jarvis | 
In late April, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its list of COVID-19 symptoms. The CDC initially ...
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AI digs through billions of molecules, searching for an effective coronavirus treatment

Abby Olena | 
Shantenu Jha, a computational scientist at Rutgers University and Brookhaven National Laboratory, is coupling artificial intelligence techniques and algorithms with ...

Tuberculosis vaccine gets a shot at the coronavirus

Anthony King | 
One of the oldest vaccines could protect us against our newest infectious disease, COVID-19. The vaccine has been given to ...

Experimental cancer blood test shows promise, but also hits some snags

Ashley Yeager | 
A blood test has detected cancer in individuals who had no history or symptoms of cancer. A trial of the ...
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Infographic: 3 factors affecting how viruses jump from animals to humans

Ashley Yeager | 
Raina Plowright of Montana State University is working with infectious disease experts, ecologists, and a range of other scientists to ...
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Taming the body’s immune response could offer treatment option for coronavirus

Shawna Williams | 
Among the many outstanding questions about COVID-19 is how the same virus, SARS-CoV-2, can kill some patients and leave others ...
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Coronavirus ‘immunity passports’? Why it’s too early to know whether survivors are safe

Katarina Zimmer | 
Policymakers have another reason to scramble to deploy antibody tests: they could indicate whether someone is immune to SARS-CoV-2. With ...
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Injecting tumors with a flu shot ignites cancer-killing immune response in mice

Ashley Yeager | 
Nearly 5,000 years ago, Egyptian physician Imhotep observed a grotesque but revealing detail about tumors: some grew so large that ...

When coronavirus patients don’t have time to wait: Pandemic forces ethical shift in assessing treatments

Jennifer Miller, John Loike | 
Normally, it takes about eight years to move a drug through clinical trials and approval by the US Food and ...
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Searching coronavirus patient DNA to learn why some people are hit harder than others

Marla Broadfoot | 
Among the many mysteries that remain about COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, is why it hits some ...
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