Current vaccines likely work on new South African COVID variant, but effectiveness may be reduced

Current vaccines likely work on new South African COVID variant, but effectiveness may be reduced

[A new COVID] variant, which has already shown up in patients in Europe and other African countries, has quickly become the predominant ...
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Everything you need to know about COVID-19 antibody testing

Though experts say there is now evidence that the presence of antibodies results in some immunity to the virus that ...
Alzheimer’s hotspot map: Where it’s most prevalent and why that matters

Alzheimer’s hotspot map: Where it’s most prevalent and why that matters

An emerging body of research is identifying counties and neighborhoods with higher prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease, which affects 5.8 million ...
Sweden imposes mandatory COVID restrictions, ending its ‘voluntary’ distancing experiment

Sweden imposes mandatory COVID restrictions, ending its ‘voluntary’ distancing experiment

Like other Europeans, Swedes are now heading into the winter facing restrictions ranging from a ban on large gatherings to ...
Back of the line? Poorer countries pressing WHO to free COVID-19 vaccines from patent protection

Back of the line? Poorer countries pressing WHO to free COVID-19 vaccines from patent protection

The pandemic requires a temporary suspension of the world’s usual intellectual property system, [a group of developing countries led by ...
‘Zoom boom’: Why is Asia the only part of the world weathering the economic fallout from COVID?

‘Zoom boom’: Why is Asia the only part of the world weathering the economic fallout from COVID?

China remains on track to grow nearly 2% this year, the most of any major economy, while the world is expected to ...
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Viewpoint: Transgender rights and sports: Should trans women be permitted to compete in female-only sports?

[I]n 1972, Congress enacted Title IX, a law that prohibits sex discrimination by schools that receive federal money. That led ...
Video: Test everyone – Slovakia goes its own way to control COVID

Video: Test everyone – Slovakia goes its own way to control COVID

As Europe sees record coronavirus cases and deaths, Slovakia is testing its entire adult population. WSJ's Drew Hinshaw explains how ...
With 75 million people projected to be living with dementia in 19 years, science turns to AI for early diagnoses

With 75 million people projected to be living with dementia in 19 years, science turns to AI for early diagnoses

[A] study, funded by the [National Institute on Aging] and published this year in the Journal of the American Geriatrics ...
Unraveling COVID’s corrosive persistence: Doctors struggle to understand why initially mild symptoms sometimes leave lingering scars on the mind and body

Unraveling COVID’s corrosive persistence: Doctors struggle to understand why initially mild symptoms sometimes leave lingering scars on the mind and body

For many patients, including young ones who never required hospitalization, Covid-19 has a devastating second act. Many are dealing with ...
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Brain implants on the cusp of reality help patients immobilized by ALS, strokes or spinal cord injuries

[B]rain activity is collected by sensors implanted in a blood vessel in [Phil] O’Keefe’s brain and relayed to a computer ...
Viewpoint: Are health advocates and politicians overselling the value of masks?

Viewpoint: Are health advocates and politicians overselling the value of masks?

The public assumes that research performed since the beginning of the pandemic supports mask mandates. Policy makers and the media ...
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Superdonors: Recovered COVID patients with high antibody levels in demand by blood banks and researchers

There is new determination in the search for high-antibody plasma because under FDA guidelines issued earlier this month, all donated ...
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With Slovakia and Liverpool opting to test everyone, European countries mull dramatic expansion of COVID testing

Slovakia attempted to test its entire adult population, or every resident between 10 and 65. [COVID] cases have been surging ...
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Can the CDC recover its credibility in the midst of its COVID debacle?

White House advisers have made line-by-line edits to official health guidance, altering language written by CDC scientists on church choirs, ...
Long-time pharma rivals unite to fight a common enemy: COVID-19

Long-time pharma rivals unite to fight a common enemy: COVID-19

In the age of Covid-19, old adversaries are uniting around a common enemy: the new coronavirus. Their nascent partnership is ...
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Infographic: Well before Trump’s February partial ‘China air ban’, COVID had spent January quietly spreading across the US

The Wall Street Journal interviewed disease detectives and reviewed hundreds of pages of new research to piece together how the ...
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Facing a long wait till widespread COVID vaccine availability, Europe focuses on fast antigen tests largely absent in the US

While highly accurate, PCR [COVID] tests are relatively expensive, can be carried out only by certified labs and take between ...
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Vaccines free for seniors and the privately insured, but not for those without insurance, Trump administration announces

Seniors and people in private health-insurance plans are among those who won’t be charged for getting a coronavirus vaccine under ...
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Viewpoint: ‘It’s not a political statement’ – Former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb calls for nationwide mask mandate

As deaths rise this winter, policy makers will have to take new steps to slow the rate of spread. There ...
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Want to travel abroad? Airports and airlines prepping preflight COVID tests to circumvent 14-day quarantines

Airports and airlines are rushing to offer preflight Covid-19 testing to help passengers avoid 14-day quarantines imposed by certain states ...
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US and South Korea reported first COVID cases on the same day. They managed the pandemic; US didn’t. Here’s why

South Korea halted virus transmission better than any other wealthy country during the pandemic’s early months. It was about twice as effective ...
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Science paradox: How the response to the pandemic has been infected by bias, overconfidence and politics

[W]hen people started falling ill last winter with a respiratory illness, some scientists guessed that a novel coronavirus was responsible ...
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False security: Many schools and businesses rely on temperature tests but COVID often not linked to fever

[E]xperts and medical groups increasingly say that [temperature testing] isn’t a good gauge of Covid-19 as many infected children and ...
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Vaccine resistance remains high, as only 20% of Americans say they would ‘get the vaccine as soon as possible’

[Many registered voters] want to wait until [a COVID vaccine] has been available for a while to see if there ...
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‘Least desirable guest at any party’: Botched US COVID response puts Olympic participation in danger

[The U.S.] usually has the largest contingent of athletes at the Summer Games. And it’s the highest-value single market for ...
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How Alaska set up a gold standard COVID testing operation

As the coronavirus pandemic surged across the U.S. this spring, Alaska faced a raft of unique obstacles. Despite the hurdles, Alaska was ...
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COVID or the flu? How can you tell the difference?

Some symptoms of flu—as well as colds and other autumn ailments—are similar to Covid’s, making it harder to know what’s wrong ...
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