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Religion Both Helped and Hurt during the Pandemic

Thu, 29 Apr 2021 19:00:00 GMT

It was good, on balance, for people’s mental health—but not so good for physical health

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Penicillin Wasn't Alexander Fleming's First Major Discovery

Tue, 27 Apr 2021 18:00:00 GMT

It was lysozyme, an enzyme that attacks the cell walls of bacteria—and just as with the celebrated antibiotic, he found it through pure serendipity

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Coronavirus News Roundup: April 24–April 30

Fri, 30 Apr 2021 19:00:00 GMT

Pandemic highlights for the week

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Blood Clots and the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine: What We Know So Far

Mon, 26 Apr 2021 17:00:00 GMT

Infectious disease physician-scientist Wilbur Chen discusses the rare cases of blood clots linked to the immunization

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The First Billion COVID Vaccinations Have Been Given

Sat, 01 May 2021 12:00:00 GMT

It took just four months to reach this global milestone, and hitting the two-billion mark could happen even faster, say scientists

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Nurses Are Also Scientists

Tue, 27 Apr 2021 14:00:00 GMT

The pandemic has only reinforced what nursing professionals have known all along

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CDC Drops Some Outdoor Mask Advice for Vaccinated People, Based on This Science

Wed, 28 Apr 2021 18:15:00 GMT

The agency’s latest guidelines are in line with a wealth of evidence that COVID is far less likely to be transmitted outside than indoors

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Few Would Fear COVID Vaccines if Policy Makers Explained Their Risks Better

Fri, 30 Apr 2021 15:30:00 GMT

Clear messaging and transparency are vital, say some experts on risk assessment and decision-making

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People of Color Breathe More Unhealthy Air from Nearly All Polluting Sources

Wed, 28 Apr 2021 18:30:00 GMT

A trend of disproportionate exposure to deadly air pollution among Asian, Hispanic and Black people persists in most cases regardless of the emission source, a study finds

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COVID, Quickly, Episode 6: The Real Reason for India's Surge and Mask Liftoff

Fri, 07 May 2021 17:45:00 GMT

Today we bring you a new episode in our podcast series: COVID, Quickly. Every two weeks, Scientific American’s senior health editors Tanya Lewis and Josh...

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Coronavirus News Roundup, May 1–May 7

Fri, 07 May 2021 19:00:00 GMT

Pandemic highlights for the week

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Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise--Now Come Tougher Trials

Wed, 28 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT

Preliminary results suggest the vaccine is up to 77 percent effective in young children, but researchers await larger studies

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In Shocking Move, U.S. Backs Waiving Patents on COVID Vaccines

Fri, 07 May 2021 13:45:00 GMT

The development from the Biden administration draws cheers from public health researchers and ire from drugmakers

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COVID Has Pushed Medical Research into Remote Trials, Benefiting Patients and Scientists

Tue, 04 May 2021 16:30:00 GMT

Using home monitoring and other efficiencies instead of dragging people into hospitals could improve clinical trials after the pandemic

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Failure of Genetic Therapies for Huntington's Devastates Community

Fri, 07 May 2021 20:30:00 GMT

Hopes were high for drugs designed to lower levels of a mutant protein, but development has stalled

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How Human Challenge Trials Can Accelerate Vaccine Development

Wed, 05 May 2021 15:00:00 GMT

Studies in which subjects volunteer to be infected with a disease reduce the uncertainties and bottlenecks of other types of trials

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Decoded: How Do Vaccines Actually Work?

Thu, 29 Apr 2021 15:00:00 GMT

Vaccines are medicines that train the body to defend itself against future disease, and they have been saving human lives for hundreds of years.

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COVID Innovations: Vaccines for Variants, Drone Deliveries, Print-Your-Own Shots, and More

Fri, 30 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT

Next-generation COVID-19 vaccines will not only tackle different versions of the virus but will provide solutions across the world at a fraction of the cost

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Our Health System Is Failing Patients with Limited English

Sat, 24 Apr 2021 14:00:00 GMT

Better communication could help reduce inequities, but our medical infrastructure isn’t designed to take that into account

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Blood Test Gives Early Warning of Failing Heart Transplant

Thu, 29 Apr 2021 10:45:00 GMT

The new DNA-based test predicts transplant rejection

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COVID's Outsize Impact on Asian Americans Is Being Ignored

Thu, 06 May 2021 19:00:00 GMT

Along with Pacific Islanders, they suffer from disproportionately high death rates and hospitalizations and low testing—but their suffering remains invisible

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Flu Has Disappeared Worldwide during the COVID Pandemic

Wed, 05 May 2021 18:30:00 GMT

The public health measures that slow the spread of the novel coronavirus work really well on influenza

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Brazil's Pandemic Is a 'Biological Fukushima' That Threatens the Entire Planet

Fri, 07 May 2021 12:00:00 GMT

The largest country in Latin America now has states and cities where deaths are outpacing births

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Reckless Rush to Reopen Threatens Chile's Exemplary Vaccination Strategy

Wed, 05 May 2021 10:45:00 GMT

Easing restrictions without clear risk communication undercuts some of the country’s hard-won progress in fighting the pandemic

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On Exploring Mars and Saving Endangered Species

Wed, 28 Apr 2021 15:00:00 GMT

The act of going to the Red Planet gives us a new lens through which we can better understand and protect life’s fragility

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