Health & Medicine

  1. A device captures aerosols from the breath of a COVID patient
    Health & Medicine

    Why it matters that health agencies finally said the coronavirus is airborne

    Recognizing that the coronavirus spreads through the air reinforced the importance of wearing masks and altered public health recommendations.

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    Health & Medicine

    Why the coronavirus’s delta variant dominated 2021

    Mapping delta’s unique group of mutations and how they enhance the virus’s life cycle show why the variant spread so easily and caused so much havoc.

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  3. illustration of a person climbing a mountain with vaccine syringes as poles
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    In 2021, COVID-19 vaccines were put to the test. Here’s what we learned

    Vaccines can’t single-handedly end the pandemic, but they are still essential in the fight against the coronavirus.

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  4. a person nodding off in a chair, holding a cup over the side
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    How sleep may boost creativity

    In a lab experiment, people who had fallen into a shallow sleep were more likely than non- or deep sleepers to later discover a sly math trick.

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  5. an illustration of viruses attacking a rod-shaped bacterium
    Microbes

    A bacteria-virus arms race could lead to a new way to treat shigellosis

    As bacteria that cause shigellosis evolve to escape a virus, the microbes may become less deadly, a hopeful sign for “phage therapy.”

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  6. CT scan image of a head and neck where some tissues and veins appear red
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    For 50 years, CT scans have saved lives, revealed beauty and more

    In 1971, the first CT scan of a patient laid bare the human brain. That was just the beginning of a whole new way to view human anatomy.

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  7. illustration of orange and red prostate cancer cells
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    A massive 8-year effort finds that much cancer research can’t be replicated

    A project aiming to reproduce nearly 200 top cancer experiments found only a quarter could be replicated.

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  8. image of a xenobot parent next to offspring
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    Tiny living machines called xenobots can create copies of themselves

    When clusters of frog cells known as xenobots form a Pac-Man shape, they are especially efficient at replicating in a new way, researchers say.

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  9. a box labeled MERCK Molnupiravir for COVID-19 treatment for emergency use only
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    Merck’s COVID-19 pill may soon be here. How well will it work?

    Once hailed as a potential game changer, more complete data now reveal drawbacks of Merck’s antiviral COVID-19 pill, molnupiravir.

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    What we know and don’t know about the omicron coronavirus variant

    The new omicron variant has lots of mutations and sparked a surge of cases in South Africa, but researchers still don’t know a lot about it.

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  11. image of Tyson Bottenus holding the helm of a boat with a spin effect
    Microbes

    A sailor’s story captures the impact of rising serious fungal infections

    Fungal infections are hard to diagnose, hard to treat and are on the rise. A young sailor is staying positive to navigate the challenges.

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  12. a nurse draws up a syringe from a vial of COVID-19 vaccine
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    No, COVID-19 vaccines won’t make you infertile

    Contrary to misinformation spread by Aaron Rodgers and Nicki Minaj, neither the Pfizer, Moderna nor J&J vaccines cause infertility, data show.

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