Health & Medicine

  1. a close-up on a person's eye, with a tear streaming down their cheek
    Health & Medicine

    A new technology uses human teardrops to spot disease

    A proof-of-concept technique to analyze microscopic particles in tears could give scientists a new way to detect eye disease and other disorders.

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  2. a woman holds a child as a medical professional gives the child a shot
    Health & Medicine

    Here are experts’ answers to questions about COVID-19 vaccines for little kids

    Pediatricians recommend that parents vaccinate their kids, toddlers and babies against COVID-19 to protect them from coronavirus infection.

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  3. photo of the surgical team at NYU Langone Health transplanting a pig heart into a recently deceased patient
    Health & Medicine

    Two pig hearts were successfully transplanted into brain-dead people

    The transplants kept the patients’ blood flowing for three days and are an early step in figuring out if the procedure might work in living people.

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  4. People wearing masks in New York City
    Science & Society

    ‘Virology’ ponders society’s relationship with viruses

    In a collection of wide-ranging essays, microbiologist Joseph Osmundson reflects on the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for “a new rhetoric of care.”

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  5. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes
    Health & Medicine

    The flowery scent of a Zika or dengue infection lures mosquitoes

    Mice and humans infected with dengue emit acetophenone, attracting bloodsucking mosquitoes that could then transmit the viruses to new hosts.

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  6. a person collecting COVID-19 swabs into a box at a concession stand with the University of Massachusetts Amherst logo
    Health & Medicine

    College COVID-19 testing can reduce coronavirus deaths in local communities

    Counties with colleges that did COVID-19 testing fared better against the coronavirus in fall 2020 than towns with colleges that did not test.

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  7. image of foods in the Mediterranean diet
    Health & Medicine

    How scientists are shifting their search for links between diet and dementia

    Studies of food’s impact on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are hampered by complexity. Scientists hope new research approaches prove more fruitful.

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  8. a flexible clear implant with a wavy design in the center, held up by tweezers
    Health & Medicine

    This soft, electronic ‘nerve cooler’ could be a new way to relieve pain

    A tiny electronic device implanted in the body generates targeted pain relief by cooling off nerves, experiments in rats suggest.

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  9. Astronaut Chris Cassidy lifts weights on the International Space Station.
    Space

    Six months in space leads to a decade’s worth of long-term bone loss

    Even after a year of recovery in Earth’s gravity, astronauts who’d been in space six months or more still had bone loss equal to a decade of aging.

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  10. several vials labeled "Moderna COVID-19 vaccine" on a table
    Health & Medicine

    New COVID-19 boosters could contain bits of the omicron variant

    The omicron variant is different enough from the original version to require an update to COVID-19 vaccines, experts say.

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  11. a football player tackles a quarterback during the 2015 Goodyear Cotton Bowl
    Tech

    A neck patch for athletes could help detect concussions early

    The small sensor is sleeker and cheaper than other devices used to monitor neck strain in athletes.

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  12. young kids playing on playground equipment
    Health & Medicine

    Here’s what we know right now about getting COVID-19 again

    Repeat coronavirus infections may be on the rise as the omicron variant continues to spread. Scientists are still trying to nail down the risks.

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