Health & Medicine

  1. photograph of someone about to get a vaccine shot
    Health & Medicine

    Infecting people with COVID-19 could speed vaccine trials. Is it worth it?

    To accelerate vaccine development, some experts argue we should purposefully infect volunteers with the coronavirus. Others warn of the risks.

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    Health & Medicine

    Is the coronavirus mutating? Yes. But here’s why you don’t need to panic

    Some studies claim there are new strains of the coronavirus, but lab experiments are needed to see if mutations are changing how it infects cells.

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  3. Hydroxychloroquine bottles
    Health & Medicine

    Politics aside, hydroxychloroquine could (maybe) help fight COVID-19

    Hydroxychloroquine may help prevent COVID-19, or it may not. Studies are under way to find out. Meanwhile, here’s what we know.

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  4. Two versions of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2
    Health & Medicine

    There are two versions of the coronavirus. One’s not more dangerous than the other

    Factors such as a person’s age and white blood cell counts matter more for disease severity when it comes to COVID-19, a study finds.

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  5. woman working in a lab
    Health & Medicine

    As we wait for a vaccine, here’s a snapshot of potential COVID-19 treatments

    Though a vaccine remains the ultimate goal, researchers are on the hunt for new ways to treat COVID-19.

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  6. Health & Medicine

    New data suggest people aren’t getting reinfected with the coronavirus

    People who recover from COVID-19 but later test positive again for the coronavirus don’t carry infectious virus, a study finds.

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  7. Fitness class
    Health & Medicine

    Indoor, high-intensity fitness classes may help spread the coronavirus

    As more U.S. states reopen and people return to public life, dance fitness classes in South Korea tell a cautionary tale.

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  8. Experimental vaccine injection
    Health & Medicine

    Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine stimulates an immune response in people

    An mRNA vaccine triggers the immune system to make as many virus-blocking antibodies as in people who have recovered from COVID-19, early data show.

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    Science & Society

    Past plagues offer lessons for society after the coronavirus pandemic

    Starting with the Roman Empire, societies have often dealt resiliently with deadly pandemics.

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  10. T cells
    Health & Medicine

    T cells may help COVID-19 patients — and people never exposed to the virus

    Researchers found certain immune cells that help the body fight off an infection in the blood of people who recovered from a coronavirus infection.

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  11. Malaria parasites
    Humans

    Malaria parasites may have their own circadian rhythms

    Plasmodium parasites don’t depend on a host for an internal clock, studies suggest.

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    Health & Medicine

    How fear and anger change our perception of coronavirus risk

    Americans are weighing whether to return to society. Behavioral scientist Jennifer Lerner discusses how emotions drive those decisions.

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