Health & Medicine

  1. image of two boxes of Luvox
    Health & Medicine

    The antidepressant fluvoxamine can keep COVID-19 patients out of the hospital

    A 10-day course of fluvoxamine sharply reduced hospital visits and deaths, raising hopes for an easy at-home treatment for COVID-19.

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    Health & Medicine

    Epidemics have happened before and they’ll happen again. What will we remember?

    A century’s worth of science has helped us fend off infectious pathogens. But we have a lot to learn from the people who lived and died during epidemics.

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  3. several doctors in scrubs and masks look at a patient on an operating table
    Health & Medicine

    What does the first successful test of a pig-to-human kidney transplant mean?

    For the first time, a pig organ was successfully attached to a human patient. It’s a step toward vastly increasing the supply of organs.

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  4. woman receiving a booster shot from a pharmacist
    Health & Medicine

    Here’s what we know about booster shots for Moderna’s and J&J’s COVID-19 vaccines

    Immunity against the coronavirus is waning, but additional doses of the same or different COVID-19 vaccines could help protect vulnerable people.

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  5. Elementary school student receiving a COVID-19 test from a person wearing a mask and gloves
    Health & Medicine

    COVID-19 testing in schools works. So why aren’t more doing it?

    School COVID-19 testing programs can keep kids in class and safe, but face challenges ranging from deciding on a testing strategy to parental buy-in.

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  6. illustration of a female scientist working in a lab surrounded by calendar sheets with the names of different months
    Science & Society

    How our SN 10 scientists have responded to tumultuous times

    COVID-19, social justice movements and the realities of climate change have given our Scientists to Watch new perspective.

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  7. woman wearing face mask and hat tending to flowers in garden
    Health & Medicine

    A custom brain implant lifted a woman’s severe depression

    An experimental device interrupts brain activity linked to a woman’s low mood. The technology, she said, has changed her lens on life.

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    Health & Medicine

    Discovering how we sense temperature and touch wins the 2021 medicine Nobel Prize

    Finding sensors on nerve cells that detect temperature and pressure nets California scientists David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian a Nobel Prize.

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  9. ten reddish molnupiravir pills on a white background
    Health & Medicine

    A new antiviral pill cuts COVID-19 hospitalization and death rates

    Merck says its drug, molnupiravir, stops viral replication and can be taken right after a COVID-19 diagnosis.

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    Neuroscience

    A blood test may help predict recovery from traumatic brain injury

    High levels of a key blood protein point to brain shrinkage and damage to message-sending axons, providing a biomarker for TBI severity and prognosis.

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  11. A bottle of aspirin
    Health & Medicine

    50 years ago, scientists found a link between aspirin use and pregnancy complications

    Scientists are still learning about the risks and benefits of taking aspirin at each stage of pregnancy.

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  12. Mark Turney rolls up his sleeve to receive a booster shot
    Health & Medicine

    Why only some people will get COVID-19 booster shots at first

    In the United States, boosters may next go to people 65 and older, those at high risk for severe disease and people whose jobs put them at high exposure risk.

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