Health & Medicine

  1. sign that reads "Free COVID-19 Vaccination & Booster Shots" in an airport setting
    Health & Medicine

    How I decided on a second COVID-19 booster shot

    Boosters help for a short time, and mixing vaccines doesn’t seem to push the immune system toward making unhelpful antibodies, studies show.

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  2. a woman running along a rocky shore, with a phone strapped to her arm
    Health & Medicine

    Joggers naturally pace themselves to conserve energy even on short runs

    Data from fitness trackers and treadmill tests challenge ideas about what drives speed.

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  3. a photo of a hand scratching red scaly skin on a person's elbow. Only the person's torso and arms are in frame.
    Health & Medicine

    50 years ago, scientists were seeking the cause of psoriasis

    In the 1970s, scientists found a link between a chemical messenger and psoriasis, a complex inflammatory skin disorder.

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  4. A woman holds a young child as a medical professional gives them a shot
    Health & Medicine

    Antibiotics diminish babies’ immune response to key vaccines

    With each round of antibiotics during a child’s first two years, antibody levels to four vaccines dropped further from what’s considered protective.

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  5. pov image of someone dipping a nasal swap into a covid test tube
    Health & Medicine

    What experts told me to do after my positive COVID-19 at-home test

    Rapid at-home tests mean many COVID-19 cases go unreported, but they’re a great tool for deciding when to leave isolation. I found that out firsthand.

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  6. pregnant person holding a pill in one hand and a glass of water in the other hand
    Health & Medicine

    Why taking medications during pregnancy is so confusing

    It's hard to know what new drugs are safe when medical research excludes pregnant people.

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  7. image of an object glowing blue from Cerenkov light
    Particle Physics

    A new nuclear imaging prototype detects tumors’ faint glow

    Nuclear imaging that relies on Cerenkov light could supplement standard-of-care technology for identifying location of tumors.

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  8. attendees dress up in costumes at Anime NYC
    Health & Medicine

    What we learned about COVID-19 safety from a NYC anime convention

    November’s Anime NYC convention was not a COVID-19 superspreader event, which means there are lessons to be learned.

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  9. two medical professionals standing in a hallway looking over a chart
    Health & Medicine

    Racial bias can seep into U.S. patients’ medical notes

    Black patients were more often described negatively in medical notes than white patients, which may impact care.

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  10. photo of someone behind the front desk of a hotel in Japan with an air quality monitor in the foreground
    Health & Medicine

    We can do better than what was ‘normal’ before the pandemic

    With all that people have endured, it would be a missed opportunity to toss aside what we’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  11. rows of puzzle pieces with the letters A, T, C and G and one section highlighted
    Genetics

    We finally have a fully complete human genome

    Finding the missing 8 percent of the human genome gives researchers a more powerful tool to better understand human health, disease and evolution.

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  12. Model of human ovaries and uterus
    Health & Medicine

    ‘Vagina Obscura’ shows how little is known about female biology

    The new book ‘Vagina Obscura’ chronicles how scientists are finally giving female health and anatomy proper attention.

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