Health & Medicine

  1. masked people walking in a train station overpass tunnel
    Health & Medicine

    Cleaning indoor air may prevent COVID-19’s spread. But it’s harder than it looks

    The size and setup of a room and how the room is used make finding simple ventilation and filtration solutions difficult.

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  2. Therapists working with PTSD patient
    Health & Medicine

    MDMA, the key ingredient in Ecstasy, eases symptoms of severe PTSD

    By the end of the trial, 67 percent of the participants who took MDMA had improved so much that they no longer qualified as having a PTSD diagnosis.

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  3. Aerial photo of Florida Keys
    Animals

    The U.S.’s first open-air genetically modified mosquitoes have taken flight

    After a decade of argument, Oxitec pits genetically modified mosquitoes against Florida’s spreaders of dengue and Zika.

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  4. two people washing their hands under a kitchen faucet
    Psychology

    Small bribes may help people build healthy handwashing habits

    Getting people to wash their hands is notoriously difficult. Doling out nice soap dispensers and rewards helps people develop the habit.

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  5. woman receiving a covid-19 vaccine dose at Seattle Mariners's stadium
    Health & Medicine

    As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we answer 7 lingering vaccine questions

    As U.S. vaccination efforts shift to get shots to the hard-to-reach, we take a look at some big questions about vaccines that still remain.

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  6. a 14-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy sitting on a picnic table
    Health & Medicine

    Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine recommended for adolescents by CDC committee

    With the vaccine cleared for high schoolers and many middle schoolers, focus now turns to clinical trials testing COVID-19 vaccines in younger kids.

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  7. covid patients in beds at a New Delhi hospital
    Health & Medicine

    How India’s COVID-19 crisis became the worst in the world

    Scientists say a laxed attitude toward masking and social distancing plus the rise of new variants may have fueled India’s coronavirus surge.

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  8. illustration of a brain with parts stimulated highlighted in red and yellow
    Neuroscience

    Mild zaps to the brain can boost a pain-relieving placebo effect

    By sending electric current into the brain, scientists can enhance the pain-relieving placebo effect and dampen the pain-inducing nocebo effect.

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  9. an illustration of a wave overwhelming people
    Science & Society

    How to detect, resist and counter the flood of fake news

    Misinformation about health is drowning out the facts and putting us at risk. Researchers are learning why bad information spreads and how to protect yourself.

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  10. volunteer waiting for vaccine at State School Jardim das Rosas
    Health & Medicine

    How a small city in Brazil may reveal how fast vaccines can curb COVID-19

    Almost all adults in Serrana, Brazil, got COVID-19 shots. That may help answer questions about how well vaccines will work to end the pandemic.

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  11. image of people siting and standing in line to get doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
    Health & Medicine

    Here’s what breakthrough infections reveal about COVID-19 vaccines

    Studies analyzing vaccinated people in the real world show that COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective, but experts are keeping an eye on variants.

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  12. screenshot of Reddit's r/coronavirus subreddit
    Health & Medicine

    Meet three moderators fighting disinformation on Reddit’s largest coronavirus forum

    Science News spoke with volunteers about what it takes to correct misinformation online during a pandemic.

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