Humans

  1. ECMO room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
    Health & Medicine

    A critically ill COVID-19 patient just got a double lung transplant

    A young woman whose lungs could not recover from the coronavirus infection is doing well after a double lung transplant.

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  2. Lactobacillus bacteria
    Life

    Scientists want to build a Noah’s Ark for the human microbiome

    Just as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault protects global crop diversity, the Microbiota Vault may one day protect the microbes on and in our bodies.

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  3. man wearing a mask and coughing
    Health & Medicine

    No, you can’t hear the difference between sick and healthy coughs

    A study shows humans can’t distinguish between the sound of a cough from someone with an infectious disease and someone with a tickle in the throat.

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  4. People wearing masks at a restaurant
    Health & Medicine

    How often do asymptomatic people spread the coronavirus? It’s unclear

    A WHO official said people without COVID-19 symptoms rarely spread the virus, but there’s a lot that researchers don’t yet understand.

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  5. Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco
    Health & Medicine

    Lockdowns may have averted 531 million coronavirus infections

    Policies that kept residents at home and closed businesses were largely effective at slowing the pandemic’s spread, two studies suggest.

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  6. hydroxychloroquine
    Health & Medicine

    Taking hydroxychloroquine may not prevent COVID-19 after exposure

    Hydroxychloroquine didn’t protect health-care workers from getting sick after being exposed to someone with COVID-19, a new study shows.

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  7. 3-D rendering of Maya site Aguada Fénix
    Humans

    Lidar reveals the oldest and biggest Maya structure yet found

    A previously unknown Maya site in Mexico, called Aguada Fénix, adds to evidence that massive public works may have preceded kings in the civilization.

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  8. Kids riding bikes in DC
    Health & Medicine

    What parents need to know about kids in the summer of COVID-19

    So far, evidence suggests children don’t often get severely ill from COVID-19, but there’s more to learn about their role in its spread.

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  9. Dead Sea Scrolls
    Humans

    The Dead Sea Scrolls contain genetic clues to their origins

    Animal DNA is providing researchers with hints on how to assemble what amounts to a giant jigsaw puzzle of ancient manuscript fragments.

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  10. APOE protein model
    Genetics

    Genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s also raise the risk of getting COVID-19

    People who have the APOE4 genetic variant appear to be more vulnerable to the disease, but it’s unclear why.

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  11. Arad shrine
    Archaeology

    A biblical-era Israeli shrine shows signs of the earliest ritual use of marijuana

    Chemical analyses reveal a residue of cannabis and animal dung on an altar from a biblical-era fortress in use more than 2,700 years ago.

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  12. wastewater plant
    Health & Medicine

    Wastewater could provide up to a week of warning for a COVID-19 spike

    A new study adds to evidence that sewage may serve as an early warning signal that the coronavirus has hit a community.

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