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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Meet three moderators fighting disinformation on Reddit’s largest coronavirus forum

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

Combating misinformation online is an ongoing challenge for big tech, and it’s especially difficult when it’s on a discussion board with millions of people during a pandemic. One such place is the r/Coronavirus community on the website Reddit. In January 2020, it had around 1,000 members. That number spiked to 1.5 million by March of…
The surge in U.S. coronavirus cases shows a shift in who’s getting sick

The surge in U.S. coronavirus cases shows a shift in who’s...

When COVID-19 cases once again began rising in the United States this spring, it may have felt like déjà vu, a repeat of the early months of the pandemic. While cases are now starting to drop in many, but not all, of the hot spots, the country is still seeing upwards of 50,000 new cases…
COVID-19 can affect the brain. New clues hint at how

COVID-19 can affect the brain. New clues hint at how

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For more than a year now, scientists have been racing to understand how the mysterious new virus that causes COVID-19 damages not only our bodies, but also our brains. Early in the pandemic, some infected people noticed a curious symptom: the loss of smell. Reports of other brain-related symptoms followed: headaches, confusion, hallucinations and delirium.…
FDA and CDC OK resuming J&J COVID-19 shots paused over rare clot concerns

FDA and CDC OK resuming J&J COVID-19 shots paused over rare...

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After reviewing safety data on rare blood clots linked to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, federal regulators said vaccinations can resume immediately in people 18 and older. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the ruling April 23 following a meeting of CDC’s Advisory Committee…
A CDC panel voted to resume J&J COVID-19 shots paused over rare clot concerns

A CDC panel voted to resume J&J COVID-19 shots paused over...

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After reviewing safety data on rare blood clots linked to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, federal regulators recommended lifting a pause on using the vaccine.  The vaccine may resume being used in people 18 and older, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said April 23 during an…
Experts predict U.S. COVID-19 cases will dip in summer but surge in winter

Experts predict U.S. COVID-19 cases will dip in summer but surge...

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The coming months of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States may feel a bit like a roller-coaster ride. The current surge in the number of cases will dip over the summer, then rise again in the winter, a health expert predicted April 22 during a news briefing sponsored by the Infectious Diseases Society of…
Capturing the sense of touch could upgrade prosthetics and our digital lives

Capturing the sense of touch could upgrade prosthetics and our digital...

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On most mornings, Jeremy D. Brown eats an avocado. But first, he gives it a little squeeze. A ripe avocado will yield to that pressure, but not too much. Brown also gauges the fruit’s weight in his hand and feels the waxy skin, with its bumps and ridges. “I can’t imagine not having the sense…
50 years ago, scientists claimed marijuana threatened teens’ mental health

50 years ago, scientists claimed marijuana threatened teens’ mental health

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The continuing battle over pot — Science News, April 24,1971 The White House Conference on Youth voted to legalize the sale of grass (with restrictions). On the same day, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an article condemning the use of marijuana by the young.… The researchers conclude that marijuana smoking is particularly…
Here’s what we know about B.1.1.7, the U.S.’s dominant coronavirus strain

Here’s what we know about B.1.1.7, the U.S.’s dominant coronavirus strain

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In December 2020, health officials in the United Kingdom announced that a new coronavirus variant was rapidly spreading across the region. Weeks later, U.S. officials found the first case in the United States (SN: 12/22/20). And by early April, the variant had become the most common form of the coronavirus identified across the country, an…
People with rare blood clots after a COVID-19 jab share an uncommon immune response

People with rare blood clots after a COVID-19 jab share an...

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Evidence is building that an uncommon immune response is behind dangerous, but incredibly rare, blood clots associated with some COVID-19 vaccines. But the good news is that there is a test doctors can use to identify it and get patients the right care. A small number of people out of the millions vaccinated with AstraZeneca’s…

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