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Saturday, December 4, 2021
No, COVID-19 vaccines won’t make you infertile

No, COVID-19 vaccines won’t make you infertile

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The World Health Organization has warned that the globe is dealing with two pandemics. One is the spread of the coronavirus, but the other, equally dangerous, is the spread of misinformation and disinformation. False or misleading information has sprung up about the virus, treatments, vaccines, masks and just about every other aspect of the pandemic…
How to choose a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot

How to choose a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot

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It’s been a little over six months since I got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, and a phone call from my state health department over the weekend reminded me that I am eligible for a booster. But do I really need to get a third COVID-19…
What parents need to know about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11

What parents need to know about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids...

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Five to 11-year-olds are a step closer to being eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the vaccine on October 29. That authorization had passed its first hurdle a few days ago when an FDA advisory panel gave their thumbs-up to…
Epidemics have happened before and they’ll happen again. What will we remember?

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

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The emergency hospital, a partially demolished building hastily enclosed with wooden partitions, was about to open. It was the fall of 1918 in Philadelphia, and influenza was spreading fast. With many of the city’s doctors and nurses serving in World War I, 23-year-old Isaac Starr and his third-year classmates at the University of Pennsylvania School…
The antidepressant fluvoxamine can keep COVID-19 patients out of the hospital

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

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An inexpensive, easy-to-take pill could be the next weapon in the arsenal against COVID-19. Taking the antidepressant fluvoxamine within days of showing symptoms of an infection can dramatically cut the risk of hospitalization and death, suggests the largest trial to date of this FDA-approved generic drug as a COVID-19 treatment. In newly infected COVID-19 patients…
What does the first successful test of a pig-to-human kidney transplant mean?

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

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Surgeons in New York City successfully attached a pig kidney to a human patient and watched the pinkish organ function normally for 54 hours. While such procedures have been done in nonhuman primates, this is the first time that a pig kidney has been transplanted to a human body and not been immediately rejected.  The…
Here’s what we know about booster shots for Moderna’s and J&J’s COVID-19 vaccines

Here’s what we know about booster shots for Moderna’s and J&J’s...

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Millions of people who got Moderna’s or Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccines are expected to soon be lining up for another dose.  On October 14, an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unanimously voted to authorize a third dose of Moderna’s mRNA vaccine for select groups. The groups include people age 65…
COVID-19 testing in schools works. So why aren’t more doing it?

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

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In August 2020, the school superintendent in Omaha, Neb., approached a microbiology lab at the local university’s medical center. School districts across the country were starting to design pilot programs for routine COVID-19 testing in the coming fall semester, and Omaha Public Schools wanted to join the trend. The result? During Omaha’s pilot of frequent,…
A custom brain implant lifted a woman’s severe depression

A custom brain implant lifted a woman’s severe depression

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A personalized brain implant eased the crushing symptoms of a woman’s severe depression, allowing her to once again see the beauty of the world. “It’s like my lens on the world changed,” said Sarah, the research volunteer who requested to be identified by her first name only. The technology, described October 4 in Nature Medicine,…
Discovering how we sense temperature and touch wins the 2021 medicine Nobel Prize

Discovering how we sense temperature and touch wins the 2021 medicine...

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Some touching research took the 2021 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. David Julius of the University of California, San Francisco and Ardem Patapoutian of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., were awarded the prize October 4 for their research to identify sensors on nerve cells that detect heat, cold and pressure.   The…

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