A New Covid Testing Model Aims to Spare Students From Quarantine

More school districts are embracing “test-to-stay” protocols that allow uninfected close contacts to remain in the classroom.

#children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

A Medical Career, at a Cost: Infertility

Physicians are raising awareness of the reproductive toll that work stress, long hours, sleep deprivation and years of training can exact.

#anxiety-and-stress, #babies-and-infants, #doctors, #egg-donation-and-freezing, #in-vitro-fertilization, #jama-surgery-journal, #medical-schools, #minnesota, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #surgery-and-surgeons, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Breakthrough Covid Cases: Uncommon and Often Mild, but Not Always

Vaccination remains the best defense, health experts say. But some infections occur regardless, and can come as a traumatic surprise.

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Seeking Early Signals of Dementia in Driving and Credit Scores

The pathologies underlying brain decline can begin years before symptoms emerge. Can everyday behavior provide warning?

#alzheimers-disease, #dementia, #elderly, #memory, #research, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

What to Know About Boosters if You Got the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Health experts say that boosters are likely to be needed eventually and that more data should be available in the next several weeks.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #murthy-vivek-h, #pfizer-inc, #south-africa, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health

What If You Could Become Invisible to Mosquitoes?

Using Crispr, scientists have taken the first step toward creating a mosquito that is blind to human hosts.

#crispr-dna, #current-biology-journal, #eyes-and-eyesight, #global-warming, #mosquitoes, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

What We Think We Know About Metabolism May Be Wrong

A new study challenges assumptions about energy expenditure by people, including the idea that metabolism slows at middle age.

#age-chronological, #calories, #diet-and-nutrition, #menopause, #research, #science-journal, #weight, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science, #your-feed-selfcare

For Seniors Especially, Covid Can Be Stealthy

With infections increasing once more, and hospitalization rising among older adults, health experts offer a timely warning: a coronavirus infection can look different in older patients.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coughs, #elder-care, #elderly, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Cats Are Better Than Dogs (at Catching the Coronavirus)

Cats and dogs can be infected by the coronavirus — but cats are more susceptible to infection, a new study suggests.

#animal-behavior, #animals, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #pets, #veterinary-medicine, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

A Covid Test as Easy as Breathing

Scientists have been dreaming of disease-detecting breathalyzers for years. Has the time for the technology finally come?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #smells-and-odors, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

‘It’s Tough to Get Out’: How Caribbean Medical Schools Fail Their Students

The institutions are expensive, often operated for profit and eager to accept applicants. But graduates have trouble landing residencies and jobs.

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Is Coffee Good for You?

Yes! But it depends on the kind of coffee and the quantity.

#caffeine, #coffee, #diet-and-nutrition, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-selfcare

How to Reopen Offices Safely

Flush the taps, focus on indoor air quality and consider getting creative about staff schedules.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #heating-ventilation-and-cooling-hvac, #workplace-environment, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Reports of Severe Covid or Death After Vaccination Are Rare, but Not Unexpected

No vaccine is ever 100 percent effective, experts say, stressing that the shots remain critical in reducing severe disease and death from the coronavirus.

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New York Turns to Smart Thermometers for Disease Detection in Schools

The technology company Kinsa will distribute as many as 100,000 internet-connected thermometers through the city’s elementary schools.

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Looking to Tackle Prescription Overload

Older adults often take more medications than they need, or than is safe. Increasingly, geriatric experts and their patients are exploring the benefits of “deprescribing.”

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #falls, #jama-internal-medicine-journal, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

The Sperm-Count ‘Crisis’ Doesn’t Add Up

Reports of a decline in male fertility rely on flawed assumptions, a new study contends.

#human-fertility-journal, #infertility, #men-and-boys, #reproduction-biological, #research, #sperm, #swan-shanna-h, #testosterone, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Mount Sinai Seeks to Expand School Virus Testing Program

The health system, which is preparing to open a new laboratory that could process 100,000 tests a day, wants to take its program to public schools this fall.

#ackman-william-a, #charter-schools, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #knowledge-is-power-program, #mount-sinai-medical-center, #new-york-city, #paniz-mondolfi-alberto, #philanthropy, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Moderna Vaccine Highly Effective in Adolescents, Company Says

The U.S., which has a surplus of vaccines, could soon have two options for teens while many countries face shortages.

#children-and-childhood, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #moderna-inc, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Scientists Drove Mice to Bond by Zapping Their Brains With Light

The study, a tour de force in bioengineering, comes after two decades of research on brain-to-brain synchrony in people.

#animal-behavior, #animals, #anxiety-and-stress, #brain, #cell-journal, #light-emitting-diodes, #nature-journal, #nature-neuroscience-journal, #wireless-communications, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

So You Want to End the Conversation?

So do most people, a recent study found. Plus: amblypigids, a company called Covid, and other staff recommendations in the weekend edition of the Science Times newsletter.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customs-etiquette-and-manners, #friendship, #parties-social, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Family Caregivers Feel the Pandemic’s Weight

Early studies reveal the toll that lockdowns, isolation and stress have taken on those who care for older Americans.

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The Latest Coronavirus Comes From Dogs

A newly identified coronavirus may not pose a serious threat, but the finding highlights the need to monitor animal viruses more proactively, scientists say.

#animals, #clinical-infectious-diseases-journal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #malaysia, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #viruses, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health

What Can and Can’t Be Learned From a Doctor in China Who Pioneered Masks

Dr. Wu Lien-Teh helped change the course of a plague epidemic in the early 20th century and promoted the use of masks as a public health tool.

#china, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #epidemics, #malaysia, #masks, #plague, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #wu-lien-teh, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus

Colorado Mesa University and the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard have spent the last year exploring new approaches to managing outbreaks.

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Breathing Through the Rectum Saves Oxygen-Starved Mice and Pigs

Japanese scientists who studied an unusual method of delivering oxygen in mammals hope to one day try it in people.

#anus, #colon, #lungs, #medicine-and-health, #mice, #oxygen, #pigs, #rats, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Covid Vaccines Protect Pregnant Women, Study Confirms

The shots may also have benefits for infants and do not seem to damage the placenta, according to the latest research.

#antibodies, #breastfeeding, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immune-system, #journal-of-the-american-medical-assn, #moderna-inc, #obstetricsgynecology-journal, #pfizer-inc, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare

Palliative Care in the ICU: What to Know About Time-Limited Trials

Time-limited trials offer I.C.U. patients and their families a sense of empowerment in the face of low odds.

#death-and-dying, #dialysis, #hospice-care, #hospitals, #life-sustaining-support-systems-withdrawal-of, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Pfizer Vaccine Is Highly Effective Against Variants, Studies Find

Two studies showed the vaccine to be more than 95 percent effective at protecting against severe disease or death from the variants first identified in South Africa and the U.K.

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From the Wastewater Drain, Solid Pandemic Data

The coronavirus could turn sewage surveillance into a mainstream public health practice.

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Parents Are Reluctant to Get Their Children Vaccinated for Covid-19, Poll Shows

The new survey also found that only 9 percent of adults who hadn’t gotten the shot planned to do so, suggesting the country is nearing the limit of people planning to get immunized.

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Poll Shows Parents Are Reluctant to Get Their Children Vaccinated for Covid-19

The new survey also found that only 9 percent of adults who hadn’t gotten the shot planned to do so, suggesting the country is nearing the limit of people planning to get immunized.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kaiser-family-foundation, #parenting, #polls-and-public-opinion, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now

Real scalpels, artificial intelligence — what could go wrong?

#artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #research, #robots-and-robotics, #surgery-and-surgeons, #university-of-california-berkeley, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Reinventing the Uterus, One Organoid at a Time

As a bioengineer, Linda Griffith once grew a human ear on the back of a mouse. Now she is reframing endometriosis — a “women’s disease” — as a key to unlocking some of biology’s greatest secrets.

#biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #content-type-personal-profile, #endometriosis, #griffith-linda-g, #gynecology-and-gynecologists, #hysterectomies, #menstruation, #tissue-human, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Where Does a Candle Go When It Burns?

Just saying, maybe go easy with the candelabras.

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Many Older Adults Lack Even Simple, Helpful Equipment

Railings, grab bars, shower chairs and other inexpensive devices can make it easier to continue living at home, but not enough older people acquire them.

#disabilities, #elderly, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #medical-devices, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

What the Coronavirus Variants Mean for Testing

Most tests should be able to detect the variants of concern, but test developers and health officials must remain vigilant, scientists say.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Has the Era of Overzealous Cleaning Finally Come to an End?

This week, the C.D.C. acknowledged what scientists have been saying for months: The risk of catching the coronavirus from surfaces is low.

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Researchers Are Hatching a Low-Cost Coronavirus Vaccine

A new formulation entering clinical trials in Brazil, Mexico, Thailand and Vietnam could change how the world fights the pandemic.

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Researchers Are Hatching a Low-Cost Covid-19 Vaccine

A new formulation entering clinical trials in Brazil, Mexico, Thailand and Vietnam could change how the world fights the pandemic.

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How to Nudge People Into Getting Tested for the Coronavirus

Insights from behavioral economics and other fields suggest strategies that could increase participation in mass screening programs.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Getting One Vaccine Is Good. How About Mix-and-Match?

Researchers are exploring the possible benefits of pairing doses from two different Covid-19 vaccines.

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Cold Tooth Pain’s Mysterious Molecular Culprit

Researchers figured out how a jolt of discomfort gets from the damaged outside of your tooth to the nerves inside it.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #mice, #proteins, #research, #science-advances-journal, #teeth-and-dentistry, #temperature, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Why Coronavirus Testing Still Matters

With case numbers still high, coronavirus testing remains essential, experts say, but the goals and approach will change as vaccines roll out.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #disease-rates, #los-angeles-calif, #medicine-and-health, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Businesses May Benefit From Sharing Covid Testing Resources, Study Suggests

Universities and other institutions looking to protect themselves from Covid-19 may benefit from sharing their testing resources with the wider community, a new study suggests.

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The Next Trick: Pulling Coronavirus Out of Thin Air

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s new air sampler can help monitor for airborne pathogens, and signals renewed interest in bioaerosol surveillance.

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The Pandemic and the Limits of Science

What have we learned from the year that lasted a century?

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Three Feet or Six? Distancing Guideline for Schools Stirs Debate

Some public health officials say it’s time for the C.D.C. to loosen its social distancing guidelines for classrooms, but the idea has detractors.

#boston-mass, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #massachusetts, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

More Childhood Lead Poisoning Is a Side Effect of Covid Lockdowns

Lead screenings for children plummeted last spring, and stay-at-home orders may have increased household exposure to the toxic metal.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #children-and-childhood, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #lead, #michigan, #minnesota, #new-york-city, #poisoning-and-poisons, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Severe Obesity Raises Risk of Covid-19 Hospitalization and Death, Study Finds

A large new study has confirmed an association between obesity and patient outcomes among people who contract the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #obesity, #weight, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science