CRISPR, 10 Years On: Learning to Rewrite the Code of Life

The gene-editing technology has led to innovations in medicine, evolution and agriculture — and raised profound ethical questions about altering human DNA.

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The Effects of Sleep Debt

Recent studies in humans and mice have shown that late nights and early mornings may cause long lasting damage to your brain.

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Liviah’s New Liver: A Family Grapples With a Girl’s Puzzling Hepatitis

A 4-year-old in Ohio is one of hundreds of children worldwide who have developed unexplained liver problems in recent months.

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A Balm for Psyches Scarred by War

MDMA-assisted treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder “represents real hope for long-term healing,” health experts say.

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Can I Stop Isolating If I’m Still Testing Positive for the Virus?

Some people may test positive for the coronavirus for 10 days or longer, but interpreting those results remains difficult, experts said.

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The Michigan Mink Mystery: How Did an Interspecies Outbreak Unfold?

The puzzling coronavirus cases highlight ongoing surveillance challenges and blind spots.

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Daily Aspirin Regimen May Cause Bleeding

Millions of Americans take aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke. Now, doctors are advising against it — especially for people over 70.

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Common Medications Can Prolong Back Pain, Study Says

A clinical trial will be needed to verify the research, which offered a warning about taking steroids or nonprescription drugs to soothe aches that many experience.

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Pediatricians Hold the Front Lines of a Mental Health Crisis

Around the country, the setting for adolescent mental health care looks ever more like this doctor’s office in Kentucky, the next patient arriving every 15 minutes.

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Hundreds of Suicidal Teens Sleep in Emergency Rooms. Every Night.

With inpatient psychiatric services in short supply, adolescents are spending days, even weeks, in hospital emergency departments awaiting the help they desperately need.

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The Vanishing Variants: Lessons from Gamma, Iota and Mu

Studying the coronavirus variants that have faded away could help us prepare for what comes next, scientists say.

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What Scientists Know About the Unusual Hepatitis Cases in Children

Officials are exploring the possibility that a common adenovirus might be responsible for the unexplained cases, which remain rare.

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‘It’s Life or Death’: The Mental Health Crisis Among U.S. Teens

Depression, self-harm and suicide are rising among American adolescents. For M, a 13-year-old in Minnesota, the despair was almost too much to take.

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Exploring the Health Effects of Ageism

Through more than three decades of research, the Yale psychologist Becca Levy has demonstrated that age discrimination can take years off one’s life.

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Learning the Right Way to Struggle

Several common educational strategies lean into the idea that, in the classroom, challenge is something to embrace.

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Does Moderate Drinking Protect Your Heart? A Genetic Study Offers a New Answer.

By studying the relationship between gene variants and alcohol consumption, scientists found no real cardiac benefit to drinking, even modestly.

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Does Social Media Make Teens Unhappy? It May Depend on Their Age.

A large study in Britain found two specific windows of adolescence when some teenagers are most sensitive to social media.

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In Difficult Cases, ‘Families Cannot Manage Death at Home’

Health care researchers argue that hospice facilities could better serve some terminal patients, and ease the burden on exhausted loved ones.

#death-and-dying, #elderly, #hospice-care, #medicare, #united-states, #warraich-haider-j, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Brain Implant Allows Fully Paralyzed Patient to Communicate

Letter by painstaking letter, a man in a completely locked-in state was able to formulate words and sentences using only his thoughts.

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Brain-Imaging Studies Hampered by Small Data Sets, Study Finds

Researchers have long used imaging technology to try to understand mental-health ailments. But with relatively few participants, such studies may not be producing valid findings.

#brain, #depression-mental, #human-connectome-project, #mental-health-and-disorders, #nature-journal, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Inside the High-Stakes Race to Test the Covid Tests

Researchers in Atlanta have helped the federal government evaluate dozens of Covid tests and pioneer a new model for developing novel diagnostics.

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New Coronavirus Lineage Discovered in Ontario Deer

Scientists also found signs of possible deer-to-human transmission, but there is no evidence that the new lineage poses an elevated risk to people.

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When an Ancestry Search Reveals Fertility Fraud

Starting in the 1960s, three physicians in Rochester, N.Y., began secretly using their own sperm to help women become pregnant.

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Doctors Are More Likely to Describe Black Patients as Uncooperative, Studies Find

Patients with diabetes are also more likely to be described as “noncompliant,” according to large studies of medical records.

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With Mask Restrictions Set to Lift, a Haze of Uncertainty Lingers

Public health experts agree that school mask mandates should not last forever, but differ on whether the time has come to remove them.

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New York Deer Infected With Omicron, Study Finds

White-tailed deer on Staten Island have become the first wild animals with documented Omicron infections. The coronavirus has now been found in deer in 15 states.

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Is the Coronavirus in Your Backyard?

White-tailed deer could become a reservoir for the virus, putting people and animals at risk, health experts say.

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The Pandemic Has Made Many Seniors Less Active

Health experts are concerned that the pandemic, in upending daily routines, has reduced mobility and physical conditioning in older adults.

#canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #exercise, #san-francisco-calif, #united-states, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

In New York City Sewage, a Mysterious Coronavirus Signal

For the past year, scientists have been looking for the source of strange coronavirus sequences that have appeared in the city’s wastewater.

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A Cancer Treatment Makes Leukemia Vanish, but Creates More Mysteries

Two early recipients of CAR T immunotherapy were free of a blood cancer nearly a decade after receiving the therapy.

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Social Security Opens to Survivors of Same-Sex Couples Who Could Not Marry

Challenging a policy that limited survivor’s benefits to married couples, even though some couples were legally barred from marriage, took years.

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In Sewage, Clues to Omicron’s Surge

Tracking the virus in wastewater is helping some cities and hospitals respond to the most recent wave of the coronavirus, but a more coordinated national effort is needed, experts say.

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For Coronavirus Testing, the Nose May Not Always Be Best

As Omicron spreads, some experts are calling for a switch to saliva-based tests, which may detect infections days earlier than nasal swabs do.

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Epstein-Barr Virus May Play Role in Multiple Sclerosis Development

In a study of members of the Armed Forces, people who developed multiple sclerosis first had Epstein-Barr virus.

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‘People Need to Be Reminded About Flu’

With Covid surging again and vaccine fatigue rising, vaccination rates for influenza are troublingly low, especially among older Americans.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #heart, #influenza, #parkinsons-disease, #schaffner-william, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science, #your-feed-selfcare

Every Pore on Your Face Is a Walled Garden

A close examination of human skin found that each pore had a single variety of bacteria living inside.

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Emerging Data Raise Questions About Antigen Tests and Nasal Swabs

A new study adds to evidence that common rapid tests may fail to detect some Omicron cases in the first days of infection.

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‘Schizophrenia’ Still Carries a Stigma. Will Changing the Name Help?

Many people with or connected to the mental illness approve of updating the name, a new survey shows. But some experts are not convinced it’s the answer.

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Parents Grapple With How Long to Wait for Their Children’s Second Shots

Waiting eight weeks or more between doses may boost immunity. But as Omicron slams the United States, waiting also comes with risks.

#coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Scientists Are Racing to Gauge the Threat of Omicron

The variant will spread quickly through the United States, experts say. What happens after that is less certain.

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How to Make Sure You’re Virus-Free for Free: A Holiday Guide

A federal plan to require health insurers to cover the cost of at-home tests is not yet in effect. But there are other options.

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C.D.C. Virus Tests Were Contaminated and Poorly Designed, Agency Says

An internal review documented two serious flaws in the test kits, which were distributed to public health laboratories in early 2020.

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Omicron Is a Dress Rehearsal for the Next Pandemic

America’s response to the variant highlights both how much progress we have made over the past two years — and how much work remains

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The World Is Unprepared for the Next Pandemic, Report Says

The latest Global Health Security Index finds that no country is positioned well to respond to outbreaks.

#australia, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #finland, #thailand, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Why Didn’t the U.S. Detect Omicron Cases Sooner?

Genomic surveillance has improved enormously in recent months, but the system has built-in delays, and blind spots remain.

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Why Hasn’t the U.S. Found More Omicron Cases?

Genomic surveillance has improved enormously in recent months, but the system has built-in delays, and blind spots remain.

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Antiviral Covid-19 Pills Are Coming. Will There Be Enough Tests?

The pills must be given early in the course of infection, which means access to timely, accurate test results will be crucial.

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Families Cheer, Some Doctors Worry as Nursing Homes Open Doors Wide to Visitors

The federal government recently lifted most visitation restrictions at nursing homes. But concerns linger that a full reopening could leave residents vulnerable to another coronavirus surge.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #nursing-homes, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

When Can We Stop Wearing Masks?

Although the end of mask mandates is in sight, restrictions should remain in place through the holidays, experts say.

#bmj-journal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

When Can the Covid Masks Finally Come Off?

Although the end of mask mandates is in sight, restrictions should remain in place through the holidays, experts say.

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