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Humanitarians Push to Vaccinate in Conflict Zones

Thu, 26 Aug 2021 18:45:00 GMT

Pandemic ceasefires offer an opportunity to expand vaccination efforts, experts say. But negotiation is tricky

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Years Before COVID-19, Zombies Helped Prepare One Hospital System for the Real Pandemic

Fri, 20 Aug 2021 13:00:00 GMT

An educational experiment used escape rooms and the undead to set the stage for a terrible situation that would become all too real

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You Have Probably Eaten This Natural Food Additive without Knowing It

Thu, 02 Sep 2021 20:00:00 GMT

A new video series from Scientific American and Spektrum der Wissenschaft gives you a serving of science. In this episode, we take a look at something called inulin.

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A New Resource for Fighting Vaccine Misinformation

Thu, 19 Aug 2021 13:00:00 GMT

The #ScienceUpFirst initiative was created to provide, support and amplify accurate scientific information to help people make informed health decisions

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Virus or Bacterium? Rapid Test Pinpoints Infection's Cause

Tue, 31 Aug 2021 13:00:00 GMT

A generation of new tests could lessen overuse of antibiotics

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U.S. Forces Are Leaving a Toxic Environmental Legacy in Afghanistan

Mon, 30 Aug 2021 10:45:00 GMT

Legal and practical obstacles make it difficult to clean the burn pits and health-damaging chemicals that remain at military bases

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Should You Get a Booster Shot? Here's What We Know

Fri, 20 Aug 2021 14:45:00 GMT

Experts weigh in on common questions about whether and when additional doses of coronavirus vaccines may be needed

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YouTube's Plan to Showcase Credible Health Information Is Flawed, Experts Warn

Fri, 27 Aug 2021 10:45:00 GMT

Search results may include a special section with videos from sources that are deemed reliable

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COVID Vaccines Show No Signs of Harming Fertility or Sexual Function

Tue, 24 Aug 2021 10:45:00 GMT

The novel coronavirus, in contrast, can disrupt both things in unvaccinated men and women

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Unraveling the Mystery of Why Children Are Better Protected from COVID Than Adults

Thu, 26 Aug 2021 10:45:00 GMT

Their immune system is more primed to fight off the novel coronavirus

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Abortion Rights Are at the Greatest Risk since Roe v. Wade Was Decided in 1972

Thu, 02 Sep 2021 16:40:00 GMT

The Supreme Court will hear a case in the upcoming term that could officially overturn that historic ruling

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Policies Mandated by Multilateral Institutions Are Contributing to India's COVID Catastrophe

Sun, 22 Aug 2021 14:00:00 GMT

The World Bank’s and the International Monetary Fund’s pressure to privatize India’s health care system deepened inequities in access—to lethal effect

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The True Haiti Earthquake Death Toll Is Much Worse Than Early Official Counts

Thu, 19 Aug 2021 19:00:00 GMT

A tool built by the U.S. Geological Survey suggests that the number of fatalities may range from 10,000 to 100,000 or more

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England's Rush to Reopen Is a Cautionary Tale for the U.S.

Mon, 16 Aug 2021 10:45:00 GMT

Stripping back nearly all public health restrictions comes as the virus still poses a threat

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Rogue Antibodies Involved In Nearly One Fifth of COVID Deaths

Wed, 01 Sep 2021 19:00:00 GMT

Self-targeting antibodies attack part of the immune system that plays a key role in fighting infection

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New Tool Shows Geology behind Kidney Stone Crystallization

Wed, 01 Sep 2021 10:45:00 GMT

Rather than crystallizing all at once, kidney stones dissolve and re-form over and over

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The FDA Should Remove Its Restrictions on the 'Abortion Pill' Mifepristone

Sat, 21 Aug 2021 14:00:00 GMT

The science is clear: abortion by medication is safe and effective

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The FDA Shouldn't Support a Ban on Kratom

Fri, 13 Aug 2021 12:00:00 GMT

The herbal supplement can be abused, but given the explosion in opioid deaths, eliminating this safer substitute will almost certainly lead to more deaths

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COVID, Quickly, Episode 13: Vaccine Approval, Breakthrough Infections, Boosters

Fri, 27 Aug 2021 16:00:00 GMT

Today we bring you a new episode in our podcast series COVID, Quickly. Every two weeks, Scientific American’s senior health editors Tanya Lewis and Josh Fischman catch you up on the...

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Masks Are a Must-Have to Go Back to School during the Delta Variant Surge

Thu, 19 Aug 2021 10:45:00 GMT

Face coverings are essential to protecting children, keeping schools open and slowing the highly contagious coronavirus variant, experts say

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The Absurd Pregnancy Math behind the Texas 'Six-Week' Abortion Ban

Sat, 04 Sep 2021 12:00:00 GMT

The law the Supreme Court just failed to block is not just a blow to women; it’s biologically nonsensical

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Academic Institutions Must Do Better to Protect Caregivers This Fall

Wed, 18 Aug 2021 12:00:00 GMT

Schools, colleges and universities that fail to impose mask mandates and other COVID protections put working parents in an excruciating position

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How COVID, Inequality and Politics Make a Vicious Syndemic

Thu, 26 Aug 2021 14:00:00 GMT

Overlapping diseases and social conditions in the U.S. continue to dictate who is hurt most badly by the novel coronavirus

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Natural Mosquito Repellent's Powers Finally Decoded

Wed, 18 Aug 2021 10:45:00 GMT

Here’s how a flower extract keeps off mosquitoes

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How to Reduce Racial Disparities in Smoking Deaths

Thu, 26 Aug 2021 19:00:00 GMT

African Americans die at a higher rate than other groups and have a harder time quitting. But new evidence-based approaches can change that

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