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Scientific American: Health & Medicine

Science news and technology updates from Scientific American

Some Pandemic Health Habits Deserve to Stay

Fri, 04 Jun 2021 18:00:00 GMT

We need a public health culture change informed by lessons from COVID

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Coronavirus News Roundup: May 22-June 4

Fri, 04 Jun 2021 19:00:00 GMT

Pandemic highlights for the past two weeks

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A Tool Doctors Use Every Day Can Perpetuate Medical Racism

Mon, 07 Jun 2021 15:00:00 GMT

It’s called the “history of present illness,” or HPI, and it often includes a patient’s race—which is more likely to detract from care than to improve it

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A New Mental Health Crisis Is Raging in Gaza

Fri, 04 Jun 2021 12:00:00 GMT

Recent bombings by Israel have caused more than just physical trauma

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Why We Don't Know the Animal Origins of the Coronavirus

Wed, 09 Jun 2021 16:00:00 GMT

Viruses that “spill over” to people do not stick around in animals, so finding true sources takes years of careful work, an expert says

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Fixing Medical Devices That Are Biased against Race or Gender

Thu, 03 Jun 2021 13:00:00 GMT

Designers should show how well instruments perform across different populations

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COVID, Quickly, Episode 8: The Pandemic's True Death Toll and the Big Lab-Leak Debate

Fri, 04 Jun 2021 17:30:00 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...

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Hidden Black Scientists Proved the Polio Vaccine Worked

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 11:00:00 GMT

Tuskegee Institute researchers showed Jonas Salk’s vaccine protected children by developing a key test

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From $1-Million Lotteries to Free Beer: Do COVID Vaccination Incentives Work?

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 12:00:00 GMT

Doling out cash rewards and lifting mask mandates could increase vaccine uptake, some research suggests

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Covid, Quickly: A Pop-Up Podcast

Wed, 09 Jun 2021 10:00:00 GMT

Every two weeks, Scientific American’s senior health editors Tanya Lewis and Josh Fischman catch you up on the essential developments in the pandemic: from vaccines to...

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Why India's Second COVID Surge Is So Much Worse Than the First

Wed, 09 Jun 2021 11:00:00 GMT

Large gatherings and much more lenient restrictions have allowed the virus to spread at devastating levels

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Labor Department Issues Emergency Rules to Protect Health Care Workers from COVID

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:30:00 GMT

The new rules would require employers to notify workers of possible exposure to the disease and to report deaths or hospitalizations to the government

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A Better Way to Pay for Health Care

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:00:00 GMT

Fee-for-service models, such as that of the U.S., and single-payer models, such as those of the U.K. and Canada, both have significant flaws—but Singapore may have found a workable...

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New Technique Grows Realistic Bone in a Dish

Fri, 04 Jun 2021 10:45:00 GMT

It’s one of the most challenging organs to re-create

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Could Mitochondria Be the Key to a Healthy Brain?

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 10:45:00 GMT

Some researchers suspect these bacterial ancestors living within our cells may contribute to a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders

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Landmark Alzheimer's Drug Approval Confounds Research Community

Tue, 08 Jun 2021 22:30:00 GMT

Many scientists say there is not enough evidence that Biogen’s aducanumab is an effective therapy for the disease

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Why Scientists Tweak Lab Viruses to Make Them More Contagious

Mon, 14 Jun 2021 10:45:00 GMT

Some “gain of function” studies explore how a dangerous pathogen might cross species barriers to start an outbreak. They are not without controversy

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Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act--Again

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 16:30:00 GMT

By a vote of 7-2, the court declined to overturn the landmark health care law for the third time

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The COVID Lab-Leak Hypothesis: What Scientists Do and Do Not Know

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 15:05:00 GMT

An examination of the arguments that SARS-CoV-2 escaped from a lab in China and the science behind them

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Coronavirus News Roundup, June 5 to June 18

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 19:00:00 GMT

Pandemic highlights for the past two weeks

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COVID, Quickly, Episode 9: Delta Variant, Global Vaccine Shortfalls, Beers for Shots

Fri, 18 Jun 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...

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COVAX Effort to Vaccinate the World Is Faltering

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 10:45:00 GMT

The international collaboration does not have enough COVID vaccine doses to meet its goals, so wealthy countries must step up to fill the gap

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How End-of-Life Doulas Help Ease the Final Transition

Sat, 19 Jun 2021 14:00:00 GMT

We are your personal advocate, cheerleader, companion, guide, ear, rock

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Decoded: What Are Neurons?

Tue, 08 Jun 2021 13:00:00 GMT

You have 86 billion of them inside you, but do you understand how hard it was for us to learn that?

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A 'Universal' Coronavirus Vaccine to Prevent the Next Pandemic

Wed, 09 Jun 2021 13:00:00 GMT

A pan-coronavirus vaccine could be “one vaccine to rule them all,” and so far it has shown strong results in mice, hamsters, monkeys, horses and even sharks.

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