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Science news and technology updates from Scientific American

Hormone Highs and Lows Follow a Seasonal Pattern

Wed, 26 May 2021 17:30:00 GMT

A newly discovered internal body clock creates annual peaks and valleys

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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We're Overlooking a Major Culprit in the Opioid Crisis

Fri, 28 May 2021 12:00:00 GMT

Pharmaceutical companies and drug dealers have been part of the problem—but so have policy makers

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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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Divisive COVID 'Lab Leak' Debate Prompts Dire Warnings from Researchers

Thu, 27 May 2021 16:00:00 GMT

Allegations that COVID escaped from a Chinese lab make it harder for nations to collaborate on ending the pandemic—and fuel online bullying—some scientists say

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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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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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Health Care Workers Call for Support of Palestinians

Wed, 02 Jun 2021 19:00:00 GMT

Israel continues to deny Palestinians essential care and resources

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How Dangerous Are New, Fast-Spreading Coronavirus Variants?

Wed, 26 May 2021 15:30:00 GMT

Key questions remain about how quickly B.1.617 variants can spread, their potential to evade immunity and how they might affect the course of the pandemic

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Excess Deaths Reveal the Pandemic's Hidden Toll in Some U.S. Counties

Wed, 02 Jun 2021 10:45:00 GMT

A detailed analysis suggests that COVID deaths and other pandemic-related mortality may have been significantly undercounted in the rural South and West

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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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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 Deadly 'Black Fungus' Is Ravaging COVID Patients in India

Fri, 28 May 2021 11:30:00 GMT

Standard treatments such as steroids, as well as illnesses such as diabetes, make the fungal infection worse

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As the Pandemic Wanes, Sexually Transmitted Infections Are Likely to Rise

Mon, 31 May 2021 14:00:00 GMT

We created new vaccines. Now how about creating better protection against STIs?

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

Thu, 10 Jun 2021 16:30:00 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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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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Biomedical Research Falls Short at Factoring in Sex and Gender

Tue, 01 Jun 2021 06:00:00 GMT

Despite policies that endorse more inclusiveness, incentives work against including female subjects in experiments

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See People's Emotions as They Get Their COVID Vaccinations

Tue, 01 Jun 2021 19:00:00 GMT

At a mass vaccination site in New Jersey, people got a shot of hope

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