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Ukraine Ended Secret Government Spending. Vaccine Makers Now Demand It.

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Seeking to secure vital supplies, the authorities in the country maneuvered around anticorruption rules that require public disclosure of contracts.

January 22nd 2021, 6:52 am

The Eggs I Sold, the Baby I Gained

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Instead of lolling around in a lush pool of liquid, our baby was balled tight. Was there a connection to the eggs I had donated 10 years earlier?

January 22nd 2021, 5:07 am

Eli Lilly Claims Drug Prevents Coronavirus Infection in Nursing Homes

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A monoclonal antibody protected residents and staff members in facilities where the virus had appeared.

January 21st 2021, 7:35 pm

Why Biden Inherited a Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Unlikely to Grow Before April

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But with 200 million doses pledged for the first quarter of the year, some experts say President Biden’s plan for 100 million shots in 100 days is far too modest.

January 21st 2021, 7:35 pm

F.D.A. Approves Monthly Shots to Treat H.I.V.

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A combination of two injectable drugs will provide an alternative to daily pills for people with H.I.V.

January 21st 2021, 7:19 pm

Biden Inherits a Vaccine Supply Unlikely to Grow Before April

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But with 200 million doses pledged for the first quarter of the year, some experts say President Biden’s plan for 100 million shots in 100 days is far too modest.

January 21st 2021, 3:49 pm

Drug Prevents Coronavirus Infection in Nursing Homes, Maker Claims

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A monoclonal antibody protected residents and staff members in facilities where the virus had appeared.

January 21st 2021, 2:34 pm

U.S. Vaccine Supply: What to Know

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Can President Biden really boost production? Why are governors trying to buy directly from Pfizer? And when will supply exceed demand?

January 21st 2021, 12:33 pm

A Living Legacy in Pediatric Cancer Research

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Even as he was dying, he worked to raise awareness of pediatric cancer. Now scientists are using his cells to help others.

January 21st 2021, 8:59 am

Amid One Pandemic, Students Train for the Next

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Researchers have banded together to find safe, virtual ways to teach the principles of microbiology and epidemiology.

January 21st 2021, 5:15 am

Coffee Tied to Lower Risk of Prostate Cancer

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Each additional daily cup of coffee was associated with a 1 percent decrease in the risk of prostate cancer.

January 21st 2021, 5:15 am

Is Mask-Slipping the New Manspreading?

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Something about some men just makes it difficult to keep that mask where it should be.

January 20th 2021, 7:52 pm

Emerging Coronavirus Variants May Pose Challenges to Vaccines

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Laboratory studies of mutations circulating in South Africa suggest they may dodge some of the body’s immune responses.

January 20th 2021, 6:52 pm

Hahn Resigns as F.D.A. Commissioner; Woodcock Named Interim Chief

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The Biden administration has yet to name a permanent chief of the Food and Drug Administration, amid a deep review of potential treatments and vaccines against the coronavirus.

January 20th 2021, 4:07 pm

Just One Drink a Day May Increase Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

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As alcohol consumption increased, so did the risk of the potentially fatal heart rhythm disorder.

January 20th 2021, 4:07 pm

Hypertension During Pregnancy Tied to Later Cognitive Decline

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Pregnant women with blood pressure readings above 140/90 had deficits on tests of mental agility 15 years later.

January 20th 2021, 2:52 pm

The Strange Voyeurism of Watching Someone Else Get Vaccinated

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Seeing a shot go in someone’s arm is largely devoid of drama, but the surrounding choreography and presentation of the moment can be fascinating.

January 20th 2021, 7:47 am

Exit Interview: C.D.C. Head Redfield Reflects on His Time on the Job

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He predicted the “worst is yet to come” in the pandemic and expressed frustration with the politicization of mask-wearing and mitigation efforts.

January 20th 2021, 5:02 am

The Benefits of Moderate Exercise

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High-intensity workouts get a lot of attention and can be great for health. But moderate physical activity may have metabolic advantages.

January 20th 2021, 5:02 am

Could a Small Test Screen People for Covid-19?

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A new modeling study hints that odor-based screens could quash outbreaks. But some experts are skeptical it would work in the real world.

January 19th 2021, 6:41 pm

Could a Smell Test Screen People for Covid?

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A new modeling study hints that odor-based screens could quash outbreaks. But some experts are skeptical it would work in the real world.

January 19th 2021, 5:54 pm

New California Variant May Be Driving Virus Surge There, Study Suggests

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Researchers found that the variant originated in California and showed up in more than half of samples tested last week by researchers in Los Angeles.

January 19th 2021, 5:42 pm

What You Can Do to Avoid the New Coronavirus Variant Right Now

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It’s more contagious than the original and spreading quickly. Upgrade your mask and double down on precautions to protect yourself.

January 19th 2021, 3:12 pm

The SAT is Dropping its Essay Section, Subject Matter Tests During Pandemic

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January 19th 2021, 10:40 am

Why Medical Tourism Is Drawing Patients, Even in a Pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic has devastated medical tourism, but pent-up demand remains for affordable treatment in foreign lands.

January 19th 2021, 5:07 am

The Best Shoes for Knee Arthritis

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People with knee arthritis were less likely to report pain and stiffness if they wore stable, supportive shoes, versus flat-soled, flexible ones.

January 19th 2021, 5:07 am

Egypt Denied an Oxygen Failure Killed Covid Patients. We Found That It Did.

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For many Egyptians, a video offered a rare and uncensored view of the coronavirus’s real toll at the peak of Egypt’s second wave of the pandemic.

January 18th 2021, 9:25 am

Twins with Covid Help Scientists Untangle the Disease’s Genetic Roots

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“I want to know,” one twin said, “why did she have Covid worse than me?”

January 18th 2021, 8:10 am

Finding a Foothold for Nordic Skiing in Rural Alaska

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The harsh wind-hammered tundra sometimes complicates the prospect, as do the polar bears. But the children are enthusiastic pupils.

January 18th 2021, 5:07 am

Children’s Screen Time Has Soared in the Pandemic, Alarming Parents and Researchers

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“There will be a period of epic withdrawal,” warned one addiction specialist, once schools, activities and social life return to normal.

January 16th 2021, 10:41 am

How to (Literally) Drive the Coronavirus Away

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What’s the transmission risk inside a car? An airflow study offers some insight for passengers and drivers alike.

January 16th 2021, 5:26 am

Biden to Elevate Science Adviser to His Cabinet

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The President-elect will nominate Eric S. Lander to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy, a post left vacant by President Trump for 18 months.

January 15th 2021, 7:36 pm

How to Reimagine Your Relationship to Alcohol

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For many, January is a month to rethink how much they imbibe, whether they’re worried about heavy drinking or just looking for a reset.

January 15th 2021, 2:49 pm

C.D.C. Warns New Virus Variant Could Fuel Huge Spikes in Covid Cases

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The more contagious version, first identified in Britain, is expected to spread widely and lead to further strains on an already overburded health care system.

January 15th 2021, 1:01 pm

Biden Picks Former F.D.A. Chief to Lead Federal Vaccine Efforts

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Dr. David Kessler, who helped speed the development and approval of AIDS drugs in the 1990s, will become the top science official at Operation Warp Speed.

January 15th 2021, 8:34 am

Need a New Knee or Hip? A Robot May Help Install It

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As more people strive to stay active on aging frames, robots and other technologies are likely to play a wider role in helping surgeons replace joints.

January 15th 2021, 5:14 am

What Does a More Contagious Virus Mean for Schools?

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The coronavirus variant discovered in Britain is more easily spread among children, as it is among adults. Current safeguards should protect schools, experts said, but only if strictly enforced.

January 14th 2021, 3:52 pm

Some Medical Students Wait in Line for Covid Vaccine, While Others Share Selfies of Shots

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Across states and schools, medical students’ access to the coronavirus vaccine has varied widely, creating some confusion and stress.

January 14th 2021, 2:34 pm

Traveling (or Returning) to the U.S.? Prepare to Take a Coronavirus Test

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Beginning Jan. 26, international travelers bound for the United States must show negative coronavirus test results before boarding their flights. Here’s what you need to know.

January 14th 2021, 12:34 pm

Harold N. Bornstein, Trump’s Former Personal Physician, Dies at 73

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He attested that Trump would be the ‘healthiest president ever,’ but was later expelled from the Trump orbit.

January 14th 2021, 9:03 am

Cash, Breakfasts and Firings: An All-Out Push to Vaccinate Wary Medical Workers

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Some staff in hospitals and long-term care facilities don’t want to take the Covid-19 vaccine. Their employers are trying to change their minds.

January 14th 2021, 5:29 am

W.H.O. Team Finally Lands in China to Begin Tracing Coronavirus

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Beijing has repeatedly impeded the beginning of the World Health Organization’s inquiry into the virus’s emergence, worried about drawing attention to its early mistakes.

January 14th 2021, 12:10 am

Vitamins C and E Tied to Lower Risk for Parkinson’s Disease

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Consuming foods high in vitamins C and E may help protect against the onset of Parkinson’s later in life, a Swedish study suggests.

January 13th 2021, 4:21 pm

Excess Weight During Pregnancy Tied to Fertility Issues in Sons

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Being overweight may be tied to hormone imbalances that affect a male offspring’s reproductive system, a new study suggests.

January 13th 2021, 2:21 pm

China Places Over 22 Million on Lockdown Amid New Covid Wave

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The country is experiencing its worst coronavirus flare-up since last summer, testing the government’s success in subduing the disease.

January 13th 2021, 6:48 am

Kids and Covid Tests: What You Need to Know

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Here’s everything you need to know about when to get it and what to expect.

January 13th 2021, 6:04 am

Johnson & Johnson Expects Vaccine Results Soon but Lags in Production

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The U.S. needs J.&J.’s one-shot vaccine more than ever. But the company is behind on manufacturing promises made in its Operation Warp Speed contract.

January 13th 2021, 5:18 am

U.S. to Require Negative Virus Tests From International Air Passengers

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Before they board planes to the U.S., passengers will have to produce proof that they are not infected or have recently recovered.

January 12th 2021, 6:14 pm

I Wanted to Give My Daughter a Sibling. I Got Covid Instead.

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As the pandemic raged, I made dozens of visits to a fertility clinic. Did I catch Covid on one of those visits? I’ll never know, but the guilt is still there.

January 12th 2021, 2:59 pm

Cuomo Outlines Plans to Revive Arts and Culture Industries

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that New York urgently needs to bring the arts back — not only to help jobless artists, but to make sure that New York City survives.

January 12th 2021, 2:12 pm

Doctor's Death After Getting the Covid Vaccine Is Investigated

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A Florida physician developed an unusual blood disorder shortly after he received the Pfizer vaccine. It is not yet known if the shot is linked to the illness.

January 12th 2021, 1:28 pm

One Mask Is Good. Would Two Would Be Better?

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Health experts double down on their advice for slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

January 12th 2021, 12:58 pm

The Future of the Coronavirus? An Annoying Childhood Infection

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Once immunity is widespread in adults, the virus rampaging across the world will come to resemble the common cold, scientists predict.

January 12th 2021, 10:10 am

Seoul’s Advice to Pregnant Women: Cook, Clean and Stay Attractive

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The guidelines, published on a government website, have drawn a backlash from people who called them symbolic of anachronistic views in a patriarchal country.

January 12th 2021, 6:36 am

How Our Sex Habits May Affect Our HPV and Cancer Risk

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Certain sex practices, at certain ages, increased the risk of throat cancers related to human papillomavirus.

January 12th 2021, 5:07 am

The History Behind 'Mob' Mentality

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Why do some mass gatherings turn violent? Experts in crowd behavior say there’s still much to learn.

January 12th 2021, 3:07 am

A Colonoscopy Alternative Comes Home

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An at-home test for colon cancer is as reliable as the traditional screening, health experts say, and more agreeable.

January 11th 2021, 2:00 pm

How the Right Foods May Lead to a Healthier Gut, and Better Health

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A diet full of highly processed foods with added sugars and salt promoted gut microbes linked to obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

January 11th 2021, 11:15 am

Alzheimer’s Drug Shows Promise in Small Trial

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Participants with the disease still declined, but much more slowly than those receiving a placebo, investigators say.

January 11th 2021, 11:15 am

An Appreciation for Vaccines, and How Far They Have Come

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The DTP vaccine teaches us about how brilliant vaccine technology can be, but also how it can be studied and improved over time.

January 11th 2021, 5:11 am

Why Are We So Afraid of Fevers?

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Under most circumstances, fever is beneficial, reducing the severity of illness and shortening its length.

January 11th 2021, 5:11 am

‘It Became Sort of Lawless’: Florida Vaccine Rollout Turns Into a Free-for-All

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Florida decided people 65 and older should get the coronavirus vaccine first. But demand has overwhelmed supply, and people are frustrated.

January 10th 2021, 2:21 pm

At Elite Medical Centers, Even Workers Who Don’t Qualify Are Vaccinated

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Administrators and young graduate students have been inoculated at leading research hospitals, contrary to state and federal guidelines.

January 10th 2021, 6:31 am

Hooking Up in the Covid Era

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New world. New rules. Same old problems.

January 10th 2021, 4:47 am

How to Keep Your Pandemic Habits

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Starting a new habit is hard. To make it easier, try recycling an old one instead, building on lessons you learned from pandemic living.

January 9th 2021, 11:17 pm

Pressure Grows for States to Open Vaccines to More Groups of People

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Some states are already expanding eligibility to people 65 and over, even though millions of people the C.D.C. recommends go first — health care workers and nursing home residents — have yet to get shots.

January 9th 2021, 12:16 pm

To Start a New Habit, Make It Easy

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Removing obstacles makes it more likely you’ll achieve a new health goal. The 7-Day Well Challenge will show you how.

January 9th 2021, 5:44 am

An 11th-Hour Approval for Major Changes to Medicaid in Tennessee

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The Trump administration’s move, which Biden could eventually reverse, would loosen program rules and cap the state’s funding as part of a block grant.

January 8th 2021, 9:59 pm

False Reports of a New ‘U.S. Variant’ Came from White House Task Force

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Reports of a highly contagious new variant, published on Friday by multiple news outlets, were based on speculative statements made by Dr. Deborah Birx.

January 8th 2021, 7:12 pm

6 Months Later, Covid Survivors Plagued by Health Problems

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A large study of patients from a Wuhan, China hospital showed that a half-year later, three-quarters were struggling with problems like fatigue, depression and diminished lung function.

January 8th 2021, 6:41 pm

Pfizer Says Its Vaccine Works Against Key Mutation in Contagious Variants

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It’s good news, but experts cautioned that the new variants from Britain and South Africa also carry other potentially dangerous mutations that have not yet been investigated.

January 8th 2021, 4:41 pm

Biden Picks Dr. Nunez-Smith to Lead Health Equity Task Force

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Appointed head of the incoming administration’s task force on health equity, the Yale University scientist “is not sitting in her ivory tower.”

January 8th 2021, 4:14 pm

Coronavirus Vaccine Demand Has Health Officials Turning to Eventbrite

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Public health officials are using Eventbrite’s online ticketing platform to schedule shots. But appointments are still hard to find, and not everyone knows how to use the website.

January 8th 2021, 1:28 pm

Covid Deaths Lowered in Trial of Tocilizumab and Sarilumab

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The big dip in mortality shown in the trial of about 800 patients has caught some experts by surprise because previous studies of the drugs showed little benefit.

January 8th 2021, 1:28 pm

To Create a Healthy Habit, Find an Accountability Buddy

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Whether it’s a person or an app that sends us reminders, we make better choices when we’re being watched (even by ourselves.)

January 8th 2021, 5:42 am

The Sperm Kings Have a Problem: Too Much Demand

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Many people want a pandemic baby, but some sperm banks are running low. So women are joining unregulated Facebook groups to find willing donors, no middleman required.

January 8th 2021, 5:42 am

The virus spread faster in counties where large universities held classes in person.

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January 8th 2021, 4:39 am

One 18-Hour Flight, Four Coronavirus Infections

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An outbreak aboard a September flight from Qatar to New Zealand offers researchers, and airlines, an opportunity to study in-transit contagion.

January 7th 2021, 5:51 pm

A Riot Amid a Pandemic: Did the Virus, Too, Storm the Capitol?

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Some scientists fear that the mayhem on Capitol Hill may have led to a so-called super-spreading event.

January 7th 2021, 3:37 pm

Los Angeles County memo responds to Covid-19 surge

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January 7th 2021, 3:21 pm

The Covid Balancing Act for Doctors

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At the start of the pandemic, I was “Dr. No” to my in-laws and cancer patients, but my conversations have become more nuanced.

January 7th 2021, 5:02 am

Swimming With My Shirt Off

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At 13, I was a guy with breasts, and I needed to get rid of them to survive my upcoming teenage years.

January 7th 2021, 5:02 am

Blood Plasma Reduces Risk of Severe Covid-19 if Given Early

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Thousands of people received convalescent plasma as an experimental treatment for Covid. A new study shows that it works — but only when given within a few days of the onset of illness.

January 6th 2021, 5:07 pm

U.S. Is Blind to Contagious New Virus Variant, Scientists Warn

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It’s not too late to curb the contagious variant’s spread in the U.S., experts say — but only with a national program for genetic sequencing.

January 6th 2021, 1:34 pm

Why Self-Care Isn’t Selfish

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The pandemic taught us that when you take care of yourself, you’re also taking care of your family, friends and community. The 7-Day Well Challenge will show you how to focus on self-care in 2021.

January 6th 2021, 5:01 am

Set Your Exercise Goals High, but Not Too High

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Inactive people started moving more if they received daily step targets that exceeded their usual number by about 500 steps.

January 6th 2021, 5:01 am

Julius Schachter, Leading Expert on Chlamydia, Dies at 84

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He played a major role in combating trachoma, a chlamydia-related disease. He died of complications of Covid-19.

January 5th 2021, 2:22 pm

Pharmacist accused of sabotaging vaccine doses is a conspiracy theorist, police say.

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January 5th 2021, 2:09 pm

A New Tool in Treating Mental Illness: Building Design

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Research into the health effects of natural and man-made surroundings is spurring the development of psychiatric facilities that feel more residential and welcoming.

January 5th 2021, 9:21 am

A Night in the Hospital, From Both Ends of the Stethoscope

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As a doctor writing about medical errors, I saw potential risks lurking everywhere when my daughter was hospitalized with appendicitis.

January 5th 2021, 5:04 am

Does Coconut Oil Deserve Its Health Halo?

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“It’s been known for a long time that coconut oil raises blood levels of artery-damaging LDL cholesterol,” one expert said.

January 4th 2021, 5:23 am

As Rollout Falters, Scientists Debate New Vaccination Tactics

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Should second doses be delayed? Should most adults receive half-doses? Scientists are pondering ways to get more shots into more arms.

January 3rd 2021, 7:33 pm

Inflatable Costume May Be Behind Outbreak at California Hospital

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An employee at a hospital in San Jose wore an “air-powered” costume on Christmas. Within days, 44 staff members had tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokeswoman said.

January 3rd 2021, 4:45 pm

Kim Chernin, Who Wrote About Women, Weight and Identity, Dies at 80

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In a memoir, she also recounted her upbringing as the daughter of Rose Chernin, a Communist organizer convicted of trying to overthrow the government.

January 3rd 2021, 10:40 am

India Approves Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine and 1 Other

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The move, coming days after Britain became the first country to approve the AstraZeneca shots for emergency use, begins a vast campaign to inoculate the hard-hit nation’s 1.3 billion people.

January 3rd 2021, 1:11 am

Family Geocaching

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A game of hide-and-seek using GPS technology is a joyful distraction for many.

January 2nd 2021, 11:55 pm

How To Spend in 2021

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Last year we were just trying to roll with the punches. Hopefully now we can apply some of those survival skills to our finances.

January 2nd 2021, 11:41 pm

Cold-Weather Podcasts

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A polar podcast playlist from cold places, full of nonfiction and fiction storytelling set in the snow.

January 2nd 2021, 10:55 pm

Post-Pandemic "Firsts"

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We put that question to readers and received more than 800 responses. Here are some of the highlights.

January 2nd 2021, 11:15 am

Some Covid Survivors Haunted by Loss of Smell and Taste

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As the coronavirus claims more victims, a once-rare diagnosis is receiving new attention from scientists, who fear it may affect nutrition and mental health.

January 2nd 2021, 10:45 am
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