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When Euphemisms (but Never Sharks) Attack

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Plus, orphaned grizzlies, baby deer in the shower, hoot-owl restrictions and more in the Friday edition of the Science Times newsletter.

July 23rd 2021, 4:40 pm

Testing Britney Spears: Restoring Rights Can Be Rare and Difficult

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To get out of conservatorship, the pop star will likely have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, an uneasy melding of legal standards and mental health criteria.

July 23rd 2021, 5:08 am

What is HIPAA and How Does the Law Work?

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The measure prohibits health professionals from revealing your medical records, but it is perfectly legal to ask whether someone has been vaccinated.

July 22nd 2021, 8:38 pm

How the HIPAA Law Works

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The measure prohibits health professionals from revealing your medical records, but it is perfectly legal to ask whether someone has been vaccinated.

July 22nd 2021, 7:46 pm

‘Not Out of the Woods’: C.D.C. Issues Blunt New Warning on Virus

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The renewed sense of urgency was aimed at millions of people who have not yet been vaccinated and therefore are most likely to be infected.

July 22nd 2021, 7:04 pm

A.I. Predicts the Shapes of Molecules to Come

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DeepMind has given 3-D structure to 350,000 proteins, including every one made by humans, promising a boon for medicine and drug design.

July 22nd 2021, 1:02 pm

Why Even Vaccinated People Are Getting ‘Breakthrough’ Infections

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The vaccines are effective, but they are not a golden shield against the coronavirus, particularly not the Delta variant.

July 22nd 2021, 1:02 pm

Why Everyone Has the Worst Summer Cold Ever

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As pandemic restrictions begin to relax, common viruses that cause drippy noses, stuffy heads and other cold symptoms have roared back to taunt your immune system.

July 22nd 2021, 7:02 am

Olympics Virus Cases Raise Tricky Questions About Testing

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Frequent screening of healthy, vaccinated people will pick up even the mildest infections. How much testing is too much?

July 21st 2021, 7:48 pm

Drug Distributors and J.&J. Announce $26 Billion Deal to End Opioids Lawsuits

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If approved by states and municipalities, the settlement would allow funds to be allocated to communities to pay for addiction and prevention services.

July 21st 2021, 2:17 pm

More Hospitals Impose Vaccine Mandates for Employees

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With some health care workers still refusing to be immunized, medical centers around the country are requiring shots as cases climb once again.

July 21st 2021, 1:31 pm

In an ICU, a Photographer's View of a Desperate Covid Fight

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After documenting a last-resort treatment at one hospital, a photographer who spent hours in patients’ rooms describes capturing the humanity of the struggle.

July 21st 2021, 6:31 am

A Personal History of the C-Section

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When my daughter’s delivery went off the script I had imagined, it made me wonder about what we ask from our birth stories.

July 21st 2021, 6:31 am

PEPFAR Is Still Without a Leader. H.I.V. Activists Want to Know Why.

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“Can we not think and act on two pandemics at a time?” asked one epidemiologist.

July 21st 2021, 2:49 am

One Dose of J.&J. Vaccine Is Ineffective Against Delta, Study Suggests

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Many who received the shot may need to consider boosters, the authors said. But federal health officials do not recommend second doses.

July 20th 2021, 5:02 pm

States and Cities Near Tentative $26 Billion Deal in Opioids Cases

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The agreement would end thousands of lawsuits against the three largest distributors and Johnson & Johnson and require them to pay billions for addiction treatment and prevention.

July 20th 2021, 9:46 am

Learning to Love G.M.O.s

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Overblown fears have turned the public against genetically modified food. But the potential benefits have never been greater.

July 20th 2021, 5:47 am

How an Unproven Alzheimer’s Drug Got Approved

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Though some of its own senior officials said there was little evidence of benefit for patients, the F.D.A. nonetheless greenlighted Biogen’s Aduhelm, or aducanumab.

July 19th 2021, 11:31 pm

White House Dispute Exposes Facebook Blind Spot on Misinformation

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The company doesn’t know some specifics about how falsehoods about Covid-19 and vaccines for the virus spread on its social network.

July 19th 2021, 6:42 pm

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends universal masking in schools this fall.

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The guidance is a split from the C.D.C., which has recommended masks only for the unvaccinated.

July 19th 2021, 6:29 pm

Dr. Paul Auerbach, Father of Wilderness Medicine, Dies at 70

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He pioneered a new branch of emergency medicine — when emergency rooms are nowhere to be found — and helped compile the definitive textbook on health care in the wild.

July 19th 2021, 4:48 pm

Heart Failure Tied to Increased Cancer Risk, Study Finds

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People with heart failure may live for many years and should continue to get regular cancer screenings, experts say.

July 19th 2021, 4:48 pm

Covid's Beta Variant: Here's What We Know

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The variant can dodge some of the immune system’s defenses, but is still vulnerable to vaccines.

July 19th 2021, 4:48 pm

How Covid-19 Has Upended Life in Undervaccinated Arkansas

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While much of the nation tiptoes toward normalcy, the coronavirus is again swamping hospitals in places like Mountain Home, in a rural county where fewer than one-third of residents are vaccinated.

July 19th 2021, 9:01 am

You’re Missing Microbes. But Is ‘Rewilding’ the Way to Get Them Back?

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The science behind the idea of restoring the intestinal microbiome to an ancestral state is shaky, skeptics say, and in some cases unethical.

July 19th 2021, 9:01 am

What You Don’t Know About Food Allergies

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Pollen-food reactions, adult onset symptoms and cross reactivity are just some of the surprising ways our bodies respond to food.

July 19th 2021, 6:45 am

Where Does Weed Come From? A New Study Suggests East Asia.

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A group of biologists and other scientists said humans began growing cannabis about 12,000 years ago not just for food, but also for hemp and, yes, probably to get high.

July 18th 2021, 7:02 pm

Cannabis Was Domesticated in East Asia, New Study Suggests

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A group of biologists and other scientists said humans began growing cannabis about 12,000 years ago not just for food, but also for hemp and, yes, probably to get high.

July 18th 2021, 10:59 am

Erin Gilmer, Disability Rights Activist, Dies at 38

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She fought for a more compassionate health care system, bringing an extensive knowledge of policy and even more extensive firsthand experience as a patient.

July 17th 2021, 5:29 pm

How Republican Coronavirus Vaccine Opposition Got to This Point

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In recent months, Republican skepticism of Covid vaccines and their rollout has grown louder: One recent poll found that 47 percent said they weren’t likely to get vaccinated.

July 17th 2021, 9:15 am

How Republican Vaccine Opposition Got to This Point

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In recent months, Republican skepticism of Covid vaccines and their rollout has grown louder: One recent poll found that 47 percent said they weren’t likely to get vaccinated.

July 17th 2021, 5:30 am

C.D.C. Director Warns of a ‘Pandemic of the Unvaccinated’

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Cases, hospitalizations and deaths remain far below last winter’s peak, but the director urged people to get fully vaccinated.

July 16th 2021, 7:00 pm

Measuring the Cost of Racial Abuse in Soccer

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Plus, fluorescent flying squirrels, aging golfers and more feats of athleticism in the Friday edition of the Science Times Newsletter.

July 16th 2021, 4:47 pm

Overlooked No More: Rebecca Lee Crumpler, Who Battled Prejudice in Medicine

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As the first Black woman to earn a medical degree in the United States, she persevered to make care accessible to women and Black communities, regardless of their ability to pay.

July 16th 2021, 1:02 pm

Americans Are Flocking to Mexico. Should They Be?

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U.S. arrivals are up, but so are coronavirus cases, especially in hot tourism spots like Los Cabos and Cancún. Experts urge caution, but visitors keep coming.

July 16th 2021, 7:00 am

Surgeon General Assails Tech Companies Over Misinformation on Covid-19

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Dr. Vivek Murthy issued an advisory declaring health misinformation an “urgent threat” and said tech and social media companies needed to fight it more aggressively.

July 15th 2021, 7:00 pm

California Woman Is Charged in Fake Covid-19 Vaccine Card Scheme

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Juli Mazi, who identifies as a naturopathic doctor, also sold “immunization pellets” to patients, federal prosecutors said.

July 15th 2021, 11:59 am

Covid Is Especially Risky for People With H.I.V., Large Study Finds

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An H.I.V. infection increases the odds of dying from Covid-19 by at least 30 percent, researchers said.

July 15th 2021, 10:46 am

¿Quieres controlar tu peso? Levantar pesas podría ayudarte

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Las personas que regularmente hacen ejercicios para fortalecer los músculos tienen entre 20 y 30 por ciento menos probabilidades de ser obesas con el tiempo.

July 15th 2021, 10:46 am

Cleveland Clinic Says It Won’t Administer Aduhelm to Patients

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The major medical center’s rejection of the new Alzheimer’s drug is one of the starkest signs of concern over its effectiveness.

July 14th 2021, 8:29 pm

Tapping into the Brain to Help a Paralyzed Man Speak

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In a once unimagined accomplishment, electrodes implanted in the man’s brain transmit signals to a computer that displays his words.

July 14th 2021, 5:15 pm

How to Find an L.G.B.T.-Friendly Pediatrician

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Your child’s doctor can offer support when it comes to gender identity and sexual orientation.

July 14th 2021, 4:44 pm

Covid-19 Delta Variant Widens Gulf Between Vaccinated and Unvaccinated

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Data from overseas, particularly Britain, suggest the spread of the virus will set vaccinated and unvaccinated communities on very different paths.

July 14th 2021, 4:44 pm

How These Vocal Anti Covid Vaccine Chiropractors Have Split the Profession

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The conflict among chiropractors has become more consequential as the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads and the rate of new vaccinations slows.

July 14th 2021, 9:49 am

He Thought It Was the Flu, but He Had Never Been So Sick

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Was there a clue in the dark color of his urine?

July 14th 2021, 7:30 am

Biden to Nominate Rahul Gupta to Run National Office of Drug Control Policy

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If confirmed by the Senate, Dr. Rahul Gupta would become the first medical doctor to serve in the position since the role was created in 1988.

July 13th 2021, 7:31 pm

As Virus Cases Speed Up, Seoul Tells Gym Users to Slow Down

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Treadmills can go no faster than a brisk walk, and songs must fall below 120 beats per minute, under new regulations that confused some exercisers in South Korea. “It seems weird to me,” one said.

July 13th 2021, 12:15 pm

Waking Up in the Middle of the Night? Ways to Fall Back Asleep

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Sleep experts offer advice on sleeping soundly through the night.

July 13th 2021, 5:59 am

U.S. Officials Press Pfizer for More Evidence of Need for Booster Shot

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After meeting with company representatives, officials said the decision would depend partly on data on infections in vaccinated people that cause serious disease or hospitalization.

July 13th 2021, 1:03 am

Guillain-Barré Syndrome and the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine: What to Know

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The link between the rare neurological disorder and the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine may be real, but the risk appears to be very small.

July 12th 2021, 7:46 pm

W.H.O. Experts Seek Limits on Human Gene-Editing Experiments

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The panel also called on countries to ensure that beneficial forms of genetic alteration be shared equitably.

July 12th 2021, 7:46 pm

With the Delta Variant, Do I Need a Covid Booster Shot?

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Although studies of a third dose are underway, experts agree that the vaccines are still working well, even against the Delta variant, and that booster shots are not necessary right now.

July 12th 2021, 7:46 pm

F.D.A. Attaches Warning of Rare Nerve Syndrome to Johnson & Johnson Covid Vaccine

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Federal regulators concluded that the risk of developing the syndrome was low, and that the benefits of the vaccine still strongly outweigh it.

July 12th 2021, 7:46 pm

F.D.A. Will Attach Warning of Guillain-Barré Syndrome to Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

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Federal regulators concluded that the risk of developing the syndrome was low, and that the benefits of the vaccine still strongly outweigh it.

July 12th 2021, 4:28 pm

F.D.A. Will Attach Warning of Rare Nerve Syndrome to Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

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Federal regulators found that the risk of developing the syndrome was low, but three to five times higher among Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients than the general population.

July 12th 2021, 2:12 pm

BioBonds Use Wall Street Tools to Fund Medical Research

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Karen Petrou invented a new funding model for curing blindness. Proposed legislation aims to apply it to medical research more generally.

July 12th 2021, 6:59 am

Alcohol Abuse Is on the Rise. Here's Why Doctors Fail to Treat It.

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People with alcohol use disorder are often seen in clinics and hospitals, but medical professionals too often ignore the condition.

July 12th 2021, 6:02 am

The Rationing of a Last-Resort Covid Treatment

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While ventilator shortages have been largely averted in the U.S., this lifesaving therapy is scarce. How to choose which critically ill patients get it?

July 12th 2021, 3:59 am

A Covid Test as Easy as Breathing

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Scientists have been dreaming of disease-detecting breathalyzers for years. Has the time for the technology finally come?

July 11th 2021, 5:15 am

What Parents Need to Know About the C.D.C.’s Covid School Guidelines

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The agency’s advice on distancing, masks and vaccination bring the coming school year a bit more into focus.

July 9th 2021, 7:43 pm

F.D.A. Requests Federal Investigation of Alzheimer’s Drug Approval

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The agency’s acting head said a review should look into whether any interactions between agency staff and the drug developer, Biogen, broke F.D.A. rules.

July 9th 2021, 2:42 pm

Scientists Press Case Against the Covid Lab Leak Theory

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In a review of recent studies and comparisons to other outbreaks, a group of virologists contends that there is more evidence to support a natural spillover from animals to humans.

July 9th 2021, 1:25 pm

The C.D.C. Issues New School Guidance, With Emphasis on Full Reopening

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The guidance acknowledges that many students have suffered from months of virtual learning.

July 9th 2021, 12:41 pm

Helping Runners With Long Covid Get Back on Their Feet

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At many of the Covid-19 recovery clinics that have sprung up around the country, patients’ goals include their athletic ambitions.

July 9th 2021, 5:26 am

Citing the Delta Variant, Pfizer Will Pursue Booster Shots and a New Vaccine

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Scientists were critical of the announcement, pointing to evidence that the current two-dose regimen is powerfully effective against the coronavirus.

July 8th 2021, 10:41 pm

Social Isolation in U.S. Rose as Crisis Began to Subside, Research Shows

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The findings suggest recovery from the pandemic may take a long time and could affect people’s view of their relationships over time.

July 8th 2021, 3:41 pm

Covid Lambda Variant of Peru: What Scientists Know

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Spreading fast in South America, the variant is still a mystery. No one knows whether it is more contagious than other variants or if it affects vaccines.

July 8th 2021, 3:41 pm

A new study finds genetic variations in Covid patients that could point to better drug treatments.

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July 8th 2021, 3:41 pm

In a Reversal, F.D.A. Calls for Limits on Who Gets Alzheimer’s Drug

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The agency faced criticism for approving Aduhelm for all Alzheimer’s patients. The new label recommends that the drug be given only to patients with mild symptoms.

July 8th 2021, 3:41 pm

Study Hints at How Delta Variant Dodges the Immune System

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One dose of vaccine is not enough to protect against the Delta and Beta variants, new research suggests, and even people who have had Covid-19 should be immunized.

July 8th 2021, 11:24 am

How does the Delta variant dodge the immune system? Scientists find clues.

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One dose of vaccine is not enough to protect against the Delta and Beta variants, new research suggests, and even people who have had Covid-19 should be immunized.

July 8th 2021, 11:11 am

15 States Reach a Deal With Purdue Pharma, Moving Toward a $4.5 Billion Opioids Settlement

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The states, including Massachusetts and New York, agreed to drop opposition to the bankruptcy organization plan of the company, the maker of OxyContin.

July 8th 2021, 9:11 am

Seeking Answers on Covid, U.F.O.s and Illnesses, Spy Agencies Turn to Scientists

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American intelligence agencies are tapping outside expertise as they wrestle with mysteries that are as much about science as they are about espionage.

July 8th 2021, 5:26 am

Delta Is Dominant Variant in the U.S., C.D.C. Estimates

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Research suggests that most vaccines still provide good protection against it and remain highly effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths. New cases and deaths, as well as hospitalizations, are significantly down across the country from the devastating peaks during previous national surges.

July 7th 2021, 2:26 pm

Fitbits Detect Lasting Changes After Covid-19

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Some people recovering from a coronavirus infection had an elevated heart rate for months, according to a new study.

July 7th 2021, 11:26 am

A New Alzheimer’s Drug Offers More Questions Than Answers

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The approval of Aduhelm to treat Alzheimer’s disease has raised hope among older adults, but many doctors wonder if it is warranted.

July 7th 2021, 10:56 am

Time Is Running Out to Get U.S. Students Vaccinated by Fall

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In some parts of the country, the first day of school is six or seven weeks away. It takes at least five weeks to get both doses of the Pfizer vaccine and have them be fully effective.

July 7th 2021, 10:56 am

Pfizer Vaccine in Israel: How It Works Against Delta Variant

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Israel reported that the Pfizer vaccine was 64 percent effective against the Delta variant. Other studies suggest a higher rate.

July 7th 2021, 10:56 am

Slow-Wheeling to the Sea

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Using a hand-powered recumbent trike, the disabled author retraces the 35 miles of a pioneering cycling tour of Boston’s North Shore taken more than a century ago.

July 7th 2021, 5:12 am

Biden Makes New Push for Vaccinations, but Experts Say More Is Needed

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Some public health experts worry that the administration is not being aggressive enough in waging what the president calls a “wartime effort” to vaccinate the country.

July 6th 2021, 8:11 pm

Do We Really Need to Take 10,000 Steps a Day for Our Health?

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The advice that we take 10,000 steps a day is more a marketing accident than based on science. Taking far fewer may have notable benefits.

July 6th 2021, 4:24 pm

A Closer Look at the Colon Condition That Hospitalized the Pope

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Francis suffered a disorder that is relatively common and treatable, and doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

July 5th 2021, 8:09 pm

Juul Is Fighting to Keep Its E-Cigarettes on the U.S. Market

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The company faces declining sales and thousands of lawsuits claiming it knowingly sold its trendy vaping products to minors. Soon the F.D.A. will decide whether it can keep selling them at all.

July 5th 2021, 5:53 pm

Birthday Parties as Virus Vector

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Just how much Covid was spreading behind closed doors last year? Quite a lot, as a new study with a simple yet creative approach found out.

July 5th 2021, 9:18 am

Should People With Immune Problems Get Third Vaccine Doses?

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France is handing out third shots of the two-dose vaccines to cancer patients and others with immune system impairments. In the United States, patients like these are on their own.

July 4th 2021, 5:37 pm

F.D.A. Releases Another Batch of Johnson & Johnson’s Vaccine

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The move brings the total number of Johnson & Johnson doses made at the troubled plant and cleared by the F.D.A. to roughly 40 million.

July 4th 2021, 5:37 pm

Tyson Foods Recalls 8.5 Million Pounds of Frozen Chicken

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The voluntary recall comes after the Agriculture Department linked three cases of listeriosis to the cooked chicken products, including one death.

July 4th 2021, 5:37 pm

Dr. Barbara Murphy, Kidney Transplant Expert, Dies at 56

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Her focus was on immunology and how to predict and diagnose the outcomes of transplants. She was, a colleague said, “a great researcher and a great mentor to many people.”

July 3rd 2021, 8:35 pm

Zoo Animals Are Getting Experimental Coronavirus Vaccines

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Big cats, ferrets, apes and bears are benefiting from a gift of 11,000 doses, but vaccines for pets are not recommended.

July 2nd 2021, 3:53 pm

Is Biden Declaring ‘Independence From the Coronavirus’ Too Soon?

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Less than half the country is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and the contagious Delta variant is spreading. Still, the White House is putting together an “America’s Back Together” celebration for July 4.

July 2nd 2021, 10:51 am

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Protects Against Delta Variant, Company Reports

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The vaccine also produced long-lasting immune responses, researchers said. Booster shots seem unnecessary, at least for now.

July 1st 2021, 9:52 pm

Delta Variant Not Driving Hospitalization Surge in England, Data Shows

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Although the number of coronavirus cases has ticked slowly upward in recent weeks, hospitalization rates remain exceedingly low.

July 1st 2021, 3:06 pm

Stress and Burnout Still Plague Front-Line Health Care Workers as Pandemic Eases

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Doctors and nurses are reeling from new Covid cases, staff burnout and the prolonged stress of dealing with the pandemic.

July 1st 2021, 1:06 pm

Behind Biden’s Pledge to Share 80 Million Vaccine Doses

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A shipment to Pakistan was a recent move in a new phase of the administration’s pandemic response: a round-the-clock effort to clear regulatory and logistical hurdles to share doses with countries in need.

June 30th 2021, 6:35 pm

Are masks coming back? The Delta variant has some different officials rethinking precautions.

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June 30th 2021, 4:37 pm

Turn Your Phone Into a Fitness Coach

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You don’t need a smartwatch or an activity tracker to monitor your exercise, nutrition and other health information.

June 30th 2021, 9:03 am

As the Virus Rages, Putin Pushes Russians to Get a (Russian) Vaccine

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In his annual call-in show, President Vladimir V. Putin struck a changed tone after previously having cast his country’s handling of Covid-19 as a success story.

June 30th 2021, 8:51 am

Las vacunas de Pfizer y Moderna podrían generar una inmunidad duradera, según científicos

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Las células inmunes siguen combatiendo al coronavirus meses después de la inoculación, reportaron los investigadores.

June 30th 2021, 5:07 am

Masks Again? Delta Variant’s Spread Prompts Reconsideration of Precautions.

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Los Angeles County and the W.H.O. warned that even immunized people should wear masks indoors. Some scientists agreed, but urged a localized approach.

June 29th 2021, 7:06 pm

Why You Still Might Want to Have a Home Covid Test on Hand

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At-home rapid Covid-19 tests can offer unique benefits for weddings, parties, travel or for households with children or at-risk adults.

June 29th 2021, 7:14 am
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