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Scientific American: Health & Medicine

Science news and technology updates from Scientific American

Health Care AI Systems Are Biased

Tue, 17 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT

We need more diverse data to avoid perpetuating inequality in medicine

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Slow Gains against the Virus

Thu, 19 Nov 2020 14:15:00 GMT

Multiple and complex underlying factors determine why some people get terribly sick from COVID-19

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Divide and Conquer Could Be Good COVID Strategy

Fri, 13 Nov 2020 03:11:00 GMT

COVID might be fought efficiently with fewer shutdowns by restricting activities only in a particular area with a population up to 200,000 when its case rate rises above a chosen threshold.  

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COVID Vaccine Excitement Builds as Moderna Reports Positive Result

Mon, 16 Nov 2020 21:00:00 GMT

Preliminary data show that the immunization is 94 percent effective and seems to prevent severe infections

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Dating during the Pandemic: Can You Trust an 'Antibody Positive' Claim?

Fri, 13 Nov 2020 18:30:00 GMT

Testing positive for COVID antibodies is not a pass to date freely

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Scientists and Health Experts Need to Be Advocates

Fri, 13 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT

Amid multiple crises, science and medicine cannot stand aloof from politics

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Coronavirus News Roundup: November 7-November 13

Fri, 13 Nov 2020 20:00:00 GMT

Here are pandemic highlights for the week

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Vaping Industry Echoes Big Tobacco's Misleading Call for Science

Tue, 17 Nov 2020 13:00:00 GMT

To understand the battle over e-cigarettes, one must look to history—and big tobacco

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Scientists Failed to Use Common Sense Early in the Pandemic

Mon, 16 Nov 2020 14:00:00 GMT

The WHO’s initial advice not to wear masks in the fight to contain COVID sowed dangerous confusion

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Mysteries of COVID Smell Loss Finally Yield Some Answers

Wed, 18 Nov 2020 13:00:00 GMT

Explanations begin to arise at the molecular level for this vexing but commonplace symptom

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An Emerging Tool for COVID Times: The Portable MRI

Thu, 12 Nov 2020 20:00:00 GMT

Bedside imaging holds vast potential as a diagnostic tool, especially during the pandemic

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For COVID Drugs, Months of Frantic Development Lead to Few Outright Successes

Fri, 13 Nov 2020 12:30:00 GMT

There have been mixed results as researchers try to stop a disease they are still trying to understand

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For Billion-Dollar COVID Vaccines, Basic Government-Funded Science Laid the Groundwork

Wed, 18 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT

Much of the pioneering work on mRNA vaccines was done with government money, though drugmakers could walk away with big profits

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Why Polls Were Mostly Wrong

Fri, 13 Nov 2020 13:30:00 GMT

Princeton’s Sam Wang had to eat his words (and a cricket) in 2016. He talks about the impacts of the pandemic and QAnon on public-opinion tallies in 2020

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Your Tears Might Save Your Life Someday

Thu, 19 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT

They could ultimately be used to find diseases the way blood tests do now—but cheaper and more easily

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Pandemic of Hunger

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 12:30:00 GMT

COVID-19 is straining African food security, but also presents an opportunity for change

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Early COVID Vaccine Results Bode Well for an Approval This Year

Thu, 12 Nov 2020 17:00:00 GMT

The data are preliminary, however, and it is not yet clear whether the vaccine protects against severe disease

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Evaluating COVID Risk on Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Thu, 19 Nov 2020 16:00:00 GMT

Stay safer on different forms of transportation

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Scientists Are Becoming More Politically Engaged

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 12:00:00 GMT

Here’s what that means beyond the 2020 elections

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Virtual Reality and the COVID Mental Health Crisis

Sun, 15 Nov 2020 17:00:00 GMT

Depression and anxiety have risen amid the pandemic; immersive therapeutics can help

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Doing the Touchy Math on Who Should Get a COVID Vaccine First

Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:00:00 GMT

Mathematicians model pandemic scenarios by plugging thorny ethical and logistical issues into calculations

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Vision and Breathing May Be the Secrets to Surviving 2020

Mon, 16 Nov 2020 11:45:00 GMT

Stanford neurobiologist Andrew Huberman discusses the two things we can always control, even during a high-stress election and scary COVID pandemic

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COVID Models Show How to Avoid Future Lockdowns

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 15:30:00 GMT

The models could help inform policy on everything from mask mandates to social distancing

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The COVID Cold Chain: How a Vaccine Will Get to You

Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:35:00 GMT

A vaccine logistics expert explains how millions of frozen vials will be widely distributed

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How to Minimize COVID Risk and Enjoy the Holidays

Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:00:00 GMT

Experts suggest limiting travel and keeping Thanksgiving and other celebrations small and outdoors

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