Fighting the next pandemic: Antibiotic resistance

Fighting the next pandemic: Antibiotic resistance

If a two-year-old child living in poverty in India or Bangladesh gets sick with a common bacterial infection, there is ...
What’s in the biomedical pipeline for CRISPR gene editing?

What’s in the biomedical pipeline for CRISPR gene editing?

One great attraction of Crispr, says Niren Murthy, a bioengineer at Berkeley, is that it could be a one-shot affair ...
Behind the scenes of America’s troubled COVID vaccine rollout

Behind the scenes of America’s troubled COVID vaccine rollout

[W]hy is it taking so long to vaccinate Americans? The answer starts with tens of millions of Covid-19 vaccine doses ...
Debunking 7 myths about the COVID vaccine

Debunking 7 myths about the COVID vaccine

[W]idespread immunization is the fastest and best way to begin to return to a more normal way of life. Seven ...
Best in the world — 90% of Israelis over 50 are fully vaccinated against COVID. How did Israel do it?

Best in the world — 90% of Israelis over 50 are fully vaccinated against COVID. How did Israel do it?

A rush of Israeli medical research — some emerging too fast for academic journals to keep up — reveals that ...
Cancer dates back millions of years. Now we are cracking its evolutionary code

Cancer dates back millions of years. Now we are cracking its evolutionary code

Cancer cells are on a continual evolutionary journey of mutation and proliferation, creating a genetically diverse population with a range ...
Video: Here’s why COVID mutant variants are spreading so fast

Video: Here’s why COVID mutant variants are spreading so fast

As highly transmissible coronavirus variants sweep across the world, scientists are racing to understand why these new versions of the ...
Mass vaccination campaigns are always challenging. Here’s how the US fared with a previous outbreak

Mass vaccination campaigns are always challenging. Here’s how the US fared with a previous outbreak

On April 12, 1955, the U.S. government licensed the first vaccine against poliomyelitis, created by Dr. Jonas Salk, after scientists ...
Sickle cell gene therapy trial halted after two patients develop cancer, though the link is not certain

Sickle cell gene therapy trial halted after two patients develop cancer, though the link is not certain

A patient who was treated [with gene therapy for sickle cell disease] five and a half years ago has developed ...
Part 1: Defying all predictions, Africa is the global COVID-19 ‘cold spot’. How come health officials and the media are not honestly exploring why?

Part 1: Defying all predictions, Africa is the global COVID-19 ‘cold spot’. How come health officials and the media are not honestly exploring why?

The first confirmed COVID-19 case in Africa was on February 14, 2020 in Egypt. The first in sub-Saharan Africa appeared ...
Organs on a chip? Device tracks Parkinson’s disease by modeling how the gut microbiome interacts with the brain, liver, and colon

Organs on a chip? Device tracks Parkinson’s disease by modeling how the gut microbiome interacts with the brain, liver, and colon

[B]acteria living in our gut can influence some neurological diseases. To help researchers better understand how this gut-brain axis communicates, ...
COVID evolution: ‘What other variants might be out there?’

COVID evolution: ‘What other variants might be out there?’

Tracking the subtle changes to the virus’ RNA is like global detective work, requiring health officials around the world to ...
Lagging global vaccine rollout could open the door to more mutant strains, complicating recovery

Lagging global vaccine rollout could open the door to more mutant strains, complicating recovery

The virus continues to spread rapidly in many parts of the world, even as segments of the population have gained ...
Taking Vitamin C or zinc to fight a cold or COVID? New study shows they have no effect

Taking Vitamin C or zinc to fight a cold or COVID? New study shows they have no effect

Over the years, scientific studies have not conclusively shown that [zinc or vitamin C] can help overcome illnesses such as ...
Optimizing vaccine rollout: Should we be concerned about taking possibly less effective — but easier to distribute — COVID shots like AstraZeneca's and J&J's?

Optimizing vaccine rollout: Should we be concerned about taking possibly less effective — but easier to distribute — COVID shots like AstraZeneca’s and J&J’s?

Yusuff Adebayo Adebisi knows that a vaccine that offers 70% protection against COVID-19 could be a valuable tool against the ...
What you need to know about the one-shot vaccine by Johnson & Johnson

What you need to know about the one-shot vaccine by Johnson & Johnson

More than two months after its last COVID-19 vaccine authorization, the FDA authorized for emergency use a one-shot vaccine from ...
Could vaccines accelerate the evolution of more dangerous mutant COVID variants?

Could vaccines accelerate the evolution of more dangerous mutant COVID variants?

Some scientists have argued that it would be better to use the scarce vaccines to give first doses to as ...
Witch Hunt for Alternative Practitioners

Podcast: GMO ‘terminator’ seeds debunked; ‘Alternative medicine’ harms women; Cancer-fighting CRISPR beer?

Anti-GMO advocates have for years warned about the dangers of genetically modified, sterile "terminator" seeds. But there's a problem: these ...
Cancer detection in minutes? New device measures biomarker exosomes on a chip

Cancer detection in minutes? New device measures biomarker exosomes on a chip

Leyla Esfandiari Ph.D., is an assistant professor [at the University of Cincinnati’s] College of Engineering and Applied Science. She has ...
Playing ‘wait and see’ with the COVID vaccine? Here’s the variety of reasons why people report hesitancy

Playing ‘wait and see’ with the COVID vaccine? Here’s the variety of reasons why people report hesitancy

31% of the public say that when an FDA-approved vaccine for COVID-19 is available to them for free, they will ...
Viewpoint: An open economy by April? Why the US could reach COVID herd immunity by spring

Viewpoint: An open economy by April? Why the US could reach COVID herd immunity by spring

[COVID] cases are down 77% over the past six weeks. If a medication slashed cases by 77%, we’d call it ...
Coffee reduces risk of heart failure? What are we to make of a new study based on artificial intelligence (AI)

Coffee reduces risk of heart failure? What are we to make of a new study based on artificial intelligence (AI)

When I was starting out in epidemiology in the early 1980’s I attended a lecture by Thomas Pearson, a cardiologist, ...
Bubble bursting: Is vitamin D an effective treatment for COVID-19?

Bubble bursting: Is vitamin D an effective treatment for COVID-19?

The case is simple: we know vitamin D – the “sunshine vitamin” – is involved in immune function, so could it ...
Can anything be done to counter anti-vaccination activists?

Can anything be done to counter anti-vaccination activists?

Recently, anti-vaxxers protests shut down the mass vaccination program underway at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. In Israel, the global poster child ...
Hidden biological link: Could estrogen during pregnancy hold key to preventing autism?

Hidden biological link: Could estrogen during pregnancy hold key to preventing autism?

Over the past decade, genomic analyses of humans... have identified gene mutations strongly associated with [autism spectrum disorders, or] ASDs, ...
How COVID is revolutionizing vaccine development and production

How COVID is revolutionizing vaccine development and production

According to Charles Christy, head of commercial solutions, Ibex Dedicate, Lonza, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been driving ...
Viewpoint: Tanzania’s anti-vaxxer president is slowing COVID response and endangering lives

Viewpoint: Tanzania’s anti-vaxxer president is slowing COVID response and endangering lives

In politics, there are generally two ways of making decisions. The first is evidence-based, weighing the pros and cons and ...
Antibody treatments: Vaccines are in demand while other effective drugs go unused. Here’s why

Antibody treatments: Vaccines are in demand while other effective drugs go unused. Here’s why

Hospitals and clinics, staggered by the needs of the sick and gearing up to help administer the new coronavirus vaccines, ...
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