Obesity contributor? Fructose — a commonly used sweetener — disrupts our immune system, study shows

Obesity contributor? Fructose — a commonly used sweetener — disrupts our immune system, study shows

Fructose is a type of simple sugar that makes up 50% of table sugar. It is found in sugary drinks ...
Law firms that led glyphosate-cancer litigation against Bayer want a ‘bigger slice’ of the record-breaking settlement

Law firms that led glyphosate-cancer litigation against Bayer want a ‘bigger slice’ of the record-breaking settlement

Plaintiffs’ firms that led the legal campaign against Bayer AG are fighting over $800 million in fees from the Roundup ...
‘Long COVID’: One third of symptomatic survivors have long haul symptoms

‘Long COVID’: One third of symptomatic survivors have long haul symptoms

About 33% of COVID-19 patients who were never sick enough to require hospitalization continue to complain months later of symptoms ...
Podcast: Dogology—The science of our four-legged friends

Podcast: Dogology—The science of our four-legged friends

Geneticist Kat Arney brings you some scientific tails as we explore the genetics of dog breeds and behaviour ...
With symptoms from rashes to strokes, is COVID a blood vessel disease?

With symptoms from rashes to strokes, is COVID a blood vessel disease?

Some of the earliest insights into how COVID-19 can act like a vascular disease came from studying the aftermath of the most ...
Defying world trends, India sees dramatic drop in COVID cases, stumping scientists

Defying world trends, India sees dramatic drop in COVID cases, stumping scientists

[Early on in the pandemic, COVID] infections climbed dramatically for months and at one point India looked like it might ...
Infographic: History’s 11 deadliest plagues, from the Antonine epidemic in ancient Rome to COVID-19

Infographic: History’s 11 deadliest plagues, from the Antonine epidemic in ancient Rome to COVID-19

The novel coronavirus took just a few months to sweep the globe. More than 2.5 million people around the world ...
Navigating advertising landmines on the path to egg freezing

Navigating advertising landmines on the path to egg freezing

More women in the UK than ever before are considering freezing their eggs, with the sharp rise in inquiries at ...
‘Spread like wildfire’: Conspiracy theories undermining COVID vaccine efforts spreading from Western countries to Africa

‘Spread like wildfire’: Conspiracy theories undermining COVID vaccine efforts spreading from Western countries to Africa

Anti-vaccine sentiment, often fed by rumours spread on social media, is already thriving in the West. But a similar dynamic ...
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 ...
Is the flu more dangerous than COVID, as many people believe? Study shows risk of COVID death is 3.5 times higher

Is the flu more dangerous than COVID, as many people believe? Study shows risk of COVID death is 3.5 times higher

"We can now say definitively that COVID-19 is much more severe than seasonal influenza," said… Dr. Amol Verma, a researcher ...
Viewpoint: New York Times' Nicholas Kristof again echoes scientifically dubious fears about falling sperm counts and ‘endocrine disrupting’ chemicals

Viewpoint: New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof again echoes scientifically dubious fears about falling sperm counts and ‘endocrine disrupting’ chemicals

The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof has shown an admirable commitment over the years towards highlighting under-reported stories. He fights ...
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Why cousin marriages can wreak genetic havoc on children

The link between cousin marriages and genetic disorders in offspring is a growing problem in several countries ...
Viewpoint: Let them eat cheese: Evidence shows this ‘guilty pleasure’ doesn’t deserve its unhealthy reputation

Viewpoint: Let them eat cheese: Evidence shows this ‘guilty pleasure’ doesn’t deserve its unhealthy reputation

A large body of research suggests that cheese’s reputation as a fattening, heart-imperiling food is undeserved. When it comes to ...
Hundreds of novel coronaviruses likely lurking in animal species around the world

Hundreds of novel coronaviruses likely lurking in animal species around the world

[New research] identifies hundreds of animal species that may become infected with known coronaviruses, although many of these infections haven't ...
Long COVID: Some people may never fully recover

Long COVID: Some people may never fully recover

They hadn’t been hospitalized. They were relatively young and otherwise in good health, without the underlying conditions like obesity and ...
Reality dawning: COVID will alter how we live for years or decades to come

Reality dawning: COVID will alter how we live for years or decades to come

The ease with which the coronavirus spreads, the emergence of new strains and poor access to vaccines in large parts ...
COVID might be amplifying teenage suicide rates. Here’s how to help

COVID might be amplifying teenage suicide rates. Here’s how to help

Even during normal times, many mental health problems tend to emerge in adolescence, and young people in this group are ...
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, ...
Video: Developing embryos show an immune response

Video: Developing embryos show an immune response

Incredible new research has shown that long before the development of organs or specialized immune cells, this simple protective layer, ...
4.5 million Americans affected: Peanut allergies often don’t develop until adulthood, study shows

4.5 million Americans affected: Peanut allergies often don’t develop until adulthood, study shows

[A] report, believed to be the first to provide an estimate of peanut allergy in adults, suggests that at least ...
Infographic: How dangerous COVID mutant strains develop

Infographic: How dangerous COVID mutant strains develop

Sometime in 2019, probably in China, SARS CoV-2 figured out a way to interact with a specific "spike" on the ...
'Wait and see?' 41% of Black women have reservations about COVID shots, 50% of African Americans don’t trust US healthcare system

‘Wait and see?’ 41% of Black women have reservations about COVID shots, 50% of African Americans don’t trust US healthcare system

The latest from the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor finds that Black men (45%) and women (41%) are more likely than ...
Catching COVID from food: A year’s worth of research dispels panic

Catching COVID from food: A year’s worth of research dispels panic

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, not much was known about SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus) and its survival in food, on various materials ...
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 ...
Viewpoint: Toxic masculinity vs. toxic femininity — An evolutionary view

Viewpoint: Toxic masculinity vs. toxic femininity — An evolutionary view

History bears testimony to the danger of demonising groups of people based on their immutable characteristics. Not only did this ...
Politics and COVID: Why are Republicans more hesitant to get the vaccine?

Politics and COVID: Why are Republicans more hesitant to get the vaccine?

Unfortunately, a partisan split on receiving a Covid-19 vaccine has reemerged and widened over the last few months. This partisan ...
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