Here’s why mixing and matching shots is likely superior than using just one brand

Here’s why mixing and matching shots is likely superior than using just one brand

Vaccinating people with both the Oxford–AstraZeneca and Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines produces a potent immune response against the virus SARS-CoV-2, researchers ...
CRISPR gene editing on the cusp of adding new gene drive tools to control disease-carrying mosquitoes

CRISPR gene editing on the cusp of adding new gene drive tools to control disease-carrying mosquitoes

[D]espite decades of effort, vaccines have, for many [diseases like malaria and dengue], proved tricky to develop. Better, then, to ...
Infographic: Asians are the most likely ethnic group to get vaccinated — but Hispanic and Black Americans lag behind

Infographic: Asians are the most likely ethnic group to get vaccinated — but Hispanic and Black Americans lag behind

To date, vaccination rates among Black and Hispanic people have lagged behind those of White people, largely due to access ...
Viewpoint: Zantac BS—Sanofi’s marketing sleight-of-hand in ‘reformulating’ its Zantac acid-reducer deceives consumers

Viewpoint: Zantac BS—Sanofi’s marketing sleight-of-hand in ‘reformulating’ its Zantac acid-reducer deceives consumers

Back in 2019, I wrote about some of the tricks that drug companies use to hang onto brand name sales ...
7 people contract malaria every second. We are finally on the verge of engineering a vaccine to stymie one of the world’s most relentless killers

7 people contract malaria every second. We are finally on the verge of engineering a vaccine to stymie one of the world’s most relentless killers

In a study published in The Lancet on [May 5th] an international team has shared promising new data on a ...
‘Holy sh--, it works’: How an out-of-the-box UK COVID recovery trial evaluating a common drug has saved a million lives

‘Holy sh–, it works’: How an out-of-the-box UK COVID recovery trial evaluating a common drug has saved a million lives

[Epidemiologist Peter Horby’s] summary was pithy.  “Holy shit, it works.”  On June 16 [2020], after verifying the data, the Recovery ...
Top China virologist who conducts risky experiments in Wuhan with bat coronaviruses rejects lab leak theory

Top China virologist who conducts risky experiments in Wuhan with bat coronaviruses rejects lab leak theory

Shi Zhengli, a top Chinese virologist, is once again at the center of clashing narratives about her research on coronaviruses ...
Vitamin D supplements do not reduce COVID risk, genetic study of people of European ancestry suggests

Vitamin D supplements do not reduce COVID risk, genetic study of people of European ancestry suggests

[A] new genetic study suggests that giving people extra vitamin D may not protect against coronavirus infection or COVID-19. In ...
COVID side-effect: Many of us are more interested in brand names of companies that make our medications. Here's why that could be a good development

COVID side-effect: Many of us are more interested in brand names of companies that make our medications. Here’s why that could be a good development

In a new survey, my company, M Booth Health, found that a seismic shift has already begun. People are changing ...
'It does not violate the Nuremberg Code': Judge throws out suit by Houston medical workers protesting mandated COVID vaccines

‘It does not violate the Nuremberg Code’: Judge throws out suit by Houston medical workers protesting mandated COVID vaccines

A federal judge tossed out a lawsuit from more than 100 hospital employees who sued Houston Methodist over its policy ...
A cure for COVID? Scientists now think it’s possible, and it may come soon

A cure for COVID? Scientists now think it’s possible, and it may come soon

Doctors have some medications they can use to treat the effects of COVID-19, but developing a drug that targets the ...
Wait and see: Many parents remain cautious about getting their teens COVID vaccinated

Wait and see: Many parents remain cautious about getting their teens COVID vaccinated

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on [May 12] recommended the use of Pfizer/BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine in 12- ...
Organ transplantation: Challenging ethical questions on race, economics, and the meaning of life

Organ transplantation: Challenging ethical questions on race, economics, and the meaning of life

At an international conference on kidney transplantation in 1963, a disagreement broke out about exactly when a patient should be considered ...
Does DNA 'determine' our health? The way you live your life can significantly modulate the effects of our genetic endowment

Does DNA ‘determine’ our health? The way you live your life can significantly modulate the effects of our genetic endowment

The study of genetics has always been an attempt to understand our biologically determined fate. Many of us know of ...
A pill for breast cancer? There's one for early-stage patients with aggressive cases — and it works

A pill for breast cancer? There’s one for early-stage patients with aggressive cases — and it works

A drug sold by AstraZeneca and Merck & Co. reduced the recurrence of breast cancer in women with an early ...
At least 80% COVID vaccine coverage is needed to significantly lower risk of ‘imported’ coronavirus variants, WHO says

At least 80% COVID vaccine coverage is needed to significantly lower risk of ‘imported’ coronavirus variants, WHO says

COVID-19 vaccination coverage of at least 80% is needed to significantly lower the risk that “imported” coronavirus cases like those ...
Russia approves first animal COVID vaccine to protect vulnerable species and thwart viral mutations

Russia approves first animal COVID vaccine to protect vulnerable species and thwart viral mutations

While many scientists say the virus causing covid-19 initially jumped from bats to humans, perhaps through another intermediary, infections have ...
COVID is outsmarting our immune systems — and it’s rendering essential monoclonal antibody treatments less effective

COVID is outsmarting our immune systems — and it’s rendering essential monoclonal antibody treatments less effective

The use of monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of COVID gained national and international attention last October, when President Trump ...
Which provides better long-term protection against coronavirus reinfection: An actual infection or a vaccine?

Which provides better long-term protection against coronavirus reinfection: An actual infection or a vaccine?

Two recent studies have confirmed that people previously infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can be reinfected with ...
Infographic: From the Spanish flu to COVID — How long has it taken to develop vaccines?

Infographic: From the Spanish flu to COVID — How long has it taken to develop vaccines?

In the graphic [below], we explore how long it has historically taken to bring a vaccine to market during pandemics ...
‘COVID is well on its way to becoming endemic’: With hopes for herd immunity fading, living with the coronavirus could be long term reality

‘COVID is well on its way to becoming endemic’: With hopes for herd immunity fading, living with the coronavirus could be long term reality

Experts now say [SARS-CoV-2] is changing too quickly, new more contagious variants are spreading too easily and vaccinations are happening ...
Europe offers alternative to US-backed proposal to waive COVID vaccine property rights, saying its plan would spur innovation and help developing countries

Europe offers alternative to US-backed proposal to waive COVID vaccine property rights, saying its plan would spur innovation and help developing countries

The European Union is pushing back hard against U.S.-backed calls to temporarily waive intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines, preparing ...
Could we cut out cancer genes using CRISPR gene editing?

Could we cut out cancer genes using CRISPR gene editing?

An oncogene is a gene that has the potential to cause cancer. Fusion oncogenes are cancer-causing genes that are made ...
‘Magic mushroom’ migraine relief? Single dose of psilocybin shows significant impact in reducing intractable headaches

‘Magic mushroom’ migraine relief? Single dose of psilocybin shows significant impact in reducing intractable headaches

Migraine treatments can be either preventive or abortive, and they range from prescription drugs, to over-the-counter medications like Advil Migraine, ...
‘We don’t want to be human guinea pigs': Vaccine-rejecting medical workers sue, invoking Nuremberg Code designed to prevent experimentation on human subjects

‘We don’t want to be human guinea pigs’: Vaccine-rejecting medical workers sue, invoking Nuremberg Code designed to prevent experimentation on human subjects

A group of 117 unvaccinated staffers from Houston Methodist Hospital filed a lawsuit [May 28] seeking to avoid the hospital’s ...
Chronic pain is a pain: How gene editing offers hopeful alternative to addictive opioids

Chronic pain is a pain: How gene editing offers hopeful alternative to addictive opioids

Chronic pain—defined as pain that persists for longer than 12 weeks despite medication or treatment—is estimated to affect some 20 ...
Podcast: Bad science in the headlines—Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat explains how to spot flawed research on Google News

Podcast: Bad science in the headlines—Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat explains how to spot flawed research on Google News

A just-published study found that consuming two or more sugar-sweetened beverages in a day is linked to a doubling of ...
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