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Scientific American: Health & Medicine

Science news and technology updates from Scientific American

Introducing the June 2020 Issue

Tue, 19 May 2020 13:00:00 GMT

Special report: How the coronavirus pandemic started, where it’s headed, and how scientists are fighting back

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Human Viruses Can Jump into Animals, Too--Sowing the Seeds of Future Epidemics

Wed, 20 May 2020 10:45:00 GMT

“Reverse zoonosis” may foster the right conditions for the next COVID-19

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Grief in the Time of COVID-19

Fri, 22 May 2020 11:00:00 GMT

We can’t visit the dying in hospitals, and we can’t gather for funerals—but technology can lessen the pain

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Hello, I'm Your Doctor--Please Go Home

Wed, 20 May 2020 11:00:00 GMT

We need to get patients out of the hospital as quickly as possible if we want them to heal

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Coronavirus Pandemic Threatens to Derail Polio Eradication--but There's a Silver Lining

Fri, 22 May 2020 10:45:00 GMT

COVID-19 has stifled the world’s largest immunization program. Yet polio’s vast workforce is also helping in the fight against the new disease

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Coronavirus Roundup, May 16-May 22

Fri, 22 May 2020 19:00:00 GMT

Pandemic news highlights for the week

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The Things We've Lost in the Pandemic

Tue, 19 May 2020 11:00:00 GMT

Human lives, human touch and direct human interactions are gone—and so is the sense that we can trust our leaders to act quickly and effectively in the face of a catastrophe

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Global CO2 Emissions Saw Record Drop During Pandemic Lockdown

Wed, 20 May 2020 18:15:00 GMT

The decline shows how far there is to go to curtail greenhouse gases over the long term

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Online COVID-19 Dashboard Calculates How Risky Reopenings and Gatherings Can Be

Thu, 21 May 2020 15:00:00 GMT

A new tool gauges the danger that someone may be infected with COVID-19 in groups of different sizes

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Malaria Mosquitoes Are Biting before Bed-Net Time

Thu, 21 May 2020 23:12:00 GMT

Mosquitoes that like to bite at night are being thwarted by bed nets, leading to the rise of populations that prefer to bite when the nets are not up yet.

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Will the Earth 'Remember' the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Mon, 25 May 2020 10:45:00 GMT

Tree rings, ice cores and sediment deposits could record changes in pollution during the global shutdown

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The Special Challenge of Fighting COVID-19 in Africa

Mon, 25 May 2020 16:00:00 GMT

Western governments and NGOs are grappling with their own outbreaks, leaving African nations largely on their own

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Ignoring Science during a Pandemic Is Poor Leadership  

Fri, 22 May 2020 17:00:00 GMT

The U.S. president’s hostility to expertise puts us all in danger

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Gut Microbes May Be Key to Solving Food Allergies

Sat, 23 May 2020 12:00:00 GMT

New therapeutics are testing whether protective bacteria can dampen harmful immune responses to food

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Special Report: The Coronavirus Pandemic

Tue, 19 May 2020 13:15:00 GMT

How it started, where it’s headed, and how scientists are fighting back

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A Tsunami of Dementia Could Be on the Way

Tue, 19 May 2020 17:00:00 GMT

The COVID-19 pandemic can damage the aging brain both directly and indirectly

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Addressing the Coronavirus's Outsized Toll on People of Color

Tue, 19 May 2020 19:15:00 GMT

U.S. scientists say that better data, testing and hospital preparedness are key to tackling the significant racial disparities

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How COVID-19 Deaths Are Counted

Tue, 19 May 2020 11:30:00 GMT

Assigning a cause of death is never straightforward, but data on excess deaths suggest coronavirus death tolls are likely an underestimate

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How the Coronavirus Has Changed Animals' Landscape of Fear

Thu, 21 May 2020 10:45:00 GMT

The pandemic lockdowns are providing a window into how a wariness of humans uniquely shapes other species’ behavior

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Coronavirus Vaccine Trials Have Delivered Their First Results--but Their Promise Is Still Unclear

Thu, 21 May 2020 13:30:00 GMT

Scientists urge caution over hints of success emerging from small human and animal studies

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Early Coronavirus Immunity Data Fuel Promise for a Vaccine

Fri, 22 May 2020 14:00:00 GMT

Researchers found COVID-19 infection produces a strong T cell response. Here’s why they say that is good news

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Why History Urges Caution on Coronavirus Immunity Testing

Tue, 19 May 2020 21:00:00 GMT

Snorting powdered smallpox scabs and jumping into the beds of those freshly dead from yellow fever. Humanity has gone to extreme lengths in search of immunity before. 

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Skinny Genes Tell Fat to Burn

Sat, 23 May 2020 01:30:00 GMT

A gene whose mutated form is associated with cancer in humans turns out to have a role in burning calories over a long evolutionary history.

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Geometry Points to Coronavirus Drug Target Candidates

Tue, 19 May 2020 10:45:00 GMT

A new mathematical model predicts areas on a virus that might be especially vulnerable to disabling treatments

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Cows Slaughtered to Prevent Lung Disease

Fri, 22 May 2020 15:00:00 GMT

Originally published in April 1860

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