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Eliminating human guesswork can make for faster and more accurate research. KTSDESIGN/Science Photo Library via Getty Images

New AI technique identifies dead cells under the microscope 100 times faster than people can – potentially accelerating research on neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s

Understanding when and how neurons die is an important part of research on neurodegenerative diseases like Lou Gehrig’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
A new study identifies significant language barriers between doctors and their patients. ljubaphoto/E+ via Getty Images

Confused by what your doctor tells you? A new study discovers how communication gaps between doctors and patients can be cured

Communication breakdowns between doctors and their patients have real-life consequences and can result in poorer health outcomes and sicker patients.
An estimated 69 million people worldwide experience a traumatic brain injury every year. Iaremenko/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Blocking an immune system molecule in mice may help prevent long-term disabilities after traumatic brain injury

The molecule C1q has both protective and detrimental effects after traumatic brain injury. Blocking it after injury in mice restored normal brain rhythms during sleep and prevented epileptic spikes.
During pregnancy, the body’s specialized immune cells must learn to recognize the fetus as part of the self so that they don’t attack it. Raja Segar via Wikimedia Commons

Specialized cells maintain healthy pregnancy by teaching the mother’s immune system not to attack developing fetus

How the immune system learns not to attack a developing fetus and placenta is important to understanding pregnancy and its common complications, like miscarriage.
Chlorpyrifos is widely used on crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, corn and soybeans. AP Photo/John Raoux

The EPA is banning chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used on food crops, after 14 years of pressure from environmental and labor groups

What kind of evidence does it require to get a widely used chemical banned? A professor of medicine and former state regulator explains how the case for chlorpyrifos as a threat to public health developed.
Estados Unidos ya recomienda que todas las personas que se encuentren en zonas con altas tasas de infección por COVID-19 utilicen mascarillas en espacios públicos cerrados, independientemente de su estado de vacunación. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Por qué los CDC de Estados Unidos recomiendan a los vacunados usar mascarilla

Frente al aumento de los casos de COVID-19 con la variante delta, las autoridades sanitarias norteamericanas buscan detener la transmisión del virus.
Masking indoors will yet again be the new normal in Los Angeles County – and possibly elsewhere in the U.S. Lourdes Balduque/ Moment via Getty Images

Should fully immunized people wear masks indoors? An infectious disease physician weighs in

As Los Angeles County again mandates masking indoors – even for the fully vaccinated – local health officials in the U.S. are closely eyeing their own COVID-19 vaccination and infection rates.
Vaccination has saved millions of lives throughout the course of history. Phynart Studio/E+ from Getty Images

Millions are rejecting one of humanity’s best weapons for saving lives: Vaccines

Vaccines have successfully curtailed viral diseases for decades. But as COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy shows, mistrust and misinformation continue to put lives at risk.
Most U.S. pandemic policies are not helping those most vulnerable to dying from both COVID-19 and pandemic-driven unemployment, including Blacks, the less educated and the poor. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Forget the debate over public health versus jobs – the same people suffer the most either way

Most pandemic policies have benefited those already best off in US society and ignored people for whom neither mass shutdowns nor reopening offer relief.
Gene-based vaccines had never been approved for humans before the coronavirus pandemic. Juan Gaertner/Science Photo Library via Getty Images

3 medical innovations fueled by COVID-19 that will outlast the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has driven a lot of scientific progress in the past year. But just as some of the social changes are likely here to stay, so are some medical innovations.
Seventy-four percent of shows and films with an abortion plot line centered on an impregnated white character, including ‘Little Fires Everywhere.’ Hulu

In 2020, TV and film still couldn’t get abortion right

Hollywood continues to dramatically exaggerate the medical risks associated with abortion while downplaying barriers to access.
The discovery of effective drugs and experience treating COVID-19 gives patients a much better chance at recovery today than early on in the pandemic. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool

Death rates have fallen by 18% for hospitalized COVID–19 patients as treatments improve

Death rates for hospitalized COVID-19 patients fell from 25.6% in March to 7.6% in August, according to a new study on three hospitals in New York. A study in the UK found similar results.

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