Health & Medicine
- Synthetic hinge could hold key to revolutionary ‘smart’ insulin therapyon August 2, 2021 at 8:06 pm
For people with diabetes who are insulin dependent, glycemic control is a full-time job. But what if their medication could do the work for them — an insulin whose activity in the bloodstream responds to the blood glucose levels and adjusts accordingly? A new invention could lead to just that.
- Seeing better by looking awayon August 2, 2021 at 8:06 pm
When we fixate an object, its image does not appear at the place where photoreceptors are packed most densely. Instead, its position is shifted slightly nasally and upwards from the cellular peak. Researchers observed such offsets in both eyes of 20 healthy subjects, and speculate that the underlying fixation behavior improves overall vision.
- New treatment option for advanced urothelial cancer patients shows promise in a phase 2 clinical trialon August 2, 2021 at 8:06 pm
A new treatment for advanced urothelial cancer was effective with tolerable side effects in an international, multi-center phase 2 clinical trial. The trial results prompted a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accelerated approval of the treatment on April 13, giving patients with this very aggressive type of cancer a new therapeutic option.
- A Few Days on Antibiotics Are Often as Good as Weeks, Research Showsby Claudia Wallis on July 27, 2021 at 5:35 pm
Shorter courses cause fewer side effects and breed fewer antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- This Formula Calculates How Many Calories You Burn If You’re Doing Absolutely Nothingby Florian Freistetter on July 27, 2021 at 10:45 am
When it comes to dieting, here’s how to tally the so-called basal metabolic rate — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Fauci on COVID Drugs, Vaccines and Getting Back to Normalby Charles Schmidt on July 26, 2021 at 10:45 am
The U.S.’s top infectious disease specialist describes a new Biden administration program to develop and test antivirals—and what he’s most worried about as the nation reopens — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Heat Wave Death Toll Will Rise with Thorough Countby Thomas Frank, E&E News on July 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm
The 117 fatalities recorded in the Pacific Northwest so far include only those directly attributed to heat — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- How the Delta Variant Spreads So Quicklyby Sara Reardon, Nature magazine on July 23, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Viral load is roughly 1,000 times higher in people infected with the Delta variant than those infected with the original coronavirus strain, according to a study in China — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Rise in childhood short-sightedness may be linked to pandemic, suggests Hong Kong studyon August 2, 2021 at 10:30 pm
A rise in cases of short-sightedness (myopia) among children in Hong Kong may be linked to a significant decrease in the time they have been able to spend outdoors and a sharp rise in screen time during the coronavirus pandemic, suggests research published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.
- Countries with skewed sex ratio at birth set to ‘lose’ another 4.7m girls by 2030on August 2, 2021 at 10:30 pm
Countries with a skewed sex ratio at birth, because of a cultural preference for sons, are set to ‘lose’ another 4.7 million girls by 2030 despite a projected fall in excess male births in these countries over the next 20 years, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Global Health.
- New treatment option for advanced urothelial cancer patients shows promise in a phase 2 clinical trialon August 2, 2021 at 8:49 pm
A new treatment for advanced urothelial cancer was effective with tolerable side effects in an international, multi-center phase 2 clinical trial led by investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian.
- Iowa school districts with strong teachers unions more likely to adopt mask mandateson August 2, 2021 at 8:00 pm
School districts in Iowa were more likely to adopt COVID-19 mask mandates if they had a strong teachers union, according to a study in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs. The new study suggests teachers unions may play a crucial role in ensuring that COVID-19 recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are implemented at the local level.
- New delta variant studies show the pandemic is far from overby Tina Hesman Saey on July 30, 2021 at 8:52 pm
The coronavirus’s delta variant is different from earlier strains of the virus in worrying ways, health officials are discovering.
- Why the CDC says it’s crucial to start wearing masks indoors againby Tina Hesman Saey on July 27, 2021 at 10:50 pm
While unvaccinated people are driving the spread of the coronavirus, vaccinated people infected with the delta variant may also easily transmit it.
- Why it’s still so hard to find treatments for early COVID-19by Tina Hesman Saey on July 27, 2021 at 10:00 am
Small studies, unexpected side effects and incomplete information about how drugs work can stymie clinical trials for drugs that can treat COVID-19.
- What experts know so far about COVID-19 boosters for immunocompromised peopleby Erin Garcia de Jesús on July 23, 2021 at 3:41 pm
Some immunocompromised people remain at risk for severe COVID-19 despite being vaccinated. Studies hint that an additional vaccine dose might help.
- The coronavirus cuts cells’ hairlike cilia, which may help it invade the lungsby Erin Garcia de Jesús on July 22, 2021 at 10:00 am
Images show that the coronavirus clears the respiratory tract of hairlike structures called cilia, which keep foreign objects out of the lungs.