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Better ventilation can prevent COVID spread, but are companies paying attention?

A growing coalition of epidemiologists and aerosol scientists say that improved ventilation could be a powerful tool against the coronavirus — if businesses are willing to invest the money.... Read more»0

Scientists search for cause of mysterious COVID-related inflammation in children

More than 5,200 of the 6.2 million U.S. children diagnosed with COVID have developed MIS-C, a rare but life-threatening complication of COVID-19, and pediatric intensive care units are now struggling to save the latest round of extremely sick children.... Read more»0

Scientists examine kids’ unique immune systems as more fall victim to COVID

18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Delta variant fueling a massive resurgence of disease, hospitals are hitting a heartbreaking low - they’re now losing babies to coronavirus and nearly 30% of COVID infections reported for the week that ended Sept. 9 were in children.... Read more»0

Unraveling the mysterious mutations that make Delta the most transmissible COVID virus yet

The Delta variant of the coronavirus has kept some of the most successful mutations found in earlier variants, but also contains new genetic changes that enable it to spread twice as fast and have a shorter incubation than earlier versions of the COVID virus.... Read more»0

Black and Hispanic Americans suffer most in biggest U.S. decline in life expectancy since WWII

In addition to killing 600,000 in the United States and afflicting an estimated 3.4 million or more with persistent symptoms, the pandemic threatens the health of vulnerable people, exacerbating the discrepancies already seen in the country between the wealth and health of Black and Hispanic Americans and those of white Americans.... Read more»1

NIH 'very concerned' about serious side effect in coronavirus vaccine trial

The FDA is weighing whether to follow British regulators in resuming a coronavirus vaccine trial that was halted when a participant suffered spinal cord damage, even as the National Institutes of Health has launched an investigation of the case.... Read more»0

Police using rubber bullets on protesters that can kill, blind or maim for life

In cities across the country, police departments have attempted to quell unrest spurred by the death of George Floyd by firing rubber bullets into crowds, even though five decades of evidence shows such weapons can disable, disfigure and even kill.... Read more»0

Anti-vaccine activists latch onto coronavirus to bolster their movement

While most of the world hungers for a vaccine to put an end to the death and economic destruction wrought by COVID-19, some anti-vaccine groups are joining with anti-lockdown protesters to challenge restrictions aimed at protecting public health.... Read more»0

FDA approves first drug to treat rare form of muscular dystrophy

The FDA has approved the first drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare and lethal muscle weakening disorder that affects about 15,000 Americans. The approval of the drug, Exondys 51, came over the objections of its own advisory committee.... Read more»0