Pausing the J&J Vaccine Was Easy. Unpausing Will Be Hard

Pausing the J&J Vaccine Was Easy. Unpausing Will Be Hard

Despite the hastily called press conference on Tuesday, the late-night meetings, and the growing worry over a potentially fatal side effect, the decision to pause the use of one of the three Covid-19 vaccines available in the United States was a relatively easy one.

This Startup Wants to Take Your Blood Pressure With an iPhone

This Startup Wants to Take Your Blood Pressure With an iPhone

Early on, Olgin and Sinha decided to see how much they could improve outcomes by getting patients to measure blood pressure at home.As he thought about how he might use a phone instead, Sinha started wondering whether a camera and flash might extract information from the fingertip.

Period Underwear Changed My Life—and I'm Never Going Back

Period Underwear Changed My Life—and I'm Never Going Back

Photograph: Knix I got my period for the first time when I was young and for many years it was horrendous, for lack of a better word.I can’t help but think how much different those years would have been if I had period underwear all along.

Forget Blood—Your Skin Might Know If You’re Sick

Forget Blood—Your Skin Might Know If You’re Sick

But in a paper published in January in Nature Biomedical Engineering, researchers from Washington University in St. Louis reported catching ISF biomarkers with disposable microneedle patches and measuring them up to about 800 times more sensitively than comparable biomarker tests.

Climate Change Is Turning Cities Into Ovens

Climate Change Is Turning Cities Into Ovens

Climate change is making the urban heat-island effect all the more dire in cities across the world, and it’s only going to get worse.

2020 Was a Breakout Year for Crispr

2020 Was a Breakout Year for Crispr

But while thousands of life scientists pivoted to trying to understand how the novel coronavirus wreaks havoc on the human body, and others transformed their labs into pop-up testing facilities, the field of Crispr gene editing nevertheless persisted.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Blue Christmas

Mark Zuckerberg’s Blue Christmas

After the Instagram and WhatsApp founders left, Zuckerberg didn’t allow their successors to call themselves CEOs of those properties, a limitation that symbolized their bounded status.

Nature Nerd Trivia: Bats

Nature Nerd Trivia: Bats

The bat world is full of oddies and surprises, from the carnivorous ghost bat to one species that’s actually the world’s fastest mammal.Only one percent of the world’s bat species feed on vertebrate prey, and the ghost bat is one of them.

So Your Wearable Tracks Blood Oxygen Data. How Do You Use It?

So Your Wearable Tracks Blood Oxygen Data. How Do You Use It?

In September, Apple announced that its Watch Series 6 would also have the ability to monitor blood oxygen levels right from your wrist.Why do I need to monitor my blood oxygen level.

Trump’s ‘Miracle Cure’ for Covid Is a Logistical Nightmare

Trump’s ‘Miracle Cure’ for Covid Is a Logistical Nightmare

If the new therapies are meant for people who are newly diagnosed with the disease, then the ability of patients to get their Covid test results quickly will determine whether and when they get access.

A Global Data Effort Probes Whether Covid Causes Diabetes

A Global Data Effort Probes Whether Covid Causes Diabetes

The weird thing was that people were showing up in Covid-19 wards, after having tested positive for the virus, with lots of sugar in their blood.Rubin and his colleagues were seeing blended features of both types showing up spontaneously in people who’d recently been diagnosed with Covid-19.

If You've Just Had Covid, Exercise Can Cause Serious Complications, Including Heart Disease

If You've Just Had Covid, Exercise Can Cause Serious Complications, Including Heart Disease

Just last month, former Florida State basketball player Michael Ojo died of apparent heart complications while playing in a pro league in Serbia, shortly after the 27-year-old had recovered from Covid-19.To prevent the pandemic from leading to similarly tragic heart injuries among student athletes, doctors at Ohio State University developed a new protocol, says Saurabh Rajpal, a cardiologist and assistant professor of internal medicine at OSU.

The New Apple Watch Would Like to ‘See’ Your Blood

The New Apple Watch Would Like to ‘See’ Your Blood

Apple framed this announcement by pointing out the increase in interest in blood oxygen level measurement due to the respiratory effects of Covid-19, but then was quick to note that the Watch’s new feature is to be used for general “fitness and wellness purposes.”.

Scientists Want to Ditch Formula for Lab-Grown Breast Milk

Scientists Want to Ditch Formula for Lab-Grown Breast Milk

For mothers like King—unable to breastfeed yet still wanting to provide their babies human milk—the options are limited.“The fact is, mothers rely on infant formula,” says Lin.

The Weird, Wondrous and Vulnerable American Horseshoe Crab

The Weird, Wondrous and Vulnerable American Horseshoe Crab

In the Delaware Bay especially, where spawning takes place every May and June, you can’t talk about horseshoe crab breeding – and it is a spectacle – without also talking about the migratory shorebirds, like red knots and ruddy turnstones that depend on the eggs laid by the millions every year.

All This Chaos Might Be Giving You ‘Crisis Fatigue’

All This Chaos Might Be Giving You ‘Crisis Fatigue’

Psychologists call it crisis fatigue: Your body is well adapted to handle temporary stresses, but it can get overwhelmed by the constant, unrelenting pressures of this horrible year.But over the course of weeks, high cortisol levels wreak havoc on the body, resulting in problems like anxiety and insomnia.

All This Chaos Might Be Giving You 'Crisis Fatigue'

All This Chaos Might Be Giving You 'Crisis Fatigue'

Psychologists call it crisis fatigue: Your body is well adapted to handle temporary stresses, but is overwhelmed by the constant, unrelenting pressures of this horrible year.But over the course of weeks, high cortisol levels wreak havoc on the body, resulting in problems like anxiety and insomnia.

Let's Put an End to Annual Physicals

Let's Put an End to Annual Physicals

The doctor looked in my ears, shined a light in my eyes and mouth, and listened to my heart and lungs with his stethoscope, before ending the exam with this: “Turn your head and cough, sir.” I did what I was told, but the whole experience felt absurd.

The Promise of Antibody Treatments for Covid-19

The Promise of Antibody Treatments for Covid-19

Along with a wide mix of research teams in laboratories across the world, Glanville is pursuing antibody treatments as a complementary tool to fight Covid-19.Right now, the blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients can be transfused into people who are currently fighting the disease, as a way to introduce effective antibodies into their systems.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Is Coming to Disney+ May 4

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Is Coming to Disney+ May 4

This isn't the first time since the Covid-19 lockdowns started that Disney has released a film early on its streaming service.

The Race to Get Convalescent Plasma to Covid-19 Patients

The Race to Get Convalescent Plasma to Covid-19 Patients

Like thousands of blood centers across the country, Bloodworks needed to collect something new: plasma from Covid-19 survivors .How Long Does the Coronavirus Live on Surfaces?At Bloodworks Northwest, Haley says it was an easy decision to start collecting convalescent plasma.

All the Ways to Kill a Coronavirus (So Far)

All the Ways to Kill a Coronavirus (So Far)

Lock It Out. Each particle of the new virus, SARS-CoV-2, is studded with spikes, which allow it to attach itself to a human cell, poke a hole, and burrow inside.

Trials of Plasma From Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have Begun

Trials of Plasma From Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have Begun

Part of what the FDA approved was expanded access, so that places with a lot of blood donors could collect that plasma and send it to hospitals around the country—perhaps hundreds—where doctors want to use it on people who are just starting to decline from Covid-19, but before they need a ventilator.

Real-World Lessons From a World of Warcraft Virtual Outbreak

Real-World Lessons From a World of Warcraft Virtual Outbreak

He and his Tufts colleague, Nina Fefferman, co-authored a 2007 paper published in Lancet Infectious Diseases examining the potential implications of the Corrupted Blood incident for refining existing epidemiological models, since they would be able to draw on hard data showing how players actually responded during an outbreak.

Scientists Find a Weak Spot in Some Superbugs' Defenses

Scientists Find a Weak Spot in Some Superbugs' Defenses

Soon after the procedure, she came to a local hospital with low blood pressure and what turned out to be a dangerous antibiotic-resistant infection from a bacteria called Enterococcus faecalis.

We're All 'P-Hacking' Now

We're All 'P-Hacking' Now

The p refers to the p-value, a ridiculously complicated statistical entity that’s essentially a measure of how surprising the results of a study would be if the effect you’re looking for wasn’t there.

Scientists Now Know How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain

Scientists Now Know How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain

Lewis outfitted the participants with an EEG cap so she could look at the electrical currents flowing through their brains.“It’s a fantastic paper,” says Maiken Nedergaard, a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester who led the 2013 study that first described how sleep can clear out toxins in mice.

Leopard seal Owha injured in Auckland Harbour

Leopard seal Owha injured in Auckland Harbour

NIWA Marine Mammal Biologist Dr Krista Hupman says photos of Owha’s injuries taken by members of , a non-for profit organisation set up to conduct research and raise awareness of leopard seals in New Zealand waters, showed blood coming from Owha’s nostrils and smeared on her face.

‘Forever Chemicals’ Are in Your Popcorn—and Your Blood

‘Forever Chemicals’ Are in Your Popcorn—and Your Blood

From that federal data set, known as NHANES, they discovered that people who reported eating microwave popcorn had significantly higher levels of four types of PFAS chemicals, according to a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

The Massive, Overlooked Potential of African DNA

The Massive, Overlooked Potential of African DNA

The genomic revolution has left Africa behind.“Currently, there’s this huge gap in genetic information,” says Abasi Ene-Obong, who studied cancer biology at the University of London before founding 54gene in January.