A Boy, His Brain, and a Decades-Long Medical Controversy

A Boy, His Brain, and a Decades-Long Medical Controversy

In late March, with Timothy in a deepening depression, his parents and uncle made a plan: They would rent a car with no back doors, sedate him with Benadryl, and drive him overnight to the child psychiatric unit at UCLA.

Take Down Your Feeders: Salmonella is Killing Songbirds

Take Down Your Feeders: Salmonella is Killing Songbirds

Salmonella is a fatal bacterial infection for birds and it’s hitting siskins hard because they congregate around feeders, but the outbreak isn’t species-specific.Other states are seeing an uptick this spring as the bacteria continues to spread, which is why more state agencies are asking people to remove their bird feeders.

Even Mild Brain Injuries Raise the Risk of Dementia

Even Mild Brain Injuries Raise the Risk of Dementia

When the University of Pennsylvania researchers analyzed the data on traumatic brain injuries, they found that people who sustained one head injury were 25 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who did not.

Covid Spilled From Animals to Humans. Now It’s Spilling Back

Covid Spilled From Animals to Humans. Now It’s Spilling Back

But within a few months, as the coronavirus spread rapidly through the world’s human population, it leapt from people back into an animal species: minks, being raised in confinement on fur farms.

Covid-19 Meant a Year Without the Flu. That’s Not All Good News

Covid-19 Meant a Year Without the Flu. That’s Not All Good News

This was the time of year they’d ordinarily start looking at their numbers for influenza, the seasonal flu—to see how bad the outbreak would be, and to assess how well that year’s vaccine dealt with the protean respiratory virus.

You're Vaccinated and People Want to Visit. Now What?

You're Vaccinated and People Want to Visit. Now What?

Earlier this week, news leaked that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were going to release long-awaited guidelines for how vaccinated people might behave safely in the interregnum before the New Normal when all of the everybody are vaccinated—call where we live now the New Weirdness, maybe?The basics: An aunt and uncle want to visit, and they’ve been vaccinated.

White Nationalism Is Far Worse Than a 'Disease'

White Nationalism Is Far Worse Than a 'Disease'

Other versions of white nationalism function like parasitic infections (e.g., the disease caused by tapeworms), spreading less quickly, but involve machinery more intimately linked with human biology.This is an important connection, because one might erroneously analogize white nationalism to cancers caused by somatic mutations.

Everything We Know Now About Schools, Kids, and Covid-19

Everything We Know Now About Schools, Kids, and Covid-19

“They get all the same illnesses as adults, just at a lower rate,” says Lindsay Thompson, a pediatrician and the vice chair for health outcomes and translational research at the University of Florida, who last month wrote a perspective in JAMA Pediatrics summarizing the lessons of the last year.

Yes to Masks. No to Parties. 2021 Will Be a Lot Like 2020

Yes to Masks. No to Parties. 2021 Will Be a Lot Like 2020

The Armistice that stopped what should have been the War to End All Wars had been signed before the sun came up, cementing an agreement that the guns on both sides would fall quiet in six hours: with symbolic richness, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

The Error of Fighting a Public Health War With Medical Weapons

The Error of Fighting a Public Health War With Medical Weapons

It was a singular medical triumph, from the first known case of a novel, fatal infectious disease to vaccines against it in just about a year.It’s a classic challenge—a fight between the public health of a society and the medical choices of, well, you.

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.

The Free Market Approach to This Pandemic Isn't Working

The Free Market Approach to This Pandemic Isn't Working

This is America’s free market health care system at work: If you can pay more or have the right connections, you get what you need; if you don’t, you suffer.In a free market pandemic, labs, hospitals, and patients are actually competitors.

Does the AstraZeneca Vaccine Also Stop Covid Transmission?

Does the AstraZeneca Vaccine Also Stop Covid Transmission?

Researchers at Oxford also told reporters Monday that testing showed the vaccinated group in the UK had fewer asymptomatic infections, which means they'd be less likely to unwittingly spread the disease themselves.

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.

Netflix Canceled 'GLOW.' What's Next?

Netflix Canceled 'GLOW.' What's Next?

Why Netflix Keeps Canceling Shows After Just 2 Seasons.I May Destroy You will likely live on as the best thing to hit TV in all of 2020, and I don’t require any more of it.

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.

Deformed Beaks: What We Know About An Alarming Bird Disease

Deformed Beaks: What We Know About An Alarming Bird Disease

Dr. Colleen Handel, Research Wildlife Biologist and founder of the Landbird Ecology Program at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Alaska Science Center, was the first to discover and connect prior curiosity and observations to these emerging deformities.

How the Coronavirus Got to Donald Trump

How the Coronavirus Got to Donald Trump

In fact, Covid-19’s incubation period probably means that the president and his wife could have been infectious at the Cleveland debate with Biden.

Could the National HIV Strategy Help Guide the Covid Fight?

Could the National HIV Strategy Help Guide the Covid Fight?

Now a group of HIV researchers, impatient with the delay, has proposed taking one of those plans, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, as the basis of a comprehensive Covid-19 response, one that would define what it means to beat back this disease, and set out the steps to get there.

A Radical New Model of the Brain Illuminates Its Wiring

A Radical New Model of the Brain Illuminates Its Wiring

Phrenology depended on the assumption that different parts of the brain are associated with different traits and abilities, a position called “localizationism.” And the absurdity of skull-measuring did not necessarily invalidate this notion.

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

According to the report, High Harbour followed many of the CDC’s recommendations for summer camps, including enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures, staggering the use of communal spaces, and requiring physical distancing outside of cabins.

What Can Ants and Bees Teach Us About Containing Disease?

What Can Ants and Bees Teach Us About Containing Disease?

Given that she infects ant colonies with deadly pathogens and then studies how they respond, one might say that Nathalie Stroeymeyt, a senior lecturer in the school of biological sciences at the University of Bristol in the U.K., specializes in miniature pandemics.

What Does It Mean to Say a New Drug ‘Works’?

What Does It Mean to Say a New Drug ‘Works’?

It’s right there in the name.“But when we were thinking of end points, we thought a mortality study would need 3,000 or 4,000 people,” says Beigel, associate director for clinical research in NIAID’s Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Hydroxychloroquine Still Doesn’t Do Anything, New Data Shows

Hydroxychloroquine Still Doesn’t Do Anything, New Data Shows

Health care workers gave hospitalized people the drug in the early days of the pandemic (because they didn’t have much else to give), and influential voices like carmaker Elon Musk and President Donald Trump advocated for it as a possible cure.

Covid Kills More Men Than Women. Experts Still Can’t Explain Why

Covid Kills More Men Than Women. Experts Still Can’t Explain Why

“We were all struggling with the circumstances of living under Covid and wondering how we would continue to work together,” says Sarah Richardson, a professor of the history of science at Harvard University and the lab’s director.

No, You Don't Need to See President Trump's Medical Records

No, You Don't Need to See President Trump's Medical Records

The president Streisand-effected the issue by, of course, tweeting about it: “The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery.”.

What Minnesota’s Protests Are Revealing About Covid-19 Spread

What Minnesota’s Protests Are Revealing About Covid-19 Spread

Following the protests, the Minnesota Department of Health changed the criteria for the state’s still-limited supply of tests to include people who’d participated in mass gatherings within the previous week.

Covid-19 Is Bad. But It May Not Be the ‘Big One’

Covid-19 Is Bad. But It May Not Be the ‘Big One’

His prediction that the US will need a second 9/11 Commission to examine its failed pandemic response is getting a second look as well—because health experts are coming to the realization that, as devastating as Covid-19 has been, it could have been far worse.

Should We Purposely Infect Healthy Volunteers With Covid-19?

Should We Purposely Infect Healthy Volunteers With Covid-19?

Challenge studies purposely infect healthy volunteers with a pathogen in order to study a disease or test a treatment or vaccine.After contacting some friends, Morrison set up 1 Day Sooner, a group that advocates on behalf of volunteers for Covid-19 human challenge studies.

To Beat Covid-19, You Have to Know How A Virus Moves

To Beat Covid-19, You Have to Know How A Virus Moves

On the long list of changes to society and the way cities will look in a Covid-haunted world, shifting public outdoor space like streets and parking lots away from cars to other uses may be one of the most striking.