Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

This outbreak isn’t Covid; it is a parallel, hidden pandemic, a deadly animal disease called African swine fever that was detected in the Dominican Republic in July.

Feeling Climate Dread? You’re Not Alone

Feeling Climate Dread? You’re Not Alone

WIRED : Climate change is no longer really this kind of nebulous idea that a lot of people didn't think affected their lives personally.Susan Clayton : There's very good evidence about impacts on mental health of extreme weather events—obviously big storms, wildfires, floods, that kind of thing.

The Senate Is Mad as Hell at Facebook—Again

The Senate Is Mad as Hell at Facebook—Again

Thursday’s hearing was prompted by a series in The Wall Street Journal based on a trove of leaked internal research, and one story in particular: “Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show.” The hearing was styled as a cross between Watergate—what did Facebook know, and when did it know it?—and the corporate exposés of yesteryear.

A New Formula May Help Black Patients’ Access to Kidney Care

A New Formula May Help Black Patients’ Access to Kidney Care

Nwamaka Eneanya, an assistant professor at University of Pennsylvania and a member of the task force behind Thursday’s recommendation, says she knows of one biracial patient with severe kidney disease who after learning about how the equation worked requested that she be classified as white to increase her chances of being listed for advanced care.

The FDA Looks at Boosters, States Dispute Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

The FDA Looks at Boosters, States Dispute Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

Soon after the White House announced a sweeping new array of Covid-19 policies last week, vaccine mandates chief among them, some states began speaking out in opposition to the national directives.

The Week Nicki Minaj’s Cousin’s Friend’s Balls Dominated Twitter

The Week Nicki Minaj’s Cousin’s Friend’s Balls Dominated Twitter

Fox News' Tucker Carlson defended Minaj’s tweet, saying “our media and public health officials didn’t like [it] because they make their livings bullying people.” The White House offered to connect Minaj with doctors to talk about her concerns.

As Covid Cases Rise, So Do Hospital-Related Infections

As Covid Cases Rise, So Do Hospital-Related Infections

The CDC’s new data shows that the only types of hospital infections to decline last year were surgical-site infections following colon surgery or hysterectomy (the kind that requires an open incision, not those done by laparoscopy), and also C.

Community Pharmacies Stepped Up During Covid—and Changed for Good

Community Pharmacies Stepped Up During Covid—and Changed for Good

Professionally, community pharmacies have spent decades advocating for enhanced services, often through legislative initiatives for pharmacists to be identified, legally, as health care providers, as well as for the role of the pharmacy technician to expand.

Now Isn't the Time to Abandon Contact Tracing

Now Isn't the Time to Abandon Contact Tracing

The rise of the Delta variant is sparking all sorts of memories—the anxiety amid the first Covid wave in spring of 2020, the crushing winter surge, the unceasing debate about “nonpharmaceutical interventions” such as masking and distancing, the concerns about kids and schools.

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.

Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

“What you’re often doing in exposure therapy is watching yourself watch the world, because most of us, when we’re feeling anxious, only attend to threatening cues in our environment,” Isabel Granic, director of Games for Emotional & Mental Health Lab at Radboud University, tells me.

Variant Hunters Race to Find New Strains Where Testing Lags

Variant Hunters Race to Find New Strains Where Testing Lags

Even during the pandemic, the country, a hub for the oil industry, had seen plenty of passengers from Europe and South Africa, where two concerning variants of the virus that causes Covid-19 hold sway.

Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Are Coming. What Will That Mean?

Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Are Coming. What Will That Mean?

What is being discussed is more like the World Health Organization’s “yellow card.” That document’s actual name is the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, a form that was created in the 1930s to indicate that travelers have received certain vaccines but that isn’t certified by individual governments.

The Weird Science of Loneliness and Our Brains

The Weird Science of Loneliness and Our Brains

Humans rarely experience such extreme social isolation, but studies have shown that even in normal life, increased loneliness has a negative impact on physical and mental health.What Matthews was seeing was the effect that social isolation had on the brains she was studying.

The Stealthy Mathematics of Hearthstone

The Stealthy Mathematics of Hearthstone

That’s a lot of math in a short amount of time, yet the game pulls it off without ever feeling like you’re doing work.

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.

Hope and Peril for North America’s “Snow Parrot”

Hope and Peril for North America’s “Snow Parrot”

Nadine Lamberski, chief conservation and wildlife health officer at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, remembers walking into forests of northern Mexico to the deafening chatter of hundreds of thick-billed parrots.

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.

How to Write a Living Will

How to Write a Living Will

Their site also has a wealth of resources to help you understand every aspect of estate planning from types of wills, legal jargon, unusual aspects of probate (the legal process where all assets and property are dispelled after a death), and more.

The Pandemic Turns One, Vaccine Trials Adapt, and More Coronavirus News

The Pandemic Turns One, Vaccine Trials Adapt, and More Coronavirus News

The pandemic has raged for a year, vaccine trials contend with approved shots, and Biden signs a $1.9 trillion relief bill.As the vaccine rollout accelerates, drugmakers are facing a new dilemma : getting people to sign up for trials for new shots, where they might get a placebo instead of the real thing.

How to Find a Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment in Your Area

How to Find a Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment in Your Area

It will send you phone notifications to fill out an easy survey in the days andweeks after getting your vaccine, asking about any symptoms you've experienced and notifying you when you should get your second dose.Check if your local or state health department offer a standby list for extra vaccinations.

Anthony Fauci Pleads: Don’t Declare Victory

Anthony Fauci Pleads: Don’t Declare Victory

The easiest way to prevent the spread in the community is to vaccinate as many people as possible at the same time that you stick to the public health measures of wearing masks, of avoiding close contact, of avoiding congregate settings.

Microsoft's Dream of Decentralized IDs Enters the Real World

Microsoft's Dream of Decentralized IDs Enters the Real World

"If you have a decentralized identifier I can verify, say, where you went to school and I don’t need you to send me all of the information," says Joy Chik, corporate vice president for Microsoft's cloud and enterprise identity division.

Can Video Games Be a Healthy Outlet for Stress Relief?

Can Video Games Be a Healthy Outlet for Stress Relief?

The peer-reviewed journal Games for Health focuses closely on these topics, and in a recent paper collected the findings of several reports focusing on the effects of “simple, easy-to-use, casual video games” (think Plants vs.

Cheese Actually Isn’t Bad for You

Cheese Actually Isn’t Bad for You

“There’s almost no evidence that cheese causes weight gain—and in fact, there’s evidence that it’s neutral at worst,” says Dariush Mozaffarian, the lead author of the 2011 paper and dean of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

We Need a Global Outbreak Investigation Team—Now

We Need a Global Outbreak Investigation Team—Now

The most significant detail the group added was its apparent dismissal of the controversial laboratory release hypothesis , which Ben Embarek called “extremely unlikely.” The declaration was a boost to Beijing’s version of events, which has peddled unsubstantiated claims that SARS-CoV-2 could have originated outside of China, and kicked off a new round of geopolitical bickering over who should shoulder the blame for Covid-19 becoming a global pandemic.

NASA Wants to Set a New Radiation Limit for Astronauts

NASA Wants to Set a New Radiation Limit for Astronauts

Under the existing standard, some veteran astronauts might have been excluded from longer-term space missions because they are bumping up against lifetime radiation limits.But NASA doesn’t have much data on the health effects of radiation from space on its astronauts.

How Healthy is the Ocean? Technology and Big Data Have the Answer

How Healthy is the Ocean? Technology and Big Data Have the Answer

How TNC is leading the way on applying technology to protect fisheries in the digital age Balancing a thriving fishing industry with ocean health presents a growing challenge.

The Truth About North Korea's Ultra-Lockdown Against Covid-19

The Truth About North Korea's Ultra-Lockdown Against Covid-19

Weekly reports from the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia office show that North Korean samples from PCR tests are being processed in 15 laboratories but all of these have come back negative.The newspaper reported a defector who had returned to the country from South Korea was “suspected” to have Covid-19.

A Year Ago I Asked: How Bad Could Covid Get? Now We Know

A Year Ago I Asked: How Bad Could Covid Get? Now We Know

Publicly, at least, no one was yet using the “p word.” Although scientists were aware that pandemics were a possibility, like the 2009 H1N1 swine flu, it had been more than a century since the emergence of a virus capable of infecting a third of the world's population and killing millions of people.