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COVID sewage surveillance labs join the hunt for monkeypox

COVID sewage surveillance labs join the hunt for monkeypox

An image from an electron microscope of the monkeypox virus (orange) on infected cells (green). NIAID hide caption toggle caption NIAID An image from an electron microscope of the monkeypox virus (orange) on infected cells (green). NIAID The same wastewater surveillance techniques that have emerged as a critical tool in early detection of COVID-19 outbreaks …

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Reformulated COVID vaccine boosters may be available earlier than expected

Reformulated COVID vaccine boosters may be available earlier than expected

The FDA is trying to make “bivalent” COVID vaccines, which target two different antigens, available as soon as September. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images The FDA is trying to make “bivalent” COVID vaccines, which target two different antigens, available as soon as September. Robyn Beck/AFP via …

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Doubting mainstream medicine, COVID patients find dangerous advice and pills online

Doubting mainstream medicine, COVID patients find dangerous advice and pills online

When Stephanie caught COVID-19 just before Thanksgiving of last year, her daughter Laurie suggested that she get help. “She was really not feeling well, and I was like, ‘Just go to the doctor,’” Laurie recalls. But Stephanie, who was 75 at the time, didn’t go. A few years before, she had been sucked into a …

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The Download: cancer-spotting AI and a new covid wave

The Download: cancer-spotting AI and a new covid wave

The news: Radiologists assisted by an AI diagnose breast cancer more successfully than when they work alone, according to new research. That same AI also produces more accurate results in the hands of a radiologist than it does when operating solo. Why it’s important: The large-scale study, published this month in The Lancet Digital Health, …

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Still testing positive after day 10?  How to decide when to end your COVID isolation

Still testing positive after day 10? How to decide when to end your COVID isolation

The science isn’t entirely settled on whether a rapid antigen test indicates whether a person is still contagious. Massimiliano Finzi/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Massimiliano Finzi/Getty Images The science isn’t entirely settled on whether a rapid antigen test indicates whether a person is still contagious. Massimiliano Finzi/Getty Images Many Americans have wrestled with this …

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Covid Shots for Little Kids Are Finally Here.  Now for the Hardest Part

Covid Shots for Little Kids Are Finally Here. Now for the Hardest Part

In some pediatric practices, shots are already going into arms. Children’s Medical Group, a private practice in Atlanta, ordered doses as soon as it was allowed, and received their first shipment on Monday, the Juneteenth holiday. They began vaccinating at lunchtime. “We’ve had huge demand,” says Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician in the practice and editor …

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COVID vaccines are finally here for young kids.  But the logistics aren't easy

COVID vaccines are finally here for young kids. But the logistics aren’t easy

A mother holds her 1-year-old son as he receives the child Covid-19 vaccine in his thigh at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Mass., on June 21, 2022. The temple was one of the first sites in the state to offer vaccinations to anyone in the public. Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption …

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The delivery apps reshaping life in India's megacities

The Download: India’s delivery apps, and covid vaccines for young children

From 7 am until well past dusk, seven days a week, N. Sudhakar sits behind the counter of his hole-in-the wall grocery store in the south Indian city of Bangalore. Packed floor to ceiling with everything from 20-kilogram sacks of rice to one-rupee ($.01) shampoo sachets, this one-stop shop supplies most of the daily needs …

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Omicron poses about half the risk of long COVID as delta, new research finds

Omicron poses about half the risk of long COVID as delta, new research finds

The omicron variant, though much more contagious than the delta strain, is still prevalent in the US but is less likely than delta to cause long COVID, according to a new study. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Spencer Platt/Getty Images The omicron variant, though much more contagious than the delta strain, is still …

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