Moderna Applies for Emergency F.D.A. Approval for Its Coronavirus Vaccine

The drugmaker Moderna said it would apply on Monday to the Food and Drug Administration to authorize its coronavirus vaccine for emergency use. The first injections may be given as early as Dec. 21 if the process goes smoothly and approval is granted, Stéphane Bancel, the company’s chief executive, said in an interview. Moderna’s application…

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On TikTok, Fans Are Making Their Own ‘Ratatouille’ Musical

With Broadway and theaters across the country idle because of the coronavirus, some actors, producers and prop designers have found an unlikely outlet for their talents: a musical version of the animated film “Ratatouille” that is playing out in exuberant 60-second increments on TikTok. Starting last month, thousands of TikTok users, including many with Broadway…

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Hidden in Plain Sight: The Ghosts of Segregation

The six faded letters are all that remain, and few people notice them. I would never have seen them if a friend hadn’t pointed them out to me while we walked through New Orleans’s French Quarter. I certainly wouldn’t have realized their significance. On Chartres Street, above a beautifully arched doorway, is a curious and…

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Shopping for Benches

If you’re tired of kneeling to lace up your shoes or forcing guests to squat while they’re removing their footwear, it might be time for an entryway bench. A good bench is more than just a place to sit while you put on shoes and boots, said Amber Lewis, an interior designer based in Calabasas,…

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Despite Pandemic Shutdowns, Cancer Doesn’t Take a Break

While a raging pandemic continues to force shutdowns and slowdowns throughout the country, another major risk to human health is not taking a sabbatical: cancer. In the early months of the pandemic, millions of people heeded warnings and fears about contracting the coronavirus and avoided, or couldn’t even get, in-person medical visits and cancer screenings,…

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New Guidelines Cover Opioid Use After Children’s Surgery

Opioids are very effective drugs for managing pain, but they can also be scary drugs, with their potential for misuse and abuse. Given the current opioid epidemic in the United States, some parents worry about whether they are safe for children, while many pain experts worry that fear of opioids among parents and among physicians…

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Towards accessible healthcare for all in sub-Saharan Africa

Achieving universal access to healthcare is a key development priority and a major target of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 3. The COVID-19 pandemic has only reinforced this urge. A rapid development and expansion of public, affordable healthcare infrastructure is particularly crucial in sub-Saharan Africa. In the region, communicable diseases are the first cause of…

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NIH announces restructured HIV clinical trials networks

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced the clinical investigators and institutions that will lead four NIH HIV clinical trials networks over the next seven years to conduct the innovative, efficient clinical research needed to accelerate progress against the HIV pandemic. NIAID also awarded…

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UC San Diego selected to lead international HIV/AIDS clinical trials unit

University of California San Diego Collaborative Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) has been selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead and administer an international seven-year, $28-million grant for science-driven clinical trials that deliver innovative, efficient results needed to turn the corner on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Every seven years, NIH competitively renews its funding…

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Emergency department doctors ask: «Where did all the patients go?»

BOSTON — During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in New England, emergency department visits for medical emergencies — including psychiatric problems, trauma and heart attacks — declined by nearly a third, raising concerns among clinicians that critically ill patients were not seeking the care they needed for fear of coronavirus infection. Comparing emergency…

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