U.S. Weighs Early Vaccine Access for Minorities and Others at Risk

Federal health officials are already trying to decide who will get the first doses of any effective coronavirus vaccines, which could be on the market this winter but could require many additional months to become widely available to Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and an advisory committee of outside health experts in…

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Teletherapy, Popular in the Pandemic, May Outlast It

The 10-year-old girl was afraid that her American Girl dolls — buried in the bedroom closet — would come alive and attack her. As the girl pointed her iPad at the scary closet door in a remote therapy session, her therapist, Daniela Owen, was able to coach her in real-time to conquer the fear of…

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Air Pollution Takes a Global Toll on Heart Health

All over the world, in high-income and low-income countries, in communities large and small, urban and rural, air pollution is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Researchers working in 21 countries tracked levels of PM 2.5, particles of soot small enough to enter the lungs and pass into the bloodstream. The average level…

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How Everclear Became a Pandemic Favorite

You know 190-proof Everclear by reputation. The bartender’s equivalent of jet fuel, this high-octane neutral grain spirit is more than twice the strength of standard vodka, and is illegal in 11 states. It’s been mythologized by generations of fraternity parties and celebrated in song, Art Alexakis, the frontman of the 1990s post-grunge band Everclear, once…

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Would You Like to Come Over for Dinner … in 10 Years?

I like people. I sort of like cooking. Historically, this has all added up to an interest in entertaining that would not be called passionate but could certainly pass for healthy. When people start talking about what we miss, what we want to “add back” when everything returns to “normal,” I think to myself: movies,…

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The True Story of My Marriage to a Pot

I’m sitting with my hands clasped in a prayer. My eyes flutter between open and close. A scarf draped over my head refuses to stay put. A fire crackles gleefully in front of me. It’s my wedding day. To a clay pot. From here on, it’s me and Mr. Pot. Mr. Pot and I. He’s…

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Living close to green space benefits gut bacteria of urban, formula-fed infants

Living close to natural green space can mitigate some of the changes in infant gut bacteria associated with formula feeding, according to new research published in the journal Environment International. «Not every infant can be breastfed,» said Anita Kozyrskyj, pediatrics professor at the University of Alberta. «This is one of the first pieces of evidence…

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How fear transforms into anxiety

A deadly coronavirus pandemic, economic instability and civil unrest menace the mental well-being of millions. Understanding how, in vulnerable people, fear from such frightening events evolves into lifelong anxiety, is critical for healing. A University of New Mexico research team led by Elaine L. Bearer, MD, PhD, the Harvey Family Professor in Pathology, and graduate…

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Study says inhalers ok to use amid COVID-19 concerns

The benefits of using inhalers and nebulisers containing steroids outweigh the risks despite warnings to the contrary during the COVID-19 pandemic, a study by University of Huddersfield researchers has found. A warning issued by WHO in March advised that steroids used in inhalers and nebulisers could have a negative effect on a user’s immunity system,…

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