New vaccine design reduces inflammation, enhances protection

Adjuvants are a key ingredient of many modern vaccines, working to unleash an immune response that helps protect the body from disease. Many scientists believe that adjuvants are they key to developing new kinds of vaccines for hard-to-vaccinate viruses, like HIV. But adjuvants can cause inflammation at the injection site, as well as side effects…

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Vaccine proponents and opponents are vectors of misinformation online

In a new paper published in the Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review, researchers from the George Washington University, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University assessed content from the most active vaccine-related accounts on Twitter and found that even accounts with pro-vaccination views and higher public health credibility can be vectors of misinformation in the…

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RIT/NTID researchers study how deaf and hearing people watch sign language

A recent study has shown that readers’ eye gaze behaviors are strong indicators of words that are unexpected, new, or difficult to understand. The study by Rain Bosworth, an assistant professor and researcher in the Center for Sensory, Perceptual, and Cognitive Ecology (SPaCE Center) at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf,…

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AstraZeneca Pauses Vaccine Trial for Safety Review

The pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca halted large, late-stage global trials of its coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday because of a serious suspected adverse reaction in a participant, the company said. It is not yet known whether the reaction was directly caused by the company’s vaccine or was coincidental. The pause, which was first reported by STAT, will…

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Dentists Are Seeing an Epidemic of Cracked Teeth. What’s Going On?

“How’s your dental practice?” a friend of mine asked, brow furrowed, concern evident on her face. I’ve seen this look a lot recently. Since the onset of the pandemic, with a citywide shutdown and social distancing measures firmly entrenched, more than a handful of friends and family members have presumed I must be on the…

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Coronavirus Vaccine: 9 Drug Companies Pledge to ‘Stand With Science’

Nine pharmaceutical companies issued a joint pledge on Tuesday that they would “stand with science” and not put forward a vaccine until it had been thoroughly vetted for safety and efficacy. The companies did not rule out seeking an emergency authorization of their vaccines, but promised that any potential coronavirus vaccine would be decided based…

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What Month Is It? Pandemic Scrambles the Travel Calendar

For classic summer destinations such as New York’s Hamptons, Nantucket, Mass., and Saugatuck, Mich., business was surprisingly brisk in late summer as travelers sought outdoor diversions at a safe and healthy distance. Now, during back-to-school season, with families once again looking at the prospects of remote learning and working from home, many summer resorts are…

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7 Ways the Pandemic Has Changed How We Shop for Food

When the coronavirus hit, even the most enthusiastic cooks had to adjust to a new, more complicated relationship with their kitchens. For the first time in a generation, Americans began spending more money at the supermarket than at places where someone else made the food. Grocers saw eight years of projected sales growth packed into…

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19 American Designers Show Support for Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign

Courtesy Fashion designers are putting politics on their sleeves. Ahead of the 2020 presidential election in November, many have released merchandise—from Michael Kors to Nili Lotan—that encourages citizens to perform their civic duty and vote. Indeed, going out to the polls and filling out your ballots are pivotal: Choosing who leads the nation is something…

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