Disgust may protect us from pathogens

New research with Indigenous Ecuadorian Shuar communities indicates that disgust may protect us from pathogens.

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
Feb. 26, 2021 ~6 min

Phone device flags COVID-19 in less than an hour

A new diagnostic tool that plugs into a phone can test for COVID-19 in 55 minutes or less, researchers report. It can be done almost anywhere, too.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Feb. 26, 2021 ~5 min

Survey: COVID-19 vaccine acceptance has fallen worldwide

In several countries, including the US, the number of people who say they'll get a COVID-19 vaccine is falling short of the number needed for herd immunity.

Stephanie Desmon-JHU • futurity
Feb. 26, 2021 ~6 min

Air pollution puts kids at higher risk of disease in adulthood

Even just one day of air pollution can change kids' genes in a way that could put them at higher risk for heart disease and more, researchers report.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
Feb. 26, 2021 ~6 min

Meatpacking plants have been deadly COVID-19 hot spots – but policies that encourage workers to show up sick are legal

Thousands of workers at meat- and poultry-processing plants have contracted COVID-19, and hundreds have died. A legal scholar recommends ways to make their jobs safer.

Ruqaiijah Yearby, Professor of Law, Saint Louis University • conversation
Feb. 26, 2021 ~9 min

What are phthalates, and how do they put children's health at risk?

Scientists issued an urgent call for better federal regulation of these endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Here's why.

Stephanie Eick, Postdoctoral Researcher in Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
Feb. 26, 2021 ~6 min

How Will We Know When We Reach Herd Immunity?

VOA Learning English • voa
Feb. 25, 2021 ~5 min

Vaccines should end the pandemic, despite the variants, say experts

Can the current crop of vaccines get us to herd immunity even if variants become widespread? A Harvard immunologist says yes.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Feb. 25, 2021 ~6 min

Liquid biopsy could guide therapy for colorectal cancer

Liquid biopsies can gauge the effectiveness of therapy for colorectal cancer that has begun to spread beyond the original tumor, researchers report.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL • futurity
Feb. 25, 2021 ~9 min

Young adults are least concerned about COVID-19 risks

Young adults report the least amount of concern about COVID-19. That suggests communicating risks to them would offer the biggest boost in virus reduction.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Feb. 25, 2021 ~5 min