Can a flu and COVID shot combo increase vaccination?

Bundling COVID-19 vaccines or boosters with flu vaccines may offer a way to lower hesitancy among people in minority populations, a new study shows.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State • futurity
Jan. 21, 2022 ~7 min

Babies can tell who has close relationships based on one clue: saliva

Sharing food and kissing are among the signals babies use to interpret their social world, according to a new study.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 20, 2022 ~6 min

‘Smart sutures’ monitor deep wounds to prevent problems

With new smart sutures, a battery-free, wireless sensor can detect and transmit information about wounds from deep surgical sites.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Jan. 20, 2022 ~6 min

Optimism on Omicron, shift from pandemic to endemic

With Omicron on the decline in some states, pandemic experts permit themselves hope, at least for the near term.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Jan. 20, 2022 ~6 min

Harvard study looks at COVID-19 sex disparities

Sex differences in COVID death rates vary by state and across time, suggesting social factors play a role.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Jan. 20, 2022 ~7 min

Which countries offer the best (and worst) end-of-life care?

"Most people in the world die badly—many through no treatment at all and many through excessive often futile treatment that increases suffering."

Federico Graciano-NUS • futurity
Jan. 20, 2022 ~7 min

Same baby odds when women with obesity lose weight pre-conception

There isn't enough evidence to support asking women with obesity to lose weight before trying to have a baby, researchers report.

Zachary Sweger-Penn State • futurity
Jan. 20, 2022 ~6 min

An all-in-one approach to diabetes treatment

MIT engineers are working on a new kind of device that could streamline the process of blood glucose measurement and insulin injection.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 20, 2022 ~7 min

How the pandemic's unequal toll on people of color underlines US health inequities – and why solving them is so critical

Addressing racial and ethnic health gaps is becoming even more important as the US population continues its shift toward a minority-majority nation.

Abubakarr Jalloh, Assistant Professor of Public Health, Hollins University • conversation
Jan. 19, 2022 ~8 min

Some people with macular degeneration may not need shots in the eye

Some people with "wet" age-related macular degeneration may one day be able to safely stop eye injection therapy without further vision loss.

Rachel Butch-JHU • futurity
Jan. 19, 2022 ~8 min