A study of 800 Black American families shows early experiences of racism have long-term consequences for physical and mental health.
Nov. 17, 2020 • ~5 min
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As ready as you are to be done with COVID-19, it's not going anywhere soon. A historian of disease describes how once a pathogen emerges, it's usually here to stay.
Oct. 14, 2020 • ~9 min
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Rich and diverse microbiomes in our local environment are important for keeping us healthy.
Aug. 4, 2020 • ~7 min
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Research shows that children can become infected with the coronavirus and spread it to others. Though rare, some kids do become severely ill and a few have died from COVID-19.
July 28, 2020 • ~8 min
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Yellow fever, malaria and Ebola all spilled over from animals to humans at the edges of tropical forests. The new coronavirus is the latest zoonosis.
June 25, 2020 • ~11 min
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What the archaeological record reveals about epidemics throughout history – and the human response to them
People have lived with infectious disease throughout the millennia, with culture and biology influencing each other. Archaeologists decode the stories told by bones and what accompanies them.
June 15, 2020 • ~11 min
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What goes into the toilet doesn’t always stay there, and other coronavirus risks in public bathrooms
Public restrooms can be scary when it comes to coronavirus, and they get scarier when you look at how the virus spreads. A doctor explains how to stay safe when you're traveling and really gotta go.
June 5, 2020 • ~5 min
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Your genes could determine whether the coronavirus puts you in the hospital – and we're starting to unravel which ones matter
Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University found that variations in genes that code for parts of the cellular alarm system might play a role in how well people fight off COVID-19.
May 5, 2020 • ~6 min
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Human psychology has evolved to avoid situations that could lead to infection. Behavioral choices now could have long-term effects on how people interact with others and the world.
May 4, 2020 • ~10 min
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Asthma rescue inhalers are in short supply, and asthma sufferers are worried about the risks they face from COVID-19. A doctor answers six key questions.
April 9, 2020 • ~8 min
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