Healing is a complicated process. As people age, higher rates of disease and the fact that old cells lose the ability to divide slow this process down.
Nov. 24, 2020 • ~9 min
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Wildfires force thousands to evacuate near Los Angeles: Here's how the 2020 Western fire season got so extreme
The 2020 wildfire season has shattered records across the West. It's a trend that's headed in a dangerous direction.
Oct. 27, 2020 • ~8 min
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Three new studies show corticosteroids can reduce deaths in critically ill COVID-19 patients. But what about other patients?
Sept. 4, 2020 • ~8 min
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Reopening elementary schools carries less COVID-19 risk than high schools – but that doesn't guarantee safety
New research points to why reopening elementary schools is the safest bet and what else needs to happen for schools to have the best chance of staying open.
Aug. 25, 2020 • ~9 min
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Kids are bigger coronavirus spreaders than many doctors realized – here’s how schools can lower the risk
Checking for symptoms is just the beginning. Here are 10 ways schools can help keep children, families and faculty safe.
Aug. 18, 2020 • ~8 min
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Forensic breakthrough helps explain how innocent people's clothing fibres could end up at crime scenes
New research shows fibres can transfer between people without any contact.
Aug. 14, 2020 • ~5 min
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I'm a COVID-19 long-hauler and an epidemiologist – here's how it feels when symptoms last for months
Margot Gage Witvliet went from being healthy and active to fearing she was dying almost overnight. An epidemiologist, she dug into the research to understand what's happening to long-haulers like her.
Aug. 11, 2020 • ~8 min
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Recent reports of dramatic declines in insect populations have sparked concern about an 'insect apocalypse.' But a new analysis of data from sites across North America suggests the case isn't proven.
Aug. 10, 2020 • ~9 min
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Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.
July 30, 2020 • ~7 min
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We can’t tackle the huge global challenges we face in isolation – scientists must be able to work together across borders.
July 24, 2020 • ~8 min
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