Most adults over 50 say they’ll get a COVID vaccine

Most—but not all—older adults will get a COVID-19 vaccine once it's available. Many want to wait and see how others fare after getting it first.

Katie George-Rochester • futurity
Nov. 27, 2020 ~8 min

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Team makes trash into Parkinson’s drug and amino acid

Scientists have found a way to create the Parkinson's drug L-DOPA and the amino acid proline out of garbage materials.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Nov. 27, 2020 ~6 min

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Movies get a thumbs down for showing healthy food

The 250 top-grossing Hollywood movies over the last 25 years depict a huge amount of unhealthy foods and beverages, researhers find.

Stanford • futurity
Nov. 25, 2020 ~9 min

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Is it safe to visit family in nursing homes this holiday?

Can you visit nursing homes safely as COVID-19 rages on through the holidays? An expert explains what's safe and how you can protect your loved ones.

Saralyn Cruickshank-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Nov. 25, 2020 ~7 min

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See metal and plastic micromachines zip around

See how incredibly tiny micromachines made from metal and plastic move according to their shape. They're a step toward better drug delivery.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
Nov. 25, 2020 ~5 min

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Older women who walk daily have lower blood pressure risk

For older women, extreme exercise isn't necessary to reap health benefits. 30 minutes of walking a day may be enough to cut the risk of high blood pressure.

David Hill-Buffalo • futurity
Nov. 24, 2020 ~11 min

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Drug lets kids with Type 1 diabetes produce insulin

Kids and young adults newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes who took a drug called golimumab were able to produce their own insulin a year later.

Ellen Goldbaum-Buffalo • futurity
Nov. 24, 2020 ~9 min

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1 in 3 parents say Thanksgiving outweighs COVID risks

A new poll reveals how American families are trying to balance getting together with family and the risks of spreading or catching COVID-19.

Beata Mostafavi-Michigan • futurity
Nov. 24, 2020 ~9 min

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‘Cytokine storms’ aren’t behind most COVID-19 lung failures

Few people with severe COVID-19 suffer from unbridled inflammation, researchers report. That suggests anti-inflammatory drugs may not help most patients.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Nov. 23, 2020 ~9 min

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US COVID cases could reach 20 million by January’s end

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US will likely nearly double to 20 million by the end of January, a new model predicts.

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
Nov. 23, 2020 ~5 min

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