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October 22, 2020
October 20, 2020
A 30-Mile Rafting Trip Through Alaska's Tongass National Forest

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series -- The World Through a Lens -- in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet's most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Christopher Miller shares a collection of images from Southeast Alaska. With […]

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October 20, 2020
Where'd I Stash That Chocolate? It's Easy to Remember

It is easier to remember where the chocolate is than where the cucumbers are, new research suggests. Dutch scientists set up an experiment where people walked around a room, guided by arrows on the floor. They moved from table to table on which eight foods were placed: caramel cookies, apples, chocolate, tomatoes, melons, peanuts, potato […]

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October 20, 2020
U.S. Diplomats and Spies Battle Trump Administration Over Suspected Attacks

WASHINGTON -- The strange sound came at night: a crack like a marble striking the floor of the apartment above them. Mark Lenzi and his wife had lightheadedness, sleep issues and headaches, and their children were waking up with bloody noses -- symptoms they thought might be from the smog in Guangzhou, China, where Mr. […]

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October 19, 2020
Colorado resident, 20, with 'mild' coronavirus case later develops rare condition: officials

A 20-year-old Colorado resident who battled the novel coronavirus later developed a rare but serious condition known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), according to local health officials in the state. The resident, of Boulder County, suffered only mild symptoms of COVID-19 and "appeared to have fully recovered," said county officials in a news release. But […]

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October 19, 2020
Air conditioning in ICUs with coronavirus patients putting doctors at risk, study claims

A study out of India, where upwards of 7.5 million people have contracted the novel coronavirus, suggests that redesigning intensive care units so that they do not have air conditioning would better protect health care and frontline workers. The researchers suggest that the coronavirus-infected air surrounding a patient in ICU is circulated, and over time, […]

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October 19, 2020
Doctors May Have Found Secretive New Organs in the Center of Your Head

After millenniums of careful slicing and dicing, it might seem as though scientists have figured out human anatomy. A few dozen organs, a couple hundred bones and connective tissue to tie it all together. But despite centuries of scrutiny, the body is still capable of surprising scientists. A team of researchers in the Netherlands has […]

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October 19, 2020
Yodeling concert behind coronavirus 'superspreader' event in Switzerland: report

A yodeling concert is reportedly behind a large outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Switzerland, according to a report. The concert, which took place in the rural Schwyz canton in September, was attended by some 600 people. Social distancing was involved but mask-wearing was not required, the Agence France-Presse reported. The event is said to […]

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October 18, 2020
Doctor Mike Day In The Life | COVID-19

A portion of this video is sponsored by Clorox. http://bit.ly/CloroxCaregivers Life as a doctor has been strange to say the least during COVID-19. I’ve spent a lot of time talking about our frontline healthcare workers from home, so today I wanted to bring you all along to see our heroes in person! On this vlog […]

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October 16, 2020
The Story of Peggy Lillis The Other Side of Antibiotics

The benefits of antibiotics are well known, but the risks are not. In this video, Christian Lillis, son of Peggy Lillis, shares his personal story of losing his mother to an Clostridium difficile infection (C. difficile) caused by antibiotic use. Each year, more than 2 million people in the United States get infections from germs […]

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October 16, 2020
What Does 'Negative' on a Coronavirus Test Really Mean?

In a flurry of memos released this week and last, the White House physician, Dr. Sean Conley, stated that President Trump no longer posed a transmission risk to others -- an assessment, he noted, that was largely precipitated by the results of a bevy of "advanced diagnostics." The declarations have helped clear Mr. Trump to […]

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October 16, 2020
A Rapid Test Offers Hope for Community Screening

A $5 rapid test for the coronavirus may be nearly as effective as the slower, more complex polymerase chain reaction test for identifying people who may spread the coronavirus, a novel experiment has found. The study, conducted by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, is among the first head-to-head comparisons of a rapid […]

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October 15, 2020
Global coronavirus surge will lead to mortality spike, WHO warns

The rising number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. and abroad sparked a stern warning from the World Health Organization (WHO) this week: As cases rise, mortality rates will too. "Mortality increases always lag behind increasing cases by a couple of weeks," said WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan during a social media event, according to […]

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October 15, 2020
Coronavirus infected less than 1% of dentists nationwide, study suggests

Less than 1% of U.S. dentists were infected with the novel coronavirus amid the pandemic, a new study suggests. The findings uphold some health officials' calls to continue routine dental care amid the pandemic, though conflict with others, namely the World Health Organization, which had advised delaying nonessential dental care until a significant reduction in […]

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October 15, 2020
Coronavirus risk lowered for this blood type, studies suggest

A pair of new studies suggest that those with a certain blood type may be less likely to be infected with the novel coronavirus and less likely to suffer severe illness if they were to be infected. The studies were both published in the journal Blood Advances, a publication of the American Society of Hematology, […]

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October 15, 2020
Regeneron's Ebola drug gets first-ever FDA approval

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the first-ever approval of an Ebola drug, which is made of three monoclonal antibodies. The drug, Inmazeb, was developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and is approved for use in both adult and pediatric patients diagnosed with the Zaire Ebola virus. The drug works by targeting the glycoprotein, which attaches […]

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October 15, 2020
Wildfire smoke in US exposes millions to hazardous pollution

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the U.S. West Coast have exposed millions of people to hazardous pollution levels, causing emergency room visits to spike and potentially thousands of deaths among the elderly and infirm, according to an Associated Press analysis of pollution […]

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October 15, 2020
Former minor league baseball player Dan Venezia on surviving coronavirus

Former minor league baseball player Dan Venezia described his battle with COVID-19, telling "Fox & Friends" on Thursday that while the virus took over his mind and body, he would not let it break his spirit. Venezia, who is now a personal trainer, wrote a book on his experience with the novel coronavirus titled "Surviving […]

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October 15, 2020
Fauci calls coronavirus herd immunity approach 'nonsense, very dangerous'

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, on Thursday called herd immunity and implications from The Great Barrington Declaration "nonsense and very dangerous," when it comes to stopping the spread of coronavirus in the U.S. The comments arose when Daniel Klaidman, editor in chief at Yahoo News, questioned whether herd immunity is a […]

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October 15, 2020
Coronavirus pandemic causes rise in drug overdose deaths, preliminary CDC data shows

Drug overdose deaths saw a significant increase during the first few months of 2020, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Preliminary data from the federal agency shows that overdose deaths have increased by about 10%, with the CDC estimating that the country could see more than 75,500 drug-related […]

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October 15, 2020
Fauci says Thanksgiving plans amid coronavirus will be 'individual choice' based on risk

With a number of regions across the country seeing a rise in coronavirus cases and a potential vaccine still months away, the pandemic is likely to impact Thanksgiving celebrations and plans this year. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, said Thursday that people will have to make "their individual choice" when it […]

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October 15, 2020
Did Lockdowns Lower Premature Births? A New Study Adds Evidence

Some public health researchers are seeing hints that the coronavirus pandemic might help solve a longstanding puzzle: What causes premature birth? Studies in Ireland and Denmark this summer showed that preterm births decreased in the spring during lockdowns to stop the spread of the virus in those countries. Anecdotally, doctors around the world reported similar […]

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October 14, 2020
'Little Shop,' Big Relief: How One Theater Safely Put on an Indoor Show

WHITEFIELD, N.H. -- The last choruses of "Don't Feed the Plants" reverberated across the mostly empty theater. Shredded paper fell from the lighting grid. The 44 masked ticket holders, meticulously spaced out across the 250 seats, rose for an ovation, then waited for directions about which doorways to use to reduce crowding as they filed […]

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October 14, 2020
Vaping lands Florida teen in the hospital, parents say

Vaping is allegedly behind a Florida teen's recent hospitalization, according to a local report. Anna Chinnis, 16, has been hospitalized at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville for nine days after she experienced trouble breathing possibly linked to her reported vaping habit. "Her blood oxygen levels were really low when we got her to the ER," […]

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October 14, 2020
Does working in daycare increase coronavirus risk? New study suggests no

Exposure to child care was not associated with a heightened risk of coronavirus infection for providers, according to what authors say is the largest study of its kind. Researchers from Yale University gathered data from over 57,000 child care providers in the U.S. amid the first several months in the pandemic to assess for an […]

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