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Mask policies across the US are rapidly changing. Here’s what worries experts about that

In the past week, America took two big steps closer to a semblance of the normalcy we’ve longed for. On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration expanded its emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine to include people 12 to 15 years old. And on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced fully…

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: ‘Race for the Vaccine’

In the United States, the finish line for the pandemic as we’ve been experiencing it for the past year-plus is very much in sight — so much so that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention essentially said so on Thursday: Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks indoors or out, or…

Talking on Zoom could help older people stave off dementia

Talking on video-conference services like Zoom during the coronavirus pandemic has helped older people stave off the effects of dementia, a new study has suggested. Researchers found that regular communication helps maintain long-term memory, and elderly people who often use online tools showed less decline in memory than those who don’t. The study, by the…

How to talk to our kids about traumatic events, according to a 9/11 responder

Isaac Rothbart’s twins had always known their daddy doesn’t like fireworks. But he’d never told his kids why. Then, while celebrating their fifth birthday at Disney World, the family wound up close to an unexpected pyrotechnics show. Rothbart “didn’t react well.” His wife noticed him shutting down and ushered the whole family indoors. That’s when…

CDC facing formidable challenges in convincing conservatives to get Covid-19 vaccines

Public health experts at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are facing challenges — even struggling — as they try to figure out how to convince hesitant Republicans to take the Covid-19 vaccine, federal officials familiar with the situation told CNN. “It’s kind of a mess to figure out with this particular audience…

What to make of the CDC’s new guidelines for vaccinated people? Dr. Wen explains

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks or practice physical distancing in virtually all indoor and outdoor settings. This was an abrupt shift from the CDC’s previous guidance, which had detailed color-coded pictures that many criticized as being too confusing and…

Lab rats are overwhelmingly male, and that’s a problem

The data didn’t make sense. Five years ago, University of Maryland researcher Alisa Morss Clyne was studying pulmonary hypertension — a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs — in human cells she had cultured in her lab. But the results she was seeing just didn’t stack up. “We had…

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