Clinical Trials Are Moving Out of the Lab and Into People’s Homes

When the pandemic hit last year, clinical trials took a hit. Universities closed, and hospitals turned their attention to battling the new disease. Many studies that required repeated, in-person visits with volunteers were delayed or scrapped. But some scientists found creative ways to continue their research even when face-to-face interaction was inherently risky. They mailed medications, performed exams over video […]

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C.D.C. Announces $200 Million ‘Down Payment’ to Track Virus Variants

As lawmakers push for billions of dollars to fund the nation’s efforts to track coronavirus variants, the Biden administration announced on Wednesday a new effort to ramp up this work, pledging nearly $200 million to better identify the emerging threats. Calling it a “down payment,” the White House said that the investment would result in a significant increase in the […]

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Piecing Together the Next Pandemic

Covid-19 arrived in Cambodia a year ago, on Jan. 23, when a Chinese national flew in from Wuhan, the city where the illness was first detected, and soon fell sick with a fever. A P.C.R. test to detect the genetic material of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, came back positive. With that news, the disease had officially pierced the […]

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History fuels vaccine hesitation among some Black Americans

By Andrea Dukakis, Colorado Public Radio via AP DENVER — Owetta McNeil, 82, does not like it when people mispronounce her name. “It’s ‘OH WEE-TAH’ she admonishes, making sure people know her name should be pronounced with double “e” sound. McNeil, who worked as a secretary for Denver Public Schools for more than 30 years, has lupus, leukemia along with […]

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As Millions Get Shots, F.D.A. Struggles to Get Safety Monitoring System Running

More than 34 million Americans have received Covid vaccines, but the much-touted system the government designed to monitor any dangerous reactions won’t be capable of analyzing safety data for weeks or months, according to numerous federal health officials. For now, federal regulators are counting on a patchwork of existing programs that they acknowledge are inadequate because of their small sample […]

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Could a Single Vaccine Work Against All Coronaviruses?

The invention of Covid-19 vaccines will be remembered as a milestone in the history of medicine, creating in a matter of months what had before taken up to a decade. But Dr. Kayvon Modjarrad, the director of Emerging Infectious Diseases Branch at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Springs, Md., isn’t satisfied. “That’s not fast enough,” he said. […]

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Primary Care Doctors Are Left Out of the Vaccine Rollout

Primary care doctors have grown increasingly frustrated with their exclusion from the nation’s vaccine rollout, unable to find reliable supplies for even their eldest patients and lacking basic information about distribution planning for the shots. “The centerpiece should be primary care,” said Dr. Wayne Altman, the chairman of family medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine who also sees patients […]

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Americans Must Tighten Up, or Double Up, Their Masks, C.D.C. Says

Federal health officials on Wednesday urged Americans to keep their masks on and take steps to make them fit more snugly — or even to layer a cloth covering over a surgical mask — saying that new research had shown that masks greatly reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Recent laboratory experiments found that viral transmission could be reduced by […]

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‘A Game Changer’: Drug Brings Significant Weight Loss in Obese Patients

For the first time, a drug has been shown so effective against obesity that patients may dodge many of its worst consequences, including diabetes, researchers reported on Wednesday. The drug, semaglutide, made by Novo Nordisk, already is marketed as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes. In a clinical trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at Northwestern […]

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Virus Variant First Found in Britain Now Spreading Rapidly in U.S.

A more contagious variant of the coronavirus first found in Britain is spreading rapidly in the United States, doubling roughly every 10 days, according to a new study. Analyzing half a million coronavirus tests and hundreds of genomes, a team of researchers predicted that in a month this variant could become predominant in the United States, potentially bringing a surge […]

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