Humans

  1. Health & Medicine

    Could a toothpaste help treat peanut allergy?

    By rolling an immune therapy into a toothbrushing routine, one company hopes to show its product can build and maintain tolerance to peanut allergens.

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  2. Health & Medicine

    Scientists Say: Placebo

    In clinical trials, scientists often test a drug or procedure against a placebo — a treatment that has no effect — to find out how well their new treatment works.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    Urban pollution can pose unseen risks to kids’ immunity and more

    A trio of new studies links immune changes and high blood pressure to inhaling bad air.

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  4. Health & Medicine

    Brown bandages would help make medicine more inclusive

    Peach-colored bandages label dark-skinned patients as unusual, says med student Linda Oyesiku. Brown bandages expand who’s seen as normal.

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  5. Psychology

    Boredom may pose a public health threat in the social distancing era

    Boredom contributes to pandemic fatigue, and it may account for why some people don’t follow social distancing rules.

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  6. Brain

    Teen depression linked to how the brain processes rewards

    Depression in teens alters their brains’ pathways in ways that may put those kids at risk of lifelong mental-health problems — unless they get help.

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  7. Health & Medicine

    Bringing COVID-19 vaccines to much of world is hard

    The price of not vaccinating nearly everyone across the world could be a longer pandemic and more troubling variants of the new coronavirus.

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  8. Science & Society

    When COVID-19 comes for your science fair

    When labs shut down due to COVID-19, teens took their science fair projects to the internet and … sometimes even to the bathroom.

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  9. Brain

    Study is first to link brainwaves to certain forms of thought

    Electrical activity in the brain reveals when we are focused or allowing our minds to wander freely.

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  10. Microbes

    Some microbial hitchhikers may weaken body’s attack on COVID-19

    New research identifies an altered mix of microbes in the body — ones commonly seen in people with poor diets — that may worsen coronavirus disease.

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  11. Humans

    By not including everyone, genome science has blind spots

    Little diversity in genetic databases makes precision medicine hard for many. One historian proposes a solution, but some scientists doubt it’ll work.

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  12. Brain

    Active bodies build stronger brains

    Aerobic fitness and physical activity correlate with widespread brain health in adolescents, according to a new imaging study in England.

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