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Girl in famous surrogacy case dies at age 8

Girl in famous surrogacy case dies at age 8

Seraphina Harrell, a little girl who received national attention because the surrogate who gave birth to her had refused to have an abortion, has died. Seraphina passed away July 15, a few weeks after her eighth birthday. In 2012, when Crystal Kelley, Seraphina’s surrogate mother, was halfway through her pregnancy, an ultrasound showed she had…

The eerie similarities between the anti-mask and the anti-vax

The eerie similarities between the anti-mask and the anti-vax

In the confusion and chaos of a global pandemic, a small but significant group of people who refuse to wear masks has emerged despite the now established evidence of their efficacy. If their emphasis on personal freedom, their misrepresentation of science and their passion to defend their position feels familiar, it is likely because the…

Vitamin D doesn’t prevent depression in older adults, large study finds

Vitamin D doesn’t prevent depression in older adults, large study finds

Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin” because your body absorbs the nutrient primarily through exposure to the sun. Some researchers had thought insufficient levels of vitamin D may play a role in depression but the findings of a large study of more than 18,000 US adults ages 50 years or older published Tuesday…

Jails can spread coronavirus to nearby communities, study finds

Jails can spread coronavirus to nearby communities, study finds

Jails can be a large source of coronavirus spread both inside the facility and in the surrounding communities, researchers reported Monday. Inmates going in and out of Chicago’s Cook County Jail appear to have carried the infection as they went, the researchers reported in the journal Health Affairs. Across the country, those behind bars have…

10 ways sleep can change your life

10 ways sleep can change your life

What if someone told you there was a magic potion by which you could prevent disease, improve your intellect, reduce your stress and be nicer to your family while you’re all cooped up together during the pandemic? It sounds too good to be true, as if solving those problems would really require dietary supplements, workout…

Penis microbes may contribute to a common yet serious vaginal infection, study finds

Penis microbes may contribute to a common yet serious vaginal infection, study finds

Ever heard of bacterial vaginosis? It’s caused when the normal bacterial flora in the vagina go haywire, allowing “bad” bacteria to proliferate. If the answer is no, you’re not alone. Even though bacterial vaginosis, otherwise known as BV, is the most common vaginal infection in women between the ages 15 and 44, many have never…

The FDA’s list of dangerous hand sanitizers has now grown to more than 100

The FDA’s list of dangerous hand sanitizers has now grown to more than 100

The US Food and Drug Administration has expanded its warning about hand sanitizers to avoid, with the list now topping 100. The agency first warned consumers in June about hand sanitizers containing methanol, which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and potentially deadly if ingested. Since then, several such products have been recalled…

90-minute tests that detect Covid-19 and other viruses to be rolled out in UK

90-minute tests that detect Covid-19 and other viruses to be rolled out in UK

The British government has procured “millions” of two separate coronavirus tests that can detect not only coronavirus but several other viruses common in autumn, winter and spring, the UK’s Department of Health said Monday. The tests will be rolled out in hospitals, care homes and labs across the UK from next week. “We’re using the…

Your hair knows what you eat, study finds

Your hair knows what you eat, study finds

You are what you eat, so the saying goes. But few people would suspect that dietary choices are reflected, inch by inch, in the hair growing on your head. Your mop can potentially shed light on whether you prefer veggie burgers or cheeseburgers, a new study has suggested. Researchers from the University of Utah collected…

In much of the US, progress made in the Covid-19 fight has turned into progress lost

In much of the US, progress made in the Covid-19 fight has turned into progress lost

Remember the progress made in suppressing Covid-19 during the painful economic shutdowns? In some states, much of those gains have been erased after an abysmal July that shattered records for new cases, hospitalizations or deaths. “I want to be very clear: What we are seeing today is different from March and April,” Dr. Deborah Birx,…

Strength training with free weights: How to reboot your workout routine

Strength training with free weights: How to reboot your workout routine

In Part I of this seven-part series, we started our fitness journey by learning how to strengthen the mind-body connection and practice breathing to create good posture. In Part II, we learned how to master fundamental movements in all planes of motion. Building off that foundation, we’re now ready to get stronger. Here I’ll cover…

K-12 schools and colleges can reopen, but safety should come first, Fauci says

K-12 schools and colleges can reopen, but safety should come first, Fauci says

Schools and college campuses across the country should be OK to reopen, but officials need to proceed with caution and make safety a priority, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday. The default position with K-12 schools should be to reopen them, said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. There are two…

Tie-dye on the rise as a pandemic pastime

Tie-dye on the rise as a pandemic pastime

For Danielle Somers, tie-dye has taken on ritual status during the pandemic. Like all good rituals, it’s a mix of order and chaos; the process is deeply familiar while the outcomes remain mysterious. When tie-dying, she takes her time preparing and setting up the different colors, placing the rubber bands on the cloth, dipping the…

Do some people have protection against the coronavirus?

Do some people have protection against the coronavirus?

We’re now more than seven months into the coronavirus pandemic that has upended the lives of most of Earth’s inhabitants. And while it is true that the scientific community has learned many things about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, Covid-19, there are also many gaps in our understanding. One big mystery: Why…

Red onions linked to salmonella outbreak that has sickened people in 31 states

Red onions linked to salmonella outbreak that has sickened people in 31 states

A multistate outbreak of salmonella poisoning that has sickened almost 400 people in 31 states has been traced back to red onions, federal health officials said. And a company based in Bakersfield, California is the likely source of the potentially contaminated onions, according to the Food and Drug Administration. “Although the investigation has determined that…