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News and updates from the health and science team. Topics include genetics, infectious disease, psychology, and more.

Did the Covid-19 Olympics have to be a mess?

The opioid epidemic isn’t unsolvable

Welcome to the age of billionaire joyrides to space

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The harrowing new reality for Alzheimer’s patients

Alzheimer’s patients and families live in a cloud of uncertainty. It’s about to get worse.

Some vaccinated people have gotten Covid-19. That’s no reason to panic.

We must burn the West to save it

3 rules for when schools should keep masks

Richard Branson’s trip to space is about convincing others to come along 

7 questions about Covid-19 booster shots, answered

Sweating and grieving in Oregon

The US health system was already falling short. Then Covid-19 happened.

How political polarization broke America’s vaccine campaign

How a lizard’s venom inspired the promising weight loss drug Wegovy

What if the truth isn’t out there?

The surprisingly subtle recipe making heat waves worse

How scientists discovered the universe is really freaking huge

Animals can navigate by starlight. Here’s how we know.

Covid-19 made America’s long-term care crisis impossible to ignore

Why some biologists and ecologists think social media is a risk to humanity

The new Alzheimer’s drug is the first of its kind. Will it be the last?

How Indigenous memories can help save species from extinction

The doctors are not all right

Doctors need mental health support. Here’s why many aren’t getting it.

The weird argument that offshore oil is good for the climate, debunked

We admire these do-gooders. We just don’t want to date them.

What’s with these invasive “crazy” worms and why can’t we get rid of them?

The World Health Organization broke its own rules to spend millions on BCG consultants

The West has all the ingredients for another terrible wildfire season

“Back to normal” puts us back on the path to climate catastrophe

What the Novavax vaccine means for the global fight against Covid-19

The new Alzheimer’s drug that could break Medicare

Nobody knows exactly how tornadoes form — and the mystery can be deadly

Jeff Bezos has been training for this

The lab leak hypothesis, explained

How Congress wrecked its own science bill, explained in 600 words

America still needs to learn from its biggest pandemic failure

Is United’s green supersonic jet too good to be true?

The 6 reasons Americans aren’t getting vaccinated

There’s a ticking climate time bomb in West Texas

Where could the next coronavirus jump to humans? New research offers clues.

Ohio’s vaccine lottery is a winner no matter what