Doctors Are Pioneering a Better Way to Perform Autopsies on Kids
Hi-res imaging can help determine cause of death in very young babies—giving parents answers without the distress of an invasive autopsy.
The Chaotic Monkeypox Vaccine Pipeline Is Leaving Everyone Short
A Danish company that’s the sole producer of the only approved vaccine has sold nearly all its supplies to the US, and it won’t be making new doses until 2023.
The Age of Brain-Computer Interfaces Is on the Horizon
Synchron has implanted its BCI in a US patient for the first time—bringing it a big step closer to distribution.
The Climate Anxiety Discussion Has a Whiteness Problem
Marginalized groups often think about the mental impact of the climate crisis in different terms—meaning they end up crowded out of the conversation.
Permanent Birth Control Is in Demand in the US—but Hard to Get
After the Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling, more people are seeking to get their tubes tied—assuming they can find a sympathetic doctor.
Do Birth Control Pills Affect Your Mood? Scientists Can’t Agree
Over 100 million women are estimated to use oral contraceptives, but studies on the pill’s mental health effects raise more questions than answers.
Canada Moves to Decriminalize Possession of ‘Hard’ Drugs
British Columbia’s three-year trial aims to address its opioid crisis. The legislation has been welcomed, but some think it’s still too conservative.
Welcome to the Great Reinfection
A repeat encounter with Covid used to be a rarity. But now that Omicron has changed the game, expect reinfections to be the new normal.
Patients May Not Receive Miscarriage Care in a Post-Roe America
Doctors will be cautious about offering any treatment that could be regarded as an illegal termination—forcing patients to seek out-of-state care.
This Gene Mutation Breaks the Immune System. Why Has It Survived?
Two new studies found genetic mutations that cause severe immune deficiencies are common in some remote populations, leaving them highly vulnerable to viruses.
The Ramifications of Roe’s Fall Won’t Stop at Abortion Bans
In certain states, politicians could leap on the opportunity to push for the criminalization of certain methods of birth control and impair access to IVF.
Hepatitis Cases in Kids Have Scientists Hunting for Answers
Young children across the world are inexplicably coming down with the liver illness, putting parents and doctors on alert.
Making Science More Open Is a Potential Security Risk
The open science movement pushes for making scientific knowledge quickly accessible to all. But a new paper warns that speed can come at a cost.
She Was Missing a Chunk of Her Brain. It Didn’t Matter
A woman grew up without her left temporal lobe, which highlights how amazingly plastic the brain is.
The Pandemic Revolutionized Disease Surveillance. Now What?
Covid forced the world to develop some of the best epidemiological surveys ever done. Now they’re being cut back, even as the threat of the virus lingers.
Big Pharma's Ethical Dilemma: Should They Keep Selling to Russia?
Sanctions and boycotts following the invasion of Ukraine have curtailed the export of nearly every product—except medicines. That's up to drugmakers.
The War Puts Ukraine's Clinical Trials—and Patients—in Jeopardy
Hundreds of trials have been disrupted in the medical research hub. Some patients are at risk of losing their last chance at survival.
Iceland Bets on Herd Immunity
The island nation's government joins several other European countries in dropping Covid restrictions—but not everyone is sure the timing’s right.
Genetic Databases Are Too White. Here’s What It’ll Take to Fix It
Most genetic research is done on people of European descent. That’s led to misdiagnoses, inaccurate tests, and missed opportunities for new treatments.
The Quest to Make a Digital Replica of Your Brain
Digital twins, virtual copies of everything from bridges to aeroplanes, are coming for healthcare. A European project, called Neurotwin, now wants to digitally clone brains.