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Hydroxychloroquine: Medicine, politics, and misinformation

Dr. Yenting Chen is a board certified emergency medicine physician practicing at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center emergency departments in Berkeley and Oakland, CA. In this article, he explains how medicine is clashing with politics over an ineffective drug. For many professionals in the science and healthcare communities, the return of hydroxychloroquine to public […]

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How the 'model minority' myth affects well-being and mental health

The “model minority” myth implies that certain ethnic minorities are better than others: better at adjusting to a different culture, more hardworking, more academically gifted. But this false narrative can segregate communities and cause a lot of harm to mental health and other aspects of well-being. Recently, public discussions and debates around the many and […]

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Does hydroxychloroquine cut COVID-19 mortality? Expert urges caution

The antimalaria drug hydroxychloroquine has generated significant controversy. A new study suggests that if it is given early, it can reduce mortality in people with severe COVID-19. But our expert points out weaknesses in the study’s design. Amid an ongoing search for an effective COVID-19 treatment, the debate about the antimalaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) continues. […]

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Police-related fatalities: Black people most at risk

A new study has found that throughout metropolitan areas in the United States, Black people are more likely to die in an encounter with the police than white people. In the United States, there is a long history of police brutality, most of which has been aimed at Black people. The recent killings of George […]

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COVID-19 emergency measures 'made a profound difference'

A new study has found that emergency measures introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to have prevented more than 500 million additional infections. New research on six countries has found that introducing emergency measures is likely to have prevented more than 500 million SARS-CoV-2 infections. The research, which appears in the journal […]

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Are blood clots to blame for COVID-19 deaths?

Several research teams writing in the journal Radiology suggest that blood clots play a significant role in why some people become seriously sick with COVID-19. The death toll from COVID-19 continues to rise daily. But how SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus that causes the disease, actually causes death remains poorly understood. Clinical reports show that people […]

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How might climate change affect the spread of viruses?

In the coming decades, ecological degradation, rising temperatures, and extreme weather events could intensify the threats to human health posed by viruses. We know from past epidemics that changes in temperature, rainfall, and humidity can have profound effects on the spread of infectious disease. In the summer of 1878, for example, the southern United States […]

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Repurposed drug may reduce COVID-19 deaths

A common drug found in many hospitals may reduce the number of deaths caused by infections with the SARS-Cov-2 virus. A team of researchers has proposed repurposing a drug found in many hospitals around the world to reduce mortality associated with Covid-19. The research, published in The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, could […]