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The use and misuse of race in health care

Giorgio Sirugo, Sarah Tishkoff, and Scott Williams. Credit: University of Pennsylvania COVID-19 has put race-based health disparities on full display, but such inequities extend far deeper than the current pandemic. An enduring challenge for physicians and scientific researchers has been to distinguish health differences that result from genetic predispositions from …

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In time for summer, Europe sees dramatic fall in virus cases

In this May 28, 2021, file photo, customers sit in a terrace bar in downtown Barcelona, Spain. Coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths are plummeting across much of Europe. Vaccination rates are accelerating, and with them, the promise of summer vacations. Credit: AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File When Italy won the Eurovision …

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Thousands of surveys show the impact of smoking around the world

Credit: Andres Siimon The most comprehensive data on global trends in smoking highlight its enormous global health toll. The number of smokers worldwide has increased to 1.1 billion in 2019, with tobacco smoking causing 7.7 million deaths—including 1 in 5 deaths in males worldwide. Of particular concern are the persistently …

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Countries eager to reopen to travel as pandemic recedes

A family enjoy their vacations at the pool of Nissi Blue hotel in southeast resort of Ayia Napa, in the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Saturday, May 22, 2021. Cypriot hotel and other tourism-related business owners say they’d like to see the COVID-19 pandemic-induced uncertainty over travel bookings to the …

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Expert discusses how to prevent another pandemic

“We can act now to put us in a position so that when the next pandemic does happen, we don’t have to allow it to get out of control,” says Michael Mina. Credit: Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Michael Mina is assistant professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School …

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Restrictions reimposed as virus resurges in much of Asia

Buddhist monks wait to receive Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines at Priest hospital in Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday, May 18 , 2021. Thailand had about 7,100 cases, including 63 deaths, in all of last year, in what was regarded as a success story. Taxi drivers are starved for customers, weddings are suddenly canceled, …

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Should you check your blood pressure at home?

Credit: CC0 Public Domain High blood pressure is something that’s mentioned so often—and so casually—on television shows and in books, that it’s easy to forget it is a disease that can lead to serious health issues. It affects almost half of all adults in the United States. And that hasn’t …

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Trouble managing money may be an early sign of dementia

Credit: CC0 Public Domain After Maria Turner’s minivan was totaled in an accident a dozen years ago, she grew impatient waiting for the insurance company to process the claim. One night, she saw a red pickup truck on eBay for $20,000. She thought it was just what she needed. She …

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