Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

If you need a ventilator for COVID-19, odds are 50-50 you'll survive

Mike DeWan, 43, of Worcester; Jim Cracas, 51, of Chester Springs; and Raveena Brown, 62, of Bear, Del., each had the bad luck to get a horrible case of the coronavirus, so bad that they needed to spend days—in DeWan's case, ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

You can wash away your troubles, with soap

"Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain," goes the song. Is there such a thing as soap and water for the psyche? Yes: Metaphor is that powerful, say Spike W.S. Lee and Norbert Schwarz of the University of Michigan in a ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Washing away good and bad luck

Research by marketing professor shows risk taking depends on whether participants recalled past episode of good or bad luck and whether they washed their hands.

Oncology & Cancer

Is cancer just a question of 'bad luck'?

"Doctor, what caused my cancer?" For doctors, this question is often perplexing. Some of the population risk factors are known, but when it comes to specific cases, only assumptions can be made. However, scientists have a ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

South Africa ramps up vaccine drive, too late for this surge

Some in wheelchairs, others on canes, hundreds of South Africans waited recently on the ramps of an open-air Johannesburg parking garage to get their COVID-19 vaccine shots. Despite the masks, social distancing and blustery ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Superspreading events could help make COVID-19 endemic

The COVID-19 coronavirus is not your average virus. During the pandemic, it has become increasingly clear that averages do not apply in understanding the paths the virus takes or when or where it attacks. What some scientists ...

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