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Computer game helps health workers combat COVID spread

Swiss health workers busy fighting the pandemic are being encouraged to unwind with a computer game that offers not only distraction but also knowledge to battle COVID-19 in real life.

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Americans are increasingly experiencing chronic pain

Americans are in chronic pain, and a comprehensive new study exploring trends in this major public health concern reveals that what has been a long-standing and under-acknowledged problem is getting substantially worse.

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The French tech whiz bringing COVID data to the masses

At just 25 years old, Guillaume Rozier is devising the most popular tools to emerge during France's COVID-19 pandemic—the data websites charting the costs of the crisis, and the progress in the fight to end it.

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The expected COVID baby boom may be a baby bust

When most of the U.S. went into lockdown over a year ago, some speculated that confining couples to their homes—with little to entertain them beyond Netflix—would lead to a lot of baby-making. But the statistics suggest ...

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Medical oxygen: Why it is lacking and how it is made

Difficulty breathing is one of the most common severe COVID-19 symptoms, and as photos of people waiting in long lines for oxygen canisters in India and elsewhere attest, supplies of medical oxygen are far from adequate everywhere ...

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New York looks to become America's next marijuana hub

Kaelan Castetter has plans for the unusued offices next to his factory: dedicate all 35,000 square feet of it to growing marijuana, which just became legal for recreational use in New York state.

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Scammers selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards

Fake COVID-19 vaccination cards are being sold online at sites such as eBay, Etsy, and Shopify, and bogus ads for the cards are appearing on Facebook, according to Fakespot CEO Saoud Khalifah.

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Texas governor bans mandated COVID-19 'vaccine passports'

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott used his executive power Tuesday to ban state government and some private entities from requiring COVID-19 "vaccine passports" to access services, in the latest move from a Republican governor pitting ...

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Improving equity in the physics of medical devices

Achuta Kadambi, an assistant professor at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, published a column in the journal Science about how medical devices can be fundamentally biased—not just in dataset representation as has ...

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Purdue makes new offer to settle role in opioid crisis

US drugmaker Purdue Pharma filed a new bankruptcy plan that would see its founders the Sackler families pay an additional $1.5 billion to settle the company's role in the devastating opioid crisis that has killed half a million ...