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Vaccinations Roll Out for Florida Assisted Living Facilities

Last week, Florida Assisted Living Facilities’ (ALFs) residents and staff began receiving the COVID-19 vaccinations as part of Florida’s partnership with CVS and Walgreens.[i] This vaccine administration is the first phase of the State of Florida’s plan in administering the vaccine to the most vulnerable population: long term care facility residents and staff, persons over the age of 65, and...

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The New Neuroscience of Stuttering

After centuries of misunderstanding, research has finally tied the speech disorder to certain genes and brain alterations — and new treatments may be on the horizon. Gerald Maguire has stuttered since childhood, but you might not guess it from talking to him. For the past 25 years, Maguire — a psychiatrist at the University of California, Riverside — has been treating his disorder with...

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International Statistic of the Year: Race for a COVID-19 vaccine

Scientists in China published the complete genetic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 on Jan. 10, 2020. On Dec. 8, 2020, health officials in London began administering an effective coronavirus vaccine to the public. The global scientific community successfully developed a COVID-19 vaccine in just 332 days. I am a statistician, and this year I was on the judging panel for the Royal Statistical Society’s...

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This DIY contact tracing app helps people exposed to COVID-19 remember who they met

Designed by psychologists, the free and anonymous web-based app can help you remember who you came in contact with. Ani Ka via Getty Images   Imagine you begin to feel ill on Thursday, a few days after returning from a trip. You’re afraid it’s COVID-19, so you get tested on Friday. Even under good circumstances, it will probably be at least Monday before a contact tracer calls from the...

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New Legal Push Aims to Speed Magic Mushrooms to Dying Patients

Back in March, just as anxiety over COVID-19 began spreading across the U.S., Erinn Baldeschwiler of La Conner, Washington, found herself facing her own private dread. Just 48 and the mother of two teenagers, Baldeschwiler was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer after discovering a small lump on her chest, no bigger than a pea. Within weeks, it was the size of a golf ball, angry and...

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What monoclonal antibodies are – and why we need them as well as a vaccine

When President Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19, one of the cutting-edge experimental therapies he received was a mixture of monoclonal antibodies. But now a vaccine may soon be available. So are other therapies necessary or valuable? And what exactly is a monoclonal antibody? Over the past few months, the public has learned about many treatments being used to combat COVID-19. An antiviral like...

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