public health

Plastics: “The New Coal”

Plastics have yielded life-saving medical advances, supercharged technological advancements, helped send us to space, and transformed our lives in innumerable ways. But they are poisoning our people and our planet.

A Promising Vaccine Candidate for the Immunocompromised

Millions of people with weakened immune systems are poorly protected against Covid by current vaccines. Scientists in Germany have developed a new vaccine intended especially for them.

36 People Willingly Got Covid: What Scientists Learned

A bunch of healthy but brave people signed up to get infected with Covid and be studied closely. We learned, among other things, that the virus is transmissible sooner than expected, and that patients continue...

What Does “Normal” Mean, as Omicron Eases?

What does the next phase of Covid look like? Physicians, epidemiologists, and other public health stakeholders are weighing in.

Cities Around America Strive for Wellville

Improving the health of communities requires close collaboration between local governments, healthcare institutions, non-profit social services, advocacy groups, and ordinary citizens. Wellville is helping such collaborations flourish.

Indoor Air Quality: No Standards, but Sudden Concern

The same filtration measures we’re using for Covid would also help people stay healthier in general. Though OSHA has no standards, cheap homemade purifiers took off during the pandemic.

‘This Is Sedition’: Ottawa Insurrection Has Roots in Pro-Pipeline, Pro-Fossil Convoy

Close observers are linking the occupation to past protests supporting pipelines and fossil fuels, digging into the white supremacist funding and logistics behind the trucker convoy.

‘An Infection Anywhere Is Potentially an Infection Everywhere’: Preparing for the Next Pandemic

Experts are already distilling lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic to inform our response to future outbreaks.

Can Technology Stoke the Flame of COVID Vaccine Desire?

In an age of great technological leaps, sometimes technology as old as asking the right questions and thoughtful nudges can drive the best outcomes.

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