Reading Our Masked Faces

With faces hidden behind masks for COVID-19, we are losing some of the visual information we depend on for smooth communication. Experts discuss the awkward encounters and specific looks we’re likely to misinterpret when we can’t see other people’s mouths.

Medical Notes: Week of August 23, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 23, 2020 including: Doctors are still learning about Coronavirus and some of what they’re finding is confusing. Then, many first responders to the 9-11 attacks in New York have brains that have aged 10 years more than normal. And finally, a study shows that people over six feet tall are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Medical Notes: Week of August 16, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of August 16, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 16, 2020 including: Chemicals called endocrine disruptors cause 32 different health problems ranging from infertility to diabetes and impaired brain development. Then, The COVID-19 pandemic is making working moms cut their hours on the job… but not dads. And finally, a study shows that becoming a dad gives men a greater sense of purpose… Which often leads to healthier and less risky choices.

Who Gets A Vaccine?

Who Gets A Vaccine?

Development of a Coronavirus vaccine is proceeding at a breakneck pace. What needs to happen to make sure it’s safe and effective? And if a vaccine is successfully made, who should get it first? Will enough people opt in to get back to normal life, or will COVID-19 be with us for years? Experts discuss.

Back To School 2020: Can Kids Attend, Or Will Remote Learning Rule?

Back To School 2020: Can Kids Attend, Or Will Remote Learning Rule?

Many school districts are delaying decisions on whether students will attend in person or will be taught remotely once again to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to children and staff. Experts discuss the methods under consideration to lower risks and whether that will be enough to open for classes.

“Electroshock Therapy:” Not What You See In The Movies

Electroconvulsive therapy still has a stigma, with the reputation of being a painful, disturbing procedure that wipes out memories and, if movies are to be believed, even creates zombies. Experts explain the reality—that ECT is a quiet procedure that provokes a short brain seizure, releasing huge amounts of neurotransmitters to reset the brain in what is the quickest and most dependable treatment for severe and often suicidal depression.

Public Health Officials Resigning Under Pressure

Public Health Officials Resigning Under Pressure

State and local public health officials have been under pressure like never before in the COVID-19 pandemic, as citizens and elected officials push back against tough restrictions designed to curb the virus. Some officials have even been threatened. Feeling their bosses don’t have their backs, a higher proportion of officials are quitting than normal, and these essential jobs will be hard to fill with qualified health experts.

Medical Notes: Week of July 26, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of July 26, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 26, 2020 including: Evidence is piling up that face masks cut the risk of getting COVID-19 by up to 65 percent. Then, a study finds that, at least in the laboratory, a common asthma drug can prevent the formation of tangles. Then, A study finds that cord blood helps some children with autism improve their social communication skills. And finally, if you feel especially insecure about your romantic partner… it may be all in your genes.