Ocean acidity data affirms predictions of changes to El Nino conditions

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Score one for a key climate change prediction. A multi-institutional research team led by Yale and the University of St. Andrews has confirmed a major finding of climate models regarding changes that may occur to Pacific Ocean currents—including those that drive El Niño events—with just a few degrees of global warming.…

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CDC: Pfizer Vax Kept Teens Out of the Hospital for COVID

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty) was 93% effective among adolescents at preventing hospitalization, even during the Delta surge, researchers found. Among 179 patients ages 12-18 with COVID-19, 173 were unvaccinated, including 77 patients admitted to the ICU, 29 patients who were critically ill, and two that died, reported Samantha Olson, MPH, of the CDC, and colleagues,…

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How Antiviral Pill Molnupiravir Shot Ahead in the COVID Drug Hunt

The pharmaceutical firm Merck announced last week that an antiviral pill it’s developing can cut hospitalizations and deaths among people with COVID-19 by half. The results haven’t yet been peer reviewed. But if the drug candidate, molnupiravir, is authorized by regulators, it would be the first oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19. By contrast, the other…

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The truth behind the recent Southwest flight cancellations

More than 2,000 Southwest flights have been canceled over the past few days, frustrating customers and sparking theories on social media. The problems began last Friday, with the airline attributing the mass changes to severe weather and air traffic control issues, which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) later confirmed in part.  But while the FAA…

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Facebook has an explanation for its massive Monday outage

Yesterday, Facebook users everywhere experienced an unexpected and prolonged service blackout that affected access to all of its apps, including WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger. In the time since, Facebook has published two blog posts explaining what happened.  On late Monday evening, the company published the first blog post explaining what caused the dramatic problem. Santosh…

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Biden Admin to Buy More At-Home COVID Tests, Expand Free Testing Sites

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is ramping up its purchases of coronavirus tests and making free testing available in more pharmacies across the country, officials at the White House’s COVID-19 Response Team announced Wednesday. “In the past few months testing has increased, particularly at-home testing, a convenient option that came to market earlier this year,”…

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The Lab-Leak Theory of COVID’s Origin Is Not Totally Irrational

Credit: Jay Bendt In June a well-known climate scientist opined on Twitter that “I’d be more likely to believe the COVID lab-leak hypothesis if the people pushing it weren’t largely the same people pushing [bogus] conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election and climate change.” He has a point. Early in the pandemic, the lab-leak…

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Canada Starts Cracking Down on Fringe Medical Groups

In his Twitter profile picture, Patrick Phillips, MD, poses with a stethoscope. He tweets about how ivermectin could end the COVID-19 pandemic, encourages his over 36,800 followers to seek vaccine exemptions, and compares getting vaccinated to what Jewish people endured in Nazi Germany. Sound familiar? He wouldn’t be out of place in America’s Frontline Doctors,…

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