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Extensive study finds small drop in brain volume after COVID-19

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Infection by SARS-CoV-2 causes a dizzying array of symptoms beyond the respiratory distress that is its most notable feature. These range from intestinal distress to blood clots to the loss of smell, and symptoms vary wildly from person to person. Figuring out exactly what the virus does inside the human body […]

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Researchers may have ID’ed first deer-to-human SARS-CoV-2 transmission

(credit: .imelda / Flickr) One of the more disturbing aspects of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is its ability to readily hop between a variety of species, ranging from domesticated animals like cats and mink to wild deer. This creates a potential risk. While spreading in other animals, the virus can pick up mutations that make it […]


Why Omicron quickly became a variant of concern

Enlarge / That’s a lot of mutations. (credit: Stanford ) On Friday, the World Health Organization officially named a new version of the particular SARS-CoV-2 virus a variant associated with concern, and attached the Greek letter omicron to the designation. The Omicron variant is notable for the sheer number regarding mutations in the spike protein […]


Herpesviruses steal one cell’s protein, use it to infect another

Enlarge / Herpes viruses getting ready to infect new cells. (credit: Thierry Work, USGS ) One of the defining features of viruses is that they rely on host proteins in order to reproduce. A host cell will often copy viral genes into RNAs and then translate those RNAs into proteins, for example. Typically, a mature […]

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New study suggests SARS-CoV-2 spreading widely within wild deer population

Enlarge (credit: Raymond Gehman / Getty Images) Earlier this year, researchers found evidence that many wild deer in Michigan had antibodies suggesting that they had been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. That’s a significant cause for concern, as a large population of susceptible animals could act as a reservoir that could allow the […]


Hey, Kyrie: God’s not fixing this

Kyrie Irving is out of any kind of legitimate explanations for not getting the COVID-19 vaccine, because there aren’t any. The shot is FDA approved, millions of people have been safely vaccinated, and it’s been shown that even though vaccinated people can still get coronavirus, unvaccinated people are far more… Read more…


Draymond defends Andrew Wiggins’ anti-vaxx position

Remember at the beginning of the pandemic, when things happened like Steph Curry interviewing Dr. Anthony Fauci? How good of an example that was of basketball’s cultural importance, and being able to bring important public health information to the people? Read more…


Recent Ebola outbreak emerged from someone infected 5 years earlier

Enlarge / Health care workers don protective equipment before working with Ebola patients. (credit: Bloomberg / Getty Images) A large international research group released a paper today suggesting that Ebola viruses can emerge from five years of dormancy to start off a new outbreak of infections. While this isn’t the first instance in which Ebola re-emerged […]