Op-Ed: How doctor culture sinks U.S. healthcare
Physicians' values and norms save our lives and cost us dearly. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 16, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Robert Pearl Source Type: news

Did the coronavirus escape from a lab? The idea deserves a second look, scientists say
Scientists are urging their colleagues to dig deeper into the origins of the coronavirus behind the pandemic, including the possibility of a lab escape. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 13, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

Scientists call for sweeping change in building design to reduce airborne diseases like COVID-19
Scientists who have led the campaign to recognize the coronavirus as an airborne pathogen turn their attention to building design. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 13, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Richard Read Source Type: news

Most kids with coronavirus infections lack typical symptoms of COVID-19, study says
The vast majority of children with coronavirus infections don't develop common COVID-19 symptoms that would make them easy to spot, a new study says. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 13, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

CDC recommends Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children as young as 12
The recommendation means many middle schoolers and virtually all high school students have the chance to be vaccinated before the next school year. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 12, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Emily Baumgaertner Source Type: news

Doctors fear COVID-19 vaccines are messing with mammograms
Radiologists have discovered a new side effect of COVID-19 vaccines: They make it more difficult to interpret mammogram results. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 12, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized for kids as young as 12. Here's why that matters
Vaccine hesitancy is making herd immunity for COVID-19 seem more elusive than ever. Could that change once the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorized for children as young as 12? (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 10, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

Confidence grows that COVID-19 vaccines hold their own against variants
The reassurance comes as California continues to report one of the lowest per-capita daily coronavirus case counts of any state in the U.S. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 10, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

Op-Ed: President Biden, take the next step at Grand Staircase-Escalante
The Biden administration's 30x30 conservation plan demands restoration of the two Utah national monuments that President Trump eviscerated. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 10, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Stephen Trimble Source Type: news

Video games came between me and my son in the pandemic. Could they bring us back together?
In the COVID-19 era, my 12-year-old played more video games than ever. What kind of parent was I to allow this? But then I talked to experts. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 7, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

Studies of hospital workers suggest COVID-19 vaccines really do prevent coronavirus infections
Two studies of hospital workers bolster the case that COVID-19 vaccines really do reduce the risk of a coronavirus infection. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 6, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

Studies of hospital workers suggest COVID-19 vaccines prevent coronavirus infections
Two studies of hospital workers bolster the case that COVID-19 vaccines really do reduce the risk of a coronavirus infection. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 6, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

In dramatic shift, California COVID-19 hospitalizations are lowest since pandemic's start
The number of COVID-19 patients reported statewide Monday was 1,608 — the lowest since tracking began on March 30, 2020. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 5, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money Source Type: news

Scientists see path for the coronavirus to invade the brain
An up-close view of how the coronavirus infects cells in the brain and spinal cord helps explain the neurological symptoms of some COVID-19 patients. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 5, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Amina Khan Source Type: news

Record-low U.S. birth rate fell another 4% in 2020, CDC says
The number of babies born in the U.S. last year fell 4% compared with 2019 as the nation's birth rate fell to another record low. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 5, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

In major milestone, U.S. earthquake early warning system now covers entire West Coast
Mobile users in Washington state gained access to the earthquake early warning system's mobile alerts, following California and Oregon. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 4, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

Is needle fear holding you back from getting vaccinated? Here's what to do about it
Amid the push for herd immunity, 5% of adults may be avoiding vaccines due to an intense fear of needles. It is common, and it can be overcome. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 3, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Sam-Omar Hall Source Type: news

Surprising tsunami triggers may lurk off California's coast, scientists say
Earthquakes along strike-slip faults can cause tsunamis in certain contexts, a new model shows — and such faults exist right off parts of California. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 3, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Amina Khan Source Type: news

Vaccine companies and the U.S. government snubbed WHO initiative to scale up global manufacturing
Last year the World Health Organization launched a program that aimed to scale up production of COVID-19 vaccines in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Pfizer and Moderna refused to participate. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 1, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Emily Baumgaertner Source Type: news

FDA vows to push ban on menthol cigarettes, a move it says could save Black lives
FDA aims to propose banning menthol cigarettes after health groups have sued to force a decision on the mint flavor popular with Black smokers. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 29, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Erin B. Logan Source Type: news

Doctors prescribe more opioids to COVID-19 'long haulers,' raising addiction fears
'Long COVID' patients may be at risk from a possible second pandemic of opioid addiction, given the high rate of painkillers being prescribed to them. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 28, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Liz Szabo Source Type: news

New CDC mask guidance draws clear line between vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans
U.S. health officials see two kinds of people: Those who are vaccinated and those who aren't. They're trying to get unvaccinated Americans to switch sides. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 28, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Amina Khan, Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

U.S. lifts pause on J & J vaccinations, clearing the way for shots to resume
The CDC and FDA lifted their pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccinations, clearing the way for states to resume shots despite the tiny risk of rare blood clots. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 23, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

I'm vaccinated and my kids aren't: What's safe for us to do as a family?
What kinds of activities are safe for families to do when the adults are fully vaccinated but the kids aren't? (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 23, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

Pregnancy increases risk of COVID-19 complications for women and their babies
Pregnant women with COVID-19 face a significantly higher risk of death and of complications for themselves or their newborns, a new study finds. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Amina Khan Source Type: news

'Our lives are hanging by a thread': Latino parents with chronic diseases fear COVID-19 as schools reopen
Latino parents with health issues ask LAUSD: If we get sick or die from COVID-19, who will take care of our children? (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Selene Rivera Source Type: news

I'm fully vaccinated against COVID-19. How long will the protection last?
With so many Americans becoming immunized, it's natural to look ahead and wonder how long this protection will last. The answer: No one knows. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 21, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

For some of us, returning to pre-COVID life is turning out to be harder than we expected
We seem to be on the cusp of returning to normal life, but for many people, transitioning back to Before Times is proving to be a lot more fraught than we expected. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 21, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

Ingenuity, NASA's helicopter that could, soars over Mars
NASA's experimental Mars helicopter rises from the dusty red surface into the planet's thin air, achieving the first powered flight on another planet. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 20, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Amina Khan Source Type: news

U.S. pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine could be felt the most in poor countries
Experts said that while the pause on Johnson & Johnson's vaccine may make sense for the U.S., stoppages in poorer countries would end up costing lives. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 17, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Emily Baumgaertner Source Type: news

The dilemma in pausing J & J vaccine over risk of blood clots: Will it save lives or cost them?
A CDC advisory panel is grappling with the best way to "do no harm" regarding Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine and its risk of blood clots. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 16, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccines — minus the needle? Researchers working on capsules, nasal sprays
Researchers are developing vaccines that could be taken as a capsule, a dissolvable tablet or a nasal spray. But the barriers to success are high. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 16, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Thomas Curwen Source Type: news

Stanford begins testing Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on children as young as 2
The goal is to have a pediatric vaccine available for all ages from 6 months to adulthood (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 15, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Hayley Smith Source Type: news

What's different about Johnson & Johnson's vaccine that might explain its blood clot risk?
Why might some COVID-19 vaccines pose a small risk of blood clots while others don't? Scientists suspect it's related to their use of adenoviruses. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 15, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

Feeling anxious because you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? Here's what to do
Reports of blood clots among those who got Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine may make some recipients anxious. Here's how to handle those feelings. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 14, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

What science tells us about the link between the J & J vaccine and rare blood clots
Two COVID-19 vaccines have now been linked to a risk of developing blood clots. Scientists don't know whether the vaccines are to blame. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 13, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Here's what we know about J & J's vaccine and rare blood clots
Two COVID-19 vaccines have now been linked to a risk of developing blood clots. Scientists don't know whether the vaccines are to blame. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 13, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Review: A new expos é is an air-tight indictment of the family behind the opioid crisis
Patrick Radden Keefe's much-anticipated "Empire of Pain" lays it all bare (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 13, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Harriet Ryan Source Type: news

Q & A: What are vaccine passports, and why do some people hate them so much?
We explain what vaccine passports are, how they work, where they've been implemented, and why some people object to them. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 13, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Are herd immunity and the California coronavirus variant preventing a West Coast spring surge?
With coronavirus cases and related hospitalizations climbing nationwide, is California also headed for a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic? (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 12, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

One shot of vaccine may be enough for COVID-19 survivors, studies suggest
A past coronavirus infection may eliminate the need for a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, a growing body of evidence suggests. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 12, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Amina Khan Source Type: news

California's COVID-19 death toll surpasses 60,000 even as conditions improve
The COVID-19 death toll in California represents 10.7% of all such deaths nationwide. California is home to about 12% of Americans. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 11, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money Source Type: news

Here's what to do with your COVID-19 vaccination card, including if you lose it
Lose it? Laminate it? Post it on Instagram? Some dos and don'ts for your vaccination card, the most exciting piece of paper you'll get this year. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 9, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Roy Source Type: news

Psychiatric and neurological problems are common in COVID-19's wake, study finds
One-third of COVID-19 survivors were diagnosed with a psychiatric or neurological condition within six months of being infected with the coronavirus. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 8, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccines work well against California variant, scientists say
Two COVID-19 vaccines are likely to be protective against a rapidly spreading variant of the SARS-Cov-2 virus that arose in California, a study finds. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 8, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Amina Khan Source Type: news

California's COVID-19 'honeymoon' has been glorious. But it could end soon
The Easter Sunday holiday is going be a big test of whether California can avoid another COVID-19 spike, experts say. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - March 30, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Luke Money, Rong-Gong Lin II, Hayley Smith Source Type: news

Column One: Feeling unsettled, anxious? Maybe you have COVID-19 vaccine envy
With COVID-19 vaccines becoming more and more available, it's hard for some people not to feel left out. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - March 27, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

Luck is essential for any successful coronavirus variant, study shows
A new study shows that even a coronavirus variant that's built to transmit won't get very far if it doesn't have the good fortune of meeting a superspreader. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - March 27, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Another racial disparity that may be heightened by the pandemic: access to outpatient care
In the first six months of the pandemic, potentially avoidable hospitalizations plummeted for white Angelenos but fell hardly at all among Black residents, reflecting a disparity in access to outpatient care. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - March 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Amina Khan Source Type: news

Asked and answered: Southern Californians had vaccine questions. We got experts to answer
We traveled around the L.A. region to ask people whether or not they would take the vaccine, and if not, why. Then we posed their questions to two experts. Here's what they said. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - March 26, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Roy, Albert Brave Tiger Lee Source Type: news