The CDC is rejigging its public data portal in response to reporting that revealed just how unreliable its estimates for nonfatal gunshot injuries are.   What makes the data so unreliable? A statistical model vulnerable to sudden sample shifts.   Without a dedicated…

Recently, an African researcher I met expressed her frustration about how American “kids” with little or no experience come all the time to “advise” her government on what to do about health. I have seen this myself, but her rant really hit a nerve. For the want of a…

Scientists buffeted by climate change denial and vaccine resistance, take heart: Americans' confidence in scientists is rising, a new Pew Research Center survey shows.

Horseshoe crabs’ prized blue blood is ubiquitous in medical safety tests that detect contamination in IV drugs and medical implants. Their copper-rich blood clots around potentially dangerous molecules in bacteria, which scientists leveraged to save patients from toxic…

As tick-borne diseases rise sharply in the US, lawmakers have ordered the Pentagon to investigate whether the Department of Defense experimented with using insects as bioweapons from 1950-1975.   Some 30,000 cases of tick-borne Lyme disease are reported to the CDC each year…

The right mix of gut microbes could help the recovery of malnourished children—who often fail to thrive even after therapy, suggest 2 new studies published in Science.  

Africa is home to the most genetically diverse population in the world. Yet just 2% of genetic materials used in pharmaceutical research comes from the continent; 90% comes from Caucasians.   Abasi Ene-Obong is looking to change that with 54gene, the first biobank of…

With an eye to studying human development and finding new ways to treat reproductive problems, scientists have created the first living 3D models of human embryos—or embryoids.  

Unpaid and often unrecognized, peer reviewers are the unsung backbone of academia. But on the 7-year-old website Publons, reviewers are coming out the woodwork, using the platform to publish their reviews and identify their work. This open peer review model ought to become…

Children in rural, low-income regions of Alaska are 5-6 times more likely to experience hearing loss than other US children. Worse, it’s preventable. Susan Emmett of Duke University is working with the Hearing Norton Sound project to use Alaska’s thriving telemedicine…