Some people prone to acute immune system reactions or other health issues have been reluctant to get COVID-19 vaccines, fearing rare but potentially serious side effects.   They may soon have a new option: vaccines made from purified proteins.   How they’re…

The US shortage of at-home rapid tests is totally foreign to its peers across the Atlantic, “where at-home tests are ubiquitous and as cheap as a decent cappuccino.”   The problem is rooted in the same testing woes that have dogged the country throughout the pandemic:…

African scientists are working hard to test new drugs against COVID-19 that would also be affordable, but they are running into significant challenges, Nature reports.   Why new drugs are needed:

2 Ecuadorian scientists face 10–13 years in prison after being embroiled in a criminal case involving Quito’s purchase of allegedly sub-par COVID-19 tests.   Scientists and universities have come out in defense of molecular biologist Linda Guamán and public health scientist…

When the CDC launched an ambitious plan in 2019 to reduce HIV infections by 90% by 2030, a technological advance at the centerpiece raised red flags.  

Could the next COVID-19 treatment already be in the global medicine cabinet?   In a project looking at 8 drugs to find out, 1 inexpensive antidepressant looks promising, AP reports. Major advantage: The drug is already widely available in many poorer…

The NIH has pledged $74.5 million over 5 years to advance data science, innovation, and new health discoveries across Africa.   Under the Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa) program, the agency will issue 19 awards to support…

As misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines swarmed social media last March, Facebook employees came up with effective ways to downplay misleading posts.   The efforts pushed misinformation down in people’s news feeds and boosted reliable information, AP reports. A test with…

A “testicle bath” for male contraception took home top honors at the Germany’s James Dyson Awards.   Hormone-free and reversible, the ultrasound device uses “deep heat” to temporarily stop sperm in their tracks, preventing them from fertilizing a female egg.   The…

People and publications—including GHN—have come to take for granted the now-ubiquitous Johns Hopkins website documenting COVID-19 data around the world.   But the data driving that machine is getting harder to come by in the US.   36 states have “pulled back” from daily…