Another COVID-era innovation that may outlast the pandemic: a low-cost ventilator that could help fight other deadly respiratory diseases in low- and middle-income countries.    ICU ventilators are expensive and complex to maintain, making them scarce in low-resource…

The WHO recommended widespread use yesterday of a malaria vaccine among children in areas of high transmission, creating the potential to save tens of thousands of lives every year.   The first-ever recommendation for a malaria vaccine follows a pilot program of the RTS,S…

Researchers are conducting the first-ever human trials of a vaccine against opioid overdose.   The trial involves giving participants in active phases of addiction non-lethal doses of opioids, including heroin, after receiving the experimental vaccine.   How does it…

Facebook will be on the defensive at a US Senate hearing today, after a whistleblower leaked documents suggesting the company routinely puts profit over public safety—even when its own research showed concerning trends in Instagram’s impact on young people’s mental health, …

David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian won the 2021 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine today, honored for their work on temperature and touch receptors—discoveries that could lead to novel pain treatments.   Their breakthroughs “have allowed us to understand how heat, cold…

Vaccines, vaccines, vaccines… What about COVID-19 treatments?   More are in the works:  

Scientists are riding the wave of innovations driving COVID-19 vaccine technology and applying them to less headline-grabbing neglected diseases.   One of them is Arturo Reyes-Sandoval, of the National Vaccine Development Centre at Mexico City’s Instituto Politécnico…

From Nike to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, top brands are advertising on COVID-19 conspiracy sites—whether they know it or not, an investigation found.   Google is the key player in this “opaque by design” digital advertising market. Worth some $455 billion this…

Miami International Airport’s COVID screening efforts nosed up a notch with Cobra and One Betta: pups deployed to sniff people’s face coverings to detect the virus in sweat, breath, and scents emitted by metabolic changes in the body.     Long used to sniff out drugs, bombs…

In the crowded informal settlements of Freetown, Sierra Leone, the quest for water is a constant battle, NPR Goats and Soda reports. According to UNICEF, less than 1% of Sierra Leone’s residents have piped water in their homes—most families have to lug buckets from…