I’m correcting COVID conspiracy theories inside and outside the hospital

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Social media platforms have been instrumental in allowing misinformation and distrust to proliferate, hindering the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as well as contributing to deeply cut social and political divides, and an insurrection on the Capitol.

As a community nurse in and around Chicago, I have been personally and professionally thrust into the role of social media fact checker for my patients. I live in the intersection between health care, science, and a misinformed public.

I don my often-painful N95 mask, tie my hair back, and evaluate patients every day. I field patient questions about microchipped syringes, and offer

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Covid-19 Vaccines Yield Breakthroughs in Long-Term Fight Against Infectious Disease

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The pandemic has opened a new era for vaccines developed with gene-based technologies, techniques that have long stumped scientists and pharmaceutical companies, suggesting the possibility of future protection against a range of infectious disease.

Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, which was authorized Saturday for use in the U.S., is at the vanguard of a class of shots designed to mobilize a person’s immune defenses against the disease. It will be the first Covid-19 vaccine administered in the U.S. that uses viral-vector technology, which employs an engineered cold virus to ferry coronavirus-fighting genetic code to the body’s cells.

J&J’s vaccine is

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Increasing your mental health capital during challenging times | Sound Mind Sound Body

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Here we are coming up on nearly one year into COVID-19. Just over 11% of us are vaccinated against the virus as I write this, with potentially another 40-70% to go before we reach herd immunity.

It’s no understatement to say that this has been a challenging year. The first US-found COVID-19 case in January 2020 was followed by quarantine that began in mid-March. A summer of racial reckoning preempted a contentious election season, and nothing magically changed at midnight on New Year’s Eve, unfortunately. COVID death levels in the US have reached 460,000, and even with recent declines in

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Tau: Enabler of diverse brain disorders and target of rapidly evolving therapeutic strategies

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The many faces of tau

The protein tau is implicated in several brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting that it could be a target of therapeutics. However, because it is unclear how the pleiotropic roles of tau lead to neural pathology in different brain diseases, drug development remains challenging. Chang et al. review the possible mechanisms of tau in brain diseases and possible paths forward to improving research and drug development.

Science, this issue p. eabb8255

Structured Abstract

BACKGROUND

The microtubule-associated protein tau has been implicated in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease and a range of other neurodegenerative disorders

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As hospital numbers fall, fatigued staff get relief at last

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MISSION, Kan. (AP) — When COVID-19 patients inundated St. Louis hospitals, respiratory therapists arriving for yet another grueling shift with a dwindling supply of ventilators would often glance at their assignments and cry, heading into the locker room to collect themselves.

“They were like, ‘Man, another 12 hours of this slog of these on-the-verge-of-death patients who could go at any moment.’ And just knowing that they had to take care of them with that kind of stress in the back of their head,’” recalled Joe Kowalczyk, a respiratory therapist who sometimes works in a supervisory role.

Now the number of

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