Health Desk

Public health experts in service of journalism
Created 23 Feb 2021
  • Old meds, new meds
    01 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Hey Health Deskers, This week we’ve got a roundup for you on clinical trials for some promising new COVID-19 drugs, including a decades-old antidepressant and more research on new monoclonal antibodie...
  • Mixed messaging on boosters, and what makes blood red?
    15 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    Hey Health Deskers, This week we’re talking Merck, the race for an HIV vaccine and how hemoglobin, which colors our blood, doesn’t change after getting a COVID-19 shot. We’ve also got news on tubercul...
  • Vinegar, and vaccines for kids
    05 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    Hey Health Deskers, Our scientists are looking at a dip in overall life expectancy, and promising news from vaccine candidates and treatments for COVID-19. We dig into the science behind why substance...
  • Toothbrushes, and a global commitment
    17 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Hey Health Deskers, Leaders are meeting next week to talk about a global strategy for COVID-19. Meanwhile, vaccine production may be ramping and booster shots are still getting criticism from global h...
  • New mask breakthroughs and a possible plateau
    27 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    Hey Health Deskers, We hope you’re having a good end to the summer. This week we’ve got a roundup of new research on COVID-19 in kids, plateauing global case counts and what seems to be a breakthrough...
  • A pushback on booster shots
    06 Aug 2021 • 6 min read
    Hey Health Deskers! This week we’re looking at booster shots, new results from Regeneron and the future of the Delta Plus variant. You’ve asked us questions about N95 masks, diabetes and diclofenac, a...
  • Vaccine supply chains and Delta Plus
    12 Jul 2021 • 4 min read
    Hey Health Deskers! We’ve got new recommendations from the WHO on some monoclonal antibody treatments this week, as well as a look at guidance on heart muscle inflammation after COVID-19 vaccines. Our...
  • Anesthetics, Zimbabwe's shots, and a Polio-style vaccination strategy
    25 Jun 2021 • 4 min read
    Hello Health Desk readers! This week we have forecasts for you on COVID-19 vaccinations during pregnancy, a new hub in South Africa that could open up vaccine access and a look at how polio vaccinatio...
  • Greek alphabet and immune responses in cancer patients
    07 Jun 2021 • 3 min read
    If you’ve accidentally used the terms variant and mutation interchangeably this year, you’re not alone. But fear not! Our scientists are here to explain exactly why they are different when it comes to...
  • Air pollution, new hotspots and Sputnik V
    19 May 2021 • 4 min read
    This week we’re talking fossil fuels, fungus and growing pressure to research the origins of the pandemic. Don’t forget to share this issue with your friends and family, browse our site at health-desk...
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