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Women and their doctors need to communicate about potential sexual side effects from procedures that involve the cervix. RacheeLynn/Shutterstock.com

The cervix is sensitive, and surgeons need to acknowledge the part it plays in some women’s pleasure

Sexual health experts say it's a misconception that the cervix is insensitive, which can have implications for some medical procedures.
Touching one’s face is natural, but it spreads germs. There are ways to stop. Josep Curto/Shutterstock.com

How to stop touching your face to minimize spread of coronavirus and other germs

Studies have shown that some people touch their faces as often as 23 times an hour. Some studies have also shown that face-touching spreads germs, such as the coronavirus. Here are some ways to stop.
Zuo Ansheng, a flour figurine master, makes flour works related to the coronavirus in Yinan county in Shandong province, Feb. 7, 2020. Feature China/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

How Chinese people came together when separated by quarantine, creating hope, humor and art

The human spirit is tested during difficult times, but a scholar already has found examples of how people found ways to support one another in China. Other countries have shown similar resilience.
St. Patrick and Ireland may be mostly on your mind on March 17, but it’s also a time to toast your liver. VGstockstudio/Shutterstock.com

St. Patrick’s Day: A time to toast … your liver

St. Patrick's Day is typically a day of drinking and revelry, if not reverence for Ireland's patron saint. In this year's subdued celebration environment, a biochemist suggests thanking our livers.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt, honoring people who died of AIDS, on display in Washington, D.C. in 2011. NIH/Wikipedia

Coronavirus: Three lessons from the AIDS crisis

It took decades for scientists to recognize HIV/AIDS as a new disease, and years longer to mobilize an effective response with broad public support. Will the US do better against novel coronavirus?
The front gate of New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, N.Y. The school was closed March 11, 2020 as part of efforts to contain spread of coronavirus. AP Photo/Chris Erhmann

Coronavirus, kids and school closings: A public health expert answers 4 questions

So far, children have not been as sickened by the coronavirus as adults. So why do officials talk about closing schools? And what does this mean for you as a parent? A public health expert explains.
The U.S. has been scrambling to get testing for the coronavirus up to speed. AP Photo/Francois Mori

How does the coronavirus test work? 5 questions answered

A molecular biologist explains who should get tested, how the tests work and what the US government is doing to make tests available during a rapidly changing crisis.
The coronavirus could cause shortages in the nation’s blood supply. Getty Images / KTS Design / Science Photo Library

How coronavirus is upsetting the blood supply chain

The US blood supply chain is often fragile, but the coronavirus could make it more so. An expert explains.
A security guard wears gloves while holding a basketball during halftime of an NBA game in Houston on March 5, 2020. The NBA has told players to avoid high-fiving fans and to avoid taking any item for autographs. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

How big will the coronavirus epidemic be? An epidemiologist updates his concerns

Initial data from the outbreak in China did not reveal as much information as scientists needed to assess the epidemic. Now, more accurate data suggest an epidemic worse than some previously thought.