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While ivermectin was originally used to treat river blindness, it has also been repurposed to treat other human parasitic infections. ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images

Ivermectin is a Nobel Prize-winning wonder drug – but not for COVID-19

Ivermectin has been a lifesaving drug for people with parasitic infections like river blindness and strongyloidiasis. But taking it for COVID-19 may result in the opposite effect.
Some institutions publish information about their mishaps, while others do not. Peter Kneffel/picture alliance via Getty Images

Reporting all biosafety errors could improve labs worldwide – and increase public trust in biological research

A centralized reporting system for laboratory incidents involving dangerous pathogens in biological research does not exist in the US or internationally.
Une photo, prise en août 2015, de gants et de bottes désinfectés dans un centre de traitement d'Ébola à Conakry, en Guinée ; des leçons sont tirées pour gérer le virus de Marburg. Cellou Binani/AFP via Getty Images

Marburg en Guinée : la valeur des leçons tirées de la gestion d'autres épidémies de fièvre hémorragique

De nombreux pays africains ont acquis beaucoup d'xpériences en matière de gestion de épidémies de fièvres hémorragiques virales qu'ils peuvent appliquer à celle du virus à Marburg.
People suffering from long-term effects of COVID-19 face uncertainty about the nature of their symptoms and how long they might last. Halfpoint Images/Moment via Getty Images

Deciphering the symptoms of long COVID-19 is slow and painstaking – for both sufferers and their physicians

Researchers are piecing together clues to better understand the puzzling array of symptoms in those who never seem to fully recover from COVID-19.
Masking indoors will yet again be the new normal in Los Angeles County – and possibly elsewhere in the U.S. Lourdes Balduque/ Moment via Getty Images

Should fully immunized people wear masks indoors? An infectious disease physician weighs in

As Los Angeles County again mandates masking indoors – even for the fully vaccinated – local health officials in the U.S. are closely eyeing their own COVID-19 vaccination and infection rates.
The older you get, the more slowly you heal, and there are a number of reasons why. Westend61 via Getty Images

Why do older people heal more slowly?

Healing is a complicated process. As people age, higher rates of disease and the fact that old cells lose the ability to divide slow this process down.
A nurse holds plasma donated by a man who recovered from COVID-19. Guillermo Legaria /Getty Images South America

I’m a lung doctor testing the blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors as a treatment for the sick – a century-old idea that could be a fast track to treatment

In the blood of COVID-19 survivors are antibodies that can defeat SARS-CoV-2. Researchers are testing whether these antibodies can be collected and injected into others to save them from the virus.

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