MERS update: two unsettling developments

Things have generally been quiet on the MERS front in the last several weeks. Authorities are discouraging Muslims from making the hajj pilgrimage this year, for fear of a large MERS outbreak in close quarters. In the meantime, medical researchers have been hard at work, and in the past few days two interesting results have come out.

Gender bias (and more!) in venture funding decisions

A great paper was just published in PNAS, authored by researchers from Harvard Business School, Wharton School of Business, and MIT Sloan School of Management. It looks at some of the underlying reasons for the gender imbalance in venture funding.

Cool research result of the day: predicting preeclampsia

Researchers at the University of Iowa published a paper today with some very cool, highly impactful results related to understanding preeclampsia: a dangerous hypertensive disorder in pregnant women known for rapid onset. Preeclampsia is life-threatening for both the mother and the baby. Today there is no test that predicts who is at risk for preeclampsia […]

New study: yep, vaccines are still safe.

Earlier this week the journal Pediatrics released a new research report on vaccine safety. It is actually an update to an earlier report issued by the Institute of Medicine in 2011: a comprehensive study with a report-out of almost 900 pages. This update focuses specifically on vaccine safety for children (not adolescents or adults).

The Facebook Experiment: what you need to know

Over the weekend something that Facebook did exploded all over the Internet, newspapers, and TV news. Over the past two days I’ve spent a bunch of time reading up on the issue and gathering the available information, so I could take a run at explaining the issues involved, why people are upset, and the heart of the […]

Sea stars: hope or last gasp?

It’s been reported this week that in some of the places where sea star wasting syndrome has recently wiped out the local sea star population, researchers are now finding baby sea stars. 

Today in Sciency Things

Three things of note from the World of Science today…

Someone said something nice about white bread

A really interesting paper came out recently looking at the impact of diet and nutrition on “microbiota” — the complex ecosystem of bacteria that form the heart of our gastrointestinal tract.

Sea star wasting disease “exploding” along Oregon coast

This is bad news:  sea star wasting disease has popped up along the Oregon coast over the last two weeks, according to reports.

MERS Quick Update

A quick update on the MERS virus, with the latest news.

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