Michaeleen Doucleff

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How Black Death survivors gave their descendants an edge during pandemics

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Up to 50% of Europeans died from the plague. Now a new study shows that those who lived had a protective gene mutation they passed on to bolster immunity — but it comes at a cost.


Monkeypox cases in the U.S. are way down — can the virus be eliminated?

Monday, October 17, 2022

Early fears of an escalating outbreak have not come to pass. Scientists are finding that the virus needs a very particular set of circumstances to spread effectively.


Monkeypox cases in the U.S. have been falling since a peak in early August

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

New daily monkeypox cases have been falling, and the CDC says cases are probably going to plateau or decline over the next few weeks.


What science has to say about so-called COVID superdodgers

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Throughout the pandemic, some people have avoided catching COVID — despite multiple exposures. Do their immune systems have some type of protection that others are missing?


What are your chances of catching monkeypox?

Friday, September 16, 2022

We crunch the current numbers for high-risk and low-risk groups. We also look at how the risk of monkeypox compares with chances of catching COVID, of being in a fatal car crash and of a shark attack.


So you haven't caught COVID yet. Does that mean you're a superdodger?

Monday, September 12, 2022

A new study suggests that. yes, there are superdodgers. But explaining why they've been able to avoid the virus is a bit complicated.


Why stinky sweat is good for you

Thursday, August 25, 2022

So sweat doesn't really smell bad at all. But when bacteria eat the sweat — nostrils, look out! Only it turns out that these sweat-eating critters are responsible for a big health benefit.


Facing a monkeypox vaccines shortage, the U.S. is pursuing a new dosing strategy

Thursday, August 18, 2022

The U.S. is facing a shortage of the monkeypox vaccine as the outbreak grows rapidly. The White House is pursuing a controversial strategy where each person only gets a fraction of the full dose.


There's a bit of good news about monkeypox. Is it because of the vaccine?

Thursday, August 18, 2022

It's basically the same vaccine used against smallpox. Here's how it works — and whether researchers think it's playing a role in the fact that the current outbreak is starting to slow down.


The doctor to detect the monkeypox outbreak tried to warn about how it was spreading

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Back in 2017, a doctor in Nigeria noticed how fast a local outbreak of monkeypox was spreading. He tried unsuccessfully to warn the world that Nigeria's outbreak could spread globally.


Clearing up some of the myths that have popped up about monkeypox

Friday, August 05, 2022

As the monkeypox outbreak grows, there's a lot of confusion about how the disease spreads. Who is most at risk and how worried should you be?


Can the monkeypox outbreak be stopped? Some experts say its too late

Friday, July 29, 2022

There's increasing concern that the window of opportunity to contain the monkeypox outbreak in the U.S. has closed. Some experts say it's already too late.


A doctor in Nigeria tried to warn the world that monkeypox had become a global threat

Thursday, July 28, 2022

The World Health Organization has declared the monkeypox outbreak an international public health emergency. Scientists say they know where the outbreak began, and who discovered the first known cases.


Monkeypox outbreak in U.S. is bigger than the CDC reports. Testing is 'abysmal'

Saturday, June 25, 2022

The testing system set up by the CDC actually deters doctors from ordering a monkeypox test, and many physicians aren't familiar with the disease, resulting in too few tests and little tracking.


Problems with monkeypox testing mean the outbreak may be far bigger than reported

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Researchers say the U.S. monkeypox outbreak is much larger than the CDC is reporting. Symptomatic people are being denied testing, so it's unclear how many people are infected and spreading the virus.


Polio is found in the U.K. for the first time in nearly 40 years. Here's what it means

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Scientists in Britain have detected multiple versions of the virus in wastewater. Officials say the risk to the public is extremely low and urge people to ensure their polio vaccines are up to date.


Monkeypox cases are going undetected or misdiagnosed

Monday, June 06, 2022

The monkeypox outbreak has grown to more than 800 cases in dozens of countries. Officials say cases are going undetected because the disease looks different than what's described in medical textbooks.


Monkeypox can look different than what doctors thought. Here's what they're learning

Friday, June 03, 2022

Symptoms that doctors were taught about in medical school are not necessarily indicative of the cases of 2022. It can be much more subtle — and look a lot like other diseases.


Scientists warned us about monkeypox in 1988. Here's why they were right.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Their prediction stemmed from the eradication of smallpox. Here's what they said more than three decades ago — and how it foreshadowed events of 2022.


Do restrictive abortion laws actually reduce abortion? A global map offers insights

Friday, May 27, 2022

Click to see how restrictive or liberal local abortion laws are — and to look at the rate of abortion. The data offers a sense of whether stricter abortion laws reduce the number of abortions.