Health & Wellness

If you're vaccinated, are you hugging loved ones again, starting to plan trips, feel less anxiety when entering grocery stores? Let us know.

from Greater LA

Why is that results from drug research studies are so much rosier than the experience using those same drugs in the real world?

from Second Opinion

Studies with premature babies and in Romanian orphanages show when infants and babies are caressed, they flourish and gain weight.

The wonder and science behind human touch

Studies with premature babies and in Romanian orphanages show when infants and babies are caressed, they flourish and gain weight.

from Life Examined

Several years ago, British economist Noreena Hertz began to notice something different: An increasing number of her students said that they felt lonely.

The global increase in loneliness

Several years ago, British economist Noreena Hertz began to notice something different: An increasing number of her students said that they felt lonely.

from Life Examined

More than half a million Americans have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic took off here almost one year ago.

OSHA didn’t investigate many workplace safety complaints it received during pandemic, report finds

More than half a million Americans have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic took off here almost one year ago.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

As of this week, teachers are eligible to be vaccinated. The state is setting aside 10% of its supply for teachers.

Reserving a portion of COVID vaccines for hard-hit communities, and promoting equity in public health

As of this week, teachers are eligible to be vaccinated. The state is setting aside 10% of its supply for teachers.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Seven counties across California, including San Francisco, moved into a less restrictive tier this week in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening plan.

San Francisco moves to red tier, Texas and other states drop masks. Is reopening now a good idea?

Seven counties across California, including San Francisco, moved into a less restrictive tier this week in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening plan.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Tens of thousands of people who’ve contracted COVID-19 have experienced a partial or complete loss of the sense of smell. For many, that sense of smell comes back slowly over time.

COVID-19 is raising awareness about life without smell. Someone born with anosmia shares advice

Tens of thousands of people who’ve contracted COVID-19 have experienced a partial or complete loss of the sense of smell. For many, that sense of smell comes back slowly over time.

from Greater LA

As more vaccines are available, students return to classrooms, and people start booking travel again, the idea of returning to life outside might seem daunting.

Scared and anxious about returning to offices, restaurants, and other public places? You’re not alone

As more vaccines are available, students return to classrooms, and people start booking travel again, the idea of returning to life outside might seem daunting.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

LA County is now looking at pre-winter surge numbers. The seven-day positivity rate is about 3%, which is the lowest since the early days of the pandemic.

COVID cases are way down in LA. But does public health director Barbara Ferrer expect another wave?

LA County is now looking at pre-winter surge numbers. The seven-day positivity rate is about 3%, which is the lowest since the early days of the pandemic.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Johnson & Johnson says it will ship out nearly 4 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine this week — after the FDA authorized it for emergency use on Saturday.

Ethics around COVID vaccine shopping: Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer or Moderna?

Johnson & Johnson says it will ship out nearly 4 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine this week — after the FDA authorized it for emergency use on Saturday.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Long acting reversible contraceptive (LARC’s) are under-used and often too expensive for many women – but this significantly restricts a woman’s contraceptive autonomy.

Unplanned pregnancies and contraceptives

Long acting reversible contraceptive (LARC’s) are under-used and often too expensive for many women – but this significantly restricts a woman’s contraceptive autonomy.

from Second Opinion

Death and dying are inevitable and a natural part of life’s cycle.

Could Death with Dignity legislation open up a slippery slope?

Death and dying are inevitable and a natural part of life’s cycle.

from Life Examined

In March 2020, Esmé Deprez received a text from her father. Suffering from ALS, Ronald David Deprez had had enough.

An intimate account of a medically assisted death

In March 2020, Esmé Deprez received a text from her father. Suffering from ALS, Ronald David Deprez had had enough.

from Life Examined

While cases of COVID-19 and the flu are finally trending down, another illness appears to be rising fast. It’s called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MISC).

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children: LA County has 100 total cases and one death

While cases of COVID-19 and the flu are finally trending down, another illness appears to be rising fast. It’s called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MISC).

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The CDC says across the entire country, flu activity is minimal. In California, only a tiny percentage of tests have come back positive.

Following COVID and calls for flu vaccinations, where has influenza gone?

The CDC says across the entire country, flu activity is minimal. In California, only a tiny percentage of tests have come back positive.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

LA County reached 20,000 COVID-19 deaths this week.

LA’s cemetery workers, with backlog of bodies, try to honor each COVID death

LA County reached 20,000 COVID-19 deaths this week.

from Greater LA

Videoconferencing can make you feel socially, emotionally, and physically fatigued. That’s according to Jeremy Bailenson of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab.

Science proves Zoom meetings are awful. Here are tips to make them better

Videoconferencing can make you feel socially, emotionally, and physically fatigued. That’s according to Jeremy Bailenson of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Innova Medical Group, based in Pasadena, has developed a test people can buy over the counter and use at home. It costs $5 and produces results in about 30 minutes.

At-home COVID tests by Innova Medical Group: How they work, why they’re still awaiting FDA approval

Innova Medical Group, based in Pasadena, has developed a test people can buy over the counter and use at home. It costs $5 and produces results in about 30 minutes.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

One new coronavirus variant is homegrown in California.

California’s COVID variant: How it spreads and if vaccines are less effective against it

One new coronavirus variant is homegrown in California.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand