Poor health literacy raises risk of death

A review of research has found that the ability to obtain and understand basic health information and services partly determines the mortality rate of people with heart failure. Share on PinterestA recent study looks at links between health literacy and health outcomes. Heart failure impairs the capacity of the heart to pump blood around the […]

Drug for alcohol use disorder could also treat obesity

Treating obese mice with disulfiram — a drug that doctors usually prescribe for alcohol use disorder — led to significant weight loss and improved metabolic health, a new study reports. Obesity is a major health problem facing societies across the globe. Rates of...

People who smoke may have more receptors for the new coronavirus

The lungs of people who smoke may contain more of the receptors that the new coronavirus uses to invade cells. This could explain why people with the virus who also smoke appear to be particularly vulnerable to severe illness. Share on PinterestNew research suggests...

What are they, and what do they do?

Both the European Union and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in the United States, have now approved certain antibody tests for COVID-19. But what are these tests, and how can they be useful? Read our Special Feature to find out. Share on PinterestBelow, we...

5 new reasons for hope in the fight against COVID-19

In the latest installment of our “Hope Behind the Headlines” series, we look at the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trials that have been progressing successfully, and at one promising therapeutic approach for COVID-19: Convalescent plasma therapy. Share on PinterestWhat are the...