What’s big in health news this week? We’ve got living armies of cells, the Ukraine-Russia conflict, the meaning of dog yowls and hopes for a COVID-19 endemic.
1. Invisible Wounds
The United States is sending troops to Europe to reassure its allies that America will back them up in case Russia decides to go forward with a potential invasion of Ukraine. (Here’s an explainer if you want more information about what the heck is going on.) Fighting in Ukraine has been going on for years, and those on the frontlines bear invisible wounds like traumatic brain injuries that can result in depression, insomnia and anxiety disorders. Now, some are working to break a culture of silence and offer help to veterans.
2. Dare They Say "Cure?"
Oncologists don’t use the word “cure” lightly. But recently, the word is popping up in cancer circles, alongside “Doug Olson” and “CAR-T cell.” As a last resort, doctors recommended the experimental CAR-T cell therapy to Olsen in 2010. It would give him a living army of cells to target and kill his cancer. Now, Olson is cancer-free, the cells are still active and doctors dare to call him “cured.”
3. "Take Back Life"
The World Health Organization said some countries can consider carefully relaxing their COVID-19 rules — if they have high immunity rates, good health care systems and encouraging epidemiological trends. Some countries are jumping at the chance to “take back life.”
But the pandemic isn’t over — for many people with compromised immune systems or kids under 5, COVID-19 still complicates daily life. For parents looking to vaccinate their little ones, here’s a timeline of what’s next for COVID-19 vaccines.
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Jules and Oz needed a bit of therapy. Oz, her dog, was an enthusiastic barker, and Jules Howard, an author, just wanted some peace and quiet. So she wrote a book on what dog yowls mean and how to get them to tone it down. (This one’s for all the new pandemic pup parents out there.)
In 2019, the New York Times Magazine released “The 1619 Project,” a multimedia journalism project that changed the discussion around America’s history of slavery and the role Black and African-African American individuals in pursuing equality for all. Take a walk and listen or explore its interactive gallery of essays.
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