Shafaq Zia

Shafaq Zia

Shafaq Zia is a freelance science journalist and a graduate student in the Science Writing Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, she was a reporting intern at STAT, where she covered the COVID-19 pandemic and the latest research in health technology. Read more of her work here.

Articles by Shafaq Zia
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FDA To Stretch Monkeypox Vaccine Supply via Intradermal Injection
Shafaq Zia | Aug 12, 2022
The newly authorized intradermal vaccination only requires one-fifth of the usual vaccine dose. This will help stretch out the limited vaccine supply, experts say, but only if healthcare personnel receive sufficient training.
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How Immature Egg Cells in Ovaries Resist Aging
Shafaq Zia | Aug 4, 2022
The cells’ mitochondria skip a key metabolic reaction that takes place in other cells in the body, a study finds.
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“Feel-Good” Neurons Steer Mice Toward Hydration-Boosting Liquids
Shafaq Zia | Jul 19, 2022
The cells signal to the brain how hydrating particular beverages are, but it’s not yet clear whether they play a similar role in humans.
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Sun Exposure Triggers Hunger in Men but Not Women, Study Suggests
Shafaq Zia | Jul 12, 2022
Ultraviolet radiation leads to secretion of an appetite-boosting hormone in male mice, but experts say it’s not yet clear whether the mechanism applies to humans.
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Tiny Nerve-Cooling Implant Relieves Pain in Rats
Shafaq Zia | Jul 1, 2022
The device can chill nerves as small as a few millimeters across, but more testing and modifications are necessary before it could relieve pain in humans.