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08 Nov

Simple Swab Test Helps Identify Severe Cases of RSV, New Study Finds

A nasal swab test helps researchers identify which children may require more time in the ICU to recover from RSV.

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01 Dec
Signs That COVID Infection Might Harm the Liver

Signs That COVID Infection Might Harm the Liver

COVID-19 may harm the liver, a small study suggests.

The virus appears to increase liver stiffness, a sign of potential long-term injury, but it's too early to tell if that portends serious liver disease, the researchers said.

"COVID infections have been obser...

30 Nov
Shortages of Antibiotics, Antivirals Are Making a Tough Illness Season Worse

Shortages of Antibiotics, Antivirals Are Making a Tough Illness Season Worse

An early surge in cold and flu cases has created shortages in key antiviral and antibiotic drugs needed for the annual “sick season,” pharmacists report.

The antiviral flu drug Tamiflu is in short supply for both adults and children, in both its brand name formulatio...

28 Nov
Monkeypox Renamed MPox Amid Racism Concerns

Monkeypox Renamed MPox Amid Racism Concerns

Monkeypox still exists, but its name is being phased out over racism concerns.

For the next year, the terms monkeypox and the new name mpox will be used interchangeably before the virus is permanently renamed mpox, the World Health Organization

28 Nov
COVID in Pregnancy Can Vary — Get Vaccinated to Stay Safe

COVID in Pregnancy Can Vary — Get Vaccinated to Stay Safe

When pregnant women contract COVID-19, one in 10 will have moderate, severe or even critical symptoms, a new study finds.

So it's important they get their COVID vaccines, experts say.

“Given that patients in all trimesters of pregnancy are susceptible to infectio...

23 Nov
Diabetes Drug Metformin Might Keep Severe COVID Away

Diabetes Drug Metformin Might Keep Severe COVID Away

A century-old diabetes drug seems to help keep high-risk COVID-19 patients from falling deathly ill, a new study reports.

Metformin reduced the risk of death from COVI...

23 Nov
White House Urges COVID Booster Shots Again, Citing Effectiveness

White House Urges COVID Booster Shots Again, Citing Effectiveness

It's not too late to get the latest COVID-19 booster shot.

Whether it's the bivalent vaccine from drug maker Pfizer or from Moderna, the shots offer more protection against symptomatic infection, public health officials reiterated at a White House briefing on Tuesday. <...

22 Nov
Protecting Wildlife Key to Preventing the Next Big Pandemic

Protecting Wildlife Key to Preventing the Next Big Pandemic

Research in wild bats is reinforcing a notion crucial to stopping future pandemics: When wildlife populations stay healthy, the odds of "crossover" viruses infecting humans subsides.

In Australia, deforestation has caused a deadly respiratory virus to pass from fruit bat...

18 Nov
Despite Pleas From Pediatric Groups, Biden Balks at Declaring RSV a Health Emergency

Despite Pleas From Pediatric Groups, Biden Balks at Declaring RSV a Health Emergency

The Biden administration on Thursday offered assistance to communities and hospitals dealing with a surge in cases of pediatric respiratory illnesses, but it did not declare a national public health emergency.

The Children's Hospital Association and the American Academy...

18 Nov
There Might Be a Perfect Indoor Humidity to Curb COVID Spread

There Might Be a Perfect Indoor Humidity to Curb COVID Spread

It's sort of like the Goldilocks principle — a room that's either too dry or too humid can influence transmission of COVID-19 and cause more illness or death, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say.

Maintaining an indoor relative humidity between 40% and...

17 Nov
Seizure Risk Rises in Months After COVID

Seizure Risk Rises in Months After COVID

A bout of COVID-19, even a milder one, may raise the risk of having a seizure in the next six months, a large new study suggests.

Researchers found that of over 300,000 Americans who had suffered a case of COVID-19 or the flu, COVID sufferers were 55% more likely to be d...

16 Nov
America's ERs Are Jammed, Affecting Patients on Other Wards

America's ERs Are Jammed, Affecting Patients on Other Wards

A crowded, overwhelmed emergency department raises the risk of death and suffering for patients throughout a hospital, a new study warns.

“The more the emergency room was crowded, the more people were dying throughout the hospital,” said lead researcher

14 Nov
Damage to Health Mounts With Each New COVID Infection

Damage to Health Mounts With Each New COVID Infection

Every time a person gets infected with COVID-19, their risk of dying or suffering serious long-term health problems increases dramatically, a new study has found.

People with repeated COVID-19 infections are twice as likely to die and three times as likely to be hospital...

07 Nov
Paxlovid Lowers Risk of Long COVID

Paxlovid Lowers Risk of Long COVID

The antiviral pill Paxlovid not only reduces hospitalization and death after catching COVID-19: New research shows it also cuts the chances of long COVID by roughly 25...

04 Nov
Simple Nose Swab Test Might Gauge Severity of Child's RSV

Simple Nose Swab Test Might Gauge Severity of Child's RSV

While it isn't possible to tell parents how long their child will need to remain in intensive care with a serious case of RSV, new research has unearthed clues that may make it easier to predict which kids will require a longer stay.

To study the issue, researchers from ...

03 Nov
Monkeypox Can Be Passed On Even Before Symptoms Appear

Monkeypox Can Be Passed On Even Before Symptoms Appear

Monkeypox spreads even before a person shows any telltale lesions or other symptoms, a new study suggests.

More than half of monkeypox transmission in the United Kingdom occurred in the pre-symptomatic phase, the researchers said.

The new findings — published onl...

31 Oct
Treated or Untreated, COVID Symptoms Can Ease and Then Return, Study Finds

Treated or Untreated, COVID Symptoms Can Ease and Then Return, Study Finds

Nearly everyone has heard of Paxlovid rebound, where COVID-19 symptoms return after taking the antiviral and then feeling better. It even happened to President Joe Biden. But new research show...

28 Oct
Doctors Answer Your Questions About RSV

Doctors Answer Your Questions About RSV

While a potential COVID winter surge and the impending flu season get a lot of attention, doctors are worried about another virus.

This one is RSV -- short for respiratory syncytia...

27 Oct
People With Untreated HIV Being Hit Hardest by Monkeypox

People With Untreated HIV Being Hit Hardest by Monkeypox

While monkeypox cases are declining in the United States, a new government report shows that patients with weakened immune systems, especially those living with HIV, have been hit particu...

26 Oct
No Sign of Human Herpesvirus in African Gorillas

No Sign of Human Herpesvirus in African Gorillas

Despite the presence of gorilla trekkers in their habitat, endangered gorillas in the region surrounding East Africa's Virunga Volcanoes do not have human herpesvirus, researchers say.

The Gorilla Doctors team was able to assess the region's mountain gorillas in a noninv...

21 Oct
Chickenpox Vaccine Has Nearly Erased Deaths, Hospitalizations From Virus in U.S.

Chickenpox Vaccine Has Nearly Erased Deaths, Hospitalizations From Virus in U.S.

New government data shows that the chickenpox vaccine has virtually eliminated deaths and severe cases of the virus in U.S. children and teens.

In the analysis, released Thursday b...

20 Oct
Study Debunks Use of Antidepressant Luvox as COVID Treatment

Study Debunks Use of Antidepressant Luvox as COVID Treatment

A study testing drugs that are used for other conditions for their potential in treating COVID-19 has found that the antidepressant fluvoxamine (brand name Luvox) offered no benefit, at least at an initial smaller dose.

Study participants took 50 mg of the medication twi...

18 Oct
As Tough Flu Season Looms, CDC Hopes for More Flu Shots Among Minorities

As Tough Flu Season Looms, CDC Hopes for More Flu Shots Among Minorities

It's a troubling equation: Many Americans with the highest rates of hospitalization for influenza have the lowest uptake of the annual flu vaccine.

That's why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is stepping up outreach to minority communities, including B...

17 Oct
Is Exercise Getting Tougher for You? Long COVID Might Be to Blame

Is Exercise Getting Tougher for You? Long COVID Might Be to Blame

After COVID-19, resuming regular exercise may be harder, and new research suggests this may be one more symptom of long COVID.

For the study, the researchers ...

17 Oct
Major Trial of Monkeypox Treatment TPOXX to Launch in Africa

Major Trial of Monkeypox Treatment TPOXX to Launch in Africa

The ability of TPOXX to treat people infected with monkeypox is being directly tested in a new clinical trial in central Africa, U.S. health officials have announced.

TPOXX — t...

17 Oct
Even Without Symptoms, COVID Infection Raises Risks for Trauma Patients

Even Without Symptoms, COVID Infection Raises Risks for Trauma Patients

Having COVID-19 could cause further trouble for patients being treated for physical trauma — even if they have no symptoms of the virus.

Researchers studying cases of trauma patients who tested positive for COVID-19 and those who were negative found those with the vir...

14 Oct
With COVID Crisis Ebbing, How Can We Prevent Future Pandemics?

With COVID Crisis Ebbing, How Can We Prevent Future Pandemics?

Aggressive measures are needed in the world's tropical regions to prevent the inevitable next global pandemic, an international coalition of researchers has concluded.

Epidemics around the world have largely been driven by viruses that

14 Oct
With Tough Flu Season Already Here, An Expert Answers Your Flu Shot Questions

With Tough Flu Season Already Here, An Expert Answers Your Flu Shot Questions

Indications are that this year's flu season is going to be particularly nasty, making the annual influenza vaccine even more important than usual, infectious disease experts say.

People already are landing in the hospital with severe cases of influenza, about a month ahe...

12 Oct
FDA Approves New Bivalent COVID Booster for Use in Children

FDA Approves New Bivalent COVID Booster for Use in Children

The new bivalent COVID-19 booster is now approved for children as young as 5 years old, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

The bivalent booster shot inclu...

07 Oct
U.S. to Screen Travelers From Uganda for Ebola Amid Outbreak in That Country

U.S. to Screen Travelers From Uganda for Ebola Amid Outbreak in That Country

Travelers flying from Uganda will be funneled to one of five U.S. airports so they can be screened for Ebola amid an outbreak in that African country, federal officials announced Thu...

04 Oct
Dangerous Virus Found in Monkeys Could Jump to Humans

Dangerous Virus Found in Monkeys Could Jump to Humans

The global public health community should be on the alert for a family of viruses in African monkeys that have the potential to spill over to humans, researchers warn.

In their new study, the scientists noted that while it's not certain what impact these viruses might ha...

29 Sep
Jynneos Vaccine Protects Against Monkeypox in Early U.S. Data

Jynneos Vaccine Protects Against Monkeypox in Early U.S. Data

The Jynneos vaccine, originally designed to guard against smallpox infection, also seems to protect against monkeypox, new U.S. government data shows.

The poten...

28 Sep
'Breakthrough' Infections After COVID Vaccine Can Help Prevent Future Illness

'Breakthrough' Infections After COVID Vaccine Can Help Prevent Future Illness

It's very frustrating to get a COVID-19 vaccine and then wind up catching the virus anyway.

But these

28 Sep
Rise in Cases of Kids Infected With Virus Linked to Paralyzing Illness

Rise in Cases of Kids Infected With Virus Linked to Paralyzing Illness

Cases of a virus that strikes children and teens and can trigger paralysis in rare cases have been increasing in the United States and could continue to do so this fall, health officials warned Tuesday.

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28 Sep
Two Cases Show COVID Virus Mutating Around Standard Treatment Remdesivir

Two Cases Show COVID Virus Mutating Around Standard Treatment Remdesivir

Patients with weakened immune systems could be inadvertently helping COVID-19 develop resistance to the antiviral drug remdesivir, a new study reports.

After lengthy COVID infections, two kidney transplant patients on immune-suppressing drugs to prevent organ rejection d...

23 Sep
4.4 Million Americans Have Gotten Updated COVID Boosters

4.4 Million Americans Have Gotten Updated COVID Boosters

At least 4.4 million Americans have received the updated COVID-19 booster shot.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted the count Thursday ...

16 Sep
FDA Warns Against Overuse of TPOXX Monkeypox Drug

FDA Warns Against Overuse of TPOXX Monkeypox Drug

U.S. health officials are advising doctors not to overuse the only antiviral for monkeypox because there is a risk of the virus mutating and rendering the drug useless.

16 Sep
Which Drugs Fight COVID Best? WHO Updates Treatment Guidelines

Which Drugs Fight COVID Best? WHO Updates Treatment Guidelines

In updated guidance issued Thursday, the World Health Organization now recommends against using the antibody drugs sotrovimab and casirivimab-imdevimab for patients with COVID-19.

This recommendation replaces previous conditional recommendation for these antibody drugs. ...

15 Sep
U.S. Monkeypox Cases Decline, But Health Officials Worry About Reaching Minorities

U.S. Monkeypox Cases Decline, But Health Officials Worry About Reaching Minorities

Monkeypox cases continue to fall in the United States, but public health officials now are concerned that the virus is wending its way into communities of color.

New case numbers are down by ...

14 Sep
Got COVID? Flushing Out Nasal Passages Could Cut Severity

Got COVID? Flushing Out Nasal Passages Could Cut Severity

Battling COVID and eager to do anything that will limit you to a mild infection?

Grab a neti pot, a new study...

13 Sep
First U.S. Monkeypox Death Confirmed in California

First U.S. Monkeypox Death Confirmed in California

Monkeypox was the cause of death in a Los Angeles County adult last week, public health officials confirmed Tuesday.

This is the first known death from monkeypox to be reported in t...

12 Sep
Pandemic Silver Lining: Drop in Infections That Cause Birth Defects

Pandemic Silver Lining: Drop in Infections That Cause Birth Defects

The number of babies born with a virus that commonly causes birth defects may have dropped significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research suggests.

That was true in Minnesota, the first state to start screening all newborns for congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV)....

09 Sep
Second Person in U.S. Dies After Monkeypox Diagnosis

Second Person in U.S. Dies After Monkeypox Diagnosis

A second person in the United States infected with monkeypox has died in California.

As in the earlier case in Texas, public health officials are inve...

05 Sep
Monkeypox Can Harm the Heart

Monkeypox Can Harm the Heart

Monkeypox, the contagious virus that causes a blister-like skin rash, may also cause heart problems, according to a new case study.

In findings published Sept. 2 in JACC: Case Reports, doctors in Portugal described a 31-year-old patient with

02 Sep
U.S. Monkeypox Cases Are Declining

U.S. Monkeypox Cases Are Declining

While the number of Americans with known monkeypox infections is dropping, that may signal what's happening in big cities, experts say.

It is not the end of the outbreak, t...

02 Sep
Can You Get Monkeypox at the Gym?

Can You Get Monkeypox at the Gym?

Yes, you can get monkeypox at the gym, but there's no need to panic, one expert says.

“We have plenty of ways to

01 Sep
A Dermatologist on Recognizing the Monkeypox Rash

A Dermatologist on Recognizing the Monkeypox Rash

Anyone who gets a new, unexplained skin rash should call their doctor and get medical care in case it's monkeypox, public health officials advise.

How can you tell when it is time to...

30 Aug
First U.S. Monkeypox Death Reported in Texas

First U.S. Monkeypox Death Reported in Texas

A Texas patient who was infected with monkeypox has died, though state health officials said Tuesday it's too early to say what role the virus may have played in the death.

The adult, who di...

30 Aug
Small Study Supports TPOXX as Monkeypox Treatment

Small Study Supports TPOXX as Monkeypox Treatment

The drug tecovirimat appears to be safe and effective for treating the symptoms and skin lesions of monkeypox, a small study suggests.

Tecovirimat (TPOXX) is an antiviral drug for the treatment of sm...

29 Aug
Black Men Less Likely to Get Monkeypox Vaccine

Black Men Less Likely to Get Monkeypox Vaccine

Although there's now enough monkeypox vaccine to go around, the Americans who need it most still may not be g...

26 Aug
Gay Men Are Cutting Back on Sex to Avoid Monkeypox

Gay Men Are Cutting Back on Sex to Avoid Monkeypox

A survey conducted among American gay and bisexual men in early August found about half saying they'd cut down on sexual activity -- including one-night stands and app-based hookups -- in response to the

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