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24 Sep
Saline Spray Could Slow COVID's Spread in the Lungs: Study

Saline Spray Could Slow COVID's Spread in the Lungs: Study

A saltwater solution may help stop the SARS-CoV-2 virus in its tracks, Brazilian researchers report.

However, although saline may keep the virus from replicating, it does not offer full protection against infection or a cure for COVID-19.

"It's not a single soluti...

24 Sep
DNA Sensor Can Spot When COVID Is Contagious

DNA Sensor Can Spot When COVID Is Contagious

A new DNA sensor can detect viruses and tell if they are infectious or not in minutes, a new study finds.

The sensor was developed by using DNA technology, and does not require the need to pretreat test samples. Researchers demonstrated this technique with the human ade...

23 Sep
Cancer in Hispanics: Good News and Bad

Cancer in Hispanics: Good News and Bad

THURSDAY, Sept. 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanic people in the United States have lower cancer rates than white people, but they are much more likely to develop certain preventable cancers.

"The good news is that overall cancer rates are lower in Hi...

23 Sep
Can Llama Antibodies Fight COVID in Humans? New Research Says They Might

Can Llama Antibodies Fight COVID in Humans? New Research Says They Might

The future of COVID-19 treatments might include a tiny antibody made by llamas.

British researchers credit a llama named Fifi with their finding.

The investigators said these llama nanobodies, which are also produced by camels, could eventually be produced in a lab...

22 Sep
Antibodies to Early Strains of COVID May Not Fight New Variants: Study

Antibodies to Early Strains of COVID May Not Fight New Variants: Study

Antibodies from current COVID-19 vaccines don't bind well to the new variants of the virus, a study finds.

Researchers collected data from previously published papers about the sequence of antibodies produced by the vaccines. They focused on antibodies against the spike ...

21 Sep
Which Kids Are at Highest Risk From COVID?

Which Kids Are at Highest Risk From COVID?

TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Older children and kids with chronic diseases are those most likely to wind up in the hospital with COVID-19, researchers have found.

Conditions such as obesity, diabetes and neurologic problems, among o...

21 Sep
COVID Has Killed More Americans Than the Spanish Flu Did in 1918

COVID Has Killed More Americans Than the Spanish Flu Did in 1918

As the highly contagious Delta variant has swept across the United States, the country has reached a tragic milestone.

COVID-19 has now killed more Americans than the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic did, when roughly 675,000 people died.

It didn't have to be that way.

20 Sep
HPV Infection Tied to Higher Odds of Premature Delivery

HPV Infection Tied to Higher Odds of Premature Delivery

MONDAY, Sept. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women infected with certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) may have a heightened risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests.

HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause genital warts....

20 Sep
Delta Variant Now Fueling 99% of U.S. COVID Cases

Delta Variant Now Fueling 99% of U.S. COVID Cases

If a person is diagnosed with COVID-19 in the United States right now, it's almost certainly caused by the Delta variant.

The highly transmissible variant, which caused crippling surges in India and Britain this past spring and fueled case spikes in the United States thi...

20 Sep
Study Spots People at High Risk of Severe Breakthrough COVID

Study Spots People at High Risk of Severe Breakthrough COVID

A study of millions of people vaccinated against COVID-19 has identified those at greatest risk of hospitalization and death after breakthrough infection.

The most vulnerable are those who are immunosuppressed from chemotherapy, a recent bone marrow or solid organ tran...

17 Sep
FDA Panel OKs Pfizer Booster Shot for  People 65 or Older, But Not Younger

FDA Panel OKs Pfizer Booster Shot for  People 65 or Older, But Not Younger

An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday recommended a third Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine booster shot for all Americans aged 65 or older, as well as for those deemed to be at high risk for severe illness.

According to The New York Times<...

17 Sep
Long-Haul COVID in Kids Typically Ends Within 3 Months: Study

Long-Haul COVID in Kids Typically Ends Within 3 Months: Study

In kids and teens, symptoms of long COVID rarely last more than 12 weeks, a new international study reports.

The researchers also found that exposure to the highly contagious Delta variant did not result in more serious disease in children compared to earlier variants, a...

17 Sep
FDA Advisory Panel to Meet on COVID Booster Shots

FDA Advisory Panel to Meet on COVID Booster Shots

U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisors will meet Friday to consider whether it is safe and effective for Americans to receive a third "booster" dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

The FDA posted the materials it intends to use in the review on Wednesday. ...

17 Sep
Is Flu Ready for a Comeback? Get Your Shot

Is Flu Ready for a Comeback? Get Your Shot

Health officials are bracing for a viral double whammy this fall and winter.

"This year, we expect influenza and COVID-19 to circulate at the same time," said Dr. Jonathan Grein, director of hospital epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

That's why Grein an...

16 Sep
Hospitalizing the Unvaccinated Has Cost U.S. Nearly $6 Billion

Hospitalizing the Unvaccinated Has Cost U.S. Nearly $6 Billion

The cost of providing hospital care for unvaccinated Americans has reached $5.7 billion in just three months, CBS News reported.

Between June and August, about 287,000 people who were not vaccinated were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the United States, according ...

16 Sep
Why Are More U.S. Babies Being Born With Syphilis?

Why Are More U.S. Babies Being Born With Syphilis?

The number of U.S. infants born with syphilis is climbing at an alarming pace, reaching a high not seen since the 1990s, according to new government figures.

Newborn syphilis, a potentially fatal condition, was at one time nearly eliminated in the United States. But the ...

16 Sep
Biden Administration Buys More Monoclonal Antibody Treatments to Ward Off Shortage

Biden Administration Buys More Monoclonal Antibody Treatments to Ward Off Shortage

As severe cases of COVID-19 rise and demand surges for monoclonal antibody treatments, the U.S. government is ordering more from two key suppliers.

Monoclonal antibodies, which are lab-engineered immune system proteins, can help trigger a healthy immune response against ...

16 Sep
Even When Undergoing Treatment, People With MS Gain From COVID Vaccines

Even When Undergoing Treatment, People With MS Gain From COVID Vaccines

Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients undergoing a treatment that depletes a type of immune cell that fuels MS attacks still have a strong response to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, a new study finds.

"The message from this study is clear — it is worthwhile for patients with MS re...

15 Sep
Pet Store Puppies Passing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to People

Pet Store Puppies Passing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to People

It's hard to resist those big, pleading eyes in the pet store window. But buyer beware. Pet store puppies may infect people with a bacteria for which no common antibiotic treatment exists, a new study warns.

Campylobacter jejuni (C jejuni) cannot be tr...

15 Sep
Jeff Bridges Says Cancer Is in Remission, But COVID Fight Was Tougher

Jeff Bridges Says Cancer Is in Remission, But COVID Fight Was Tougher

Jeff Bridges has had a rough year.

Almost a year ago, the actor was diagnosed with lymphoma. Then in January, he was exposed to the COVID-19 virus while receiving chemotherapy.

"Covid kicked my (expletive) pretty good," Bridges wrote in a blog post on his website...

14 Sep
Your Diet Could Cut Your Odds for Severe COVID-19

Your Diet Could Cut Your Odds for Severe COVID-19

People who eat plenty of fruits and vegetables may have a somewhat lower risk of COVID-19 than those with unhealthy diets, a new study suggests.

Of more than 590,000 adults surveyed, researchers found that the quarter with the most plant-rich diets had a 9% lower risk of...

13 Sep
Death From COVID 11 Times More Likely If You're Unvaccinated: Study

Death From COVID 11 Times More Likely If You're Unvaccinated: Study

There's more sobering news for anyone still unvaccinated against the new coronavirus: Your odds of dying from COVID-19 are 11-fold higher than someone who's fully immunized, new research shows.

The data comes from one of three studies published Friday by the U.S. Centers...

13 Sep
Appeals Court Backs Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

Appeals Court Backs Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

The law on whether or not students in Florida schools will be required to wear masks has changed again.

On Friday the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee reinstated that state's ban on school mask mandates, CBS News reported.

The issue h...

10 Sep
L.A. Is First Major School District to Mandate Vaccines for Students 12 and Up

L.A. Is First Major School District to Mandate Vaccines for Students 12 and Up

Los Angeles has become the first major school system in the United States to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all students 12 and older.

L.A.'s Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to require all students 12 and older to be vaccinated before they can attend in-...

10 Sep
Vaccinated Have 1 in 13,000 Chance of Breakthrough Case Needing Hospitalization

Vaccinated Have 1 in 13,000 Chance of Breakthrough Case Needing Hospitalization

With tens of millions of Americans now vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of August, so-called "breakthrough" cases are bound to occur. But there's reassuring news from new data: Most such cases are mild and those leading to hospitalization are exceedingly rare.

Ove...

09 Sep
Biden to Strengthen Push for Vaccine Mandates in New COVID Plan

Biden to Strengthen Push for Vaccine Mandates in New COVID Plan

President Joe Biden is slated to announce an ambitious six-point plan to double down on a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, including more pressure on government, business and schools to implement vaccine mandates, news sources report. A speech outlining the n...

09 Sep
Judge Rules Against Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

Judge Rules Against Florida's Ban on School Mask Mandates

School districts in Florida can require their students to wear masks, despite the governor's order blocking mask mandates -- for now at least.

A circuit court judge in Leon County ruled Wednesday that the state can't enforce Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on school mask mandates...

08 Sep
U.S. COVID-19 Cases Now Top 40 Million

U.S. COVID-19 Cases Now Top 40 Million

There have now been more than 40 million cases of COVID-19 recorded among Americans, according to a database maintained by The New York Times. That's nearly one-fifth of the global total of cases.

With the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus cutting ...

08 Sep
No Lasting Damage to Lungs After COVID in Young Patients: Study

No Lasting Damage to Lungs After COVID in Young Patients: Study

Young people appear to have normal lung function after recovering from COVID-19, new studies find.

In one, Swedish researchers found that even asthma patients had no significant impairment in lung function.

In the other, German researchers found unimpaired lung fun...

07 Sep
New COVID Cases Were 300% Higher This Labor Day Weekend Than Last Year

New COVID Cases Were 300% Higher This Labor Day Weekend Than Last Year

With the Delta variant surging and many Americans mask- and vaccine-free, new cases of COVID-19 spiked to levels over the long Labor Day weekend that were 300% higher than those seen over the same weekend in 2020, according to a new tally from Johns Hopkins University.

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07 Sep
Few U.S. Workers Know About COVID Sick Leave Protections

Few U.S. Workers Know About COVID Sick Leave Protections

While the United States is one of the only developed nations without universal sick leave, workers with COVID-19 can take paid emergency leave -- at least for now.

Problem is: Fewer than half of U.S. workers know it's available, according to a new study. And, the researc...

04 Sep
Hen Hazard: Salmonella a Threat From Backyard Chickens

Hen Hazard: Salmonella a Threat From Backyard Chickens

It's still not OK to kiss your chickens or your ducklings -- you could catch a salmonella infection from barnyard birds.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has offered that warning before, and now an agriculture expert reminds backyard farm...

03 Sep
COVID Cases Rise Sharply Among Kids as School Year Starts

COVID Cases Rise Sharply Among Kids as School Year Starts

As the school year gets underway across the United States, new data shows that coronavirus cases among children are climbing.

Since the pandemic began, children have represented 14.8% of total cases, but for the week ending Aug. 26, that percentage jumped to 22.4%, accor...

03 Sep
Huge Study Shows Masks Do Indeed Limit Coronavirus Spread

Huge Study Shows Masks Do Indeed Limit Coronavirus Spread

A new, huge study provides real-world proof that mask-wearing limits the spread of the coronavirus.

"I think this should basically end any scientific debate about whether masks can be effective in combating COVID at the population level," Jason Abaluck, a Yale University...

02 Sep
Teachers Have No Higher Risk of Severe COVID-19: Study

Teachers Have No Higher Risk of Severe COVID-19: Study

As the new school year begins, teachers can take comfort in a new report that finds they have no greater risk of catching or being hospitalized for severe COVID-19 than anyone else.

Researchers in Scotland say that might be because many schools take precautions that othe...

02 Sep
UTIs, Sepsis, Staph: COVID Is Upping Rates of Other Hospital Infections

UTIs, Sepsis, Staph: COVID Is Upping Rates of Other Hospital Infections

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a resurgence in other infections that strike hospitalized patients, a U.S. government study finds.

The study, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlights the broad toll the pandemic has taken. It found that rates o...

02 Sep
Risk of Long COVID Falls by Half in 'Breakthrough' Cases

Risk of Long COVID Falls by Half in 'Breakthrough' Cases

In a finding that should reassure Americans who have already lined up to get their coronavirus shots, a new study shows the risk of long COVID-19 is halved in fully vaccinated adults if they do get a breakthrough infection.

Researchers analyzed data from people who prov...

02 Sep
COVID Vaccines’ Power Fades With Time, But Still Protective: Study

COVID Vaccines’ Power Fades With Time, But Still Protective: Study

A new study of more than 19,000 San Diego health care workers finds that COVID-19 vaccination may have lost some of its power to ward off "breakthrough" infections.

But that's no reason to lose faith in the vaccines: In the study, the rate of COVID-19 infection in July a...

02 Sep
Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Might Help Save Hospitalized COVID Patients

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Might Help Save Hospitalized COVID Patients

As doctors around the world come up against severe cases of COVID-19, some positive news has emerged: New research shows the rheumatoid arthritis drug baricitinib may help reduce hospitalized COVID patients' risk of death.

Current standard-of-care medications aren't enou...

02 Sep
COVID Vaccines Cut Odds of Hospitalization By Two-Thirds

COVID Vaccines Cut Odds of Hospitalization By Two-Thirds

If you're vaccinated against COVID-19, you may still get infected -- but the odds you'll need hospitalization are reduced by about two-thirds compared to unvaccinated people, a new study reveals.

Vaccination also greatly increases the chances that COVID-19 infection will...

31 Aug
Battle Over School Mask Mandates Heats Up

Battle Over School Mask Mandates Heats Up

The debate over masks in schools intensified on Monday, as the U.S. Education Department launched a civil rights investigation into mask mandate bans in five states while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made good on his promise to slash funds to school districts that have defied his...

31 Aug
Vaccines' Power Against COVID Hospitalization Fades in Elderly: Study

Vaccines' Power Against COVID Hospitalization Fades in Elderly: Study

The ability of COVID-19 vaccines to protect adults older than 75 against hospitalization appears to wane over time, but still remained 80% effective as of the end of July, new federal data shows.

The same data indicates that vaccines continued to offer the same or nearly...

31 Aug
Prior COVID Infection Doesn't Guarantee Good Immunity: Study

Prior COVID Infection Doesn't Guarantee Good Immunity: Study

You caught a case of COVID-19 and then you got your first dose of a vaccine. Maybe you now think you are protected from coronavirus infections in the future.

Think again: New research shows that prior COVID-19 infection alone doesn't guarantee a high level of antibodies...

31 Aug
High Viral Load in Lungs Drives Fatal COVID-19: Study

High Viral Load in Lungs Drives Fatal COVID-19: Study

A high amount of coronavirus in the lungs is a major contributor to death in COVID-19 patients, new research shows.

The findings challenge previous theories that simultaneous infections such as pneumonia or an overreaction of the body's immune system are significant fact...

30 Aug
High Demand for At-Home COVID Tests Could Hamper Supply, Abbott Says

High Demand for At-Home COVID Tests Could Hamper Supply, Abbott Says

Demand for Abbott Laboratories' at-home COVID-19 tests has reached "unprecedented" levels and supply may be limited in the coming weeks, the company says.

Sales have skyrocketed due to the surge in cases driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant, CNN repo...

30 Aug
Daily Average of COVID Hospitalizations in US Hits 100,000

Daily Average of COVID Hospitalizations in US Hits 100,000

In another grim reminder of the toll that the pandemic continues to take on Americans, the daily average for hospitalized COVID-19 patients is now higher than any previous case surge except last winter.

As that daily average topped 100,000, coronavirus deaths have also r...

30 Aug
Unvaccinated Teacher Infected Half of Students in Classroom: CDC Study

Unvaccinated Teacher Infected Half of Students in Classroom: CDC Study

MONDAY, Aug. 30, 2021 (Healthday News) -- A case study from California may fuel further debate about vaccine mandates in schools as students return to classrooms.

It occurred in Marin County, Calif., in May and involved an unvaccinated elementary school teacher infected ...

29 Aug
Your Young Child Is Sick: Is it COVID or RSV?

Your Young Child Is Sick: Is it COVID or RSV?

A common bug called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) circulating among American kids during what's normally its off-season may cause concern if parents don't know how to tell it apart from COVID-19, experts say.

Getting RSV during the summer is unusual, but the U.S. Cen...

27 Aug
Delta Variant Infection Doubles Odds of COVID Hospitalization: Study

Delta Variant Infection Doubles Odds of COVID Hospitalization: Study

The Delta variant is not only much more infectious than earlier versions of the new coronavirus, but it's also twice as likely to land you in the hospital with life-threatening complications, new British research shows.

"Our analysis highlights that in the absence of vac...

27 Aug
COVID Symptoms Haunt Nearly Half of Patients a Year Later

COVID Symptoms Haunt Nearly Half of Patients a Year Later

Nearly half of coronavirus patients in a large, new study were still suffering at least one lingering symptom of their illness a full year after being hospitalized for COVID-19.

The latest findings add to a growing pile of evidence that suggests recovery is no easy task ...

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