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13 Dec

Does ‘Baby Talk’ Really Help Your Baby Learn to Speak?

Baby talk may be a key component in helping babies form words, researchers say.

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25 Jul
Is the War Against COVID Variants Won in the Nose?

Is the War Against COVID Variants Won in the Nose?

MONDAY, July 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The best booster for COVID vaccinations might not be yet another shot, but a nasal spray, an early study hints.

Since early on in the pandemic, some researchers have speculated that the most effective way to fi...

15 Jul
25 Million Kids Missed Routine Vaccinations Worldwide in 2021

25 Million Kids Missed Routine Vaccinations Worldwide in 2021

Roughly 25 million children around the world missed critical vaccinations during 2021, as the pandemic continued to disrupt routine medical care, a new report from the World Health Organization and U...

30 Jun
What's the Best Timing for COVID Shots in Pregnancy?

What's the Best Timing for COVID Shots in Pregnancy?

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can help protect both mother and baby.

But does it matter which vaccine or at what stage of pregnancy a woman rece...

27 Jun
Babies, Toddlers & the COVID Shot: An Expert Answers Your Questions

Babies, Toddlers & the COVID Shot: An Expert Answers Your Questions

After a very long wait, babies, toddlers and preschoolers can now get COVID-19 shots.

Many parents may feel relief, but some may also have questions. Dr. Jessica Ericson, a pediatric infectious disease physician at Penn State Health Children's Hospital in Hershey, Pa., o...

27 Jun
COVID Boosters Raise Antibody Levels by 85% in Nursing Home Residents

COVID Boosters Raise Antibody Levels by 85% in Nursing Home Residents

Getting a COVID-19 booster shot can significantly increase an at-risk person's immunity and protect against the contagious Omicron variant.

New research f...

22 Jun
U.S. HPV Vaccination Rates Rising, Even Among Boys

U.S. HPV Vaccination Rates Rising, Even Among Boys

More and more of America's teens are getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus virus (HPV), new research indicates.

Between 2015 and 2020,

08 Jun
COVID Breakthrough Infections More Likely in People Living With HIV

COVID Breakthrough Infections More Likely in People Living With HIV

Even after vaccination, living with HIV ups the odds for COVID infection, new research shows.

The study found that vaccinated people living with HIV have a 28% higher risk of developing a "breakthrough" COVID infection compared to those who don't have the AIDS-causing v...

03 Jun
How Many Days Do COVID Antibodies Stick Around?

How Many Days Do COVID Antibodies Stick Around?

Adults who get COVID-19 could have antibodies circulating in their blood for nearly 500 days after infection, new research suggests.

"We now have a good estimate of how long antibodies last aft...

02 Jun
It's the Number of COVID Shots You Get, Not Combination, That Brings Immune Boost

It's the Number of COVID Shots You Get, Not Combination, That Brings Immune Boost

The number of COVID-19 vaccine doses received - not the combinations - is the key to strengthening your immune system to protect against different variants of the coronavirus, including Omicron, a new study suggests.

A team from the Chinese University of Hong Kong also d...

02 Jun
Prior COVID Won't Shield Kids From Omicron, But Vaccine Might

Prior COVID Won't Shield Kids From Omicron, But Vaccine Might

Children who have had COVID-19 aren't protected against the Omicron variant, but vaccination does cut their chances of infection, a new study shows.

"I hear parents say,...

24 May
Cancer Patients Have Even Greater Need for COVID Boosters: Study

Cancer Patients Have Even Greater Need for COVID Boosters: Study

Cancer patients continue to face more risk from COVID-19, even if they've been vaccinated.

Although vaccination is effective for most people who have cancer (even though they're immunocompromised by the disease and their cancer treatments), its effectiveness wanes...

09 May
Could a COVID Infection Help You Ward Off the Common Cold?

Could a COVID Infection Help You Ward Off the Common Cold?

If you get infected with COVID-19, there may be a sliver of a silver lining: COVID may help protect you against the common cold, researchers say.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 belongs to a large and diverse family of coronaviruses that include

06 May
Could Obesity Blunt the Response to the COVID Vaccine?

Could Obesity Blunt the Response to the COVID Vaccine?

Obesity can complicate the course of COVID-19. Now, a new study says it can also reduce the effectiveness of COVID vaccines.

The researchers also found that the two vaccines used in their study triggered different levels of immune responses in severely obese people. They...

27 Apr
Antibiotics in Infancy May Weaken Response to Childhood Vaccines

Antibiotics in Infancy May Weaken Response to Childhood Vaccines

Babies and toddlers who've been given antibiotics might have a less vigorous immune response to routine childhood vaccinations, new research warns.

The study is the first to suggest that antibiotics m...

21 Apr
COVID Infection as Protective as Vaccines, Study Finds

COVID Infection as Protective as Vaccines, Study Finds

A prior COVID-19 infection may provide unvaccinated adults with as much immunity against reinfection as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna mRNA vaccines, new research suggests.

However, the study was conducted before the surge of the highly transmissible

18 Apr
Does the Moderna Vaccine Best the Pfizer Shot?

Does the Moderna Vaccine Best the Pfizer Shot?

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine may have some slight advantages over the Pfizer shot, new research suggests.

For the study, researchers tracked antibody levels in 234 people for 10 months after they received either the two-dose Pfizer (114 people) or Moderna (114 people)

06 Apr
More Evidence COVID Vaccine Offers Good Protection for Most Cancer Patients

More Evidence COVID Vaccine Offers Good Protection for Most Cancer Patients

Vaccines did a good job protecting most cancer patients against COVID-19, but those with blood cancers remain at risk for breakthrough infections, new research suggests.

The study analyzed n...

04 Apr
Should You Get a COVID Booster Shot?

Should You Get a COVID Booster Shot?

Now that many Americans can get not one, but two booster shots, how do you know if they are right for you?

Michigan Medicine-University of Michigan offers some advice based...

01 Apr
Had COVID? Getting Vaccine Boosts Resilience Even More, Studies Show

Had COVID? Getting Vaccine Boosts Resilience Even More, Studies Show

If you've had COVID-19 but not your COVID shot, you may wonder if getting a vaccine now will really help you.

It will, two new studies say.

Researchers in Brazil and Sweden confirmed that

28 Mar
HIV Meds May Also Shield Against COVID Infection

HIV Meds May Also Shield Against COVID Infection

Certain antiviral drugs used to treat HIV may also guard against COVID-19 infection, a new study sugg...

23 Mar
Babies, Toddlers Produce Stronger Immune Response to COVID Than Adults

Babies, Toddlers Produce Stronger Immune Response to COVID Than Adults

In a finding that could influence future COVID vaccine recommendations for the youngest Americans, new research finds that infants and toddlers have a stronger immune response to the new coronavirus than adults do.

To arrive at that conclusion, scientists analyzed blood ...

22 Mar
Antibodies From COVID Infection Shield Kids for Up to 7 Months

Antibodies From COVID Infection Shield Kids for Up to 7 Months

Antibodies from a COVID-19 infection linger in most children for up to seven months, even...

03 Mar
Immunization Against Common Infection of Babies Could Be Near

Immunization Against Common Infection of Babies Could Be Near

Each year, RSV sends as many as 58,000 kids under age 5 to U.S. hospitals, but a vaccine in development may dramatically reduce the risk for severe illness.

RSV, short for Res...

02 Mar
Infected People Gain Long-Lasting Immunity Against Coronavirus: Study

Infected People Gain Long-Lasting Immunity Against Coronavirus: Study

People who've had COVID-19 may have long-term immune protection against new variants of the virus, but researchers say vaccination remains the best safeguard against reinfection.

Their small

02 Mar
Variants of COVID Virus May 'Hide Out' in Body: Study

Variants of COVID Virus May 'Hide Out' in Body: Study

It looks like coronavirus variants can hide out in the human body much like some of their viral cousins do, making it hard ...

21 Feb
Working Out After Your COVID Shot Might Boost Immunity

Working Out After Your COVID Shot Might Boost Immunity

If want to get more out of your next flu shot or COVID-19 vaccination, an early study hints at a simple way: Take a long, brisk walk afterward.

Researchers found that when people exercised moderately for 90 minutes right after either vaccination, their bodies produced mo...

21 Feb
Use Antibiotics Sparingly After Birth to Preserve Newborn's 'Microbiome'

Use Antibiotics Sparingly After Birth to Preserve Newborn's 'Microbiome'

New research suggests that doctors should be cautious about giving newborns antibiotics because they can upset a baby's gut microbiome -- the balance of bacteria in...

17 Feb
Had COVID? You're 5 Times More Prone to Get It Again If Unvaccinated

Had COVID? You're 5 Times More Prone to Get It Again If Unvaccinated

After you have recovered from COVID-19, getting at least one dose of a vaccine provides added protection against reinfection, Israeli researchers report.

Stay unvaccinated after a bout with COVID-19 and you're five times more likely than someone who has had the shot to g...

17 Feb
COVID Vaccine Is a Big Stress-Reliever, Too: Study

COVID Vaccine Is a Big Stress-Reliever, Too: Study

While getting a COVID-19 vaccine protects against infection, new research confirms that it can also help ease pandemic-triggered stress.

"Our study documents importan...

16 Feb
Quality of Antibodies to COVID Improves Over Time: Study

Quality of Antibodies to COVID Improves Over Time: Study

Antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 grow more effective in the months after a person gets the Pfizer COVID vaccine, according to a new study.

In sheer numbers, antibody levels did decline over the months after vaccination. However, the new

10 Feb
Mom-to-Be's COVID Vaccine Brings Long-Term Protection to Baby

Mom-to-Be's COVID Vaccine Brings Long-Term Protection to Baby

Babies whose moms were vaccinated during pregnancy against COVID-19 have long-lasting antibody protection, a new study finds.

"Many interested parties from parents to pediatricians want to know how long maternal antibodies persist in infants after vaccination, and now we...

08 Feb
Getting a COVID Vaccine Won't Affect Your Ability to Exercise

Getting a COVID Vaccine Won't Affect Your Ability to Exercise

Worried that a COVID-19 vaccine might hamper your workout? New research suggests you can hit the gym with minimal effects.

In a study of 18 healthy people who received a COVID-19 vaccine, the participants were monitored while they did cycling workouts b...

07 Feb
COVID Infection May Boost Antibodies for Up to 20 Months

COVID Infection May Boost Antibodies for Up to 20 Months

If you've already had COVID-19, your natural antibodies may last as long as 20 months, a new study suggests.

While this is reassuring, experts are quick to caution that the new findings don't necessarily mean you're protected against reinfection, and that vaccines remain...

07 Feb
Seasonal Flu Shots Give Kids Broader Protection Against New Strains

Seasonal Flu Shots Give Kids Broader Protection Against New Strains

A new study finds that kids who have received years of seasonal flu shots have antibodies that provide wider protection against new influenza strains, something researchers say doesn't happen in adults.

These findings could help efforts to develop a universal flu vaccine...

04 Feb
Most Vaccine-Hesitant Health Care Workers Change Their Minds, Study Shows

Most Vaccine-Hesitant Health Care Workers Change Their Minds, Study Shows

Most health care workers at a large U.S. hospital who initially refused COVID-19 vaccines eventually went and got their shots, new research reveals.

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28 Jan
Beyond Antibodies: Vaccines Teach Your Immune T-Cells to Fight COVID Long Term

Beyond Antibodies: Vaccines Teach Your Immune T-Cells to Fight COVID Long Term

COVID-19 vaccines activate long-lasting immune system T-cells that target coronavirus variants of concern, including Delta and Omicron, new resea...

27 Jan
Hospital Defends Decision to Deny Heart Transplant to Unvaccinated Man

Hospital Defends Decision to Deny Heart Transplant to Unvaccinated Man

In response to claims that a man was denied a heart transplant because he refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said Wednesday that its transplant policies mirror those used across the United States.

In a crowdfunding appeal f...

27 Jan
Months After Moderna Booster, Antibodies Decline Faster With Omicron

Months After Moderna Booster, Antibodies Decline Faster With Omicron

An initial surge in antibody levels against the Omicron variant after a booster dose of the Moderna COVID vaccine wanes within six months, but the antibodies remained effective against it in lab tests, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed antibody levels in volunteers...

25 Jan
Pfizer Begins Testing a COVID Vaccine Targeted to Omicron

Pfizer Begins Testing a COVID Vaccine Targeted to Omicron

Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that it has launched a trial that will compare its existing COVID-19 vaccine against a new version tailored to beat back the highly contagious Omicron variant.

"While current research and real-world data show that boosters continue to provid...

25 Jan
Pandemic to Endemic: Is a New Normal Near?

Pandemic to Endemic: Is a New Normal Near?

It has begun to feel like a pandemic that will never end, but public health experts now say the Omicron variant may be ushering in a "new normal," where COVID-19 becomes an en...

25 Jan
Vaccination Key to 'Super Immunity' Against COVID-19

Vaccination Key to 'Super Immunity' Against COVID-19

Coronavirus infections before or after vaccination provide equal levels of increased immunity, and the key to this so-called "super immunity" is to be vaccinated, researchers report.

"It makes no difference whether you get infected-and-then-vaccinated, or if you get vacc...

21 Jan
COVID Vaccine Won't Affect Fertility, But Getting COVID Might

COVID Vaccine Won't Affect Fertility, But Getting COVID Might

One less excuse to avoid that COVID vaccine: The shots don't affect fertility in either men or women, new research shows, but coronavirus infection could cause short-term fertility problems in men.

"Many reproductive-aged individuals have cited concerns about fertility a...

21 Jan
COVID Boosters Keep Older Americans Out of Hospitals: CDC

COVID Boosters Keep Older Americans Out of Hospitals: CDC

The risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 among older Americans is far higher for those who are unvaccinated than for those who are fully vaccinated and have had a booster shot, new government data shows.

The differences were stark: In December, unvaccinated people 50 and...

21 Jan
L.A. County Scenario Suggests COVID 'Herd Immunity' Is Unlikely

L.A. County Scenario Suggests COVID 'Herd Immunity' Is Unlikely

Herd immunity against COVID-19 is unlikely, and coping with the disease will likely hinge on vaccination, treatment and ensuring adequate hospital capacity, a new study conducted in Los Angeles County claims.

With

21 Jan
Arthritis & the COVID Vaccine: What You Need to Know

Arthritis & the COVID Vaccine: What You Need to Know

Some arthritis drugs may reduce the effectiveness of COVID vaccines, according to the Arthritis Foundation, which also offers advice on booster shots.

Research is limited, but evidence suggests that disease-modifying

20 Jan
Another Study Finds Vaccine Booster 'Neutralizes' Omicron

Another Study Finds Vaccine Booster 'Neutralizes' Omicron

If you need more proof that a third shot of COVID vaccine is needed, new British research confirms that boosters can "neutralize" the virus' Omicron variant.

To arrive at that conclusion, they analyzed 620 blood samples from 364 health care workers and staff at the Franc...

20 Jan
Vaccination Plus Prior Infection Best Defense Against COVID

Vaccination Plus Prior Infection Best Defense Against COVID

Think your prior bout of COVID shields you enough from another encounter with the coronavirus? New research suggests that adding in vaccination is still your best bet.

A combination of vaccination and prior infection offers the most optimal protection against infection w...

19 Jan
WHO Says Worst of Pandemic Could Ease This Year if Vaccine Inequities Erased

WHO Says Worst of Pandemic Could Ease This Year if Vaccine Inequities Erased

If COVID-19 vaccines and medicines are shared equally worldwide, the pandemic could ease this year, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday.

However, if wealthier countries don't share their resources with poorer countries, there will continue to be high ra...

19 Jan
No Side Effects From Your COVID Vaccine? Don't Worry, It's Still Working

No Side Effects From Your COVID Vaccine? Don't Worry, It's Still Working

Even if you don't have side effects from your COVID-19 vaccine, it's likely still working to protect you, a reassuring new report shows.

Many people who receive the ...

18 Jan
Too Soon to Tell if Omicron Will End Pandemic: Fauci

Too Soon to Tell if Omicron Will End Pandemic: Fauci

It's too soon to determine whether Omicron's rapid spread will turn a pandemic virus into an endemic disease, America's top infectious disease expert says.

That "would only be the case if we don't get another variant that eludes the immune response to the prior variant,"...

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