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12 Apr
Antibody Cocktail May Curb Infection in Unvaccinated Who Are Exposed to COVID-19

Antibody Cocktail May Curb Infection in Unvaccinated Who Are Exposed to COVID-19

People living with someone who has COVID-19 appear to get powerful protection against infection when they are given Regeneron's antibody cocktail, a new study shows.

The findings suggest that beyond preventing the worst outcomes for coronavirus infection when given ...

09 Apr
Bright Side: Sunnier Areas Have Lower COVID-19 Death Rates

Bright Side: Sunnier Areas Have Lower COVID-19 Death Rates

COVID-19 might have a tough new foe: The sun.

New research shows that sunnier regions of the United States have lower COVID-19 death rates than cloudier areas, suggesting that the sun's UV rays might somehow provide some protection against the disease.

The effect i...

08 Apr
COVID Cases Climb in the Midwest as British Variant Takes Hold in U.S.

COVID Cases Climb in the Midwest as British Variant Takes Hold in U.S.

As new coronavirus cases soared across the Upper Midwest on Wednesday, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that a highly infectious variant first discovered in Britain has now become the most common source of infections in this country.

07 Apr
A Few People With COVID Went a Crowded Bar: Here's What Happened

A Few People With COVID Went a Crowded Bar: Here's What Happened

COVID-19 is so contagious that even a single breach of social distancing measures can have far-reaching consequences.

A case in point: An explosion of new COVID-19 cases traced to five people who joined in on a bar's opening night in rural Illinois in February.

F...

07 Apr
Public Lost Trust in CDC During COVID Crisis: Poll

Public Lost Trust in CDC During COVID Crisis: Poll

Americans' trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, an opinion poll finds.

Researchers polled more than 2,000 Americans in May 2020 and questioned most again five months later. Respondents were asked to rate...

06 Apr
Moderna COVID Vaccine Offers Protection for at Least 6 Months: Study

Moderna COVID Vaccine Offers Protection for at Least 6 Months: Study

There's good news for the millions of Americans who've already received a dose or two of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine: New research shows the vaccine should protect against illness for at least six months.

The new study tracked 33 participants in the trials that led to the...

06 Apr
Low Risk That Scientists Can Pass Coronavirus to North American Bats

Low Risk That Scientists Can Pass Coronavirus to North American Bats

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists thought twice about studying North American bats in their winter habitats. But they've now determined that the risk of humans passing the coronavirus to bats under these conditions was low.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)...

05 Apr
If You've Had COVID, One Vaccine Jab Will Do: Study

If You've Had COVID, One Vaccine Jab Will Do: Study

A new U.S. study offers more evidence that a single dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine may provide enough protection to people who've previously been infected with the coronavirus.

"Our findings extend those from smaller studies reported elsewhere and support a potenti...

05 Apr
Got Your COVID Vaccine? Don't Stop Being Cautious, Experts Say

Got Your COVID Vaccine? Don't Stop Being Cautious, Experts Say

Just because you've had your COVID-19 vaccination doesn't mean you can stop taking steps to protect yourself and others, experts say.

So far, only about 16% of Americans have been fully vaccinated, and on March 24, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rep...

02 Apr
When Will America's Kids Get Their COVID Vaccines?

When Will America's Kids Get Their COVID Vaccines?

Kids will be kids, and that's exactly why Holly McDade plans to get her three young children the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available to them.

"Little kids can't help but touch their mouths and their noses and touch other things," said McDade, 32, of Strasbur...

01 Apr
1 in 4 Parents Won't Vaccinate Their Kids Against COVID-19: Poll

1 in 4 Parents Won't Vaccinate Their Kids Against COVID-19: Poll

More than one-quarter of U.S. parents don't plan to vaccinate their kids for COVID-19, and roughly as many oppose school-required coronavirus shots, a new study finds.

This opposition was more common among moms than dads, and was especially common among white mothers who...

01 Apr
Many Recovering COVID Patients Show Signs of Long-Term Organ Damage

Many Recovering COVID Patients Show Signs of Long-Term Organ Damage

Long-term organ damage appears to be common in hospitalized COVID-19 patients after they've recovered and been discharged, British researchers report.

One U.S. expert who read over the report said she's seen the same in her practice.

"This study proves that the dam...

01 Apr
Can Vaccinations Stop COVID Transmission? College Study Aims to Find Out

Can Vaccinations Stop COVID Transmission? College Study Aims to Find Out

It's the question everyone wants answered because reopening the world depends on it: Can coronavirus vaccines stop transmission of the virus?

Now, 21 universities across the United States are teaming up to find out.

The project, called Prevent COVID U, was started ...

31 Mar
He Watched His Hospitalized Son Battle COVID-Linked Illness

He Watched His Hospitalized Son Battle COVID-Linked Illness

In January, the coronavirus swept through Brian and Maria Padla's family of seven in Philadelphia, starting with their oldest daughter, 16, and then infecting Brian, Maria, and their four younger children.

The virus seemingly came and went without much fanfare for the fa...

30 Mar
New Coronavirus Can Also Infect Cells in the Mouth

New Coronavirus Can Also Infect Cells in the Mouth

Add another part of your body to the list of what COVID-19 can invade: New research shows mouth cells can be infected with the new coronavirus.

Previous studies have shown that the coronavirus infects the upper airways and lungs, the digestive system, blood vessels and k...

30 Mar
Have to Travel During Spring Break? Here's How to Stay Safe

Have to Travel During Spring Break? Here's How to Stay Safe

If you must travel during the spring break, be sure to follow recommended COVID-19 pandemic safety measures, an emergency medicine doctor advises.

Millions of people are packing airports, while only one-quarter of the U.S. population has received at least one shot of a C...

30 Mar
Diabetes Is Deadlier for Black Americans: Study

Diabetes Is Deadlier for Black Americans: Study

Black people have higher diabetes death rates than white people in the 30 largest cities in the United States, a new study finds.

But placing a cap on the price of insulin could narrow that racial gap, according to researcher Joanna Buscemi, of DePaul University in Chica...

25 Mar
In Rare Cases, People Can Get COVID After Vaccination

In Rare Cases, People Can Get COVID After Vaccination

It's very rare, but it is possible to catch COVID-19 even if you've been vaccinated, a new study finds.

Looking at vaccinated health care workers at two University of California campuses, researchers found a tiny number tested positive for the virus. This finding highli...

24 Mar
Another Study Finds COVID Doesn't Spread in Schools With Proper Safeguards

Another Study Finds COVID Doesn't Spread in Schools With Proper Safeguards

COVID-19 transmission is rare in schools that follow precautions such as mandatory masks, social distancing and frequent hand-washing, a new study finds.

And that's true even among close school contacts of people who test positive for the new coronavirus, according to re...

23 Mar
Study Finds Growing Acceptance of COVID Vaccine by U.S. Health Care Workers

Study Finds Growing Acceptance of COVID Vaccine by U.S. Health Care Workers

Health care workers were just as uneasy as everyone else when COVID-19 vaccines were about to be approved in the United States, with large numbers hesitant to take the shot in early December, a new study reveals.

But that hesitancy dwindled over the next few weeks, as he...

23 Mar
Feeling Rundown?  It Could Raise Your Odds for Severe COVID

Feeling Rundown?  It Could Raise Your Odds for Severe COVID

Groggy during the day? Feeling burned out at work? That could put you at increased risk for COVID-19 and more severe illness, a new study suggests.

"We found that lack of sleep at night, severe sleep problems and high level of burnout may be risk factors for COVID-19" f...

22 Mar
COVID-19 May Trigger Long-Term Thyroid Issues: Study

COVID-19 May Trigger Long-Term Thyroid Issues: Study

Yet another organ seems to be affected by a bout of COVID-19: the thyroid.

Italian researchers have examined the thyroids of dozens of patients who've recovered from moderate-to-severe cases of COVID-19. The study found evidence that SARS-CoV-2 infection may trigger an i...

22 Mar
Some Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Face High Risk of Severe COVID-19

Some Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Face High Risk of Severe COVID-19

Poorly controlled type 1 diabetes significantly increases a child's risk of COVID-19 complications and death, researchers warn.

The risk of complications is 10 times higher in youngsters with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes than in those with well-controlled diabetes, ...

19 Mar
CDC Says 3 Feet of Social Distancing Now OK in Most Classrooms

CDC Says 3 Feet of Social Distancing Now OK in Most Classrooms

In a move that should make reopening schools an easier task, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday lowered its social distancing recommendation for most classrooms to 3 feet.

That should enable many schools to keep all students enrolled in a cla...

19 Mar
You've Had Your Vaccine, What Can You Safely Do Now?

You've Had Your Vaccine, What Can You Safely Do Now?

The U.S. COVID-19 vaccination program is proceeding apace, with more than one-fifth of adult Americans having received at least one dose and eligibility opening up for everyone by May 1, under orders from President Joe Biden.

That means the fully vaccinated now have one ...

19 Mar
Wuhan Study Supports Need for Vaccines to Stop COVID's Spread

Wuhan Study Supports Need for Vaccines to Stop COVID's Spread

Fewer than 1 in 10 people in Wuhan carried COVID-19 antibodies in their bloodstream four months after the coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city that served as a harbinger of a global pandemic, a new study shows.

Further, only about 40% of those people tested positive ...

19 Mar
Surgical Patients Allergic to Penicillin Have Another Safe Alternative

Surgical Patients Allergic to Penicillin Have Another Safe Alternative

The antibiotic cefazolin is a safe alternative to prevent infection in most surgical patients who are allergic to penicillin, according to a new study.

Cefazolin is a type of antibiotic known as a cephalosporin. It's the recommended antibiotic for most surgical procedure...

18 Mar
Still Leery of COVID Vaccines? Top Expert Debunks Those Myths

Still Leery of COVID Vaccines? Top Expert Debunks Those Myths

Don't believe everything you hear: A sizable minority of Americans are still hesitant about getting the new COVID-19 vaccine, but their fears are mostly not warranted, a leading vaccine expert says.

"Not only has it been shown to be safe in tens of thousands of people be...

17 Mar
Some Long Haul COVID Patients Are Feeling Better After Vaccination

Some Long Haul COVID Patients Are Feeling Better After Vaccination

For many, it's like emerging suddenly from a long, dark tunnel.

Some people who've been laid low for months by so-called "long haul" symptoms after a coronavirus infection say that within days of getting their COVID-19 vaccine, those symptoms nearly disappeared.

Sp...

17 Mar
Disappointment and Hope From Two HIV Prevention Trials

Disappointment and Hope From Two HIV Prevention Trials

An antibody infusion being tested for preventing HIV does not seem to thwart most infections -- but its success against certain strains of the virus suggests researchers are on the right track.

That's the takeaway from a clinical trial that put the antibody, called VRC01...

17 Mar
Most Women Can Give Birth Naturally Even When Water Breaks Early: Study

Most Women Can Give Birth Naturally Even When Water Breaks Early: Study

Most women can have a natural childbirth even if labor doesn't begin soon after their water breaks, according to a new study.

This situation occurs in about 11% of pregnant women who carry to term. Labor is typically induced in such cases.

But University of Michiga...

17 Mar
'Slow Walkers' at Higher Odds for Severe COVID-19

'Slow Walkers' at Higher Odds for Severe COVID-19

If you saunter and shuffle instead of scurry when you walk, you are at higher risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, British researchers warn.

For the study, the investigators analyzed data from more than 412,000 middle-aged Britons and found that among those wh...

16 Mar
Half of COVID Survivors Struggle With Depression: Study

Half of COVID Survivors Struggle With Depression: Study

To the lingering damage of COVID-19 infection, add this side effect: New research shows that more than half of those sickened by COVID-19 report depression.

Among more than 3,900 people who had COVID-19 surveyed between May 2020 and January 2021, 52% suffered symptoms of...

16 Mar
Need an Operation? Here's How COVID Has Changed Surgery

Need an Operation? Here's How COVID Has Changed Surgery

This year, COVID-19 has made decisions around surgery tougher than ever for folks who may need one. But one major medical group can help provide some answers.

Top on their list: Is it safe to have surgery right now?

"It is very safe to have surgery, especially with...

16 Mar
Health Care Workers More Likely to Catch COVID at Home, Not Workplace

Health Care Workers More Likely to Catch COVID at Home, Not Workplace

Health care workers are more likely to catch COVID-19 at home or in their community than on the job, a new study finds.

"The news is reassuring in that it shows the measures taken are working to prevent infections from spreading in health care facilities," said study co-...

15 Mar
Nearly All Americans Who Got First COVID Shot Are Are Getting Their Second

Nearly All Americans Who Got First COVID Shot Are Are Getting Their Second

In more good news on the coronavirus vaccine front, a new government report finds that 88% of Americans who get their first COVID-19 shot return for their second.

That bodes well for the United States, since full vaccination is vital to stopping the pandemic.

In De...

15 Mar
People With Intellectual Disabilities at High Risk for Fatal COVID-19

People With Intellectual Disabilities at High Risk for Fatal COVID-19

Having an intellectual disability is second only to being elderly as a risk factor for dying from COVID-19, a new study suggests.

"The chances of dying from COVID-19 are higher for those with intellectual disability than they are for people with congestive heart failure,...

12 Mar
Backyard Chicken Coops Pose Threat of 'Viral Spillover' to People

Backyard Chicken Coops Pose Threat of 'Viral Spillover' to People

Raising chickens in your backyard -- a popular trend during the COVID-19 pandemic -- holds risks that can come home to roost in an unwelcome way.

It's already well known that poultry can spread the salmonella bacteria to human handlers. But chickens cooped up in backyard...

12 Mar
Why Cotton Masks Are Safer Masks

Why Cotton Masks Are Safer Masks

Cotton masks provide better protection against the new coronavirus than those made with synthetic fabrics, researchers say.

In a new study, investigators tested different mask fabrics under conditions that mimic the humidity of a person's breath in order to assess how th...

12 Mar
How Bad Was COVID in Your State? Governor's Party Affiliation Was Key

How Bad Was COVID in Your State? Governor's Party Affiliation Was Key

Could whether your governor is a Democrat or a Republican have influenced how many coronavirus cases and deaths your state has seen during the pandemic?

Yes, claim researchers who discovered a strong link between the two -- by late last summer, the odds of dying from COV...

11 Mar
Social Distancing Probably Stopped 2020 Outbreak of Paralyzing Disorder in Kids

Social Distancing Probably Stopped 2020 Outbreak of Paralyzing Disorder in Kids

Social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have prevented an anticipated outbreak of a rare polio-like syndrome in children, researchers report.

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a spinal condition that causes weakness in the limbs, impairs motor function an...

11 Mar
New Guidelines Mean Nursing Home Residents Can Hug Their Families Again

New Guidelines Mean Nursing Home Residents Can Hug Their Families Again

After nearly a year of painful isolation, the U.S. government said Wednesday that vaccinated nursing home residents can hug their loved ones again and enjoy more indoor visits.

The new guidance, issued by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), co...

10 Mar
Is It Safe to Have Surgery Soon After a COVID Diagnosis?

Is It Safe to Have Surgery Soon After a COVID Diagnosis?

If you have surgery scheduled and you just found out you are infected with COVID-19, new research suggests you should push your operation back by at least seven weeks.

Why? Because not doing so could raise your risk of postoperative death, British scientists warn.

...

09 Mar
Pollen Peril: Sneezin' Season May Up COVID Risk

Pollen Peril: Sneezin' Season May Up COVID Risk

It's that time of year when flowers and trees bloom freely and pollen makes the lives of many miserable. But new research reveals a hidden risk: It could also make you more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection.

COVID-19 infection rates waxed and waned with pollen counts in 2...

05 Mar
How Moving the Homeless to Hotels During the Pandemic Helps Everyone

How Moving the Homeless to Hotels During the Pandemic Helps Everyone

Giving homeless COVID-19 patients a free hotel room for their quarantine and recovery pays huge health dividends for the entire community, according to a new study out of San Francisco.

Only 4% of homeless folks transferred from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital ...

05 Mar
With 3 COVID Vaccines Approved, Is There a 'Best' Shot?

With 3 COVID Vaccines Approved, Is There a 'Best' Shot?

Americans love to have choices, and now there are three COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the United States.

But infectious disease experts say that all three protect strongly against severe COVID-19, so there is only one criteria to use in deciding which vaccine is ...

05 Mar
A Vaccine Against UTIs? New Mouse Study Brings Shot Closer

A Vaccine Against UTIs? New Mouse Study Brings Shot Closer

Many women suffer through countless urinary tract infections (UTIs), but a new study in mice offers hope that a vaccine could one day bring their nightmares to an end.

"Although several vaccines against UTIs have been investigated in clinical trials, they have so far had...

04 Mar
More Data Suggests New Coronavirus Variants Weaken Vaccines, Treatments

More Data Suggests New Coronavirus Variants Weaken Vaccines, Treatments

There's new evidence that fast-spreading variants of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 are more resistant to antibody treatments and vaccines.

Researchers assessed variants first identified in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Brazil and found that they can evade a...

04 Mar
COVID Death Rates 10 Times Higher in Countries Where Most Are Overweight: Report

COVID Death Rates 10 Times Higher in Countries Where Most Are Overweight: Report

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (Healthday News) -- In a finding that suggests overweight people should be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines, a new report released Thursday shows the risk of death from coronavirus infection is about 10 times higher in countries where most of the popul...

04 Mar
She Barely Survived a Severe Form of COVID-19 Hitting Kids

She Barely Survived a Severe Form of COVID-19 Hitting Kids

Like many people this past year, teenager Tyona Montgomery began experiencing a sore throat and a loss of sense of smell and taste in November that suggested she might have COVID-19.

A positive test confirmed it, but she quickly felt better.

Then, just two weeks la...