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28 Jul
Vitamin D May Lower Black Women's Odds for COVID-19

Vitamin D May Lower Black Women's Odds for COVID-19

Unlocking a clue to why Black women might be more susceptible to COVID-19, a new study shows that low levels of vitamin D may increase their risk of infection.

That doesn't mean that people should rely on vitamin D supplements to protect themselves against COVID-19, howe...

22 Jul
Pfizer Vaccine Offers 88% Protection Against Delta Variant, But 2 Doses Needed

Pfizer Vaccine Offers 88% Protection Against Delta Variant, But 2 Doses Needed

Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine provides surprisingly robust protection against the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID-19 -- but only if you've gotten both doses.

Fresh data out of England shows that two doses of the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine is 88% effective in pr...

21 Jul
In a First for the Continent, Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Produced in South Africa

In a First for the Continent, Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Produced in South Africa

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be produced for the first time in Africa by a South African firm, Pfizer announced Wednesday.

The Biovac Institute in Cape Town will produce the vaccine for distribution across Africa, which is in desperate need of more COVID-19 vaccines ...

21 Jul
Secret Weapon: Why the 2nd Dose of Pfizer Vaccine Is So Crucial

Secret Weapon: Why the 2nd Dose of Pfizer Vaccine Is So Crucial

It takes two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to "wake up" cells that play a very important role in the body's immune response, with the second dose increasing their numbers 100-fold, according to new research.

The Stanford University study may help explain ...

19 Jul
Canada Surpasses U.S. COVID Vaccination Rates

Canada Surpasses U.S. COVID Vaccination Rates

COVID-19 vaccination rates in Canada have now beaten those in the United States.

As of Saturday, more than 49% of eligible people in Canada were fully vaccinated, and 70% had received at least one dose of vaccine, according to figures from the Our World in Data project, ...

19 Jul
Chinese Man Dies of Rare Virus From Monkeys

Chinese Man Dies of Rare Virus From Monkeys

A Chinese researcher has died after catching a rare infectious disease called the Monkey B virus, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention officials say.

In March, the 53-year-old veterinarian dissected two dead monkeys as part of his work in a Beijing research ...

19 Jul
Monkeypox Case Confirmed in U.S. Resident, Threat of Spread Is Low

Monkeypox Case Confirmed in U.S. Resident, Threat of Spread Is Low

A case of monkeypox has been confirmed in an American who had recently traveled to Nigeria, U.S. health officials reported. Officials believe the threat of the virus spreading to others is low.

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that's in the same ...

16 Jul
More Than a Quarter of Long COVID Patients Still Not Recovered After 6 Months

More Than a Quarter of Long COVID Patients Still Not Recovered After 6 Months

How long can some COVID symptoms linger? New research suggests that more than a quarter of adults who had COVID-19 in 2020 weren't fully recovered six to eight months later.

There's growing evidence that COVID-19 can cause long-term physical and mental health problems. T...

15 Jul
Chinese Man Hospitalized With H5N6 Bird Flu

Chinese Man Hospitalized With H5N6 Bird Flu

A man in China has been hospitalized with the H5N6 strain of avian flu, which is one of several potentially dangerous strains that can infect humans.

The 55-year-old man came down with a fever and tested positive for the virus on July 6. He was hospitalized in Bazhong, a...

15 Jul
COVID Antibodies From Vaccination Are Almost 3 Times Higher Than From Infection

COVID Antibodies From Vaccination Are Almost 3 Times Higher Than From Infection

THURSDAY, July 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- People who've been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have a much stronger immune system response against the new coronavirus than those who've previously been infected, according to a new study.

"Vaccinated i...

15 Jul
Heart Troubles Ease Over Time in Kids With MIS-C

Heart Troubles Ease Over Time in Kids With MIS-C

Here's some reassuring news for parents: Most heart problems in children with a rare inflammatory condition triggered by COVID-19 infection resolve within a few months, a new study finds.

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) causes inflammation throughou...

13 Jul
Inhaled COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Animal Trials

Inhaled COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Animal Trials

Breathing in protection: Scientists say an experimental inhaled COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in animal tests.

"The currently available vaccines against COVID-19 are very successful, but the majority of the world's population is still unvaccinated and there is a critica...

12 Jul
Could Men's Testosterone Play Role in COVID Survival?

Could Men's Testosterone Play Role in COVID Survival?

Men with low testosterone levels have a much higher risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, a new study from Italy finds.

The study included nearly 300 symptomatic male COVID-19 patients who arrived at the emergency department and were admitted to San Raffaele Un...

09 Jul
U.S. COVID Vaccine Rollout Saved 279,000 Lives: Study

U.S. COVID Vaccine Rollout Saved 279,000 Lives: Study

COVID-19 vaccines have prevented at least 279,000 deaths and 1.25 million hospitalizations in the United States, but the Delta variant poses a significant threat to that progress, researchers say.

"The vaccines have been strikingly successful in reducing the spread of th...

09 Jul
COVID Cases Surge in Los Angeles County as Delta Variant Spreads

COVID Cases Surge in Los Angeles County as Delta Variant Spreads

There is "exponential growth" of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County as the Delta variant becomes the dominant strain, health officials there reported Thursday.

Even though 60% of people older than 16 in the county have been fully vaccinated, the case rate rose from ...

09 Jul
Global Consortium Finds Genes That Drive Severe COVID-19

Global Consortium Finds Genes That Drive Severe COVID-19

Why do some people infected with SARS-CoV-2 have either no or negligible symptoms, while others sicken and die?

Scientists who've pinpointed several genetic markers associated with severe COVID-19 say their findings could provide answers to that important question -- and...

09 Jul
Your Job Could Put You at Much Higher Risk for Flu

Your Job Could Put You at Much Higher Risk for Flu

Your job may significantly increase your risk of catching the flu, with potential implications for the spread of other infectious diseases including COVID-19, according to new research.

On average, working folks are 35% more likely to get the flu than those without jobs,...

05 Jul
India's COVID Crisis Could Spawn Another: Antibiotic Misuse

India's COVID Crisis Could Spawn Another: Antibiotic Misuse

While COVID-19 surged in India, so did the overuse or widespread misuse of antibiotics -- risking a future threat of drug-resistant bacteria.

Antibiotic sales soared during India's first wave of COVID, suggesting the drugs were used to treat mild and moderate cases. That...

02 Jul
How Much Should the Delta Variant Worry You?

How Much Should the Delta Variant Worry You?

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is upending any return to normalcy in some parts of the United States, with locales like Los Angeles County urging vaccinated folks to once again don masks indoors.

Infectious disease experts said these places are acting with an abundance of...

01 Jul
COVID Falls From America's #1 Killer to #7 by June

COVID Falls From America's #1 Killer to #7 by June

A steep rise in vaccination rates has dropped COVID-19 from the first to the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, a new analysis shows.

The disease was the third leading cause of death for much of 2020, but became the leading cause of death in December 2...

30 Jun
Could the 'Mono' Virus Be Driving Long-Haul COVID?

Could the 'Mono' Virus Be Driving Long-Haul COVID?

Some folks suffering COVID long-haul symptoms might actually be experiencing an attack of fatigue-inducing Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a new study argues.

Two-thirds of a group of 30 COVID long-haul patients had high levels of Epstein-Barr antibodies, suggesting that EBV l...

30 Jun
Some Myeloma Patients Get No Protection From COVID-19 Vaccines

Some Myeloma Patients Get No Protection From COVID-19 Vaccines

Because they're often given drugs that suppress their immune systems, people battling a blood cancer known as multiple myeloma have varying responses to the COVID-19 vaccine, new research shows.

Some patients had no evidence at all of COVID-fighting antibody production a...

28 Jun
No Sign Prior COVID Infection Affects a Woman's Fertility: Study

No Sign Prior COVID Infection Affects a Woman's Fertility: Study

COVID-19 infection doesn't reduce the chances of successful fertility treatment in women, a small new study suggests.

Concerns have been raised about how the virus affects women's fertility because it invades its target cells by binding to the ACE2 receptor, which is wid...

25 Jun
99% of New U.S. COVID Hospitalizations, Deaths Occurring Among the Unvaccinated

99% of New U.S. COVID Hospitalizations, Deaths Occurring Among the Unvaccinated

Unvaccinated people now account for nearly all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in the United States, federal government figures show.

An Associated Press analysis of May data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that infections in...

25 Jun
Is the 'Delta Plus' COVID Variant a New Concern?

Is the 'Delta Plus' COVID Variant a New Concern?

India, already hit hard by the Delta variant of COVID-19, has labeled a closely related new variant -- dubbed "Delta Plus" -- as a "variant of concern."

But some epidemiologists in India and abroad say there's just not enough data yet to warrant broader cautions about th...

25 Jun
As COVID Rules Ease, Common Colds Rebound Across America

As COVID Rules Ease, Common Colds Rebound Across America

Infectious disease expert Ravina Kullar's husband has a cold. So does her sister-in-law.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Clinic's waiting rooms are becoming much more frequented by folks with coughs, sneezes and sniffles, said family medicine physician Dr. Neha Vyas.

Thes...

25 Jun
When, Where Was the First Case of COVID-19?

When, Where Was the First Case of COVID-19?

The first case of COVID-19 may have occurred in China weeks earlier than previously thought, a new study claims.

The first officially identified case occurred in early December 2019, but increasing evidence suggests the original case may have emerged earlier.

In th...

24 Jun
Lost Sense of Smell Returns for Almost All COVID Survivors

Lost Sense of Smell Returns for Almost All COVID Survivors

A year on, nearly all patients in a French study who lost their sense of smell after a bout of COVID-19 did regain that ability, researchers report.

"Persistent COVID-19-related anosmia [loss of smell] has an excellent prognosis, with nearly complete recovery at one year...

24 Jun
Mental Confusion an Early Warning Sign of Severe COVID-19

Mental Confusion an Early Warning Sign of Severe COVID-19

COVID-19 patients with mental confusion are at increased risk for a severe form of the illness, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed the electronic health records of more than 36,000 COVID-19 patients at five Florida hospitals. Of those, 12% developed severe COVID-19....

23 Jun
Another Pollen Misery: It Might Help Transmit COVID-19

Another Pollen Misery: It Might Help Transmit COVID-19

Pollen is tough enough for allergy sufferers, but a new study suggests it also helps spread the new coronavirus and other airborne germs.

Researchers had noticed a connection between COVID-19 infection rates and pollen concentrations on the National Allergy Map of the Un...

22 Jun
Autopsy Study Shows How COVID Harms the Brain

Autopsy Study Shows How COVID Harms the Brain

The brains of people who died from COVID-19 were remarkably similar to the brains of people who die from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, showing inflammation and disrupted circuitry, researchers report.

"The brains of patients who died fr...

21 Jun
Not-So-Happy-Birthdays: Parties Helped Spread COVID, Study Finds

Not-So-Happy-Birthdays: Parties Helped Spread COVID, Study Finds

Birthday celebrations raised the risk of spreading SARS-CoV-2 by 30% last year in U.S. counties with high rates of COVID-19, according to a new study.

No such surge was seen in places with low rates of infection.

For the study, researchers at Harvard Medical School...

18 Jun
U.S. to Spend $3.2 Billion to Help Develop Antiviral Pills for COVID

U.S. to Spend $3.2 Billion to Help Develop Antiviral Pills for COVID

After spending billions to speed the creation of COVID-19 vaccines, the United States said Thursday that it will now devote $3.2 billion to the development of antiviral pills that could stop the new coronavirus before it does its worst damage.

Along with "accelerating th...

17 Jun
Animal Study Offers Hope for a Better Herpes Treatment

Animal Study Offers Hope for a Better Herpes Treatment

Aiming to deliver a one-two punch to the herpes virus, animal research on an experimental drug found it tackled active infections and reduced or eliminated the risk of future outbreaks.

Existing treatments, such as Zovirax, Valtrex or Famvir, are o...

17 Jun
Living With HIV Raises Odds for Sudden Cardiac Death

Living With HIV Raises Odds for Sudden Cardiac Death

People living with HIV have to take powerful drug cocktails to keep their disease in check, but a new study finds they also need to worry about a doubled risk of sudden cardiac death.

Unlike a heart attack caused by a blocked heart artery, sudden cardiac death can happen...

17 Jun
Less Than 1% of People Who've Had Severe COVID Get Re-Infected

Less Than 1% of People Who've Had Severe COVID Get Re-Infected

People who have had severe COVID-19 and worry about going through another bout of it can relax: New research finds that less than 1% of people who've had a severe coronavirus infection get re-infected.

For the study, University of Missouri researchers analyzed data from...

16 Jun
Pandemic Silver Lining: Fewer Dangerous Flare-Ups for COPD Patients

Pandemic Silver Lining: Fewer Dangerous Flare-Ups for COPD Patients

Public health precautions meant to reduce the spread of COVID-19 may have had an unintended but happy side effect.

They may also have benefited individuals who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study.

During the pandemic, admissi...

14 Jun
Babies Produce Strong Immune Response to Ward Off COVID-19: Study

Babies Produce Strong Immune Response to Ward Off COVID-19: Study

British researchers report that babies have a strong immune response to the virus that causes COVID-19, based on a new, small study.

For the research, the investigators assessed the immune systems of four infants under 3 months of age who had recovered from COVID, and c...

11 Jun
Will People Really Need a Yearly COVID Booster Vaccine?

Will People Really Need a Yearly COVID Booster Vaccine?

As the number of people fully immunized against COVID-19 rises into the hundreds of millions, immunologists and infectious disease experts now are pondering a new question in the unfolding pandemic.

Namely, how long will vaccine immunity last, and will people who've gott...

09 Jun
Colds, Bronchitis Cases Resurged After Texas Eased COVID Rules

Colds, Bronchitis Cases Resurged After Texas Eased COVID Rules

After Texas relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, other respiratory illnesses -- such as colds, bronchitis and pneumonia -- made rapid rebounds.

Pathologists from Houston Methodist Hospital found that the rhinovirus and enterovirus infections that can trigger these illnesses st...

08 Jun
Real-World Study Shows Power of Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines to Prevent COVID

Real-World Study Shows Power of Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines to Prevent COVID

A real-world study shows that even when folks who get the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines do have 'breakthrough' infections, those illnesses are mild.

The study, from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is among the first to show that...

07 Jun
Many Existing Drugs Could Be Potent COVID Fighters: Study

Many Existing Drugs Could Be Potent COVID Fighters: Study

It has been an elusive goal so far -- finding a potent treatment that can beat back the new coronavirus before it grabs a hold of a patient's immune system and sends it into overdrive.

But new research suggests that more than a dozen existing drugs or drugs under develop...

04 Jun
Prior COVID Infection May Shield You From Another for at Least 10 Months

Prior COVID Infection May Shield You From Another for at Least 10 Months

In some good news for those who have already suffered through a bout of COVID-19, a new study finds they may have a much lower risk of reinfection for at least 10 months.

For the study, the researchers analyzed rates of SARS-CoV-2 infections between October 2020 and Febr...

02 Jun
NIH Starts Trial Assessing 'Mix & Match' COVID Vaccine Approach

NIH Starts Trial Assessing 'Mix & Match' COVID Vaccine Approach

Moderna plus Pfizer? J&J plus Moderna? There's a new clinical trial underway to assess the safety and effectiveness of mixing different types of booster shots in adults who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

"Although the vaccines currently authorized by the ...

01 Jun
U.S. Blood Supply Is Safe From Coronavirus, Study Finds

U.S. Blood Supply Is Safe From Coronavirus, Study Finds

COVID-19 does not pose a threat to the safety of the United States' blood supply under existing donor screening guidelines, researchers report.

For the study, the investigators reviewed the results of tests for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in nearly 18,000 pools of donated...

26 May
Testosterone Might Influence COVID Severity in Men

Testosterone Might Influence COVID Severity in Men

Low testosterone levels may increase men's risk of severe COVID-19, according to a new study.

On average, men fare worse with COVID-19 than women.

"During the pandemic, there has been a prevailing notion that testosterone is bad. But we found the opposite in men," ...

25 May
Are Some Foods Super Bitter to You? You Might Have Lower COVID Risk

Are Some Foods Super Bitter to You? You Might Have Lower COVID Risk

If you can't stand broccoli, celery or kale, you may be a supertaster, and it just might protect you from COVID-19.

Supertasters are folks who are highly sensitive to bitterness. They're not only less likely to get COVID-19 than people who aren't so sensitive to sharp, p...

25 May
In 10 Years, COVID-19 Could Be 'Just the Sniffles'

In 10 Years, COVID-19 Could Be 'Just the Sniffles'

The virus fueling the COVID-19 pandemic could become just an ordinary sniffle-causing nuisance within the next 10 years, a new study suggests.

Researchers stressed that the projection is based on mathematical models, and not a crystal-ball prediction.

But, they say...

24 May
'Brain Fog' Can Linger With Long-Haul COVID

'Brain Fog' Can Linger With Long-Haul COVID

MONDAY, May 24, 2021 (HealthDay News) - As researchers work to learn more about COVID-19 and so-called long-haulers, a new study suggests "brain fog" can persist and even worsen for those who were infected months before.

Long-haulers continue to have symptoms long after ...

20 May
In Newly Discovered Case, a Coronavirus Has Jumped From Dog to Human

In Newly Discovered Case, a Coronavirus Has Jumped From Dog to Human

A new coronavirus that appears to have jumped from a dog to a child has been discovered from a case three years ago, but it's unclear what threat it may pose.

This new canine-like coronavirus was found in a child in Malaysia in 2018. If it is confirmed as a human pathoge...

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