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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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Skipping COVID Vaccine in Pregnancy Brings Big Risks to Mothers, Babies

FRIDAY, Jan. 14, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Unvaccinated pregnant women are putting themselves and their baby at risk for serious complications of COVID-19, according to new research out of Scotland.

For women who have the virus within 28 days of their delivery date, those complications include preterm births, stillbirths and newborn deaths. Infant deaths are four times h...

COVID Vaccine May Temporarily Add 1 Day to Menstrual Cycle: Study

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 may slightly and temporarily extend the time between a woman's menstrual periods, a new study reports.

On average, researchers found that the extra time amounts to slightly less than one day. It's something many women...

Anytime Is the Right Time for COVID Vaccine in Pregnancy

The best time during pregnancy to get a COVID-19 vaccine appears to be right now.

A new study found that antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in nearly 1,400 women and their babies at the time of delivery didn’t vary dramatically based on when a woman go...

Real-World Data Confirms Pfizer Vaccine Safe for Kids Ages 5-11

New U.S. data based on nearly 9 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine delivered to kids ages 5 to 11 shows no major safety issues, according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The vaccine was first authorized for use in th...

'Breakthrough' COVID Infections Can Still Be Deadly for Cancer Patients

MONDAY, Dec 27, 2021 (HealthDay News)-- When fully vaccinated cancer patients develop a breakthrough case of COVID-19, most will become seriously ill and end up hospitalized, a new study finds.

The conclusion stems from the experience of 54 cancer patients who developed COVID-19.

Sixty-five percent were hospitalized following infection, while nearly 1 in 5 (19%) were placed on a mec...

Omicron Cases Pass U.S. Peak Seen With Delta, But With Fewer Hospitalizations

COVID-19 is again surging throughout the United States, with the Omicron variant already outpacing this summer’s Delta variant in the rate of daily cases.

However, numbers of hospitalizations have not yet reached those surging numbers this holiday season, according to CNN. That may not last, experts warn, because tens of millions of Americans continue to be at higher risk of c...

U.S. to Lift Travel Restrictions for Southern African Countries

Starting Dec. 31, the United States will lift travel restrictions from eight countries in southern Africa.

The restrictions were first announced in late November in response to concerns about Omicron, the new highly contagious variant of COVID-19. Omicron was spotted first in southern Afr...

Three New Studies Suggest Omicron Triggers Milder Illness Than Delta

In some heartening news for the holidays, three new studies that combed through early data on the new Omicron variant suggest it does not cause severe disease as often as the Delta variant does.

On the other hand, Omicron is so contagious that it will likely increase hospitalizations, and...

Going Viral: Flu Rebounds as Omicron Variant Surges

Flu is making a comeback in the United States this year, with cases rising around the country even as the Omicron variant is surging, infectious disease experts say.

"We already are seeing significant increases in the amount of influenza occurring across the United States, especially with regards to the eastern part of the U.S. and the central part of the country," said Dr. Tina Tan, an i...

Biden Outlines Measures to Fight Omicron, Pleads With Americans to Get Vaccinated

President Joe Biden laid out a comprehensive plan on Tuesday to help Americans navigate a tough winter facing the Omicron variant, but he also made an impassioned plea for every eligible person to get vaccines and boosters.

"For the folks who aren't vaccinated, you may think you're putting only yourself at risk, but your choice is not just a choice about you," Biden said during a speech f...

Biden to Fight Omicron With 500 Million Free COVID Tests, Military Aid to Hospitals

President Joe Biden plans to announce his latest battle plan for fighting the formidable Omicron variant on Tuesday, with measures to include distributing 500 million free rapid COVID tests to the public, opening new federal testing sites, sending out hundreds of federal vaccinators, and providing 1,000 military medical personnel to bolster beleaguered hospitals.

The measures, many of whi...

Moderna Says Its Booster Protects Well Against Omicron

Moderna Inc. announced Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine booster shot significantly increased antibodies against the Omicron variant.

“The dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases from the Omicron variant is concerning to all. However, these data showing that the currently authorized Moderna COVID-19 booster can boost neutralizing antibody levels 37-fold higher than pre-boost levels are reass...

Biden to Address Nation Tuesday on Omicron Response, Outlook

MONDAY, Dec. 20, 2021 ( HealthDay News) -- As coronavirus cases start to surge once again across the United States, President Joe Biden will address the nation about the Omicron variant on Tuesday.

"Building off his Winter Plan, the President will announce new steps the Administration is taking to help communities in need of assistance, while also issuing a stark warning of what the winte...

Pfizer Vaccine Disappoints in Kids Ages 2 to 5

Two doses of a pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine failed to spur an adequate immune response in children aged 2 to 5, the companies announced Friday.

That's a setback for parents hoping to get their youngest children immunized against the new coronavirus as soon as possible.

The pediatric trials used a 3 microgram (mcg) dose of the vaccine — equivalent to about one-te...

Vaccination Plus Breakthrough Infection Might Give 'Super Immunity' Against New Variants

Breakthrough infections in people who've been vaccinated against COVID-19 may trigger "super immunity" against coronavirus variants, including Omicron, according to a new study.

"The key is to get vaccinated. You’ve got to have a foundation of protection," said co-author Dr. Marcel Curlin, an associate professor of medicine at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland.

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Baby's Immune System Is Tougher Than You Think

When it comes to fending off new viruses, baby has Mom and Dad beat.

An infant's immune system is better than an adult's at combating new viruses, researchers say.

Compared to adults, babies get a lot of viral respiratory infections, but babies are dealing with these viruses for the first time, study author Donna Farber pointed out.

“Adults don’t get sick as often because ...

COVID Vaccines Offer Only Some Protection for People Battling Myeloma

COVID-19 vaccination provides far less protection to people with multiple myeloma than to survivors of other types of cancer, new research shows.

The findings highlight the need for multiple myeloma patients “to be especially careful -- to take social distancing seriously and utilize masking -- even if they’ve been vaccinated,” said study senior author Dr. Nikhil Munshi, from the Je...

Omicron Resists Pfizer Vaccine But Causes Less Severe Disease: Study

Compared to previous coronavirus variants, Omicron appears to cause less severe illness, but is more resistant to the Pfizer vaccine, researchers at South Africa's largest health insurer report.

The team at Discovery Health analyzed 211,000 positive coronavirus cases during the country's fourth wave, including 78,000 attributed to

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  • Half of U.S. Parents of Teens Got Their Child Vaccinated, But Uptake Slows

    Nearly half of 12- to 17-year-olds in the United States have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, but the initial rush to get teens immunized has stalled, a new survey of parents shows.

    Only 1% of parents now plan to get their teen vaccinated as soon as possible; 13% said they'll wait and see how vaccination works for others; and 30% said they won't get their teen vaccinated.

    The...

    Report Finds World Ill-Prepared for Next Pandemic

    The world isn't ready to prevent or deal with another pandemic because many nations aren't taking the necessary steps to prepare for what is likely an inevitable future scenario, a new report shows.

    The Global Health Security (GHS) index -- an assessment of preparedness for various health emergencies and problems -- is produced by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Economist Impact and the Jo...

    Fear Keeps Some Cancer Patients From Getting COVID Vaccine

    Cancer patients are at risk for serious COVID-19 illness, but some are still afraid to get vaccinated against the virus, new research shows.

    Study authors surveyed nearly 200 high-risk cancer patients at the Mays Cancer Center in San Antonio, Texas. Only 56% said they'd received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, compared to the community vaccination rate of 76%.

    The three most com...

    Who Gets a Flu Shot? Having a Doctor Is Key

    Public health experts have long recommended getting a seasonal flu shot, but a new study suggests there's hesitancy about that vaccine, too. Physicians and pharmacists can play a key role in flu shot uptake, the research shows.

    Only about 44% of people who had a health care provider got their flu shots, the study found, but it was even worse among those who didn't have a doctor: Only one...

    Pfizer Says Vaccine Booster Should Protect Against Omicron Variant

    Pfizer/BioNTech said Wednesday that while two doses of their coronavirus vaccine may not offer good protection against the Omicron variant, adding a booster shot does the trick.

    According to a statement from the companies, blood tests fro...

    What Time You Get Your COVID Shot Might Affect Immune Response

    Can the time of day you get your COVID-19 vaccine affect how many antibodies you’ll make?

    A new study suggests that it can.

    Researchers found higher antibody levels in health care workers who received their vaccines in the afternoon, and they suggest that response to the vaccine may be affected by circadian rhythms.

    "Our observational study provides proof of concept that ...

    Had COVID? Getting Vaccinated Strengthens Your Antibodies to New Variants

    Yet another study shows that a combination of vaccination and previous infection may provide better protection against new COVID-19 variants than either one alone.

    That's because the antibodies a person develops after either just vaccination or previous infection may not be able to fend off new variants.

    In the new study, investigators found that antibodies in previously uninfected ...

    Young People Recover Quickly From Rare Heart Side Effect of COVID Vaccine

    It happens very rarely, but most teens and young adults who do experience heart inflammation (myocarditis) after a COVID-19 shot have mild symptoms and recover quickly, new research shows.

    “Overwhelmingly, data continue to indicate that the benefits of COVID-19 vaccinat...

    Were Cancer Patients Neglected in U.S. COVID Vaccine Rollout?

    In nearly two-thirds of U.S. states, cancer patients weren't put at the front of the line for COVID-19 vaccines in the initial phase of vaccination, a new study finds.

    Many cancer patients are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 as the disease or related treatments leaves them with weakened immune systems.

    Perhaps many cancer patients were skipped over for COVID shots because vaccinat...

    With Holidays Ahead, COVID Boosters a Must for People With Weak Immune Systems

    If you're a patient with a weakened immune system, roll up your sleeves to stay safe over the holidays and winter months.

    "Immunocompromised patients absolutely should get a flu shot as well as an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose," said Dr. Marwa Kaisey, a neuroimmunologist and assistant professor of neurology at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

    "Otherwise, they are more likely to have...

    Study Finds Delta Somewhat Resistant to Vaccines — What About Omicron?

    Lab studies show that the mutations found in COVID-19's Delta variant make the virus more resistant to existing vaccines, a potentially ominous development as the new Omicron variant starts to wend its way around the world.

    Full vaccination with the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines still produces enough antibodies to neutralize Delta, British researchers found.

    But the Delta variant p...

    Is the Mumps Vaccine Becoming Less Effective?

    Children and teenagers vaccinated against the mumps virus have accounted for one-third of infections in recent years, a new U.S. government study finds.

    The reasons are unclear, and experts stressed that routine childhood vaccination remains the best weapon against mumps -- a contagious infection that is usually mild, but can cause serious complications.

    After the mumps vaccine was ...

    HPV Vaccine Is Reducing Cervical Cancers in Teens, Young Women

    The first wave of girls to receive the HPV vaccine are much less likely to contract or die from cervical cancer than women just a few years older, a new study reports.

    Nearly all cases of cervical cancer are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), for which a vaccine has been available since 2006.

    Cervical cancer deaths and cases have fallen dramatically among 14- to 24-year-old women...

    Pfizer to Seek FDA Approval of Boosters for Teens Ages 16-17

    Pfizer Inc. is expected to seek approval this week for emergency use of its booster shots among American teens ages 16-17.

    Sources familiar with the matter told The New York Times that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could give the green light in about a week, which would make the Pfizer booster shot the first one available for people younger than 18.

    When asked about...

    Could a Single Dose of the HPV Vaccine Be Enough?

    Women getting vaccinated against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) now need two or three shots, but an African clinical trial suggests a single dose is just as effective.

    The finding could speed up the immunization process in developing countries with high levels of HPV-related cancers and protect many more women more quickly.

    "These findings are a gamechanger that may s...

    COVID Protection Wanes After 2 Doses of Pfizer Vaccine: Study

    Protection can gradually fade after a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer-BioNTech, which suggests that a booster shot might be necessary, researchers report.

    They analyzed data from more than 80,000 adults in Israel, average age 44, who had no previous evidence of infection and who had received a PCR test at least three weeks after their second shot of the two-dose Pfizer vacc...

    Some Republicans Calling for 'Natural Immunity' Exception to COVID Vaccines

    Republican lawmakers in several states are pushing vaccine mandate exemptions for workers who have so-called natural immunity due to a previous COVID-19 infection.

    That's despite evidence that vaccination can reduce the risk of COVID-19 even for those with a history of infection, and the fact that there's no easy way to assess the protection provided by prior infection, CBS News ...

    Boosters: What You Need to Know

    People will probably need regular booster shots for COVID-19 over the next few years to keep their immune systems on guard against a potentially deadly infection, an infectious disease expert says.

    COVID mutations and high transmission rates in some parts of the country mean that even the vaccinated remain at risk for a breakthrough infection, said Dr. Jonathan Abraham, assistant professo...

    U.S. COVID Cases, Hospitalizations on the Rise Just Before Thanksgiving

    Federal health officials are imploring Americans to get vaccinated as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations start to climb just ahead of the holidays.

    There's been an 18% increase in the United States' seven-day average of reported coronavirus infections, and a 6% increase in the seven-day average of COVID-19 hospitalizations, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. ...

    Booster Shots Prompt Stronger, Longer Protection Than Original Shots: Study

    COVID-19 booster shots trigger much stronger and longer protection than full vaccination with two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, according to a small study.

    It also found that the response to a booster is even greater in fully vaccinated people who have had infections.

    "Because these antibody levels are so robust, the booster could potentially give us protection for a long...

    Nearly 10% of Younger Kids Have Gotten First COVID Vaccine Dose

    Almost 1 in 10 eligible U.S. children ages 5-11 have received a first shot of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine since it was approved for that age group two weeks ago, the White House said Wednesday.

    Of the 2.6 million doses put into kids' arms so far, 1.7 million were administered in the last week alone, which is about twice as many in the first week, according to White House COVID-19 coord...

    Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Hospital Personnel Still Unvaccinated

    Nearly a third of health care staff in U.S. hospitals were not vaccinated against COVID-19 as of mid-September, a new study shows.

    Researchers analyzed data on more than 3.3 million health care workers at more than 2,000 hospitals nationwide between Jan. 20 and Sept. 15.

    "Our analysis revealed that vaccine coverage among U.S. hospital-based [health care personnel] stalled significan...

    Vaccinated Health Care Workers Shed Less COVID-19 Virus Than Unvaccinated

    Vaccinated health care workers with breakthrough COVID-19 infections shed less virus than those who are unvaccinated and infected, according to University of California, Los Angeles researchers.

    "SARS-CoV-2 viral loads are known to be a critical driver of transmission," wrote authors led by Dr. Paul Adamson, an assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases. "Thus,...

    Trial Begins of Nasal Vaccine for Alzheimer's Disease

    The first human clinical trial of a nasal vaccine to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease is set to begin after nearly 20 years of research.

    This is a "remarkable milestone," according to Dr. Howard Weiner, co-director of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

    "Over the last two decades, we've amassed preclinical evidence sugg...

    Most Older Adults Plan to Travel Soon, With Precautions: Poll

    Nearly 1 in 3 older Americans plan an extended trip next year, and 1 in 4 plan to travel for the holidays, but many will take COVID-19 into account, a new survey shows.

    If COVID cases surge at their destination, 20% said they would definitely change their plans, and another 52% said they might do so.

    "These poll findings are consistent with previous AARP research which shows that op...

    Cases of Children's Severe COVID-Linked Illness Were Worse in Second Wave

    A rare inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19 in children was more severe in the second wave of patients than in the first, researchers report.

    For the study, investigators examined the cases of 106 patients with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) who arrived in two waves at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C.

    In the first wave, patients were...

    More Evidence That COVID Vaccines Are Safe for Cancer Patients

    COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for most cancer patients, a new study confirms.

    Cancer patients have an increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID because their immune systems have been weakened by their disease or treatments.

    "We pursued this study because there were limited data on the safety of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in people with active cancer; no published pro...

    Wealthier Parents More Likely to Get COVID Vaccines for Young Kids: Poll

    In a finding that suggests a family's income influences parents' views on COVID vaccines for their younger kids, a new survey shows the more money parents make, the likelier they are to get their kids a shot.

    The poll of more than 2,000 parents found that 47% of those with annual incomes of $100,000 or more were willing to get their children ages 5-11 vaccinated, compared with just 37% of...

    Nearly 900,000 U.S. Kids Under 12 Have Gotten Their First COVID Shot

    About 900,000 U.S. children aged 5 to 11 received their initial dose of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine during the first week of eligibility for that age group, the Biden administration said Wednesday.

    Not only that, nearly 700,000 more are scheduled in the coming days, health officials added.

    The low-dose Pfizer vaccine for younger children was approved on Nov. 2 and the first doses w...

    Biden Administration Presses Schools to Provide COVID Shots to Kids

    As new government data showed that 360,000 young kids have now gotten their first shot, the Biden administration on Monday asked schools to help by hosting vaccination clinics and providing information to parents on the benefit of the shots.

    On Monday, First Lady Jill Biden kicked off a campaign to promote COVID vaccinations for kids as she and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy visit...

    Court Temporarily Blocks Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Big Businesses

    MONDAY, Nov. 8, 2021 (Healthday News) -- The Biden administration's new coronavirus vaccine mandate for large businesses has been blocked by a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Louisiana.

    In a petition filed Friday, a group of businesses, religious groups, advocacy organizations and several states -- including Louisiana and Texas -- argued that the ...

    For Kids Afraid of Needles, These Tips May Help Ease COVID Shots

    Across the country, children ages 5 to 11 are lining up to get their first dose of Pfizer's newly approved COVID-19 pediatric vaccine.

    Most kids fear needles, but a few simple steps can help your young one get their COVID-19 shots with the fewest tears shed, experts say.

    First, you need to get your own head together, said Dr. Vera Feuer, director of emergency psychiatry and behavior...

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