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Zinc Supplements May Help Prevent Colds and other Respiratory Tract Infections, Study Finds

Zinc supplements may help prevent respiratory tract infections, ease symptoms and shorten illness, researchers say.

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WHO Approves First Long-Acting Device to Shield Women From HIV

With HIV a continuing threat to women's health, the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved the first long-acting device to protect women from sexually transmitted HIV.

The device is a vaginal ring made of silicone elastomer, a flexible rubber-like material that makes it easy to insert and comfortable to use. The ring releases the antiretroviral drug dapivirine into the vagina slowly...

Even T. Rex Had Bone Trouble

They once ruled the planet, but even the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex could suffer from bone disease, new research shows.

Scientists used imaging to examine the lower left jaw of a fossilized T. rex skeleton discovered in Montana in 2010. The skeleton, which is about 68 million years old and one of the most complete skeletons of the carnivorous dinosaur ever found, is at the Museum für Natur...

Vaccines, Boosters Should Protect Against Severe COVID, Even With Omicron: Fauci

Americans who are vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 should have enough antibody protection to prevent severe illness if they become infected with the new Omicron variant, White House COVID response officials said Tuesday.

Omicron has caused concern among medical experts due to a "large number of mutations, around 50, much larger than previous variants," including some "anticipated t...

FDA Panel Mulls Merck's COVID Antiviral Pill

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel is meeting Tuesday to weigh both the safety and power of Merck's new antiviral pill in preventing severe COVID-19.

There are already two strikes against the pill: Fresh data from Merck shows that the drug, molnupiravir, isn't as effective as first reported; and FDA documents prepared for the panel meeting show the pill may pose a risk of ...

Regeneron Says Its Antibody Cocktail Likely Weakened by Omicron Variant

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals said Tuesday that its antibody cocktail, which is used widely to treat COVID-19 patients, may be less effective against the Omicron variant.

The company noted that prior analyses suggest that its monoclonal antibody cocktail, and similar drugs, could los...

Omicron Variant Spurs New York Officials to Recommend Masking Indoors

TUESDAY, Nov. 30. 2021 (HealthDy News) -- Amid growing concerns about the new Omicron variant, New York Governor Kathy Hochul and New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi have advised all residents to wear masks while indoors.

"Today, I am issuing a Commissioner's Advisory STRONGLY recommending that all New Yorkers wear a mask AT ALL TIMES when indoors and in a public setting ...

COVID May Trigger Heart Condition in Young Athletes

MONDAY, Nov. 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A heart condition, myocarditis, has been found in a number of U.S. college athletes who have had COVID-19, a new study finds.

Myocarditis has also been linked in some young people to the COVID vaccine. But the odds are far greater that this inflammation of the heart muscle will occur in those who get COVID infection itself...

What Experts Know About the Omicron 'Variant of Concern'

Hopes for an easing of the pandemic were dealt a major setback over the Thanksgiving weekend, with news that a variant first spotted in South Africa carries a multiplicity of mutations that might make it resistant to approved vaccines.

At an emergency meeting convened Friday by the World Health Organization, the agency dubbed the variant, first labeled B.1.1.529, with the name Omicron, th...

Vaccine Makers Already Testing Their Shots Against Omicron Variant

As concerns about the new Omicron variant grow, vaccine makers say they're already working on ways to protect people against the potential new threat.

Pfizer said it and its partner BioNTech could develop and produce a "tailor-made vaccine" in about 100 days if a "vaccine-escape" variant emerges, NBC News reported.

Meanwhile, Moderna said it was employing a three-pro...

How Easily Can Singing Spread COVID-19?

Singing in a choir may be good for your soul, but it can also spread COVID-19 far more easily than conversation does.

A new study also found that the louder and person sings or talks, the more particles are spewed into the air, and that more particles are released by men than women, and by adults than children.

Fears that airborne transmission of COVID-19 could pose a risk to ...

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 ...

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

TUESDAY, Nov. 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- 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. Cent...

Drug Long Used for Alcoholism Might Fight Severe COVID-19

A widely available drug used to treat alcoholism has potential as a COVID-19 treatment, researchers say.

The investigators found that people taking disulfiram (Antabuse) for alcoholism had a lower risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 and were less likely to die from COVID-19 if infected than those not taking the drug.

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  • Delta Variant Ups Risk of Stillbirth, Death During Pregnancy, Reports Show

    The Delta variant is proving to be dangerous for pregnant women, raising the odds of both stillbirth and death, new government reports reveal.

    In one study, researchers analyzed Mississippi State Department of Health data and discovered that among women with COVID-19, the death rate was three times higher among pregnant women than non-pregnant women of reproductive age, and the death rate...

    People on Immune-Suppressing Meds Fare Equally Well With Severe COVID

    Hospitalized COVID-19 patients who take medications that suppress the immune system don't have a higher risk of severe COVID-19 than those with normal immune systems, a new study finds.

    Early in the pandemic, it was feared that people taking immunosuppressive drugs were at increased risk of severe COVID-19 due to their weakened immune systems. The drugs are used to treat cancer and autoim...

    TV Remotes, Nurse Call Buttons: Where Coronavirus Lingers in Nursing Homes

    Though airborne exposure causes most cases of COVID-19, the virus lurks on objects near the beds of infected nursing home patients, according to a new study.

    "Coronavirus is ubiquitous and persistent in the rooms of nursing home residents with COVID-19, and highlight the ongoing importance of rigorous cleaning and protection of staff and visitors," first author Dr. Lona Mody said in a Un...

    New Review Claims First COVID Patient was Wuhan Market Vendor

    The first known person with COVID-19 was a vendor in a large seafood market in Wuhan, China, claims an American scientist whose findings challenge the World Health Organization's conclusion that the first patient was an accountant who lived miles from the market.

    Michael Worobey, a University of Arizona expert in tracing the evolution of viruses, examined a number of sources of informatio...

    Vials Found in Lab Contained Vaccine, not Smallpox Virus: CDC

    There was no smallpox virus in frozen vials recently discovered at a vaccine research facility in Pennsylvania, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

    Instead of the variola virus that causes smallpox, lab tests showed that the vials contained vaccinia, the virus used in smallpox vaccine, according to the agency.

    On Nov. 15, federal officials were alerted...

    Vials With Smallpox Labels Found at Vaccine Lab in Pennsylvania: CDC

    Several frozen vials that were labeled "smallpox" have been discovered in a vaccine research facility in Pennsylvania, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

    There is no indication that anyone was exposed to what was in the vials, the agency noted.

    The vials were found by a laboratory worker while cleaning out a freezer in a facility that conducts vaccine research...

    CDC Investigating Case of Monkeypox in Traveler From Nigeria

    A case of monkeypox in a traveler who returned to the United States from Nigeria is being investigated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Maryland Department of Health.

    The infected person is currently in isolation in Maryland.

    Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that typically begins with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes, and then...

    HPV Vaccination Rises in States That Don't Require Parental Consent

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) – When young people are allowed to give their own consent for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, vaccination rates are higher, new research shows.

    The new study suggests that allowing teens to consent without parental involvement could be an important strategy for boosting HPV vaccination rates. This consent is already a policy in several U.S....

    Pfizer COVID Pill to Be Made, Sold Cheaply in 95 Poor Countries

    Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement for its promising COVID-19 antiviral pill to be made and sold cheaply in 95 developing nations.

    The countries included in the licensing deal are mostly in Africa and Asia, and they account for more than half of the world's population, the company said in a

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  • 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...

    Certain Antidepressants Appear to Curb Severe COVID-19

    Certain commonly prescribed antidepressants appear to substantially lower the risk of dying among seriously ill COVID-19 patients, a large new study indicates.

    Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are among the most widely prescribed drugs for the treatment of depression. They include drugs like Lexapro (escitalopram), Paxil (paroxetine) and Zoloft (sertraline).

    "We saw...

    Still Feeling Nervous About Holiday Gatherings? Survey Finds You're Not Alone

    For Emily Litvin, this Thanksgiving is going to look different from the last one and she couldn't be happier about it.

    "I'm so excited to have some sort of normalcy, especially for my daughter and her cousins. It's nice for them to all get together and experience the traditions that we grew up with," said Litvin, a schoolteacher who lives near Columbus, Ohio. "We're so excited."

    Bu...

    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...

    U.S. Sees Decline in Sepsis Deaths, But Some Americans More Vulnerable

    While deaths from sepsis have dropped in the United States since 2000, older Americans remain particularly susceptible to the life-threatening bacterial infection, new government data shows.

    Sepsis strikes roughly 2 million people each year and is the cause of one in three hospital deaths in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    "S...

    Pandemic Puts 'Outdated' Infection Control Practices Under Scrutiny

    The COVID-19 pandemic has offered some lessons on respiratory disease transmission, and now a new review suggests that hospitals could use those insights to create even smarter infection-control policies.

    The review, published Nov. 9 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that some longstanding infection-control tactics at hospitals are "outdated."

    And certain changes, like gr...

    COVID Variant Tied to Heart Inflammation in Cats, Dogs

    At a veterinary clinic in the United Kingdom, the staff noticed a sudden and atypical increase in cats and dogs who were experiencing myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle.

    Was it a coincidence that these animals were showing up severely ill from a condition that has been linked to COVID-19 just as the highly contagious Alpha variant was circulating?

    Apparently not.

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    Pfizer Says New COVID Pill Cut Severe Disease by 89%

    Pfizer Inc. announced Friday that its experimental COVID-19 pill slashed the risk of hospitalization and death by 89% in infected high-risk people.

    The five-day treatment, when given within three days of infection, was so effective in a clinical trial that an independent monitoring committee recommended the trial be stopped early, Pfizer said.

    The antiviral pill, the second of its ...

    New U.S. COVID Vaccinations Climb for the Longest Stretch in Months

    The number of new COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States rose for eight straight days in late October, the longest period of increases since early August, government data shows.

    The latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the nationwide seven-day moving average of first doses rose to 264,549 a day on Oct. 29, and that all but two states -- Uta...

    Hepatitis B Shots Advised for All U.S. Adults Under 60

    All U.S. adults younger than 60 should be vaccinated against hepatitis B, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended Wednesday.

    Until now, the shots were recommended only for certain groups of adults, including prisoners, health care workers, international travelers, people with diabetes and certain other conditions, and those who inject drugs or who have multiple sexual...

    COVID Widespread Among Iowa Deer

    The discovery that up to 80% of white-tailed deer in Iowa may be infected with COVID-19 has scientists worried that the animals could become a reservoir for variants that could come back to haunt humans.

    In the new study, samples were collected lymph node samples from hundreds of dead deer across the...

    CDC Expands Recall of Aromatherapy Sprays Tied to Rare Illness

    A recall of aromatherapy sprays connected with fatal cases of a rare tropical disease called melioidosis has been expanded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The agency previously identified four cases of melioidosis -- two of them fatal -- linked with Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones, which was m...

    Report Shows Arizona Man Infected His Dog, Cat With COVID-19

    An Arizona man infected his dog and cat with the new coronavirus, according to a new case study that researchers say is the first in the United States to use genetics to document such transmission.

    The owner wasn't vaccinated, did little to protect his pets, and had houseguests who weren't vaccinated. The owner recovered from COVID-19 and both pets were asymptomatic. However, genetic test...

    CDC Panel Signs Off on Pfizer Vaccine for Younger Kids

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine advisory panel voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend the emergency use of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine in kids ages 5-11.

    CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is widely expected to sign off on the recommendation later Tuesday, essentially opening the floodgates of vaccination for 28 million of the country's youngest citizens....

    Zinc Might Help Shorten Your Cold or Flu, Study Finds

    Many people pop a zinc supplement at the first sign of a cold, and there's new evidence supporting the habit.

    Australian researchers found that the supplements appear to help shorten respiratory tract infections, such as colds, flu, sinusitis and pneumonia.

    Many over-the-counter cold and cough remedies offer only "marginal benefits," the researchers noted, making "zinc a viable 'na...

    'Delta Plus' Variant Surfaces in 8 U.S. States

    U.S. health officials say they're keeping close watch on a 'Delta plus' variant that's been detected in at least eight states.

    While the AY.4.2 "sub-lineage" of Delta may spread faster than the original variant, there's no evidence that it causes more severe illness, and authorities say current vaccines remain effective against it, CBS News reported.

    Lab tests have confirme...

    Biggest Driver of Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Water

    Contaminated water is the leading cause of large-scale outbreaks of infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to people, researchers say.

    These health threats are called zoonotic infectious diseases, and recent outbreaks include COVID-19 and Ebola.

    "In the age of COVID-19, it is understandable that many people may not realize how many outbreaks of other infectious dis...

    COVID Death Toll Tops 5 Million Worldwide

    The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 5 million on Monday, and the more than 740,000 lives lost in the United States is the most of any nation, Johns Hopkins University data show.

    "This is a defining moment in our lifetime," Dr. Albert Ko, an infectious disease specialist at the Yale School of Public Health, told the Associated Press. "What do we have to do to protect ...

    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Has COVID-19

    White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Sunday that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms.

    Psaki said she was last in contact with President Joe Biden on Tuesday at the White House, where they wore masks and stayed more than 6 feet apart, the Associated Press reported.

    Biden, who got his COVID-19 booster shot on Sept. 27, had his most recent test on ...

    Could a Quick Breathalyzer Test for COVID-19 Be on the Way?

    An experimental Breathalyzer-type test can detect COVID-19 within seconds and could become a noninvasive, faster alternative to nasal swab tests, researchers report.

    COVID-19 infection produces a distinct breath print from the interaction of oxygen, nitric oxide and ammonia in the body, the investigators said. An initial study of the breath test found that it accurately identified COVID-1...

    COVID Vaccination Provides Better Protection Than Prior Infection: Study

    Think you don't need to get a COVID-19 vaccination because you've been infected by SARS-CoV-2 in the past? Think again.

    A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that "those who were unvaccinated and had a recent infection were five times more likely to have ...

    U.S. COVID Cases Fell 60% Since September, But Vigilance Still Needed: Health Officials

    Coronavirus cases have plunged by 60% since mid-September's Delta-driven peak, U.S. health officials said earlier this week. But with winter on the way, they warned that Americans still need to protect themselves and others against COVID-19.

    "We are now heading in the right direction ... but with cases still high, we must remain vigilant heading into the colder, drier winter months," Dr. ...

    Cheap Antidepressant Might Help Keep COVID Patients Out of Hospital

    A cheap and widely available antidepressant drug called fluvoxamine may reduce COVID-19 patients' risk of serious illness requiring hospitalization, according to a new study.

    The trial included almost 1,500 unvaccinated outpatients in Brazil. All of the patients tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2 and were deemed to be at high risk for a severe case of illness.

    Fluvoxami...

    Nearly 59,000 Meatpacking Workers Caught COVID, While 269 Died: Report

    The number of U.S. meatpacking workers who were infected during the COVID-19 pandemic is nearly three times higher than previously thought, a U.S. House report shows.

    It said at least 59,000 workers caught the disease and 269 died as the pandemic raged through the industry last year, and added that companies could have done more to protect their employees, the Associated Press re...

    Many Blood Cancer Patients Get Little Protection From COVID Vaccine

    Anti-vaxxers felt their suspicions confirmed when former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell died from COVID-19 complications in mid-October despite being fully vaccinated.

    But Powell, 84, was being treated for blood cancer at the time of his death, and a new study reports that the COVID vaccines are producing little to no protection for some cancer patients.

    Nearly 3 out of 5 bloo...

    Routine Ventilation of Surgical Patients Won't Raise COVID Transmission Risk

    Routine face mask ventilation during an operation doesn't increase the surgical team's risk of coronavirus infection, according to a new study.

    Face mask ventilation is typically used for surgical patients under general anesthesia. However, its designation as an "aerosol-generating procedure" by the World Health Organization has altered operating room procedures and efficiency during the ...

    How Folks Are Coping With Post-COVID Loss of Smell, Taste

    People who've lost their ability to smell and taste due to COVID-19 have significant struggles, but they can find ways to cope with their situation, a new study shows.

    One of the most common side effects of COVID-19 is the loss of the sense of smell, which severely affects the sense of taste. This can lead to anxiety, depression and reduced quality of life.

    In this study, five women...

    White House Takes More Steps to Boost Supply of Rapid at-Home COVID Tests

    The Biden Administration on Monday announced a $70 million program to help the makers of rapid at-home COVID-19 tests get U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval more quickly, in a move meant to boost availability of the tests and cut their cost.

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) program will help manufacturers produce the data required by the FDA and will also identify tests wit...

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