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Signs That COVID Infection Might Harm the Liver

COVID-19 may harm the liver, a small study suggests.

The virus appears to increase liver stiffness, a sign of potential long-term injury, but it's too early to tell if that portends serious liver disease, the researchers said.

"COVID infections have been observed to cause inflammation and damage to a number of different organ systems like the brain, the intestines and the liver...

Shortages of Antibiotics, Antivirals Are Making a Tough Illness Season Worse

An early surge in cold and flu cases has created shortages in key antiviral and antibiotic drugs needed for the annual “sick season,” pharmacists report.

The antiviral flu drug Tamiflu is in short supply for both adults and children, in both its brand name formulation as well as the generic version, said Mich...

Monkeypox Renamed MPox Amid Racism Concerns

Monkeypox still exists, but its name is being phased out over racism concerns.

For the next year, the terms monkeypox and the new name mpox will be used interchangeably before the virus is permanently renamed mpox, the World Health Organization

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  • November 28, 2022
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  • COVID in Pregnancy Can Vary — Get Vaccinated to Stay Safe

    When pregnant women contract COVID-19, one in 10 will have moderate, severe or even critical symptoms, a new study finds.

    So it's important they get their COVID vaccines, experts say.

    “Given that patients in all trimesters of pregnancy are susceptible to infection and severe respiratory illness from COVID-19, these findings add urgency to the need for vaccination of all pregnant i...

    Diabetes Drug Metformin Might Keep Severe COVID Away

    A century-old diabetes drug seems to help keep high-risk COVID-19 patients from falling deathly ill, a new study reports.

    Metformin reduced the risk of death from COVID-19 by 44% in a group of diabetics who were taking the drug when they became infected with the coronavirus, according t...

    White House Urges COVID Booster Shots Again, Citing Effectiveness

    It's not too late to get the latest COVID-19 booster shot.

    Whether it's the bivalent vaccine from drug maker Pfizer or from Moderna, the shots offer more protection against symptomatic infection, public health officials reiterated at a White House briefing on Tuesday.

    However, since the vaccines debuted in September, only 13% of American adults have gotten the updated boosters, wh...

    Protecting Wildlife Key to Preventing the Next Big Pandemic

    Research in wild bats is reinforcing a notion crucial to stopping future pandemics: When wildlife populations stay healthy, the odds of "crossover" viruses infecting humans subsides.

    In Australia, deforestation has caused a deadly respiratory virus to pass from fruit bats to humans, by forcing the two species into closer contact, a

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  • November 22, 2022
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  • Despite Pleas From Pediatric Groups, Biden Balks at Declaring RSV a Health Emergency

    The Biden administration on Thursday offered assistance to communities and hospitals dealing with a surge in cases of pediatric respiratory illnesses, but it did not declare a national public health emergency.

    The Children's Hospital Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics had asked President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra for that designation...

    There Might Be a Perfect Indoor Humidity to Curb COVID Spread

    It's sort of like the Goldilocks principle — a room that's either too dry or too humid can influence transmission of COVID-19 and cause more illness or death, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say.

    Maintaining an indoor relative humidity between 40% and 60% is associated with lower rates of COVID-19 infections and deaths, they reported Nov. 16 in the

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  • November 18, 2022
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  • Seizure Risk Rises in Months After COVID

    A bout of COVID-19, even a milder one, may raise the risk of having a seizure in the next six months, a large new study suggests.

    Researchers found that of over 300,000 Americans who had suffered a case of COVID-19 or the flu, COVID sufferers were 55% more likely to be diagnosed with a seizure or epilepsy in the next six months.

    And a deeper look showed that the increased risk was a...

    America's ERs Are Jammed, Affecting Patients on Other Wards

    A crowded, overwhelmed emergency department raises the risk of death and suffering for patients throughout a hospital, a new study warns.

    “The more the emergency room was crowded, the more people were dying throughout the hospital,” said lead researcher Charleen Hsuan, an assistant profe...

    Damage to Health Mounts With Each New COVID Infection

    Every time a person gets infected with COVID-19, their risk of dying or suffering serious long-term health problems increases dramatically, a new study has found.

    People with repeated COVID-19 infections are twice as likely to die and three times as likely to be hospitalized compared to those only infected once, according to the report published online Nov. 10 in the journal

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  • November 14, 2022
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  • Paxlovid Lowers Risk of Long COVID

    The antiviral pill Paxlovid not only reduces hospitalization and death after catching COVID-19: New research shows it also cuts the chances of long COVID by roughly 25%.

    The drug, which combines a newer antiviral called nirmatrelvir with an older medication known as ritonavir, del...

    Simple Nose Swab Test Might Gauge Severity of Child's RSV

    While it isn't possible to tell parents how long their child will need to remain in intensive care with a serious case of RSV, new research has unearthed clues that may make it easier to predict which kids will require a longer stay.

    To study the issue, researchers from the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago used nose swabs from children with RSV in the pediatric intensi...

    Monkeypox Can Be Passed On Even Before Symptoms Appear

    Monkeypox spreads even before a person shows any telltale lesions or other symptoms, a new study suggests.

    More than half of monkeypox transmission in the United Kingdom occurred in the pre-symptomatic phase, the researchers said.

    The new findings — published online Nov. 2 in the BMJmay exp...

    Treated or Untreated, COVID Symptoms Can Ease and Then Return, Study Finds

    Nearly everyone has heard of Paxlovid rebound, where COVID-19 symptoms return after taking the antiviral and then feeling better. It even happened to President Joe Biden. But new research shows it also happens to patients who don't take the medication.

    “Our study suggests that people can experience rebo...

    Doctors Answer Your Questions About RSV

    While a potential COVID winter surge and the impending flu season get a lot of attention, doctors are worried about another virus.

    This one is RSV -- short for respiratory syncytial virus -- and hospitals across the country are seeing a surge of cases in infants and young children. The virus can...

    People With Untreated HIV Being Hit Hardest by Monkeypox

    While monkeypox cases are declining in the United States, a new government report shows that patients with weakened immune systems, especially those living with HIV, have been hit particularly hard by the virus.

    Even after taking antiviral medication for monkeypox, those with untreated HIV were more ...

    No Sign of Human Herpesvirus in African Gorillas

    Despite the presence of gorilla trekkers in their habitat, endangered gorillas in the region surrounding East Africa's Virunga Volcanoes do not have human herpesvirus, researchers say.

    The Gorilla Doctors team was able to assess the region's mountain gorillas in a noninvasive way, simply watching the animals as they walked through the forest.

    As the gorillas chomped on vegetation s...

    Chickenpox Vaccine Has Nearly Erased Deaths, Hospitalizations From Virus in U.S.

    New government data shows that the chickenpox vaccine has virtually eliminated deaths and severe cases of the virus in U.S. children and teens.

    In the analysis, released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 97% fewer chickenpox cases among people under 20, alon...

    Study Debunks Use of Antidepressant Luvox as COVID Treatment

    A study testing drugs that are used for other conditions for their potential in treating COVID-19 has found that the antidepressant fluvoxamine (brand name Luvox) offered no benefit, at least at an initial smaller dose.

    Study participants took 50 mg of the medication twice daily for 10 days, hoping to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 symptoms. A control group took a placebo.

    “There...

    As Tough Flu Season Looms, CDC Hopes for More Flu Shots Among Minorities

    It's a troubling equation: Many Americans with the highest rates of hospitalization for influenza have the lowest uptake of the annual flu vaccine.

    That's why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is stepping up outreach to minority communities, including Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) groups, and working to reduce barriers to vaccination.

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    Is Exercise Getting Tougher for You? Long COVID Might Be to Blame

    After COVID-19, resuming regular exercise may be harder, and new research suggests this may be one more symptom of long COVID.

    For the study, the researchers reviewed 38 published studies that tracked the exercise performance of more than 2,000 people who had had COVID-19. Ulti...

    Major Trial of Monkeypox Treatment TPOXX to Launch in Africa

    The ability of TPOXX to treat people infected with monkeypox is being directly tested in a new clinical trial in central Africa, U.S. health officials have announced.

    TPOXX — the antiviral drug tecovirimat — is only approved to treat

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  • October 17, 2022
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  • Even Without Symptoms, COVID Infection Raises Risks for Trauma Patients

    Having COVID-19 could cause further trouble for patients being treated for physical trauma — even if they have no symptoms of the virus.

    Researchers studying cases of trauma patients who tested positive for COVID-19 and those who were negative found those with the virus had significantly higher rates of heart a...

    With COVID Crisis Ebbing, How Can We Prevent Future Pandemics?

    Aggressive measures are needed in the world's tropical regions to prevent the inevitable next global pandemic, an international coalition of researchers has concluded.

    Epidemics around the world have largely been driven by viruses that spill over from wild animals into humans, mainly in tropical hot ...

    With Tough Flu Season Already Here, An Expert Answers Your Flu Shot Questions

    Indications are that this year's flu season is going to be particularly nasty, making the annual influenza vaccine even more important than usual, infectious disease experts say.

    People already are landing in the hospital with severe cases of influenza, about a month ahead of when flu season usually begins, said Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infect...

    FDA Approves New Bivalent COVID Booster for Use in Children

    The new bivalent COVID-19 booster is now approved for children as young as 5 years old, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

    The bivalent booster shot includes one part that protects against the original strain of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and another part that targets the hi...

    U.S. to Screen Travelers From Uganda for Ebola Amid Outbreak in That Country

    Travelers flying from Uganda will be funneled to one of five U.S. airports so they can be screened for Ebola amid an outbreak in that African country, federal officials announced Thursday.

    Passengers who have been in Uganda within the previous 21 days will fly to Kennedy Airport in New York; New...

    Dangerous Virus Found in Monkeys Could Jump to Humans

    The global public health community should be on the alert for a family of viruses in African monkeys that have the potential to spill over to humans, researchers warn.

    In their new study, the scientists noted that while it's not certain what impact these viruses might have on humans, there are troubling parallels to

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  • October 4, 2022
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  • Jynneos Vaccine Protects Against Monkeypox in Early U.S. Data

    The Jynneos vaccine, originally designed to guard against smallpox infection, also seems to protect against monkeypox, new U.S. government data shows.

    The potency of the vaccine in a real-world setting was impressive: While two doses of the vaccine offered more protection against...

    'Breakthrough' Infections After COVID Vaccine Can Help Prevent Future Illness

    It's very frustrating to get a COVID-19 vaccine and then wind up catching the virus anyway.

    But these breakthrough infections actually do yo...

    Rise in Cases of Kids Infected With Virus Linked to Paralyzing Illness

    Cases of a virus that strikes children and teens and can trigger paralysis in rare cases have been increasing in the United States and could continue to do so this fall, health officials warned Tuesday.

    Increases of enterovirus D68...

    Two Cases Show COVID Virus Mutating Around Standard Treatment Remdesivir

    Patients with weakened immune systems could be inadvertently helping COVID-19 develop resistance to the antiviral drug remdesivir, a new study reports.

    After lengthy COVID infections, two kidney transplant patients on immune-suppressing drugs to prevent organ rejection developed a mutated version of SARS-CoV-2 resistant to remdesivir, according to

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  • September 28, 2022
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  • 4.4 Million Americans Have Gotten Updated COVID Boosters

    At least 4.4 million Americans have received the updated COVID-19 booster shot.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted the count Thursday as public health experts decried President Joe Biden's televised claim that "the pandemic is over."

    The White Hous...

    FDA Warns Against Overuse of TPOXX Monkeypox Drug

    U.S. health officials are advising doctors not to overuse the only antiviral for monkeypox because there is a risk of the virus mutating and rendering the drug useless.

    TPOXX ...

    Which Drugs Fight COVID Best? WHO Updates Treatment Guidelines

    In updated guidance issued Thursday, the World Health Organization now recommends against using the antibody drugs sotrovimab and casirivimab-imdevimab for patients with COVID-19.

    This recommendation replaces previous conditional recommendation for these antibody drugs. The change in guidance was based on emerging evidence that the medications -- which work by binding to the SARS-CoV-2 sp...

    U.S. Monkeypox Cases Decline, But Health Officials Worry About Reaching Minorities

    Monkeypox cases continue to fall in the United States, but public health officials now are concerned that the virus is wending its way into communities of color.

    New case numbers are down by nearly half since early August, White House monkeypox response coordinator Bob Fenton said in a Thursday media briefing....

    Got COVID? Flushing Out Nasal Passages Could Cut Severity

    Battling COVID and eager to do anything that will limit you to a mild infection?

    Grab a neti pot, a new study advises.

    Flushing your sinus cavity twice daily with a mild saline solution can significantly reduce a COVID ...

    First U.S. Monkeypox Death Confirmed in California

    Monkeypox was the cause of death in a Los Angeles County adult last week, public health officials confirmed Tuesday.

    This is the first known death from monkeypox to be reported in the United States.

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

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  • September 13, 2022
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  • Pandemic Silver Lining: Drop in Infections That Cause Birth Defects

    The number of babies born with a virus that commonly causes birth defects may have dropped significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research suggests.

    That was true in Minnesota, the first state to start screening all newborns for congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV).

    In the five years leading up to the pandemic, about 1 in every 200 babies was born with CMV. That dropped to 1 in...

    Second Person in U.S. Dies After Monkeypox Diagnosis

    A second person in the United States infected with monkeypox has died in California.

    As in the earlier case in Texas, public health officials are investigating what role the virus may have played in the death of this second patient.

    "We will be doing an autopsy. S...

    Monkeypox Can Harm the Heart

    Monkeypox, the contagious virus that causes a blister-like skin rash, may also cause heart problems, according to a new case study.

    In findings published Sept. 2 in JACC: Case Reports, doctors in Portugal described a 31-year-old patient with monkeypox who developed acute myocarditis about a week ...

    U.S. Monkeypox Cases Are Declining

    While the number of Americans with known monkeypox infections is dropping, that may signal what's happening in big cities, experts say.

    It is not the end of the outbreak, they warn.

    Cases are down about 40% in the United States, an NBC News analysis finds. The seven-day avera...

    Can You Get Monkeypox at the Gym?

    Yes, you can get monkeypox at the gym, but there's no need to panic, one expert says.

    “We have plenty of ways to protect ourselves in this setting,” said Dr. Thomas Giordano, ...

    A Dermatologist on Recognizing the Monkeypox Rash

    Anyone who gets a new, unexplained skin rash should call their doctor and get medical care in case it's monkeypox, public health officials advise.

    How can you tell when it is time to worry?

    The American Academy of Dermatology offers some tips for helping distinguish monkeypox from other health i...

    First U.S. Monkeypox Death Reported in Texas

    A Texas patient who was infected with monkeypox has died, though state health officials said Tuesday it's too early to say what role the virus may have played in the death.

    The adult, who died in a hospital in Harris County, was "severely immunocompromised" and had "various severe illnesses," health officials...

    Small Study Supports TPOXX as Monkeypox Treatment

    The drug tecovirimat appears to be safe and effective for treating the symptoms and skin lesions of monkeypox, a small study suggests.

    Tecovirimat (TPOXX) is an antiviral drug for the treatment of smallpox. It works by limiting spread of the virus in the body. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has al...

    Black Men Less Likely to Get Monkeypox Vaccine

    Although there's now enough monkeypox vaccine to go around, the Americans who need it most still may not be getting it, a new report shows.

    Only 10% of the Jynneos vaccine doses have been

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  • August 29, 2022
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  • Gay Men Are Cutting Back on Sex to Avoid Monkeypox

    A survey conducted among American gay and bisexual men in early August found about half saying they'd cut down on sexual activity -- including one-night stands and app-based hookups -- in response to the global monkeypox outbreak.

    The survey, conducted online Aug. 5-15, was led by Kevin Delaney...

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