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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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Watchdog Group Says HHS Not Ready to Battle Future Health Crises

FRIDAY, Jan. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is falling down on the job when it comes to dealing with numerous public health crises, a nonpartisan government watchdog said Thursday.

This includes its communications to the public and healthcare providers, coordinating with federal and state agencies, and managing the medical supply chain, acc...

Beyond Antibodies: Vaccines Teach Your Immune T-Cells to Fight COVID Long Term

COVID-19 vaccines activate long-lasting immune system T-cells that target coronavirus variants of concern, including Delta and Omicron, new research shows.

The research team at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology in California studied adults who were fully...

Hospital Defends Decision to Deny Heart Transplant to Unvaccinated Man

In response to claims that a man was denied a heart transplant because he refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said Wednesday that its transplant policies mirror those used across the United States.

In a crowdfunding appeal for 31-year-old D.J. Ferguson, a father of two, his family said the hospital told him he was ineligible to receive a new ...

Months After Moderna Booster, Antibodies Decline Faster With Omicron

An initial surge in antibody levels against the Omicron variant after a booster dose of the Moderna COVID vaccine wanes within six months, but the antibodies remained effective against it in lab tests, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed antibody levels in volunteers who received the booster after two doses of the Moderna mRNA vaccine. Within four weeks of their third dose, antibody l...

Scientists Watch, Worry About New 'Stealth' Version of Omicron Variant

A "stealthier" version of the Omicron variant that has been spotted in the United States and dozens of other countries is being closely monitored by health officials and scientists.

The variant, called BA.2, has genetic traits that make it somewhat more difficult to detect, and some experts fear it may also be more contagious than that original

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  • January 27, 2022
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  • COVID Infection Unlikely From Hospital Surfaces: Study

    Remember when everyone was disinfecting their groceries at the start of the pandemic, fearful that the new coronavirus could be spread simply by touching a surface on which the virus had landed?

    New research confirms that much of that cleaning was unnecessary because people are unlikely to get COVID-19 from contaminated surfaces.

    “Early on in the pandemic, there were studies that ...

    Pfizer Begins Testing a COVID Vaccine Targeted to Omicron

    Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that it has launched a trial that will compare its existing COVID-19 vaccine against a new version tailored to beat back the highly contagious Omicron variant.

    "While current research and real-world data show that boosters continue to provide a high level of protection against severe disease and hospitalization with Omicron, we recognize the need to be prepar...

    Pandemic to Endemic: Is a New Normal Near?

    It has begun to feel like a pandemic that will never end, but public health experts now say the Omicron variant may be ushering in a "new normal," where COVID-19 becomes an endemic, but manageable, disease.

    "I do feel that we are moving into a transition phase in the pandemic, and I do th...

    Vaccination Key to 'Super Immunity' Against COVID-19

    Coronavirus infections before or after vaccination provide equal levels of increased immunity, and the key to this so-called "super immunity" is to be vaccinated, researchers report.

    "It makes no difference whether you get infected-and-then-vaccinated, or if you get vaccinated-and-then-a-breakthrough infection," said study co-senior author Fikadu Tafesse. He is an assistant professor of ...

    Omicron Shows Signs of Ebbing as U.S. Cases Fall, Hospitalizations Level Off

    Weeks after Omicron began ravaging the United States, experts are now seeing statistical signs that suggest the wildly contagious variant might be losing steam.

    More states have now reported they have passed their peaks in new cases, and new cases have begun to drop nationally -- daily average cases fell to around 690,000 yesterday, down from about 807,000 10 days ago, CDC

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  • January 25, 2022
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  • 3 Reasons Why Trying to Get COVID Is a Bad Idea

    If you're wondering whether to intentionally expose yourself to the Omicron variant with the goal of developing immunity, the answer is absolutely not, experts say.

    "It sounds like playing with fire to me," said Dr. Nicole Van Groningen, a hospitalist who has treated hundreds of COVID-19 patients at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

    First of all, you do risk becoming severely ill, even ...

    Can CBD Help Curb COVID? Maybe, But More Study Needed

    Cannabidiol, a compound derived from marijuana, appears to show promise in blocking replication of the COVID-19 virus and preventing its spread, lab and animal studies show.

    CBD inhibited the ability of the coronavirus to spread in human lung cell samples, and also...

    COVID Can Affect Brains of Hospitalized Kids

    MONDAY, Jan. 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The coronavirus can leave more than 40% of children hospitalized for COVID-19 with headaches and other lingering neurological symptoms, a new study claims.

    And the kids who developed these headaches or experienced an altered mental status known as

    Three New Studies Confirm Power of Booster Shots Against Omicron

    Booster shots are keeping the Omicron variant from landing millions of Americans in hospitals, emergency rooms and urgent care clinics across the country, three new government studies show.

    In one study, published Friday in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

    COVID Vaccine Won't Affect Fertility, But Getting COVID Might

    One less excuse to avoid that COVID vaccine: The shots don't affect fertility in either men or women, new research shows, but coronavirus infection could cause short-term fertility problems in men.

    "Many reproductive-aged individuals have cited concerns about fertility as a reason for remaining unvaccinated," said lead study author Amelia Wesselink. She is research assistant professor of ...

    COVID Rapid Test Makers Struggling to Meet Demand

    Shortages of both supplies and workers are wreaking havoc on the efforts of COVID at-home test makers to deliver enough of the tests to Americans, even as the federal government pledges to provide 500 million free, at-home kits.

    Lik...

    COVID Boosters Keep Older Americans Out of Hospitals: CDC

    The risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 among older Americans is far higher for those who are unvaccinated than for those who are fully vaccinated and have had a booster shot, new government data shows.

    The differences were stark: In December, unvaccinated people 50 and older were 17 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than those who had completed the initial immunization...

    L.A. County Scenario Suggests COVID 'Herd Immunity' Is Unlikely

    Herd immunity against COVID-19 is unlikely, and coping with the disease will likely hinge on vaccination, treatment and ensuring adequate hospital capacity, a new study conducted in Los Angeles County claims.

    With herd immunity, most people have antibodies from vaccination or prior infection, so a virus has...

    Another Study Finds Vaccine Booster 'Neutralizes' Omicron

    If you need more proof that a third shot of COVID vaccine is needed, new British research confirms that boosters can "neutralize" the virus' Omicron variant.

    To arrive at that conclusion, they analyzed 620 blood samples from 364 health care workers and staff at the Francis Crick Institute and the National Institute for Health Research UCLH Biomedical Research Centre, in London.

    Peo...

    Vaccination Plus Prior Infection Best Defense Against COVID

    Think your prior bout of COVID shields you enough from another encounter with the coronavirus? New research suggests that adding in vaccination is still your best bet.

    A combination of vaccination and prior infection offers the most optimal protection against infection with COVID-19, a new government study shows.

    Researchers analyzed data on infections in New York and California in ...

    WHO Says Worst of Pandemic Could Ease This Year if Vaccine Inequities Erased

    If COVID-19 vaccines and medicines are shared equally worldwide, the pandemic could ease this year, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday.

    However, if wealthier countries don't share their resources with poorer countries, there will continue to be high rates of deaths and hospitalizations, warned Dr. Michael Ryan, head of emergencies at WHO.

    “What we need to do is ...

    No Evidence Breastfeeding Can Transmit Coronavirus

    Breastfeeding moms can rest easier: New research finds no evidence their milk transmits the virus that causes COVID-19 to their babies.

    “Breast milk is an invaluable source of nutrition to infants," said lead author Dr. Paul Krogstad of the University of California, Los Angeles.

    "In our study, we found no evidence that breast milk from mothers infected with COVID-19 contained inf...

    No Side Effects From Your COVID Vaccine? Don't Worry, It's Still Working

    Even if you don't have side effects from your COVID-19 vaccine, it's likely still working to protect you, a reassuring new report shows.

    Many people who receive the mRNA COVID vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna experience body aches and fatigue that indicate the vaccine is triggering ...

    Too Soon to Tell if Omicron Will End Pandemic: Fauci

    It's too soon to determine whether Omicron's rapid spread will turn a pandemic virus into an endemic disease, America's top infectious disease expert says.

    That "would only be the case if we don't get another variant that eludes the immune response to the prior variant," Dr. Anthony Fauci said this week during the Davos Agenda, a virtual event being held this week by the World Economic Fo...

    Vaping Might Worsen COVID-19 Symptoms

    TUESDAY, Jan. 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If you vape and catch COVID-19, you may feel a whole lot worse than people who come down with the virus but don't use electronic cigarettes, researchers say.

    When compared to folks with COVID-19 who didn't use e-ciga...

    Which Kids Are Most Vulnerable to Severe COVID-19?

    TUESDAY, Jan. 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- As a record number of American kids are being hospitalized with COVID-19, a new study helps clarify which ones are at the highest risk for serious complications.

    The study tracked over 3,200 children and teenagers who landed in an emergency room with

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  • January 18, 2022
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  • At-Home COVID Tests Accurate for Ki​ds: Study

    Despite earlier concerns that at-home COVID-19 tests might be less accurate than PCR tests, new research in U.S. children and teens adds to evidence that the rapid tests are highly accurate.

    The scientists said the accuracy of the tests — which can be used at home and in schools and provide quick results — is similar to that of

    COVID Cases Surge Again in U.S. Nursing Homes

    Residents of nursing homes have been a particularly at-risk group throughout the pandemic, and the advent of the fast-spreading Omicron variant has them facing another wave of infections and deaths, new data shows.

    During the week ending Jan. 9, U.S. nursing homes reported more tha...

    Worried About Omicron? Expert Offers Tips on Going Out Safely

    As the Omicron variant rages across the United States, an expert outlines how to reduce your risk of getting infected with COVID-19.

    Be cautious when it comes to social activities and consider the amount of risk you're willing to accept in order to get together with others, said Dr. Michael Lin, an infectious disease specialist and associate professor at Rush University Medical Center in ...

    1 in 10 People With COVID Still Infectious After 10 Days: Study

    One in 10 people with COVID-19 could still be infectious beyond 10 days, and some could remain so for as long as two months, a new study suggests.

    U.K. researchers reported that a new test can detect whether the coronavirus is potentially still active. They used it to analyze samples from 176 people who ...

    Masks Cut Distance Coronavirus Travels in Half, Study Finds

    Face masks are touted as a key tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and a new study offers more proof that they work.

    Florida researchers found face masks cut the distance that airborne pathogens such as the coronavirus can travel by more than half.

    The findings suggest that some

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  • January 14, 2022
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  • Nearly 600,000 U.S. Kids Had COVID Last Week

    In a sign that the highly contagious Omicron variant is sparing no one, a new report shows that new COVID-19 cases among U.S. children spiked to a high of more than 580,000 for the week ending Jan. 6, a 78% increase from the week before.

    "Since many children remain unvaccinated — or are too young to be vaccinated — children are bearing a disproportionate burden of this illness," said...

    As Omicron Rages, How Important Are Case Counts Anymore?

    The record-breaking numbers surrounding the Omicron surge are dizzying, with so many Americans falling prey to the highly infectious COVID-19 variant.

    The United States reported more than 1.3 million COVID cases on Monday, the h...

    U.S. May Soon See Sharp Drop in Omicron Cases, Experts Say

    The Omicron surge may have peaked in Britain and could be about to do the same in the United States, experts report.

    That's because the COVID-19 variant first detected in South Africa in mid-November is so contagious that the variant may already be running out of people to infect, the Associated Press reported.

    In Britain, government data show that reported new

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  • January 12, 2022
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  • BinaxNOW Test Catches COVID Infection in Many People, Study Shows

    Countering earlier concerns, a real-world study finds that a widely used at-home coronavirus test called BinaxNOW is as effective at detecting Omicron as other COVID-19 variants.

    The study of Abbot's rapid antigen test included more than 700 people who visited a walk-up testing site in San Francisc...

    White House to Give Schools 10 Million Free COVID Tests Every Month

    In an effort to keep kids in classrooms, the White House announced Wednesday that 10 million free coronavirus tests will be provided to schools around the country every month while the wildly contagious Omicron variant continues to surge.

    President Joe Biden has been pushing for months to have schools stay open because the academic, social and emotional toll of remote learning has put kid...

    Pfizer Says Omicron-Specific Vaccine Ready by March

    Pfizer Inc. said Tuesday that a COVID-19 vaccine that specifically targets the Omicron variant will be ready by March.

    The company has already started making the new version of the vaccine, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC's "Squawk Box," CBS News reported.

    Omicron now accounts for more than 98% of all new COVID-19 cases in the United States, according to the

    Americans Should Avoid Travel to Canada: CDC

    Americans should avoid travel to Canada due to "very high" levels of COVID-19 cases in that country, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

    The agency placed Canada under a Level 4 travel health notice, which is the highest category and includes other countries such as France, Germany, Britain, Spain and South Africa.

    "Because of the current situation ...

    U.S. COVID Hospitalizations Pass Last Winter's Peak

    The United States has passed another grim milestone in the pandemic as the Omicron variant races across the country: COVID hospitalizations have now eclipsed a previous peak, which was seen last January.

    There were 142,388 people hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday, more than the previous record of 142...

    U.S. Insurers Must Cover 8 COVID At-Home Tests a Month: White House

    Private insurers will have to cover the cost of eight at-home COVID tests per person per month as of Saturday, the Biden administration announced Monday.

    “Today’s action further removes financial barriers and expands access to COVID-19 tests for millions of people,” Chiquita Brooks-...

    Even Symptom-Free, People With Omicron Much More Likely to Spread COVID: Studies

    Researchers say they've uncovered a clue to why the Omicron variant spreads COVID-19 so much more rapidly than its predecessors.

    People who are infected but have no symptoms are still far more likely to infect others than they would have been with earlier variants, the data shows.

    "As we witness the quick, global spread of

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  • January 10, 2022
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  • Do Not Use At-Home COVID Test Swabs in the Throat: FDA

    Swabs that come with at-home rapid antigen COVID-19 tests should be used in the nose and not the throat, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

    It issued the warning on Twitter in response to reports that some people are using swabs intended for nasal samples to take samples from their throats a...

    Exposure to Common Cold Might Help Shield Against COVID

    Vaccination is still the best way to protect someone from COVID-19, but new research suggests that immune system activation of T-cells by common colds may offer some cross-protection.

    The study might also provide a blueprint for a second-generation, universal vaccine that could prevent infection from current and future variants, the research team said.

    "Being exposed to the

    Need an At-Home COVID Test? Here's Help Finding and Using One

    MONDAY, Jan. 10, 2022 (HealthDay Now) -- The surge of the Omicron variant across the United States has left people scrambling to find at-home COVID-19 test kits.

    "Tests are in short supply, there's no doubt about it, because of the sheer volume of people wanting and needing to get tests," said Lori Tremmel Freeman, chief executive officer of the National Association of County and City Hea...

    Amid COVID Test Shortages, Price Gouging Is on the Rise

    As the Omicron variant blankets America and demand for COVID-19 tests climbs, so, too, does price gouging.

    High prices for over-the-counter antigen tests are being seen around the country, CBS News reported.

    "The danger in health care is that for any lifesaving product -- it's vulnerable to price gouging because most people would pay [an] arm and leg — anything — to s...

    New Worry: 'Flurona,' When COVID Meets the Flu

    It's a COVID phenomenon that had, until now, gone relatively unnoticed: You can be infected with COVID-19 and the flu at the same time.

    Thanks to the internet, it even has a name -- "flurona." And it will likely happen much more often this particular winter, as the flu season kicks into gear and the highly contagious

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  • January 10, 2022
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  • Breakthrough COVID Cases Overwhelmingly Mild for Vaccinated People: Study

    A review of cases from 465 U.S. hospitals underscores the protection provided by COVID-19 vaccines.

    The new review -- by researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health -- found that vaccinated adults who got breakthrough infections rarely got severely ill. Respiratory failure, the need for treatment i...

    Hospitals Are Rationing COVID Pills, Infusions as Cases Rise

    It is the ultimate irony: More COVID-19 treatments exist now than at any other time during the pandemic, but the skyrocketing number of cases from the surging Omicron variant might mean you can't get them when you need them most.

    Doctors and health systems are again in the difficult position again of rationing supplies to meet the needs of those in the most dire situations, the New Yo...

    White House Finalizes Plan to Send Americans Free COVID Rapid Tests

    The final touches are being put on the White House's plan to deliver 500 million free coronavirus rapid at-home test kits to households across America.

    The administration will launch a website where people can request the

    Some At-Home Tests May Miss Omicron in Early Stages of Infection

    The Abbott BinaxNOW and Quidel QuickVue -- two widely used rapid at-home COVID tests -- may sometimes fail to spot evidence of the Omicron variant in the first days after infection, even when people are carrying substantial levels of the virus, preliminary research suggests.

    The researchers focused on 30 people infected with COVID at five workplaces that experienced what were most likely ...

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