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15 Apr

Even at Lower Levels, Exercise Is a Powerful Treatment for Depression

If you suffer from depression, you don’t have to live in the gym to reap the benefits of exercise, a new study finds.

12 Apr

Half of the World’s Population Suffers Headaches, Study Finds

52% of people worldwide are affected by recurrent headaches, from kids to the elderly, researchers say.

03 Nov

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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More Cases of Monkeypox Emerge in Portugal as Outbreak Widens

After four new cases of typically rare monkeypox infection were spotted in Britain earlier this week, the illness has now been confirmed in five young men in Portugal and 15 other suspected cases are being investigated, health officials in that country said Wednesday.

The patients in the confirmed cases have s...

Is It COVID, Flu or RSV? New At-Home Test May Tell

Americans will soon be able to self-test at home to find out whether they have COVID-19, the flu or another common germ, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

The first nonprescription test that can spot all three respiratory viral illnesses was approved Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and will be available at r...

Could Herpes Viruses Help Drive Type 2 Diabetes?

Certain common viruses, including the genital herpes virus, might contribute to the risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study hints.

Type 2 diabetes is a highly prevalent disease, with older age and obesity being two of the major risk factors. Now the new study suggests that two herpes viruses -- herpes ...

HPV 'Herd Immunity' Now Helping Vaccinated, Unvaccinated Women

Vaccination against the virus that causes most cervical cancers has spurred a widespread reduction of infections among young Americans — including those who are unvaccinated, a new government study finds.

The study, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at the impact of the nation's H...

Rare Cases of Monkeypox Diagnosed in Britain

Four men in England have been infected with a "rare and unusual" monkeypox virus.

Investigators from the United Kingdom's Health Security Agency are investigating the cases and whether there is any connection between the men, according to the Associated Press.

None of the individuals had travel...

Warm Water Danger: What to Know About Flesh-Eating Bacteria

If heading back into the water this summer has you concerned about flesh-eating bacteria, an expert offers some advice.

"Flesh-eating bacteria refers to an infection that spreads so rapidly that the skin and surrounding soft tissue starts to die," explained Dr. Stacey Rose, an assistan...

Kidney Transplant Safe When Organ Donor Has COVID: Study

Even before the pandemic, the demand for donor kidneys far exceeded supply. That shortfall only worsened when hospitals started refusing to use kidneys from COVID-positive donors.

However,

Smell, Taste Loss Less Likely With Newer COVID Variants: Study

Since the early days of the pandemic, loss of smell and taste have been tied to COVID-19 infection. But a new study shows those telltale traits are much less likely with the Omicron variant than the earlier Alpha and Delta versions of the coronavirus.

The findings are significant in dete...

Today's Seasonal Flu May Descend From 1918 Pandemic Strain

Today's H1N1 flu — commonly known as the swine flu — appears to be a direct descendent of the influenza virus that caused the catastrophic 1918 pandemic, a new analysis shows.

Genetic data drawn from 1918 flu samples recently discovered in Germany suggests that all genomic segments of the seasonal H1N1 flu could ...

After a Sweeping Review, CDC Looks to Rebuild Public Trust

In April, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched a new center to better forecast infectious disease outbreaks. It also underwent a month-long review to examine their current systems and inform future strategies.

Together, these announcements paint a picture of an agency at a crossroads, in the wake of enormous public scrutiny during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most...

Rare Cases of COVID Relapse Seen With Pfizer Pill

Rare cases of COVID patients relapsing after taking the antiviral pill Paxlovid are raising questions among some experts.

An earlier study of 1,000 adults showed that Paxlovid was highly effective at preventing severe COVID and the U.S. government...

CDC Investigating 109 Cases of Severe Hepatitis Among Kids

Five children have died in a mysterious wave of acute hepatitis that has sickened dozens of kids across the United States during the past seven months, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent...

COVID Drug Paxlovid Might Also Fight Long COVID

An antiviral drug used to treat high-risk COVID-19 patients may also benefit patients with long COVID, researchers say.

Paxlovid has U.S. Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization to treat COVID-19 patien...

Early Promise for COVID Vaccine Taken as Pill

An experimental COVID-19 vaccine in pill form could be a win-win, as it not only protects against infection but also limits the airborne spread of the virus, tests in lab animals show.

The current vaccines reduce the risk of serious COVID-19 illness and hospitalization but aren't foolproof armor against infection with

WHO Says Pandemic Death Total Far Higher Than Reported in Many Countries

In an estimate that far exceeds reported totals, an expert panel appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday that there were nearly 15 million more deaths worldwide during the first two years of the pandemic than would normally have been expected.

That compares with an official tally of 6.2 million COVID-19 deaths r...

New BA.2 COVID Subvariant Taking Hold in United States

Yet another subvariant of of the Omicron variant is spreading rapidly in the United States and is likely to become the dominant strain within weeks, experts say.

Early research suggests that BA.2.12.1 -- a subvariant of the highly contagious BA.2 subvariant -- is better able to evade the ...

COVID Transmission 1,000 Times More Likely from Air vs. Surfaces: Study

If you're still wiping down groceries, doorknobs and light switches in an attempt to thwart COVID-19, maybe you can relax a little: You're 1,000 times more likely to get COVID from the air you breathe than from surfaces you touch, a new study suggests.

University of Michigan researchers tested air and surface samples around their campus and found odds are greater for inhaling virus partic...

City Rats May Not Pose Big Pandemic Threat

Despite what you may have heard, rats and other city wildlife aren't likely to trigger future pandemics in people, according to a new study.

The COVID-19 pandemic has scientists trying to determine where future outbreaks are most likely to start. It's long been suspected that critters in cities might act as reservoirs for viruses that could cause outbreaks in humans.

An internationa...

3 More Children Have Died of Mysterious Liver Disease

A serious liver disease that's struck hundreds of young children worldwide has caused the deaths of three children in Indonesia, bringing the global death toll to at least four.

Nearly 170 children in 11 countries have been diagnosed with acute hepatitis in recent months, and the World Health Organization has

Study Tracks Course of COVID Infection, Transmission in Individual Patients

So-called "superspreaders" aren't necessarily carelessly mixing with throngs of people.

Instead, a new study finds, some people with COVID-19 infections shed the virus for just a few da...

Therapies That Can Help Ease Long COVID Breathlessness, Fatigue

Occupational therapy or low-impact exercise might be the key to relieving long-haul COVID symptoms like extreme fatigue, breathlessness and brain fog, a pair of new studies from Ireland suggest.

The studies reflect two different — in some ways, opposite — approaches to dealing with symptoms that tend to plague

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  • May 2, 2022
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  • Another Health Threat: Drug-Resistant Mold Infections

    British researchers are warning of one more rising health danger: a drug-resistant mold found in the environment that infects certain people's lungs.

    Aspergillus fumigatus can cause a fungal lung infection called aspergillosis in people with lung conditions or weakened immune systems. Aspergill...

    Alabama Cases of Acute Hepatitis in Kids Show Link to Viruses: CDC

    The origins of a continuing outbreak of acute, potentially lethal hepatitis striking children in countries around the world has experts mystified. But a cluster of recent cases in Alabama all show ties to common viruses, according to a

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  • April 29, 2022
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  • New Omicron Subvariant Causing COVID-19 Spike in South Africa

    A new Omicron subvariant called BA.4 appears to be driving a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in South Africa, health experts say.

    The number of daily cases reported by the country has shot up from just a few hundred a few weeks ago to just over 6,000, and the rate of positive tests has jumped from 4% in mid-April to 19% as of Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

    Increa...

    CDC Reports First American With New Bird Flu, Says Risk to Public Low

    The first U.S. case of bird flu in a human has been confirmed in Colorado, federal and state health officials reported Thursday.

    Still, the risk to the general public is low, the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stressed.

    The patient, a 40-year-old man who was working on a farm with infected poultry as part of a prison work-release program, was largely asymptomatic, re...

    Behavior Differences Led to High COVID Death Rate in U.S. South: Study

    Thousands of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. South could have been avoided if more people masked, social distanced, kept kids from school and made other behavioral changes to reduce the spread of the virus, researchers say.

    In other words, if they had acted more like folks up North.

    The study authors suggested that if the entire United States had followed the lead of the Northeast in t...

    Dangerous Germs Floating on Microplastics in Ocean Wind Up in Food, Water

    Land parasites that pose a risk to human and wildlife health can hitch rides on the millions of pounds of microplastics that float between oceans, a new study shows.

    "It's easy for people to dismiss plastic problems as something that doesn't matter for them, like, 'I'm not a turtle in the ocean; I won't c...

    Patients Hospitalized With COVID Face Similar Risks, Regardless of Variant

    If you're unlucky enough to need hospitalization for COVID-19, it won't really matter which variant you're infected with: The same level of care is required for patients with either Delta or Omicron, a new study reveals.

    This is true even though people infected with the Omicron variant of...

    Climate Change Will Make Pandemics Like COVID More Likely: Report

    Planet Earth is growing hotter, forcing different animal species to migrate to new areas and interact with other unfamiliar creatures at an increasing rate.

    That phenomenon could have dire consequences to human health, a new study says, raising the odds for new viral illnesses such

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  • April 28, 2022
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  • COVID Deaths Cluster in Poorly Vaccinated Communities

    COVID-19 death rates are significantly higher in U.S. counties that remain largely unvaccinated than in those where more people have gotten their shots, according to a new study.

    The findings add to evidence that vaccination ...

    EU Says Europe Out of 'Emergency' Phase of Pandemic

    The European Union (EU) announced Wednesday that Europe is moving out of the emergency phase of the pandemic, and the EU will now focus on vaccination, surveillance and testing in preparation for a possible COVID surge next fall.

    “New variants can emerge and spread fast,” said EU President Ms. Ursula von der Leyen, The New York Times reported. “But we know the way forward. ...

    U.S. Doctors on the Frontlines of Hepatitis Outbreak Striking Kids

    As health experts around the world try to understand why nearly 200 children in 12 countries have fallen seriously ill with severe hepatitis, doctors in Alabama are investigating nine such cases in that state.

    In each case, seemingly healthy kids ended up in hospital with acute liver inflammation.

    What's going on ...

    Antibiotics in Infancy May Weaken Response to Childhood Vaccines

    Babies and toddlers who've been given antibiotics might have a less vigorous immune response to routine childhood vaccinations, new research warns.

    The study is the first to suggest that antibiotics might dampen youngsters' ability to generate infection-fighting antibodies in response to vaccination.

    Experts caut...

    3 in 5 Americans Have Already Been Infected With COVID

    Thanks to the Omicron surge this past winter, 3 in every 5 Americans have now been infected with COVID-19, a new government report shows.

    Once Omicron surfaced as the predominant variant in this country, the highest infection rates were seen among children and teens, and the upward shift ...

    PTSD Often Haunts Family Members of Hospitalized COVID Patients

    It remains one of the most painful images of the pandemic: Families who were not allowed to be by their loved ones' bedside as they waged a lonely battle against COVID in a hospital ICU, with some forced to say goodbye via a smartphone or tablet held by a compassionate nurse who didn't want a patient to die alone.

    Now, new research suggests that many of those relatives went on to dev...

    White House Moves to Make COVID Antiviral Pills More Widely Available

    Plans to nearly double the number of pharmacies and other locations that carry the antiviral pill Paxlovid for COVID-19 were announced Tuesday by the Biden administration.

    De...

    Who's Least Likely to Get a 'Breakthrough' Case of COVID?

    Are you vaccinated and wonder what your chances are of a breakthrough COVID-19 infection?

    A new study answers that question: Breakthrough COVID infections in fully vaccinated people are least likely to occur in those who've received an mRNA vaccine and who were infected with the coronavirus before vaccination.

    The study included more than 8 million adults in Belgium, aged 18 and old...

    Six in 10 COVID Patients Have a Symptom Persisting Over 1 Year

    If you've had COVID-19, there's a good chance that at least one symptom will still be haunting you a year later, new research suggests.

    The researchers found that six in 10 people who've had COVID-19 still have at least one symptom after one year, and symptoms that don't resolve after 15 weeks are likely to last at least a year.

    The study "shows that

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  • April 26, 2022
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  • WHO Says Acute Hepatitis Cases in Children Now Reported in 11 Countries

    The World Health Organization said it is investigating an outbreak of acute hepatitis among children that now involves 11 countries, including the United States.

    Among the 169 reported cases, at least one child has died from this inflammation of the liver and 17 children needed liver transplants, the WHO said Saturday in a

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  • Only 1 in 4 Long COVID Sufferers Fully Recovered One Year Later

    A year after being hospitalized with COVID-19, only about 25% of people felt fully recovered, a new study shows, and the risk of long COVID was highest among women, obese people and those who were on a ventilator.

    There are no specific treatments for

    U.S. Justice Department Appeals Ruling Striking Down Mask Mandate on Planes

    The Biden administration on Wednesday appealed a Florida ruling that struck down a federal mask mandate for planes, trains and other forms of public transportation.

    The announcement, made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, came after the agency deemed the manda...

    Fully Vaccinated Woman Infected With Omicron Just 21 Days After Delta Infection

    A fully vaccinated health care worker got COVID-19 twice in less than a month — the shortest known time between infections, Spanish researchers report.

    The 31-year-old was infected with the Omicron variant just 21 days after catching the Delta variant.

    "This case highlights the potential of the Omicron variant to evade the previous immunity acquired either from a natural infection...

    COVID Infection as Protective as Vaccines, Study Finds

    A prior COVID-19 infection may provide unvaccinated adults with as much immunity against reinfection as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna mRNA vaccines, new research suggests.

    However, the study was conducted before the surge of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

    "We found that...

    Unvaccinated Kids Were Twice as Likely to End up in Hospital During Omicron Surge

    Nearly 9 in 10 children ages 5-11 who were hospitalized for COVID-19 from mid-December to late February were unvaccinated, a rate that was two times higher than for vaccinated children, a new government study shows.

    Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found<...

    If CDC Finds Mask Mandate on Planes Still Needed, Appeal of Ruling Striking It Down Is Likely

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday that it will appeal a Florida judge's ruling that struck down a federal mask mandate on airplanes and other forms of public transportation only if the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determines such a mandate is still needed.

    "The Department of Justice [DOJ] and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disagree with the dis...

    CDC Launches Forecasting Center for Infectious Diseases

    A new forecasting center for infectious diseases was officially launched by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.

    The goal of the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics is to act as a "National Weather Service" for infectious disease outbreaks, and to guide public health decisions during outbreaks. These can include developing vaccines, distributing antivi...

    Moderna Says Its Combo Vaccine Effective Against Omicron

    Moderna Inc. announced Tuesday that an updated COVID booster shot that combines Moderna's original vaccine with protection against the Beta variant appears more effective than current booster shots against Omicron and a number of other variants.

    Before the highly transmissible Omicron variant surfaced, Moderna was tweaking its original vaccine to provide added protection against the earli...

    Can Wearables Track the Severity of COVID Symptoms?

    Fitness trackers can tell you how well you're sleeping, how fast you're walking and, of course, how many steps you've taken.

    But during the pandemic, researchers have also investigated the ability of smart watches to help detect COVID-19 or provide data on recovery.

    The latest study uses several measures of heart rate data to help track the progression of symptoms in someone wh...

    Cases of Coronavirus Moving From Mink to People Confirmed by CDC

    At least four people in Michigan infected with a version of the coronavirus found mostly in mink are the first known cases of possible animal-to-human transmission of the virus in the United States.

    The cases occurred in the first year of the pandemic and were confirmed Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The New York Times reported.

    Two of t...

    Heart Inflammation Very Rare After COVID Vaccination

    The heart inflammation that followed COVID-19 shots in some teens and young adults is rare and a new study affirms that your risk is extremely low.

    Inflammation of the heart muscle (myoperic...

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