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CDC Warns of Possible Severe Flu Season Ahead

Australia is experiencing its worst flu season in five years, and that doesn’t bode well for the United States, federal health officials warned Tuesday.

America's flu season often mirrors what unfolds in Australia, where winter spans April through October.

Making matters worse, only 49% of Americans plan ...

Gut Microbes Could Play Role in HIV Infection

Could key differences in the trillions of bacteria found in the human gut actually affect the risk of becoming infected with HIV? A small, new study suggests the answer may be yes.

The intriguing possibility stems from a detailed analysis of the gut bacteria ("

  • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 4, 2022
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  • '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...

    COVID Infection Raises a Child's Odds for Type 1 Diabetes by 72%

    Children who fall ill with COVID-19 may have a slightly increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that of more than 285,000 children with COVID, 0.04% were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes over the next six months. While that's a small percentage, it was 72% higher than the rate in a comparison group of kids with no history of COVID.

    Experts...

    Reusing Contact Lenses Raises Odds for Rare Eye Infection

    Although wearing reusable contact lenses is generally safe, it can be associated with a greater risk of a rare eye infection, new British research shows.

    In the study, people who wore reusable contact lenses were nearly four times more likely to develop the infection called Acant...

    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.

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    WHO Says Pandemic's End May Be Near

    The end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight, the leader of the World Health Organization declared Wednesday, with deaths at their lowest level worldwide since the new coronavirus first began to spread in March 2020.

    However, the death rate is relatively flat and not yet at their lowest level in ...

    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 ...

    Who Needs to Worry About the Polio 'Emergency'?

    Even though New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently declared polio a state emergency after samples of the virus were found in wastewater in New York City and four surrounding counties, public health experts say it's not time to push the panic button.

    “The risk to the majori...

    Infections During Pregnancy Show No Causal Link to Autism

    Research has suggested that kids born to moms who had the flu or another infection during pregnancy may be more likely to have autism, but a new study implies infection may not be the cause after all.

    "We found no evidence to suggest that infections contracted by mothers during pregnancy would cause autism in the child," said study author Martin Brynge. He's a doctoral student in the glob...

    COVID Shots' Effect Fades, But Boosters Bring Protection Back: Study

    Updated COVID-19 booster shots that target Omicron variants are rolling out across the United States, and a new study argues they're coming at just the right time.

    Protective antibody levels tend to decline by at least 15% each month after a person receives a single COVID booster shot, researchers rep...

    In Rare Cases, Monkeypox Can Trigger Dangerous Brain Inflammation

    Though the risk appears small, a new review suggests that, in rare instances, monkeypox may trigger serious neurological complications, including seizures and brain inflammation.

    The finding is based on a look at 19 studies conducted in the United States, the United Kingdom and across Africa.

    A...

    New York Declares Emergency After Finding More Spread of Poliovirus

    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has declared a state emergency after finding evidence of continued community spread of poliovirus.

    Public health officials have detected the virus in a fourth county, Nassau in Long Island, which follows cases detected in Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties.

    That sample was...

    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...

    India y China autorizan las primeras vacunas sin aguja contra la COVID

    Mientras los investigadores exploran las posibilidades de unas vacunas contra la COVID-19 que no requieran una inyección, las autoridades de salud pública de India y China ya aprobaron nuevas versiones sin agujas para sus ciudadanos.

    En India, los reguladores

  • Hola Doctor and Cara Murez
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  • September 8, 2022
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  • Vitamin D Supplements Won't Shield You From COVID-19, Studies Find

    While vitamin D got some attention early in the pandemic, it does not reduce the risk of either COVID-19 or other respiratory infections, two new clinical trials found.

    Both studies, one done in the United Kingdom and the other in Norway, found that boosting levels of vitamin D in adults during the pandemic didn't help protect against

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 8, 2022
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  • Justin Bieber Takes Break From Touring Due to Health Issues

    Singer Justin Bieber said Tuesday that he will take a break from touring while he takes care of his health.

    Bieber has a condition known as Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which is rare type of viral infection. Caused by the chickenpox- and shingles-related

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 7, 2022
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  • First Needle-Free COVID Vaccines Get OK in India, China

    While researchers explore the possibilities of COVID-19 vaccines that don't require an injection, public health officials in India and China have already each approved new needle-free versions for their citizens.

    In India, regulators on Tuesday

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 7, 2022
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  • Pediatricians Urge Parents to Get Kids a Flu Shot

    Children should get their flu shot as soon as it is available, preferably by the end of October, a leading medical group recommends.

    Flu vaccination lagged last year, with 55% of children getting their vaccines, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) noted. Coverage levels were 8 percentage points lower for Black childre...

    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...

    More Cases in E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Wendy's Restaurant Lettuce

    A total of 97 people across six states have now been made ill by E. coli, in an outbreak possibly tied to contaminated lettuce used in sandwiches sold at Wendy's restaurants.

    "Since the last update on August 25, 2022, 13 more illnesses have been reported to CDC," the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and P...

    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, ...

    CDC's Expert Panel OKs Omicron-Specific Booster Shots From Pfizer, Moderna

    A vaccine advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted on Thursday to recommend updated boosters from Pfizer and Moderna that target Omicron variants, paving the way for the shots to get into American arms within days.

    All that is needed now is for CDC Director Dr. Ro...

    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...

    FDA Approves Omicron-Specific Booster Shots From Pfizer, Moderna

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday gave the green light to updated COVID booster shots from both Pfizer and Moderna that target Omicron variants, paving the way for the shots to get into American arms within a few days.

    “The FDA has been planning for the possibility that the composit...

    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...

    COVID Vaccine Won't Raise Stroke Risk

    COVID-19 vaccines do not increase your risk for stroke, new research shows, but severe COVID infection does, and experts hope the finding will ease the concerns of those who are hesitant to get the shot.

    “We now know that patients who've had a vaccine are not at higher risk of stroke, thanks to a large body of data with millions of patients who have been included,” said Dr. Alexis Sim...

    Biden Administration Will Stop Sending Out Free COVID Tests on Friday

    The days of getting free COVID-19 tests by mail are drawing to a close.

    The Biden administration plans to stop sending test kits to Americans on Sept. 2 in order to reserve remaining tests for a fall surge. Lack of funding from Congress is the reason for the change, NBC News reported, citing an unnamed senior administration official.

    "If Congress provides funding, we will e...

    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

  • By Steven Reinberg and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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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...

    84 People Now Sickened in E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Wendy's Restaurant Lettuce

    FRIDAY, Aug 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) - - A total of 84 people across four states have now been made ill by E. coli, in an outbreak possibly tied to contaminated lettuce used in sandwiches sold at Wendy's restaurants.

    "Since the last update on August 19, 2022, 47 more illnesses have been reported to CDC,...

    Monkeypox Cases May Finally Be Ebbing, With Declines Seen in Europe, WHO Says

    The number of monkeypox cases around the world dropped by 21% in the last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Thursday.

    This significant decline may signal that the outbreak in Europe is finally waning, the WHO

  • By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 25, 2022
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  • First Lady Jill Biden Tests Positive for COVID Again

    After testing negative for COVID-19 and leaving isolation last Sunday, First Lady Jill Biden again tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

    "After testing negative on Tuesday, just now, the First Lady has tested positive for COVID-19 by antigen testing," the First Lady's Deputy Communications Director Kelsey Donohue said in a statement. "This represents a “rebound” positivity."

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    Fecal Transplant Treatments Could Transmit Monkeypox, FDA Warns

    Fecal transplant treatments could infect patients with monkeypox, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned.

    Since May, an outbreak of monkeypox has been spreading in multiple countries, including the United States. Nearly 16,000 people in the United States have already been infected with...

    COVID Boosters Targeted to Latest Variants Could Be Ready After Labor Day

    The Biden Administration plans to roll out updated booster shots that target Omicron variants shortly after Labor Day, in an effort to protect Americans against a possible winter surge in COVID-19 cases.

    Dr. Peter Marks, the top vaccine regulator for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, told the

    Pfizer COVID Shots 73% Protective in Kids Under 5

    Pfizer's modified COVID-19 vaccine for use in children under 5 was 73% effective in shielding them from infection during the Omicron surge this spring, company data released Tuesday shows.

    The specially formulated...

    COVID Virus' Incubation Time Gets Shorter With Each New Variant

    If you get infected with COVID-19, the time from infection to possible onset of symptoms -- the incubation period -- is significantly shorter now than it was at the beginning of the pandemic, new research shows.

    Researchers in China who looked at data from 142 different studies found tha...

    Wendy's Pulls Lettuce From Sandwiches Over Possible Link to E. Coli Outbreak

    MONDAY, Aug 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) - - Amid an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 37 people in four states, the Wendy's fast food chain has removed romaine lettuce from its sandwiches in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    "A specific food has not yet been confirmed as the source of this outbreak...

    First Lady Jill Biden Leaves Isolation After Testing Negative for COVID Twice

    After testing positive for COVID-19 last week, First Lady Jill Biden left isolation on Sunday following two negative test results.

    She had been isolating on Kiawah Island, S.C., where she had tested positive while vacationing there with her husband, President Joe Biden, and their family, the Associated Press reported. He

  • By Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • August 22, 2022
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  • CDC Investigating E. Coli Outbreak in Michigan, Ohio

    U.S. health officials said Wednesday that they are investigating an outbreak of E. coli that has infected 29 people in Michigan and Ohio.

    The outbreak has led to nine hospitalizations but no deaths, and investigators have not yet found a food source responsible for sickening people. They did note that the numbers are likel...

    CDC Director Says Agency Needs Major Overhaul

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention failed to respond quickly enough during the COVID-19 pandemic and needs an major overhaul, Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday.

    With her rebuke, she sketched out a plan to prioritize action on public health needs, The N...

    Half of People Infected With Omicron May Not Have Known It: Study

    Are you one of those folks who thinks they have somehow miraculously managed to avoid COVID-19 infection more than two years into the pandemic?

    You might be mistaken, claims new research that discovered most people hit by the highly contagious Omicron variant had symptoms so mild they did...

    Blow Your Horn: Do Wind Instruments Spread COVID?

    Strike up the band!

    A new study finds that the aerosols produced by wind instruments like trombones and flutes are no more concerning than those given off during normal speech and breathing.

    For the study, University of Pennsylvania researchers worked with the Philadelphia Orchestra to better understand how much

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 17, 2022
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  • First Lady Jill Biden Has COVID-19

    First Lady Jill Biden has COVID-19 and is experiencing "mild symptoms," according to her staff.

    "After testing negative for COVID-19 on Monday during her regular testing cadence, the First Lady began to develop cold-like symptoms late in the evening," Biden's communications director Eliz...

    How Worried Should You Be About New Reports on Polio?

    Poliovirus detected in New York City wastewater last week put public health officials on high alert, as it indicates the potentially paralyzing virus is circulating widely in the area.

    But infectious disease experts say there's no need for families of fully vaccinated children to panic.

    "The inactivated p...

    Monkeypox May Get New Name to Curb Stigma

    Monkeypox could soon get a new name.

    The World Health Organization announced Friday that it plans to rename the condition to eliminate any derogatory or racist connotations, a decision in alignment with...

    E 8/11 3PM -- CDC Eases COVID Social Distancing Guidance

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday it has loosened its COVID-19 social distancing recommendations as the American public learns to live with the virus in its midst.

    “We're in a stronger place today as a nation, with more tools — like vaccination, boosters, and treatments — to protect ourselves, and our communities, from severe illness from COVID-19,”...

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