The absence of a 2020-21 flu season shows how effective simple public health measures are at limiting virus transmission — ScienceDaily


If you did not catch the flu this year — and there is an overwhelming chance that you did not — you have COVID-19 to thank. It’s a small consolation, given the enormously disruptive scope of the pandemic. But it’s the focus of a new paper published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health by […]

Coronavirus: Mixing and matching Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs ‘could worsen side effects’


Mixing and matching Covid vaccines could lead to more side effects, scientists say. British guidance says people should be given two doses of the same jab because of a lack of data on alternating doses. But there are ongoing trials of giving one type for the first dose and a different type for the second, […]

People living with HIV more likely to get sick with, die from COVID-19 — ScienceDaily


Over the past year, studies have revealed that certain pre-existing conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure, can increase a person’s risk of dying from COVID-19. New research shows that individuals living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) — an estimated 38 million worldwide, according to the World […]

Gold leaf could help diagnose viral infections in low-resource settings — ScienceDaily


Gold leaf — gold metal hammered into thin sheets — is used by artists and crafters to gild picture frames, artwork and clothing. Despite its luxurious appearance, the material is affordable and available at most craft stores. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Central Science have developed gold leaf electrodes that, in combination with a CRISPR-based […]

US could see lowest Covid death rate since pandemic’s early days by JUNE


The U.S. is on track to hit the lowest Covid death rate since the pandemic took hold in America in March 2020.  New COVID-19 deaths may fall as low as 1,500 in a week by early June, according to new predictions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That would be the fewest […]

Coronavirus UK: Could spread of Indian variant jeapordise plans to ease lockdown?


India‘s Covid variant is now dominant in four local authorities in England and its rapid spread could jeopardise plans to ease lockdown, experts fear. Analysis by one of the UK’s biggest variant trackers warns the strain is focused in hotspots Bolton and neighbour Blackburn with Darwen, where outbreaks have grown by 93 and 86 per […]

UK could share 20% of its available Covid vaccines with poorer countries


UK could share 20% of its available Covid vaccines with poorer countries and still hit its target of offering a jab to every adult AHEAD of schedule, UNICEF claims The UK has already ordered 517million doses of different coronavirus vaccines But it only needs 160million to vaccinate all adults and give them booster jabs Analysis […]

Covid: UK could be ‘back to normal by the end of the year’ if vaccines continue to work, says SAGE


Britain could be back to normal by the end of the year if vaccines continue to work and no variants emerge that can bypass immunity, one of the Government’s top scientific advisers said today. Professor Graham Medley, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and chairman of the SAGE subgroup SPI-M, said the country […]

First successful implementation of new antibacterial technology — ScienceDaily


Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed a new material that prevents infections in wounds — a specially designed hydrogel, that works against all types of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant ones. The new material offers great hope for combating a growing global problem. The World Health Organization describes antibiotic-resistant bacteria as one of the […]

Boris Johnson will confirm hugs from Monday at 5pm briefing


Britain’s Covid alert level was downgraded to three today because of the success of the vaccination roll-out and dwindling case numbers. Health chiefs say infections, hospital admissions and deaths have ‘fallen consistently’ over the past few months, with social distancing measures and the huge inoculation drive to thank. The move to downgrade the alert level […]

Covid has killed 7M people around the world – more than double official tally – study claims


WHAT ARE THE DEADLIEST PANDEMICS IN HISTORY? DISEASE Black Death  Smallpox Spanish Flu Plague of Justinian HIV/Aids Third Plague Antonine Plague Covid 17th Century Great Plagues  Asian Flu  WHEN 1347 – 1351  1520 1918 – 1919 541 – 542                    1981 – present 1855 165 – 180 2019 […]

Air pollution in the UK is at its LOWEST since records began


Air pollution in the UK is at the lowest since records began, according to official Government statistics.  Three of the most problematic pollutants — nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) — dropped to all-time low levels last year due to lockdown. These pollutants are spewed out in high levels by engines, industry, […]

Matt Hancock warns modern medicine may cease to exist without if superbugs are not tackled


Matt Hancock today warned the rise of deadly superbugs poses a bigger threat than Covid and should be taken as seriously as global warming. The Health Secretary said modern medicine may ‘cease to exist’ unless the ‘silent pandemic’ of antimicrobial resistance is urgently tackled. Drug-resistant diseases such as MRSA already kill 700,000 people around the […]

Fully vaccinated Americans can go maskless outside – except in crowds


Fully vaccinated Americans can now safely go without masks outside, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday. ‘If you are fully vaccinated, things are much safer for you,’ said CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky during a Tuesday White House press briefing.  ‘There are many situations in which Americans do not need […]

Cloth face coverings can be as effective as surgical masks at protecting against COVID-19, study finds — ScienceDaily


Researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Surrey have found that well-fitting, three-layered cloth masks can be as effective at reducing the transmission of COVID-19 as surgical masks. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, 139 countries mandated the use of face coverings in public space such as supermarkets and public transports. The World Health […]

Covid US: Biden keeps mask ON despite CDC saying fully-vaccinated can go MASKLESS outside


President Joe Biden kept his face mask on Tuesday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said fully vaccinated Americans can now safely go without masks outside, saying he was doing so to make a point. Biden wore his face mask as he came out onto the North Lawn of the White House […]

Risk factor is equivalent to lead exposure, study finds — ScienceDaily


A multidecade study of young adults living in the United Kingdom has found higher rates of mental illness symptoms among those exposed to higher levels of traffic-related air pollutants, particularly nitrogen oxides, during childhood and adolescence. Previous studies have identified a link between air pollution and the risk of specific mental disorders, including depression and […]

Poor iodine levels in women pose risks to fetal intellectual development in pregnancy — ScienceDaily


An increasing number of young women are at increased risk of having children born with impaired neurological conditions, due to poor iodine intake. Dietary changes, including a growing trend towards the avoidance of bread and iodised salt, as well as a reduced intake of animal products containing iodine can contribute to low iodine levels. A […]

Coronavirus: Experts find variant from Tanzania that ‘has more mutations than any known strain’


A Covid variant thought to carry more mutations than any other strain has been found in Tanzania, according to researchers.  Virologists said it looked further removed from the original Wuhan virus than any other strain known to science, including variants found in Kent, South Africa and India.  It was first picked up in three travellers […]

Coronavirus: Tony Blair calls for UK to reveal how many vaccinated people catch Covid


Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has called on the Government to release more jabs data Tony Blair today called on ministers to release more data to prove how well the Covid vaccines work in the real world and restore public faith in the AstraZeneca jab.   The former Prime Minister said the in-depth figures – currently […]

Covid-19: GPs are told to CANCEL planned AstraZeneca vaccination appointments for pregnant women


GPs that are only dishing out AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine have been told to scrap all planned appointments for pregnant women. A letter sent by NHS England bosses to practices on Saturday specified sites that do not have Pfizer or Moderna vaccines in stock should cancel all scheduled first doses for expectant mothers.  It takes a more […]

SARS-CoV-2 variants from minks evade inhibition by antibodies — ScienceDaily


It has been known for about a year that minks can become infected with SARS-CoV-2. The virus had been transmitted from humans to farmed mink and mutated in infected animals. Mutations were acquired in the spike protein, which is crucial for the entry of the virus into host cells and represents the central point of […]

Lateral flow Covid tests are being given to millions of schoolchildren with the WRONG instructions


Controversial lateral flow tests may have been sent out to millions of schoolchildren with the wrong instructions, it has emerged.  Many of the Chinese-made kits contained guidance saying they were to be used by people suffering symptoms of coronavirus — going against official UK guidance. The devices were also sent out with a notice that […]

Coronavirus: China knew Wuhan market was a disease risk for years before Covid, scientist says


Chinese health officials knew Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Market was a disease risk for years before the Covid pandemic started there, an Australian scientist has claimed. Professor Eddie Holmes, a virologist at the University of Sydney, said he was taken on a tour of the market by public health officials in the now-infamous city in 2014. […]

Covid UK: Pregnant women should get Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, government advisors say


Pregnant women in Britain should be offered coronavirus vaccines, health bosses concluded today. Number 10‘s vaccine advisory panel said real-world data from the rollout in the US had shown jabs made by Pfizer and Moderna were safe for expectant mothers.  Medics say it is ‘preferable’ mothers-to-be are offered one of the two jabs instead of […]

Long-term weight retention and associated health risks identified in obese adults — ScienceDaily


UK adults who are overweight or obese retain their weight over time, which is associated with an increased risk of health complications and death, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. Dr Barbara Iyen, the lead author said: “We have found that despite widespread efforts to prevent and manage […]

Patients who are overweight or obese at risk of more severe COVID-19, study finds — ScienceDaily


Patients who are overweight or obese have more severe COVID-19 and are highly likely to require invasive respiratory support, according to a new international study. The research, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and The University of Queensland and published in Diabetes Care, found obese or overweight patients are at high risk for […]

Coronavirus: Just half of carers vaccinated in London borough with South Africa variant outbreak


Real name: B.1.351 When and where was it discovered?  Scientists first noticed in December 2020 that the variant, named B.1.351, was genetically different in a way that could change how it acts. It was picked up through random genetic sampling of swabs submitted by people testing positive for the virus, and was first found in […]

Duke researchers are working on developing flu shot using new coronavirus technology


Duke researchers are developing a flu shot using coronavirus vaccines’ new mRNA technology that could offer protection for up to FIVE YEARS Currently, flu shots are made by researchers guessing which strains will be the most prevalent The new version, being developed by Duke University, would be able to target all influenza strains It uses new […]

You’re close enough to catch Covid from someone else if you can smell their breath, expert says


Dr Julian Tang, a virologist, said if you can smell someone’s breath you are too close Britons should use the ‘garlic-breath distance’ measurement to work out whether they are at risk of catching coronavirus, an expert said today. Dr Julian Tang, a virologist at Leicester University, warned people were standing close enough for the virus […]

Fury over No10’s ‘un-British’ plan to slap calorie counts on beer, wine and spirits


Matt Hancock’s plan to slap calorie counts on all alcohol served in pubs was today branded ‘un-British’ and ‘an attempt to nanny the country’. Documents leaked last night revealed health chiefs want to force larger chains to disclose the amount of calories for every beer, wine and spirit ordered in their bars.   The scheme, reportedly […]

Is South Africa’s variant taking off in Britain? Cases of the mutant strain have rocketed by 20%


The South African coronavirus variant is persisting despite surge testing and tough travel quarantine measures, experts have warned.   Cases of the mutant strain have started picking up over recent weeks, even though targeted curbs aimed at flushing it out have been introduced in dozens of postcodes where it is spreading. Only 544 cases of the […]

Covid vaccines made by Moderna and Novavax will be added to a ‘mix and match’ trial


Professor Matthew Snape said alternating jabs could trigger added protection against coronavirus Coronavirus vaccines made by Moderna and Novavax will be added to a ‘mix and match’ trial, scientists said today. Britain’s medical regulator currently requires everyone to have two doses of the same jab — either AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna. But Oxford University experts […]

Why nations relying on China’s Covid vaccines are at risk of more waves


Countries relying on China‘s Covid vaccines may be vulnerable to future waves of the disease, scientists warned today. Experts told MailOnline the spiralling crisis in Chile should send a warning to the rest of the world that Chinese-made jabs are too weak to halt the spread of the virus, even with a successful immunisation programme. […]

US records more than 70,000 average daily coronavirus cases for the first time since February


Coronavirus cases continue to rise across the United States, fueling fears of a fourth wave as officials urge Americans to keep following public health measures. On Sunday, the U.S. recorded 46,378 new infections with a seven-day rolling average of 70,196, the highest figure since February 26. In the last week alone, the average number of cases […]

Study confirms redmesivir shortens Covid recovery by 2 days


The antiviral remdesivier cuts recovery time by about two days, but does not reduce the risk of dying from of the infection, a new study suggests.  Remdesivir is the only therapeutic drug approved for emergency use to treat COVID-19 in the U.S., but clinical trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the World […]

Moderna and Pfizer Covid vaccines found safe and effective for pregnant women by study


Coronavirus vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna are safe for pregnant women and breastfeeding moms, trigger a strong immune response and antibodies from the shots even pass to their babies, a new study finds.   Pregnant or lactating women, who get vaccinated against Covid-19 produce antibodies, which are passed on to the baby through breast milk […]

Covid UK: Daily Covid deaths HALVE in a week to 56 while new cases fall 25% to 4040


Britain’s daily Covid death toll has halved in a week, official figures revealed today amid mounting calls for Boris Johnson to lift lockdown restrictions quicker. Department of Health bosses posted 56 lab-confirmed fatalities and another 4,040 coronavirus cases — down 25 per cent on last Tuesday. It comes after the Office for National Statistics today […]

Covid Northern Ireland: Vaccine roll-out expanded to over-45s


Northern Ireland has today officially expanded its coronavirus vaccine drive to people under the age of 50, becoming the first home nation to move onto the next phase of the roll-out. The country’s NHS is now inviting everyone over 45 to book their appointment at a vaccination centre or one of 350 pharmacies deploying the […]

European suspension of AstraZeneca vaccine WILL cause Covid deaths, experts warn


Europe’s medical watchdog today slapped down Germany for suspending AstraZeneca’s coronavirus jab after a small number of vaccinated people developed deadly brain clots. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said there was ‘no evidence’ to support Berlin halting the jab for people under 60, adding that the benefits of protecting against Covid outweigh the risk of […]

Some hand sanitizers made amid COVID pandemic have high levels of cancer-causing chemical benzene


Some hand sanitizers that popped up during the coronavirus pandemic to help meet the demand, contain high levels of a cancer-causing chemical, a new analysis finds. Valisure, an online pharmacy based in New Haven, Connecticut, said it has detected benzene in several batches across multiple brands of hand sanitizer. The product is considered as dangerous […]

Fresh blow for AstraZeneca as vaccine is linked to another dangerous blood condition in Europe


Another potentially dangerous blood condition has been spotted in a handful of patients given the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, the EU’s drug watchdog has announced.  The European Medicines Authority said five cases of capillary leak syndrome had been reported in vaccinated patients on the continent. The rare condition sees blood leak from tiny vessels into muscles […]

Leisure physical activity is linked with health benefits but work activity is not — ScienceDaily


The first large study showing that leisure time physical activity and occupational physical activity have opposite, and independent, associations with cardiovascular disease risk and longevity is published today in European Heart Journal, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “We adjusted for multiple factors in our analysis, indicating that the relationships were not […]

Matt Hancock insists UK on track to hit July vaccination target


WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE RARE BLOOD CLOTS LINKED TO ASTRAZENECA’S VACCINE?  Only Britons who suffer one of the below symptoms four days post-vaccination need to contact their doctor.  Shortness of breath Chest pain Swollen leg Persistent stomach pain Severe headache Blurred vision Skin bruising beyond the site of injection   Matt Hancock today warned […]

Under-40s could be asked to take an alternative Covid vaccine over AstraZeneca blood clots fears


AstraZeneca‘s Covid vaccine may also be restricted for under-40s when Britain’s immunisation drive moves down to younger age groups, it was claimed today.  Medical watchdogs will assess data on the jab’s links to extremely rare blood clots in ‘scrupulous detail’ in order to paint a clearer picture on the exact risk-benefit ratio. They have already […]

DNA markers in cells of MDD sufferers appear 2 years older than in healthy controls, researchers say — ScienceDaily


Cells from individuals with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) were found to have higher than expected rates of methylation at specific sites on their DNA, when compared to cells from healthy individuals without MDD, according to a study by a multidisciplinary team of UC San Francisco scientists, in collaboration with others. Methylation is a process by […]

AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine ‘may not be suitable for young people’, Prof Lockdown says


Britain’s vaccine regulator could stop younger people from having AstraZeneca‘s coronavirus jab as soon as today over concerns about rare cases of blood clots. The UK’s MHRA announced on Friday it has seen 30 brain clot cases in 18.1million AstraZeneca-vaccinated people – around one in every 600,000 people (0.00017 per cent).  But there are fears that while […]

Losing weight through exercise: Why physical activity entices you to eat more – and how to fight it –


Worldwide 39 percent of the adults were overweight in 2016, according to statistics of the World Health Organization. In the US the prevalence of obesity was 42.4 percent in 2017/2018, according to a survey of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Concurrently millions of people want to lose weight. Physical exercise is an important […]

Covid-19 UK: Moderna’s vaccine comes on stream in small quantities


No10 may have to roll back its target date for vaccinating all adults if AstraZeneca‘s jab is banned for under-30s, an expert warned today.  And Britain may need to approve vaccines developed by Russia or China in order to hit the goal of offering everyone a first dose by the end of July.   The Medicines […]

School reopening: Here’s why it’s so hard


Unlike other countries, the US leaves school control at the local level, and the challenges to providing in-person instruction are not the same everywhere, making it nearly impossible to create effective federal and even state-level guidance as the pandemic wears on. Some buildings don’t have enough space to spread students out, while others don’t have […]

Opinion: Without a global vaccine plan, coronavirus variants could lead to untold number of deaths


Contrary to those who believe “herd immunity” — the point at which a significant percentage of a given population cluster has, either by infection or vaccination, acquired antibodies necessary to stave off the virus — is right around the corner, a new, more worrisome scenario is emerging. Epidemiologists are of the opinion that the longer […]

Doctor: I’m worried the Olympics can’t be made safe against Covid


I, like many other public health professionals, am concerned that these measures may be both too little and too late. I worry deeply about the implications of the Games for the health of three groups: the athletes and staff; the spectators and their home country; and the host community itself. Currently, there are simply too […]

CDC announces travel restrictions for countries hit by Ebola


Next week, the US government will start directing travelers from Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo to six US airports, according to the CDC. Airlines will collect information from all passengers boarding flights to the US who were in either country within the previous 21 days, and share the data with the CDC and […]

Why Japan took so long to start Covid-19 vaccinations, even with the Olympics looming


In Japan, only about 18,000 doses have been administered, according to the Japanese government. Like the US, Japan is using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as part of its program. Yet Japanese regulators took two more months to approve its use. The government says it has been deliberately cautious. After a series of vaccine scandals stretching back […]

Your top questions about Covid-19 and vaccines


How long will immunity last after getting a Covid-19 vaccine? Vaccine transmission treatment & prevention work/life family What are the side effects of the vaccines? Some vaccine trial volunteers have reported feeling flu-like effects after getting the shots. Don’t freak out if this happens to you, health experts say. “These are immune responses, so if […]

Why have India’s Covid-19 cases plummeted?


This has all happened without drastic measures such as circuit-breaker lockdowns, which have been used in places like New Zealand and Australia to get outbreaks under control. The Indian government is still implementing certain social distancing restrictions and has scrambled to assist overstretched hospitals — but the economy has reopened, domestic travel has resumed, and […]

Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine: FDA committee to consider authorization for single-dose shot this week


The vaccine is the third under consideration for the US market, and would be the first single-dose Covid-19 shot available here. Like the earlier Covid-19 vaccines, it was developed and tested at a remarkable pace, condensing into months what might have taken years before the pandemic. But there are few answers on what will happen […]

Pandemic stress is causing paranoia


“What do you need it for? What are you going to do with it?” my colleague asked me, Zoom eyes wide with fear. “Whoa there,” I wanted to say. There was no need to get concerned. I had simply asked a coworker for a straightforward piece of information that in normal times would have evoked […]

How to help and get help


Arts and culture How to give American Guild of Musical Arts Relief Fund: The AGMA is a labor union that represents artists involved in America’s operatic, choral and dance heritages. Their relief fund will support members who have lost opportunities and income during the coronavirus crisis. Broadway Cares: This non-profit helps vulnerable people in the […]

A drop in Covid-19 cases can be deceptive, official warns. Here’s how the US can stay ahead of a variant-driven surge


“We are used to mutations with the flu. This is a much higher percentage of success than the flu,” Slavitt, who is responsible for the Covid response, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday. The US has witnessed a 26% decline in new cases from this time last week, continuing the trend of the steepest decline […]

Taiwan blames ‘external forces’ for blocking BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine deal. China says it had nothing to do with it


Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said Thursday it was “purely fabrication” that Beijing had intervened in BioNTech’s vaccine sale to Taiwan, state news agency Xinhua reported. A day earlier, Taiwanese health minister Chen Shih-chung said in a radio interview that Taiwan and BioNTech were about to sign a deal for 5 […]

How Russian vaccine Sputnik V spread through Latin America


Eduardo Valdes, a former diplomat and member of government coalition Frente de Todos, who now serves in as chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies, says there’s a clear line between vaccine negotiations and external factors. “Now is not the time to do ideology. Our goal is for the Western Hemisphere […]

North Korea Pfizer hack allegations: South Korean lawmaker and spy agency dispute Covid-19 claims


South Korean lawmaker Ha Tae-keung told reporters Tuesday that he and other members of the National Assembly Intelligence committee were briefed by the country’s spy agency about the alleged attack. Ha’s office confirmed the remarks to CNN on Wednesday. Later that morning, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) put out a statement rebutting Ha’s claims. The […]

Here’s why some Covid-19 numbers keep improving. (Hint: It’s not widespread vaccinations)


Researchers reported Sunday that they identified seven troubling new coronavirus variants circulating in the US, according to Dr. Wilbur Chen, an infectious diseases specialist at the University of Maryland Medical School. “We certainly want to preserve the full efficacy of these vaccines by preventing more variant viruses, but again, these vaccines are effective and they […]

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Before leaving for the Tour de France 2020, all racing cyclists must undergo the strict health protocol as designed by the Union Cycliste Internationale. And it’s in a cell laboratory that cyclists will have to be examined for Covid-19. Accoridng to docs from the hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, some coronavirus sufferers develop persisting unwanted side […]

ER visits, long waits climb for kids in mental health crisis


When children and teens are overwhelmed with anxiety, depression or thoughts of self-harm, they often wait days in emergency rooms because there aren’t enough psychiatric beds. The problem has only grown worse during the pandemic, reports from parents and professionals suggest. With schools closed, routines disrupted and parents anxious over lost income or uncertain futures, […]

‘Vaccines do not equal zero Covid,’ warns WHO as jab rollouts start


Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 14:55 The World Health Organization warned that vaccines were no magic bullet for the coronavirus crisis, as Russia started vaccinating its high-risk workers Saturday and other countries geared up for similar programmes. The WHO warned about what it said was an erroneous belief that the Covid-19 crisis is over with jabs […]

Nations plan for vaccine as global virus cases top 65 million


Britain is training healtcare workers to administer the Covid-19 vaccine after it become the first country to approve one for public use Global coronavirus infections surged past 65 million on Friday even as countries doubled down on restrictions and plans to roll out vaccines gathered pace. The World Health Organization warned against complacency and what […]

The Swiss Cheese Model of Pandemic Defense


Q. What have we learned since March? A. Distance is the most effective intervention; the virus doesn’t have legs, so if you are physically distant from people, you avoid direct contact and droplets. Then you have to consider inside spaces, which are especially in play during winter or in hotter countries during summer: the bus, […]

What it takes to create a safe, effective COVID shot


Credit: Art by Levi Brown Shawn stepped into the UCLA Vine Street Clinic in Hollywood with confidence. He offered up his arm. The UCLA doctor injected him. It took seconds; there was barely a sting. Twenty-four hours after the first of two shots, given 28 days apart, he suffered the headaches and fatigue associated with […]

Global virus toll passes 1.5 million as nations plan for vaccine


As the world tires of economically crippling restrictions, attention has turned to the race for a vaccine The world passed the grim milestone of 1.5 million coronavirus deaths on Thursday, as several nations planned to deliver much hoped-for vaccines early next year to break the cycle of lockdowns and restrictions. US President-elect Joe Biden said […]

New report details links between widespread ocean pollution and human health risks


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Ocean pollution is widespread and getting worse, and when toxins in the oceans make landfall they imperil the health and well-being of more than 3 billion people, according to a new report by an international coalition of scientists led by Boston College’s Global Observatory on Pollution on Health and the Centre […]

Chicago neighborhoods with barriers to social distancing had higher COVID-19 death rates


UIC research shows that Chicago neighborhoods with barriers to social distancing, including limited access to broadband internet and low rates of health insurance, had more COVID-19 deaths in the spring of 2020. Credit: University of Illinois at Chicago New research has found that Chicago neighborhoods with barriers to social distancing, including limited access to broadband […]

Italy, US mark grim records as global Covid-19 deaths surpass 1.5 million


Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 05:13 The world passed the grim milestone of 1.5 million coronavirus deaths on Thursday, as several nations planned to deliver much hoped-for vaccines early next year to break the cycle of lockdowns and restrictions. US President-elect Joe Biden said that on his first day in office he would ask Americans to […]

Mexico signs deal for 34.4 million Pfizer vaccines


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Mexico said it signed an agreement Wednesday with US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to buy 34.4 million vaccines against the coronavirus, with a first batch due to arrive this month. The Latin American nation has reported almost 107,000 COVID-19 deaths—one of the world’s highest tolls—and more than 1.1 million infections. The health […]

Less COVID-19 transmission seen in countries with more intense testing


Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Lacking vaccines, countries have relied on multiple non-pharmaceutical interventions to control COVID-19 transmission. Despite the urging of the World Health Organization (WHO) in March to “test, test, and test,” policy makers disagree on on how much testing is optimal. A new study, by Ravindra Prasan Rannan-Eliya and coauthors from the Institute […]

Exercise 11 Minutes a Day for a Longer Life


Some past research had suggested the answer is no. A 2016 study involving more than a million people found, instead, that men and women needed to exercise moderately for about 60 to 75 minutes a day in order to diminish the undesirable effects of sitting. That study, though, like most similar, earlier research, asked people […]

Child HIV treatment cost slashed: Unitaid


A strawberry-flavoured HIV treatment for the 1.7 million children living with the virus will slash the cost of yearly paediatric treatment by three quarters, Unitaid announced on World AIDS Day. The dispersible treatment is the first specifically made for children and will initially be available in six African countries in the first half of 2021, […]

Warning signs over effectiveness of HIV ‘wonder drug’ in sub-Saharan Africa


Scanning electromicrograph of an HIV-infected T cell. Credit: NIAID Dolutegravir, the current first-line treatment for HIV, may not be as effective as hoped in sub-Saharan Africa, suggests new research published on World AIDS Day. The study finds that this so-called ‘wonder drug’ may be less effective in patients resistant to older drugs. As HIV copies […]

Moving toward accessible healthcare for all in sub-Saharan Africa


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Achieving universal access to healthcare is a key development priority and a major target of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 3. The COVID-19 pandemic has only reinforced this urge. A rapid development and expansion of public, affordable healthcare infrastructure is particularly crucial in sub-Saharan Africa. In the region, communicable diseases are […]

US predicts ‘vaccines before Christmas’ as virus super-surge looms


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Hopes for a first wave of vaccinations before the end of 2020 received a boost with US firm Moderna saying it was filing Monday for emergency authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine in the United States and Europe. After top US scientists warned Americans to brace for a “surge superimposed on the […]

Berry-Flavored H.I.V. Medication Is Ready for Babies


The first infant formulation of dolutegravir, an important first-line H.I.V. medication, will be available soon under an agreement between several pharmaceutical companies and global health initiatives. The new formulation will be strawberry flavored and come in a tablet that dissolves in water or juice so babies can swallow it. In another announcement also linked to […]

WHO warns malaria fight flat-lining


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Progress in eliminating malaria has stalled in recent years, the World Health Organization said Monday, with more than 400,000 people once again estimated to have died from the disease last year. In its World Malaria Report 2020, the WHO said progress against the mosquito-borne disease was plateauing, particularly in African countries […]

The Coronavirus Won’t Stop Evolving When the Vaccine Arrives


In a 1988 essay on pandemics Joshua Lederberg, Nobel laureate and president of The Rockefeller University, reminded the medical community that when it comes to infectious disease, the laws of Darwin are as important as the vaccines of Pasteur. As medicine battles bacteria and viruses, those organisms continue to undergo mutations and evolve new characteristics. […]

Senegal’s coronavirus success divides experts


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Senegal has been widely praised for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with few infections and life returning to normal, but the reason behind its success still divides experts. The government enacted a raft of anti-virus measures when the pandemic reached the West African nation. But some experts believe that herd […]

Undiagnosed HIV rising in Eastern Europe, Central Asia: agencies


Scanning electromicrograph of an HIV-infected T cell. Credit: NIAID The EU’s disease control agency and the WHO on Thursday called for better HIV testing to spot cases early following rising undiagnosed cases especially in Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia. Early detection of the virus that causes AIDS mitigates the impact on the patient and […]

Sitting for turkey? WHO reminds all to get more active


Credit: CC0 Public Domain As the coronavirus leaves many people housebound and many Americans sit to feast for Thanksgiving, the World Health Organization says people need to get more active, insisting that up to 5 million deaths worldwide could be avoided each year if people would run, walk and simply move more. The U.N. health […]

LatAm governments facing vaccine distribution challenges


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Cash-strapped Latin American governments face severe geographical, economic and social challenges in trying to ensure life-saving COVID-19 vaccines are made available to vulnerable populations, experts say. Megacities like Sao Paulo, mountain ranges like the Andes as well as the vast Amazon basin pose just a few of the geographical problems for […]

Aim to exceed weekly recommended physical activity level to offset health harms of prolonged sitting


Credit: CC0 Public Domain New additional research shows that increasing physical activity can counter early death risk linked to long periods of sedentary time The health harms associated with prolonged sitting can be offset by exceeding weekly recommended physical activity levels, says the World Health Organization (WHO) in new global guidelines on physical activity and […]

Coronavirus cases worldwide top 60 million


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain More than 60 million cases of the novel coronavirus have been detected worldwide, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP as of 1830 GMT on Wednesday. In total 60,014,291 infections, including 1,415,258 million deaths, have been recorded around the world since the pandemic emerged in China late last […]

Mexico aims to begin coronavirus vaccinations next month


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Mexico said Tuesday that it aims to start coronavirus vaccinations next month in the Latin American country, which has one of the world’s highest COVID-19 death tolls. The government has signed deals with major pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, which with its German partner BioNTech on Friday sought US regulatory approval for […]

Transparency on trials and side effects


Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Promising results from large clinical trials testing three vaccines to prevent COVID-19 bring us a step closer to a widely available vaccine. On Nov. 9, Pfizer’s interim analysis from its Phase 3 vaccine trial revealed it prevented 90 percent of COVID-19 cases. (The vaccine’s efficacy was revised to 95 percent in […]

Macron set to address the nation as France’s Covid-19 infections drop


Issued on: 24/11/2020 – 08:23 French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce a reworking of the country’s Covid-19 lockdown rules in a televised speech Tuesday night following a drop in nationwide infections. France is expected to start easing Covid-19 lockdown rules in coming weeks, carrying out the process in three stages so as to […]

350,000+ women likely missing out on key postnatal check-ups in the UK every year


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Every year more than 350,000 women in the UK may be missing out on key formal health and wellbeing check-ups following the birth of a child, reveals the largest study of its kind, published in the online journal BMJ Open. Teen mums and those living in the most deprived areas of […]

UK asks regulator to study Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine


Credit: CC0 Public Domain The British government on Friday said it has asked its independent medicines regulator to study Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine with a view to an imminent roll-out. The announcement came after the pharma giant and its German partner said they will ask US regulators for emergency use authorisation for the vaccine in what […]

Antimicrobial resistance as dangerous as pandemic: WHO


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The World Health Organization warned Friday that growing antimicrobial resistance is every bit as dangerous as the coronavirus pandemic—and threatens to reverse a century of medical progress. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called the issue “one of the greatest health threats of our time”. Resistance is when bugs become immune to […]

Turkey records its highest virus death toll


Credit: CC0 Public Domain Turkey on Friday reported 141 new deaths from the coronavirus, the highest single toll since its first recorded death in March. The previous record was set on April 19, when Turkey, a nation of 83 million, reported 127 deaths. Ankara has now attributed 12,084 deaths to the virus, although its infection […]

Coronavirus pandemic, economic crisis set to dominate Saudi-hosted G20 summit


Issued on: 21/11/2020 – 07:42 Saudi Arabia hosts the G20 summit Saturday in a first for an Arab nation, with the downsized virtual forum dominated by efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and a crippling economic crisis. The two-day meeting of the world’s wealthiest nations comes as President Donald Trump refuses to concede a bitter […]

Superspreader events key driver in Covid-19 pandemic


Colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (green) heavily infected with SARS-COV-2 virus particles (yellow), isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIH/NIAID At churches, on cruise ships and even in the White House, superspreading events that can sicken dozens, even hundreds, […]

Study evaluates new World Health Organization Labor Care Guide for maternity care providers


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The World Health Organization developed the new Labour Care Guide to support clinicians in providing good quality, women-centred care during labour and childbirth. In a study published in Birth, researchers evaluated the usability, feasibility, and acceptability of the new Labour Care Guide for maternity care providers in six countries. The guide […]