Inflammation and Immunity Troubles Top Long COVID Suspect List

SOURCES: Alexander Truong, MD, pulmonologist, assistant professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta. Alexander Charney, MD, PhD, lead principal investigator, RECOVER adult cohort, associate professor of psychiatry, genetics and genomic sciences, neuroscience, and neurosurgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. Michael Peluso, MD, assistant professor of medicine, infectious diseases doctor, University of … Read more

On Masking, Vaccines, and What Keeps Him Up at Night

Jan. 30, 2023 – When he was a young boy growing up in Brooklyn, Anthony Fauci loved playing sports. As captain of his high school basketball team, he wanted to be an athlete, but at 5-foot-7, he says it wasn’t in the cards. So, he decided to become a doctor instead. Fauci, who turned 82 … Read more

World “Dangerously Unprepared’ For Next Pandemic: Red Cross

Countries remain “unprepared” for the next pandemic, the Red Cross warned. (representational) Geneva: All countries remain “dangerously unprepared” for the next pandemic, the Red Cross warned on Monday, saying future health crises could also collide with increasingly likely climate-related disasters. Despite three “brutal” years of the Covid-19 pandemic, strong preparedness systems are “severely lacking”, the … Read more

Can ‘Radical Rest’ Help With Long COVID Symptoms?

Jan. 18, 2023 – On March 18, 2020, Megan Fitzgerald was lying on the floor of her Philadelphia home after COVID-19 hit her like a ton of bricks. She had a fever, severe digestive issues, and she couldn’t stand on her own. Yet there she was, splayed out in the bathroom, trying both to respond … Read more

Is It Time for Yet Another COVID Booster? It’s Complicated

SOURCES: Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine; co-director, Center for Vaccine Development, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston. Paul Offit, MD, director, Vaccine Education Center and professor of pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), University of Minnesota, … Read more

Add This to the List of Long COVID Symptoms: Stigma

Jan. 13, 2023 – People with long-term COVID may have dizziness, headaches, sleep problems, sluggish thinking, and many other problems. But they can also face another problem – stigma. Most people with long COVID find they’re facing stigma due to their condition, according to a new report from researchers in the United Kingdom. In short: … Read more

U.S. Seniors Bearing Brunt of COVID Wave – Is Help Coming?

Jan. 10, 2023 – It might appear that we’re back to some semblance of “normal” at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic. But many people remain at higher risk for serious outcomes like hospitalization and death, especially older Americans. Legula Estiloz was diagnosed with COVID-19 at age 104, for example. “She and I both came … Read more

Are You Using This Anti-COVID Secret Weapon?

Jan. 9, 2023 – Jan. 9, 2023 — If you vowed to start exercising this year, here’s another incentive to help you stick to your guns: You could protect yourself from potentially devastating COVID-19 outcomes like hospitalization and even death. The evidence is piling up that physical activity can lower the risk of getting very … Read more

New US rule on abortion pills: What changes?

WASHINGTON: US public health officials this week authorized pharmacies to sell abortion pills by prescription. What exactly does that change for women in the United States, after several states banned abortion last year?A medication-induced abortion, also known as medical abortion, involves taking two different drugs over the course of one or two days.The first (mifepristone) … Read more

China seeks to minimize Covid-19 risk during travel rush

BEIJING: China is seeking to minimize the possibility of a major new Covid-19 outbreak during this month’s Lunar New Year travel rush following the end of most pandemic containment measures.The Transportation Ministry on Friday called on travelers to reduce trips and gatherings, particularly if they involve elderly people, pregnant women, small children and those with … Read more