COVID Fallout:'Alarming' Dip in Routine Vax for Pregnant Women COVID Fallout:'Alarming' Dip in Routine Vax for Pregnant Women
The percentage of low-income pregnant mothers who received influenza and Tdap vaccinations fell sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in Black and Hispanic patients, a new study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

The U.S. Is in a ‘Controlled Pandemic’ Phase of COVID-19. But What Does That Mean?
They were the words everyone has been waiting to hear—that the COVID-19 pandemic is dialing down from the five-alarm fire that flared up in 2020 to a somewhat lesser conflagration. On April 27, the U.S.’s chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, described the country as in a “transitional phase, from a deceleration of the numbers into hopefully a more controlled phase and endemicity” in an interview with the Washington Post. His comments come almost two years to the day after pharmaceutical manufacturers shipped the first batches of their COVID-19 vaccines for early testing. Fauci noted that those ...
Source: TIME: Health - April 29, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Most Americans Have Had COVID-19. That Doesn ’t Mean They Won’t Get It Again
Odds are, you’ve had COVID-19—whether you know it or not. Almost 60% of people in the U.S. have antibodies in their blood that suggest they’ve been infected by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to new estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But that doesn’t mean 60% of people in the U.S. are immune to COVID-19. “We know that is not what this means. Reinfection happens,” said Dr. Kristie Clarke, co-lead for the CDC’s COVID-19 Epidemiology and Surveillance Taskforce Seroprevalence Team, during a press briefing on April 26. “Protec...
Source: TIME: Health - April 29, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

COVID-19 Risks for Kids Under 5 Right Now: What Parents Should Know
It’s a challenging time for parents anxiously awaiting the arrival of COVID-19 vaccinations for children under the age of 5. In a report published by Politico April 21, sources with insider knowledge warned that a vaccine may not be available for the youngest age group until late June. And after a federal judge struck down a mask mandate for public transportation on April 18—leading some plane passengers to remove their masks mid-flight—some parents expressed frustration that many people seem to forget that the littlest children still can’t be protected through vaccination. At the same time, many pe...
Source: TIME: Health - April 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

COVID-19 Could Be Surging in the U.S. Right Now and We Might Not Even Know It
The rise of Covid cases in some regions of the U.S., just as testing efforts wane, has raised the specter that the next major wave of the virus may be difficult to detect. In fact, the country could be in the midst of a surge right now and we might not even know it. Testing and viral sequencing are critical to responding quickly to new outbreaks of Covid. And yet, as the country tries to move on from the pandemic, demand for lab-based testing has declined and federal funding priorities have shifted. The change has forced some testing centers to shutter while others have hiked up prices in response to the end of government-...
Source: TIME: Health - April 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MADISON MULLER / BLOOMBERG Tags: Uncategorized bloomberg wire COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

H5N1 Vaccine Readied for a Possible Influenza Pandemic H5N1 Vaccine Readied for a Possible Influenza Pandemic
Adjuvanted H5N1 influenza vaccine has been shown to be highly immunogenic in younger and older adults. It is being developed in light of a possible H5N1 influenza pandemic that could cause global harm.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - April 8, 2022 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Warning: Climate Crisis Is Now the Single Biggest Health Threat Facing Humanity
This year’s World Health Day launched a new warning: more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to “avoidable environmental causes”. Credit: BigstockBy Baher KamalMADRID, Apr 5 2022 (IPS) While the world’s top scientists and experts continue their arduous work to finally submit to politicians at the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt (7-18 November 2022), a new alert now emerges: the climate crisis has already become the single biggest health threat to humankind. But this new alert should be no surprise: it rather constitutes the logic, expected cons...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 5, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Development & Aid Environment Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations World Health Day Source Type: news

It ’s Time to Rethink Your COVID-19 Risk Tolerance
The U.S. is taking a crash course in learning to “live with the virus.” Policymakers and health experts agree that we have migrated to a less-disruptive COVID-19 endemic phase. This has produced extensive commentary on what living with the virus, and achieving the “new normal” might look like—liberating some while confusing others. Many people have spent two years avoiding and fearing the virus and are now being advised that it’s safe to unmask and to resume a normal social life. For them, this has not ushered in a comfortable sense of natural transition, but instead has caused a nationa...
Source: TIME: Health - March 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Phillips Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

It ’ s Time to Rethink Your COVID-19 Risk Tolerance
The U.S. is taking a crash course in learning to “live with the virus.” Policymakers and health experts agree that we have migrated to a less-disruptive COVID-19 endemic phase. This has produced extensive commentary on what living with the virus, and achieving the “new normal” might look like—liberating some while confusing others. Many people have spent two years avoiding and fearing the virus and are now being advised that it’s safe to unmask and to resume a normal social life. For them, this has not ushered in a comfortable sense of natural transition, but instead has caused a nationa...
Source: TIME: Health - March 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Phillips Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Number of Flu Cases Lower Than Pre-pandemic Levels
The number of influenza cases is increasing across the United States but has not hit pre-pandemic levels, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection says. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A forensic pathologist on the legacy of lockdown: I look at death every day – let’s change the way we talk about it
The language we use to talk about death has become increasingly sanitised. It ’s time for a more healthy approachAs a forensic pathologist, the dead of all ages, shapes and sizes have been the focus of my career. Numerous times a day, for the past 40 years, I have looked closely and directly at death, knowing that, for many – probably most – of the people I examine, the start of their final day had been completely normal. Death had come swiftly and unexpectedly. So, as I dress each morning, I often wonder where I will be at the end of my day. At home? Or in a mortuary, being slid into a fridge on a shiny tray?In medi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 20, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Richard Shepherd Tags: Death and dying Bereavement Coronavirus World news Society Forensic science Books Health Source Type: news

Shrugs Over Flu Signal Future Attitudes About Covid
The coronavirus pandemic hasn ’t prompted most Americans to take influenza more seriously. Instead, more people are likely to think of Covid the way they think of flu, experts say. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 18, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gina Kolata Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Influenza Respiratory Diseases Influenza Epidemic (1918-19) Vaccination and Immunization History (Academic Subject) Research United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Hope for COVID-19 patients who've lost their sense of taste, smell
The loss or change in a person's sense of taste and smell is something that can happen to people who have had COVID-19.  It's a common symptom with other viruses, including influenza, but it's happening at a much larger magnitude due to the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute https://youtu.be/HjVi9B7L-j0 Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (1:24) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please "Courtesy: Mayo Clinic News Network." Read… (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - March 17, 2022 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

A New Report Shows the True COVID-19 Death Toll May Be Three Times Higher Than We Thought
More than 6 million people have died from COVID-19 worldwide, according to official counts. But the more comprehensive toll, tallying deaths directly or indirectly attributable to COVID-19, may be three times higher, according to a new study published in the Lancet. “We can confidently say that the pandemic has killed an extra 18.2 million people,” says Dr. Chris Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics at the University of Washington and a co-author of the paper. Those 18.2 million people represent what epidemiologists refer to as “excess deaths,” or the additional number of people who...
Source: TIME: Health - March 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news