We Still Don ’ t Have At-Home Testing For the Flu —But COVID-19 Has Changed the Stakes
Most of us are used to a certain routine by now for when we feel sick. If we feel a little feverish, or start coughing, we reach for an at-home testing kit that tells us, with a quick nasal swab and after 15 minutes, whether we have COVID-19 or not. The tests are easy to use, and for now, paid for by insurance if you’ve got it. If you don’t have insurance, you can still get the kits for free from some community health centers. If the test shows that you’re positive, you know to stay home and mask up, and ask your doctor about taking antiviral medications that can minimize the symptoms and keep you from ge...
Source: TIME: Health - December 7, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

One Step Closer to a Universal Flu Vaccine?
Scientist have tested in animals a vaccine that may protect against 20 strains of influenza, helping to prevent another pandemic. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 29, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Apoorva Mandavilli Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Research Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Influenza Children and Childhood Viruses Epidemics Science (Journal) Source Type: news

Successful tests in animal models pave way for strategy for universal flu vaccine
An experimental mRNA-based vaccine against all 20 known subtypes of influenza virus provided broad protection from otherwise lethal flu strains in initial tests, according to a study. This could serve one day as a general preventative measure against future flu pandemics, the researchers from University of Pennsylvania, US, said. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - November 26, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Universal flu vaccine may be available within two years, says scientist
Vaccine against all strains of virus hailed as major step in protecting against potentially devastating flu pandemicA universal flu vaccine that protects against all strains of the virus could be available in the next two years, according to a leading scientist.An experimental vaccine based on the same mRNA technology used in the highly successful Covid jabs was found to protect mice and ferrets against severe influenza, paving the way for clinical trials in humans.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 25, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Flu Science Health Flu pandemic Society World news Source Type: news

New mRNA vaccine targeting all known flu strains shows early promise
A new mRNA vaccine targeting all known flu strains in a single shot is showing early promise in animal studies and is opening the door to a wide range of possibilities with the vaccine technology — including potentially preventing the next influenza pandemic.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 24, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Will ‘Flurona” Be an Issue for Clinical Laboratories This Flu Season?
Epidemiologists warn that elderly and other individuals may be at high-risk for co-infection by strains of both SAR-CoV-2 and influenza As of October, the influenza (flu) season has begun in North America. With the COVID-19 pandemic still prevalent, clinical laboratories must be prepared not only for increased demand for SARS-CoV-2 tests, but also for an […] The post Will ‘Flurona” Be an Issue for Clinical Laboratories This Flu Season? appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 18, 2022 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jillia Schlingman Tags: International Laboratory News Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Resources Laboratory Testing anatomic pathology CDC centers for disease control and prevention clinical laboratory COVID-19 Dark Daily Source Type: news

Reduce your risk of getting sick this Thanksgiving season
With this year's Thanksgiving the third since the onset of the pandemic, there are now many tools to help manage Covid-19 risk, including safe and widely available vaccines. But this coronavirus still presents a danger, especially to older people and those with chronic medical conditions. There are also other viruses circulating across the United States, including influenza and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) that are causing some pediatric hospitals to be overwhelmed. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Masks Still Matter
During the COVID-19 pandemic, masks were weaponized for partisan purposes. “The politicization of mask use,” says William Hanage, infectious disease epidemiologist at Harvard University, “makes as much sense as politicizing gravity.” Masks are simply a tool—a protective barrier—that can help to reduce the spread of respiratory infections, just as condoms are a barrier that can reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections. And as we head into winter, with rising rates of multiple respiratory viruses, including flu, RSV, and new coronavirus variants, masks could help all Americans ...
Source: TIME: Health - November 14, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abraar Karan and Gavin Yamey Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 freelance Source Type: news

Getting COVID-19 Multiple Times Is Risky for Your Health
At this point in the pandemic, it’s easy to think of COVID-19 as something closer to the flu than a dangerous disease. But even though the latest Omicron variants do cause less severe symptoms than the original strain of SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19 is still far from a typical disease—especially if you get it more than once. In a study published in Nature Medicine, researchers report that COVID-19 reinfections could be taking a toll on some important organ systems. That risk applies to both short-term and long-term health effects, says Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, clinical epidemiologist at Washington University School of Medicin...
Source: TIME: Health - November 10, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

WHO warns that this winter may witness a strong comeback for influenza in the Eastern ...
Nurse Lotfiye Samra checks a patient’s temperature at the Rjail Arbaeen Primary Health Centre in Saida, Lebanon, which functions as a site for influenza-like illness surveillance. Respiratory samples are collected from symptomatic patients and tested for influenza, SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory viruses. Information from this routine surveillance is important to inform national, regional and global actions on preparing and responding to respiratory viral diseases. © WHO Natalie Naccache. 9 November 2022 – Although the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, WHO is also now focusing on preparedness for the 2022–20...
Source: WHO EMRO News - November 9, 2022 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

What you should know about getting a flu vaccine this year, according to an expert
This year's flu strain has already begun spreading across the US, according to new data from the CDC. Not since 2009, during the height of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, have there been this many cases of influenza so early in the season. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 4, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Officials Are Now Tracking COVID-19 Variants at Airports
Travelers are both the conduit and the canary in the coal mine for new COVID-19 variants, and U.S. health officials are trying to use those realities to keep ahead of variants coming into the country. At four U.S. airports—John F. Kennedy in New York, Newark in New Jersey, San Francisco International, and Atlanta Hartsfield—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is partnering with private companies XpressCheck and Concentric by Ginkgo to test incoming passengers for COVID-19. (Washington Dulles is expected to join the program in November.) The testing gives the CDC a heads up on which variants are...
Source: TIME: Health - November 3, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Chewing to curb COVID
Penn Medicine will conduct a new clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a chewing gum designed by School of Dental Medicine researchers to trap SARS-CoV-2 in the saliva. Chewing gum tablets containing plant material laced with the ACE2 protein are being evaluated in a clinical trial to see if they are safe and effective in trapping SARS-CoV-2 in the saliva. (Image: Kevin Monko/Penn Dental Medicine) A recently launched clinical trial at Penn Medicine will evaluate a new chewing gum designed by School of Dental Medicine researchers to trap SARS-CoV-2 in the saliva, potentially blocking transmission of COVID-...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - November 2, 2022 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

RSV Cases Are Rising in Kids and Babies. What Parents Should Know
On top of continued concerns about COVID-19 and the anticipated wave of flu cases this fall and winter, health experts are also confronting another infectious disease: Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). RSV typically strikes during the colder months, when people gather indoors and are more likely to spread disease through close contact and respiratory droplets. It’s particularly common among infants and young children, as well as the elderly, who are more vulnerable to infections because of their less developed or weakened immune systems. After years of having no vaccines against the virus, scientists are moving quic...
Source: TIME: Health - November 1, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Public Health Source Type: news

How to Stay Safe from COVID-19 During the 2022 Holiday Season
After COVID-19 vaccines rolled out, many families said “good riddance” to Zoom and resumed in-person holiday gatherings—and with increasing numbers of people embracing pre-pandemic lifestyles, it’s safe to assume that will be the norm this year in the U.S. But the virus still infects tens of thousands of Americans each day, and experts fear another winter surge may be coming, just in time for the holidays. If you’re planning to travel or gather with loved ones this holiday season, follow these expert recommendations to maximize your chances of staying safe and healthy. [time-brightcove not-tg...
Source: TIME: Health - October 31, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news