What do we know about the adaptive immune response to covid-19?
Article explores the role of adaptive immunity, its B and T lymphocytes components, the duration of adaptive immunity to SARS-CoV-2; the effect of Covid vaccines and new variants and how the adaptive immune response to Covid-19 compares with influenza and other coronaviruses. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 31, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Healthcare Experts See Links Between COVID-19 and RSV as Tripledemic Pressures Ease on Hospitals and Clinical Laboratories
Some medical experts suggest an ‘immunity gap’ related to COVID-19 mitigation measures, while others point to alternative theories Surge in fall/winter SARS-CoV-2, influenza (flu), and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) hospitalizations and ensuing clinical laboratory test referrals—dubbed by some public health experts as a “tripledemic”—appear to have eased in the US, according to stats from the […] The post <strong>Healthcare Experts See Links Between COVID-19 and RSV as Tripledemic Pressures Ease on Hospitals and Clinical Laboratories</strong> appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 30, 2023 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jillia Schlingman Tags: Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Resources Laboratory Testing anatomic pathology Asuncion Mejias MD PhD Becker’s Hospital Review Boston Globe CDC Center for Vaccines and Immunity centers for disease control and prevent Source Type: news

Three Teenagers With Influenza Die After Secondary Infection Three Teenagers With Influenza Die After Secondary Infection
The deaths indicate an increase in serious diseases caused by secondary bacterial infections following an influenza A infection, according to the Robert Koch Institute.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - January 27, 2023 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

3 takeaways from this year ’s weird cold-and-flu-and-Covid season
Bita Honarvar/Vox; H. Armstrong Roberts/Classicstock/Getty Images Believe it or not, we are not going to be sick forever. The triple threat of influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (or RSV), and Covid-19 has been another stress test for a battered US health care system this winter. But after a…#rsv #cdc #davidcelantano #johnshopkins #newyorktimess #monicagandhi #xbb15 #ameshadalja #johnhopkins #fda (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 27, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Experts Vote to Make All COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters Bivalent
In a unanimous decision, all 21 voting members of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) vaccine committee recommended that the U.S. start using the same COVID-19 virus strain in all of the COVID-19 vaccines, including primary and booster doses. That means the bivalent booster dose, which targets both the original SARS-CoV-2 strain and the Omicron BA.4/5 strains, would soon become the only type used for all primary shots and boosters. The decision reflects a turning point in the pandemic. Until now, vaccine makers have tried to keep up with constantly evolving variants, but they’ve always been a few step...
Source: TIME: Health - January 27, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

U.S. FDA proposes shift to annual COVID vaccine shots
The U.S. health regulator on Monday proposed one dose of the latest updated COVID-19 shot annually for healthy adults, similar to the influenza immunization campaign, as it aims to simplify the country's COVID-vaccine strategy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also asked its panel of external…#fda #pfizerinc #omicron (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 23, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

F.D.A. Outlines a Plan for Annual Covid Boosters
In advance of a scientific meeting on Thursday, officials proposed offering new shots to Americans each fall, a strategy long employed against the flu. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 23, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Apoorva Mandavilli Tags: your-feed-science Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Coronavirus Omicron Variant Immune System Food and Drug Administration Influenza Disease Rates United States Source Type: news

Flu Hospitalizations and Vaccine Coverage by Race and Ethnicity Flu Hospitalizations and Vaccine Coverage by Race and Ethnicity
This CDC report reveals that racial and ethnic disparities in influenza vaccination coverage and access to care have persisted since the 2009-11 influenza seasons.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 20, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Roche announces the European Commission approval of Xofluza for the treatment and prevention of influenza in children aged one year and above
Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced that the European Commission (EC) has approved Xofluza® (baloxavir marboxil) in children aged one year and above for the treatment of uncomplicated influenza and for post-exposure prophylaxis of influenza. Post-exposure prophylaxis aims to prevent influenza in individuals following contact with someone infected with the influenza virus. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - January 20, 2023 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Roche Business and Industry Source Type: news

Japan to lower COVID-19 to flu status, further easing rules
TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday announced plans to downgrade the legal status of COVID-19 to the equivalent of seasonal influenza in the spring, a move that would further relax mask wearing and other preventive measures as the country seeks to return to normalcy. Kishida…#tokyo #fumiokishida #kishida #healthministry #health #katsunobukato #kato (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 20, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Early and Increased Influenza Activity Among Children - Tennessee, 2022-23 Influenza Season
This report describes higher rates of pediatric hospitalization and symptomatic illness from influenza among children during the 2022-23 season in Tennessee. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - January 19, 2023 Category: American Health Tags: Children's Health Influenza (Flu) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Seasonal Flu Source Type: news

Study links viral infections to Alzheimer ’s, Parkinson’s—with many caveats
A massive data mining study has found numerous associations between common viruses like the flu and devastating neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). The findings expand on previous research linking individual viruses to neurological diseases. But experts caution that the study, which relied on electronic medical records rather than biological samples, merely describes correlations and doesn’t prove causation. Still, it’s “really exciting,” says Kristen Funk, a neuroimmunologist who studi...
Source: ScienceNOW - January 19, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news

It ’ s Not Just You: The Flu Is Bad This Year
This winter has brought a cold reminder that SARS-CoV-2 isn’t the only virus we need to think about. After two winters during which influenza was subdued by pandemic precautions, the last few months have shown that the flu is still a major public health threat that can overwhelm busy hospitals and cost thousands of lives. This flu season is no 100-year outbreak. But it’s the most severe flu season since the start of the pandemic. “It looks very similar to some of the worst seasons in the past 10 years,” says John Huddleston, a staff scientist in the Bedford Lab at Fred Hutch Medical Center, where he...
Source: TIME: Health - January 19, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

“Origami” DNA Traps Could Keep Large Viruses From Infecting Cells
By engineering structures out of DNA, scientists could potentially prevent larger viruses, like coronaviruses and influenza viruses, from interacting with cells. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - January 19, 2023 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Moderna ’ s mRNA-Based RSV Vaccine Just Passed a Major Test
Moderna has become a well-known name thanks to its highly effective COVID-19 vaccine, based on mRNA technology. But even before the pandemic hit, the company was developing an mRNA-based vaccine against another scourge, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which primarily affects infants and the elderly. In a release issued on Jan. 17, the Massachusetts-based company said an early look at data from the late-stage trial of its RSV vaccine shows that the shot is effective. Among 37,000 people over age 60 in 22 countries, the vaccine was 83.7% effective in reducing moderate RSV illness, defined as two or more symptoms of the di...
Source: TIME: Health - January 18, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Technology Source Type: news