FDA approves first at-home test for COVID-19, flu, other respiratory viruses
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a new at-home test for respiratory viral infections such as COVID-19 and influenza that can be used without a prescription. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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

Janssen Discontinues Collaboration and License Agreements with Bavarian Nordic in Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, May 9, 2022 - The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson today announced the termination of its collaboration and license agreements with Bavarian Nordic that leverage Bavarian Nordic’s MVA-BN® (Modified Vaccinia Ankara - Bavarian Nordic) technology to develop potential vaccines against the hepatitis B virus and human papillomaviruses. Janssen remains committed to its strong collaboration with Bavarian Nordic in the quest to prevent and cure infectious diseases – with collaborations in HIV and Ebola still ongoing.No clinical studies in hepatitis B have been initiated by Janssen ut...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - May 9, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Flu Vaccine Linked to Lower Risk for Stroke: INTERSTROKE Flu Vaccine Linked to Lower Risk for Stroke: INTERSTROKE
The authors suggest that wider use of influenza vaccination could be an effective way to reduce the burden of stroke.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - May 6, 2022 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

National flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports: week ending 1 May 2022, UKHSA (Updated 4th May 2022)
National influenza and COVID-19 report, monitoring COVID-19 activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 4, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What's behind Alberta's spike in flu numbers
If you thought May was too late for flu season, think again. Alberta Health Services data shows influenza cases have spiked across the province in recent weeks, with more than 200 cases being recorded in Calgary alone. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 3, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

CDC Issues Treatment Recs for Suspected Bird Flu Cases
(MedPage Today) -- Clinicians should be aware of the possibility of influenza A(H5N1) bird flu in humans with exposure to poultry after a Colorado inmate tested positive for the highly pathogenic strain, the CDC announced late Friday. The A(H5N1... (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - May 2, 2022 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Why COVID-19 and flu could be in a 'tug of war' in the years ahead
With influenza back after a two-year lull, this unusual flu season may offer clues for how COVID and influenza will impact each other in the years ahead, with one theory suggesting these two rival viruses could ebb and flow. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 1, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

The association between intimate partner violence, depression and influenza-like illness experienced by pregnant women in Australia - Rees SJ, Wells R, Mohsin M, Nadar N, Moussa B, Hassoun F, Yousif M, Khalil B, Krishna Y, Nancarrow H, Silove D, Fisher J.
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a major public health issue, including during pregnancy where it poses a serious risk to the woman's health. Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) also causes significant morbidity for women during pregnancy. It may be possible th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 30, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes 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

CDC confirms case of bird flu in Colorado man but says the public health risk assessment remains low
A case of influenza A(H5), also known as H5 bird flu, has been confirmed in a man in Colorado who had direct exposure to poultry and the culling of birds with presumptive H5N1 bird flu, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Thursday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 29, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Resurgence of avian influenza virus
Science,<a href="https://www.science.org/toc/science/376/6592">Volume 376, Issue 6592</a>, Page 459-460, April 2022. (Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - April 26, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Michelle Wille and Ian G. Barr 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

Health chiefs stick to 'reckless' decision to only offer free influenza vaccines to 65+
Despite backlash, the Department of Health today confirmed the newly eligible groups will no longer receive the jab for free through the NHS in England. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news