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First efficacy data on bivalent boosters shows they work against infection

First efficacy data on bivalent boosters shows they work against infection

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Enlarge / Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House chief medical adviser, speaks alongside COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha during a briefing on COVID-19 at the White House on November 22, 2022, in Washington, DC. Fauci spoke on the updated COVID-19 booster shots and encouraged individuals to get their vaccines. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) The…
Record number of parents miss work as respiratory illnesses spike in kids

Record number of parents miss work as respiratory illnesses spike in...

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Enlarge / Parents work on their computers while their son entertains himself at their home in Boston in April 2020. Respiratory illnesses are raging this fall, slamming children particularly hard. Cases of influenza-like illnesses are off to a startlingly strong and early start this season. RSV—respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus—continues to skyrocket. A stew of SARS-CoV-2…
Southeast US has hit the roof of CDC’s respiratory illness level scale

Southeast US has hit the roof of CDC’s respiratory illness level...

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The US continues to see a dramatic and early surge in respiratory illnesses, which is hitting young children particularly hard and setting records for the decade. The Southeast region is the most affected by the surge, which is driven by cases of flu, RSV (respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus), and other seasonal respiratory viruses. Seven southern…
Measles outbreak erupts among unvaccinated children in Ohio daycare

Measles outbreak erupts among unvaccinated children in Ohio daycare

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Enlarge / This child, who had been ill with measles, exhibited the characteristic rash on the fourth day of its evolution. Measles can cause hearing loss, brain damage, and be fatal to young children. Amid declining vaccination rates nationwide, an outbreak of measles has erupted this week among unvaccinated children at a childcare facility in…
Bivalent booster is 4x better against BA.5 in older adults, Pfizer says

Bivalent booster is 4x better against BA.5 in older adults, Pfizer...

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The new bivalent COVID-19 booster spurred neutralizing antibody levels that were fourfold higher against the omicron subvariants BA.4/BA.5 in older adults than those seen after the original booster, Pfizer reported Friday. The new data may help calm concerns about whether the updated booster is an improvement over the previous booster. But the fall booster campaign—aimed…
Why Pfizer’s RSV vaccine success is a big deal, decades in the making

Why Pfizer’s RSV vaccine success is a big deal, decades in...

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Enlarge / An intensive care nurse cares for a patient suffering from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), who is being ventilated in the children's intensive care unit of the Olga Hospital of the Stuttgart Clinic in Germany. As an unusually large and early seasonal surge of RSV cases inundate children's hospitals around the country, pharmaceutical giant…
CDC director’s COVID returns as study finds such rebounds shockingly common

CDC director’s COVID returns as study finds such rebounds shockingly common

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Enlarge / Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adjusts her protective mask during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, DC. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has experienced a COVID-19 rebound—a return of mild symptoms and positive tests…
With shots and infections, the most common COVID symptoms have shifted

With shots and infections, the most common COVID symptoms have shifted

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Enlarge / A close-up view of a woman sneezing. As people build up immunity to SARS-CoV-2 through vaccines, boosters, and infections, the most commonly reported symptoms of COVID-19 have shifted, making the deadly pandemic infection more difficult for many people to distinguish from standard cold-weather viruses. That's according to recent survey data collected in the…
Rare tropical fungus randomly blooms in the palm of a US teen’s hand

Rare tropical fungus randomly blooms in the palm of a US...

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Enlarge / The palm of this patient’s left hand exhibited a brown discolored, irregularly shaped patch of skin, which had been diagnosed as a case of tinea nigra, caused by the fungus Hortaea werneckii. If your palms are a tad sweaty, it might be a good idea to go wash them now, before reading further.…
Black Death etched a mark on our genetics, warping immune responses, study finds

Black Death etched a mark on our genetics, warping immune responses,...

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Enlarge / Researchers extracted DNA from the remains of people buried in the East Smithfield plague pits, which were used for mass burials in 1348 and 1349.Museum of London Archaeology When the Black Death massacred up to 50 percent of the European population in the mid-14th century, it appears to have etched an enduring mark…

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