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How Vaccine Side Effects Compare to COVID Symptoms

How Vaccine Side Effects Compare to COVID Symptoms

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Photo: Thaiview (Shutterstock)The COVID-19 vaccines have become somewhat notorious for their side effects: fatigue, sore arm, maybe a fever. In a few rare cases, there are more serious complications, like inflammation of the heart. So is it riskier to get a vaccine or to take your chances with COVID itself? A new study in the…
People Shouldn’t Need to Be Told Not to Take Horse Medicine, and Yet

People Shouldn’t Need to Be Told Not to Take Horse Medicine,...

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Photo: Chelle129 (Shutterstock)The FDA had to warn people this week not to medicate themselves with ivermectin, a drug often used to deworm horses. Yes, folks are apparently purchasing the stuff themselves from animal feed stores and using it as a self-treatment for COVID-19.If this sounds familiar, perhaps you remember when people were using antiparasitics meant…
New Data Shows Not Getting Vaccinated in Pregnancy Is the Riskier Choice

New Data Shows Not Getting Vaccinated in Pregnancy Is the Riskier...

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Photo: Prostock-studio (Shutterstock)The COVID vaccines have always been an option for anyone who is pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, as well as those who are breastfeeding. But at first, data was lacking, and pregnant people were kind of on their own to make a decision whether to get the shot or not. Now, multiple…
How to Start Dating Again If You’re Unvaccinated

How to Start Dating Again If You’re Unvaccinated

The post-vax slutty summer is happening all around us, but some participants aren’t actually post-vax. The vaccine has been free and widely available for months now, but about half the population still isn’t vaccinated against COVID-19. A portion of those unvaccinated people is still interested in dating and if you’re part of it, we have…
What You Should Know About Guillain-Barré Syndrome and COVID Vaccines

What You Should Know About Guillain-Barré Syndrome and COVID Vaccines

Photo: aijiro (Shutterstock)Some people who got the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (the one-dose vaccine) have developed a condition known as Guillain-Barré syndrome. It’s happened often enough that the FDA has asked them to add a note about this to the patient fact sheet, but it’s still not considered to change the risk/benefit balance of…
Maybe not so fast with the phage therapy?

Maybe not so fast with the phage therapy?

Every living thing on the planet plays host to viruses, and bacteria are no exception. Bacteriophages—or just “phages” to those in the know—are the viruses that attack bacteria. And we are in dire need of things that attack bacteria, since many pathogenic bacterial species have developed resistance to the antibiotics we’ve thrown at them for…
Should Vaccinated People Mask Up Against the Delta Variant?

Should Vaccinated People Mask Up Against the Delta Variant?

Photo: Mladen Mitrinovic (Shutterstock)Los Angeles County recently asked residents to start wearing masks in public again, due to the increased risk posed by the Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19. Days later, the CDC director said that vaccinated people are still “safe” and still don’t need to mask up in most public settings.…
Google launches a new medical app—outside the United States

Google launches a new medical app—outside the United States

Getty Images Billions of times each year, people turn to Google’s web search box for help figuring out what’s wrong with their skin. Now, Google is preparing to launch an app that uses image recognition algorithms to provide more expert and personalized help. A brief demo at the company’s developer conference last month showed the…
We have another highly effective COVID vaccine, based on different tech

We have another highly effective COVID vaccine, based on different tech

Enlarge / A participant gets his second dose of the Novavax vaccine during the clinical trial. Today, a company called Novavax announced that it had completed a large efficacy trial of its COVID-19 vaccine, and the news was good. The vaccine is highly effective, it blocked severe disease entirely, and it appeared to work against…
What the CDC’s New Mask Rules Mean for the Immunocompromised, and What That Means for Everyone Else

What the CDC’s New Mask Rules Mean for the Immunocompromised, and...

When I wrote about what it means to be immunocompromised in early March of this year, I was itching to get vaccinated. People are immunocompromised for a variety of reasons—genetics, age, metabolic diseases like diabetes, and immune-suppressing medications taken for conditions including autoimmune diseases, organ transplants, and cancer—but what we all have in common is…

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