Flu shots available in BC after Thanksgiving as county prepares for ‘winter wave’

British Columbia health officials are preparing for a “winter wave” of COVID-19 and flu to strike in November and December, while insisting that sweeping public health measures will not be necessary. The flu vaccination campaign in the province will begin, for the vast majority of British Columbians, around October 11 after the long Thanksgiving weekend. … Read more

Food, vaccines, bacteria and viruses can all prepare our immune system to attack SARS-CoV-2

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative agent of the ongoing coronavirus disease pandemic 2019 (COVID-19), mainly causes mild to moderate upper respiratory tract disease. However, some individuals with COVID-19 develop serious infections and require hospitalization. Study: reaction of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies with other pathogens, vaccines and food antigens. Image Credit: Peddalanka Ramesh Babu / … Read more

Frequent binge drinking among young women increases their risk of contracting COVID-19

Women in their mid-20s who reported getting drunk regularly during the COVID-19 pandemic were more likely to be infected with COVID-19, according to Rutgers researchers who said doctors should develop pandemic prevention methods to address substance use problems . The study, published in Drug and alcohol addictionfound that young black and white women ages 25 … Read more

Differences in protection against previous infection or vaccination against infection with Omicron BA.4/5 or BA.2

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server, researchers examined the differences in vaccination- and prior infection-induced immunities against the Omicron BA.2 and BA.4/5 subvariants of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Study: Higher risk of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron BA.4/5 infection than BA.2 infection after previous BA.1 infection, The Netherlands, May 2 to … Read more

New scoring tool helps to ‘transparently’ prioritize which countries need Covid-19 vaccines most

A new scoring tool that helps to ‘transparently’ prioritize which countries are most in need of Covid-19 vaccines has been developed by a team of researchers led by UCL. The researchers say the tool takes into account a much wider range of factors than the current global COVAX facility, which has been criticized by some … Read more

Rational treatment strategies for SARS-CoV-2 derived from human pluripotent stem cell models

In a recent study posted to the bioRxiv* preprint server, researchers in Australia investigated the molecular mechanisms of the pulmonary and cardiac complications caused by infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) using human stem cell-derived heart and lung cells. Study: Parallel use of pluripotent lung and heart models of human stem cells … Read more

First data on the Omicron BA.4/5 combination vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech

In a recent study posted to the bioRxiv* preprint server, researchers from Germany and the United States analyzed the association between exposure to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Omicron BA.4/BA.5 spike glycoprotein and pan-Omicron neutralization. Study: Exposure to BA.4/BA.5 Spike glycoprotein stimulates pan-Omicron neutralization in vaccine-experienced humans and mice. Image Credit: Naeblys/Shutterstock Background … Read more

Research shows the importance of nighttime blood pressure measurement for diagnosing hypertension

About 15% of people between the ages of 40-75 may have some form of undiagnosed high blood pressure (hypertension) that only occurs at night. Because they are unaware of this and therefore not treated for it, they are at higher risk for cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, heart failure and even death, suggests new research … Read more

Older adults who had COVID may be more at risk for Alzheimer’s disease

While SARS-CoV-2 was originally thought to be a respiratory virus, it is becoming increasingly clear that the virus can have serious implications for brain health. Many people have experienced neurological symptoms — such as loss of taste and smell, headache and memory and attention problems— while infected, and most people who develop long COVID experiencing … Read more

Researchers examine neurological manifestations in tall COVID patients

In a recent study published in naturopathyresearchers assessed the long-term neurological consequences in the post-acute phase of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) or long-term COVD. Study: Long-term neurological outcomes of COVID-19. Image Credit: Starocean/Shutterstock Long COVID-19 refers to the spectrum of post-acute COVID-19 consequences with various extrapulmonary manifestations, including neurological abnormalities. Most studies of long-term COVID-associated … Read more