Flu season raged over Thanksgiving

Editor’s Note: View cold and flu activity in your location with the WebMD tracker. Dec. 2, 2022 — The flu virus made the most of the Thanksgiving holiday by hitting its highest level of national activity since the 2017-2018 flu season, according to the CDC. The largest 1-week increase in what was shaping up to … Read more

The prevalence and risk factors of pediatric post-COVID in a population-based sample

In a recent study published in Nature communicationresearchers compared seropositive and seronegative children ages six months to 17 years to assess the risk factors and prevalence of persistent symptoms of post-coronavirus disease (COVID) syndrome. Study: A population-based serological survey of the prevalence of post-COVID syndrome and risk factors in children and adolescents. Image credit: Alyona … Read more

New model aims to aid distribution of Monkeypox vaccines

A new mathematical model could guide public health policymakers to the most efficient way to use a limited supply of monkeypox vaccines, data shows. The model, developed by a team of researchers at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, provides a blueprint for prioritizing the vaccines so they go to the populations that need … Read more

Researchers investigate failed SARS-CoV-2 screening at hospital entrances

In a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers evaluated 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) screening failure rates at hospital entrances for visitors, healthcare workers and patients at Yale New Haven Hospital in the United States (US). Study: Analysis of COVID-19 Entry Screening Failure Rates at a US Academic Medical Center. Image credit: True Touch … Read more

Study shows SARS-CoV-2 VOCs are distributed around the world according to different spatial source-sink dynamics

In a recent study posted on the medRxiv* preprint server, researchers assessed the distribution patterns of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants and their global expansion. Study: Global expansion of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern: distribution patterns and influence of air travel. Image credit: RCW.studio/Shutterstock Background Following the global introduction of vaccines, travel restrictions … Read more

40 million children will have missed measles vaccinations by 2021, report says

28 Nov. 2022 — Measles vaccines have plummeted since the COVID pandemic, with about 25 million children missing their first dose of measles vaccine in 2021 and 14.7 million children missing their second dose, according to the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a joint report. There … Read more

Are Nasal Spray Vaccines the Solution to Respiratory Infectious Diseases?

A recent study published in the journal Trends in molecular medicine reviewed current efforts in developing nasal vaccines, delivery systems, and clinical applications for the prevention of respiratory disease. Review: Nasal Vaccines: Solutions to Respiratory Infectious Diseases. Image credit: Josep Suria / Shutterstock Introduction Mucosal surfaces are exposed to external environments and serve as primary … Read more

Measles becomes ‘an imminent global threat’ due to the Covid pandemic: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday (local time) that measles immunization had dropped significantly since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in a record high of nearly 40 million children missing a vaccine dose last year. “There is now an imminent threat … Read more

Has the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing racial disparities in the diagnosis of various cancers?

In a recent study published in Cancer medicineresearchers examined whether differences in the presentation of prostate, lung, colorectal, and late-stage breast cancers associated with race were exacerbated during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Study: impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the stage of breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer when diagnosed by race. Image … Read more