Opportunities for improving seasonal vaccination strategy

Mitchell Rothholz, RPh, MBA: Any final suggestions or advice for our participants as they get ready to head into flu season? What are your pearls of wisdom? Randy McDonough, PharmD, MS, BCGP, BCPS, FAPhA: From my perspective, make every encounter with a patient count. When that patient is in front of you, make sure you … Read more

A new drug seeks ‘real revenge’ on COVID by turning the virus against itself

A neurologist at a prestigious US research institute has developed an experimental COVID treatment he calls “true revenge” that weapons the virus against itself. The treatment, called NMT5, was created by Dr. Stuart Lipton, the founder of the Neurodegeneration New Medicines Center at the Scripps Research Institute, and a team of scientists. It’s a derivative … Read more

Omicron reduces host antibody response due to lower B cell antigenicity

Since the onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), numerous viral variants have emerged. These variants have shown improved transmissibility, virulence and immune evasion capacity. The most recent of these variants of concern (VOCs) detected is the Omicron B.1.1.529 variant, which contains the most … Read more

Sore throat becomes dominant COVID symptom: Reports

October 4, 2022 – Sore throat becomes a dominant symptom of COVID-19 infection, with fever and loss of smell becoming less common, according to recent reports in the UK The shift could be a cause for concern for the fall. As the main symptoms of the coronavirus change, people can spread the virus without realizing … Read more

NH health workers worry about looming COVID-19 wave

The New Hampshire Medical Society said Monday there are first signs of a COVID-19 surge as the colder weather arrives. The group’s latest COVID-19 update points to an increase in cases in the United States and the United Kingdom. Frontline health workers said they were concerned this could be a difficult season for COVID-19 and … Read more

A case for updating COVID vaccines with beta variant spike sequences

To date, COVID-19 vaccines have been designed to protect against the ancestral strain of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). Recently, health authorities have advised changes to the design of the COVID-19 vaccine, i.e. replacement of the ancestral strain with other strains, to more efficiently fight the emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants. The main goal is to … Read more

Saline nasal irrigation after Covid-19 diagnosis reduces hospitalization

A neti pot can be used to irrigate sinuses Getty Images/iStockphoto A new study from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University has found that irrigating your nose with saline twice a day after testing positive for Covid-19 can reduce your chances of hospitalization and death in higher-risk patients. Study participants who performed nasal … Read more

COVID-19 vaccination provides sustained and potent neutralizing protection against variants compared to natural infection

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server, investigators assessed immunoglobulin (Ig)-G responses to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) after natural infection or vaccination. Study: Binding and neutralizing IgG responses to SARS-CoV-2 after natural infection or vaccination. Image credit: Fotomay/Shutterstock The widespread use of vaccination has been encouraged during the 2019 … Read more

The best scientific guidance lost the battle early during the COVID-19 pandemic

In a recent study published in Scientific progressresearchers used a mathematical model to represent how the general public drifted away from the best scientific guidance early during the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Study: Losing the battle for the best scientific guidance at an early stage of a crisis: COVID-19 and beyond. Image credit: View … Read more