Khosta-2: COVID-bound virus in Russian horseshoe bats found to be transmissible to human cells

A virus in bats in Russia has been found to bind to human cells, in a discovery followed by public health experts who have been hypervigilant about zoonotic diseases since the COVID-19 pandemic. In a further finding in the study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal PLOS Pathogens, Khosta-2 virus appears to be resistant to … Read more

Pandemic unemployment benefit fraud could reach $45 billion, federal watchdog says

CNN — About $45.6 billion in pandemic unemployment benefits may have been fraudulently paid to criminals between March 2020 and April 2022, the office of the U.S. Department of Labor Inspector General said in a memorandum on Thursday. It is the latest report identifying widespread plans to steal money from various federal aid programs. The … Read more

Is the Covid-19 pandemic really ‘over’?

This is the weekly edition of CNN’s corona newsletter. Look forward to your overview every Wednesday. If you haven’t subscribed yet, Register here. CNN — US President Joe Biden said he believes the Covid-19 pandemic is “over” even though the country still has about 400 deaths a day. In a Sunday interview on CBS’ “60 … Read more

Cancer, pre-pregnancy chemotherapy do not increase risk of stillbirth in adolescent and young adult women

Adolescent and young adult women who were diagnosed with cancer and received chemotherapy prior to pregnancy had no higher risk of stillbirth, according to research led by Caitlin C. Murphy, PhD, MPH, with UTHealth Houston. The study was recently published in the online version of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. There are … Read more

Healthcare systems may appear ill-equipped to handle high flu and SARS-CoV-2 co-circulation in the coming year

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* pre-print server, researchers conducted a community-based prospective cohort study in Managua, Nicaragua, before the onset of the winter season, when influenza A (H3N2) cases increase in the Northern Hemisphere. Study: high co-circulation of influenza and SARS-CoV-2. Image credit: Guschenkova/Shutterstock Background Closely monitoring the co-circulation of influenza and … Read more

Biden declares the pandemic over. People behave like this too

CNN — President Joe Biden made several unequivocal and controversial statements in an interview with “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday. Amongst them: There was some ambiguity about a number of other topics. His plan is to be re-elected in 2024, but no final decision has been made yet. About the classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago, … Read more

Pilot program aims to address inequalities in access to monkeypox vaccines

Today, local, state and territorial health departments, as well as tribal governments and local non-governmental organizations, can work together and begin submitting applications for access to the monkeypox vaccine through the recently announced Monkeypox Vaccine Equity Pilot Program. This new pilot program aims to target populations that may face barriers to monkeypox vaccination, including differences … Read more

Polio is back – how concerned should Americans be?

CNN — The New York governor has declared a state of emergency after health officials discovered polio virus in the wastewater of five counties — evidence of the disease circulating. The statement also follows a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of an unvaccinated person in Rockland County, New York, who … Read more

Concerns over stigma drive to rename Monkeypox name, but process is slow

CNN — Since the onset of the monkeypox outbreak, scientists and activists have pushed for the name of the virus and disease to be changed to something “non-discriminatory” and “non-stigmatizing.” Public health experts worry that stigma could deter people from getting tested and vaccinated. A new name could help slow the spread of the disease, … Read more

What is the effect of pomegranate extract consumption on satiety parameters?

A recent article published in food found that the intake of pomegranate extract and juice can reduce appetite as measured by satiety parameters. Study: effect of pomegranate extract consumption on satiety parameters in healthy volunteers: a preliminary randomized trial. Image Credit: Agave Studio/Shutterstock Background Obesity is a multifactorial disease and its co-morbidities place a significant … Read more