More than half of American adults were not worried about flu season, research shows

With flu-related hospitalizations rising to record early-season levels, the American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives for all, is concerned that many people will be caught off guard by this health threat and urges on rapid vaccination against the virus. According to a survey conducted by The Harris Poll commissioned by the … Read more

The evolutionary pathways and mechanisms driving the emergence of post-Omicron SARS-CoV-2 lines

In a recently published report on Virological*, a discussion forum for virus genome analysis, researchers summarize the mechanisms by which the novel Omicron sublines of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) evolve. Study: SARS-CoV-2 evolution, post-Omicron. Image credit: Jezper/Shutterstock Background Over time, SARS-CoV-2 has shown a unique evolutionary trait called saltation: the ability … Read more

Pregnant people can safely take Paxlovid to reduce the risk of severe COVID-19, research shows

Findings from a Johns Hopkins Medicine research study published today in JAMA network opened provide strong evidence that people who are pregnant and infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can safely take the antiviral drug Paxlovid to reduce the risk of serious illness. Based on our results, we believe that the benefit … Read more

Monkeypox renamed “mpox” in an effort to combat stigma

As of November 29, 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the monkeypox virus will now be referred to as “mpox” in an effort to reduce the stigma associated with this condition. Image credit: Berkay Ataseven / Shutterstock.com “mpox” Since the onset of the current mpox outbreak in numerous non-endemic regions around the … Read more

An analysis of the dynamics of COVID-19, its impact on different age groups, anti-vaxxers and reinfection

Previous studies have reported age-related differences in the tolerance and responsiveness of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) disease, with younger individuals generally having better outcomes than older people. In addition, age-targeted COVID-19 mitigation strategies have been reported to significantly reduce intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and deaths. In a recent Scientific Reports In a journal … Read more

Model study provides a public health roadmap to maximize the impact of monkeypox vaccines

A pilot study to investigate the optimal allocation of vaccines against monkeypox virus (MPXV) provides a public health roadmap to maximize the impact of a limited supply of vaccines. The article, published in CMJ (Journal of the Canadian Medical Association) https://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.221232, confirms that prioritizing vaccines to larger networks with more initial infections and greater spread … 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

People belonging to the Rh(D) blood group have an increased risk of infection with the parvovirus

According to a study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden in collaboration with Octapharma. Fifth disease is a viral disease caused by the parvovirus. Usually, school-aged children are affected by common symptoms such as red spots on the cheeks that can also spread to the arms and … Read more

Researchers discover how phage resistance helps emerge dominant strains of Salmonella

Researchers from the Quadram Institute and the University of East Anglia have discovered how resistance has contributed to the emergence of dominant strains of Salmonella. In addition to antimicrobial resistance, resistance to bacteriophages can give these insects a boost, at least in the short term. With the emergence of antimicrobial resistance, new ways to combat … Read more