We need herd immunity against COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Misleading claims about COVID-19 vaccines can negatively impact public confidence in immunisation uptake, a new UNSW Sydney study reveals. A new study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE revealed over 103 million people globally liked, shared, retweeted or reacted with an emoji to misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines. In 2020, a social media post claiming, “a new […]

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Online CBT effective against OCD symptoms in the young

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in children and adolescents is associated with impaired education and worse general health later in life. Access to specialist treatment is often limited. According to a study from Center for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and Region Stockholm, internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be as effective as conventional CBT. The study, published in the […]

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1 in 4 parents won’t vaccinate their kids against COVID-19: poll

More than one-quarter of U.S. parents don’t plan to vaccinate their kids for COVID-19, and roughly as many oppose school-required coronavirus shots, a new study finds. This opposition was more common among moms than dads, and was especially common among white mothers who identified as Republican/Republican-leaning, the researchers said. “Women tend to serve as family health managers within the family […]

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New defense against viral lung infections discovered

Researchers have uncovered a previously unknown arm of the immune defense system that protects the lung from lethal viral infections. Respiratory diseases caused by viruses such as influenza A and SARS-CoV-2 cause damage not just through their own actions, but also from collateral damage as the immune system reacts to fight the infection. A timely and proportionate response identifies viruses, […]

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Vaccine-induced antibodies may be less effective against several new SARS-CoV-2 variants: study

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has mutated throughout the pandemic. New variants of the virus have arisen throughout the world, including variants that might possess increased ability to spread or evade the immune system. Such variants have been identified in California, Denmark, the U.K., South Africa and Brazil/Japan. Understanding how well the COVID-19 vaccines work against these variants is […]

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Novavax COVID-19 vaccine shows 96.4% efficacy, less protection against variants

Fox News Flash top headlines for March 12 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on Foxnews.com. The Maryland-based biotech Novavax has announced its COVID-19 vaccine candidate has 96.4% efficacy against COVID-19 illness from the original strain, sliding to 86.3% against the U.K. variant and falling to 48.6% in South Africa amid circulation of another concerning coronavirus variant.  […]

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Natural product isolated from sea sponge tested against cancer cells

Scientists from Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) together with Russian and German colleagues, continue studying antitumor compounds synthesized based on bioactive molecules isolated from a sea sponge. One of them fights cancer cells resistant to standard chemotherapy, and at the same time has an interesting dual mechanism of action. A related article appears in Marine Drugs. Scientists have tested the […]

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Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines protection against South African variant unclear, studies find

Fox News Flash top headlines for February 18 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on Foxnews.com. New research suggests a concerning coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa diminished Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccine-induced antibody levels, and the level of protection is unclear. For the Pfizer vaccine, researchers with the University of Texas Medical Branch published findings from […]

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New weapon against resistant bacteria

Every day, people die from simple infections even though they have been treated with antibiotics. This is because more and more bacteria have become resistant to the types of antibiotics that doctors can prescribe. “It’s a huge societal problem and a crisis that we must solve. For example, by developing new antibiotics that can defeat the resistant bacteria,” says professor […]

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Human immune cells have natural alarm system against HIV

Treatment for HIV has improved tremendously over the past 30 years; once a death sentence, the disease is now a manageable lifelong condition in many parts of the world. Life expectancy is about the same as that of individuals without HIV, though patients must adhere to a strict regimen of daily antiretroviral therapy, or the virus will come out of […]

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