No, vaccine side effects don’t tell you how well your immune system will protect you from COVID-19

If someone gets a headache or feels a bit under the weather after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s become common to hear them say something like “Oh, it just means my immune system is really working hard.” On the flip side, when people don’t notice any side effects, they sometimes worry the shot isn’t doing its job or their immune […]

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‘Magic mushroom’ compound may work just as well as antidepressants, small study finds

Psilocybin, the hallucinogen found in “magic mushrooms,” may work just as well as a common antidepressant drug at treating symptoms of depression, a small new study suggests. The study found that people who took psilocybin twice under the supervision of psychiatrists showed similar reductions in depression symptoms — based on scores on a survey — compared with people who took […]

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Combination thyroid hormone therapies treat hypothyroidism as well as levothyroxine

Treatment of hypothyroidism, which results from an underactive thyroid gland, should be individualized and consideration should be given to alternatives to the first-line therapy, including desiccated thyroid extract and combination therapy to replace the body’s two main thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Results of their new randomized clinical study are being presented at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society’s […]

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Research identifies obesity and infection link, as well as treatment found on healthy human skin

The list of diseases and conditions complicated by obesity is a long one; it includes heart disease, cancer, diabetes and impaired wound healing, as well as skin infections. It is not always clear, however, in what way this complication is caused. New research from the School of Pharmaceutical Science at Xiamen University and the Gallo Lab at UC San Diego […]

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Dr. Fauci Reveals How Long We’ll Need To Keep Wearing Masks

As the vaccine rollout gains traction, there’s finally a glimmer of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel for many Americans who have been living in a virtual stasis for almost a year now. As state restrictions start to loosen, and “normal” activities resume like indoor dining, it’s easy to develop a more lax attitude towards the CDC guidelines […]

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Mysterious inflammatory syndrome tied to COVID-19 strikes adults as well as kids

Months after the discovery of a “multisystem inflammatory syndrome” tied to COVID-19 in children, health officials are warning that a similar condition can strike adults as well. On Friday (Oct. 2), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report describing a “multisystem inflammatory syndrome in adults” or (MIS-A). Like the syndrome in children, MIS-A is a severe […]

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COVID-19 plasma research well underway in Colorado as Trump fast-tracks wider use

Five months before President Donald Trump fast-tracked its emergency authorization as a COVID-19 treatment, an infusion of convalescent plasma at a Colorado hospital may have helped save Ned Steffens’ life. Steffens, 65, was admitted to Boulder Community Health with COVID-19 on March 30. His wife brought him in with a 104-degree fever. Doctors placed him on a ventilator that same […]

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'We'll Be There for You': The 'Friends' Parody Kids Need Right Now

How much do your kids miss school? It may be hard to tell, especially if you have older kids who seem perfectly content to play video games all day — with the occasional passing attempt at their homeschool assignments. But if the students of a middle school in New Jersey — and anyone else with eyeballs and a heart — […]

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