Largest COVID Vaccine Study Ever Reveals The Actual Health Risks You Face : ScienceAlert

The largest global vaccine safety study has linked COVID-19 vaccines with small increases in health conditions involving the brain, blood, and heart. The international team of researchers emphasizes that the chances of getting any of these conditions are still very low. It’s important to note that extensive research shows COVID-19 vaccines protect against serious illness, … Read more

People with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome May Have an “Exhausted” Immune System

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a debilitating multisystem disorder from which adults rarely recover. Researchers have struggled to find changes in the body that underlie the illness, which often appears following an infection, partly because it may arise in different forms. Now scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have completed perhaps the … Read more

Long COVID Seems to Be a Brain Injury, Scientists Discover : ScienceAlert

Some form of brain injury could be behind the symptoms reported by those with long COVID, according to a new study, and adapting tests and treatments to match could aid progress in tackling the condition. Analyzing 203 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 or its associated symptoms, and comparing the results with 60 people without the infection, … Read more

How Risky Are Repeat COVID Infections? What We Know So Far

The specter of COVID has haunted the globe for four years now—the disease has killed at least seven million people worldwide. Yet the pandemic’s long-term effects are still hazy—because when it comes to a novel virus such as SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID, scientists still have a lot to learn. What we do know is that … Read more

CDC’s Labs Are Making a Comeback. Now They Need Support

February 12, 2024 5 min read The pandemic early exposed weaknesses in CDC’s laboratories. Organizational and culture changes there are good first steps, but more must be done By Jill Taylor, Ewa King & Scott Becker Almost unnoted, the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the COVID pandemic in the U.S. passed in January. Missteps … Read more

Here’s Why Infants Are Strangely Resistant to COVID

February 12, 2024 2 min read Very young children’s developing immune systems respond to the COVID-causing virus SARS-CoV-2 very differently than do those of adults By Simon Makin Many infectious diseases are deadly for both the very old and the very young. But thankfully, the COVID-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus rarely triggers serious illness in infants. Scientists … Read more

Exercise programme helps people with long covid, but it’s no panacea

People with long covid, who were not in the latest trial, take part in an exercise programme in a swimming pool dpa picture alliance/Alamy For the first time, an exercise-based rehabilitation programme has been found to improve the health of people with long covid. It might seem like this would be universally welcomed. But it … Read more

Rampant COVID Poses New Challenges in the Fifth Year of the Pandemic

For four years now, either as a physical virus or as a looming threat, the COVID-causing pathogen SARS-CoV-2 has been the elephant in every room—sometimes confronted and sometimes ignored but always present. While once we dreamed of eradicating COVID, now much of society has resigned itself to SARS-CoV-2’s constant presence—a surrender that would once have … Read more

Disinformation Is the Real Threat to Democracy and Public Health

January 30, 2024 4 min read Disinformation abounds, and it can kill. Fortunately, it can often be unambiguously identified By Stephan Lewandowsky, Sander van der Linden & Andy Norman House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) speaks to reporters before heading into a House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on September 19, 2023 … Read more

Babies Exposed to COVID in the Womb Are More Likely to Suffer Breathing Problems

More than four years after the virus that causes COVID first appeared, scientists continue to discover new ways that the illness threatens pregnant people and babies—as well as additional evidence that vaccination offers significant protection. A new study finds that babies born to women who got COVID while they were pregnant were three times more … Read more