Child winter respiratory illness on rise in summer

Parents are being warned to look out for the signs of a common childhood respiratory illness, RSV, cases of which unusually appear to be rising rapidly in the summer. RSV is a very common winter virus – but social distancing and lockdowns kept it at bay earlier this year. And this means young children have … Read More

Coronavirus: Italy brings in Covid certificate amid spike in infections

Italy is introducing a mandatory Covid vaccination certificate from 6 August, the latest country in Europe to announce such a scheme. The move will allow those aged 12 and over who have received at least one jab to access a range of venues, including indoor restaurants, cinemas and gyms. However, after disagreements within the governing … Read More

Covid vaccine: Eight-week gap seen as sweet spot for Pfizer jab antibodies

A longer gap between first and second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine makes the body’s immune system produce more infection-fighting antibodies, UK researchers have found. Experts say the findings support the UK’s decision on extending dosing intervals from the initial recommendation of three weeks. An eight-week gap seems to be the sweet spot for … Read More

Medics fear surge in winter viruses alongside Covid

A surge in flu and other respiratory viruses could put pressure on people’s health and the NHS this winter, warns a report by leading medics. They say testing for flu, Covid and a respiratory virus common in children and the elderly – called RSV – may help doctors treat cases more quickly. The Academy of … Read More

What the new CDC guidance for schools means for children

(CNN)Five full days a week, every week: After more than a year of remote learning, hybrid schedules and missed experiences, getting back to school — “normal” school — is all many parents and students want. But with Covid-19 surging again in some US states and concerns over new virus variants growing, what classrooms will look like exactly … Read More

What are hiccups?

Hiccups are repetitive, uncontrollable contractions of the diaphragm muscle. Your diaphragm is the muscle just below your lungs. It marks the boundary between your chest and abdomen. The diaphragm regulates breathing. When your diaphragm contracts, your lungs take in oxygen. When your diaphragm relaxes, your lungs release carbon dioxide. The diaphragm contracting out of rhythm causes … Read More

What is Piles?

Piles refer to a physiological condition whereby there is an inflammation of the vascular structures guarding the anal canal. Owing to the inflammation of the hemorrhoids or blood vessels guarding the anal passage; the pathogenic condition of piles develops. Causes of Piles A number of factors are responsible for the development of piles. Irregularity in … Read More

Scientists find new human coronavirus that originated in dogs

Coronavaris found in dogs. Scientists have reportedly discovered a new kind of coronavirus that is believed to have originated in dogs – in what may be the eighth unique form of the bug known to cause disease in humans. Researchers in a study published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal said their findings from patients hospitalized with … Read More

Who is at risk for developing blood clots?

Blood clots can affect people of all ages, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and several factors can increase risks including hospital stay or surgery, obesity, hormonal birth control and injury. The CDC estimates venous thromboembolism (VTE), or clotting in the veins, affects some 900,000 Americans annually, and 100,000 succumb to blood clots each year. … Read More

FDA authorizes Roche drug for severely ill COVID-19 patients

The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency approval to Roche’s Actemra (tocilizumab) to boost outcomes among hospitalized COVID-19 patients receiving oxygen and steroid medications. Data from clinical trials among over 5,600 hospitalized patients indicated infusions, in addition to routine care, cut patients’ length of hospital stay and reduced the risk of death and ventilation after 28 days … Read More


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