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Sinovac Vaccine Alone Not Helpful Against the Omicron Variant, Study

A new study has found that the two-dose Sinovac vaccine, used by millions of people in 48 different countries, is not enough to combat the infection caused by Omicron. The study found that the antibody protection induced by two doses and a booster of Sinovac was not enough against Omicron.

WHO Recommends Baricitinib and Sotrovimab for COVID-19

On January 14, 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement in which it strongly recommended two new drugs – baricitinib and sotrovimab – for the treatment of COVID-19. Baricitinib is a JAK inhibitor that treats rheumatoid arthritis. Sotrovimab is a monoclonal antibody that treats COVID-19.

Alpha Is Similar To Omicron but With Different Virulence, Shows Study

A new study has shown that Alpha is very similar to Omicron because their mutation occurs in a key region of spike protein called the furin cleavage site. However, they have been found to show different levels of virulence. Alpha had little effect on its ability to infect cells and cause disease than Omicron.

CDC Says N95 and KN95 Masks Offer Highest Protection Against COVID

Updating new mask guidance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says high-quality N95 and KN95 masks offer the highest protection against COVID, while the second on the list is disposable surgical masks. The CDC said cloth masks offer the least protection.

Prescription Drug Prices Continue To Hurt Americans

Prescription drug prices continue to hurt Americans with or without health insurance. GoodRx, a healthcare company that tracks prescription drug prices and offers discount coupons, so far, this month, more than 650 prescription drugs have seen a price hike.

Obesity-Related Cancer Risk Substantially Higher Than Previously Thought

A 2019 study showed that overweight- and obesity-related cancer risk is substantially higher than previously thought. The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, suggested that the risk of cancers associated with obesity is twice as large as previously expected.


Nick Carter Shows Off His Impressive 10-Lb Weight Loss

Nick Carter has recently shared a before-after photo on Instagram, revealing his impressive 10-lb weight loss. He credited his trainer Anthony Crouchelli and the program Liteboxer for losing weight and leading a healthy lifestyle. He has also been practicing singing during cardio.

Nanoparticles-Based Intranasal Flu Vaccine Offers Strong Protection

A flu vaccine based on nanoparticles, which is administered through the nose, has been found effective at offering stronger and long-lasting protection against infectious respiratory diseases like influenza. In animal studies, the nanoparticles-based vaccine offered robust immune protection.


Healthy Living

CDC Seeks Emergency Approval of Diagnostic Test from FDA to Detect 2019-nCoV

The CDC has been seeking for a special emergency approval from the FDA for its newly-developed diagnostic tool that can detect the mysterious new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which started in Wuhan, China, in December. The new diagnostic test would help the states to detect the virus.

Rethinking Intelligence Is Necessary, Says Author of Different Minds

Dr. Marlo Payne Thurman, the author if Different Mind, has posted an article in Psychology Today, explaining the importance of rethinking intelligence in order to develop a new education model for children. She explains that it is important to re-open discussions about intelligence again.

Scientists Discover a Mechanism That Could Treat Friedreich’s Ataxia

Researchers from Tufts University have discovered a molecular mechanism that could reverse the genetic mutation responsible for causing a neurodegenerative disorder called Friedreich's Ataxia. The researchers explained this could help develop therapeutic strategies.

Scientists Say Personality Traits Are Changeable

A study, which will be published in American Psychologists, has found that personality traits can be changed if you catch people at the right and by putting an extra-sustained effort. They can also be changed by major life events and persistent interventions because they account for important life outcomes.

Scientists Develop Device to Control Brain Cells Using Smartphone

Researchers developed a wireless neural device that could control and manipulate brain cells using a smartphone. The researchers explained that the wireless neural device could be used to speed up to uncover certain brain disorders, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, pain and depression.

FDA Approves Samsung Bioepis’ Humira Biosimilar

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a biosimilar version of Humira, a blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug, called Hadlima by Samsung Bioepis. In the United States, it will be commercialized by Merck & Co. Humira contains Adalimumab, the best-selling drug for rheumatoid arthritis.

Nerve Surgery Helps Paralyzed Man to Regain Movement and Function

Australian surgeons have successfully been able to perform innovative nerve transfer surgery on some paralyzed patients, which has helped them to regain movement and function. The surgeons performed the surgery on 16 paralyzed patients so that they can extend their elbow and hands to grab, open, and pinch.

Scientists Urge Boris Johnson to Delay “Dangerous and Premature” Reopening

More than 100 international doctors and scientists have signed a letter, urging the UK Government to delay the reopening of England this month. They said lifting some of the COVID restrictions in England on July 16 is “dangerous and premature.”

COVID-19: Public Health Officials Urge People to Stay Home for Upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday

Public health officials across the United States have been urging people to stay home and stay safe during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, as the nation has been experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases, affecting nearly all states. The virus has affected over 12 million Americans and killed over 262,000.

Physicians Aren’t Advising Enough Smokers to Quit, Says US Surgeon General

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has revealed his detailed smoking cessation report in a press conference on Thursday. He said 40 percent of smokers are not encouraged to quit smoking by their doctors. In a detailed 700-page report, Dr. Adams mentioned the importance of counseling and medications when it comes to quitting smoking.

US To Screen Every Passenger from Wuhan for New Deadly Coronavirus

US health officials have said that they will screen every passenger coming from Wuhan, China, for a new respiratory virus, which has affected at least 45 people and killed two. The officials will screen all passengers at the three airports upon their arrival. If anyone is suspected, further testing will be done.

Lung Illness Related To Vaping Started Much Earlier Than Reported

Two studies, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, have found that e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) was surfaced as early as January 2017, long before June 2019, when the outbreak began, and the key culprit is vitamin E acetate found in vaping products.

Mumps Outbreak Reported On the University Of Arkansas Campus

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported that there has been a major mumps outbreak on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Health officials reported nine mumps cases at the university during the fall 2019 semester. More than 300 students were found to had their first dose of MMR vaccine.

Why U.S. Is Facing A Surge In STD Cases?

In 2018, the number of sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases has significantly increased in the United States. Health officials have identified a few factors responsible for causing the surge in STDs, such as lack of access to health care, poor public health infrastructure, poverty, drug use, the stigma of STDs, and a decline in condom use.

Experimental Compound Shows Promise in Reducing Dyskinesia in Parkinson’s

A new experimental compound has shown promise in reducing uncontrolled, erratic muscle movements, called dyskinesia, associated with Parkinson’s disease. In animal studies, the compound reduced dyskinesia by 85%, a common side effect of levodopa used in Parkinson’s patients.

PrecisionOS’ VR Surgical Planning Tool InVisionOS Will Be Available Next Year

The FDA approved the use of InVisionOS, a virtual reality (VR) surgical planning tool, in November, which will be available early next year. The tool, developed by Canadian-based PrecisionOS, allows surgeons to plan operations using VR.

Scientists Develop Laser Technology That Can Kill Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed an ultrashort-pulse laser that can kill multi-drug resistant bacteria, without causing any harm to human cells. The laser could also decontaminate wounds and blood products.

Specialized MRI Scans Detect Old Brain Injury in Former Football Players

A new study has found that specialized MRI scans detected old brain injuries in former American football players. The brain scans revealed signs of white matter injury, which could further help diagnose neurodegenerative diseases. This type of scan needs more studies to use as a diagnostic tool.

Scientists Explain How Vitamin D Functions To Reduce Inflammation

Purdue University and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers have explained a possible mechanism of how vitamin D functions to reduce inflammation caused by the immune cells or T cells. Their findings could pave the way to develop new and effective treatments.

Baxter Rolls Out Online Resource Portal to Support CKD Patients in Indonesia

Baxter Asia Pacific has announced the launch of the online resource portal called My Kidney Journal to support patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Indonesia. The website contains detailed information on CKD symptoms, causes, stages, multiple treatment options, etc.

Study Reveals How Brain Is Affected By Salt Consumption

A new study has found a surprising association between neuron activity and blood flow in the brain. In addition, the study found how salt consumption affects your brain. The study was published in the journal Cell Reports.