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    COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — There is a severe blood shortage in Maryland and across the nation, and donors are needed. The organization said that as the pandemic ends, hospitals are responding to an abnormally high number of traumas, ER visits and transplants. The demand is depleting the country’s blood inventory. READ MORE: Syringe Stabber, Thomas Stemen, Enters Plea Deal For...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s an exciting new development in the treatment of severe Parkinson’s disease that has stopped responding to medications. It’s electrical stimulation of the brain called DBS. As CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported Tuesday, the treatment has been around for some time, but new advances in electronics has made it much more effective. Gomez recently saw an...
    By Maggie Fox, CNN (CNN) — A common cold virus called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is spreading across the South, causing an unusual wave of late spring disease, the US Centers for Disease Control and prevention said Thursday. The CDC issued a Health Advisory Network warning to doctors and other health care providers to be on alert for the...
    Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India: Beneficiaries in a long queue to receive a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre on Friday, May 21, 2021. Prabhat Kumar Verma/Zuma Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.The United States is slowly emerging from...
    Scientists have discovered a frontal-temporal disconnection which could explain why people with Parkinson's believe they can see ghosts. Around half of people suffering with the disease experience 'presence hallucinations' which causes them to sense a shadowy presence nearby. The spontaneous nature of the event has made the phenomena hard to study. Scientists have discovered a frontal-temporal disconnection which could...
    Brushing your teeth could lower the risk of falling seriously ill with coronavirus, scientists have claimed.  An international team of experts have speculated the virus spreads into the blood after infecting the gums. They came up with the theory after noting a number of patients had no inflammation in their airways yet severe infection in their lungs. Normally Covid enters...
    GUM disease can increase your chances of catching Covid-19, experts have warned. New research suggests if you have gum disease then you're more likely to suffer from severe Covid-19 as the virus can pass through saliva to the lungs. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates 2Experts say that the mouth is a breeding ground for Covid-19Credit: Getty Images...
    The COVID-19 variant believed to have originated in the United Kingdom is not linked to higher instances of “severe disease or death,” according to a new study published Monday. The study, published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases medical journal, looked at data from the U.K. shortly after the variant was detected in late 2020. Researchers examined nearly 500 patients at...
    Pharmaceuticals Pfizer and BioNTech have confirmed this Thursday that their vaccine against Covid-19 remains highly effective for at least six months after the second dose is given. What’s more, they have claimed that it also works against the South African variant of the virus. The companies have drawn these conclusions after reviewing follow-up data from volunteers who participated in...
    (CNN) — The ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial of Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine confirms its protection lasts at least six months after the second dose, the companies said Thursday. The question of how long vaccine protection lasts can only be answered once enough time has passed, and while six months of protection is a modest target, it’s longer than previously known....
    (CNN)The ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial of Pfizer/BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine confirms its protection lasts at least six months after the second dose, the companies said Thursday.It's the first look at how long protection for a coronavirus vaccine lasts, and while six months is a modest target, it's longer than the 90 days of protection been the best estimate offered to...
    (CNN)Seven in 10 people hospitalized for Covid-19 have not fully recovered five months after discharge, a new study finds.The Covid survivors continued to experience concerns with their mental and physical health, with 1 in 5 people developing a new disability, and a similar number either not working or having to change jobs due to their health, according to findings by...
    (CNN)A fifth company -- AstraZeneca -- released data Monday about how well its coronavirus vaccine works and said it plans to ask the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization in the coming weeks.Drug giant AstraZeneca said Monday its vaccine, developed with Britain's Oxford University, showed about 79% efficacy in preventing symptomatic disease. No one who got the...
    Lately we see a lot of headlines that talk about the efficacy of different vaccines approved against Covid-19. However, the concept of efficacy is not always clear and can be very confusing. In fact, it is one of the most misunderstood concepts in what we have of a pandemic. What does it mean for a vaccine to be 90%...
    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter (HealthDay) Novavax's COVID-19 Vaccine Highly Effective in Clinical Trials A COVID-19 vaccine developed by Novavax was 96% effective against the original strain of the coronavirus in preventing mild, moderate and severe cases of illness and 100% effective against severe disease caused by new, more contagious variants, two new clinical trials show. However, its effectiveness against...
    GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WJZ) — Novavax announced Thursday its vaccine candidate proved to be 96.4% effective against mild, moderate and severe cases of COVID-19 in a Phase 3 trial in the United Kingdom. The Gaithersburg-based biotech company also announced the complete analysis of its Phase 2b trial taking place in South Africa, with efficacy of 55.4% among the HIV- negative trial...
    Scientists have developed a blood test that can spot people at high risk of getting critically ill or dying of Covid. Imperial College London experts say they have made a test that can detect proteins which appears directly linked to the risk of death or severe illness. The protein, named GM-CSF, is thought to be responsible for the immune system...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- In just ten days, California will begin vaccinating people 16 to 64 with some pre-existing health conditions.Healthcare providers will use their best judgment to vaccinate those in that age group at risk of dying from COVID-19.Here's a breakdown of everything you need to know as we move into this new phase of vaccinations.Who can get the...
    VACCINATED people should be protected from severe disease caused by new strains of the coronavirus, a study has found. Troubling variants identified in Brazil, South Africa, and California have mutations that have been shown to weaken the efficacy of vaccines. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 3Vaccinated people should be protected from severe disease caused by...
    (CNN)The most objectively exciting news of the week is that a third Covid-19 vaccine is one step closer to authorization in the US. This one is from Johnson & Johnson. If authorized, it would mean another 20 million vaccine doses could be in circulation by the end of March. This vaccine is not as completely effective as the two other...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — A new milestone in the fight against the pandemic came Friday when the Food and Drug Administration’s advisory committee recommended the approval of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency authorization. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a news conference on earlier in the day that the state is expected to receive 380,300 doses of the new...
    BALTIMORE (CNN) — With Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine on the verge of being authorized for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration, Americans are taking another look at the vaccine and it’s data. And what they see might initially give them pause. For several months, public health experts have praised the approximately 95% efficacy seen in vaccines...
    By Dakin Andone | CNN With Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine on the verge of being authorized for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration, Americans are taking another look at the vaccine and it’s data. And what they see might initially give them pause. For several months, public health experts have praised the approximately 95% efficacy seen...
    (CNN)With Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine on the verge of being authorized for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration, Americans are taking another look at the vaccine and it's data. And what they see might initially give them pause. For several months, public health experts have praised the approximately 95% efficacy seen in vaccines by Pfizer-BioNtech and...
    Early data suggests a coronavirus variant first detected in California may be more transmissible, possibly cause more severe disease, and could have an impact on vaccine efficacy. Study authors are awaiting approval from public health departments for publishing of a preprint, though Dr. Charles Chiu, co-study author and professor of laboratory medicine with the University of California San Francisco, shared and elaborated on the findings to...
    NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A rare illness linked to COVID-19 is reappearing in children this winter. In many cases, this illness is more severe than what doctors treated during the first wave in the spring, but CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez found that doesn’t hold true state to state. RELATED: Exclusive: Long Island Father Talks About Young Son’s Bout With Rare COVID-Related...
    PASADENA (CBSLA) — The Pasadena NAACP is open Saturday morning for a limited COVID-19 vaccine clinic. The clinic will be administering about 100 doses of the vaccine by appointment only. RELATED: Frederick K.C. Price, Founder Of Crenshaw Christian Center, Dies At 89 From COVID MORE: COVID Vaccinations For People With Disabilities, Compromised Immune Systems To Begin March 15 The state...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The state of California announced Friday that healthcare providers will be able to start vaccinating those with compromised immune systems and disabilities starting March 15. Healthcare providers may use their clinical judgment to vaccinate individuals age 16-64 who are deemed to be at the very highest risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 as a direct...
    CASES of the Bristol variant have hit 21 in England - but experts are confident that the vaccine roll out can "stop severe disease”. The most recent data from Public Health England (PHE) states that the variant has been identified in at least four areas. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2People in Bristol...
    The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends using the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University even in countries where variants threaten to reduce efficacy. The guidance follows news of South Africa halting rollout of AstraZeneca’s vaccine because early findings showed a marked reduction in protection against mild-to-moderate illness amid a variant strain.  "Even if there is a reduction in the...
    A LEADING Oxford professor has said it is inevitable new Covid variants will arise - but vaccines will prevent severe disease and deaths. Professor Andrew Pollard attempted to temper fears that new variants will render vaccines useless after the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab was found to be less effective against the South African variant. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — About 1 out of every 365 African-Americans is born with sickle cell disease. Those who have the disease have a weakened immune system, making them more at risk of suffering life-threatening symptoms of COVID-19. As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported Monday, people who carry the sickle cell gene should also be concerned. RELATED: Can Sickle Cell Disease...
    Those who have suffered a common lung illness in the past may be more at risk of severe illness or even death should they contract the novel coronavirus, suggests a new study conducted by Havard researchers.  Using artificial intelligence (AI) technology to analyze the electronic medical records from nearly 17,000 Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19 between...
    South Africa has temporarily suspended use of a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University after preliminary findings showed the jab had little impact on curbing mild-to-moderate illness due to a variant strain. The announcement from South Africa’s Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize on Sunday followed shortly after the country received 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is considering giving a COVID-19 vaccine that is still in the testing phase to health workers, after suspending the rollout of another shot that preliminary data indicated is not effective at preventing mild to moderate illness from the variant dominant in the country. The country is scrambling to come up with a new vaccination strategy...
    By ANDREW MELDRUM, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is considering giving a COVID-19 vaccine that is still in the testing phase to health workers, after suspending the rollout of another shot that preliminary data indicated is not effective at preventing mild to moderate illness from the variant dominant in the country. The country is scrambling to come up...
    CORONAVIRUS patients with gum disease are nine times more likely to die from the killer bug, a new study has warned. Researchers also found that patients with gum disease were 4.5 times more likely to require a ventilator. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2A new study has revealed that people with severe gum...
    A TOTAL of 147 people in the UK have been infected with the South African variant, the health minister has confirmed today. It comes after door-to-door "surge testing" was ramped up in the past week after new cases with no links to travel were detected. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 1Health minister Edward...
    A CORONAVIRUS jab which can beat the South African variant is on the way, scientists have said.  It comes as vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi assured Brits that the Oxford jab would still prevent deaths - despite a new study suggesting the jab was less effective against the strain.  ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates...
    The AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine is not 100% effective against the South African variant of COVID-19. (Free Press Photo: .) The vaccine developed by Oxford and AstraZeneca provides « limited protection against moderate forms of the disease -covid-19- caused by the South African variant in young adults », according to a South African study released this Sunday, but which does...
    A CHEAP gout drug slashed hospital stays by days for Covid patients and cut the need for oxygen, a new study found. Researchers tested the 10p-a-day drug Colchicine, hoping it could reduce the risk of severe coronavirus and help people struggling to breathe on wards. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Patients were...
    Members of the LGBT community are at greater risk of of experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Thursday. According to the report, the CDC found that members of the LGBT community are more likely to have underlying health conditions that put them at an increased risk to contract...
    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s health chief says a new study showing that a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca provides a high level of protection for 12 weeks supports the government’s strategy of delaying the second shot so more doses can be delivered to more people. Health Secretary Matt Hancock's comments came after Oxford...
    More On: COVID vaccine New Mexico book club helps get town vaccinated for COVID-19 Biden dithers on vaccination while COVID’s new strains rage Feds shipping 1 million COVID vaccines to pharmacies nationwide Letters to the Editor — Feb. 3, 2021 Britain’s health chief says a new study showing that a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford...
    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Johnson & Johnson's long-awaited vaccine appears to protect against COVID-19 with just one shot - not as strong as some two-shot rivals but still potentially helpful for a world in dire need of more doses.J&J said Friday that in the U.S. and seven other countries, the single-shot vaccine was 66% effective overall at preventing moderate to...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBS/CNN) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says the state is working to prevent double-booked vaccine appointments. A system glitch with the state’s online vaccine scheduling system caused trouble at the Gloucester County vaccine mega-site yesterday. “Unfortunately, we needed to cancel a number of appointments that were erroneously double-booked. We will work with those canceled on rescheduling their...
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