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Government Seeking More Rapid COVID-19 Tests

Feb. 5, 2021 — The Biden administration is pushing to make quick at-home tests for COVID-19 available to more Americans. In a media call on Friday, Andy Slavitt, the White House senior adviser for the pandemic response, told reporters that the administration was working with six companies under the auspices of the Defense Production […]

Add Gum Disease to List of Risk Factors for Severe COVID-19

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Keep flossing: A new study finds that gum disease may raise the chances of hospitalization or death if COVID-19 strikes. The reason? Gum disease can be a sign of inflammation throughout the body. “It is well-established that systemic inflammation is not only linked with periodontal disease, […]

Beyond COVID-19: Can mRNA Treat Diseases, Too?

Secondly, the FDA has yet to greenlight any of these treatments. What’s more, some early trials of mRNA therapies have suffered major stumbling blocks on the road to market approval. In January, CureVac reported disappointing results in a clinical trial of its new mRNA-based drug for prostate cancer. The company’s CV9014 drug did […]

Experts Debunk COVID-19 Vaccine-Shingles Link

Feb. 9, 2021 — The Reddit message board user was looking for others in similar misery to share their stories. The 27-year-old had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Two-and-a-half weeks later, the user developed shingles. “Anybody else have a similar experience?” the post asked. “My doctor said there are anecdotes out there […]

Walmart, Walgreens, CVS to Offer COVID-19 Vaccines

Feb. 11, 2021 — Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Walgreens will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines on Friday through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, joining a list of other national retail chains that will give shots to people who want a coronavirus vaccine. CVS Health will also offer vaccinations on Friday in 11 states, […]

Give Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients Blood Thinners

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Giving blood thinners to COVID-19 patients soon after they’re hospitalized could reduce their risk of dying. That’s the conclusion of a new study that analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on nearly 4,300 patients, average age 68, who were […]

COVID-19 vaccines: Safety, side effects — and coincidence

As the pandemic rages on, it’s increasingly clear that widespread vaccination is essential to help contain it. Physical distancing, universal face coverings, and frequent handwashing are effective, but not foolproof. And of course, these measures don’t work if they are not followed. So, the rapid development of mRNA vaccines and other vaccines to prevent COVID-19 […]