Clinical studies show that mixing and matching booster vaccines can lead to a more robust immune response.
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On the horizon: A new omicron-focused version of the Moderna vaccine that may offer longer protection and a stronger immune response.
Talking about vaccines with trusted health care providers and with family can help wade through the sea of information – and misinformation.
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With COVID-19 shots finally available for infants and preschoolers, knowing how to combat misinformation on social media and elsewhere could be more important than ever.
Millions of U.S. children between the ages of 6 months and 4 years will soon be eligible for COVID-19 shots.
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The FDA’s authorization of COVID-19 shots for children ages 6 months to 4 years will bring relief for millions of parents. Pending CDC endorsement, shots for this group will be available within days.
Most research on poverty has focused on the effects on mothers, but a new study shows the importance of turning increased attention to fathers’ mental health.
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In families that are facing economic insecurity, fathers are more likely to experience depressive symptoms that can lead to conflict.
Viral surveillance and prediction may be key parts of figuring out what goes into a vaccine.
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A new generation of vaccines and boosters against SARS-CoV-2 may take a page from the anti-influenza playbook, with shots periodically tailored to target the most commonly circulating virus strains.
About 8 million U.S. children have received two shots of COVID-19 vaccine and are now eligible for a third.
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The COVID-19 vaccines continue to be effective against severe illness leading to hospitalization and death in all age groups, including children ages 5 to 11.
Once in short supply, rapid antigen tests are now available throughout the U.S.
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With the relaxation of mask-wearing mandates, there’s even more need to know how much over-the-counter tests help.
Social media sites like Twitter have been a major source of both true and false information regarding COVID-19 vaccines.
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A team analyzed more than 21 million tweets about COVID-19 vaccines and found that negative sentiments on social media were tied to lower-than-expected vaccination rates in many nations.
Researchers can test blood samples taken for other reasons to see if patients have previously had COVID-19.
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Your blood can hold a record of past illnesses. That information can reveal how many people have had a certain infection – like 58% of Americans having had COVID-19 by the end of February 2022.
Sampling wastewater can be time-intensive.
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Over 800 sites across the US report coronavirus data from sewage to the CDC. Here’s how this kind of surveillance system works and what it can and can’t tell you.
Dozens of coronavirus vaccines are in clinical trials in the U.S.
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Existing coronavirus vaccines are not as effective against newer variants of the virus. Two vaccine experts explain how new vaccines currently in development will likely offer better protection.
When schools shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, moms took on the burden of supporting students at home.
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As the world locked down and a country’s racial reckoning heated up, this social scientist refined her approach to studying the lives of Black moms.
Video calls often show people an image of themselves.
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Mirrors, selfies and knowing other people are looking at you all cause people to think of themselves as objects. Video calls are all three in one and are likely increasing the harms of self-objectification.
So much uncertainty around risk can make it extra hard to decide what to do.
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People tend to dislike uncertainty and risk – two things that are hard to avoid completely during a pandemic. That’s part of why it can feel especially draining to make even small decisions these days.
Although the COVID-19 vaccines have saved millions of lives, they have been insufficient at preventing breakthrough infections.
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Research suggests that too-frequent immunizations may lead to a phenomenon called “immune exhaustion.”
The CDC recommends the second booster for those over 50 who received their initial booster shot at least four months earlier.
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New data on the second booster suggests the older you are, the more you need it.
For decades, doctors and patients have used telemedicine. But it gained wider use when the COVID-19 pandemic led to canceled appointments and closed clinics.
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By creating both an urgent need for mental health care and the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the pandemic is enabling telemedicine to go mainstream.
From thalidomide to Viagra, drug repurposing salvaged failed treatments by giving them new targets.
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Drug repurposing can redeem failed treatments and squeeze out new uses from others. But many pharmaceutical companies are hesitant to retool existing drugs without a high return on investment.
While the vast majority of primary care providers have higher confidence in vaccines than the general public, some do not.
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Many COVID-19 vaccination campaigns encourage doctors to serve as a trusted source of vaccine information. But certain vaccine-hesitant providers may stymie these efforts.
Pharmacies could play an increasingly important role in testing and treatment of COVID-19.
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Earlier detection and treatment of COVID-19 by health care providers in pharmacies could help prevent surges in infection rates and severe illness.
COVID guidelines have changed a lot over the past few years as the pandemic has ebbed and flowed.
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The constantly changing COVID-19 rules can be frustrating. But this pandemic is like no other public health crisis in history. It is better to think of the virus and US responses the way we think about hurricanes.
Millions of U.S. children ages 5-11 have already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Moderna will ask the FDA to allow emergency use for its vaccine in children as young as 6 months, a step many parents have been anticipating.
While many immunocompromised and high-risk patients may benefit from AstraZeneca’s Evusheld, drug distribution and access have been uneven.
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Evusheld is an antibody drug from AstraZeneca intended to help prevent COVID-19 infection for immunocompromised and other vulnerable patients.
Children are not little adults – they need time to process what is going to happen.
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A pediatrician recommends helping your child cope with getting vaccines by employing “The Three P’s” – Preparation, Proximity and Praise.
BA.2, one of three main omicron sublineages, is sweeping the world.
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The latest addition to the omicron lineage has been making waves in Europe. Whether it will do the same in the U.S. depends on rates of vaccination and prior infection.