Mixed results for real-world COVID-sniffer dog airport trial

As soon as the pandemic kicked off in early 2020 researchers started looking at whether dogs could be used to sniff out patients with COVID-19. Now, a new study published in the journal BMJ Global Health, has reported on a robust, real-world investigat… Continue reading Mixed results for real-world COVID-sniffer dog airport trial

Link between COVID-19 and Parkinson’s disease risk grows with new findings

Animal research found a mild SARS-CoV-2 infection increased susceptibility to a chemical used to model Parkinson's disease neurodegeneration

A few years after the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic doctors around the world began to notice an increase in new Parkinson’s disease cases. This link between viral infection and increased Parkinson’s risk has been an ongoing mystery to scientists for well over a century. And the association isn’t just limited to the H1N1 influenza virus behind the 1918 pandemic. A variety of other viral infections have been linked to increased Parkinson’s risk, from Japanese encephalitis to HIV.

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First at-home test for flu, COVID and RSV authorized by the FDA

A new direct-to-consumer test designed to detect a number of different respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 and influenza, has been authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The test is the first of its kind to be approved by the FDA … Continue reading First at-home test for flu, COVID and RSV authorized by the FDA

Experts divided over who should get a 4th COVID vaccine dose

Two newly published studies indicate a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose can substantially boost a person’s immunity and reduce the risk of infection compared to triple-dosed individuals. Most fourth-dose programs around the world are currently limited to t… Continue reading Experts divided over who should get a 4th COVID vaccine dose

More infectious Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 rapidly spreading across US

COVID-19 variant-tracking estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate a new Omicron sub-variant is rapidly becoming prevalent in the United States. Dubbed BA.2.12.1, little is known about this novel variant beyond it li… Continue reading More infectious Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 rapidly spreading across US

Cognitive impact of severe COVID equal to 20 years of brain aging

A new study has presented the most rigorous investigation to date into the long-term cognitive impacts of severe COVID-19. The research, led by scientists from Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge, found persistent cognitive deficits… Continue reading Cognitive impact of severe COVID equal to 20 years of brain aging

CDC reports COVID-19 was 3rd leading cause of death in 2021

A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in the US in 2021, after heart disease and cancer. Another new CDC report estimates nearly 60 percent of the entire US pop… Continue reading CDC reports COVID-19 was 3rd leading cause of death in 2021

Most hospitalized COVID patients still recovering a year after discharge

New research published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine has followed the recovery of more than 2,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The findings show barely one in four patients reported feeling fully recovered from COVID-19 a year after being disch… Continue reading Most hospitalized COVID patients still recovering a year after discharge

Case study reports 20-day gap between two different COVID infections

Researchers in Spain are reporting on the case of a young healthcare worker testing positive to COVID-19 twice in 20 days. Genomic sequencing revealed the first infection was the Delta variant and the second was Omicron making this the shortest officia… Continue reading Case study reports 20-day gap between two different COVID infections

SARS-CoV-2 viral fragments found in feces 7 months after mild COVID-19

A new study from researchers at Stanford University has found some COVID-19 patients can shed fragments of the virus in their feces up to seven months past their initial infection. The researchers hypothesize the persistence of viral material in the gu… Continue reading SARS-CoV-2 viral fragments found in feces 7 months after mild COVID-19