Long COVID patients show abnormal immune activity 8 months post infection

A study has reported that immune dysregulation persists in long COVID patients up to eight months after initial infection. The research found long COVID is characterized by elevated levels of specific immune biomarkers.

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Clinical trial finds ketamine-assisted therapy helps treat alcoholism

A first-of-its-kind clinical trial has shown that ketamine infusions, combined with psychotherapy, is more effective in helping people suffering from severe alcoholism avoid relapse than any other current treatment.

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Aktiia wearable uses light to monitor blood pressure, 24/7

People with hypertension often have to perform arm-cuff blood pressure readings multiple times per day. Not only is this a hassle, but it may not provide a complete picture of their problem – that's where the always-on Aktiia wearable comes in.

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Israel begins roll out of 4th COVID vaccine dose

Israel has begun the world’s first roll-out of a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose. The program is initially focusing on patients with compromised immune systems, while a study is underway testing the safety and efficacy of a fourth dose in 6,000 people.

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FDA authorization of Merck COVID pill called “worst decision in its history”

The FDA issued emergency use authorization to a second oral COVID-19 treatment. Molnupiravir is not as effective as Pfizer’s recently approved COVID pill and experts are concerned the drug has the potential to generate new SARS-CoV-2 variants.

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CDC estimates Omicron now accounts for 73% of US COVID cases

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates the Omicron variant is now dominant in the United States. The CDC’s variant-tracking model found Omicron has skyrocketed in prevalence over the course of two to three weeks.

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Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral pill 89% effective against hospitalization

Positive data has been announced from a trial testing Pfizer’s antiviral pill developed to treat COVID-19. The final analysis revealed the five-day oral treatment reduced COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths by 89 percent in high-risk individuals.

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FDA authorizes AstraZeneca’s preventative COVID-19 antibody treatment

The FDA has authorized the first COVID-19 drug designed to prevent infection in immunocompromised populations. The monoclonal antibody treatment is delivered by intramuscular injection and offers robust protection from infection for up to six months.

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Lab study shows vaccine booster vital for preventing Omicron infection

New data indicates two doses of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine may not be sufficient to protect from the Omicron variant. However, a third dose was seen to raise antibody levels to those seen with two doses against the original coronavirus.

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Skin-worn sensor detects and measures nicotine in e-cig vapor

Nicotine is one of the more harmful compounds in electronic cigarette vapor, so non-vapers should avoid breathing it in whenever possible. A new skin-worn sensor could help, by monitoring airborne nicotine levels in the wearer's immediate vicinity.

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