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Does the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine affect breastmilk?

New research investigates whether the mRNA from the COVID-19 vaccines can be passed on to infants through breastmilk. The development and administration of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines is helping to reduce transmission of COVID-19, and these vaccines have been an integral part of combating the global COVID-19 pandemic.  The first approved SARS-CoV-2 vaccines were mRNA vaccines, which […]

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Should you skip your second dose of COVID-19 vaccine?

Vaccine uptake has varied worldwide, with some countries still experiencing higher rates of first COVID-19 vaccine dose compared with a second dose, suggesting some people may be skipping their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. A recent study suggests why this might not be a good choice. Conventionally, the approval of new vaccines worldwide has […]

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Faster recovery with a new treatment for COVID-19

Combined metabolic activators accelerate symptom-free recovery in COVID-19, according to a recent study. In severe cases, COVID-19 can lead to respiratory problems, metabolic dysfunction, elevated inflammation, and organ failure. Metabolic abnormalities and hyper inflammation are associated with deficiencies in nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) and glutathione (GSH) metabolism. The cellular depletion of NAD+ and GSH are […]

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Are muscle relaxants for low back pain effective?

If you experience lower back pain, you are not alone. According to a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017, lower back pain has been the leading cause of disability across the globe for the past 30 years.1 Muscle relaxants are commonly prescribed to treat low back pain. Muscle relaxants, including non-benzodiazepine […]

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App for chronic fatigue syndrome may help assess severity

A new app for chronic fatigue assesses the severity of symptoms based on heart rate variability. Myalgic encephalomyelitis, also called chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), is a long-lasting illness with symptoms of extreme fatigue, which is not helped by resting. Additional symptoms include unrefreshing sleep, poor focus and attention, slow processing of information, and intermittent pain […]

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A new saliva test for COVID-19

In a recent study, a more effective saliva test was developed and tested for COVID-19. Rapid and accurate detection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is essential for the control of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, nasopharyngeal swabs (NPS) and oropharyngeal swabs (OPS) are the upper respiratory tract specimens recommended for COVID-19 diagnostic testing. […]

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Nutrition Brief: Eating apples can reduce inflammation

People who are overweight or obese tend to have higher levels of inflammation, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Researchers set out to find out whether eating apples regularly can reduce inflammation. To do this, the researchers measured markers of inflammation in the blood, as well as markers of cardiovascular health. The randomized […]

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A healthy diet during pregnancy affects outcomes

A healthy diet is recommended to prevent the onset of chronic diseases, but what about complications during pregnancy? Does a healthy diet make a difference to pregnancy outcomes? A recent clinical trial investigated whether eating a healthy diet during the period before pregnancy and during pregnancy has any effect on negative pregnancy outcomes.1 For the […]

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COVID-19 and myocarditis in competitive athletes

New research investigates the prevalence of myocarditis in competitive athletes diagnosed with COVID-19. Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle.1  It is often difficult to identify because it is associated with a wide variety of clinical symptoms, and since it is commonly seen in younger populations, which are often not considered a high-risk group for […]

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Exercise for COVID-19 recovery shows potential, study finds

A study from the National Institute for Health Research Leicester Biomedical Research Centre suggests that exercise may be beneficial for COVID-19 recovery and help reduce lasting respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 infection. Researchers are hopeful that this finding will help develop effective rehabilitation programs for COVID-19 survivors. The study, published May 6, 2021, followed 30 individuals […]

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Ivermectin to prevent COVID-19

Recent reviews and data from peer-reviewed studies, expert meta-analyses, and epidemiological analyses have shown promising results for Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19. Ivermectin is an antiparasitic drug with proven antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. As of December 2020, a large number of evidence-based data has demonstrated the efficacy and safety of using Ivermectin in preventing […]

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New technology shows promise for MRSA treatment

Researchers are exploring the use of microneedle technology to deliver treatment for staph skin infections. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing problem worldwide. It is so serious, the World Health Organization named AMR as one of the top ten global public health threats facing humanity (1). Antimicrobials are the class of drugs used to fight […]

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COVID-19 vaccines protect against variants, study suggests

A research group from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has published a new study that suggests certain COVID-19 vaccines may protect against variant coronavirus strains.1 These include the variants first identified in the U.K. and South Africa. The study analyzed the response of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and three other common cold coronaviruses after […]