Updated Covid-19 boosters are rolling out now. Here’s what you need to know

There's a new kind of Covid-19 shot coming to a pharmacy or clinic near you. The US Food and Drug Administration and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed off on updated boosters that target the original strain of the coronavirus as well as the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5. The hope is...

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Covid-19 rebound is probably more common than data suggests, but Paxlovid is still effective

As the coronavirus evolves, the number of treatment options that remain effective against new variants has dwindled. Pfizer's antiviral pill Paxlovid is one of the few that remain. However, some people who take Paxlovid -- and some who don't -- experience a rebound case of Covid-19, with a resurgence of symptoms...

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Many patients stop taking statins because of muscle pain, but statins aren’t causing it, new study says

Statins are an important tool to prevent major cardiovascular problems, but many patients stop taking them because of side effects, including muscle pain. However, for more than 90% of patients on statins who experience muscle pain, the statin is not the cause of the pain, according to a study published Monday in...

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Monkeypox transmission from humans to pets: What to know about risk, prevention

The World Health Organization called the recent monkeypox outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern.”There have been more than 40,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox worldwide, with 12 deaths reported.Until recently, the medical community believed monkeypox spread only from animal to human and human to human.Doctors from Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in...

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Sex differences in COVID-19

COVID-19 affects people differently, in terms of infection with the virus SARS-CoV-2 and mortality rates. In this Special Feature, we focus on some of the sex differences that characterize this pandemic. All data and statistics are based on publicly available data at the time of publication. Some information may be out...

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Is gene editing ethical?

If you bring up the subject of gene editing, the debate is sure to become heated. But are we slowly warming to the idea of using gene editing to cure genetic diseases, or even create “designer babies?” Gene editing holds the key to preventing or treating debilitating genetic diseases, giving hope...

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Creating embryos in the lab: How, why, and what the future holds

Creating an embryo from cells other than sperm and egg cells and then growing them outside the uterus is an area of study that has developed significantly over the past 5 years. How long until we unlock the “black box” of human embryology? This month, researchers announced that they have been...

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Updated Covid-19 boosters are expected in September. Will it be too late?

This fall, Americans could get boosted with a mRNA Covid-19 vaccine unlike any that's come before. Both Pfizer and Moderna are working on bivalent boosters: vaccines made up of both the old formula and a new one that targets the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the coronavirus. If the shots meet...

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Now should I worry about monkeypox? Our medical analyst explains

Monkeypox is spreading in the United States and around the world. There are at least 26,000 infections documented in over 80 countries. The World Health Organization has declared it a public health emergency of international concern. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting more than 6,600 infections, just two months after monkeypox was...

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