Corona vaccine based on new technology tested in clinical study

Newswise — A new COVID-19 vaccine based on a different platform than current vaccines on the market has been tested in humans for the first time by researchers at Radboud University Medical Center. Administration of this vaccine in healthy study participants was well tolerated and led to a good immune response. The effectiveness of the … Read more

Diamond’s Memorial Goes Off the Rails

Trumpworld figures converged at Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway’s remembrance ceremony on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the life of the pro-Trump pundit who died suddenly at 51—but the memorial took a dark turn as her sister suggested a nefarious plot behind her death. Diamond’s sister—half of the “Diamond and Silk” duo—Rochelle “Silk” Richardson addressed the crowd at … Read more

COVID-19 vaccine acceptance increased globally in 2022

Newswise — New York, NY, January 9 – Global willingness to accept a COVID-19 vaccine increased from 75.2% in 2021 to 79.1% in 2022, according to a new survey of 23 countries that represent more than 60% of the world’s population, published today in Nature Medicine. Vaccine acceptance decreased in eight countries, however, and nearly … Read more

Ohio Measles Outbreak Hospitalizes More Than 32 Children

A child with a measles rash.Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) A measles outbreak in Columbus, Ohio has sickened over 80 children and hospitalized dozens. The majority of these cases have involved unvaccinated children who were nevertheless eligible for vaccination. It is not yet clear how long the outbreak will continue, with the most recent case having been … Read more

This Is What Scientists Expect From the COVID Virus in 2023

2023 could be the year the world finally figures out how to live with COVID. Well, the bridge of the world. Ironically, we’ll have the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to thank for it. Successive waves of infections from Omicron and its subvariants, starting in late 2021, have produced so much natural immunity across … Read more

Get Ready to Play ‘Guess the Viral Variant’

2020 was the year of Covid lockdowns, 2021 the year of vaccines, and 2022 the year of worldwide reopening. 2023 will be the year of variant prediction. The first Covid variants of concern that were identified—from Alpha in the UK to Beta in South Africa—muddied the picture of where the pandemic would go next. Alpha … Read more

First-line immune defenses against COVID-19 are short-lived and may explain reinfection

Newswise — A new study finds that antibodies produced in the nose decline nine months after COVID-19 infection, while antibodies found in the blood last at least a year. Antibodies in the nasal fluid (known as immunoglobulin A, or IgA) provide first-line defense against COVID-19 by blocking the SARS-CoV-2 virus when it first enters the … Read more

Surge in Overlapping Viral Outbreaks Threatens ‘Tripledemic’ Crisis

COVID cases are on the rise again in many countries. And this time, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has company. In the United States, Europe and Asia, the flu virus and a third dangerous pathogen—the respiratory syncytial virus—are emerging at the same time as the novel coronavirus. It’s a “tripledemic,” to use an admittedly non-scientific term. And … Read more

Experimental HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Human Trial

Above, a red AIDS awareness ribbon.Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) An experimental HIV vaccine appears to have passed its first test in humans. In a newly released study, the vaccine candidate produced the kind of immune response that scientists had been hoping for in 97% of recipients. Importantly, the vaccine also seemed to be safe and well-tolerated. … Read more

The effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine decreases with age, research shows

Newswise – DALLAS – Nov. 29, 2022 – The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine limits transmission, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 even among patients infected by variants of the virus, but the effectiveness of antibodies it generates diminishes as patients get older, according to a study by UT Southwestern researchers. “The fact that these antibody functions decrease … Read more