Vaccine misinformation spawns ‘pure blood’ movement

LOS ANGELES, Jan 28 — Vaccine skeptics blocking transfusions for life-saving surgeries, Facebook groups inciting violence against doctors and a global search for unvaccinated donors — Covid-19 misinformation has bred a so-called “pure blood” movement. The movement spins anti-vaccine narratives focused on unfounded claims that receiving blood from people inoculated against the coronavirus “contaminates” the … Read more

CV Deaths Jumped in 2020, Reflecting Pandemic Toll

Cardiovascular-related deaths increased dramatically in 2020, marking the largest single-year increase since 2015 and surpassing the previous record from 2003, according to the American Heart Association’s 2023 Statistical Update. During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest increases in cardiovascular disease (CVD) deaths were seen among Asian, Black, and Hispanic people. “We thought … Read more

Researchers explore respiratory syncytial virus infection before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

In a recent study published in JAMA Network Openresearchers assessed the occurrence of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection before and at the time of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Study: Incidence of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection in Older Adults Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Image Credit: Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock Background Acute respiratory infection (ARI) … Read more

Trust in genetics increased significantly during the pandemic

A survey of over 2,000 British adults finds that trust in genetics is high and went up significantly during the pandemic. It also finds that there is a hunger for more coverage of genetics. The pandemic has gone hand-in-hand with a much-increased public profile of science − genetics in particular. Be it the prominence of … Read more

More Californians Are Dying at Home. Another COVID ‘New Normal’?

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The covid-19 pandemic has spurred a surge in the proportion of Californians who are dying at home rather than in a hospital or nursing home, accelerating a slow but steady rise that dates back at least two decades. The recent upsurge … Read more

Sobering statistics from the AHA’s 2023 heart disease and stroke update

The American Heart Association (AHA), in collaboration with the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies, publishes a Statistical Update detailing the most recent statistics on cardiovascular disease and its contributing factors in the US In the 2023 report, the AHA discusses some of the ways in which the coronavirus disease … Read more

Updated bivalent mRNA booster protects against circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants

In a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers discuss the efficacy of the bivalent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine against symptomatic infection with several SARS-CoV-2 variants that are currently circulating throughout the US Study: Early Estimates of Bivalent mRNA Booster Dose Vaccine … Read more

Research sheds light on opportunities and constraints in self-directed care during the pandemic

As the US population ages, the number of people receiving long-term services and supports in their own home has grown, including the use of self-directed care. Self-directed care enables long-term care recipients to hire and manage their own workers, rather than using a home care agency. The COVID-19 pandemic increased the strain on this industry. … Read more

Maternal and perinatal outcomes of women infected with SARS-CoV-2 during the Omicron wave in Italy

In a recent study published in the Clinical Microbiology and Infectionresearchers assessed the impact of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccination on pregnant women during the Omicron wave. Study: Vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 in pregnancy during the Omicron wave: the prospective cohort study of the Italian obstetric surveillance system. Image Credit: GolF2532/Shutterstock Background During … Read more

The efficacy of clarithromycin versus levofoxacin-based regimens for H.pylori treatment in naïve patients after the COVID-19 pandemic misuse of antibiotics

In a recent study published in BMC Infectious Diseasesresearchers explored the eradication rates of Helicobacter pylori utilizing levofloxacin and clarithromycin-based regimens in patients with prior coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) therapy. Study: Helicobacter pylori eradication rates using clarithromycin and levofloxacin-based regimens in patients with previous COVID-19 treatment: a randomized clinical trial. Image Credit: Liya Graphics/Shutterstock Background … Read more