Medical research

Decoy receptor protects against omicron infection

They say that the best defense is a good offense; and now, researchers from Japan have found that the best defense against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection could be a good decoy.

Vaccination

FDA panel meets to craft future vaccine strategy

An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will meet Wednesday to discuss the best way forward with coronavirus vaccines, as evidence grows that variants are eroding the power of the country's current shots.

Vaccination

FDA shortens time to booster after Moderna vaccine to 5 months

(HealthDay)—Citing the rapid spread of the Omicron variant and the need for protection against it, U.S. federal health officials are shortening the recommended time between the second dose of the Moderna vaccine and a booster ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

What we know about the omicron variant

While the delta variant continues causing a surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the United States, epidemiologists around the world are trying to learn as much as they can as quickly as they can about omicron, ...

Health

Pandemic precautions may have long-term effects on our microbiome

In recent years, scientists like the University of Delaware's Melissa Melby have been sounding the alarm about what is sometimes called "the hygiene hypothesis"—the effect of intensive sanitizing and increased use of antibiotics ...

Medications

Q and A: Reducing the risk of medication errors

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My friend's father recently died from a medication error. One of his prescriptions was filled incorrectly and caused a fatal reaction. I take multiple medications for various conditions. How can I reduce ...

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