Medications

FDA: Merck COVID pill effective, experts will review safety

Federal health regulators say an experimental COVID-19 pill from Merck is effective against the virus, but they will seek input from outside experts on risks of birth defects and other potential problems during pregnancy.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How herpes checks into the nervous system for life

Herpes type 1 is sealed with a kiss for a lifetime. More than half of U.S. adults are carriers of HSV1 (herpes simplex virus type 1) which hibernates in the peripheral nervous system and can never be eradicated.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Russia: New pandemic restrictions to take effect in February

Some of the new pandemic restrictions prepared by Russian authorities go into effect next year, a top government official said Friday, reiterating the need for vaccine-hesitant Russians to get immunized against the coronavirus.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

France's over-65s will need booster for COVID pass: Macron

People over 65 in France will need to show proof of a COVID-19 booster jab to be able to visit restaurants, attend cultural events and take intercity trains, President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Denmark wants to reintroduce phased-out coronavirus pass

Denmark wants to again consider COVID-19 as "a socially critical disease," paving the way for the reintroduction of a digital pass months after the label was removed and restrictions were phased out.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

EU drug agency looking at data on Merck's COVID-19 pill

The European Union's medicines agency on Monday began reviewing Merck's COVID-19 treatment pill so that it can swiftly advise national drug authorities in the 27-nation bloc that want to begin using it before it gets official ...

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