Medications

I have mild COVID. Should I take the antiviral Paxlovid?

The COVID medication Paxlovid has been available in Australia on the Pharmaceuticals Benefits Scheme (PBS) since the start of May, with eligible patients directed to talk to their GP for a prescription.

Health

Guns are now the leading cause of death for American children

Firearms have surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death among American youngsters, with official data showing a strong rise in gun-related homicides such as the killing of 19 children in a Texas school ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID-19 in babies: What to expect

Parents are understandably worried about what would happen if their infant caught COVID-19. Babies may be considered vulnerable due to immature immune systems, and are also not eligible for most of the treatments and vaccinations ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

US making COVID antiviral drug more available at test sites

The White House on Thursday announced more steps to make the antiviral treatment Paxlovid more accessible across the U.S. as it projects COVID-19 infections will continue to spread over the summer travel season.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

US preparing to deploy monkeypox vaccines amid more probable cases

The United States is preparing to give monkeypox vaccines to close contacts of people infected and to deploy treatments, with five cases now either confirmed or probable and the number likely to rise, officials said Monday.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Risk of monkeypox spreading widely 'very low'

The risk of monkeypox spreading widely among the general population is very low and transmission can be stopped outside endemic countries in Central and West Africa, health officials said Monday, after cases exploded this ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Repeat infections with COVID-19 may become the norm

COVID-19 might be easing into a new status as a widely circulating and somewhat harsher version of the common cold, experts say—a virus that folks could contract repeatedly, even if they were recently infected.

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