Wave of promising study results raises hopes for coronavirus vaccines. Early data from trials of three potential COVID-19 vaccines increased confidence that a vaccine can train the immune system to recognize and fight the novel coronavirus without serious side effects. Reuters Health, 07/20/2020. (Also see Vaccination)
People are more likely to contract COVID-19 at home, study finds. South Korean epidemiologists have found that people were more likely to contract the new coronavirus from members of their own households than from contacts outside the home. Reuters Health, 07/21/2020.
Swedish epidemiology boss says questioned COVID-19 strategy seems to be working. Sweden’s top epidemiologist said a rapid decline in new critical COVID-19 cases alongside slowing death rates indicated that Sweden’s strategy for slowing the epidemic was working. Reuters Health, 07/21/2020.
Multiple vaccine candidates show early promise; inhaled interferon helps severe COVID-19 patients. Here is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. Reuters Health, 07/20/2020. (Also see Vaccination)
Older Children Spread the Coronavirus Just as Much as Adults, Large Study Finds. The findings suggest that as schools reopen, communities will see clusters of infection take root that include children of all ages, several experts cautioned. New York Times, 07/18/2020.
How Exercise May Bolster the Brain. Exercise prompts the liver to pump out a little-known protein that appears to rejuvenate the brain, a new study found. New York Times, 07/15/2020. (Also see Coping Strategies)
New Treatment for Covid-19 Shows Promise, but Scientists Urge Caution. A small study of an inhaled form of a commonly available drug, interferon beta, suggests it could reduce the odds of patients becoming severely ill. New York Times, 07/20/2020.
Pandemic-Inspired Food Labeling Raises Alarms for Those With Food Allergies. In May the FDA released new temporary guidelines allowing manufacturers facing supply chain shortages amid the COVID-19 pandemic to make ingredient substitutions without changing food labels. Kaiser Health News, 07/21/2020. (Also see Food Guide)
Conspiracy Theories Aside, Here’s What Contact Tracers Really Do. In the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic, contact tracing is downright buzzy, and not always in a good way. Kaiser Health News, 07/21/2020.
Scientists inch closer to blood test to detect early stage cancer. Scientists are edging closer to developing blood tests that could detect early stage cancer, before patients show any symptoms of the disease. NBC Health News, 07/21/2020. (Also see Cancer)
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