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Category: Health

2 types of flu viruses may have gone extinct

There’s been so little flu transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic that some types of flu viruses may have disappeared. There’s been so little flu transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic that some types of flu viruses may have gone extinct, according to news reports. During the COVID-19 pandemic, flu cases dropped to historic lows — a […]

11 children diagnosed with new form of ALS

Researchers may have identified a potential treatment for the rare condition. Six years ago, a teenager from Italy traveled to the U.S. in hopes of finding a diagnosis for her mysterious medical condition, which had caused her to lose the ability to walk and required her to have a breathing tube. Now, researchers have diagnosed […]

Coronavirus variants to be named using Greek letters, WHO says

Coronavirus variants of concern and variants of interest will now be named using a system similar to hurricane naming, wherein each variant gets assigned a letter of the Greek alphabet, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Monday (May 31). For example, the coronavirus variant first found in the U.K. will be known as Alpha, according […]

Signs of labor: 6 clues baby is coming soon

Here are the most common signs of labor and ways you can try to promote labor. The signs of labor can differ from one woman to another, and even for the same woman they may change from one pregnancy to the next. Although there’s no way to predict how a woman’s labor will progress or […]

Woman gets 6 doses of COVID-19 vaccine at once

The woman was mistakenly injected with an entire vial of the vaccine. A woman in Italy accidentally received six doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine all at once, according to news reports. The 23-year-old woman did not experience any serious side effects from the vaccine overdose, CBS News reported. The accident happened Sunday (May 9) […]

Does coffee really stunt kids’ growth?

The science is firm, but the myth persists. One reason coffee isn’t usually given to kids may be the widely held belief that the caffeinated beverage can stunt children’s growth. But is there any truth to this idea? The answer is a resounding “no”: There’s no evidence that coffee or caffeine stunts childhood growth and […]

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in pregnancy, new study shows

The Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines trigger strong immune responses in pregnant and breastfeeding women, equivalent to that of other women of reproductive age, preliminary research shows. The data also suggests that the vaccines are equally safe in all women of reproductive age, and that they likely offer at least some protection to fetuses through […]

What is DNA?

Here’s a look at what DNA is made of, how it works, who discovered it and other interesting DNA facts. DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid, which is a molecule that contains the instructions an organism needs to develop, live and reproduce. These instructions are found inside every cell and are passed down from parents to […]

85% of COVID-19 long-haulers have multiple brain-related symptoms

Many COVID-19 “long haulers” experience at least four lingering neurological symptoms, such as brain fog, headache and the loss of sense of smell or taste, even if they were never hospitalized for their initial illness, according to a new study. For the study, published Tuesday (March 23) in the journal Annals of Clinical and Translational […]