Prenatal COVID exposure affects babies’ motor skills, speech, studies find
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(Solarina Ho/ CTV News) — Infants born to those who tested positive for COVID-19 during pregnancy may have neurodevelopmental issues after birth, according to new preliminary findings from two separate studies out of the U.S. and Spain.

The peer-reviewed U.S. study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open on  …

Quebec to start vaccinating those under five years old as of today
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(Lilian Roy/ CTV News) – Young children in Quebec will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination next week, the province announced Thursday.

Public Health Director Dr. Luc Boileau said Quebecers between six months and four years old will be able to receive Moderna’s Spikevax mRNA COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday.

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Long COVID risk falls only slightly after vaccination
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(Sarah Reardon/ Scientific American) — Vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 lowers the risk of long COVID after infection by only about 15%, according to a study of more than 13 million people1. That’s the largest cohort that has yet been used to examine how much vaccines protect against the condition, but it is unlikely to end  …

Research dispels myth that COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility
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(Julian Daniel Sunday Willett/ The Conversation) — Misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and fertility has propagated online despite the vaccines’ clear safety profile.

Fortunately, those considering having kids can relax when it comes to these crucial shots. These claims lack any realistic basis. As a medical   …

What do we know about fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccines?
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(Jennifer Ferreira/ CTV News) — Those who are over the age of 60 or immunocompromised are especially at risk for severe COVID-19 disease. As provinces across Canada ease more of their pandemic-related restrictions, there are concerns that COVID-19 transmission could increase, which may lead to a rise in  …

Medicago’s homegrown, plant-based COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada
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(Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — Medicago’s plant-based COVID-19 vaccine is now approved by Health Canada, which will soon give Canadians the option of getting a homegrown shot against SARS-CoV-2.

Regulators announced the decision to allow its use for adults 18 to 64 years of age on Thursday, making  …

New patent-free COVID vaccine developed as “gift to the world”
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(Rich Haridy/ New Atlas) — A new COVID-19 vaccine, developed by researchers from the Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, is being offered patent-free to vaccine manufacturers across the world. Human trials have shown the vaccine to be safe and effective, with India already authorizing its use as  …

Does COVID virus or vaccine mess with the menstrual cycle?
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(Stacey Colino, Beth Levine/ Everyday Health) — It’s completely normal for menstrual cycles to vary slightly from month to month, but sometimes stress can really throw things out of whack. If you’re someone who’s usually very regular, even slight differences are noticeable.

There’s no question that the coronavirus  …