New VA study finds Paxlovid may cut the risk of long COVID
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(Pien Huang/ NPR) — It’s well-documented that Paxlovid — a 5-day course of antiviral pills from Pfizer — can reduce the risk of hospitalization in COVID-19 patients who are more likely to develop severe illness.

Now, researchers from the Veterans Health Administration find that taking the medication may also reduce  …

With cases rising, how effective is the updated booster against Covid?
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(Katie McCallum/ Houston Medicine) — As we’ve learned over the last year, COVID-19 variants are to be expected.

Thankfully, the mRNA technology powering our COVID-19 vaccines provides us with a way to respond when variants not only arise but predominate, as is the case with the highly infectious omicron variant.  …

What you need to know about the bivalent booster shots
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(Annia Bessonov/ CBC News) — Appointments to get the new bivalent booster shots have opened up across provinces in Canada for all adults.

The vaccine was initially available for provinces’ more vulnerable populations at the beginning of September, but has since been made available to everyone over the age of 18.  …

Blood clot risk remained nearly a year after COVID-19 infection, study finds
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(Solarina Ho/ CTV News) — The risk of developing a blood clot remained elevated almost a year after a COVID-19 infection, according to a new U.K. study that looked at the health records of 48 million unvaccinated adults, covering almost the entire adult English and Welsh populations, from the first year of the pandemic.  …

Long COVID patients show signs of autoimmune disease a year after infection
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(European Lung Foundation/ Medical Xpress) — Blood samples drawn from patients with long COVID who are still suffering from fatigue and shortness of breath after a year show signs of autoimmune disease in those patients, according to a study published today in the European Respiratory Journal.

Autoimmune disease occurs  …

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  …

Quebec opening 15 long-COVID and Lyme disease clinics
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(The Montreal Gazette) — Quebec will open 15 clinics specialized in long-COVID and Lyme disease across the province, health minister Christian Dubé announced on Thursday.

The network, to be coordinated by the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), is to include five referral centres and 10 satellite  …

Antihistamines to treat long COVID: What you need to know
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(Nicoleta Lanesi/ Live Science) — Over-the-counter antihistamines, typically taken for allergies, may help relieve the debilitating symptoms of long COVID in some people, a new case report suggests.

The report, published Feb. 7 in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, included two middle-age women with long  …

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  …

Expert tips for tackling Omicron anxiety over the Christmas period
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(Ellen Scott/ Metro UK) — After last year’s crushing low of Christmas plans canned due to Covid, we started to raise our hopes for a far more festive 2021.

Then, just as we were on the home stretch, Covid cases began to climb, Omicron became a thing, and we were chucked right back into a state of lockdown limbo.

Chuck in   …

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