WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Routine face mask ventilation during an operation doesn’t increase the surgical team’s risk of coronavirus infection, according to a new study. Face mask ventilation is typically used for surgical patients under general anesthesia. However, its designation as an “aerosol-generating procedure” by the WorldContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) — People who’ve lost their ability to smell and taste due to COVID-19 have significant struggles, but they can find ways to cope with their situation, a new study shows. One of the most common side effects of COVID-19 is the loss of theContinue Reading

MONDAY, Oct. 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) — It’s well-known that COVID-19 pandemic restrictions pretty much quashed the 2020-2021 flu season, with influenza cases falling to never-before-seen lows in the United States. So little flu circulated, in fact, that some scientists now suspect that one of the major strains of influenzaContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Oct. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A lower dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is 90.7% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in children aged 5 to 11, according to new clinical trial data from the company. The data was given to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday, andContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Oct. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A subtype of the Delta variant is causing a growing number of infections in the United Kingdom and is being closely monitored there and in other countries. During the week of Sept. 27, the AY.4.2 variant accounted for about 6% of cases inContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Oct. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) — It’s a drug that’s been supported by some conservative media figures, but taking ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19 might land you in the hospital, a new study warns. Interest in the drug surged last summer as the highly contagious Delta variant tookContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Oct. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Antibody infusions help keep high-risk COVID-19 patients out of the hospital, but getting the therapy can be a challenge. One U.S. health system has found a creative way to address the problem: home infusions administered by paramedics. Researchers found that the tactic wasContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Oct. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Nine of 10 patients with so-called “bubble boy” immune disease who received gene therapy about a decade ago are still disease-free, researchers report. The gene therapy was developed at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), to treat the rare and deadly immuneContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Obese people have a tougher time fighting COVID-19, even if they have a milder form of the virus, a new study finds. Researchers looked at more than 500 patients who tested positive for COVID but didn’t require hospitalization. Teens and adults who wereContinue Reading