COVID’s impact on pregnancy | Omicron-specific booster

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Penn State to study COVID’s impact on pregnancy STATE COLLEGE, PA—The Pennsylvania Department of Health has awarded Penn State College of Medicine $3.9 million through May 2025 to study the impact COVID-19 has on pregnancy. The researchers will conduct a multi-site study to examine the health outcomes for pregnant women and their infants before and…

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Tracking Long-COVID effects with tech | Repurposed drug helps with COVID survival

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Using goggles to track neurological effects of COVID PITTSBURGH, PA—Scientists at Allegheny Health Network are studying the neurological effects of Long-COVID. One of the ways they’re doing this is using goggles to track patients’ eye movements to determine cognitive dysfunction. Eye movements help them better understand which parts of the brain ay be affected in…

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COVID antibody therapy | Predicting hospitalization risk

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Insight on COVID antibody therapy MADISON, WI—Although current anti-COVID-19 pills are very effective against the omicron variant, lab tests have found that the available antibody therapies are substantially less effective. According to a study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, some antibodies have entirely lost the ability to neutralize the omicron variant at realistic…

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CBD may inhibit COVID infection | Examining ‘disgust sensitivity’

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CBD may inhibit infection from COVID LOUISVILLE, KY—Researchers from the University of Louisville and the University of Chicago found evidence that CBD can inhibit infection from COVID in human cells and mice. Now the researchers are asking to start a clinical trial to determine if CBD can be used as a preventative or early treatment…

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Treatments for long-haul COVID | What makes vaccines effective?

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Long-haul COVID treatment ROCHESTER, MN—Mild or moderate COVID-19 lasts for about two weeks for most people, but for some, health problems from COVID can last for months. Physicians at Mayo Clinic, who estimate that there are about 100,000 people in Rochester alone who could be considered “long-haul” COVID patients, are gearing up to study the…

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Michigan schools to study genomic data | Low-cost COVID test

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Four Michigan schools funded to study genomic data MICHIGAN—Four Michigan universities will receive $18.5 million in federal funds over the next two years to collect and analyze genomic data to address emerging infectious disease threats, including SARS-CoV-2. Those participating are University of Michigan, Michigan Tech University, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University. Low-cost COVID-19…

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Sharks and COVID treatments | Stabilizing vaccine temps

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Sharks and COVID treatments MADISON, WI—A study at the University of Wisconsin is looking at sharks for new COVID-19 treatments. It appears that antibody-like proteins from sharks—who have unique immune systems and antibody structures—are highly effective at neutralizing coronaviruses. Minnesota among top states for COVID variant screening MINNESOTA—The state of Minnesota has a strong disease…

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Why are mRNA vaccines effective? | Long-term effects | Silver lining

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Why are mRNA vaccines so effective? ST. LOUIS, MO—Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have been doing groundbreaking work around COVID. Researchers there have worked with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to figure out why mRNA vaccines are so effective and whether the protection they provide is likely to endure as…

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COVID and remote talent | Vitamin D3 helps limits COVID damage | Supermeres

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COVID and remote talent FLYOVER COUNTRY—One trend to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic is that companies are realizing that employees can work from practically anywhere. This has driven middle America cities to compete for remote talent. This report from CBS News talks about talent-recruitment programs in Oklahoma and Illinois. Vitamin D3 limits the damage caused…

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Research looks at Covid variants | Understanding through face masks

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Detecting COVID variants COLUMBUS, OH—As you know, there’s a new COVID variant in town: Omicron. OSU researchers are conducting surveillance testing for the variant through a sequencing process. They take positive non-contagious samples from OSU hospitals and then test them to determine how much of the virus is present. The researchers then amplify the virus…

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Blocking COVID replication | Vitamin D | Reducing risk

Compounds that can block virus’ ability to replicate CLEVELAND—Case Western Reserve University researchers have released new findings identifying compounds that have the potential to slow and even block the COVID virus’ ability to replicate. The Case Western team, joined by teams from Duke University and Rutgers, identified molecules that can target the RNA of SARS-CoV-2…

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Robotic pet therapy for COVID long haulers | Continued risk | Avatars

Long-term COVID effects on mood CINCINNATI, OH—In order to address patients suffering from long-haul COVID-19, researchers at the University of Cincinnati are expanding research on how art therapy and pet robots affect the moods of patients. COVID’s long-term effects can include loss of smell or hearing, which, in turn, can increase feelings of depression and…

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COVID & supply chain | UV tech in Cleveland wins award | Pandemic pounds

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COVID and the supply chain DURHAM, NC—Researchers from Duke Global Health Institute and the COVID Collaborative are working to connect low- and middle-income countries with tools and external resources to navigate weak links in their vaccine supply chains. Weight gain in children during COVID CINCINNATI—Children got heavier through the coronavirus pandemic, worsening a generational weight…

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COVID breathalyzer test | Safeguarding vaccines | New antibody 

OSU develops a COVID breathalyzer COLUMBUS, OH—Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are exploring a unique breath test for COVID screening. Results from the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found the breath test to be highly accurate in identifying COVID-19 infections in critically ill patients. A look at hospitalization rates…

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