COVID wave looms in Europe as recall campaign gets off to a slow start

Oct 6 (Reuters) – A new wave of COVID-19 appears to be brewing in Europe as the weather cools, with public health experts warning that vaccine fatigue and confusion over the types of vaccines available will likely limit the use of reminders. The Omicron BA.4/5 subvariants that dominated this summer are still causing the majority … Read more

Record number of toddlers are hospitalized with a cold because immunity has been weakened by restrictions

More children and young people are hospitalized with colds and respiratory problems than ever after the Covid pandemic, according to official data. Experts have repeatedly warned that lockdowns and measures used to contain Covid like face masks also suppress the spread of germs that are crucial for building strong immune systems in children. A retrospective … Read more

Neanderthal DNA may provide clues to genetic risks for brain disorders and addiction

Summary: The traits with the strongest contribution to Neanderthal DNA were sleep patterns, smoking habits, and alcohol consumption. Source: Estonian Research Council It has long been known that disorders of the human brain such as neurological or psychiatric diseases are hereditary, suggesting some heritability. In line with this hypothesis, genetic risk factors for the development … Read more

A new function of the cerebellum

Summary: The cerebellum plays a key role in storing positive and negative memories of emotional events. Source: University of Basel The cerebellum is primarily known for regulating movement. Researchers at the University of Basel have just discovered that the cerebellum also plays an important role in memorizing emotional experiences. The study appears in the journal … Read more

Symptoms, causes and treatments for fibromyalgia

Five years ago, Lady Gaga revealed that she suffered from fibromyalgia, a chronic condition so severe that it resulted in “severe pain” and tour cancellations during her music career. Fibromyalgia is a long-lasting disorder that “causes pain and tenderness throughout the body,” according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. But … Read more

Common stomach bug may help cause Crohn’s disease, study finds

An illustration of norovirus particles. Drawing: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) A nasty but short-lived stomach bug can have lingering consequences for a few unlucky ones. The researchers found evidence in mice and human cells that norovirus infection can trigger Crohn’s disease in people who are already genetically predisposed. The findings could also help scientists one day find … Read more

Findings suggest COVID-19 rebound is not caused by impaired immune response

Media Advisory Thursday, October 6, 2022 Detailed analysis of eight patients published. What The results of a small study of eight patients published in Clinical infectious diseases suggest that the COVID-19 rebound is probably not caused by impaired immune responses. The study, led by scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), … Read more