The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 227 million on Friday, while the death toll rose to 4.67 million, according to
In the not-too-distant future, you may be able to walk into a doctor’s office, get tested for SARS-CoV-2, and walk out with pills or a prescription if you end up testing positive for the virus. “Finally, we have another potential tool,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said Oct. 6 at a White House briefing, “a promising new oral drug that people could take at home soon after COVID-19 to reduce the risk of severe outcomes.” The drug is molnupiravir, which Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK) and Ridgeback Therapeutics say cuts the risk of hospitalization and death by 50%.
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While ivermectin was originally used to treat river blindness, it has also been repurposed to treat other human parasitic infections. ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty ImagesIvermectin is an over 30-year-old wonder drug that treats life- and sight-threatening parasitic infections. Its lasting influence on global health has been so profound that two of the key researchers in its discovery and development won the Nobel Prize in 2015. I’ve been an infectious disease pharmacist for over 25 years. I’ve als
As the coronavirus has spread from person to person over the last year and a half, we have quickly realized that no two infections look the same. While some people are testing positive for the virus without ever experiencing a single symptom, more than 716,000 people in the U.S. have died as a result of their COVID infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus has even bypassed vaccine protection in some individuals, further reminding us that there is st
Colds are contagious longer than you might think. Here, doctors discuss the contagious period of the common cold, and what you can do to make your cold shorter.
Chagas disease, a parasitic and chronic illness, has infected approximately 6 million people and kills about 12,000 every year in North and South America, according to the Pan American Health Organization.Why it matters: Despite its high numbers, there is a lack of knowledge in the U.S. about the life-threatening disease, which has been called "the New AIDS of the Americas." Fewer than 1% of those with Chagas in the U.S. are diagnosed and treated due to low awareness of the infection among healt
Dr. Stella Safo, NYC-based HIV Primary Care Physician, joins Yahoo Finance to discuss the latest in the coronavirus pandemic.
On Thursday, an expert panel unanimously recommended that the FDA approve a booster shot for certain groups of people who received two doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. That thumbs-up clears the way for an official emergency use approval, although that hasn't happened yet; it's expected in the coming weeks. If the FDA gives Moderna boosters the OK, here's what you need to know. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You May H
After a brutal summer surge, driven by the highly contagious delta variant, the coronavirus is again in retreat. The United States is recording roughly 90,000 new infections a day, down more than 40% since August. Hospitalizations and deaths are falling, too. The crisis is not over everywhere — the situation in Alaska is particularly dire — but nationally, the trend is clear, and hopes are rising that the worst is finally behind us. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times Agai
Roughly 90,000 deaths from the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 among U.S. adults were preventable and could have been avoided if more of those people had got vaccinated when vaccines became available in spring, a new study has found.
Health expert believes there are advantages to getting flu vaccine amid COVID-19 pandemic
The far-right Republican sparked anger when she echoed longstanding myths about how HIV spreads in defence of basketball player Kyrie Irving
China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday warned against what it called possible “political manipulation” of a renewed probe by the World Health Organization into the origins of the coronavirus, while saying it would support the international body's efforts. The WHO on Wednesday released a proposed list of 25 experts to advise it on next steps in the search for the virus' origins after its earlier efforts were attacked for going too easy on China, where the first human cases were detected in late 2019. Beijing was accused of withholding raw data on early cases during a visit by a WHO team in February and has since resisted calls for further investigation, saying the U.S. and others were politicizing the matter.
An FDA advisory panel is meeting to discuss whether to recommend Moderna and Johnson and Johnson booster shots to help fight COVID-19. CBS News' Skyler Henry reports, and Dr. Kartik Cherabuddi joins CBSN to discuss the latest.
Health officials have returned to the Butte Civic Center to host a mass vaccination clinic, something it hasn’t done since last April, in an effort to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19.
A 23-year-old individual was among 15 Singaporeans reported by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (14 October) to have died of COVID-19.
The MOH on 15 October confirmed 3,445 new COVID cases in Singapore, bringing the country's total case count to 141,772, as well as eight more deaths due to the disease.
It's that time of year again. Why physicians say getting your flu vaccine is more important than ever.
Patients reporting symptoms including headaches and ‘sandpaper throats’ to 111 on the rise, data shows
Doctors explain that symptoms, like a fever, should keep you home but say that it's generally safe to get the flu shot if you only have mild symptoms.