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Public Acceptance of COVID-19 Vaccine Faces Many Hurdles

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Story Highlights Even before a vaccine against COVID-19 has been introduced to the public in the U.S., expectations for it are low. Dr. Anthony Fauci warns that a COVID-19 vaccine is not expected to be either long-lasting or more than 50 to 60 percent effective. Citing experience with other vaccines, a COVID-19 vaccine is not […]

Hospital Staff Sensor ID Badges Track COVID-19

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Story Highlights Sensor technology has been used by hospitals to monitor hand-washing behaviors and keep track of expensive equipment, but the coronavirus pandemic has opened up a new application for contact tracing of COVID-19 cases. Adding a sensor to staff ID badges, medical technology company SwipeSense enables hospitals to monitor employee movements, document interaction with […]

U.S. Southeast and Rural Areas Have More Severe COVID-19 Tied to Chronic Illness

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Story Highlights Certain co-existing health problems like obesity and diabetes and lung, heart and kidney disease have been associated with increased risk for severe symptoms and death from COVID-19. A recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reported that underlying conditions contributing to greater risk for severe COVID-19 disease are more prevalent in the southeast […]

Vitamin D Deficiency Studies and COVID-19

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Story Highlights During the COVID-19 pandemic, medical scientists have been closely examining the effects of vitamin D deficiency. Meta-analyses of data from 45 studies have shown a significant correlation between vitamin D deficiency and more severe symptoms, complications and death from COVID-19. Although laboratory studies on the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19 are […]

The Debate Over ADHD and Doctor Prescribed Video Games

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Story Highlights There is a long-standing debate over the value versus dangers of electronic stimulation of the brain in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first prescription-based video game, or “game based digital therapeutic device” for use in children with primary attention or combination […]

Blood Type May Affect Vulnerability to COVID-19

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Story Highlights An international group of geneticists has compared DNA of patients hospitalized for severe COVID-19 infection with that of healthy volunteers and found six gene clusters that may provide insight into the wide range of responses to the virus. Results showed that patients with Type A blood appeared to have a greater susceptibility for […]

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