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The COVID-19 Pandemic – News and Features

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COVID Vaccines Lower Risk of Caesarean Births

Global meta-analysis of 1.8m women found vaccines led to 61% lower odds of infection during pregnancy and lower odds of hypertension and neonatal ICU admission.
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Mandated Flu Shots for Staff Are Now Required by More Hospitals

In just a few months, hospitals and health systems nationwide will start working to vaccinate as many staff as possible against the flu, and more US hospitals than ever will require employees to get vaccinated.
Drugs of different colors, shapes and sizes in half-filled blister packs.
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Blood Clot-Targeting Drug Candidates Developed Through Computer-Aided Design

A team of researchers has created a new series of drug candidates against a hard-to-target receptor involved in the formation of blood clots.
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Symptoms Following a COVID-19 Vaccination Indicate a Supercharged Immune Response

A new study, led by UC San Francisco, has found that COVID vaccine side effects symptoms indicate a robust immune response that is likely to lessen the chances of infection.
Cancer cells.
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Protein Engineering Approaches Offer Hope for Cancer Therapies

While cancer treatments have seen large improvements over the last decades, researchers are still laser-focused on developing strategies to defeat cancers, especially those that have been resistant to traditional interventions.
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Longer COVID Drug Regimen Is Safe, But Adds No Clear Benefit for Long COVID

An antiviral drug combination has been shown to be safe as an extended-duration treatment for COVID-19 but offers no benefit against long COVID.
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Patients With Schizophrenia Are Three Times More Likely To Have Bartonella DNA in Their Blood

A new study has found that patients diagnosed with schizophrenia or another psychotic disorder are three times more likely to have Bartonella DNA in their blood.
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No Increased Risk of Preterm Birth Following COVID-19 Vaccine

A new study adds evidence supporting the safety of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, finding that vaccination is not associated with an increased risk of preterm birth.
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Avian Influenza Viruses Are Adapting to Mammals in New Ways

Highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza viruses are becoming increasingly flexible and are adapting to mammals in new ways that could have global consequences for humans, wildlife and livestock.
Red blood cells and antibodies flow through a blood vessel.
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Protein Complexes Work Together To Coordinate Attacks Against Immune System Invaders

Researchers have uncovered a molecular mechanism that helps the immune system coordinate its response to pathogens and regulate inflammation.
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