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The COVID-19 Pandemic – News and Features

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Babies’ Brains Impacted by Mother’s Stress During COVID-19 Pandemic

The research from Children’s National Hospital provides mounting evidence that children of the pandemic, even those far too young to understand it, need ongoing assessments of developmental or mental health support later in life.
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Your Sleep Tracker Could Reveal Health Secrets

Researchers identified five sleep types; the way people move between these types yields insights about both chronic and acute conditions.
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Cancer Patients Develop Fewer Protective Antibodies to COVID-19

Cancer patients develop fewer protective antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 than the general population, especially after a single vaccine dose, reports a new study.
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Autoantibodies Contribute to Severe COVID-19 by Impairing Immune Responses

Autoantibodies that target type 1 interferons and impair immune responses could contribute to severe COVID-19, suggests new research.
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Why Don’t Some People Get COVID-19?

Using single-cell sequencing technology, researchers provide the most comprehensive timeline to date of how the body responds to SARS-CoV-2 exposure.
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Sepsis Genes Guide Personalized Treatment

New research uncovers how different people respond to sepsis based on their genetic makeup, which could help identify who would benefit from certain treatments and lead to the development of targeted therapies.
A pregnant woman in labour.

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.
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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.