Health

Janssen Investigational COVID-19 Vaccine: Interim Analysis of Phase 3 Clinical Data Released

An investigational COVID-19 vaccine developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals appears to be safe and effective at preventing moderate and severe COVID-19 in adults, according to an interim analysis of Phase 3 clinical data conducted Jan. 21. The vaccine,...

Researchers use patients’ cells to test gene therapy for rare eye disease

Scientists at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have developed a promising gene therapy strategy for a rare disease that causes severe vision loss in childhood. A form of Leber congenital amaurosis, the disease is caused by autosomal-dominant mutations...

In Wuhan, WHO Team Begins Probe Into Coronavirus Origin

World Health Organization investigators exited a two-week quarantine Thursday in Wuhan, China, to begin their work in search of the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Barbados PM Brings Back Lockdown to Bring Rise of COVID-19 Infections Under Control  

The Caribbean island nation of Barbados will return to a two-week lockdown next Wednesday, which includes wearing a face mask in all public places, as part of an initiative to curtail a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Peru President Announces Two-Week Lockdown to Curb a Rise in COVID-19 Infections

Peru begins a 15-day lockdown Sunday in nine regions and the capital, Lima, to curb a second surge in COVID-19 cases.

WHO issues new 10-year plan to end suffering from neglected tropical diseases

A new World Health Organization (WHO) road map for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) proposes ambitious targets and innovative approaches to tackle 20 diseases which affect more than a billion mainly poor people and which thrive in areas where access...

WHO announces updated definitions of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis

The definition of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) has been revised by the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Global TB Programme, who have also defined pre-XDR-TB for the first time, highlighting the seriousness of these forms of TB....

CDC estimates 1 in 5 people in the U.S. have a sexually transmitted infection

New data published by the CDC estimate that on any given day in 2018, 1 in 5 people in the U.S. had a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The analyses show the burden of diagnosed and undiagnosed STIs in the U.S. and the estimated medical costs...

NIH study compares low-fat, plant-based diet to low-carb, animal-based diet

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Examples of dinners given to study participants: low-carb, animal-based diet (left) and low-fat, plant-based...

NIH launches database to track neurological symptoms associated with COVID-19

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The COVID-19 Neuro Databank/Biobank (NeuroCOVID) will be a resource of clinical information as well as...