Children’s immune systems do not develop ‘adaptive’ memory to protect against second time SARS-CoV-2 infection

Children have largely avoided severe COVID-19 symptoms because they have a strong initial ‘innate’ immune reaction that quickly defeats the virus. And now, researchers led by scientists at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research have uncovered what this might mean for the immune system. Unlike those of adults, children’s immune systems don’t remember the virus … Read more

Large Study Finds Link Between Viral Infections and Future Brain Illness

An illustration of varicella zoster virus, the cause of chickenpox and shingles.illustration: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Common viral infections may be having far-reaching effects on our brain health, new research suggests. The study found a link between dozens of different viral exposures and a later increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders. More research will … Read more

‘No-needle COVID vaccine may protect better, researchers say

A new inhaled COVID-19 vaccine created in Canada may protect better than shots, researchers say. Georgia Kirkos McMaster University Could a “no-needle” COVID-19 vaccine protect against the virus better than traditional shots? A new inhaled COVID-19 vaccine created in Canada is “far more effective” at kickstarting the body’s “protective” immune response than shots, according to … Read more

Can a Virus Age You?

The following is an excerpt from Jellyfish Age Backwards: Nature’s Secrets to Longevity by Nicklas Brendborg. Available for sale January 17, 2023 at Amazon.com, Barnes & Nobleand Bookshop.org. When the United States began vaccinating against the measles virus in the 1960s, children fortunately stopped getting measles. But that wasn’t the only thing; suddenly, American children … Read more

When do long COVID symptoms go away? What study found

In this file photo, long COVID patient Gary Miller sits on his sofa at home with his dog Rupert in London, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. For taxi driver Miller, recovery is agonizingly slow. Kirsty Wigglesworth AP We’ve already learned long COVID can last a long time for people after their coronavirus infection, with symptoms persisting … Read more

There are 4 ‘major’ types of long COVID symptoms, study says

There are four types of long COVID symptoms, a study found. John Leicester AP While long COVID can manifest in the body in a myriad of ways — proving a challenge for doctors to officially diagnose the condition — new research has categorized four “major” types of symptoms. Among the four major types of symptoms … Read more

Free spike proteins in the blood appear to play a role in myocarditis post-COVID mRNA vaccine

Following the large-scale rollout of the messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccines developed to prevent infection with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and symptomatic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), several cases of myocarditis were reported, mostly among healthy young people. A recent study published in the journal circulation examines the immunological picture in this … Read more

Wastewater testing to start at Vancouver, Toronto airports for flights arriving from China

Individual flights arriving from China at Vancouver International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport will have their sewage pumped and tested for COVID-19.DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press Flights landing at Vancouver’s and Toronto’s international airports from China and Hong Kong will have their wastewater removed and tested for COVID-19 starting later this month, a move Ottawa … Read more

Number of Canadians in hospital with COVID has more than tripled since last year

Canada’s hospitals are being spared the surges of critically ill COVID patients that defined the first two years of the pandemic, but they are now dealing with a higher baseline number of patients.Chris Young/The Canadian Press The number of people with COVID-19 in Canadian hospitals has more than tripled compared with this time last year, … Read more

London, Ont. research team looking to uncover new COVID-19 treatment through blood proteins – London

Researchers at Lawson Health Science Institute in London, Ont., are combining new technologies to examine blood proteins in COVID-19 patients in an attempt to discover a different form of treatment. According to the study, published in the Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, a team at Lawson has discovered “unique patterns of blood plasma proteins … Read more