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Scientists inch closer to explaining the mysterious 'brain fog' symptom of COVID-19
Ovidiu Dugulan/iStock By NASIR MALIM, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- As larger numbers of people recover from COVID-19, researchers are learning more about "brain fog" in those affected by the virus.For months, doctors and researchers have been aware of a range of longer-term symptoms afflicting people after recovering from an active COVID-19 infection. One such symptom, generally referred to as "brain fog," can take the shape of confusion, difficulty thinking and concentrating, short-term memory loss, and in severe cases, has even been reported to cause delirium and psychosis.While scientists still don't know for sure what causes brain fog, they're zeroing...
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Johnson & Johnson vaccine rekindles religious dilemma over morality of using fetal tissue
MarsBars/iStock By SASHA PEZENIK, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- With Johnson & Johnson vaccines on their way across the country, a longstanding dilemma for religious conservatives is being revived: much of the research for coronavirus inoculations relies on the use of material derived from human fetal tissue -- something they have spent years fighting against.Many next-generation vaccines -- including those from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson -- use specialized cells originally derived from aborted fetal tissue. Though not ingredients in the shots themselves, they're used in testing or making vaccines.While Pfizer and Moderna used these cells during preliminary laboratory...
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Four former surgeons general join call for 'National Vaccine Day'
MarianVejcik/iStock By ZOE MAGEE, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Four former surgeons general are joining a campaign calling for a National Vaccine Day to "focus our nation's attention on the importance of vaccination."In a letter exclusively obtained by ABC News, the doctors call on President Joe Biden to consider enacting the one-time federal holiday, which they say could feature telethons, radio messages and social media posts about the COVID-19 vaccines as well as widely available "opportunities for vaccination.""Americans have endured incredible hardship over the last year. Many of us know someone who has died or fallen gravely ill from COVID-19,"...
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How falling levels of COVID-19 tests could threaten pandemic fight
hocus-focus/iStock By MATTHEW VANN, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- As the effort to vaccinate Americans intensifies, daily COVID-19 test numbers are falling nationwide, an alarming sign to public health experts who say the tests are still crucial to containing the virus.Testing has been a fraught and highly politicized issue from the beginning of the pandemic, with the first tests rolling out slowly, testing taking a while to ramp up and former President Donald Trump wrongly claiming that an increase in testing was behind the world-leading level of coronavirus cases in the U.S. There have also been issues with testing access...
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Philadelphia doctor takes her push for health equity to next level: vaccines
ABC News By JON SCHLOSBERG, ABC News (PHILADELPHIA) -- Once again, it is Dr. Ala Stanford to the rescue, this time confronting Philadelphia’s vaccine inequities head on.Last April, Stanford became frustrated with the city’s slow pace of COVID-19 testing, especially in Black and brown communities, and in a span of 48 hours put her private practice on hold, gathered some medical friends, rented a van and hit the streets to bring COVID-19 testing to neighborhoods badly in need.The Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium was born.Now, Stanford and her team have set their sights on vaccinations, giving hundreds of shots of hope...
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Baby born deaf reacts to hearing music for first time
ABC News By HALEY YAMADA and ERIC NOLL, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- After months of appointments, testing, fittings and surgery, one baby’s first time hearing music was caught on camera in a touching moment.Manning James Roldan of Clifton Forge, Virginia, was born deaf in both ears. On Dec. 30, 2020, the 11-month-old received Cochlear implants.Mother Noelle Brantley recorded the moment where Manning heard music, a cartoon theme song, for the first time. Immediately, Manning began dancing and laughing.“To most people, this is just something every baby does, but to me, this is incredible. Manning has never danced to music...
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'Please hear me clearly': CDC director urges states not to reopen too soon as cases plateau
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images BY: CHEYENNE HASLETT, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — The U.S. has hit a plateau in coronavirus cases and deaths that signal a "potential shift in the trajectory of the pandemic," the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned states on Monday not to loosen restrictions and get in front of the progress the country has made since it hit a monumental 300,000 cases a day in January, the worst point of the pandemic so far. Over the last week, the daily number of cases and deaths, on average, has risen by about 2% compared to...
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WHO panel advises against hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19
Liliboas/iStock BY: JULIA JACOBO, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — A World Health Organization panel is now advising against the use of hydroxychloroquine, the controversial drug promoted heavily by the Trump administration, to treat patients infected with COVID-19. The international health agency announced Monday that a panel of experts for its guideline development group now "strongly advises" against use of the anti-inflammatory drug, often used to treat and prevent malaria, to prevent the novel coronavirus. The drug is no longer a research priority, and instead, resources should focus on other "more promising" drugs to prevent COVID-19, according to the press release. "High...
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COVID survivors network launches site to help patients get antibody treatments
Maksim Tkachenko/iStock BY: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) — They survived the coronavirus and now they are paying it forward by giving current patients a fighting chance to share their story. The coalition, Survivor Corps, launched an online portal, gotcovid.org , Monday that directs people who recently tested positive for COVID-19 to hospitals, medical centers and other locations that offer monoclonal antibody treatment. Treatments developed by Regeneron and Eli Lilly, which have been authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration, have been shown to reduce hospitalizations and deaths among coronavirus patients if taken within the first...
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US begins rollout of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine
simon2579/iStock By IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Johnson & Johnson will ship the first batch of its coronavirus vaccine to states and pharmacies on Monday, just two days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave Emergency Use Authorization.The pharmaceutical company said it planned to roll out 3.9 million doses to state and local governments based on the size of the local adult population as well as federal distribution sites and select pharmacies. Unlike the vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer, which require two doses for full immunization, the J&J vaccines only need one dose, according to the...
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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine: Here's what to know
nevodka/iStock By DR. ADJOA SMALLS-MANTEY, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine for use in people 18 years of age and older Sunday -- the last regulatory step needed before a third COVID-19 vaccine could be made available to the public.In an emergency meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviewed the vaccine trial data and voted to recommend the vaccine. The vote was later formalized by CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky.In a press release, Walensky said the new vaccine would offer "more options...
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FDA authorizes J&J vaccine, giving US a 3rd option to fight COVID-19 virus. Here's what's next.
Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images By STEPHANIE EBBS and ANNE FLAHERTY, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized use of a third COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., declaring the Johnson & Johnson vaccine safe and effective in adults 18 and older."The authorization of this vaccine expands the availability of vaccines, the best medical prevention method for COVID-19, to help us in the fight against this pandemic, which has claimed over half a million lives in the United States," Janet Woodcock, acting FDA commissioner, said in a statement.The green light by federal regulators...
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