New US monkeypox vaccine strategy could be huge boost for supply, but much is unknown

New US monkeypox vaccine strategy could be huge boost for supply, but much is unknown

CNN — In an effort to stretch the limited supply of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine, federal health officials this week authorized giving smaller doses using a different method of injection. With more than 10,000 monkeypox cases in the United States and vaccine demand remaining high, Jynneos has been in short supply for weeks. The new … Read more

Major test of first possible Lyme vaccine in 20 years begins

Major test of first possible Lyme vaccine in 20 years begins

DUNCANSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Researchers are seeking thousands of volunteers in the US and Europe to test the first potential vaccine against Lyme disease in 20 years — in hopes of better fighting the tick-borne threat. Lyme is a growing problem, with cases rising and warming weather helping ticks expand their habitat. While a vaccine … Read more

The No. 1 vitamin to keep your brain ‘young and healthy’—and foods to eat every day

The No. 1 vitamin to keep your brain ‘young and healthy’—and foods to eat every day

As a nutritional psychiatrist, I always make it a point to maintain a well-balanced diet. Much of that has to do with making sure I get all the right vitamins, especially because it’s essential to preventing cognitive decline. And given that the risk of neurological diseases increases as we get olderone question I often get … Read more

Cold sores and shingles may be linked to Alzheimer’s, new research indicates

Cold sores and shingles may be linked to Alzheimer’s, new research indicates

Could cold sores plus shingles lead to Alzheimer’s? New research from Tufts and Oxford universities adds to the growing evidence that they might—and how. And the implications are both good and bad. Good, because it means vaccines could help prevent Alzheimer’s, for which there is very little medication and no known cure. Bad, because somewhere … Read more

Even simple exercise may help aging brain, study hints

Even simple exercise may help aging brain, study hints

New research hints that even a simple exercise routine just might help older Americans with mild memory problems. Doctors have long advised physical activity to help keep a healthy brain fit. But the government-funded study marks the longest test of whether exercise makes any difference once memory starts to slide — research performed amid a … Read more

Doctor reversed heart disease. Now he looks at Alzheimer’s

Doctor reversed heart disease.  Now he looks at Alzheimer’s

CNN — In 1990, internal medicine specialist Dr. Dean Ornish did what no other doctor had been able to do: He published results of a randomized clinical trial that used advanced imagery scans to show coronary artery disease could be reversed with nothing more than diet, exercise, stress reduction and social support. “I think our … Read more

If monkeypox spreads through sexual contact, is it an STD?

If monkeypox spreads through sexual contact, is it an STD?

NEW YORK (AP) — For most of the six decades that monkeypox has been known to affect people, it was not known as a disease that spreads through sex. Now that has changed. The current outbreak is by far the biggest involving the virus, and it’s been designated a global emergency. So far, officials say, … Read more

Study casts more doubt on use of high-dose vitamin D pills

Study casts more doubt on use of high-dose vitamin D pills

More research suggests it’s time to abandon the craze over vitamin D. Taking high doses of “the sunshine vitamin” doesn’t reduce the risk of broken bones in generally healthy older Americans, researchers reported Wednesday. It’s the latest in a string of disappointments about a nutrient once hoped to have wide-ranging protective effects. That same study … Read more

As more people report Covid rebounds after Paxlovid, experts insist cases are rare

As more people report Covid rebounds after Paxlovid, experts insist cases are rare

When Dr. Anthony Fauci got Covid in June, he took Paxlovid, an antiviral drug for people with mild to moderate symptoms whose ages or immune statuses put them at high risk for severe disease. The treatment consists of three pills taken twice daily for five days. Fauci finished the treatment and tested negative for Covid. … Read more