Novavax announces its COVID-19 vaccine is over 90% effective against symptomatic disease

Novavax announces its COVID-19 vaccine is over 90% effective against symptomatic disease

(LONDON) -- American biotechnology company Novavax announced Monday that its experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective against symptomatic disease in late-stage clinical trials. Results from the Phase 3 trial, which enrolled nearly 30,000 participants across 119 sites in the United States and Mexico, show Novavax's recombinant protein-based vaccine,…
What to know about the Delta COVID-19 variant first detected in India

What to know about the Delta COVID-19 variant first detected in India

(NEW YORK) -- The Delta variant, which was first detected in India and which now makes up 6% of sequenced COVID-19 cases in the United States, has prompted recent calls from President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci for more Americans to get vaccinated. While prevalence of the variant, also…
Sharp uptick seen in suspected suicide attempts among teenage girls: CDC

Sharp uptick seen in suspected suicide attempts among teenage girls: CDC

(WASHINGTON) -- After an initial drop in suicide-related emergency department visits at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting that suspected teenage suicide attempts rose in 2021, with the increase driven by a dramatic uptick among teenage girls. The CDC said in…
Cutting-edge test detects early tumor recurrence in some cancers

Cutting-edge test detects early tumor recurrence in some cancers

(NEW YORK) -- A new blood test seeks to change the game in cancer management. Signatera, a "tumor-informed" blood test developed by Natera, can detect circulating tumor DNA in the bloodstream for certain types of cancers. "What makes the tumor DNA different is that it has certain mutations that actually…
The COVID-19 virus can cause diabetes, new studies find

The COVID-19 virus can cause diabetes, new studies find

(NEW YORK) -- There is troubling news for those infected with the COVID-19 virus. New studies have found that the virus may cause diabetes in addition to pneumonia and other health problems. Most people will recover from COVID without longer-term problems, but doctors have noticed that some patients go on…
Cicada cookbook draws attention to food insecurity

Cicada cookbook draws attention to food insecurity

(NEW YORK) -- Just within the past week, Brood X cicadas have delayed a White House press flight, been blamed for a car crash in Ohio and shown up on weather radar over Maryland. And the noisy insects’ next trip could be to a dinner table near you. Prior to…
We know vaccines work against COVID variants. Now scientists are understanding why.

We know vaccines work against COVID variants. Now scientists are understanding why.

(NEW YORK) -- Since the emergence of new COVID-19 variants, experts have worried that the virus may have developed mutations allowing it to outmaneuver existing vaccines. Early laboratory studies proved worrisome, showing vaccines seemed to produce far fewer virus-fighting antibodies against some of the newer variants. But real-world experience didn't…