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11Oct
2023

Nasal Spray COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial

Nasal Spray COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Early TrialWEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- New research points to the potential of a COVID-19 vaccine delivered through the nose.The phase 1 clinical trial showed that the product, administered nasally in two doses, delivered a significant immune response to multiple COVID variants.Called CoviLiv, the vaccine was tested as a primary vaccination series on healthy adults before development of the mRNA vaccines that are now approved to treat COVID. Instead, CoviLiv is a live-attenuated vaccine, meaning it is made from weakened virus. Genetic material of the virus was recoded to convert it from a disease-causing pathogen into a stable and safe vaccine, according to its developer, Codagenix Inc.Participants who received the vaccine during the trial had robust immune responses, according...

Want Your Child to Have Empathy? Stay Close

9 October 2023
Want Your Child to Have Empathy? Stay CloseMONDAY, Oct. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Young children who are close to their parents are more likely to grow up to be kind, caring and considerate. These kids may also have fewer mental health problems during early childhood and adolescence, a new study finds.By contrast, children whose early relationships with their parents are emotionally strained or abusive are less likely to become thoughtful and generous.“Taking time to build warm, close, comforting and understanding relationships between parents and children in early childhood tends to predict children’s resilience against mental health difficulties, and increases their levels of prosociality throughout childhood and adolescence,” said study co-author Ioannis Katsantonis, a researcher at the University of Cambridge in the...

California Governor Rejects Bill to Provide Free Condoms...

9 October 2023
California Governor Rejects Bill to Provide Free Condoms to High SchoolersMONDAY, Oct. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A California bill would have made free condoms available for high schoolers, but it was vetoed Sunday by Gov. Gavin Newsom because of cost. California has a budget deficit of $30 billion, Newsom noted in his veto of Senate Bill 541. This bill, plus several other measures lawmakers passed, would have increased state budget costs by $19 billion.“This bill would create an unfunded mandate to public schools that should be considered in the annual budget process,” the Democratic governor wrote. If the bill had been allowed to go through, it would have required public schools with grades 9 through 12 to make condoms available and free for all students. Those with grades 7 through 12 would have been required to allow condoms to be available as part...

What Is Croup? Its Symptoms and Treatment

9 October 2023
What Is Croup? Its Symptoms and TreatmentCroup can be a scary thing for new parents to watch their babies struggle with, so here is a primer on what it is and how to best treat it.Croup is a common respiratory illness, characterized by a narrowing of the main airway (the trachea), just below the vocal cords. It can be caused by many different viruses, including influenza, COVID-19 and RSV. However, the most common virus to cause croup is parainfluenza. Because it is caused by viruses, croup is usually accompanied by symptoms such as fever, congestion or runny nose. Croup is caused by inflammation and swelling in the upper airway. As a result of this narrowing, patients can have symptoms such as stridor (a high-pitched noise when breathing in), a barky cough or a hoarse voice.Croup is most common in children aged 6 months to 3...

Nearly 4 in 10 Toddlers Diagnosed With Autism No Longer Have It by Age 6

9 October 2023
Nearly 4 in 10 Toddlers Diagnosed With Autism No Longer Have It by Age 6MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Not all children diagnosed with autism as toddlers continue to have that diagnosis once they reach elementary school, a new study shows.While some past research has suggested this could be true, the new research backs that up, finding that a large percentage — about 37% — of these toddlers no longer met the criteria for the condition by the age of 6.“I think what this shows is the importance of continuing to get developmental follow-up for all children with a young diagnosis of ASD [autism spectrum disorder],” said lead study author Dr. Elizabeth Harstad, a developmental pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital. “I don't want these findings to imply that losing the diagnosis is the best outcome. Children can have a range of...
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