After ‘tripledemia’ fears, RSV in recession as flu and COVID rebound

After ‘tripledemia’ fears, RSV in recession as flu and COVID rebound

THE ANGELS — Despite fears of a possible “tripledemia,” at least one of the three viruses circulating in the United States appears to be on a downward trend. Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, cases appear to have peaked in mid-November and are now declining, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. … Read more

Mount Sinai researchers find a new, safer treatment for serious side effects of bone marrow transplantation

Mount Sinai researchers find a new, safer treatment for serious side effects of bone marrow transplantation

Newswise—New York, NY (December 14, 2022)— Researchers at the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai have identified a treatment that is effective and safer than standard of care for a serious, and sometimes fatal, side effect of bone marrow transplantation in cancer patients. Results from a phase 2 clinical trial were presented at the American … Read more

GOSH Delivers First Baseline Edited Cell Therapy for Relapsed T-Cell Leukemia Patient

GOSH Delivers First Baseline Edited Cell Therapy for Relapsed T-Cell Leukemia Patient

A patient with relapsed T-cell leukemia was administered base-edited T cells in a world-first use of a base-edited cell therapy, in a ‘bench-to-bed’ collaboration between UCL and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (OMG). The patient, Alyssa, 13, from Leicester, was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) in 2021. She received all current conventional … Read more

Many genetic disorders respond well to specialized gene therapy

Many genetic disorders respond well to specialized gene therapy

When the normal sequence of DNA in an individual changes or mutates, it can cause disease. The mutation may involve multiple genes and may be caused by environmental factors, or there may be chromosomal defects that are harmful at birth, in infancy, or in the environment at a later stage. There are 7,000 known genetic … Read more

Six confirmed child deaths in BC in ‘very early and intense flu season’

Six confirmed child deaths in BC in ‘very early and intense flu season’

BC provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the early flu season has brought an unusually high rate of serious illness and death among children, and public health authorities are still trying to determine if the dominant flu strain itself is especially virulent or if infections are spreading more rapidly through the population.CHAD HIPOLITO/The Canadian … Read more

Children’s hospitals across the country are overwhelmed by the “explosion” of flu season

Children’s hospitals across the country are overwhelmed by the “explosion” of flu season

Far more children are being admitted to hospitals with influenza than at any time in at least a decade, according to surveillance data showing how an early and aggressive start to the influenza season is straining Canadian children’s hospitals that were already near a critical point. In the last full week of November, there were … Read more

More than half of American adults weren’t worried about flu season, survey shows

More than half of American adults weren’t worried about flu season, survey shows

As flu-related hospitalizations soar to record levels early in the season, the American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives for all, is concerned that this health threat will take many people off guard and urges them to get vaccinated quickly against the virus. According to a survey conducted by The Harris Poll … Read more

All about early puberty in both boys and girls

All about early puberty in both boys and girls

If you’ve noticed the first signs of puberty in your son or daughter, you’re not alone. Parents in South Africa and around the world are increasingly concerned that their children will enter puberty too early. Puberty generally begins in girls between the ages of 8 and 13, and in boys between the ages of 9 … Read more

Shortages of antivirals and antibiotics add to the stress of a difficult season for viral illnesses in children

Shortages of antivirals and antibiotics add to the stress of a difficult season for viral illnesses in children

CNN — Shortages of key medicines used to treat common childhood illnesses like the flu., ear infections and sore throats add to the misery of this year’s severe early season of respiratory viruses. “Right now, we are having a severe drug shortage. There is no Tamiflu for children. There is hardly any Tamiflu for adults. … Read more

Their premature baby was already a fighter. Then, at 3 weeks old, she contracted the virus that is filling hospitals in the US | Health & Wellness

Their premature baby was already a fighter.  Then, at 3 weeks old, she contracted the virus that is filling hospitals in the US |  Health & Wellness

When Abhishesh Pokharel brought his 3-week-old daughter to the emergency department, her fingers and toes were turning blue. Other parts of its tiny body were yellow. Something was very wrong. The triage nurse at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center knew this, too. She took a look at baby Ayra and gave an order to her … Read more