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Common dog parasite is mutating to resist the drugs that destroy it

Common dog parasite is mutating to resist the drugs that destroy it

One of the most common parasites that infest dogs -- hookworms -- is developing a resistance to all of the drugs approved by the FDA to treat the infection, according to a new study from the University of Georgia. This parasite infects a dog's intestines, leading to anemia, weight loss, and other issues that threaten the dog's health and life.

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Lab-made llama nanobodies may be a potent treatment for COVID-19

Lab-made llama nanobodies may be a potent treatment for COVID-19

Llamas may be the key to a simple and effective COVID-19 treatment, according to a new study from The Rosalind Franklin Institute. Key to this potential treatment is nanobodies, a unique type of small antibody produced by llamas. This isn't the first time researchers have looked at llama antibodies as a potential way to treat diseases in humans -- llamas similarly offer the potential for addressing influenza.

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Chocolate milk recalled in multiple states over failed pasteurization

Chocolate milk recalled in multiple states over failed pasteurization

Green Field Farms, a business in central Ohio, has announced a recall of around 1,200 containers of chocolate milk distributed in many states east of the Mississippi river over a pasteurization issue. According to the advisory, this milk may not have been pasteurized adequately, leaving the potential for a foodborne illness resulting from pathogens that may be present.

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Study finds severe COVID-19 infections can cause long-term delirium

Study finds severe COVID-19 infections can cause long-term delirium

Some COVID-19 patients who develop severe infections leading to hospitalization, including stays in the ICU, may experience long-term delirium, according to a new study from the University of Michigan's Michigan Medicine. The study involved around 150 people who were hospitalized with COVID-19 during the early days of the pandemic, the majority of whom ended up experiencing delirium.

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COVID-19 sets grim US pandemic record with more deaths than 1918 flu

COVID-19 sets grim US pandemic record with more deaths than 1918 flu

Despite having access to multiple readily available vaccines, the number of people contracting and dying from COVID-19 in the US has been climbing, putting the healthcare system under incredible strain. More than a year after the pandemic was officially declared, the number of US deaths caused by SARS-CoV-2 has exceeded the estimated death toll of the 1918 flu.

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Aldi salad dressing recalled over botulism risk: All the details

Aldi salad dressing recalled over botulism risk: All the details

Some poppy seed dressing sold at Aldi stores under the company's Simply Nature Organic brand has been recalled over a processing issue that may pave the way for botulism. The big issue is the potential for bacteria to grow in the bottles of poppy seed dressing, including, potentially, a type of bacteria that produces the toxin behind botulism.

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US prepares to lift COVID-19 international travel ban: The new rules

US prepares to lift COVID-19 international travel ban: The new rules

Travel into the United States is set to get considerably easier, with the White House confirming its bans on foreign visitors is set to be relaxed - though with no compromise on vaccination status. Currently, those wanting to visit the US must navigate a complicated tangle of rules and restrictions, which has left America a no-go zone for many.

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COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11 years old gets impressive study results

COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11 years old gets impressive study results

The first COVID-19 vaccine trial for children aged 5-11 has returned promisingly strong results, bringing parents one step closer to immunization against the coronavirus for the younger members of the family. The new data suggests Pfizer-BioNTech's mRNA vaccine, branded Comirnaty, "showed robust neutralizing antibody responses" to COVID-19.

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Study warns synthetic cannabis alternative ‘spice’ has worse withdrawals

Study warns synthetic cannabis alternative ‘spice’ has worse withdrawals

The synthetic drug known as spice ("K2") is designed to mimic the effects of cannabis; it was presented as a legal alternative to the largely illegal substance, but things have changed. Many studies have found that spice often has many different and more dangerous effects compared to marijuana, which is now legal in many states. The latest study finds that it is also harder to kick a spice habit.

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Kale recalled at Kroger and other stores over Listeria contamination

Kale recalled at Kroger and other stores over Listeria contamination

The company Baker Farms has announced a recall of some of its kale products, including ones sold under SEG Grocers and Kroger brands. The reason for the recall is contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, a foodborne pathogen with can cause particularly dangerous infections in kids, the elderly, pregnant women, and those who have compromised immune systems.

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Pfizer recalls all Chantix tablets across US over cancer concerns

Pfizer recalls all Chantix tablets across US over cancer concerns

Pfizer has announced an expansion of its Chantix recall that now covers all lots of the tablets. The reason is one we've heard before -- these tablets potentially have too high of an impurity called N-nitroso-varenicline that has been linked to the potential development of certain cancers when ingested over a long period of time.

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FDA panel votes no on general public COVID-19 booster dose: What that means

FDA panel votes no on general public COVID-19 booster dose: What that means

The FDA's vaccine advisory committee has voted against a generally available third Pfizer COVID-19 booster, though left alternative routes open for other high-risk individuals. The panel, comprised of independent public health and scientific experts, pushed back at suggestions that sufficient data of vaccine safety had been gathered.

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