Omicron infection may boost immunity in vaccinated people

Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) Recent preliminary research may offer some comfort to the many vaccinated Americans who discovered Omicron last winter. A pair of studies suggest that vaccinated people who caught the variant developed a strong and diverse immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in general, more than vaccinated and boosted people or people … Read more

Even When IVF Is Covered By Insurance, High Bills And Hassles Abound | Way of life

After years of unsuccessfully trying for a baby, Brenna Kaminski and her husband, Joshua Pritt, decided to try in vitro fertilization. Only 15 states require insurance to cover fertility treatments, and Florida, where Kaminski and Pritt live, is not one of them. Yet the couple’s insurance, from Pritt’s job at an energy company, did — … Read more

Can adults get ear infections?

Photo: Andrey_Popov (Shutterstock) Some medical incidents are inextricably linked to the childhood experience: Children vomit a lot for some reason they scrape their knees, they have their tonsils removed and get ear infections. Of course, these things can also happen to adults, but it’s much less common. Yet, because some illnesses are so closely associated … Read more

How to Navigate Air Travel When Breastfeeding

Photo: yaoinlove (Shutterstock) Flying with a baby is never a low stress process, but the recent sentencing of Netflix star Emily Calandrell Transportation Security Administration officers handled the pumping the essentials out of your carry-on this week has drawn attention to the issues breastfeeding mums face when traveling. In a Twitter thread, Calandrelli, who was … Read more

How to know if your symptoms are severe enough to see an allergist

Photo: Budimir Jevtic (Shutterstock) So you’re sneezing and rubbing your eyes this allergy season. Who is not ? Allergies are common enough that many of us can manage their symptoms with over-the-counter medications and avoidance strategies like spending less time outdoors on days with high pollen counts. But when are allergies serious enough that you … Read more

How to know if your symptoms are severe enough to see an allergist

Photo: Budimir Jevtic (Shutterstock) So you’re sneezing and rubbing your eyes this allergy season. Who is not ? Allergies are common enough that many of us can manage their symptoms with over-the-counter medications and avoidance strategies like spending less time outdoors on days with high pollen counts. But when are allergies serious enough that you … Read more

‘Perfect storm’ could make measles a nightmare in 2022, warn WHO and UNICEF

A child with measles is treated in a hospital on May 4, 2019 in Manila, Philippines. Photo: Ezra Acayan (Getty Images) That time disease almost vanquished, measles is make a disturbing comeback. This week, the World Health Organization and UNICEF reported that global cases of the viral disease have so far jumped nearly 80% in … Read more

‘Perfect storm’ could make measles a nightmare in 2022, warn WHO and UNICEF

A child with measles is treated in a hospital on May 4, 2019 in Manila, Philippines. Photo: Ezra Acayan (Getty Images) That time disease almost vanquished, measles is make a disturbing comeback. This week, the World Health Organization and UNICEF reported that global cases of the viral disease have so far jumped nearly 80% in … Read more

We’re likely to face more pandemics as the Earth warms

A civet cat in a cage.Photo: Sakchai Lalit (PA) As climate change continuously alters our environment, the world is increasingly opening up to new viruses, with potentially deadly consequences for us humans. A study published Thursday in Nature reveals that as climate change forces animals to shift their habitats, they will increasingly come into contact … Read more

We’re likely to face more pandemics as the Earth warms

A civet cat in a cage.Photo: Sakchai Lalit (PA) As climate change continuously alters our environment, the world is increasingly opening up to new viruses, with potentially deadly consequences for us humans. A study published Thursday in Nature reveals that as climate change forces animals to shift their habitats, they will increasingly come into contact … Read more