Category Archives: ABC Health News

In rare instances, South Africa variant may evade Pfizer vaccine, researchers say

In rare instances, South Africa variant may evade Pfizer vaccine, researchers say

iStock/Pornpak Khunatorn(NEW YORK) — The first real-world study pitting COVID-19 variants against the Pfizer vaccine showed that the variant first detected in South Africa may be able to evade some vaccine protection, new research conducted in Israel found. While “breakthrough” COVID-19 cases, meaning people who get infected or sick despite being vaccinated, are extremely rare,…Read more »

US vaccinations are increasing, but what happened to COVID-19 testing?

US vaccinations are increasing, but what happened to COVID-19 testing?

hocus-focus/iStock(NEW YORK) — As more Americans get vaccinated, the urgency to get a COVID-19 test is steadily declining despite the Biden administration promising there would be a “wartime undertaking” to increase access, with billions of dollars in investment from U.S. manufacturing companies to develop new COVID-19 tests. The U.S. has continued a downward trend, with…Read more »

Postpartum nurse and mom shares her top tips for new parents

Postpartum nurse and mom shares her top tips for new parents

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Bringing home a bundle of joy isn’t always a walk in the park, but one nurse and soon-to-be mom of four, Karrie Locher, is making it easy for moms about to welcome their newborns. Last Spring, Locher, who is a registered nurse, launched her Instagram to help families transition from hospital…Read more »

Lost taste and smell from COVID-19? A new cookbook aims to help

Lost taste and smell from COVID-19? A new cookbook aims to help

AsiaVision/iStock(NEW YORK) — One of the most common COVID-19 symptoms is the loss of taste and smell. For some people, those symptoms can last weeks. Now, a new cookbook aims to help people recover some of the joy of cooking and eating – even while senses are still inhibited. The cookbook, “Taste & Flavour,” was written by chefs Ryan…Read more »

What to know about expected but rare ‘breakthrough’ COVID cases

What to know about expected but rare ‘breakthrough’ COVID cases

RyanKing999/iStock(NEW YORK) — With one in four adults in the United States now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, health departments and scientific studies have documented what’s known as “breakthrough” cases, or people who got infected or sick despite being vaccinated. Such instances are exceptionally rare, but expected, experts say. “You will see breakthrough infections in any…Read more »

Baby heads home after nearly 700 days in hospital

Baby heads home after nearly 700 days in hospital

Francesca Garnetti(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — A Michigan baby is now home with her family after a hospital stay that lasted 694 days. Valentina Garnetti was diagnosed in utero with hypoplastic left heart syndrome — a condition that affects normal blood flow through the heart and causes the left side of the heart to not form…Read more »

A next-gen Army COVID vaccine you’ve never heard of has just begun human trials

A next-gen Army COVID vaccine you’ve never heard of has just begun human trials

Matt Seyler/ABC News(SILVER SPRING, Md.) — As more than 100 million Americans were needled and inoculated against COVID-19 with doses produced by pharmaceutical powerhouses like Pfizer and Moderna, a scrappy team of scientists in an Army lab just outside the nation’s capital quietly continued manipulating proteins, testing monkeys and working to conceive a vaccine of…Read more »

COVID-19 origins: What to know about the search for the start of the virus

COVID-19 origins: What to know about the search for the start of the virus

CasPhotography/iStock(NEW YORK) — More than a year after a “mysterious pneumonia” sickened workers at a seafood market in China, scientists are still gathering clues about where SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — emerged from. “It’s critical to understand where this virus came from, so that we can understand how to stop future outbreaks…Read more »