Health and Parenting
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Testing the COVID-19 vaccines in kids: Is it safe?

The drug company Pfizer recently announced they had opened their clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine to teens as young as 16. And as vaccine trials move into phase 3 testing, it’s likely that other drug companies will follow suit. This news may leave parents wondering about the safety of vaccine trials on teens and ... Read More
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Precision chemo-immunotherapy for pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer is highly lethal and in great need of better treatments. Only about 10 percent of patients remain alive five years after diagnosis. In a new study, researchers in the lab of Marsha Moses, PhD, at Boston Children’s Hospital offer a glimmer of hope. Key takeaway An antibody-drug combination effectively targeted, penetrated, and shrank ... Read More
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Why do some children exposed to the coronavirus go on to develop MIS-C?

Most children exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have few or no symptoms. But a small number become sick enough to go to the hospital. And a tiny handful develop a severe inflammatory illness called multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), often weeks after initial exposure to the virus. Why? A team at Boston Children’s Hospital is using ... Read More
Clinical Care
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Remdesivir: What to know about the first drug approved to treat COVID-19

In late October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially approved the antiviral drug remdesivir (Veklury) for COVID-19. The approval has been controversial, with many scientists questioning the strength of the evidence and proposing that the drug undergo further clinical trials before receiving full FDA approval . What does this mean for children who ... Read More
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Study: Even strict gluten-free diets may not completely prevent gluten exposure

Even a strict gluten-free (GF) diet may not help people with celiac disease completely avoid gluten. That’s the finding of a recent study by Jocelyn Silvester, MD, PhD, and her colleagues at the University of Manitoba, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the University of Seville. They sought to determine whether GF diets still contain ... Read More