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An Anti-Vaccine Film Targeted to Black Americans Spreads False Information

When a filmmaker asked medical historian Naomi Rogers to appear in a documentary, the Yale professor didn’t blink. She had done these “talking head” interviews many times before. She assumed her comments would end up in a straightforward documentary that addressed some of the most pressing concerns of the pandemic, such…

Q&A: What to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids and Teens

On May 10, Pfizer announced that its COVID-19 vaccine had been granted emergency-use authorization for kids ages 12 to 15. Trials are underway, and the vaccines are expected to be available for younger children by early 2022. Since the announcement, surveys have shown that some parents are worried about giving…

Our Readers Report Their Side Effects to the COVID-19 Vaccine

MedShadow was the first to launch its COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effect Tracker, even before any COVID-19 vaccines were authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Its goal is to report on the adverse effects in clinical trials, help our readers make informed decisions and know what to expect when…

Mysterious Ailment, Mysterious Relief: Vaccines Help Some Covid Long Haulers

An estimated 10% to 30% of people who get covid-19 suffer from lingering symptoms of the disease, or what’s known as “long covid.” Judy Dodd, who lives in New York City, is one of them. She spent nearly a year plagued by headaches, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue and problems with her sense of…

About Blood Clots and the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Earlier this week, the United States paused the use of Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine to investigate six cases of blood clots, one fatal, that occurred in women within two weeks of receiving the shot. MedShadow reported this in our vaccine side effect tracker article.  In a rush to…

Another Study Claims Hydroxychloroquine Can Fight COVID-19

A new study is claiming that a cocktail of the mineral zinc, the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, and the antibiotic azithromycin lead to fewer hospitalizations and deaths in patients with COVID-19.  Of 518 COVID-19 patients who were not hospitalized, 2.8% of those who were treated with the combination therapy were hospitalized…

Can Convalescent Plasma Treat COVID-19 Patients?

One of the most promising treatments for COVID-19 is convalescent plasma, a component of blood. People who have been infected with the virus and are now healthy have developed COVID-19-fighting antibodies, which, the theory is, can be given to people currently sick with COVID-19 so that those antibodies can boost…

Why Hydroxychloroquine Isn’t a Pandemic Panacea

As the numbers of those infected by COVID-19 continue to mount, there are growing calls to use untested treatments. Doctors are using existing drugs and “repurposing” them to treat coronavirus patients in the hope it will heal them