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#RSV #vaccine #EggAllergy #LungCancer

#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> A novel vaccine approach to protect newborns

>> Snipping away egg allergies

>> Breath analysis for lung cancer

The Med & Mic™ 05.18.23

MED NEWS blog post from Dr. Maria ON Speaking, LLC

FDA Panel to Consider RSV Vaccine for Infants

The FDA’s vaccine advisory committee will discuss a vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) intended to protect infants from birth to six months. It is given to expectant mothers and would be the first shot delivered this way to protect babies. These young infants are at greatest risk for the viral illness. In late-stage trials, the experimental immunization was 82% effective in preventing severe infection in infants. Every year, 58,000 to 80,000 children under 5 years old are hospitalized because of RSV. (Source: Reuters, R. Mahobe and M. Sunny, 5.18.23)

Genetically Modified Eggs Could Eliminate Allergies

Researchers have been able to genetically alter eggs to make them safe for people allergic to the food. They have developed an egg that doesn’t contain ovomucoid by knocking out a piece of the hen’s RNA that codes for the troublesome protein. Researchers caution that further testing is needed to confirm that this is an effective technique for reducing symptoms in people with egg allergy. (Source: New Atlas, P. McClure, 5.17.23)

Breath Test for Lung Cancer

Researchers are able to predict patients with lung cancer by analyzing components in exhaled breath paired with risk factors. In a study of people with and without lung cancer, the researchers measured volatile organic compounds in five minutes of exhaled breath. When combined with information about sex, age, and how many cigarettes have been smoked, they were able to differentiate those with lung cancer from those without. The researchers are hopeful that this type of testing could eventually be integrated into screening or diagnosis. (Source: Healio, I. Hornick, 5.18.23)

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