MedWatch Daily Digest: Drug for cancer of the esophagus, children’s mental health in the pandemic, more

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For Monday, April 12, WGN’s Medical Reporter Dina Bair has the latest on new information including:

  • A drug that unleashes the immune system is being called a game changer in the fight against cancer of the esophagus. A clinical trial of nearly 800 patients in 29 countries found that Opdivo helps the body fight cancer cells that evade radiation and chemo.
  • Passing Covid immunity from mother to child. When pregnant women are vaccinated, they transfer antibodies to the baby.
  • Even though young children rarely get seriously ill with Covid — the pandemic is taking a terrible toll. Lurie Children’s physicians say more than 70,000 toddlers and children in Chicago are showing symptoms of hampered mental and behavioral health.
  • A new view of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 may help fuel production of the next generation of vaccines. German scientists looked even closer, capturing this image of the protein tethered to a viral membrane with a slender stalk.

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