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Guiding gender-atypical kids through puberty

My 11-year-old daughter and I cracked open a book I’d bought for her on puberty and changing female bodies. On the very first page it informed her that, once her body developed, men would start looking at her differently. We crinkled our noses in some combination of discomfort and skepticism. No matter how her body…

New Covid-19 cases declined 11% after hitting a peak last week

New Covid-19 cases in the United States have been trending down since hitting a peak last week, but experts say it’s too soon to be overly optimistic. The US recorded 1.5 million new Covid-19 cases in the past seven days, according to the most recent data from Johns Hopkins University — an 11% drop from…

California pauses Covid-19 shots from one lot of vaccine containing more than 330,000 doses

Health officials in California are telling medical providers across the state not to administer doses from one lot of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine while they investigate possible severe allergic reactions last week in a number of people who got shots at a community vaccination clinic. More than 330,000 doses from the lot were distributed to 287…

Even a small portion of fried foods can increase risk of heart disease, study says

Eating fried foods may increase your risk for major heart disease and stroke, according to a new analysis of existing research. Compared to those who ate the least, people who ate the most fried food per week had a 28% higher risk of major cardiovascular events, a 22% greater risk of coronary heart disease and…

Norway reviewing deaths of frail and elderly patients vaccinated against Covid-19

Doctors in Norway are investigating the deaths of 23 elderly patients who had received the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, looking into the possibility that adverse reactions to the shot “may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients.” The vaccine’s side-effects are rare and usually mild. But they could include fever and nausea, which…

Don’t delay key medical appointments in the pandemic — advice from Dr. Wen

As many people postpone necessary medical care due to the pandemic, medical professionals are worried that their patients will get sick or even die from other causes. Some 25% of Americans said that they or someone in their household had delayed medical care in the past month due to coronavirus, according to a December Kaiser…

US approaches 400,000 coronavirus deaths

As the US approaches 400,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, new cases have been trending down but multiple states are reporting cases of new variants of the virus. The US recorded 1.5 million new Covid-19 cases in the past seven days, according to the most recent data from Johns Hopkins University, an 11% drop from…

Incoming CDC director: Expect 500,000 Covid-19 deaths by mid-February

In less than a year, Covid-19 has killed almost 400,000 Americans. And in just the next month, another 100,000 lives could be lost to the disease, the incoming director of the US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention said. “By the middle of February, we expect half a million deaths in this country,” Dr. Rochelle…

How to modify popular yoga poses if you’re super inflexible

Contrary to popular belief, yoga isn’t just for the super flexible. However, trying to complete moves that are out of your comfort zone can be frustrating. There are plenty of people who suffer from this same feeling of discouragement, so you’re not alone. That’s why it’s important to explore the alternatives to difficult poses and…

LA County records more than 1 million coronavirus cases

Los Angeles has become the first US county to report more than 1 million coronavirus cases, according to state officials. Some 14,669 new cases were added Saturday taking the county’s total to 1,003,923 cases and 13,741 confirmed virus-related deaths — 253 reported on Saturday, Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Health said in a news…

How people of color can cope with Capitol riot hypocrisy

Justice Horn was in broad daylight, but he could not see as he rose from the ground and blindly stumbled through darkness and pain. The pain was the fire the community activist felt in his face and eyes in June 2020, as he had just been pepper-sprayed by a Kansas City police officer while peacefully…

States look for more Covid-19 vaccine doses as the nation’s death toll nears 400,000

States are racing to get Covid-19 vaccine supplies and distribution in order as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned Friday of more contagious variants of coronavirus potentially exacerbating the spread. CDC officials implored Americans to continue with preventative measures against the coronavirus, while highlighting the variant first identified in Britain known…

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