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Mystery of exotic infectious disease traced to aromatherapy room spray

It was a mystery by any definition of the word — a rare tropical infection that had sickened people in the decidedly non-tropical states of Minnesota and Kansas, as well as Texas. The first patient to get sick, in Kansas in March, died. They all were infected with a bacteria known as Burkholderia pseudomallei, and…

You might already be following the Mediterranean diet with these easy food swaps

The Mediterranean diet has been an expert-recommended way of eating since it was first introduced in the 1990s, but it still holds its own with newer, trendier eating plans. And if you’re moving into plant-based eating and flexitarian eating, you might be following the Mediterranean diet already without realizing it. “It’s lauded as one of…

Lemon Baked Cod With Pistachio Crust

This 30-minute recipe is light and satisfying, offering a nice crunch from the pistachios. This flavor profile would also work great on other seafoods available, like salmon, trout and tilapia. My husband’s must-have accompaniment with most seafood dishes is tartar sauce. And his is the best! If you have a bit more time to spare,…

Greek 7-Layer Hummus Dip

This savory dip is a crowd-pleaser. I served this to my gaggle of girlfriends for a pre-dinner wine and snack meet-up during an active tennis vacation, and it was so easy to throw together while feeling oh-so Mediterranean, fresh, healthy and light. 1 pan + 9 women = gone. Serve with your favorite dipping vessels,…

Brain fog in Covid-19 patients can persist for months, even in those who were not hospitalized, study finds

Cognitive impairment — described as brain fog — can persist for months in Covid-19 patients, even for some who were not hospitalized, according to a new study. The research, published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open, found that nearly a quarter of Covid-19 patients in a Mount Sinai Health System registry experienced some issues…

These stay-at-home fathers tell you why paternity leave is important

The debate over US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg taking two months off to care for his twin newborns has reached the point of absurdity. Fox News personality Tucker Carlson suggested that Buttigieg was “Trying to figure out how to breastfeed.” Conservative political commentator Matt Walsh proclaimed on Twitter that there isn’t much for a father…

Pfizer says its vaccine is 90.7% effective against symptomatic Covid-19 in children ages 5 to 11

In a new document posted ahead of a key meeting of the US Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisers, Pfizer says its vaccine is safe and 90.7% effective against symptomatic Covid-19 in children ages 5 to 11. In the trial, which included around 2,000 children, there were three Covid-19 cases among the group that received…

CDC endorses booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, says mix and match is fine

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky endorsed recommendations for booster doses for Moderna’s and Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccines Thursday, allowing millions more Americans to begin getting booster shots. Walensky also endorsed the mix-and-match approach to boosters, saying eligible people could choose whichever vaccine they wished as a booster. The…

Booster dose of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine shows 95.6% efficacy in Phase 3 trial, companies say

A booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine was found to have a high efficacy — 95.6% — against Covid-19 in a Phase 3 trial, the companies announced on Thursday. They noted that “efficacy was consistent irrespective of age, sex, race, ethnicity or comorbid conditions.” The trial included more than 10,000 fully vaccinated people, age…

5 expert tips to stress less this fall

As we head into what was supposed to be the fall recovery, the world is still reeling from Covid-related anxiety. It shows up in tepid job recovery and stock market tremors as well as in disagreements over masks and vaccine requirements in our schools and communities. It’s not just Covid–19 that’s stressing us out. Violent…

More people are getting boosters than new Covid-19 vaccinations. And others could soon become eligible for an additional shot

People looking to boost their Covid-19 vaccinations have surpassed the number of people looking to begin them and the additional doses may soon be made available to a greater proportion of the US. According to the latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 1.3 times as many boosters…

Report warns of climate change’s ‘code red’ impact on health

A new report published Wednesday warns of the severe impact of climate change on human health, and says the prognosis is only getting worse. Droughts will hurt food production, rising temperatures will encourage the spread of dangerous pathogens such as malaria and cholera and current climate trends indicate a “code red” for future health, the…

FDA authorizes booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, says mix and match OK

The US Food and Drug Administration authorized booster doses of both Covid-19 vaccines made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Wednesday and also said any of the three authorized vaccines could be used as a booster in a “mix and match” approach. The FDA gave emergency use authorization for a half dose of Moderna’s vaccine…

Keep your brain sharp by finding your sleep ‘sweet spot,’ study says

You know the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, right? Papa Bear’s bed was too hard and Mama Bear’s bed too soft, but Baby Bear found Goldilock’s bed to be “just right.” That fable could apply to sleep duration in people as they age as well. Just like Baby Bear, older people who sleep…

Booster shots could soon be recommended for people as young as 40, source says

Booster protection in the US could soon expand to a much broader population, as a source says the US government likely will soon recommend them to people as young as 40 who received either Moderna or Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine. “I believe it will happen,” the source familiar with the plan told CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen, adding…

Instead of quarantine for Covid-exposed students, some schools are trying test-to-stay

Cars line up before sunrise. Tiny heads stick out of the back seat windows, tightly close their eyes and tilt back as the insides of their noses are swabbed for hints of coronavirus infection. For children who were exposed to someone with Covid-19 in one of Marietta City Schools’ classrooms, early morning testing in a…

Pfizer vaccine is 93% effective in preventing Covid-19 hospitalization among adolescents, CDC study finds

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is 93% effective in preventing hospitalization due to Covid-19 among children ages 12 to 18, according to a study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccine effectiveness differed only slightly within that age group, with 91% effectiveness for children age 12 to 15 and 94% effectiveness for those age…

How to become more patient with everyday annoyances

When the elevator’s running slow, you clench your teeth and curse under your breath. If you still haven’t received your latte or a restaurant table, you snap at the barista or hostess and demand to know why it’s taking so long. Everyone has those moments where they run short on the ability to stay calm…

Using e-cigarettes to prevent smoking relapse doesn’t work well, study finds

Using e-cigarettes and other tobacco products to keep from relapsing to cigarettes doesn’t appear to be effective, according to a new longitudinal study of nearly 13,000 smokers in the United States. “This is the first study to report on whether cigarette smokers can switch to e-cigarettes without relapsing to cigarette smoking,” said study author John…

FDA planning to allow mix-and-match Covid-19 vaccine boosters

The US Food and Drug Administration is planning on allowing Americans to receive a different coronavirus vaccine for their booster shots than their original dose, according to two sources familiar with the current thinking inside the agency. While the details on exactly what language the FDA will use remains unclear, it’s expected to make a…

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19. So far, 1 in 7 have gotten a booster shot of vaccine

As the US tries to bring Covid-19 under control before a potential winter spike, health experts are encouraging vulnerable people to get a booster vaccine dose. So far, about 15% of seniors have done so. Overall, about 10.7 million people have received a booster shot — and more than half were people over 65, according…

Why Colin Powell’s cancer likely reduced his protection from the Covid-19 vaccine

Gen. Colin Powell died Monday from complications of Covid-19, and experts say his death shows how important it is for more people to get vaccinated and stop the spread of the virus. Powell was fully vaccinated, but a source close to the matter confirmed to CNN he had multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer…

Why vaccinated people dying from Covid-19 doesn’t mean the vaccines are ineffective

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell died on Monday of Covid-19 complications. His family announced that he was fully vaccinated. He was 84 years old, and had multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. Health officials worry that anti-vaccine activists will seize upon Powell’s death to make the claim that vaccines don’t work. If you can…

Children under 10 are using social media. Parents can help them stay safe online

It’s not just your teens who are on social media anymore. Younger kids are getting on those apps, and some parents aren’t confident that their children can stay safe online. About half of parents of children ages 10 to 12 and 32% of parents of kids ages 7 to 9 reported their child used social…

Physicians suffering from infertility face challenges on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic

Dr. Christina Yannetsos’ patient was about her age, 38, and extremely sick with Covid-19. “I remember having a conversation with her kids who were probably anywhere from 10 to teenagers, and them asking me if their mom was going to die,” Yannetsos, an emergency medicine physician at the University of Colorado Hospital, recalled. “It was…

How to best burn calories while walking

It’s no secret that walking is good for you. Many of us are trying to get in those recommended 10,000 steps a day that our wearable fitness technology urges us to achieve. But how many calories are we actually burning, and how can we get the most out of those steps? There are a lot…

As Covid cases drop in Georgia and Florida, some states with colder weather see an increase

Southern states, many of which have been hotspots, are now starting to see a decrease in Covid-19 cases while many states that have started experiencing cold weather — mostly in the North and Midwest — are seeing an uptick, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. New cases in Georgia and Florida are down 37%…

Covid-19 numbers are getting better. But where they go from here will depend on vaccinations, Fauci says

The rates of Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are improving; an optimistic sign for the future of the pandemic. But with so many Americans still unvaccinated, the numbers could still go back up, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Fox News Sunday. “If we don’t do very well in that regard, there’s always the danger that there…

Vaccine mix-ups are rare and there are systems in place to keep it that way

An Indiana couple took their family to get their annual flu shot at the local Walgreens, but all of them, including their 4- and 5-year-old, got a Covid-19 vaccine by mistake. Mistakes like this can happen, but they’re incredibly rare, public health experts say. Pharmacists and other specialists who give the shots say there are…

What might be changing on aspirin guidance: An expert weighs in

Wait, are we taking a break from aspirin? While so much of our conversations around health is rightly focused on Covid-19, there are other health developments to discuss with our medical providers. The US Preventive Services Task Force announced new draft recommendations around aspirin use on October 12. The volunteer panel of disease prevention experts…

J&J vaccine recipients should get their second dose as soon as it’s available, experts say

As the greenlight looms for another dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, experts on Friday urged those who received it to get a booster shot as soon as it’s available because it will provide them with the best protection against the coronavirus. “J&J is a very good vaccine. I also believe it’s probably a…

Urinary tract infection in men? It happens. Here are 10 things to know

“Wait … can men really get urinary infections? Is this fake news?” This was one of the messages I received over the past 24 hours. Yes, men can get urinary tract infections. Not fake news. All of this interest was sparked by news this week that President Bill Clinton has been hospitalized for treatment for…

4 key moments from Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast

When CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta sat down for a three-hour conversation on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, the chief topic was Covid-19. Gupta and Rogan — whose views often were at odds — discussed the pandemic, vaccines, potential therapeutics and the risk coronavirus poses to children and young people, among many other…

Masks and vaccines are a must this holiday season, CDC says

Get your holiday themed masks and porch heaters ready. Masks and outdoor gatherings will still be the best way to make holiday gatherings safe this year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in new guidance. The CDC’s number one advice is for all those who are eligible to get the Covid-19…

State lotteries did not motivate people to get the Covid-19 vaccine, study finds

Nearly 66 million people in the United States who are eligible still have not gotten vaccinated against Covid-19, no matter how much danger that puts them in and no matter how many incentives or mandates have been thrown at them. States and public health officials have tried all sorts of novel ideas. They’ve offered donuts,…

New CDC data shows the risk of dying from Covid-19 is 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults than for fully vaccinated adults

Throughout August, the risk of dying from Covid-19 was 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults than for fully vaccinated adults in the United States, according to new data published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unvaccinated adults faced a six times higher risk of testing positive for Covid-19 throughout the month, and…

Learn to let go of sleep battles with your teen

It’s 11 p.m. on a school night, and the light is still pouring out from under your teen’s door. You do some quick math. If they fall asleep … NOW … they’ll get just under 6.5 hours of sleep before they have to be up and out the door. That’s definitely not enough, but what…

Your children need life skills — this dad explains how to teach them

I taught my 12-year-old daughter to change a car battery at 8 p.m. in a grocery store parking lot. It’s one of the many skills that I want her to know in case she ever finds herself stranded in a parking lot — just like her father at that very moment. I also wanted to…

FDA advisers recommend J&J Covid-19 vaccine boosters, talk mix and match boosters

Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously Friday to recommend a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine at least two months after people get the first dose. The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted 19-0 to recommend the extra dose for all recipients of the J&J Janssen…

More Covid-19 boosters are on the horizon. But not everyone will need one, experts say

After advisers from the US Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously to recommend emergency authorization of a booster dose of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, another tool in the fight against the pandemic may soon become available for millions of Americans. Moderna’s EUA request mirrored the groups authorized to receive a booster dose of Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine.…

Mindful eating could change your food habits and overall life. Here’s how to start

You gobbled down your lunch while scrolling through your social media or watching your favorite show, and now you feel bloated and unsure of what your food even tasted like. Or maybe you feel guilty for eating leftover chocolate cake straight out of the fridge. These behaviors and mindsets contrast with mindful eating, which means…

FDA vaccine advisers recommend emergency use authorization for booster dose of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously Thursday to recommend emergency use authorization of a booster dose of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine. The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee agreed use of a booster dose would be safe and effective in some people six months out from their primary series.…

Covid-19 infections are declining in the US. But hospitalizations are still high in some hot spots

While the rate of Covid-19 infections nationwide is slowing, health care systems in some parts of the country are struggling with hospital wings still packed with patients. Montana, for instance, is facing new highs this week in coronavirus hospitalizations, with 533 Covid-19 patients in hospitals as of Wednesday, according to the US Department of Health…

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Why Joe Rogan and I sat down and talked — for more than 3 hours

In today’s highly segmented media world, most of the people who watch and listen to me every day on CNN have already received and accepted the message about the utility of vaccines, the importance of masks and how we can all work together to put an end to this pandemic. So I realized that if…

We’re drowning in a sea of salt. The FDA says we have to help save ourselves

I never add salt to my food at home or in restaurants. Nor do I add salt to any recipe while I’m cooking. I’m well aware of the link between salt, high blood pressure and heart disease, which is the leading killer of American men and women. Yet I am still getting over the recommended…

FDA to take up Moderna, J&J Covid-19 booster questions, including mix-and-match shots

Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration meet Thursday and Friday of this week to tackle the next round of questions about booster vaccines for Covid-19 — and they’ll see the first trickle of data on mix-and-match boosters. On Thursday, they’ll focus on Moderna’s application to add a booster dose to its two-dose…

US reaches record high of more than 96,000 drug overdose deaths in a 12-month period, CDC data show

Reported drug overdose deaths in the United States hit a new high of more than 96,000 in the 12-month period ending March 2021, according to data released Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. In that 12 months — a period when Covid-19 pandemic took hold in…

Doctors see advanced cancer cases in the wake of pandemic-delayed screenings and treatment

Anne LaPorte, a registered nurse, was fatigued and had some back pain. She just moved from Hawaii to California, and it was around the same time as the beginning of the pandemic — in early 2020 — when most people were feeling uneasy. “I thought it was the stress of the move,” said LaPorte, 55.…

FDA lowers voluntary sodium guidelines, but not to recommended levels

The US Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it will be lowering its targets for sodium content in processed, packaged, and prepared foods, but not to levels recommended for cutting the risk of heart attack and stroke. The guidance issued by the FDA concerns voluntary targets for foods produced by food manufacturers, restaurants, and food…

CDC predicts continued declines in Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths over next 4 weeks

Covid-19 deaths and hospitalizations are expected to decline over the next fours weeks, according to ensemble forecasts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published Wednesday. The latest forecast predicts 740,000 to 762,000 reported deaths by November 6. It’s third consecutive week of a projected decrease in newly reported deaths. There have been…

US FDA OKs Vuse e-cigarettes, its first vape authorization

The US Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it had authorized e-cigarette products for the first time ever, giving permission to R.J. Reynolds to sell three of its Vuse vape products. “While today’s action permits the tobacco products to be sold in the U.S., it does not mean these products are safe or ‘FDA approved.’…

Moderna urges FDA to authorize a half-size booster dose of its Covid-19 vaccine for some adults

Moderna is urging the US Food and Drug Administration to authorize a half-size booster of its Covid-19 vaccine, according to a briefing document posted Tuesday, ahead of a key meeting of the agency’s vaccine advisers. The company is asking for authorization for a 50-microgram booster dose — half the size of the 100-microgram doses used…

US task force proposes adults 60 and older should not start daily aspirin to prevent heart disease or stroke

The US Preventive Services Task Force is considering making several changes to its guidance on taking a daily aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke. On Tuesday, the task force posted a draft statement recommending that adults ages 40 to 59 who are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease — but do not have…

How one woman created a network to support the families of those struggling with addiction

Joanne Peterson has attended the State of the Union and addressed governors across the country on the opioid epidemic. Senators and attorneys general call her in hopes of better understanding how they can support their communities as they deal with an epidemic of overdoses. It’s incredibly gratifying work, but when I recently visited Peterson in…

Synthetic chemical in consumer products linked to early death, study finds

Synthetic chemicals called phthalates, found in hundreds of consumer products such as food storage containers, shampoo, makeup, perfume and children’s toys, may contribute to some 91,000 to 107,000 premature deaths a year among people ages 55 to 64 in the United States, a new study found. People with the highest levels of phthalates had a…

Climate crisis is ‘single biggest health threat facing humanity,’ WHO says, calling on world leaders to act

The World Health Organization, in a new special report, is calling for governments and policymakers to “act with urgency” on the climate and health crises. The report describes climate change as the “single biggest health threat facing humanity,” and outlines 10 recommended climate and health actions along with the research in support of why each…

Merck seeks FDA emergency use authorization for antiviral Covid-19 treatment molnupiravir

Merck said Monday it is seeking US Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization for its experimental antiviral Covid-19 treatment, molnupiravir. If authorization is granted, the drug, made by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, would be the first oral antiviral treatment to fight Covid-19. It comes in capsule form. Merck said it is asking for authorization…

International Day of the Girl Child 2021: Raising strong girls during a pandemic

On International Day of the Girl Child, the second in a pandemic, I am grateful for this United Nations-designated day. It’s given us a moment to step back to consider what we can do to parent our girls — and really, all our children — in the middle of a pandemic, social division, violence and…

Covid-19 vaccine mandates work, Dr. Anthony Fauci says

The nation’s top infectious disease expert says vaccine mandates work and they’ll help get more people vaccinated against Covid-19. About a quarter of the eligible US population remains unvaccinated against coronavirus and the rate of people getting booster shots is now outpacing the rate of people getting their first doses. Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s…

Studies show Covid-19 worsens pregnancy complication risk

Pregnant women who develop Covid-19 symptoms risk emergency complications and other problems with their pregnancies, according to two new studies. The disease also puts their children at risk. The first study showed that pregnant women with symptomatic Covid-19 had a higher percentage of emergency complications when compared to those who tested positive but didn’t have…

These simple ways to focus on your mental health can make a huge difference

On this World Mental Health Day, the second of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is clear that people — most people — are struggling. Across cultures, we were experiencing plenty of mental health issues well before the pandemic, including — but not limited to — undue stress and anxiety, poor self-esteem, eating issues, and family strife.…

The rate of Covid-19 cases is dropping nationally but rising in these 5 states

The big picture for Covid-19 in the US is looking a little brighter as new infections and hospitalizations decline. “That’s the good news. And hopefully it’s going to continue to go in that trajectory downward,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “But we just have to be…

How to talk to your 5- to 11-year-old kids about getting the Covid-19 vaccine

It’s what parents around the country have been waiting for: Pfizer and BioNTech announced Thursday they are asking the US Food and Drug Administration for an emergency use authorization for their Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. It may take some weeks for the data to make its way through the FDA’s protocols…

Is my immunity waning? Doctors advise Pfizer vaccine recipients not to worry

There’s little doubt now — study after study, in real life and in lab dishes, in the US and elsewhere — that people’s immunity starts to wane just months after they finish the two-dose series of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. While getting two doses of vaccine creates a strong immune response that reduces the risk of…

Is it safe to go trick-or-treating this Halloween? An expert weighs in

The pandemic is making me think about Halloween costumes and candy earlier than ever. I am also wondering what my busy block will be doing. Will the couple at the end of my street have the player piano going as they hand out treats? Or will they go dark, as they did last year, worried…

With more Covid-19 booster shots on the horizon, one expert says mixing and matching doses may be an effective approach

Amid the growing prospect of more Covid-19 booster shots becoming available, an expert has suggested that some people could receive a dose of a different vaccine from the one they initially received. “I hope that when the FDA and CDC review data around Moderna and Johnson & Johnson that they will allow a mix-and-match approach,”…

Don’t panic if you get swollen lymph nodes after a vaccine booster. But be aware if you’re due for a mammogram, doctors say

Some people who recently got a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine are noticing swollen lymph nodes. Don’t panic, doctors say. Swollen lymph nodes caused by vaccination are temporary, harmless and a sign that the vaccine is working. But to avoid unnecessary anxiety and uncertainty, women planning to get a mammogram should know that swollen lymph…

Children face similar risk of coronavirus infection as adults, new study suggests

Children are almost as likely as adults to become infected with coronavirus, but they are less likely to have symptoms, according to a new study published Friday. The new study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, found adults and children living in Utah and New York City shared similar risks of becoming infected with coronavirus.…

CDC vaccine advisers schedule meetings to discuss booster shots, vaccines for kids

Vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have planned two meetings in the coming weeks to discuss more Covid-19 vaccine boosters, as well as Pfizer’s application for emergency use authorization for its vaccine for children 5-11. “CDC’s independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) plans to meet on Wednesday and Thursday…

It’s peak apple season: How to make the most of an apple adventure

Orange pumpkins might be more popular this month, but there’s no better time than now to take advantage of tasting a truly fresh apple. October is peak apple season for many regions of the United States, so why not head out to an orchard near you for a pick-your-own adventure? Even if you can’t make…

Some children’s hospitals see another surge in rare Covid-19 complication MIS-C

Scientists still don’t know a lot about a rare and serious Covid-19 complication that impacts children, but what they do know is that when there is a surge of Covid-19 cases in their area, MIS-C cases will typically follow. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday it has seen a 12% increase…

Facebook went offline this week. Experts say we should log out, too

For nearly six hours on Monday, the world experienced a forced break from Facebook’s social networking tools. We lived to tell the tale. But how did we feel in the process? Although relatively short, the Facebook outage showed “how reliant we are on social media in different ways to distract ourselves, to escape, to connect,…

These Southern states have fully vaccinated less than a third of eligible adolescents. That gap could widen with younger children, expert says

With federal health officials set to consider Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for children 5 years and older, most Americans are slated to qualify for a shot soon. But a widening gap between vaccination rates could slow the country’s progress in its fight against Covid-19, an expert warned Thursday. For 12- to 17-year-olds, a key demographic that…

More people are getting Covid-19 vaccine boosters than getting their first shots, CDC data shows

Mark Warschauer, a professor of education at the University of California, Irvine, was “tremendously excited” about the authorization of Covid-19 vaccines, and happy when he became eligible to get his first doses. And he was at the front of the line to get a booster, too. “We were very concerned about Covid,” he told CNN.…

Covid-19 caused nine times more deaths in those with learning difficulties, study finds

People with learning difficulties died from Covid-19 at a rate nine times higher than the general population during the first wave of the pandemic in the UK, worsening existing inequalities, according to a new study. In fact people with nine different mental health conditions and intellectual disabilities experienced higher mortality from Covid-19 during the period,…

Fewer Covid-19 hospitalizations, more vaccinations show US may be turning corner in pandemic but experts warn: ‘We’re still in two Americas’

More than 100,000 hospital beds were filled with Covid-19 patients across the United States, with patients occupying more than 30% of the beds in intensive care units nationwide. An average of 159,000 coronavirus infections was recorded each day and physical brawls broke out over vaccine requirements and mask mandates. That was America about a month…

Here’s what having a Covid-19 vaccine for children might mean for your kids

Pfizer said Thursday it’s asked the US Food and Drug Administration to authorize use of a low-dose version of its Covid-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11. It would be the first Covid-19 vaccine for younger children. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is approved for people age 16 and older and has emergency use authorization for children…

Here’s how one college system kept Covid-19 cases down as they surged throughout the state

Students began flocking back to the six campuses of the University of Maine this fall hoping for a more normal college experience, one without shutdowns or Zoom classes. As those tens of thousands of students returned to residence halls and into full classrooms, university leaders hoped the measures they put in place would keep Covid-19…

Pfizer seeks FDA authorization of Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11

Pfizer and BioNTech said Thursday they are seeking US Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization from for their Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. If authorized, this would be the first Covid-19 vaccine for younger children. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is approved for people age 16 and older and has an EUA for…

When might your kid be able to get vaccinated? Here’s what the rollout of Covid-19 shots for ages 5 to 11 might look like

As soon as the US Food and Drug Administration authorizes the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 in the United States, pediatricians’ offices, local pharmacies and even some schools will be ready to help get those first doses into young arms. Vaccine makers Pfizer and BioNTech announced on Thursday that they have…

Here’s how one parent is juggling quarantines and school closures

My unvaccinated 7-year-old son began hacking and sneezing in late September as the hospitals in our home state of Montana started buckling under the latest Covid-19 surge. I took him to get tested when his symptoms wouldn’t go away. The cotton swab went up his nostrils and Thomas bucked out of my lap with a…

What experts say about the best time to exercise

For everyone who hates setting their alarm an hour earlier to hit the gym, scientists may have some good news. Afternoon workouts lead to better outcomes for some people, according to a study published this year. The study, which looked at men who are at risk for or diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, found that…

Human behavior will determine when the Covid-19 pandemic ends, CDC director says

The US is making headway in its battle against Covid-19 — with infection and hospitalization rates on the decline after a surge fueled by the highly transmissible Delta variant. But, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Thursday, human behavior will ultimately determine how and when the pandemic ends. “We have…

Studies confirm waning immunity from Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine

Two real-world studies published Wednesday confirm that the immune protection offered by two doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine drops off after two months or so, although protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death remains strong. The studies, from Israel and from Qatar and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, support arguments that even…

WHO recommends widespread use of world’s first malaria vaccine for children

In what it called a “historic” move, the World Health Organization said Wednesday it has recommended widespread use of the world’s first and only malaria vaccine among children in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions where there are moderate to high levels of malaria transmission. The recommendation was based on results from an ongoing pilot program…

It’s time to become friends with your anxiety

I’ve never felt as anxious or cried as much as I have during the pandemic, and I know I am not the only one. Anxiety is at the forefront of my social feeds, emails and video meetings. Hearing people say “My anxiety was triggered by…” or “I woke up feeling anxious” or “My anxiety is…

HHS vaccination ads use a new tactic to increase Covid-19 vaccination rates: fear

With vaccination rates only inching forward slowly, the federal government is trying a new marketing tactic: fear. In a set of emotional advertisements releasing Wednesday morning, three unvaccinated Covid-19 survivors and an intensive care unit nurse speak about the toll the virus has taken. It’s a sharp turn from earlier ads, which used positive messages…

Los Angeles to require proof of vaccination for indoor restaurants, gyms and theaters

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to require patrons at indoor spaces such restaurants, gyms and movie theaters to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination — starting November 4. The ordinance will also apply to personal care establishments such as spas and hair salons, as well as city buildings. And while the measure doesn’t…

US records highest increase in nation’s homicide rate in modern history, CDC says

The United States has just recorded its highest increase in rates of homicide in modern history, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Provisional data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, released early Wednesday, suggest the homicide rate for the United States rose 30% between 2019 and 2020. It is…

Washington woman died from rare blood clotting syndrome after receiving Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, local health agency says

A King County, Washington, woman has died from a rare blood clotting syndrome after receiving the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, according to a statement posted online by Public Health — Seattle & King County. The woman, who was in her late 30s, was vaccinated on August 26 and died on September 7 from thrombosis…

Vaccines may have prevented a quarter-million Covid-19 cases and 39,000 deaths among seniors

Before vaccines, the San Francisco Department of Public Health needed three whiteboards to capture all the names of senior facilities that had Covid-19 outbreaks. “We had been dealing with outbreaks the whole time. Everywhere, at a ton of facilities, big, small, rich, poor, it didn’t matter,” said Dr. Louise Aronson,a professor with the UCSF Division…

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Pandemic proofing your life is not what you think

I have bad news for you: We’re stuck with this novel coronavirus in our environment perhaps indefinitely. And there might be another, more deadly and contagious pathogen right behind it that’s poised to dart around the world and stir yet another pandemic. But here’s the good news: Pandemic proofing your life is easier than you…

Johnson & Johnson asks FDA to authorize Covid-19 vaccine booster shots

Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday it has asked the US Food and Drug Administration to authorize booster shots for its coronavirus vaccine, but has left it up to the FDA and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to decide just who should get their boosters and when. “We’re describing the data to them,”…

How to rebuild trust in your relationships

Since trust is fundamental to relationships, trying to restore the feeling once it’s lost might seem impossible. But if you’re the offender in a breakdown of trust, know that all hope might not be lost. Trust is “often defined, sort of abstractly, as a willingness to be vulnerable to another or to an institution, or…

US child Covid-19 deaths are an ’embarrassment,’ FDA vaccines head says

Child deaths from a preventable illness like Covid-19, no matter how few, are motivation for authorizing a vaccine in children, the US Food and Drug Administration’s top vaccine official said Tuesday. “In this latest wave of Covid-19, particularly down south, there have been thousands of children hospitalized. And, frankly, it’s an embarrassment in a developed…

Dr. Francis Collins to step down as head of NIH

Dr. Francis Collins, the folksy, guitar-playing director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is planning to step down Tuesday as head of the gigantic research agency and return to his previous job as the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Washington Post and Politico reported Monday night. The Post said Collins,…

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