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Vitamin D and fish oil supplements may help prevent autoimmune disease, study says
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Vitamin D and fish oil supplements may help prevent autoimmune disease, study says

Taking daily vitamin D and fish oil supplements may help protect older adults from developing autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, thyroid diseases and polymyalgia rheumatica, an inflammatory disease that causes muscle pain and stiffness in the shoulders and hips, a new study found. People age 50 and older taking 2,000 IU (International Units)…

Moderna begins next phase of Omicron-specific booster trial as study finds that antibodies remain durable despite 6-fold drop over 6 months
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Moderna begins next phase of Omicron-specific booster trial as study finds that antibodies remain durable despite 6-fold drop over 6 months

Moderna announced Wednesday that the first participant has been dosed in the company’s Phase 2 clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine booster shot that is specific to the Omicron variant. Moderna is advancing the trial into its next phase as research published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a booster dose…

US government fails when it comes to tobacco reduction, American Lung Association report says
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US government fails when it comes to tobacco reduction, American Lung Association report says

The federal government gets “mostly failing grades on its efforts to prevent and reduce tobacco,” a new report from the American Lung Association says. The 20th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report calls for an end to manufacturing flavored tobacco, saying flavored tobacco products and e-cigarettes jeopardize progress made by tobacco control policy. More than…

Despite CDC directive, many pharmacies refusing to give fourth shots to immune-compromised patients
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Despite CDC directive, many pharmacies refusing to give fourth shots to immune-compromised patients

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to send a clear message to pharmacies on a conference call this week: Stop turning away immune-compromised people when they come seeking fourth doses of Covid-19 vaccines. Although fourth doses are not currently recommended for the vast majority of Americans, the CDC has urged millions of…

Water- and stain-resistant products contain toxic plastics, study says. Here’s what to do
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Water- and stain-resistant products contain toxic plastics, study says. Here’s what to do

Many of the water-resistant and stain-proof home furnishings and apparel we purchase may contain toxic “forever” chemicals, called PFAS, that are linked to numerous health concerns, including liver and heart damage, immune disorders, cancer and hormone disruption, a new report found. Independent laboratories commissioned by Toxic-Free Future, an environmental and health advocacy and research group,…

During Omicron, disease severity appears to be lower than during other periods of high transmission, according to CDC study
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During Omicron, disease severity appears to be lower than during other periods of high transmission, according to CDC study

During a period when the Omicron coronavirus variant was dominant, severe outcomes for patients hospitalized with Covid-19 — including ICU admission, ventilator use and death — were less common than during Delta or the first winter surge, according to a study published Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, although the…

Here’s how to get free N95 masks from pharmacies or community health centers
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Here’s how to get free N95 masks from pharmacies or community health centers

The rollout of free N95 masks for the public began this week across the United States, with some pharmacies already handing out the masks and others expecting to do so in the coming days. The program is part of the Biden administration’s effort to distribute 400 million free N95 masks from the Strategic National Stockpile…

TV Peloton incidents undermine a basic reality about exercise, experts say
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TV Peloton incidents undermine a basic reality about exercise, experts say

First it was Mr. Big, the character from “Sex in the City,” dying in Carrie Bradshaw’s arms from a heart attack after a 45-minute ride on his Peloton. Then it was Mike “Wags” Wagner, the drug-abusing, sadistic right hand of Axe Capital’s Bobby Axelrod in the Showtime series “Billions,” who too suffers a heart attack…

Study reveals impact 10 minutes of exercise can have on adults over 40

Study reveals impact 10 minutes of exercise can have on adults over 40

Could you find 10 minutes in your day to increase your physical activity? It might be lifesaving, according to a new study. More than 110,000 US deaths could be prevented each year if adults over 40 added 10 minutes of daily moderate to vigorous physical activity to their normal routines, according to the study published…

Follow these tips to exercise safely during winter
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Follow these tips to exercise safely during winter

This winter is pummeling many people’s workout goals. As the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant continues its rapid spread around the globe, indoor exercising in public gyms is often less appealing or accessible. Yet recent storms and plunging temperatures may make outdoor workouts seem daunting, or even dangerous. Experts say, however, you shouldn’t fear braving…

Make this mood-boosting meal right now
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Make this mood-boosting meal right now

If the post-holiday slump is hitting a little harder for you in 2022, you’re not the only one. It’s cold and icy across the country, and many of us feel like staying indoors until spring. It’s times like these when we all need comfort, and a hearty bowl of chili will cure what ails you:…

FDA considers limiting authorization of certain monoclonal antibody treatments
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FDA considers limiting authorization of certain monoclonal antibody treatments

Federal regulators are considering limiting the authorization of certain monoclonal antibody treatments that have not proved effective against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, a source familiar with the decision-making told CNN. The US Food and Drug Administration could decide in the coming days to take steps to curb the use of antibody treatments produced…

Covid-19 hospitalizations are dropping in the Northeast. In other parts of the country, they’re rising
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Covid-19 hospitalizations are dropping in the Northeast. In other parts of the country, they’re rising

During what has been another devastating surge of Covid-19 across the country, there is good news: Some states are starting to see infection numbers and hospitalizations drop. But that’s not the case everywhere. As cases seem to begin plateauing, Covid-19 hospitalizations in the Northeast are down by about 11% after reaching a peak about a…

Boosters provide the best protection against Omicron variant, CDC studies show, raising new questions about what it means to be fully vaccinated
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Boosters provide the best protection against Omicron variant, CDC studies show, raising new questions about what it means to be fully vaccinated

Three large new studies from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight the importance of getting a booster shot to provide the best protection against the Omicron coronavirus variant. This is the first real-life data to examine the effect of boosters against Omicron, which now accounts for more than 99% of coronavirus cases…

Metro Atlanta hospitals are overwhelmed — and some ambulances must get diverted, health care leaders say
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Metro Atlanta hospitals are overwhelmed — and some ambulances must get diverted, health care leaders say

Some Atlanta-area hospitals are so packed that ambulances are getting sent elsewhere. Medical professionals from six healthcare systems described overwhelming conditions during a virtual news conference Thursday as the Omicron variant keeps tearing across the South. “Aside from being overwhelmed with patients — and we are running about 110% capacity right now — we’ve had…

Some states say they are not getting their Covid-19 test kit orders as White House rolls out at-home testing effort
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Some states say they are not getting their Covid-19 test kit orders as White House rolls out at-home testing effort

Some Republican-led states claim they are having a difficult time getting their hands on rapid Covid-19 tests following the US federal government’s plan to send free at-home test kits to households across the country. The Biden administration strongly disputes such claims. “We did order millions more and we’re expecting a huge shipment this week and…