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FDA authorizes booster dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for people 65 and older
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FDA authorizes booster dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for people 65 and older

The US Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it would grant emergency use authorization for a booster dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine in people 65 and older, people at high risk of severe disease and people whose jobs put them at risk of infection. “After considering the totality of the available scientific evidence and the…

Vaccine protection against Covid-19 wanes over time, especially for older people, CDC says
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Vaccine protection against Covid-19 wanes over time, especially for older people, CDC says

The protection provided by Covid-19 vaccines appears to wane over time, especially for people 65 and older, a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expert said Wednesday. Ruth Link-Gelles, who helps lead the CDC’s Vaccine Effectiveness Team, reviewed a series of studies looking at the overall effectiveness of vaccines in various groups between February…

People with migraines get less REM sleep, study finds

People with migraines get less REM sleep, study finds

People with migraines might get less of the sleep stage crucial for thinking and memory, according to new research. Rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep is the sweet spot of our sleep cycles, characterized by more dreaming, bodily movement, and faster heart rate and breathing than in other sleep stages. In a meta-analysis of 32…

People who eat more dairy fat have lower risk of heart disease, study suggests
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People who eat more dairy fat have lower risk of heart disease, study suggests

People with a higher consumption of dairy fat have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those with low intakes, according to new research studying some of the world’s biggest consumers of dairy products. An international team of scientists studied the dairy fat consumption of 4,150 60-year-olds in Sweden — a country with one of…

Covid vaccines are on the way for younger children. Here’s why they’re different
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Covid vaccines are on the way for younger children. Here’s why they’re different

Vaccine maker Pfizer said Monday tests have shown its Covid-19 vaccine works well in children ages 5 to 11. It’s now discussing these findings with the US Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former FDA commissioner who is also on the board of Pfizer who may not have direct knowledge but who…

Fall: The season of cozy, delicious, wisdom-inducing rediscovery
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Fall: The season of cozy, delicious, wisdom-inducing rediscovery

Fall is the season for all senses. The feel of cooler temperatures after a long summer. A warm, visually pleasing palate of reds, oranges and browns. The taste of pumpkin spice in everything. The sound of crunching leaves underfoot. The smell of woodsmoke. The many elements of autumn either intrinsically deliver happiness or trigger memories…

Sexual assault linked to later brain damage in women, study finds
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Sexual assault linked to later brain damage in women, study finds

Women who have been sexually assaulted have a higher risk of developing a type of brain damage that has been linked to cognitive decline, dementia and stroke, a new study found. “It could be either childhood sexual abuse or adult sexual assault,” said study author Rebecca Thurston, a professor and director of the Women’s Biobehavioral…

The pace of Covid-19 vaccinations is the slowest it’s been in two months, CDC data shows, worrying health professionals as flu season approaches
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The pace of Covid-19 vaccinations is the slowest it’s been in two months, CDC data shows, worrying health professionals as flu season approaches

The current pace in Covid-19 vaccinations is the slowest it has been since July, according to data released Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest data comes as flu season is around the corner, which could increase death tolls and put more of a strain on hospitals that are already struggling…

Two dose version of Johnson & Johnson shot 94% effective against Covid-19, study finds
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Two dose version of Johnson & Johnson shot 94% effective against Covid-19, study finds

A two-dose version of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine provides 94% protection against symptomatic infection, the company said Tuesday — making a two-dose regimen of J&J’s Janssen vaccine comparable to a two-dose regimen of Moderna’s or Pfizer’s. Plus, the company said, adding a booster dose to a single shot of the vaccine raised immunity even…

5 things you should know before you talk about consent with children
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5 things you should know before you talk about consent with children

At a large family gathering when I was a kid, an adult female relative I barely knew gave me a rough hug, then yanked the neckline of my shirt out to peer down and check my breast development. The adults present laughed. I didn’t know what consent was as a tween, but I was horrified.…

When could Covid-19 vaccines be available for younger kids? An expert weighs in
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When could Covid-19 vaccines be available for younger kids? An expert weighs in

The initial results are in: On Monday morning, Pfizer announced that its Covid-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-old children is safe and resulted in a robust antibody response. This is news many parents have been eagerly anticipating — but what exactly does this mean for when vaccines could be available for this age group? What…

Two-for-one vaccine clinics fight flu and Covid, too
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Two-for-one vaccine clinics fight flu and Covid, too

They’re a fall staple in most communities across the United States: flu shot clinics. But this year many will offer something extra — Covid-19 shots. As the Delta variant spreads and uncertainty lingers around what the flu season could bring, joint vaccine clinics have emerged in cities and counties nationwide to offer a one-stop choice…

Covid-19 death rate more than 4 times higher in least vaccinated states than in most vaccinated
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Covid-19 death rate more than 4 times higher in least vaccinated states than in most vaccinated

The average rate of Covid-19 deaths in the 10 least vaccinated states was more than four times higher over the past week than the rate in the 10 most vaccinated states, according to a CNN analysis. In the least vaccinated states, roughly eight people out of every 100,000 residents died of Covid-19 over the past…

Nearly 226,000 Covid-19 cases were reported in children last week, pediatrician group says
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Nearly 226,000 Covid-19 cases were reported in children last week, pediatrician group says

Covid-19 infections have continued to increase “exponentially” among children across the US, and now account for nearly 26% of all cases reported nationwide, according to data published Monday. Over the past week, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported the second highest total of new diagnoses among children over the course of the pandemic, with 225,978.…

A Covid-19 vaccine for younger children could be available by Halloween — here are 4 steps that must be taken first
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A Covid-19 vaccine for younger children could be available by Halloween — here are 4 steps that must be taken first

A highly anticipated announcement Monday from the companies Pfizer and BioNTech revealed that their lower-dose Covid-19 vaccine was found to be safe and generated a “robust” antibody response in children ages 5 to 11, based on data from a Phase 2/3 trial. Many parents now are waiting for the time when their young children can…

1 in 5 parents say their kids eat more fast food during the pandemic, poll finds
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1 in 5 parents say their kids eat more fast food during the pandemic, poll finds

For some families, the pandemic has thrown a wrench in healthy eating plans due to stress from remote work, e-learning, money problems, sickness and more. While half of surveyed parents reported their family has eaten home-cooked meals more often since the pandemic started, 20% of parents said their family has had fast food more often,…

Covid-19 cases forcing hospitals to ration care is unfair and unacceptable, expert says
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Covid-19 cases forcing hospitals to ration care is unfair and unacceptable, expert says

With the spread of the Delta variant and lagging vaccination rates, Covid-19 cases have strained many hospitals across the US — which one expert called unfair and unacceptable. Montana’s health care system is under that strain, including St. Peter’s Health in Helena, which is operating under crisis standards of care. “We are at the point…

Covid-19 origins: Why the search for the source is vital
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Covid-19 origins: Why the search for the source is vital

No clear culprit. No smoking gun. While Covid-19’s origin story is currently defined by a lack of hard evidence and data, scientists around the world continue their search for answers to how the pandemic began. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks to leading virologists, epidemiologists and coronavirus researchers in “The Origins of Covid-19:…

The ‘devious licks’ TikTok challenge has students stealing toilets and vandalizing bathrooms

The ‘devious licks’ TikTok challenge has students stealing toilets and vandalizing bathrooms

Whether it’s stolen urinals, smashed floor tiles or missing soap dispensers, the destruction is apparent in school bathrooms across the United States. It’s the latest trend to go viral on Tiktok, called “devious licks”: Middle school, high school and college students vandalize school property, most commonly bathrooms, and post their results on the social media…