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Mississippi says Covid-19 deaths in pregnant women are rising — and it’s pleading with them to get vaccinated
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Mississippi says Covid-19 deaths in pregnant women are rising — and it’s pleading with them to get vaccinated

At least eight pregnant Mississippi women have died of Covid-19 since late July — none of them fully vaccinated — officials said, more than doubling the state’s pandemic total in just two months and spurring medical leaders to give this message: We’ve long known Covid-19 puts pregnant women at greater risk for severe disease. And…

Idaho’s struggle to keep up with Covid-19 surge puts pressure on Washington state hospitals
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Idaho’s struggle to keep up with Covid-19 surge puts pressure on Washington state hospitals

Idaho officials announced Thursday they’re preparing to ration hospital care due to the Covid-19 surge, and it was the last thing next-door Washington state’s top hospital advocate wanted to hear. “It’s terrible. I don’t know if people understand the gravity of the situation,” Cassie Sauer, chief executive of the Washington State Hospital Association, told CNN…

Moderna’s vaccine is the most effective, but Pfizer and J&J also protect well, CDC-led study says
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Moderna’s vaccine is the most effective, but Pfizer and J&J also protect well, CDC-led study says

A head-to-head study of all three authorized coronavirus vaccines in the United States finds the Moderna vaccine is slightly more effective than Pfizer’s in real-life use in keeping people out of the hospital, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine comes in third, but still providing 71% protection. Pfizer’s vaccine provided 88% protection against hospitalization, and…

FDA vaccine advisers vote to recommend booster doses of Covid-19 vaccine in people 65 and older and those at high risk
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FDA vaccine advisers vote to recommend booster doses of Covid-19 vaccine in people 65 and older and those at high risk

Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously Friday to recommend emergency use authorization of a booster dose of Pfizer’s vaccine six months after full vaccination in people 65 and older and those at high risk of severe Covid-19. Members of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee had rejected…

How to improve sleep habits to support emotional wellness, according to a therapist
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How to improve sleep habits to support emotional wellness, according to a therapist

I worked recently with a 25-year-old man struggling at his job. He described difficulty thinking clearly and missing too many days. And his relationship with his girlfriend was nearly over due to his admitted neglect. Diagnosed with both depression and anxiety, he said he felt disengaged in his life. He had been in therapy before…

Rate of BMI increase in children nearly doubled during pandemic, study finds
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Rate of BMI increase in children nearly doubled during pandemic, study finds

The rate of body mass index change in children nearly doubled from March to November 2020 compared to the rate of BMI change before the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study published Thursday in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s report on morbidity and mortality. The CDC team used a medical record database…

FDA advisers first rejected Pfizer’s booster application — but then voted to recommend a third shot for certain Americans
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FDA advisers first rejected Pfizer’s booster application — but then voted to recommend a third shot for certain Americans

Advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday voted unanimously to recommend emergency use authorization of Pfizer’s booster shot six months after full vaccination in Americans 65 and older as well as those at high risk of severe Covid-19. That vote came after the group had first voted and rejected a broader application:…

Local health departments planning for potential Covid-19 booster rollout, but there is still ‘some confusion’
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Local health departments planning for potential Covid-19 booster rollout, but there is still ‘some confusion’

It’s not clear if or when boosters doses of Covid-19 vaccines will be OK’d for fully vaccinated people in the United States, but state and local health departments across the United States are moving ahead with plans for a potential rollout next week. Last month, US health officials announced plans for booster doses of Covid-19…

Workplace cafes can play a role in your weight loss, study finds
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Workplace cafes can play a role in your weight loss, study finds

As we head back to work, we again come face to face with delicious diet-breaking temptations we were able to avoid at home. Office snack tables are often decorated with sweets from “well-meaning” coworkers. Vending machines are full of cheap, highly processed chips, candies, cookies, ready-made sandwiches and sugar-packed sodas. Even those of us lucky…

There is no question about the effectiveness of vaccines, expert says, as FDA weighs possible booster shot
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There is no question about the effectiveness of vaccines, expert says, as FDA weighs possible booster shot

Weeks of deliberation are coming to a head Friday when the US Food and Drug Administration meets to discuss Covid-19 boosters. But the science of the vaccine’s effectiveness will not be up for debate, one expert said. There is widespread agreement that the vaccines are primarily intended to reduce hospitalizations and deaths — which data…

Doctor argues for more research into effects of Covid-19 vaccines on menstruation
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Doctor argues for more research into effects of Covid-19 vaccines on menstruation

Clinical trials for coronavirus vaccines should include examination of any possible effects on women’s menstrual cycles — if only because so many women are worried about possible problems, a British expert argued Wednesday. But there’s also evidence the immune response prompted by both vaccines and viral infections can temporarily affect menstrual cycles, so studying these…

Three reports support arguments for booster doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine
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Three reports support arguments for booster doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine

Three reports published Wednesday support the argument that people may need a booster dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine over time, and suggest such boosters would be safe. The reports are part of a batch of data that will be discussed Friday by vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is considering…

Most Americans believe the health benefits of Covid-19 restrictions are worth the costs, polling shows
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Most Americans believe the health benefits of Covid-19 restrictions are worth the costs, polling shows

Most Americans believe that the public health benefits of restrictions due to Covid-19 are worth the economic and lifestyle costs, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. Pew researchers surveyed 10,348 adults in the US between August 23 and 29. Most adults say that restrictions on public activity during the pandemic…

Skiers might be at lower risk for anxiety, study finds
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Skiers might be at lower risk for anxiety, study finds

Slaloms through snow are a winter staple for some, but they might have mental health benefits, too. Skiers had a nearly 60% lower risk of getting diagnosed with anxiety disorders compared to non-skiers, according to a study published Friday in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry. Mental health experts have for years considered physical activity a…

Should I pull my child out of school because of Covid-19 concerns? An expert explains
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Should I pull my child out of school because of Covid-19 concerns? An expert explains

Our children are getting sick from the coronavirus. Covid-19 infections have increased exponentially, with nearly 500,000 new cases in the past two weeks, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. This represents a 240% increase since early July. Children now constitute 29% of all new cases nationwide. Many of the new infections are in kids…

1 in every 500 US residents have died of Covid-19
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1 in every 500 US residents have died of Covid-19

The United States has reached another grim milestone in its fight against the devastating Covid-19 pandemic: 1 in 500 Americans have died from coronavirus since the nation’s first reported infection. As of Tuesday night, 663,913 people in the US have died of Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University data. According to the US Census Bureau,…

Expect a bumpy ride this week when FDA advisers consider Covid-19 booster shots
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Expect a bumpy ride this week when FDA advisers consider Covid-19 booster shots

Last December, when advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration met to consider whether the agency should authorize Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, it was generally understood that the answer would be yes. Nine months later, those advisers are meeting to discuss booster shots, and the situation is very different. It won’t be a slam dunk.…

New analysis estimates $5.7 billion price tag for treating unvaccinated Covid-19 patients in the last 3 months
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New analysis estimates $5.7 billion price tag for treating unvaccinated Covid-19 patients in the last 3 months

A new analysis published Tuesday estimates that preventable costs for treating hospitalized, unvaccinated Covid-19 patients reached $5.7 billion over the last three months. This most recent data takes into account the surge in hospitalizations seen in August, which study authors estimate accounted for $3.7 billion of preventable spending alone. The data analysis from the Kaiser…

As schools reopen, experts say quarantines are still necessary to stop the spread of Covid-19
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As schools reopen, experts say quarantines are still necessary to stop the spread of Covid-19

Millions of children back in the classroom, but most aren’t vaccinated yet. With children now accounting for more than a quarter of weekly Covid-19 cases nationwide, many communities are turning to a familiar public health tool: quarantines. Health experts agree that quarantines work, but also stress the importance of in-person learning for children’s development. Now…

Black, Hispanic people miss out on Covid-19 testing and vaccinations
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Black, Hispanic people miss out on Covid-19 testing and vaccinations

Black and Hispanic people in the United States are more likely to catch Covid-19, and they’re more likely to be hospitalized or even die of it. But both groups are still missing out on testing and vaccination in many states, according to new data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and shared exclusively with CNN. Data…

Covid-19 vaccines for younger children could be authorized sometime this fall, Fauci says
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Covid-19 vaccines for younger children could be authorized sometime this fall, Fauci says

Covid-19 vaccines for children between the ages of 5 and 11 could get the green light from the US Food and Drug Administration sometime this fall, Dr. Anthony Fauci said. “If you look at the studies that we at the (National Institutes of Health) are doing in collaboration with the pharmaceutical companies, there will be…