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Why therapists ARE talking about Bruno — and all the other ‘Encanto’ characters
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Why therapists ARE talking about Bruno — and all the other ‘Encanto’ characters

Kadesha Adelakun bought toys from “Encanto” before she even had a chance to see the movie. She knew characters from a multiracial Afro-Latino family would be an important addition to her office in Kennesaw, Georgia, where she holds play therapy sessions and makes a point of finding toys that reflect the diversity of her young…

Omicron might mark the end of Covid-19’s pandemic phase — unless a certain scenario happens, Fauci says
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Omicron might mark the end of Covid-19’s pandemic phase — unless a certain scenario happens, Fauci says

It’s still too early to predict whether Omicron’s rapid spread will help push coronavirus from the pandemic phase to a more manageable endemic phase — but “I would hope that that’s the case,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday. A disease that is endemic has a constant presence in a population but does not affect an…

Fourth vaccine dose boosts antibodies, researchers say, but likely not enough to prevent Omicron breakthrough infections
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Fourth vaccine dose boosts antibodies, researchers say, but likely not enough to prevent Omicron breakthrough infections

Early data out of Israel suggests that a fourth dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna coronavirus vaccine can bring an increase in antibodies — more than what’s been seen after a third dose — but it still might not be enough to protect against breakthrough infections caused by the Omicron variant. “These are very…

CDC’s suggestion to cancel football, band in nearly every US school called ‘unrealistic’
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CDC’s suggestion to cancel football, band in nearly every US school called ‘unrealistic’

If the scientists at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had their way, to curb the spread of Covid-19 right now, nearly every US school would cancel football, wrestling, band and loads of other mainstay school activities. In another piece of guidance, the CDC tells people who’ve recovered from Covid-19 that they can…

With Omicron, parents of kids under 5 are even more stressed
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With Omicron, parents of kids under 5 are even more stressed

Birthdays are usually joyous occasions for Bonnie Wiener-Bambara, with daylong parties that involve pampering, dinner and friends. When she turned 47 on January 10, however, the festivities were practically nonexistent. There was good reason for the change in plans: The college professor in Patchogue, New York, has a 13-month-old daughter. Because there’s no vaccine approved…

The CDC updated its mask guidelines. What to know about ‘the highest level of protection’
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The CDC updated its mask guidelines. What to know about ‘the highest level of protection’

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed its mask guidelines to recommend that people “wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently.” The agency describes well-fitting respirators approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) — such as N95 masks —…

CDC urges Americans to wear most-protective mask or respirator that fits well and that they’ll wear consistently
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CDC urges Americans to wear most-protective mask or respirator that fits well and that they’ll wear consistently

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its mask information for the American public on Friday, including clarifying that certain types of masks and respirators offer more protection from the coronavirus than others and offering tips on what consumers should look for when shopping for them. “Masking is a critical public health tool…

Astronauts experience ‘space anemia’ when they leave Earth
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Astronauts experience ‘space anemia’ when they leave Earth

Space travel is known to be notoriously rough on the human body, but new research has revealed just how hard it hits red blood cells. When we’re on Earth, our bodies create and destroy 2 million of these cells per second. In space, astronauts experienced 3 million red blood cells destroyed per second, resulting in…

Many hospitals are halting nonurgent procedures and relying on the National Guard as Covid-19 hospitalizations rise
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Many hospitals are halting nonurgent procedures and relying on the National Guard as Covid-19 hospitalizations rise

As Covid-19 hospitalizations reach new highs, more states and health care systems are cutting back services that aren’t urgent and relying on National Guard personnel to fill staffing gaps as infected health care employees miss work to recover and patient demand grows. While officials have started to call out very early signs that the Omicron…

Early signs suggest the Omicron wave is peaking in some parts of the US, but relief is far from near
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Early signs suggest the Omicron wave is peaking in some parts of the US, but relief is far from near

The Omicron surge has driven Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations to record highs in the United States. This week, however, officials have started to call out very early signs that the wave is peaking — or at least plateauing — in parts of the Northeast. But case rates are still higher in this region than any…

What should you do if someone in your family contracts Covid-19? An expert weighs in
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What should you do if someone in your family contracts Covid-19? An expert weighs in

These days, it’s much easier to contract the coronavirus as the highly contagious Omicron variant spreads worldwide. As people face this current reality, it’s important to note that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recently changed its guidelines around isolation and quarantine. Many have questions about what to do if they or…

19 states have fewer than 15% of ICU beds left as health care staffing shortages complicate care
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19 states have fewer than 15% of ICU beds left as health care staffing shortages complicate care

As a record number of Americans are infected with Covid-19, largely due to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, some states’ health care systems are beset with nearly full intensive care units. Nineteen states have less than 15% remaining capacity in their ICUs. Four of them have less than 10%: Kentucky, Alabama, Indiana and New Hampshire,…

Pfizer’s Covid-19 antiviral pill was hailed as a game-changer, but supplies are scarce
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Pfizer’s Covid-19 antiviral pill was hailed as a game-changer, but supplies are scarce

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is causing Covid-19 cases to spike, with an average of more than 747,000 new cases a day, according to the latest numbers from Johns Hopkins University. That’s almost three times the average daily cases from a year ago, when the country was going through its previous peak, and it’s…

Blood donations are critically needed as Red Cross faces worst shortage in a decade

Blood donations are critically needed as Red Cross faces worst shortage in a decade

If you’ve ever considered donating blood, now is the time to take action. Blood donations are absolutely critical right now as the United States faces the worst blood shortage in over a decade, according to the American Red Cross website. Know your blood type? Type O-positive, Type O-negative and platelets are in the most need…

Cancer mortality rates continue to decline amid ‘major progress’ in lung cancer early detection and treatment
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Cancer mortality rates continue to decline amid ‘major progress’ in lung cancer early detection and treatment

Cancer mortality rates have been dropping for nearly two decades, aided by “major progress” in the early detection and treatment options for lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society’s annual report on cancer statistics, published Wednesday. The overall cancer death rate dropped by about a third (32%) from its peak in 1991 to 2019,…

You can learn to put names to faces while you sleep, study finds
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You can learn to put names to faces while you sleep, study finds

Need to quickly put a name to a face on a company video call? About to play charades online with your new partner’s entire family? Or are you fretting about putting a name to that colleague’s face when you do go back to work in person? One day soon you may have a tool to…

Online fitness training or in-person workouts: Which is better?
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Online fitness training or in-person workouts: Which is better?

When the coronavirus pandemic temporarily closed gyms nationwide in 2020, many people opted to do their workouts at home through online instruction. Even after fitness facilities reopened, a good number of individuals elected to stay at home. That’s probably why online training nabbed the top spot in the Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2021,…

Officials across the US enact emergency procedures to help hospitals combat record-high Covid-19 numbers
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Officials across the US enact emergency procedures to help hospitals combat record-high Covid-19 numbers

The number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 across the US is the highest it’s ever been, pushing officials to enact emergency procedures amid an ongoing case surge, fueled by the highly contagious Omicron variant. More than 151,000 Americans were in the hospital with Covid-19 nationwide on Wednesday, according to data from the Department of Health…

If you use a space heater for warmth, simple steps can help you stay safe
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If you use a space heater for warmth, simple steps can help you stay safe

The nation’s top fire official is calling for all hands on deck to save lives by educating the United States about space heater safety this winter. New York City experienced one of its worst fires in the history of the city Sunday when a malfunctioning space heater in a bedroom sparked an apartment fire in…

The highly contagious Omicron variant will ‘find just about everybody,’ Fauci says, but vaccinated people will still fare better
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The highly contagious Omicron variant will ‘find just about everybody,’ Fauci says, but vaccinated people will still fare better

As the Omicron variant spreads like wildfire across the United States, it’s likely just about everybody will be exposed to the strain, but vaccinated people will still fare better, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert said Tuesday. “Omicron, with its extraordinary, unprecedented degree of efficiency of transmissibility, will ultimately find just about everybody,” Dr. Anthony…

In a medical first, a man with terminal heart disease gets a transplant of genetically modified pig heart
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In a medical first, a man with terminal heart disease gets a transplant of genetically modified pig heart

A 57-year-old Maryland man is doing well three days after receiving a genetically modified pig heart in a first-of-its-kind transplant surgery, University of Maryland Medicine said in a news release Monday. David Bennett had terminal heart disease, and the pig heart was “the only currently available option,” according to the release. Bennett was deemed ineligible…

Replacing full-fat dairy with olive oil may reduce your risk of disease and death, study finds
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Replacing full-fat dairy with olive oil may reduce your risk of disease and death, study finds

Using olive oil instead of margarine, butter or other saturated fats may protect you from dying from cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory disease, dementia, and other conditions, according to a study released Monday. “It’s a combination of both decreasing the amount of saturated fat at the same time you’re increasing the monounsaturated fats found in olive…