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FDA advisers to consider third possible Covid-19 vaccine Friday

FDA advisers to consider third possible Covid-19 vaccine Friday

US Food and Drug Administration vaccine advisers are scheduled to meet Friday to discuss the potential emergency authorization of a third coronavirus vaccine for the US, this one made by Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine arm Janssen Biotech. It’s the next step in a process that could end with the new vaccine’s rollout early next week.…

Arthritis drugs can help critically ill Covid-19 patients, study suggests

Arthritis drugs can help critically ill Covid-19 patients, study suggests

Drugs typically used to treat rheumatoid arthritis can help critically ill Covid-19 patients in intensive care units, one new study finds. But experts warn that more research is needed before doctors start using the drugs more widely, because another new study found that another, similar drug did not help patients hospitalized with Covid-19 pneumonia getting…

I’m pregnant… should I get the Covid-19 vaccine?

I’m pregnant… should I get the Covid-19 vaccine?

There’s enough to worry about during a pregnancy, even without a pandemic. As the vaccine rollout continues, there’s still concern over its impact on pregnancy. Covid-19 has added an entirely new layer of health anxiety for anyone expecting a child. That’s why one of the biggest questions on many pregnant women’s minds is if the…

Going maskless is a key factor in Covid-19 outbreaks at gyms, studies say

Going maskless is a key factor in Covid-19 outbreaks at gyms, studies say

Wearing masks and other safety precautions are key to stop the spread of Covid-19 during indoor group exercise, according to two new reports published by the US Centers for Disease and Prevention. The two studies, published Wednesday, linked Covid-19 outbreaks over the summer to exercise facilities in Chicago and Honolulu. In the Chicago report, 60%…

Moderna, Pfizer test vaccine strategies against new variants

Moderna, Pfizer test vaccine strategies against new variants

Vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna are trying to get out ahead of some of the new coronavirus variants that are causing concern around the world. Although there’s no evidence people immunized with either vaccine have less protection against the variants, both companies said they have started looking at ways to account for evolving mutations. Especially…

Children exposed to tobacco smoke could be at risk for high blood pressure

Children who are exposed to tobacco smoke have a greater chance of having high blood pressure, a new study has found. Researchers found 6% of children who were exposed to tobacco smoke had high blood pressure compared to 4% in children who weren’t exposed, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA Network Open. The…

After weeks of sharp declines, new Covid-19 cases are beginning to flatten

After weeks of sharp declines, new Covid-19 cases are beginning to flatten

After six straight weeks of declines in new Covid-19 cases in the US, that number has started to plateau, even as hospitalizations and deaths continue to drop. The 7-day average of daily new cases was just over 72,000 on Wednesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, a total that is relatively unchanged from last…

Researchers find worrying new coronavirus variant in New York City

Researchers find worrying new coronavirus variant in New York City

Two separate teams of researchers said this week they have found a worrying new coronavirus variant in New York City and elsewhere in the Northeast that carries mutations that help it evade the body’s natural immune response — as well as the effects of monoclonal antibody treatments. Genomics researchers have named the variant B.1.526. It…

5 questions answered about Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine

5 questions answered about Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine

The US is one step closer to having a third Covid-19 vaccine and it can’t come soon enough. With people clamoring for a shot, it was welcome news that the US Food and Drug Administration’s analysis Johnson & Johnson’s trial data showed its vaccine is safe and effective. Here’s what that could mean for you.…

Which face mask is best for communication? A new study weighs in

Which face mask is best for communication? A new study weighs in

The receptionist at the doctor’s office asks a question from behind her double mask and face guard on the opposite side of a large, plastic partition. “Excuse me, what was that again?” It’s a phrase I repeat a lot these days. Distorted by masks and myriad sound barriers, sounds in the world around me have…

What exactly are Tiger Woods’ injuries? And what might they mean for his future?

What exactly are Tiger Woods’ injuries? And what might they mean for his future?

Tiger Woods’ rollover car crash led to serious leg injuries and a flurry of medical terms most people aren’t familiar with. The 45-year-old golf legend was rushed to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center on Tuesday after the wreck. The hospital’s chief medical officer described his injuries and immediate treatment in a statement posted to Woods’ Twitter account:…

Covid-19 antibodies may protect against reinfection later, study suggests

Covid-19 antibodies may protect against reinfection later, study suggests

There’s new evidence that connects testing positive for Covid-19 antibodies from a prior infection with a significantly lower risk of becoming infected again in the future. A study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Wednesday, found that people who tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies were at a decreased risk of coronavirus infection compared…

Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective, FDA analysis finds

Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective, FDA analysis finds

In an analysis released Wednesday, the US Food and Drug Administration said the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine has met the requirements for emergency use authorization — another step toward the authorization of a third shot for the United States. The efficacy of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against moderate to severe/critical Covid-19 across all…

Family rifts seem on the rise. Here’s why they happen and how to cope

Family rifts seem on the rise. Here’s why they happen and how to cope

Each week, Sheri McGregor gets hundreds of emails from parents shut out of their children’s lives. Every story is different, she said. What the parents have in common is a profound sense of isolation. “They say, ‘I thought I was the only one,’” said McGregor, founder of a website for estranged parents who lives in…

Talking on the phone for 10 minutes could make you feel less lonely, study says

Talking on the phone for 10 minutes could make you feel less lonely, study says

Talking to someone on the phone for 10 minutes multiple times a week — if you’re in control of the conversation — can decrease loneliness, a new study revealed. Half of the 240 study participants were selected to receive brief phone calls from volunteers over the course of a month, and they reported feeling 20%…

Educators may be more central drivers of Covid-19 in schools than students, CDC study finds

Educators may be more central drivers of Covid-19 in schools than students, CDC study finds

A study that found teachers — not students — were the probable source of several school-related Covid-19 outbreaks highlights the need to maintain mask and distancing guidelines and to prioritize teachers and school staff for vaccination, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Monday. The “concerning report,” published Monday, details…