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Urinary tract infection in men? It happens. Here are 10 things to know
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Urinary tract infection in men? It happens. Here are 10 things to know

“Wait … can men really get urinary infections? Is this fake news?” This was one of the messages I received over the past 24 hours. Yes, men can get urinary tract infections. Not fake news. All of this interest was sparked by news this week that President Bill Clinton has been hospitalized for treatment for…

4 key moments from Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast

4 key moments from Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast

When CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta sat down for a three-hour conversation on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, the chief topic was Covid-19. Gupta and Rogan — whose views often were at odds — discussed the pandemic, vaccines, potential therapeutics and the risk coronavirus poses to children and young people, among many other…

New CDC data shows the risk of dying from Covid-19 is 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults than for fully vaccinated adults
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New CDC data shows the risk of dying from Covid-19 is 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults than for fully vaccinated adults

Throughout August, the risk of dying from Covid-19 was 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults than for fully vaccinated adults in the United States, according to new data published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unvaccinated adults faced a six times higher risk of testing positive for Covid-19 throughout the month, and…

FDA advisers recommend J&J Covid-19 vaccine boosters, talk mix and match boosters
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FDA advisers recommend J&J Covid-19 vaccine boosters, talk mix and match boosters

Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously Friday to recommend a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine at least two months after people get the first dose. The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted 19-0 to recommend the extra dose for all recipients of the J&J Janssen…

More Covid-19 boosters are on the horizon. But not everyone will need one, experts say
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More Covid-19 boosters are on the horizon. But not everyone will need one, experts say

After advisers from the US Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously to recommend emergency authorization of a booster dose of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, another tool in the fight against the pandemic may soon become available for millions of Americans. Moderna’s EUA request mirrored the groups authorized to receive a booster dose of Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine.…

Mindful eating could change your food habits and overall life. Here’s how to start
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Mindful eating could change your food habits and overall life. Here’s how to start

You gobbled down your lunch while scrolling through your social media or watching your favorite show, and now you feel bloated and unsure of what your food even tasted like. Or maybe you feel guilty for eating leftover chocolate cake straight out of the fridge. These behaviors and mindsets contrast with mindful eating, which means…

FDA vaccine advisers recommend emergency use authorization for booster dose of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine
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FDA vaccine advisers recommend emergency use authorization for booster dose of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously Thursday to recommend emergency use authorization of a booster dose of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine. The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee agreed use of a booster dose would be safe and effective in some people six months out from their primary series.…

Covid-19 infections are declining in the US. But hospitalizations are still high in some hot spots
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Covid-19 infections are declining in the US. But hospitalizations are still high in some hot spots

While the rate of Covid-19 infections nationwide is slowing, health care systems in some parts of the country are struggling with hospital wings still packed with patients. Montana, for instance, is facing new highs this week in coronavirus hospitalizations, with 533 Covid-19 patients in hospitals as of Wednesday, according to the US Department of Health…

We’re drowning in a sea of salt. The FDA says we have to help save ourselves

We’re drowning in a sea of salt. The FDA says we have to help save ourselves

I never add salt to my food at home or in restaurants. Nor do I add salt to any recipe while I’m cooking. I’m well aware of the link between salt, high blood pressure and heart disease, which is the leading killer of American men and women. Yet I am still getting over the recommended…

FDA to take up Moderna, J&J Covid-19 booster questions, including mix-and-match shots
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FDA to take up Moderna, J&J Covid-19 booster questions, including mix-and-match shots

Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration meet Thursday and Friday of this week to tackle the next round of questions about booster vaccines for Covid-19 — and they’ll see the first trickle of data on mix-and-match boosters. On Thursday, they’ll focus on Moderna’s application to add a booster dose to its two-dose…

US reaches record high of more than 96,000 drug overdose deaths in a 12-month period, CDC data show
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US reaches record high of more than 96,000 drug overdose deaths in a 12-month period, CDC data show

Reported drug overdose deaths in the United States hit a new high of more than 96,000 in the 12-month period ending March 2021, according to data released Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. In that 12 months — a period when Covid-19 pandemic took hold in…

FDA  lowers voluntary sodium guidelines, but not to recommended levels
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FDA lowers voluntary sodium guidelines, but not to recommended levels

The US Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it will be lowering its targets for sodium content in processed, packaged, and prepared foods, but not to levels recommended for cutting the risk of heart attack and stroke. The guidance issued by the FDA concerns voluntary targets for foods produced by food manufacturers, restaurants, and food…

CDC predicts continued declines in Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths over next 4 weeks
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CDC predicts continued declines in Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths over next 4 weeks

Covid-19 deaths and hospitalizations are expected to decline over the next fours weeks, according to ensemble forecasts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published Wednesday. The latest forecast predicts 740,000 to 762,000 reported deaths by November 6. It’s third consecutive week of a projected decrease in newly reported deaths. There have been…

US FDA OKs Vuse e-cigarettes, its first vape authorization
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US FDA OKs Vuse e-cigarettes, its first vape authorization

The US Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it had authorized e-cigarette products for the first time ever, giving permission to R.J. Reynolds to sell three of its Vuse vape products. “While today’s action permits the tobacco products to be sold in the U.S., it does not mean these products are safe or ‘FDA approved.’…

Moderna urges FDA to authorize a half-size booster dose of its Covid-19 vaccine for some adults
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Moderna urges FDA to authorize a half-size booster dose of its Covid-19 vaccine for some adults

Moderna is urging the US Food and Drug Administration to authorize a half-size booster of its Covid-19 vaccine, according to a briefing document posted Tuesday, ahead of a key meeting of the agency’s vaccine advisers. The company is asking for authorization for a 50-microgram booster dose — half the size of the 100-microgram doses used…

How one woman created a network to support the families of those struggling with addiction
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How one woman created a network to support the families of those struggling with addiction

Joanne Peterson has attended the State of the Union and addressed governors across the country on the opioid epidemic. Senators and attorneys general call her in hopes of better understanding how they can support their communities as they deal with an epidemic of overdoses. It’s incredibly gratifying work, but when I recently visited Peterson in…

Synthetic chemical in consumer products linked to early death, study finds
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Synthetic chemical in consumer products linked to early death, study finds

Synthetic chemicals called phthalates, found in hundreds of consumer products such as food storage containers, shampoo, makeup, perfume and children’s toys, may contribute to some 91,000 to 107,000 premature deaths a year among people ages 55 to 64 in the United States, a new study found. People with the highest levels of phthalates had a…