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Moderna Says Its COVID Vaccine Works Well in Children Aged 6 to 11

Moderna announced Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine safely triggers a strong immune response in children aged 6 to 11.

Company data shows that a month after receiving both doses of the vaccine, children's antibody levels were 1.5 ...

COVID Pandemic May Have Driven a Flu Strain Into Extinction

It's well-known that COVID-19 pandemic restrictions pretty much quashed the 2020-2021 flu season, with influenza cases falling to never-before-seen lows in the United States.

So little flu circulated, in fact, that some scientists now suspect that one of the major strains of influenza might have gone extinct, for lack of humans to infect.

Influenza B/Yamagata is one of four strains ...

Walmart Recalls Room Spray for Rare Bacteria That Sickened 4, Killing 2

Walmart has recalled an aromatic room spray sold nationwide after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified the presence of a "rare and dangerous" bacteria in the spray that's linked to four illnesses, including two deaths.

The retailer sold about 3,900 bottles of Better Homes and Gardens' Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones in six different s...

COVID Vaccination Does Not Raise Odds of Miscarriage: Study

COVID-19 vaccines don't increase the risk of miscarriage in early pregnancy, according to a study that adds to previous research showing the vaccines are safe for pregnant women.

An international team analyzed data from several Norwegian health registries to assess the risk of miscarriage in the first trimester among women vaccinated against COVID-19. Information from more than 18,000 wom...

Pediatricians Offer Advice on Keeping Trick-or-Treaters Safe

As COVID-19 continues to grip the United States, parents need to plan ahead to keep their children safe on Halloween, experts say.

Kids aged 12 and older are eligible for COVID shots, but many haven't been vaccinated. Those under 12 aren't yet eligible for vaccination.

"Some families organized a family movie night, held virtual costume parties, or built special candy-delivering chut...

The No. 1 Cause of Halloween Injuries: Carving the Pumpkin

Your Jack-o'-Lantern may be more than scary — it could be dangerous.

Pumpkin carving is the leading cause of injuries associated with Halloween, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Between October and November 2018 in the United States, 44% of Halloween-linked injuries were connected with pumpkin-carving activities.

More than one-quarter of Halloween-...

Pfizer Says Lower Dose of Its COVID Vaccine Protects Younger Children

A lower dose of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine is 90.7% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in children aged 5 to 11, according to new clinical trial data from the company.

The data was given to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday, and the agency is expected to release its own analysis of the trial ...

U.S. Gun Violence Rates Jumped 30% During Pandemic

FRIDAY, Oct. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Gun violence sky-rocketed by more than 30% across the United States during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Almost 39,000 injuries and deaths nationwide involved a gun in the year starting in February 2019 — and that number shot up to more than 51,000 between March 2020 and March 2021, according to

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  • Pfizer Vaccine Booster Restores Nearly Full Protection, Company Says

    The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster restored close to full protection against COVID-19 in a late-stage trial involving 10,000 people, the company announced Thursday.

    They said the booster was 95.6% effective and that they plan to submit the latest data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and regulators in other nations.

    "These results provide further evidence of the benefits of...

    Mandates, Not Recommendations, Work Best to Get Folks Vaccinated: Study

    Requiring COVID-19 shots for work, school or travel will boost vaccination rates without the backlash and mass walkouts that many have predicted, new research predicts.

    The findings come as growing numbers of U.S. states, cities and private companies start to enforce COVID-19 vaccine mandates. High-profile refusers like Brooklyn Nets' guard Kyrie Irving and Washington State University foo...

    Confusion, Seizures: People Hospitalized After Taking Veterinary Drug for COVID

    It's a drug that's been supported by some conservative media figures, but taking ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19 might land you in the hospital, a new study warns.

    Interest in the drug surged last summer as the highly contagious Delta variant took over the United States. But instead of protecting against the virus, the use of a medicine typically reserved for horses and cattle has...

    Moving Monoclonal Antibody Treatments for COVID From Hospital to Home

    Antibody infusions help keep high-risk COVID-19 patients out of the hospital, but getting the therapy can be a challenge. One U.S. health system has found a creative way to address the problem: home infusions administered by paramedics.

    Researchers found that the tactic was feasible, delivering antibody infusions to 144 COVID-19 patients in their homes over three months earlier this year....

    FDA Eases Access to Cheaper Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

    Affordable over-the-counter hearing aids could soon bring relief to millions of Americans suffering from hearing loss, under a landmark proposal announced Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    The proposal would create a category of hearing aids that could be sold directly to consumers, without either a medical exam or a fitting by an audiologist.

    Until now, folks suffer...

    State Spending on Poverty Really Pays Off for Kids: Study

    When states spend money on programs that reduce poverty, fewer children are abused and neglected, fewer end up in foster care and fewer die, a new study reveals.

    Researchers found that for every additional $1,000 that states spent on federal, state and local benefit programs per person living in poverty, there was a 4% reduction in substantiated child abuse, a 2% reduction in foster care ...

    Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Hits Long Island, N.Y.

    Health officials say they are trying to track down the source of 10 reported cases of Legionnaires' disease within a one-mile radius in a Long Island, N.Y., neighborhood.

    The patients range in age from 35 to 96. As of Saturday, one had died, two remained hospitalized and seven had been released from the hospital, CBS News reported.

    Legionnaires is a rare form of pneumonia c...

    Mix n' Match COVID Vaccine Strategy Works Well: Study

    Mixing and matching different types of COVID-19 vaccines is highly effective, new research shows.

    The study found that protection against infection was stronger in people who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and a second dose of an mRNA vaccine than in those who received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

    The AstraZeneca vaccine is a vector-based vaccine, while th...

    Be Your Teen's Best Partner as They Learn to Drive

    Parents of teen drivers can play a crucial role in making their children safe drivers, the Governors Highway Safety Association says.

    Millions of U.S. teens are learning to drive at an especially challenging time as risky and dangerous driving has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, the association noted.

    "Teen drivers are more likely than any other age group to be involved in ...

    FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Johnson & Johnson Booster Shot

    In a unanimous vote, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory panel on Friday recommended that the agency grant emergency use of booster shots of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine.

    The FDA is expected to make a decision within days that will help guide the 15 million Americans who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, many of whom have felt left out of the boo...

    Vaccinated Foreign Travelers Can Enter United States Beginning Nov. 8

    All international travelers who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will be able to enter the United States beginning Nov. 8, an official at the White House told The New York Times.

    The announcement came on the heels of news on Wednesday that the United States would reopen its land borders to fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico for the first time ...

    Another Study Finds Pfizer, Moderna Shots Effective Against COVID Variants

    The Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines protect against a number of coronavirus variants, including highly contagious Delta, another study confirms.

    The findings come as breakthrough infections in vaccinated people raise questions about the vaccines' ability to protect against emerging variants.

    The shots do "induce high levels of antibodies against Delta and most variants," said stud...

    Heart Defibs in Schools Are Saving Staff Lives: Study

    Adult staff in schools are more likely than students to suffer sudden cardiac arrest, but automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are often used and improve the chances of survival, a new study finds.

    AEDs are portable devices that deliver an electric shock to try and restart the heart. If appropriate action isn't taken immediately, cardiac arrest is often fatal.

    "Most research on...

    Is a Really Bad Flu Season on the Way?

    It could be a bad flu season this year — and for a couple of years to come — in places in the United States where COVID-19 restrictions like social distancing and masking have been lifted, researchers warn.

    These sorts of measures caused flu cases to decline by more than 60% within the first 10 weeks after COVID-19 lockdowns were implemented in 2020, Columbia University researchers fo...

    More Than Half of COVID-19 Survivors Will Get 'Long COVID'

    Long-term symptoms of coronavirus infection, known as 'long COVID,' affects more than half of COVID-19 survivors, and health care systems should be prepared to treat them, researchers say.

    So far, 236 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and many have had lingering physical and mental health problems for six months or longer.

    "The burden of poor health in COV...

    Kids Can Carry High, Infectious Levels of COVID Coronavirus

    THURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) – From newborns to new adults, young people who get COVID-19 can carry high levels of the virus and spread it to others even if they show no symptoms.

    That's the takeaway from a study of 110 people between 2 weeks and 21 years of age who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection.

    Researchers found that infants, children and teens were equall...

    'Extreme Heat' Days Have Tripled Since 1980s, and More Are Coming

    Urban dwellers around the globe are sweating through three times as many "extreme heat" days as their counterparts did in the 1980s, a new study suggests.

    The study is the latest to chart humans' growing exposure to dangerously high temperatures. Experts said it looked at what's happening in finer detail than previous research has -- and it suggests that exposure to extreme heat is more w...

    Helmets Can Saves Lives in ATV, Dirt Bike Crashes

    New research provides further proof that helmets are essential for young users of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and dirt bikes.

    Wearing a helmet significantly reduces their risk of moderate or severe head injuries in crashes, and also lowers their risk of death, the study found.

    "For neurosurgeons treating pediatric trauma patients, these findings are not at all surprising," said stud...

    Expert Panel Backs Off Recommendation for Aspirin to Prevent Heart Trouble

    Most people shouldn't bother taking daily low-dose aspirin to reduce their risk of a first heart attack or stroke, the nation's leading panel of preventive medicine experts announced Tuesday.

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a draft recommendation that essentially backs off its previous advice urging many folks to consider taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart di...

    Risk of COVID from Grocery Store Surfaces Very Low: Study

    Your chances of getting COVID-19 from surfaces at the grocery store are minimal, a Canadian study reassures.

    Researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario collected 957 samples at four grocery stories over a month. None tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID,

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  • Western Wildfires Are Making Easterners Sick: U.S. Study

    You might think that wildfires in the western United States would only affect folks in places like Colorado, California or Oregon.

    But a new study estimates that three-quarters of smoke-related deaths and visits to the emergency room for asthma in the United States happen east of the Rocky Mount...

    1 in 7 Cancer Patients Worldwide Missed a Surgery Due to Pandemic

    In yet another illustration of how the pandemic wreaked havoc on medical care, a new report shows that 15% of adult cancer patients worldwide didn't get potentially lifesaving surgery due to COVID-19 lockdowns.

    "Our research reveals the collateral impact of lockdowns on patients awaiting cancer surgery during the pandemic. Whilst lockdowns are critical to saving lives and reducing the spr...

    COVID Hospitalizations Are Rising Among Unvaccinated Pregnant Women

    Since the rise of the Delta variant, one Texas hospital has seen a surge in severe COVID-19 among pregnant women — nearly all unvaccinated.

    Researchers at the Dallas hospital found that in late August and early September, 10% to 15% of pregnant patients who tested positive for COVID-19 needed to be hospitalized for severe illness.

    That was more than double the percentage of a year...

    Tree Rings Show Hurricanes Becoming Wetter, Longer, More Dangerous

    The rings of stately pines on the coasts of North and South Carolina offer telling long-term evidence of climate change and a chilling forecast for the future.

    The upshot: The last 300 years have gotten wetter and wetter, making hurricanes ever more dangerous.

    "Our findings suggest that the maximum amount of rainfall from these storms is increasing and is likely going to continue to...

    Big Rise in Injuries From E-Scooters, Hoverboards

    Hoverboards, electric scooters and electric bikes are the transportation of choice for a growing number of Americans, but they're taking many straight to the emergency room.

    Injuries associated with these so-called "micromobility products" skyrocketed 70% between 2017 and 2020, according to a soon-to-be-released report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    That in...

    Pfizer Vaccine 90% Effective Against Severe COVID-19 for at Least 6 Months: Study

    Full vaccination with the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been 90% effective in protecting against hospitalization for at least six months, a new study shows.

    That includes the time during which the highly contagious Delta variant has been circulating in the United States.

    For the study, researchers analyzed Kaiser Permanente Southern California data on more than 3.4 mil...

    Medical Mistrust Fuels Vaccine Hesitancy Among Hispanics

    Misinformation and medical mistrust are major drivers of vaccine hesitancy among U.S. Hispanics, new research shows.

    The researchers also found that protecting other family members is an important factor in convincing Hispanics to get vaccinated.

    The small study included 22 Hispanic mothers in Oregon and 24 of their children who were in grades 9 to 12. At the time of the study, Hisp...

    Minorities Bore the Brunt of U.S. COVID Deaths: Study

    The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has hit minority groups in the United States hard, with significantly more deaths among Black and Hispanic Americans compared with white and Asian Americans, a new study finds.

    According to the report, these disparities highlight the need to address ongoing inequities influencing health and longevity in the United States.

    What's more, "focusing on CO...

    Powerful New Antivirals for COVID Are Coming

    People newly infected with COVID-19 might soon have access to what essentially is Tamiflu for the novel coronavirus, a breakthrough that experts say would drastically alter the course of the ongoing pandemic.

    At least three contenders are vying to become the first antiviral pill that specifically targets COVID-19, according to reports from drug manufacturers.

    Such a pill could be pr...

    Flu Shot Even More Important During Pandemic: Expert

    Although the focus is on the COVID-19 vaccine, don't forget to also get your flu shot — it's important, an expert says.

    "In the United States, it is recommended that everyone over the age of 6 months be vaccinated against the flu, and there are many vaccines available that will fit your need based on age and other important risk factors," said Dr. Pedro Piedra. He is a professor of mole...

    Over Half of Police Killings Aren't Reported, Blacks Most Likely Victims

    While high-profile cases like the 2020 killing of George Floyd have cast a harsh spotlight on police violence in the United States, researchers say deaths attributable to it have been underreported for at least 40 years.

    That's the key finding in a new study published Sept. 30 in The Lancet.

    For the study, a team from the University of Washington School of Medicine, in Se...

    Americans Divided on Biden's Vaccine Mandate, Poll Finds

    Americans are of two minds about President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate, with political party affiliation playing a pivotal role in their opinions, a new poll finds.

    Most Democrats are for it and most Republicans are against it, the survey from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research revealed.

    Overall, the

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  • CDC Pushes Hard on Vaccination for Pregnant Women in New Advisory

    The country's leading health agency on Wednesday implored all Americans who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant to get a coronavirus vaccine.

    COVID-19 poses a serious risk to women who are expecting, since they are vulnerable because of pregnancy's dampening effect on their immune system, experts say.

    But less than one-third of pregnant women have received cor...

    SmartWatches Detect Viral Infection Before Symptoms Surface in Study

    Someday, your smartwatch might be able to tell you if you're coming down with a virus and how sick you'll be — even before symptoms start.

    In a small study, researchers showed that a wearable device, like a Fitbit or Apple Watch, could detect which patients had the H1N1 flu and which had a common cold.

    "One of our goals was to be able to detect that infection before a person feel...

    AI Model Predicts Which Animal Viruses Are Likely to Jump to Humans

    Artificial intelligence (AI) might be able to spot the next virus to jump from animals to humans, Scottish researchers report.

    Identifying diseases before they become a threat to humans is challenging, because only a few of the nearly 2 million animal viruses can infect humans. By developing machine learning models, researchers can analyze genetic patterns of viruses that might infect peo...

    Black Parents Most Hesitant About COVID Vaccines for Kids: Poll

    In a survey of parents in metro Chicago, nearly half of Black parents (48%) said they were reluctant to have their kids vaccinated against COVID-19, researchers say.

    That's significantly higher than the 33% of Hispanic parents and 26% of white parents who expressed vaccine hesitancy, the findings showed.

    "As vaccines are becoming available to younger children, and with continued spi...

    DEA Warns of Fentanyl in Counterfeit Opioid Pills

    People buying pills that look like prescription opioid painkillers or stimulants who are not buying them from a licensed pharmacy may be buying a lethal drug, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration warned this week.

    This was the first public safety alert the DEA has issued in six years, CNN reported.

    Many of these counterfeit pills are laced with fentanyl and methamphet...

    Side Effects of Pfizer Booster Shots Similar to First Two Doses

    As millions of Americans sign up to get their Pfizer booster shot, a new government report delivers reassuring news about its expected side effects.

    The study, published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, evaluated the experiences of individuals who were able to get third doses starting in mid-August because they had compromised immune systems. In those cas...

    Air Pollution Linked to 6 Million Premature Births in 1 Year

    Air pollution impacts the youngest humans, with new research linking dirty air to almost 6 million premature births and almost 3 million underweight babies worldwide in 2019.

    More than 90% of the world's population lives with polluted outdoor air, a new study points out. And its effects continue through the years: Preemies or children with low birth weight have higher rates of major illn...

    Pfizer Sends First Data to FDA on COVID Vaccines for Younger Kids

    Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that it has submitted initial data to federal regulators on the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine among younger children.

    The company is also expected to submit the same data on kids aged 5 to 11 to the European Medicines Agency and other regulatory authorities in the next few weeks, CNN reported.

    Last week, Pfizer released trial data that show...

    U.S. Appeals Panel Backs New York City's Vaccine Mandate for School Staff

    All of New York City's teachers and school staff will still need to get a coronavirus vaccine following an unexpected ruling from a federal appeals panel on Monday that upheld the school system's vaccine mandate.

    While Mayor Bill de Blasio recently ordered the city's school staff to get at least one vaccine dose by midnight Monday, that order was paused late last week by a judge of the U...

    Murders Surged in U.S. in 2020

    A record increase was seen in the number of murders in the United States in 2020, in the biggest one-year jump reported since federal officials began tracking homicides in 1960.

    Figures showed 4,901 more murders committed in 2020 than in 2019. A total of roughly 21,500 people were killed last year, according to data from 16,000 law enforcement agencies across the country. While the number...

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