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Garlic facts and history: The truth about vampires and health benefits

Garlic facts and history: The truth about vampires and health benefits

For thousands of years, we’ve used one vegetable as a spice to flavor our toast, treat ear infections and ward off vampires: garlic. Garlic is the edible bulb of a plant in the lily family, native to central Asia. In addition to making food taste better, it has traditionally been used for health purposes by…

Suicide attempts rose among adolescent girls during pandemic, ER data suggest

Suicide attempts rose among adolescent girls during pandemic, ER data suggest

The United States saw a significant rise in suspected suicide attempts among teen girls during the pandemic, a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds. The study, published on Friday by the CDC, found that in May 2020, emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts started to increase among adolescents…

This skateboarder is helping plus-size riders roll

This skateboarder is helping plus-size riders roll

Windows down, music up. That’s how Andy Duran describes the feeling of riding a skateboard. “Imagine your favorite song and then suddenly being able to kind of feel the song moving through you in the wind,” Duran said. “That’s what skating kind of feels like. It just feels really beautiful.” Duran grew up skateboarding in California’s Bay Area in the late 1990s and early 2000s.…

Chinese researchers find batch of new coronaviruses in bats

Chinese researchers find batch of new coronaviruses in bats

Chinese researchers said Thursday they had found a batch of new coronaviruses in bats including one that may be the second-closest yet, genetically, to the Covid-19 virus. According to the researchers, their discoveries in a single, small region of Yunnan province, southwestern China show just how many coronaviruses there are in bats and how many…

FDA’s vaccine advisers debate urgency of vaccinating kids against coronavirus

FDA’s vaccine advisers debate urgency of vaccinating kids against coronavirus

Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday debated what kind of detailed information the agency would need to consider authorizing the use of coronavirus vaccines in children younger than 12. While a few advisers said it’s far too soon to consider using vaccines in children because kids are at such low…

CDC warns about spike in RSV cases across South

CDC warns about spike in RSV cases across South

A common cold virus called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is spreading across the South, causing an unusual wave of late spring disease, the US Centers for Disease Control and prevention said Thursday. The CDC issued a Health Advisory Network warning to doctors and other health care providers to be on alert for the virus, which…

What we know about the Covid-19 Delta variant first found in India

What we know about the Covid-19 Delta variant first found in India

A coronavirus variant first detected in India in February has now gone global, popping up in dozens of countries and raising fears that the strain may spearhead a wave of infection that could overwhelm health care systems, reverse reopening plans and even potentially undermine the rollout of vaccines. The B.1.617.2 strain, officially known as the…

Uncovering the origins of the virus that sparked a pandemic

Uncovering the origins of the virus that sparked a pandemic

Unlocking the mysteries of the exact origins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 and launched a global pandemic in March 2020, has become one of the most burning questions in the scientific community. But the effort, like so many other coronavirus-related issues, has become hotly contested, fraught with implications for international relations and, in…

Skipping a trip to the grocery store may lead to fewer junk food purchases

Skipping a trip to the grocery store may lead to fewer junk food purchases

Eating healthier may be as simple as not going to the grocery store, one study revealed. Participants who ordered their groceries online spent less money on junk food compared to when they shopped in person, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Researchers tracked the spending patterns of…

Can indoor concerts ever be safe again?

Can indoor concerts ever be safe again?

Employees are headed back into the office, children are going to summer camp. The post-pandemic daily routine may soon look like 2019. But what about the pure joy of singing along to a favorite artist, packed closely in a sea of thousands of fans? When will live music return? A Tuesday night sunset concert at…

Moderna seeks FDA authorization for Covid-19 vaccine for people ages 12 to 17

Moderna seeks FDA authorization for Covid-19 vaccine for people ages 12 to 17

Moderna has filed with the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine for people ages 12 to 17, according to a news release from the company. Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine is currently authorized for people ages 18 and older. Last month, Moderna released results from a Phase 2/3 trial of…

Modified mosquitoes reduce dengue cases by 77% in Indonesia experiment

Modified mosquitoes reduce dengue cases by 77% in Indonesia experiment

An experiment to infect mosquitoes with bacteria that stop them from transmitting viruses appears to have helped reduced the spread of deadly dengue virus in Indonesia, researchers reported Wednesday. The modified mosquitoes thrived for three years, and cases of dengue were reduced by 77% in areas where they were introduced, the researchers reported in the…

Work can wait. Your mental health can’t. How to make the most of a break

Work can wait. Your mental health can’t. How to make the most of a break

Deciding to take time off of work isn’t easy. Taking a leave of absence for mental health reasons is even harder. Making the choice to step back for your mental wellbeing when you happen to be the youngest member of Britain’s Parliament? That’s an especially bold and brave decision. In late May, 24-year-old Nadia Whittome…

FDA adviser resigns over approval of new Alzheimer’s drug

FDA adviser resigns over approval of new Alzheimer’s drug

A member of a US Food and Drug Administration advisory committee said Wednesday he had resigned over the agency’s approval of a new Alzheimer’s drug. The FDA approved aducanumab, to be sold under the brand name Aduhelm, this week over the objections of its advisory Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee. Mayo Clinic…

Beech-Nut to stop selling baby rice cereal after finding high arsenic levels

Beech-Nut to stop selling baby rice cereal after finding high arsenic levels

Beech-Nut Nutrition voluntarily recalled an infant rice cereal Tuesday because the product exceeds a US Food and Drug Administration limit of 100 parts per billion of arsenic. The company also announced it would no longer sell baby rice cereal. Research has shown that even low levels of arsenic exposure can impact a baby’s neurodevelopment. The…

A link between Covid-19 vaccination and a cardiac illness may be getting clearer

A link between Covid-19 vaccination and a cardiac illness may be getting clearer

Vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there has been a higher-than-expected number of cases of a heart ailment among young people, most often males, who’ve recently received their second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines. The CDC says the reports of the ailment are “rare” and that…