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Local health officials doubt federal pivot on Covid-19 vaccines will help in time

Local health officials doubt federal pivot on Covid-19 vaccines will help in time

The federal government’s about-face on vaccine policy may be too little, too late, local health officials told CNN Tuesday. City and county health departments are already running at a deficit, and will continue to struggle to get vaccines out to people, the National Association of County and City Health Officials said. The US Department of…

CDC to require all air travelers to US to show negative coronavirus test

CDC to require all air travelers to US to show negative coronavirus test

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday it will require a negative Covid-19 test from all air passengers entering the United States — a move it says may help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Air passengers will be required to get a viral test within three days before their flight to…

Millions have a real fear of needles. Overcoming that is critical for the vaccine rollout

Millions have a real fear of needles. Overcoming that is critical for the vaccine rollout

As a fourth-year medical student at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Amanda Walker knows that vaccinations are both safe and essential. Getting one, however, is still an ordeal for Walker, who has needle phobia. “I’ll start to get really clammy, and then get cold sweats,” she said, describing her reaction to routine injections. “Then I…

Help dogs and cats cope with separation anxiety when humans return to work

Help dogs and cats cope with separation anxiety when humans return to work

When one of my co-workers found out about a tiny, orphaned kitten that needed a home a few months ago, he didn’t hesitate to adopt it. He says his new companion helped make the months of Covid-19 isolation at home much less stressful. He is not alone. Animal shelters and breeders across the country have…

The power of a real apology

The power of a real apology

“Forgiveness” in the time of Covid usually refers to loans, as in TD Bank’s recent announcement that, pending new information, it was no longer “accepting new forgiveness applications.” That phrasing got me thinking about how we, as individuals, sometimes struggle to accept a “forgiveness application” — aka apology — from someone who has done us…

United States sets record for most Covid-19 deaths reported in one day

United States sets record for most Covid-19 deaths reported in one day

The US set a record Tuesday for the most Covid-19 deaths reported in one day since the start of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. As of Tuesday evening, 4,197 deaths were reported, according to JHU. This is not the complete total for Tuesday, though, because final numbers come in overnight. The…

Moderna thinks its vaccine will protect against the coronavirus for at least a year

Moderna thinks its vaccine will protect against the coronavirus for at least a year

Biotechnology company Moderna believes its vaccine should protect people against Covid-19 for at least a year, a top official told investors Monday. “Our expectation is that the vaccination should last you at least a year,” Moderna’s chief medical officer Tal Zaks told the JP Morgan 39th Annual Healthcare Conference. Both Moderna’s and Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccines…

Doctors test popular anti-depressant to see if it fights off Covid-19

Doctors test popular anti-depressant to see if it fights off Covid-19

Doctors are running a clinical trial to see if a popular anti-depressant might keep someone from becoming severely ill with Covid-19. The researchers at Washington University of St. Louis are recruiting 1,100 people in the beginning stages of Covid-19 to test out the drug fluvoxamine, also known as Luvox. While an anti-depressant may seem like…

Parasite found in undercooked meat linked with risk of rare brain cancer

Parasite found in undercooked meat linked with risk of rare brain cancer

A common parasite people get from contaminated water and undercooked meat may be associated with rare brain cancers, researchers reported Monday. They found evidence that people infected with Toxoplasma gondii, or T. gondii, have a higher risk of developing rare but highly fatal gliomas. The parasite can sometimes form cysts in the brain and the…

Toxins in marijuana smoke may be harmful to health, study finds

Toxins in marijuana smoke may be harmful to health, study finds

Smoking weed may expose you to the same type of toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke, a new study finds. People who only smoked marijuana had higher blood and urine levels of several smoke-related toxins such as naphthalene, acrylamide and acrylonitrile than nonsmokers, according to the study published Monday in the journal EClinicalMedicine. Naphthalene is…

Worried about your toddler right now? Take a deep breath

As Ashlyn Atigre prepared to take her healthy son to the pediatrician for his 3-year-old well visit recently, a nagging concern was on her mind. “I want to talk about the social impact of the pandemic with the doctor,” said the Tampa, Florida, mother. “I’m an introvert but clearly need people. And I’m seeing his…

The benefits of approaching this year like a total newbie

The benefits of approaching this year like a total newbie

Midway through his mission to learn chess, Tom Vanderbilt found himself facing off against an 8-year-old child. Vanderbilt had a successful writing career, a college degree and decades of real-world experience. The kid, though, had superior skills. Vanderbilt lost in a few dozen moves. Defeat, however, couldn’t dampen Vanderbilt’s enthusiasm for chess, one of five…

US reports over 200K new Covid-19 cases every single day for a week straight

US reports over 200K new Covid-19 cases every single day for a week straight

The US set a grim milestone Monday as the country recorded over 200,000 new Covid-19 cases for seven straight days, according to John Hopkins University. The nation has never hit this milestone before, JHU data shows. Over the last week, the US has tallied over 1.7 million total Covid-19 cases and over 20,000 deaths. On…

Much of US data to catch newest coronavirus variants is several months old

As part of the hunt for new coronavirus variants, an international database shows the United States ranks 61st in how quickly virus samples are collected from patients, analyzed and then posted online. Countries with far fewer resources, including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Suriname, process samples more quickly than the United States does. “It’s pathetic,” said…

At this rate, January will be the deadliest month of Covid-19 in the US

At this rate, January will be the deadliest month of Covid-19 in the US

It took about 90 days for the United States to reach its first 2 million cases of coronavirus last year. But it took just 10 days to hit 2.2 million cases in 2021, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. And new infections, hospitalizations and deaths keep soaring. “We’re in a dire situation,” said Dr.…

Valuing male dominance may predict support for Trump, study says

Valuing male dominance may predict support for Trump, study says

Men and women who endorse “hegemonic masculinity” — an idealized form of manhood where White, heterosexual men have power, status and dominance over women, gay men, men with disabilities, racial or religious minorities and other groups — are more likely to be supporters for US President Donald Trump than those who don’t embrace dominant masculinity,…

Dentists, students called in to help deliver coronavirus vaccines

Dentists, students called in to help deliver coronavirus vaccines

As the US looks for ways to speed the administration of Covid-19 vaccines, some states and providers are pulling in non-traditional vaccinators, including dentists, retirees and students, to aid in the process. With health care workers stretched thin responding to record numbers of coronavirus hospitalizations, jurisdictions are scrambling to find extra hands with the skills…

Identical twins aren’t always genetically identical, new study finds

Identical twins aren’t always genetically identical, new study finds

Identical twins may not be quite as identical as we thought; researchers in Iceland have discovered genetic differences that begin at the early stages of embryonic development. Scientists have long used the study of identical twins to examine the effects of nature versus nurture, as the accepted view has been that, because they share the…

Yes, you can still get infected with Covid-19 after being vaccinated. Here’s why

Yes, you can still get infected with Covid-19 after being vaccinated. Here’s why

On December 18, a San Diego emergency room nurse was given a shot of the Covid-19 vaccine. A week later, he tested positive for the virus, CNN affiliate KGTV reported. Stories like this will become more common as millions of Americans are administered the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines over the coming months. Over time, many…