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Children And COVID: New Cases Increase for Third Straight Week

New cases of COVID-19 in children rose for the third consecutive week, while vaccinations among 5- to 11-year-olds continued to steadily increase, according to new data. There were almost 142,000 new cases reported during the week of Nov. 12-18, marking...
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White House Announces Vaccination Plans for Younger Children

Bring on the playdates and birthday parties. The White House says it has purchased enough of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to immunize all 28 million children in the United States who are between the ages of 5 and 12. States were allowed to begin...
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Pfizer to Allow Other Companies to Make COVID-19 Pill

Pfizer has signed a deal to allow other manufacturers to make its experimental COVID-19 pill, possibly opening up access to treatment to countries across the world. On Tuesday, the company said it would give a license for the pill to the Medicines Patent...
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CDC Backs Pfizer s COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids

Younger children could soon receive their first dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine after the CDC officially endorsed the shot for this age group on Tuesday evening. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, signed off on the recommendation, which she...
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Moving Past Theranos: What Is Possible With Blood Analysis?

Once valued at over $9 billion dollars, it seemed like Theranos was going to change the world of routine blood testing. Their claim was revolutionary: Using blood from a finger prick, they could run over 200 different tests. With a trip to a local pharmacy,...
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Working the Night Shift Linked to Heart Problems, Study Finds

Night Shift work not only disrupts your sleep schedule, but it could also increase your risk of having an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation (AFib), as well as coronary heart disease, according to new research. In a large study of...
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More Reassuring Data on COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy

Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine early in pregnancy is not associated with an increased risk for spontaneous abortion, new research suggests. The study, published online in JAMA looked at the proportion of women who received the vaccine and had ongoing pregnancies...
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Should not Docs Who Spread False COVID Info Lose Their Licenses?

A tall, distinguished-looking physician in shirtsleeves and suspenders walked to the microphone at the Mt. Vernon, Indiana, school board meeting on a Friday evening in early August. He launched into an impassioned, 7-minute attack on the public health...
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FDA Authorizes Booster Shot for Immunocompromised Americans

The FDA has authorized a third dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for people with compromised immune systems. The decision, which came late Thursday, was not unexpected and a CDC panel meeting today is expected to approve directions...
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Texas Standoff Illustrates Battle Over COVID Vaccines

Houston Methodist made headlines in April when it told employees they would have to get vaccinated for COVID or be fired, becoming the first large medical system in the United States to mandate COVID vaccinations. The policy has worked. About 98%...