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Parts of northeast China on heightened alert as COVID-19 returns
Parts of northeast China on heightened alert as COVID-19 returns

A few border cities in northeastern China started to tighten COVID-19 measures, restricting travel and limiting gatherings in public spaces, and some declared a "pre-war" mode of vigilance and monitoring, as China combats an outbreak hitting mainly the north. China reported 23 locally transmitted symptomatic cases for Wednesday, official data showed on Thursday, down from 50 a day earlier, bringing the total number to 270 since Oct. 17, when the current outbreak began. Although the tally is tiny versus many clusters outside China, the spread to over a dozen provincial areas and a zero-tolerance policy have forced local officials to toughen restrictions, again squeezing the service...

New Zealand to start easing COVID-19 border restrictions
New Zealand to start easing COVID-19 border restrictions

New Zealand said on Thursday it would ease coronavirus border restrictions that have been in place since March 2020, and move to a system of home isolation for fully vaccinated overseas arrivals from early next year. The country was the among the first to shut down its borders in response to the pandemic last year, and has retained these tough border restrictions - leaving many expatriate citizens and residents stranded for months. Home isolation will also be introduced in the first quarter of 2022, New Zealand's COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said at a news conference.

The CDC added people diagnosed with mood disorders to a list of high-risk individuals eligible for booster shots
The CDC added people diagnosed with mood disorders to a list of high-risk individuals eligible for booster shots

The addition of mood disorders to the list allows those diagnosed with mental health conditions eligible for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.

Rare gene mutation can significantly increase breast cancer risk
Rare gene mutation can significantly increase breast cancer risk

A mutation in the PALB2 gene can further increase every woman's risk of getting breast cancer.

Trick-or-treating during COVID: Most parents think kids will be safe
Trick-or-treating during COVID: Most parents think kids will be safe

Parents most concerned about the virus are the least likely to feel kids will be safe

Why even some vaccinated parents aren
Why even some vaccinated parents aren't planning to rush to give kids Covid shot

As the FDA is expected to rule on the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine for young children, some parents say they're not rushing out to get their kids vaccinated.

Higher Food Prices Hit the Poor and Those Who Help Them
Higher Food Prices Hit the Poor and Those Who Help Them

With food prices surging, many Americans have found their household budgets upended, forcing difficult choices at the supermarket and putting new demands on programs intended to help. Food banks and pantries, too, are struggling with the increase in costs, substituting or pulling the most expensive products, such as beef, from offerings. What's more, donations of food are down, even as the number of people seeking help remains elevated. Even well-off Americans have noticed that many items are co

That Tainted Halloween Candy Myth Just Won
That Tainted Halloween Candy Myth Just Won't Go Away

As children go trick-or-treating, it is exceedingly unlikely that your neighbor will put a razor blade in an apple, poison a wrapped Snickers bar, or, in this year's version of the same old story, swap THC-laced gummies for regular candy, tricking innocent youngsters into accidentally getting high. Historically, such acts have not just been rare, but very close to completely undocumented. The lack of evidence has done little to reassure parents, police and some in the media, who have repeated th

Report: At least 59,000 meat workers caught COVID, 269 died
Report: At least 59,000 meat workers caught COVID, 269 died

At least 59,000 meatpacking workers became ill with COVID-19 and 269 workers died when the virus tore through the industry last year, which is significantly more than previously thought, according to a new U.S. House report released Wednesday. With workers standing shoulder-to-shoulder along production lines, the meatpacking industry was one of the early epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, which used internal documents from five of the biggest meatpacking companies for its report, said companies could have done more to protect their workers.

People who eat meat report lower levels of depression and anxiety than vegans do, a recent analysis suggests
People who eat meat report lower levels of depression and anxiety than vegans do, a recent analysis suggests

An analysis of 20 studies suggests eating meat is correlated with better mental health. That doesn't mean meat-free diets cause depression, though.

FDA advisers back Pfizer
FDA advisers back Pfizer's COVID vaccine for kids 5 to 11

The CDC must also weigh in before younger children can be vaccinated.

Immunocompromised Americans who had a 3rd COVID-19 shot can now get a 4th, CDC says
Immunocompromised Americans who had a 3rd COVID-19 shot can now get a 4th, CDC says

Immunocompromised adults who had Pfizer or Moderna's two-dose COVID-19 vaccines, plus an additional shot, can now get a fourth, the CDC said.

FDA panel recommends Pfizer vaccine for kids 5-11; maker of COVAXIN looks to start US trials of vaccine: COVID-19 updates
FDA panel recommends Pfizer vaccine for kids 5-11; maker of COVAXIN looks to start US trials of vaccine: COVID-19 updates

Children are one step closer to being able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Ocugen plans to begin US trials of COVAXIN in US. Latest updates.

Bulgaria hits record high daily coronavirus cases, hospitals stretched
Bulgaria hits record high daily coronavirus cases, hospitals stretched

The virus has killed 124 people in the past 24 hours, according to the figures, bringing the total death toll to 23,440. More than 7,300 people were in COVID-19 wards as hospitals across the Balkan country struggled to deal with the inflow of coronavirus patients amid a shortage of medical staff. The interim government imposed a health pass entry to most indoor public venues in a bid to slow the spread of the more contagious Delta variant and spur vaccinations in the country, where only one in four adults has had at least one shot.

NY Attorney General warns parents of candy and snacks in
NY Attorney General warns parents of candy and snacks in 'deceptive' packaging containing 'dangerously high concentrations of THC'

The NY Office of the AG defined symptoms of marijuana overdose as: "respiratory distress, loss of coordination, lethargy, and loss of consciousness."

Everything You Need to Know About Rosacea, From Triggers to Treatments
Everything You Need to Know About Rosacea, From Triggers to Treatments

Rosacea is more than just redness, and it's not the easiest of skin conditions to treat. In fact, it can be pretty frustrating, which is why we called on three different skin-care experts to share their insights on the skin condition, as well as their top tips for how to manage your rosacea flare-ups for a calmer, healthier complexion.

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Here's What You Need To Know About Pfizer's COVID Vaccine For Kids Under 12

The dose for younger children is one-third the size for adults and is more than 90% effective at preventing symptomatic infections.View Entire Post ›

Women exposed to cleaning products at work are more likely to give birth to kids with asthma - even if the exposure was long before conceiving
Women exposed to cleaning products at work are more likely to give birth to kids with asthma - even if the exposure was long before conceiving

Chemicals from cleaning products could impact the health of future generations before they're even conceived.

Pace of vaccinations among young people spotlights nation
Pace of vaccinations among young people spotlights nation's stark regional disparities

Whether children receive a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine often depends on where they call home.

This Flu Season Is Different. Here
This Flu Season Is Different. Here's How to Prepare.

One silver lining of the last two winters is that the flu, which typically sends hundreds of thousands of Americans to the hospital each year and causes tens of thousands of deaths, was not as severe as it has been in years past. Peter Palese, a microbiologist and flu expert at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, said there were 100 times fewer infections, hospitalizations and deaths from influenza last season than in average flu seasons. But when compared with last fal

COVID Cases Keep Falling
COVID Cases Keep Falling

The number of new daily COVID-19 cases in the United States has plunged 57% since peaking on Sept. 1. Almost as encouraging as the magnitude of the decline is its breadth: Cases have been declining in every region. Forecasting COVID's future is extremely difficult, and it's certainly possible that cases will rise again in the coming weeks. But the geographic breadth of the decline does offer reason for optimism. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times Past COVID increases have

The pandemic has made it even harder for one in three  Americans to obtain healthy, affordable food
The pandemic has made it even harder for one in three Americans to obtain healthy, affordable food

Free bagged lunches are ready for distribution at a public school in Fayette, Miss., on March 3, 2021. AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis The Conversation, CC BY-ND COVID-19 has made food access more challenging for many communities. In Michigan State University's Fall 2021 Food Literacy and Engagement Poll, 31% of the people we talked to said the pandemic had affected their household's ability to obtain food. This included 28% of households earning less than $25,000, and 38% of those earning more than $

Type of ultraviolet light most effective at killing coronavirus is also the safest to use around people
Type of ultraviolet light most effective at killing coronavirus is also the safest to use around people

UV light at most wavelengths can kill COVID-19. andriano_cz/iStock via Getty ImagesScientists have long known that ultraviolet light can kill pathogens on surfaces and in air and water. UV robots are used to disinfect empty hospital rooms, buses and trains; UV bulbs in HVAC systems eliminate pathogens in building air; and UV lamps kill bugs in drinking water. Perhaps you have seen UV wands, UV LEDs and UV air purifiers advertised as silver bullets to protect against the coronavirus. While decade

How COVID-19 in kids compares to the flu, other viruses in children
How COVID-19 in kids compares to the flu, other viruses in children

The combination of flu season and COVID-19 can mean more kids in the hospital. Here's what the numbers look like.

Spurred on by COVID-19 onslaught, Romanians make up for lost vaccine time
Spurred on by COVID-19 onslaught, Romanians make up for lost vaccine time

As ambulance sirens continuously pierce the air of Romanian cities as they rush COVID-19 patients to already full hospitals, queues are starting to form at vaccination centres. Daily COVID-19 inoculation numbers have reached pandemic highs this month in the European Union's second-lowest vaccinated country, as Romanians respond to dramatic death rates and newly enforced restrictions. In the capital Bucharest, Elena Serban, a 51-year-old garment worker had postponed getting the vaccine because she did not have health problems that would have threatened her if she got infected.

Switzerland recommends COVID-19 booster shots for over 65s, but not general population
Switzerland recommends COVID-19 booster shots for over 65s, but not general population

BERLIN (Reuters) -Switzerland said on Tuesday it was recommending COVID-19 booster shots for people over 65 but not for the general population. The vaccinations would start from mid-November and should be done at least six months after the patients received their second dose, Switzerland's health ministry and vaccination commission (EKIF) said in a statement. The recommendation is based on the Swiss medicine regulator's decision to approve booster vaccinations with mRNA vaccines from Pfizer/Biontech and Moderna for high-risk patients, the ministry and EKIF said.

China urges faster COVID-19 testing amid latest outbreak
China urges faster COVID-19 testing amid latest outbreak

China is demanding faster and more accessible COVID-19 testing services in its latest effort to reinforce a zero-tolerance policy against the virus, even when cities have already scrambled to test millions in just a few days amid outbreaks. Frequent testing, and sometimes mass testing, is standard practice in China's containment of domestically transmitted outbreaks in the past year, but health authorities say testing services remain unsatisfactory in parts of China amid flare-ups. "Small clusters and sporadic infections have occurred in some areas, exposing problems such as the unreasonable locations of nucleic acid testing agencies, inconvenient services and delays in the returning of...

Stress from the pandemic has made even basic decision-making difficult, poll finds
Stress from the pandemic has made even basic decision-making difficult, poll finds

Daily tasks such as choosing what to wear are a struggle, particularly for younger adults, parents and Black and Latino people, according to the American Psychological Association.

Fact check: Supply chain delays not related to COVID-19 vaccine mandates
Fact check: Supply chain delays not related to COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Experts say vaccine mandates are not responsible for the current nationwide shipping delays.

Infant in critical condition, 2 other people injured in Georgia house explosion
Infant in critical condition, 2 other people injured in Georgia house explosion

The 4-month-old suffered critical injuries, and a 45-year-old woman and a 14-year-old boy were seriously injured in the explosion outside Savannah.

The Texas abortion ban has a medical exception. But some doctors worry it
The Texas abortion ban has a medical exception. But some doctors worry it's too narrow to use.

Since Sept. 1, abortion has been illegal in Texas after six weeks gestation, with one exception: If a doctor determines that a patient will face a "medical emergency" if the pregnancy continues, they can perform an abortion later on without breaking the law. But Texas's medical exception is narrower, and less defined, than others found in gestational bans across the country, said Elizabeth Sepper, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law who specializes in reproductive

Are Vaccine Boosters Widely Needed? Some Federal Advisers Have Misgivings
Are Vaccine Boosters Widely Needed? Some Federal Advisers Have Misgivings

Following a series of endorsements over the past month by scientific panels advising federal agencies, tens of millions of Americans are now eligible for booster shots of coronavirus vaccines. But the recommendations - even those approved unanimously - mask significant dissent and disquiet among those advisers about the need for booster shots in the United States. In interviews last week, several advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and to the Food and Drug Administration s

Kids with obesity need acceptance from family and friends, not just better diet tips, to succeed at managing their weight
Kids with obesity need acceptance from family and friends, not just better diet tips, to succeed at managing their weight

Obesity intervention programs tend to focus on healthy food and physical activity. But is that enough? kali9/E+ Collection via Getty ImagesHundreds of programs over the past four decades - from the removal of junk food from school vending machines to Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign - have tried to get kids in the U.S. to eat healthier food and exercise more often. But none of these efforts lowered national child obesity rates. In fact, child obesity has continued to increase. This has bee

Can I get a booster shot? Latest guidelines for COVID-19 vaccines
Can I get a booster shot? Latest guidelines for COVID-19 vaccines

The CDC recently recommended additional doses for millions of Americans, including all adults who were first vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson's shot.

Fact check: Most antibiotics don
Fact check: Most antibiotics don't interfere with birth control

Only one rarely used antibiotic, rifampin, has been proven to interfere with the effectiveness of contraceptives, experts say.

Biden administration to speed up authorization of at-home Covid tests
Biden administration to speed up authorization of at-home Covid tests

Government health experts will work with test-makers and guide them through a streamlined FDA process as part of a new $70 million program.

EU regulator starts real-time review of Merck
EU regulator starts real-time review of Merck's COVID-19 pill

Under the procedure, also known as a "rolling review", the European Medicines Agency (EMA) would assess data as soon as it becomes available, instead of waiting for a formal application when all required information has been gathered. While vaccines are the main weapons against COVID-19, Merck's experimental pill molnupiravir could be a game-changer after studies showed it could halve the chances of dying or being hospitalised for those most at risk of contracting severe illness. Merck, which is developing molnupiravir with partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, filed for U.S. emergency use authorization for the drug on Oct. 11.

Queen Elizabeth hoping to attend COP26 after missing church - The Sun
Queen Elizabeth hoping to attend COP26 after missing church - The Sun

Britain's Queen Elizabeth is hoping to be fit enough to meet world leaders at the COP26 climate conference next week after she followed doctor's advice to rest and did not go to church at the weekend, The Sun reported on Monday. The queen routinely attends the All Saints Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Great Park. The Sun said the queen wanted to rest so she would be able to attend the U.N. climate conference in Scotland.

'Friends' actor who played Gunther dies at 59 following cancer battle

Actor James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on "Friends," has lost his battle with prostate cancer. Earlier this year, Tyler revealed to NBC's "Today" show that his fight against the illness left his lower body paralyzed, keeping him from participating in the recent HBO Max "Friends" reunion in person.

Australia looks to roll out COVID-19 booster shots soon as curbs ease
Australia looks to roll out COVID-19 booster shots soon as curbs ease

Australian officials plan to roll out COVID-19 booster shots soon to prevent a resurgence of cases, as residents in the two largest cities of Sydney and Melbourne begin to enjoy more freedoms after months-long curbs. Australia has ditched its COVID-zero strategy in favour of suppressing the coronavirus, after largely stamping out infections for most of this year, and is now aiming to live with the virus through higher vaccinations. Officials are gradually shifting their focus to booster shots as double-dose vaccinations levels in Australia's adult population nears 75%.

James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on "Friends," dies at age 59
James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on "Friends," dies at age 59

Actor James Michael Tyler spoke publicly about his prostate cancer diagnosis over the summer.

Twitter suspends Rep. Jim Banks
Twitter suspends Rep. Jim Banks' account after he misgendered openly trans health official Rachel Levine

In response to the suspension on his personal account, Banks said that Twitter is retaliating against him for "posting a statement of FACT."

How did California go from the epicenter of the US pandemic to the lowest statewide transmission rate?
How did California go from the epicenter of the US pandemic to the lowest statewide transmission rate?

With the lowest COVID-19 infection rate among all states as of Friday, California, which has some of the strictest mask and vaccination mandates in the country, has managed to flip the script as the former U.S. epicenter of the pandemic. "They've been very much forward-thinking in terms of policies around vaccination requirements and mandates," said epidemiologist Dr. John Brownstein, chief innovation officer at Boston Children's Hospital and an ABC News contributor. As of Friday evening, California had an infection rate of 61.1 cases per 100,000 over the past week, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Transcript: Dr. Scott Gottlieb on "Face the Nation"
Transcript: Dr. Scott Gottlieb on "Face the Nation"

The following is a transcript of an interview with former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb on Sunday, October 24, 2021.

His NBA Dream Was Right There. Then He Couldn
His NBA Dream Was Right There. Then He Couldn't Move His Legs.

On June 20, 2019, Kris Wilkes awoke in an Airbnb near downtown Indianapolis. He was happy. Next to him was the woman he was falling in love with. Scattered throughout the rest of the rooms of the rented house were friends and family members who had supported him throughout his budding basketball career. It was the morning of the NBA draft, and Wilkes was on the cusp of achieving a childhood dream. Just a few miles up the road at North Central High School, Wilkes had become a coveted basketball r

Their Jobs Made Them Get Vaccinated. They Refused.
Their Jobs Made Them Get Vaccinated. They Refused.

Under the threat of losing their jobs, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers finally got a COVID-19 vaccine. Teachers, nurses and home health aides accepted their occupations' mandates. The mass resignations some experts had predicted did not occur, as most workers hurriedly got inoculated. Josephine Valdez, 30, a public school paraprofessional from the Bronx, did not. Failing to meet the New York City Education Department's vaccination deadline, Valdez lost her job this month. She is among the 4

'Crisis mode': Psychiatric bed shortages leave patients in limbo

The pandemic has so strained already tight state psychiatric facilities in Georgia, Virginia, Texas and elsewhere that they struggle to admit new patients.

I tried Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
I tried Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's work hack and meditated twice a day. I felt noticeably less stressed after just 15 minutes.

Jack Dorsey meditates for two hours a day at work. I tried it out for a week in 15-minute blocks and felt less stressed, but not more productive.

Some Americans were primed for vaccine skepticism after decades of mistrust in Big Pharma
Some Americans were primed for vaccine skepticism after decades of mistrust in Big Pharma

Now, vaccine makers have made billions selling COVID-19 shots to countries, and soaring pharma stocks have minted a class of "vaccine billionaires."

African effort to replicate mRNA vaccine targets disparities
African effort to replicate mRNA vaccine targets disparities

In a pair of Cape Town warehouses converted into a maze of airlocked sterile rooms, young scientists are assembling and calibrating the equipment needed to reverse engineer a coronavirus vaccine that has yet to reach South Africa and most of the world's poorest people. It's a last resort effort to make doses for people going without, and the intellectual property implications are still murky. "We are doing this for Africa at this moment, and that drives us," said Emile Hendricks, a 22-year-old biotechnologist for Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, the company trying to reproduce the Moderna jab.


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