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April 9, 2021 at 1:13 p.m.
Two reports published on Friday in a leading medical journal help to explain how AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine can, in rare cases, cause serious and sometimes fatal blood clots.
Scientific teams from Germany and Norway found that people who developed the clots after vaccination had produced antibodies that activated their platelets, a blood component involved in clotting. The new reports add extensive details to what the researchers have already stated publicly about the blood disorder...continue reading.
April 9, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.
April 9 (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE said on Friday they have requested the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expand the emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents aged 12 to 15.
In March, the drugmakers said the vaccine was found to be safe, effective and produced robust antibody responses in 12- to 15-year olds in a clinical trial...continue reading.
April 9, 2021 at 12:20 p.m.
Cervical excision after prior supracervical hysterectomy led to a high complication rate, particularly bleeding, according to a retrospective review of more than 1,000 cases.
Complications occurred in 38% of the procedures, including bleeding in 26% and gastrointestinal complications in 8%. Additionally, 15% of patients required transfusions. More than a third of the procedures were for leiomyomas, and almost 20% involved malignancies, including cervical cancer...continue reading.
March 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
March 25 (UPI) -- About 60% of people undergoing orthopedic and urologic surgery use less than half of the post-op opioid medications prescribed for pain, a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open found.
On average, a patient undergoing orthopedic surgery, such as hip or knee replacement, took six of the 20 tablets prescribed, the data showed...continue reading.
March 25, 2021 at 10:23 a.m.
Regular aerobic exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which may help slow mental decline in older adults, a new, small study suggests.
Researchers from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center looked at 70 men and women diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, or MCI...continue reading.
March 25, 2021 at 10:15 a.m.
Arecall has been issued by Alembic Pharmaceuticals for one lot of its Telmisartan tablets that could pose a life-threatening risk.
The pharmaceutical company received a “market complaint” that one bottle of the medication improperly contained the wrong dosage of the drug. The affected medication, which was supposed to be packaged as 20 mg Telmisartan tablets in 30-count bottles, was reported to contain 30 tablets of Telmisartan in a 40 mg dose...continue reading.
March 10, 2021 at 2:03 p.m.
(CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has so far declined to issue new guidance on travel for vaccinated Americans due to concerns about travel-related surges but is "looking forward" to updating guidance once more people get protected.
"What we have seen is that we have surges after people start traveling, we saw it after July 4, we saw it after Labor Day, we saw it after the Christmas holidays," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday in response to a question from CNN's Kaitlan Collins during a Covid-19 briefing...continue reading.
March 10, 2021 at 4:04 a.m.
MONTGOMERY, ALA. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers are holding a public hearing on medical marijuana legislation.
The House Judiciary Committee is holding a public hearing on the Senate-passed bill on Wednesday afternoon.
The bill by Republican Sen. Tim Melson would allow people with a qualifying medical condition to purchase marijuana after getting a recommendation from a doctor...continue reading.
March 2, 2021 at 1:19 p.m.
TUESDAY, March 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Don't skip your breast cancer screening mammogram.
This is the overarching message of an extended study of more than a half-million Swedish women. Those who missed even one recommended screening mammogram were more likely to die from breast cancer, the study found.
The new findings -- which appear March 2 in the journal Radiology -- are concerning given the widespread delays and cancellations of preventative cancer screenings that took place during early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic...continue reading.
March 2, 2021 at 12:55 p.m.
President Joe Biden will announce a major partnership Tuesday afternoon between pharmaceutical giants Merck & Co. and Johnson & Johnson to help produce J&J’s newly authorized vaccine.
"The US Government will facilitate this partnership in several key ways including invoking the Defense Production Act to equip two Merck facilities to the standards necessary to safely manufacture the vaccine and asking the Department of Defense to provide daily logistical support to strengthen Johnson & Johnson's efforts," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday afternoon...continue reading.
February 23, 2021 at 1:07 p.m.
Drug companies told lawmakers Tuesday that they project a major increase in vaccine deliveries that will result in 140 million more doses over the next five weeks, saying they have solved manufacturing challenges and are in a position to overcome scarcity that has hampered the nation’s fight against the coronavirus.
“The United States and every other country needs more doses more quickly,'' John Young, Pfizer’s chief business officer, told members of the House Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee...continue reading.
February 23, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
The same ketones involved in diabetic ketoacidosis could have a protective role in cardiovascular disease (CVD), animal and human studies suggested.
Emerging evidence points to several cardiovascular benefits to these metabolites, according to B. Daan Westenbrink, MD, PhD, of University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands, and colleagues...continue reading.
February 23, 2021 at 12:02 p.m.
(CNN)Talking to someone on the phone for 10 minutes multiple times a week -- if you're in control of the conversation -- can decrease loneliness, a new study revealed.
Half of the 240 study participants were selected to receive brief phone calls from volunteers over the course of a month, and they reported feeling 20% less lonely on average, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry...continue reading.
February 23, 2021 at 7:00 a.m.
A lifesaving operation turned tragic when a Michigan woman contracted COVID-19 from her double lung transplant last year and died soon after.
The case marks the first time that doctors have confirmed COVID-19 transmission through an organ transplant, according to a report of the case, published Feb. 10 in the American Journal of Transplantation.
A surgeon involved in the woman's case also contracted COVID-19, likely during the transplant procedure, the report said. The surgeon later recovered, according to Kaiser Health News...continue reading.
February 10, 2021 at 2:20 p.m.
The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can infiltrate star-shaped cells in the brain, setting off a chain reaction that may disable and even kill nearby neurons, according to a new study.
The star-shaped cells, called astrocytes, perform many roles in the nervous system and provide fuel to neurons, which transmit signals throughout the body and brain. In a lab dish, the study found that infected astrocytes stopped producing critical fuel for neurons and secreted an "unidentified" substance that poisoned nearby neurons...continue reading.
February 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
Working out is one of the healthiest things you can do for your heart, so imagine exercising intensely for a decade—like cycling at least 25 hours a week—and then finding out you have, of all things, a heart problem. That’s what happened to Fabian Sanchis-Gomar, M.D., Ph.D. At 26, he was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, or AFib. It’s a heart-rhythm disorder that increases your risk of a stroke or heart failure, and it’s killing nearly 40 percent more Americans (especially Black men) than it did just two decades ago...continue reading.
February 2, 2021 at 3:01 p.m.
Preliminary studies show a possible link emerging between severe COVID-19 infections and new cases of diabetes in some patients.
Doctors have known for a while that people with diabetes are more at risk for severe illness from the coronavirus, but now scientists are working to determine if the virus can also lead some patients to develop new cases of diabetes. Research in the medical journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism and other studies raise concerns that the relationship may go in both directions...continue reading.
February 2, 2021 at 10:15 a.m.
Alabama launched its long-awaited online COVID vaccine sign-up site yesterday but it didn’t take long for many users to become frustrated with the lack of available appointments.
As of Tuesday morning, only 31 of Alabama’s 67 counties had time slots available for COVID-vaccine sign-ups through the health department and many of those appointments weren’t available until March or were only for follow-up doses...continue reading.
January 28, 2021 at 10:29 a.m.
With the news that Moderna’s and Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid vaccines may not be as effective on the new coronavirus variant that emerged in South Africa, it’s time to “prepare, if it’s necessary, to upgrade the vaccines,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said during an interview with NBC News’ TODAY Show Monday.
The good news is, both vaccines use innovative messenger RNA, or mRNA technology, and that means researchers have the ability to change and tweak the vaccines to adapt to new variants more easily than with conventional vaccines. Here’s how that works...continue reading.
January 28, 2021 at 9:50 a.m.
(CNN)Layering your face is in -- but not as a fashion statement. It may just save a life.
Public health officials are suggesting double masking as a way to increase the level of protection from the coronavirus and its multiple, more contagious variants.
"If you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on, it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective, and that's the reason why you see people either double masking or doing a version of an N95," Dr. Anthony Fauci, now chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, told NBC's Savannah Guthrie...continue reading.
January 21, 2021 at 10:29 a.m.
A Facebook video has falsely claimed that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported deadly or permanently disabling side effects in 3% of people who received a vaccine for COVID-19...continue reading.
Jan 21, 2021 at 09:34 a.m.
One day after President Joe Biden was sworn into office, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the U.S. will remain a member of the World Health Organization and join the global vaccine alliance intended to distribute Covid-19 vaccines more equitably around the world, praising the WHO’s leadership during the pandemic in stark departure from the Trump administration which had planned to leave the organization it accused it of being too “China-centric.”...continue reading.
January 20, 2021 at 10:25 a.m.
Health officials want Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to extend a state mask order that is set to expire Friday as limited national supply hinders the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations.
Ivey is expected to announce whether she will extend the order during a Thursday news conference. The statewide mask order has been in place since July. Dr. Don Williamson, the former state health officer who now heads the Alabama Hospital Association, said the group is among those recommending an extension....continue reading.
January 19, 2021 at 4:49 p.m.
President-elect Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he has nominated Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If confirmed by the Senate, Levine would be the first openly transgender federal official in a Senate-confirmed role, according to the Biden-Harris transition team.
Levine, who is the secretary of health for Pennsylvania, is currently leading the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic...continue reading.
January 19, 2021 at 12:19 p.m.
(REUTERS) - THE UNITED States lost more than 23,000 lives to COVID-19 last week, setting a record for the third week in a row, though the number of new infections and the number of patients in hospitals both fell from the previous seven days.
The country reported more than 1.5 million new cases of COVID-19 in the week ended Jan. 17, down 12% from the previous week, and only eight out of 50 states posted a rise in new infections, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county reports...continue reading.
January 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
(CNN) Women with autoimmune disorders who become pregnant are significantly more likely to have babies that later develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, according to a longitudinal study of babies and mothers in Australia.
Common autoimmune disorders include Type 1 diabetes, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's and celiac disease, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, to name a few...continue reading.
January 19, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
Biology researchers at Georgia State University think we might not be looking at COVID-19 the right way.
In a recent study, they found infecting mice with the coronavirus through their nasal passages led to a “rapid, escalating attack on the brain that triggered severe illness, even after the lungs were successfully clearing themselves of the virus,” according to a press release...continue reading.
January 15, 2021 at 10:20 a.m.
Jan. 15 (UPI) -- COVID-19 tests that use patients' saliva to screen for the virus are just as effective as those that use swabs collected from the nose and throat, an analysis published by JAMA Internal Medicine found.
Saliva-based tests correctly identified those infected with the new coronavirus 83% of the time, while nose-throat swab tests were 85% accurate, the review of data from 16 studies showed...continue reading.
January 15, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
And this rate, the nation's overall coronavirus death toll may hit 400,000 before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on Wednesday.
The country reported more than 42,800 Covid-19 deaths during the first 14 days of January, averaging more than 3,050 per day -- the highest for any two-week stretch of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University data...continue reading.
January 15th, 2021 at 9:22 a.m.
A recent study estimated average life expectancy in the U.S. dropped by more than a year in 2020, with the country’s mortality due to COVID-19 skewing toward researchers’ highest death toll projections.
Findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal Thursday by researchers from Princeton and the University of Southern California. The study offered four projections based on total estimates for U.S. coronavirus deaths to Dec. 31, stemming from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation...continue reading.
January 5th, 2021 at 12:43 p.m.
The list of places where people in Alabama can get the COVID-19 vaccine is getting longer.
Initially only available in large hospitals and major medical facilities, COVID vaccines are now being distributed at smaller hospitals, county health departments and even three independent pharmacies in Alabama...continue reading.
January 4, 2021 at 1:46 p.m.
(REUTERS) - THE U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had administered 4,563,260 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Monday morning and distributed 15,418,500 doses.
The tally of vaccine doses distributed and the number of people who received the first dose are for both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech, vaccines as of 9:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, the agency said...continue reading
January 4th, 2021 at 12:21p.m.
Haven, the joint venture formed by three of America’s most powerful companies to lower costs and improve outcomes in health care, is disbanding after three years, CNBC has learned exclusively....continue reading
January 4, 2021 at 9:15 a.m.
U.S. travel hit a new pandemic high, surging from holiday demand despite new Covid-19 infection levels.
More than 1.3 million people passed through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at U.S. airports on Sunday, 55% of the 2.4 million people TSA screened a year earlier but still the highest volume since March 15...continue reading.
January 4, 2021 at 3:46 a.m.
A staff member dressed as a smiling, red-nosed Christmas tree strolled through the emergency department at a San Jose hospital on Christmas Day, hoping to provide holiday cheer.
Days later, a coronavirus outbreak swept through the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center, eventually infecting 43 employees and killing one....continue reading.