Wednesday, January 19th, 2022

Category: Health

CDC Director Walensky signs off on Pfizer vaccine for children 5 to 11

Millions of elementary-aged children around the country are now eligible to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Tuesday gave the final OK...

Prior COVID-19 infection does not protect as well as vaccine against reinfection: CDC

Patients hospitalized with COVID-like symptoms were five times more likely to test positive for Sars-Cov-2, if they were unvaccinated and had a prior history of having COVID-19, compared to those who received the Moderna...

COVID-19 can infect inner ear cells, researchers say

An inner ear infection may be a significant cause of COVID-19-associated problems with hearing and balance, according to researchers.  In a new study published last month in the journal Nature Communications Medicine, the U.S.-based...

10 dietary tips to reduce heart disease and stroke risk, according to new research

The American Heart Association (AHA) on Tuesday outlined 10 key features of a heart-healthy eating pattern.  The organization’s new scientific statement, titled “2021 Dietary Guidance to Improve Cardiovascular Health” and published in the journal...

UK authorizes Merck antiviral pill, first shown to treat COVID-19

Britain has granted a conditional authorization to Merck’s coronavirus antiviral, the first pill shown to successfully treat COVID-19. It is the first country to OK the treatment, although it was not immediately clear how...

Vitamin D deficiency linked to mortality risk in some people, researchers say

Genetic evidence suggests a causal relationship between levels of vitamin D and mortality in people with low vitamin D levels, according to researchers. In a study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a...

COVID-19 booster shots use the same recipe as the vaccines

Are COVID-19 boosters the same as the original vaccines?  Yes, COVID-19 boosters use the same recipe as the original shots, despite the emergence of the more contagious delta variant. The vaccines weren’t tweaked to...

COVID-19 vaccination and young children: What to know

Elementary-aged children around the country are now eligible to receive a kid-sized shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.  The doses are about one-third of the dose given to adolescents and adults. While Moderna and...

Genetic virus test suggests COVID-19 transmission to household pets

Is Your Pet Healthy Enough? A recent study found that pet health is on the decline in the U.S., and what’s even more concerning, is that your dog or cat’s health could impact your...

Rhode Island’s first 2021 influenza outbreak confirmed

A cluster of 28 students tested positive for influenza A since Oct. 24 at the University of Rhode Island (South Kingstown), the first known influenza outbreak of the state this year, according to the...