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FDA to Authorize Pfizer Booster Shots for All Adults This Week

The FDA intends to authorize booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for all adults this week — potentially as early as Thursday. The CDC’s independent vaccine advisory committee also meets on Friday to discuss booster dose...
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CDC: It’s Safe to Get COVID, Flu Vaccines at Same Time

When the CDC released its latest round of recommendations regarding seasonal flu vaccines, the agency made one notable update: Flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines can now be given simultaneously. The guidance is a marked change from previous agency recommendations,...
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More Americans Seeking COVID-19 Vaccination

The pace of COVID-19 vaccinations keeps rising, with more than 1 million doses of vaccine administered in the United States on Thursday, including 562,000 people getting their first dose, White House COVID-19 Data Director Cyrus Shahpar said on Twitter. Thursday...
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CDC: COVID-19 Is a Pandemic of the Unvaccinated

COVID-19 cases are continuing to spike in communities where vaccination rates are low, leading to what CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, called “a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Walensky reported sobering numbers during a news conference...
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Record Number of U.S. Drug Overdoses in 2020

More Americans died from drug overdoses in 2020 than in any other year, the CDC said Wednesday. Fatal overdoses rose by nearly 30% last year to a total of more than 93,000 deaths, according to provisional data from the National Center for Health Statistics. The...
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Immune Disorders May Dampen COVID-19 Vaccine Response

While doctors still highly recommend that they get vaccinated against COVID-19, as many as 1 in 10 people with auto-immune diseases such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease may fail to properly develop immunity against...
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Transition Therapy for Transgender Teens Drives Divide

One step led to another. That is the message from Keira Bell, a 24-year-old British woman who lives daily with the regret of transitioning to male gender in her teens. She received puberty blockers after just a few appointments at a gender clinic,...
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Immunotherapy Drugs That Treat Multiple Myeloma

With multiple myeloma, your immune system takes a serious hit. That makes it much harder for you to fight infections. So your immune system is a focus in many treatments. There are many different immune system drugs (immunotherapy) your doctor...
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And miles to go before they sleep – or eat

“We left in early morning at 5, on foot. We want to go to Biloshi. There were no vehicles. Our shet [employer] had given us 1,000 rupees each. With that we bought salt and masala [groceries]. If we cannot reach home, what will we eat? We had received...
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Myths About Breast Cancer

Myths about breast cancer risk are quite easy to come by. You might hear them in a casual conversation or read about them on social media. The disease affects many, which means many take interest in it. But the more something is talked about, the more...