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Patient Influencers’ Partnering With Drug, Medical Companies

In July 2020, reality star Khloe Kardashian appeared on the television show The View. During her segment, Kardashian, who has 255 million followers on Instagram, touted the benefit of migraine drug Nurtec ODT. She became a paid spokesperson for Biohaven...
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CDC Gives Final OK for COVID Vaccinations for Youngest Kids

COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months to 5 years of age are now ready to go. Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle, Walensky, MD, has endorsed a unanimous recommendation by the agency's vaccine panel today, allowing vaccinations...
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Do Optimists Live Longer?

Want to live longer? You might want to try improving your outlook on life. New research shows that people who are more optimistic may actually live longer. In a study of nearly 160,000 women, people with the highest optimism ratings had a 5.4% longer...
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CDC Changes Mask Guidance, Says Monkeypox Not Airborne

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has clarified its guidance on wearing face masks to avoid monkeypox, which primarily spreads through direct bodily contact. Last week the agency updated its travel advisory for monkeypox and advised...
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Liver Successfully Transplanted After 3 Days Outside Body

A poor-quality human liver was repaired inside a machine for 3 days before it was successfully transplanted into a cancer patient with advanced cirrhosis who otherwise had a "near zero" chance of getting a liver in time, according to a new report. The...
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Monkeypox Cases Suspected in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Chicago

More suspected cases of monkeypox are being investigated in the United States, with health authorities in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Illinois reporting their first cases. As of 2 p.m. Thursday, the CDC said 21 confirmed monkeypox cases had been found...
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1 in 4 Senior Adult COVID Survivors Experiences Long COVID

About 1 in 4 Americans over age 65 and 1 in 5 adults under 65 experienced “long COVID” or “post-COVID” symptoms after surviving a coronavirus infection, according to a new study from the CDC. In addition, COVID-19 survivors...
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Food Safety Recalls: U.S. System Leaves Consumers Vulnerable

When it comes to finding out about food recalls from a local grocery store, it might be worth shopping around. Some stores, like Eagle Foods and Costco, take decisive action when a food manufacturer or the FDA issues a safety alert. They text or robocall...
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For Survivors, School Shootings a Lasting and Mean Companion

As the parents of the 19 children shot dead Tuesday in Uvalde, TX, by an 18-year-old gunman grapple with unspeakable grief and funeral preparations, the survivors and their families are dealing with their own angst, and likely much more. While the...
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CDC Signs Off on COVID Boosters in Children Ages 5-11

The CDC has officially signed off on COVID boosters for kids ages 5 to 11. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, signed off Thursday evening on an advisory panel's recommendation that children ages 5 to 11 years should receive a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID...