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‘Broken Heart Syndrome’ Also Linked to Happy Hearts

"Broken heart syndrome" may also happen after joyful life events, a new study suggests. Researchers are calling it "happy heart syndrome." Broken heart syndrome, known officially as takotsubo syndrome, is a sudden form of heart failure. It's thought...
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Moderna Seeks OK for Young Kids COVID Vaccine as Parents Wait

Will this coming summer finally be the moment America’s youngest children are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines? Moderna got the ball rolling today when it asked the FDA to authorize use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children under 6. If the emergency...
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Routine Childhood Vaccinations Dropped 1% During Pandemic

The vaccination rate among kindergartners fell to around 94% during the 2020-21 school year, a drop of about 1% from the previous school year, the CDC said Thursday. Nationally, 93.9% of children received two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine...
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COVID Breath Test: Fascinating Technology, Limited Potential?

A first-of-its-kind test that detects coronavirus in the breath can produce results in less than 3 minutes, but the real-world impact could be limited. The test, from InspectIR Systems, produces results faster than the 15 minutes needed for existing...
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Pfizer Findings Support Third Vaccine Dose in 5- to 11-Year-Olds

Pfizer announced today that a third shot of its COVID-19 vaccine boosts immune protection in children ages 5 years to 11 years. Compared to two previous Pfizer vaccine doses, a third dose produced 36 times higher protection against the Omicron strain. The...
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COVID Cases Rising in About Half of States

Though overall COVID-19 case counts continue to drop nationally, that’s not the story in every U.S. state. About half the states have reported increases in COVID cases fueled by the Omicron subvariant, Axios reported. Alaska, Vermont, and Rhode...
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Feds Launch One-Stop Website for All COVID Resources

President Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled a federal website that promises “one-stop shopping” for free masks and COVID-19 tests, vaccines, and treatments. The website, covid.gov, also includes a list of pharmacies that will be part of the...
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Moderna CMO on Kid Vaccines, Boosters, and the Next COVID Wave

Newly released data on how well the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine works in children 6 months to 6 years old brings good news, even if efficacy against infection came in below 45%, the chief medical officer of Moderna said in an exclusive interview with Medscape/WebMD. "As...
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Ukraine Update: More Russian Strikes on Health Targets

As the war in Ukraine enters its fourth week, the World Health Organization reports that 43 hospitals, clinics, and ambulances have been bombed inside the country thus far. "We have never seen globally this rate of attacks on health care. Health is...
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Biden’s Test to Treat Plan Pits Pharmacists Against Doctors

The Biden administration's new test-to-treat program is simple on the surface: if you feel like you may have COVID-19, go to a pharmacy, get tested, and, if positive, get treated with an antiviral medication on the spot. But the program is not that...