Second COVID booster effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths in nursing home residents: study

A new study published this week found that the second COVID-19 booster that was made available to U.S. adults older than 50 this year was highly effective at protecting nursing home residents from hospitalizations and deaths, though its ability to prevent infections was not as potent. The analysis, published in the Centers for Disease Control … Read more

Experts anticipate dual Covid AND flu outbreak as influenza cases begin to rise in southern states 

Both Covid and flu could surge this winter causing a dreaded ‘twindemic’, experts fear — with some southern states already feeling the early stages of an influenza resurgence. The flu was largely wiped out over the past two years of the pandemic when lockdowns, working from home and the far more transmissible coronavirus limited its … Read more

Trump is worth $3.2 BILLION: Forbes unveils new estimate – a week after New York fraud suit

Donald Trump’s net worth has increased since leaving office in January of last year, Forbes reported on Tuesday. The outlet’s annual wealth tracker calculated the former president’s net worth to be $3.2 billion, $700 million more than it was in September 2021. It’s the most Trump has been worth since he became president.  Forbes estimated … Read more

Covid vaccination tied to increase in length of menstrual cycle: NIH

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic in the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody, Massachusetts, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. Vanessa Leroy | Bloomberg | Getty Images Covid-19 vaccination is linked to a slight increase in the length of a women’s menstrual cycle, delaying the beginning … Read more

Skipped cancer screenings this past year? It’s time to restart

CNN  —  Many people postponed routine medical care because of disruptions related to the Covid-19 pandemic. That includes a decline in cancer screenings, such as mammograms and colonoscopies. In the meantime, cancer remains one of the major causes of death in the United States, second only to heart disease. Why is cancer screening so important, … Read more

Study links Covid-19 vaccination to small, temporary change in menstrual cycle

CNN  —  People who got the Covid-19 vaccine reported slightly longer menstrual cycles, but the change was temporary, according to a new study published Tuesday in the journal BMJ Medicine. “Compared with the unvaccinated group, vaccinated individuals had an adjusted increase in menstrual cycle length of less than one day with both first and second … Read more

What is required to travel to Hong Kong? Many, many tests

Travelers headed to Hong Kong no longer need to quarantine in a hotel upon arrival. But they will have to submit to a barrage of Covid tests. They can go to work, take public transportation and go to supermarkets, but for the first three days, travelers can’t go into “high-risk premises” such as restaurants, bars … Read more

Why COVID is still more dangerous than seasonal flu?

Since the time when COVID first hit us in 2020, the virus has evolved significantly.  During the second coronavirus wave, the delta variant claimed several lives and left a large population in distress. But following vaccination new emerging variants like the Omicron are causing less severe infections and more manageable symptoms. And many are of … Read more

FDA vaccine adviser says healthy young people SHOULDN’T get another COVID booster

A top vaccine expert and pediatric doctor is cautioning parents of healthy young people to hold off getting the new COVID booster shot, saying it can carry risks and its efficacy hasn’t yet been proven.  Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a member of the … Read more

Moderna asks FDA to authorize omicron Covid boosters for children as young as 6 years old

Following CDC approval for vaccination of children aged 6 months to 5 years, 4 year-old Eleanor Kahn sits with her father Alex, as nurse Jillian Mercer administers the Moderna vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California, U.S., June 21, 2022. Mike Blake | Reuters Moderna has asked the … Read more