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CDC Should Warn People about COVID Vaccine Side Effects, Experts Say

During a virtual CDC advisor committee meeting, doctors and nurses have advised public health officials and drug manufactures to be transparent about the potential side effects their vaccines could induce. They warned about the side effects people may experience after getting the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

US Top Official Says Americans Could Get a COVID-19 Vaccine by Second Week of December

Chief Scientific Adviser of Operation Warp Speed Moncef Saloui said Sunday that Americans could receive a potentially effective COVID-19 vaccine by the second week of December. However, he said millions of Americans will achieve her immunity in May 2021.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments Could Reverse the Aging Process, Finds New Study

New research has found that hyperbaric oxygen treatments could stop the aging of blood cells and reverse the aging process. In fact, the study found that the blood cells of a healthy individual can actually grow younger with multiple sessions of hyperbaric oxygen treatments.

Weekly Rapid Testing Could Eliminate COVID within Weeks, Suggests Study

A new study has found that weekly rapid testing could eliminate COVID-19 within weeks. The study researchers said that if 50% of Americans test themselves at home twice a week and if they test positive and self-isolate, the pandemic could be controlled within weeks.

FDA Authorizes Baricitinib Plus Remdesivir For Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the emergency use authorization (EUA) for baricitinib (Olumiant), in combination with remdesivir (Veklury), for hospitalized COVID-19 patients above 2 years of age, who need supplemental oxygen or mechanical ventilation.

Now Pfizer and BioNTech Say Their COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Is 95% Effective

Pfizer and BioNTech announced Wednesday that tier COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been found 95% effective at preventing the disease. Last week, citing the early interim results, the companies said their experimental vaccine is 90% effective. Recently, Moderna also announced that its coronavirus vaccine candidate is 94.5% effective.

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Scottish Government Makes Period Products Free, First Nation To Do So

The Scottish government unanimously passed the bill Tuesday, which will make period products free in Scotland. Scotland will be the first nation to do so. Monica Lennon, who introduced the bill, said the goal is to eliminate period poverty and improve access to pads and tampons.

Flavanol-Rich Cocoa Drinks Could Improve Brain and Cognitive Function, Finds Study

New research published in the journal Scientific Reports has found that the intake of flavonol-rich cocoa could improve brain oxygenation and boost cognitive function. The study researchers believe that flavanols boost blood-oxygen supply to the brain, improving cognitive performance.

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CDC Seeks Emergency Approval of Diagnostic Test from FDA to Detect 2019-nCoV

The CDC has been seeking for a special emergency approval from the FDA for its newly-developed diagnostic tool that can detect the mysterious new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which started in Wuhan, China, in December. The new diagnostic test would help the states to detect the virus.

Rethinking Intelligence Is Necessary, Says Author of Different Minds

Dr. Marlo Payne Thurman, the author if Different Mind, has posted an article in Psychology Today, explaining the importance of rethinking intelligence in order to develop a new education model for children. She explains that it is important to re-open discussions about intelligence again.

Scientists Discover a Mechanism That Could Treat Friedreich’s Ataxia

Researchers from Tufts University have discovered a molecular mechanism that could reverse the genetic mutation responsible for causing a neurodegenerative disorder called Friedreich's Ataxia. The researchers explained this could help develop therapeutic strategies.

Scientists Say Personality Traits Are Changeable

A study, which will be published in American Psychologists, has found that personality traits can be changed if you catch people at the right and by putting an extra-sustained effort. They can also be changed by major life events and persistent interventions because they account for important life outcomes.

Scientists Develop Device to Control Brain Cells Using Smartphone

Researchers developed a wireless neural device that could control and manipulate brain cells using a smartphone. The researchers explained that the wireless neural device could be used to speed up to uncover certain brain disorders, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, pain and depression.

FDA Approves Samsung Bioepis’ Humira Biosimilar

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a biosimilar version of Humira, a blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug, called Hadlima by Samsung Bioepis. In the United States, it will be commercialized by Merck & Co. Humira contains Adalimumab, the best-selling drug for rheumatoid arthritis.

Nerve Surgery Helps Paralyzed Man to Regain Movement and Function

Australian surgeons have successfully been able to perform innovative nerve transfer surgery on some paralyzed patients, which has helped them to regain movement and function. The surgeons performed the surgery on 16 paralyzed patients so that they can extend their elbow and hands to grab, open, and pinch.

Physicians Aren’t Advising Enough Smokers to Quit, Says US Surgeon General

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has revealed his detailed smoking cessation report in a press conference on Thursday. He said 40 percent of smokers are not encouraged to quit smoking by their doctors. In a detailed 700-page report, Dr. Adams mentioned the importance of counseling and medications when it comes to quitting smoking.

US To Screen Every Passenger from Wuhan for New Deadly Coronavirus

US health officials have said that they will screen every passenger coming from Wuhan, China, for a new respiratory virus, which has affected at least 45 people and killed two. The officials will screen all passengers at the three airports upon their arrival. If anyone is suspected, further testing will be done.

Lung Illness Related To Vaping Started Much Earlier Than Reported

Two studies, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, have found that e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) was surfaced as early as January 2017, long before June 2019, when the outbreak began, and the key culprit is vitamin E acetate found in vaping products.

Mumps Outbreak Reported On the University Of Arkansas Campus

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported that there has been a major mumps outbreak on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Health officials reported nine mumps cases at the university during the fall 2019 semester. More than 300 students were found to had their first dose of MMR vaccine.

Why U.S. Is Facing A Surge In STD Cases?

In 2018, the number of sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases has significantly increased in the United States. Health officials have identified a few factors responsible for causing the surge in STDs, such as lack of access to health care, poor public health infrastructure, poverty, drug use, the stigma of STDs, and a decline in condom use.

Deadly EEE Virus Confirmed in Poconos, Pennsylvania

Health officials in Pennsylvania have confirmed a deadly virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Monroe and Carbon Counties. The virus has been found in a pheasant and two horses, which can spread through mosquitoes in birds, animals, and humans. EEE is a rare but deadly virus that causes inflammation of the brain called encephalitis.

Michigan State Bans Flavored E-Cigarettes

Michigan has become the first state to announce a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes after the state’s health department found that vaping has been declared as an epidemic and more and more young people getting affecting by vaping. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered the ban on Tuesday, which has been implemented since Wednesday.

Diets High in Sugar Could Damage Your Gut, Increasing Colitis Risk

Researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that mice fed with high-sugar diets developed severe symptoms of colitis. They also found that the mice developed colitis because sugary foods damaged their gut’s protective mucosal layer, causing inflammation of the intestines.

Study Finds 5G Networks Have Fewer Health Implications

A new study has found that 5G networks, which offer high download speed than 4G, have no significant impact on human health. The study researchers said 5G radiation is not that harmful that thought, and it is predominantly benign. However, the researchers said they need further investigations to dig deep.

Can Estrogen or Progesterone Help Treat COVID-19 In Men?

Researchers have been conducting two clinical trials to study the effects of female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, in men with COVID-19 patients. The trials are conducted on the hypothesis that women are less vulnerable to COVID-19 probably due to estrogen and progesterone.

UN Biodiversity Chief Calls for a Global Ban on Wildlife Markets

The United Nation’s biodiversity chief, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, has called for a global ban on wildlife markets or wet markets where animals are sold live or dead for human consumption. She said we can prevent future pandemics by banning the wildlife markets.

UK Furloughed Workers to Get 80% of Monthly Salaries under Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

All UK employers are set to entitled 80 percent of their employees’ monthly salaries under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. The scheme is meant to safeguard furloughed workers who are affected by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Researchers Identify 109 Genetic Variants Linked to Mental Health Disorders

New research has found a strong association between genetic variants and eight psychiatric disorders. Researchers identified 109 genetic variants that are linked to autism, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, and Tourette syndrome.

Ro Online Pharmacy Plans to Test a New Prescription-Delivery Service at $5 a Month

Online pharmacy, Ro, will be testing a new medication service program that will allow the company to offer more than 500 generic medications at only $5 per prescription per month. The service will help Americans to get cheaper generic medications even if they do not have insurance.