Local health departments planning for potential Covid-19 booster rollout, but there is still ‘some confusion’
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Local health departments planning for potential Covid-19 booster rollout, but there is still ‘some confusion’

It’s not clear if or when boosters doses of Covid-19 vaccines will be OK’d for fully vaccinated people in the United States, but state and local health departments across the United States are moving ahead with plans for a potential rollout next week. Last month, US health officials announced plans for booster doses of Covid-19…

Workplace cafes can play a role in your weight loss, study finds
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Workplace cafes can play a role in your weight loss, study finds

As we head back to work, we again come face to face with delicious diet-breaking temptations we were able to avoid at home. Office snack tables are often decorated with sweets from “well-meaning” coworkers. Vending machines are full of cheap, highly processed chips, candies, cookies, ready-made sandwiches and sugar-packed sodas. Even those of us lucky…

There is no question about the effectiveness of vaccines, expert says, as FDA weighs possible booster shot
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There is no question about the effectiveness of vaccines, expert says, as FDA weighs possible booster shot

Weeks of deliberation are coming to a head Friday when the US Food and Drug Administration meets to discuss Covid-19 boosters. But the science of the vaccine’s effectiveness will not be up for debate, one expert said. There is widespread agreement that the vaccines are primarily intended to reduce hospitalizations and deaths — which data…

Doctor argues for more research into effects of Covid-19 vaccines on menstruation
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Doctor argues for more research into effects of Covid-19 vaccines on menstruation

Clinical trials for coronavirus vaccines should include examination of any possible effects on women’s menstrual cycles — if only because so many women are worried about possible problems, a British expert argued Wednesday. But there’s also evidence the immune response prompted by both vaccines and viral infections can temporarily affect menstrual cycles, so studying these…

Three reports support arguments for booster doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine
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Three reports support arguments for booster doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine

Three reports published Wednesday support the argument that people may need a booster dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine over time, and suggest such boosters would be safe. The reports are part of a batch of data that will be discussed Friday by vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is considering…

US launches study of long Covid in tens of thousands of patients
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US launches study of long Covid in tens of thousands of patients

The US National Institutes of Health said Wednesday it’s starting a $470 million study to try to understand what’s become known as long Covid—the long-term, sometimes serious effects of Covid-19. The study will aim to include 30,000-40,000 people and will make use of digital data — including input from wearable devices, the NIH said. “We…

Biden administration moves to avoid shortages of Covid-19 monoclonal antibody treatments
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Biden administration moves to avoid shortages of Covid-19 monoclonal antibody treatments

The US government is buying more doses of monoclonal antibody treatments for Covid-19, and the Biden administration is taking over distribution in order to avoid shortages of the key therapeutics. The moves come as demand for monoclonal antibodies has increased as cases surged due to spread of the Delta variant and low vaccination rates in…

Most Americans believe the health benefits of Covid-19 restrictions are worth the costs, polling shows
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Most Americans believe the health benefits of Covid-19 restrictions are worth the costs, polling shows

Most Americans believe that the public health benefits of restrictions due to Covid-19 are worth the economic and lifestyle costs, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. Pew researchers surveyed 10,348 adults in the US between August 23 and 29. Most adults say that restrictions on public activity during the pandemic…

Skiers might be at lower risk for anxiety, study finds
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Skiers might be at lower risk for anxiety, study finds

Slaloms through snow are a winter staple for some, but they might have mental health benefits, too. Skiers had a nearly 60% lower risk of getting diagnosed with anxiety disorders compared to non-skiers, according to a study published Friday in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry. Mental health experts have for years considered physical activity a…