Many Alzheimer’s Experts Say Use of Aduhelm Should Be Sharply Limited

Even those who supported the F.D.A.’s approval of the controversial new drug said authorizing it for anyone with Alzheimer’s disease was much too broad.

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Desperate for Covid Care, Undocumented Immigrants Resort to Unproven Drugs

Shut out from mainstream medicine, some immigrants are buying expensive, unproven Covid therapies from “wellness” clinics or turning to the black market.

#alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #rumors-and-misinformation, #your-feed-healthcare

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A Pill to Treat Covid-19? The U.S. Is Betting on It.

A new $3.2 billion program will support the development of antiviral pills, which could start arriving by the end of this year.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #national-institutes-of-health, #remdesivir-drug, #your-feed-healthcare

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CureVac’s Covid-19 Vaccine Disappoints in Clinical Trial

A preliminary analysis showed that CureVac’s mRNA vaccine had an efficacy of just 47 percent. “This is pretty devastating for them,” one expert said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curevac-gmbh, #rna-ribonucleic-acid, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Covid Survivors Smell Foods Differently

Long after some people have recovered from the virus, they find certain foods off-putting.

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Many Post-Covid Patients Are Experiencing New Medical Problems, Study Finds

An analysis of health insurance records of almost 2 million coronavirus patients found new issues in nearly a quarter — including those whose Covid infection was mild or asymptomatic.

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Study Finds Many Post-Covid Patients Are Experiencing New Medical Problems

An analysis of health insurance records of almost 2 million coronavirus patients found new issues in nearly a quarter — including those whose Covid infection was mild or asymptomatic.

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Novavax Offers U.S. a Fourth Strong Covid-19 Vaccine

The company’s large U.S. trial found an efficacy rate of about 90 percent. But at this point, the nation is awash in other shots.

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F.D.A. Still Lacks a Permanent Commissioner

With the pandemic easing, the federal agency’s long-term agenda for drug approvals or new issues is languishing without a permanent commissioner.

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UnitedHealthcare May Deny Emergency Visit Coverage

Within days of announcing a policy shift aimed at cutting back on reimbursements for emergency room care, the major insurer retreated — for now.

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AstraZeneca Shots Carry Slightly Higher Risk of Bleeding Problem, New Study Says

But the research, involving 2.53 million adults in Scotland, found that the vaccine’s benefits outweighed the small risks.

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We’ll Probably Need Booster Shots for Covid-19. But When? And Which Ones?

Scientists are asking a lot of questions about Covid-19 booster shots, but they don’t yet have many answers. Here’s what they know so far.

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Alzheimer’s Drug Poses a Dilemma for the F.D.A.

If the agency approves it, aducanumab would be the first new Alzheimer’s treatment since 2003. Patients are desperate for new options, but some scientists say there isn’t enough evidence it works.

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When a Surgeon Became a Covid-19 Patient: ‘I Had Never Faced the Reality of Death’

Infected early in the pandemic, Dr. Tomoaki Kato, a renowned transplant surgeon, was soon on life support, and one of the sickest patients in his own hospital.

#content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #new-york-presbyterian-hospital, #surgery-and-surgeons, #your-feed-healthcare

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US Vaccine Rate: 70% May Be in Reach, New Poll Suggests

The survey found big increases over last month in Latinos getting the shot and in unvaccinated people who say they have made an appointment.

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70 Percent Covid Vaccination Rate May Be in Reach, New Poll Suggests

The survey found big increases over last month in Latinos getting the shot and in unvaccinated people who say they have made an appointment.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hispanic-americans, #kaiser-family-foundation, #polls-and-public-opinion, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Heart Problems in a Few Younger Vaccine Recipients Are Under Investigation

The agency is reviewing several dozen reports that teenagers and young adults may have developed myocarditis after vaccination, officials said. But the agency has not determined whether the vaccine caused the condition.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #heart, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #youth

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Big Hospital Chains Get Covid Aid, and Buy Up Competitors

The pandemic barely dented the financial outlook for some major networks, which continued to acquire weaker hospitals and ailing doctors’ practices. Critics worry consolidation leads to higher prices for medical care.

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Severe Covid Is More Often Fatal in Africa Than in Other Regions

Inadequate treatment for critically ill patients contributed to higher death rates in Africa, compared to other parts of the world, a study found.

#africa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #hospitals, #lancet-the-journal, #research, #your-feed-healthcare

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How the United States Beat the Variants, for Now

The country has managed to avoid a variant-fueled spike in coronavirus cases. Scientists say we were lucky.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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How the United States Beat the Coronavirus Variants, for Now

The country has managed to avoid a variant-fueled spike in coronavirus cases. Scientists say we were lucky.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Businesses Offer Perks to Vaccinated Customers

Tossing their masks, jumping on side-by-side treadmills, sharing peanuts next to fellow sports fans, the vaccinated find special freedoms await.

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Covid Pandemic Demands Air Quality Changes in the Workplace, Researchers Say

The researchers issued a call to action to improve indoor air quality as a safeguard against the spread of contagions like the coronavirus.

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Many Unvaccinated Latinos in the U.S. Want the Shot, New Survey Finds

Issues of access and fears of employment and immigration consequences have kept their Covid vaccination rates low, the findings suggest.

#hispanic-americans, #kaiser-family-foundation, #polls-and-public-opinion, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Covid Vaccines Protect Pregnant Women, Study Confirms

The shots may also have benefits for infants and do not seem to damage the placenta, according to the latest research.

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Experts Call for Sweeping Reforms to Prevent the Next Pandemic

Swift mask mandates and travel restrictions, an international treaty and the creation of new bureaucracies are among the recommendations presented to the W.H.O.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-healthcare

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To Vaccinate Younger Teens, States and Cities Look to Schools, Camps, Even Beaches

The F.D.A.’s authorization of Pfizer’s Covid shot for 12- to 15-year-olds is a milestone in battling the coronavirus, but actually getting them vaccinated involves new challenges.

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Is It Covid or the Flu? New Combo Tests Can Find Out.

New tests for respiratory illnesses can look for more than 20 pathogens at a time.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #influenza, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #tests-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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Palliative Care in the ICU: What to Know About Time-Limited Trials

Time-limited trials offer I.C.U. patients and their families a sense of empowerment in the face of low odds.

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Covid Pandemic Forces Families to Rethink Nursing Home Care

Even with vaccines, many older people and their relatives are weighing how to manage at-home care for those who can no longer live independently.

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This New Covid Vaccine Could Bring Hope to the Unvaccinated World

The German company CureVac hopes its RNA vaccine will rival those made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. It could be ready next month.

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Faith, Freedom, Fear: Rural America’s Covid Vaccine Skeptics

Resistance is widespread in white, Republican communities like this one in Appalachia. But it’s far more complicated than just a partisan divide.

#appalachian-region, #christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #rural-areas, #tennessee, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Biden Plans to Propose Banning Menthol Cigarettes

The move has been long sought by public health and civil rights groups, after decades of marketing aimed at Black smokers.

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J.&.J. Vaccine Will Be Available Again Soon

U.S. experts weigh the risks for younger women and cases of a rare blood-clotting disorder, and lift the pause in giving the one-shot vaccine.

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What Do Women Want? For Men to Get Covid Vaccines.

As the Biden administration seeks to get most adults vaccinated by summer, men are holding back.

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The Vaccination Gender Gap: Women Are Getting Shots at a Higher Rate Than Men

As the Biden administration seeks to get most adults vaccinated by summer, men are holding back.

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Long Covid Patients Face Lingering, Worrisome Risks, Study Finds

Patients who were not sick enough to be hospitalized still had a significantly greater risk of dying within six months than people who were not infected.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #nature-journal, #research, #veterans, #veterans-administration, #your-feed-healthcare

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A New Bird Flu Jumps to Humans. So Far, It’s Not a Problem

Covid fuels the current virus pandemic, but the world is full of flu viruses waiting in the wings. And they keep changing unpredictably.

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Sleeping Too Little in Middle-Age May Raise Dementia Risk, Study Finds

The research, tracking thousands of people from age 50 on, suggests those who sleep six hours or less a night are more likely to develop dementia in their late 70s.

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The Covid-19 Plasma Boom Is Over. What Did We Learn From It?

The U.S. government invested $800 million in plasma when the country was desperate for Covid-19 treatments. A year later, the program has fizzled.

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‘We Were Flying Blind’: A Dr.’s Account of a Woman’s J.&J. Vaccine-Related Blood Clot Case

The disorder is rare, but so severe that the vaccine is on hold while experts weigh the risks and alert doctors and patients about symptoms and treatment.

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C.D.C. Panel Keeps Pause on Use of J&J Vaccine, Weighing Risks

An advisory committee debated the very few cases of a rare blood disorder and worried about the suspension’s effect on global needs for a one-shot, easy-to-ship vaccine.

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Drug Overdose Deaths Have Surged During the Pandemic, C.D.C. Says

The latest numbers surpass even the yearly tolls during the height of the opioid epidemic and mark a reversal of progress against addiction in recent years.

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AstraZeneca Vaccine and Blood Clots: What Is Known So Far

In rare cases, an immune reaction has led to antibodies that caused a serious clotting disorder. But public health experts maintain the vaccine’s benefits far outweigh the risks for most people.

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Blood Clots Linked to AZ Vaccine Stem From Rare Antibody Reaction

New studies from Germany and Norway examined cases involving mostly younger people who developed serious and sometimes fatal blood disorders.

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To Speed Vaccination, Some Call for Delaying Second Shots

Stretching the time between the first and second doses would greatly accelerate the rate at which people get at least partial protection. But some experts fear it could also lead to new variants.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Restaurant Workers Are in a Race to Get Vaccines

As states open vaccines and restaurants to all, wait staff and food service workers are often left behind. Some chefs have even opened pop-up spots to get their employees shots more quickly.

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Breast Cancer Centers Urge Annual Scans, Counter to U.S. Guidelines

A panel recommends biennial screenings, starting at 50, but a new study took issue with the way hundreds of centers are telling women 40 and up to come in yearly. Some experts contend that frequent mammograms can “do more harm than good.”

#breast-cancer, #cancer, #jama-internal-medicine-journal, #mammography, #preventive-medicine, #research, #tests-medical, #united-states-preventive-services-task-force, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-healthcare

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Many Children With MIS-C Had No Covid-19 Symptoms

Pediatricians should be vigilant, experts said, after the release of the largest U.S. study of the syndrome, MIS-C, that can strike young people weeks after their coronavirus infection.

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Many Children With Serious Inflammatory Syndrome Had No Covid Symptoms

Pediatricians should be vigilant, experts said, after the release of the largest U.S. study of the syndrome, MIS-C, that can strike young people weeks after their coronavirus infection.

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