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Moderna begins next phase of Omicron-specific booster trial as study finds that antibodies remain durable despite 6-fold drop over 6 months
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Moderna begins next phase of Omicron-specific booster trial as study finds that antibodies remain durable despite 6-fold drop over 6 months

Moderna announced Wednesday that the first participant has been dosed in the company’s Phase 2 clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine booster shot that is specific to the Omicron variant. Moderna is advancing the trial into its next phase as research published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a booster dose…MORE

US government fails when it comes to tobacco reduction, American Lung Association report says
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US government fails when it comes to tobacco reduction, American Lung Association report says

The federal government gets “mostly failing grades on its efforts to prevent and reduce tobacco,” a new report from the American Lung Association says. The 20th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report calls for an end to manufacturing flavored tobacco, saying flavored tobacco products and e-cigarettes jeopardize progress made by tobacco control policy. More than…MORE

Despite CDC directive, many pharmacies refusing to give fourth shots to immune-compromised patients
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Despite CDC directive, many pharmacies refusing to give fourth shots to immune-compromised patients

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to send a clear message to pharmacies on a conference call this week: Stop turning away immune-compromised people when they come seeking fourth doses of Covid-19 vaccines. Although fourth doses are not currently recommended for the vast majority of Americans, the CDC has urged millions of…MORE

Water- and stain-resistant products contain toxic plastics, study says. Here’s what to do
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Water- and stain-resistant products contain toxic plastics, study says. Here’s what to do

Many of the water-resistant and stain-proof home furnishings and apparel we purchase may contain toxic “forever” chemicals, called PFAS, that are linked to numerous health concerns, including liver and heart damage, immune disorders, cancer and hormone disruption, a new report found. Independent laboratories commissioned by Toxic-Free Future, an environmental and health advocacy and research group,…MORE

During Omicron, disease severity appears to be lower than during other periods of high transmission, according to CDC study
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During Omicron, disease severity appears to be lower than during other periods of high transmission, according to CDC study

During a period when the Omicron coronavirus variant was dominant, severe outcomes for patients hospitalized with Covid-19 — including ICU admission, ventilator use and death — were less common than during Delta or the first winter surge, according to a study published Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, although the…MORE

Here’s how to get free N95 masks from pharmacies or community health centers
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Here’s how to get free N95 masks from pharmacies or community health centers

The rollout of free N95 masks for the public began this week across the United States, with some pharmacies already handing out the masks and others expecting to do so in the coming days. The program is part of the Biden administration’s effort to distribute 400 million free N95 masks from the Strategic National Stockpile…MORE

TV Peloton incidents undermine a basic reality about exercise, experts say
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TV Peloton incidents undermine a basic reality about exercise, experts say

First it was Mr. Big, the character from “Sex in the City,” dying in Carrie Bradshaw’s arms from a heart attack after a 45-minute ride on his Peloton. Then it was Mike “Wags” Wagner, the drug-abusing, sadistic right hand of Axe Capital’s Bobby Axelrod in the Showtime series “Billions,” who too suffers a heart attack…MORE

Self-care won’t save us from exhaustion. This other strategy might
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Self-care won’t save us from exhaustion. This other strategy might

Whether it’s caring for kids, parents, coworkers or our community, many people feel utterly tapped out because of all the extra caretaking thrust upon us as the pandemic has upended daily life over these past two years. Putting someone else’s needs first, yet again, can feel like the worst way to soothe burnout. But what’s…MORE