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Two Omicron Subvariants Drive Summer Infections

Two Omicron subvariants — BA.4 and BA.5 — are propelling the growth of COVID-19 infections this summer as they become the dominant coronavirus strains in the U.S. These variants now make up 52.3% of infections, with BA.5 accounting for...
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Scientists Find Brain Mechanism Behind Age-Related Memory Loss

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University have identified a mechanism in the brain behind age-related memory loss, expanding our knowledge of the inner workings of the aging brain and possibly opening the door to new Alzheimer’s treatments. The...
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Microplastics Help Viruses Spread Farther, Last Longer, Study Shows

Microplastics that get seemingly everywhere in the world’s water supply also help dangerous viruses spread by giving them a free ride for days, new research shows. “We found that viruses can attach to microplastics and that allows them...
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Roe v. Wade Overturned, Ending 50 Years of Abortion Protections

The U.S. Supreme Court has voted to overturn the federal constitutional right to abortion, turning the issue over to individual states to decide.      . About 25 million women of reproductive age will now live in states that...
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Patient Influencers’ Partnering With Drug, Medical Companies

In July 2020, reality star Khloe Kardashian appeared on the television show The View. During her segment, Kardashian, who has 255 million followers on Instagram, touted the benefit of migraine drug Nurtec ODT. She became a paid spokesperson for Biohaven...
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CDC Gives Final OK for COVID Vaccinations for Youngest Kids

COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months to 5 years of age are now ready to go. Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle, Walensky, MD, has endorsed a unanimous recommendation by the agency's vaccine panel today, allowing vaccinations...
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Do Optimists Live Longer?

Want to live longer? You might want to try improving your outlook on life. New research shows that people who are more optimistic may actually live longer. In a study of nearly 160,000 women, people with the highest optimism ratings had a 5.4% longer...
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CDC Changes Mask Guidance, Says Monkeypox Not Airborne

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has clarified its guidance on wearing face masks to avoid monkeypox, which primarily spreads through direct bodily contact. Last week the agency updated its travel advisory for monkeypox and advised...
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Liver Successfully Transplanted After 3 Days Outside Body

A poor-quality human liver was repaired inside a machine for 3 days before it was successfully transplanted into a cancer patient with advanced cirrhosis who otherwise had a "near zero" chance of getting a liver in time, according to a new report. The...
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Monkeypox Cases Suspected in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Chicago

More suspected cases of monkeypox are being investigated in the United States, with health authorities in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Illinois reporting their first cases. As of 2 p.m. Thursday, the CDC said 21 confirmed monkeypox cases had been found...