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FDA says Moderna vaccine for youngest children is safe and effective

FDA says Moderna vaccine for youngest children is safe and effective

Placeholder while article actions loadScientists at the Food and Drug Administration on Friday said Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine for infants and young children was safe and effective, setting the stage for a review by the agency’s outside advisers Wednesday and a potential authorization by the end of the week.The analysis was released in briefing documents ahead of next week’s meeting, when the independent advisers also will consider whether a vaccine by Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, should be authorized for the youngest children. Babies and children younger than 5 — a group numbering 19...

As the Great Salt Lake Dries Up, Utah Faces An ‘Environmental Nuclear Bomb’

As the Great Salt Lake Dries Up, Utah Faces An ‘Environmental Nuclear Bomb’

SALT LAKE CITY — If the Great Salt Lake, which has already shrunk by two-thirds, continues to dry up, here’s what’s in store:The lake’s flies and brine shrimp would die off — scientists warn it could start as soon as this summer — threatening the 10 million migratory birds that stop at the lake annually to feed on the tiny creatures. Ski conditions at the resorts above Salt Lake City, a vital source of revenue, would deteriorate. The lucrative extraction of magnesium and other minerals from the lake could stop.Most alarming, the air surrounding...

Inaccurate pulse oximeter measurements delayed COVID treatment for people of color : NPR

Inaccurate pulse oximeter measurements delayed COVID treatment for people of color : NPR

Ayesha Rascoe speaks to Dr. Ashraf Fawzy about a study that shows how inaccurate measurements by pulse oximeters lead to delays in COVID treatment for people of color. AYESHA RASCOE, HOST: You may have encountered this device at the hospital or even bought one for your home during the pandemic. A pulse oximeter is a fingertip clip that measures how much oxygen is in your blood - something that doctors need to know in order to treat COVID-19. But a study released last week shows how inaccurate measurements by the devices may have led...

Fresh Strawberries Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak, F.D.A Says

Fresh Strawberries Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak, F.D.A Says

Public health officials said they were investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A in the United States and Canada that is potentially linked to organic strawberries.American health officials said the outbreak most likely came from fresh organic strawberries branded as FreshKampo and H-E-B that were bought between March 5 and April 25.The strawberries were sold at stores including Aldi, H-E-B, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Trader Joe’s, Walmart and Weis Markets, the Food and Drug Administration said.The strawberries are now past their shelf life, and people who bought them between March 5 and April 25...

Colonoscopies should be free. Here’s how to avoid getting charged : Shots

Colonoscopies should be free. Here’s how to avoid getting charged : Shots

Preventive care should be free to patients under the Affordable Care Act, but Elizabeth Melville of Sunapee, NH., was charged $2,185 for a colonoscopy in 2021. Philip Keith/KHN hide caption toggle caption Philip Keith/KHN Preventive care should be free to patients under the Affordable Care Act, but Elizabeth Melville of Sunapee, NH., was charged $2,185 for a colonoscopy in 2021. Philip Keith/KHN Elizabeth Melville and her husband are gradually hiking all 48 mountain peaks that top 4,000 feet in New Hampshire. "I want to do everything I can to stay healthy so that I...

The Anti-Vaccine Movement’s New Frontier

The Anti-Vaccine Movement’s New Frontier

One chilly afternoon this past January, Kennedy took the microphone in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, before a crowd of maybe a few hundred people, some of whom carried signs reading, “We will not comply,” “Resist medical tyranny” (accompanied by a swastika) and “Land of the free you can’t mandate me.” A march earlier that day, involving several thousand people, included members of the far-right nationalist group the Proud Boys, firefighters wearing helmets and even a few Buddhist monks from New England. They had gathered for a rally billed as Defeat the...

Other companies’ products contaminated by a bad batch : NPR

Other companies’ products contaminated by a bad batch : NPR

All of the affected Jif peanut butter products can be identified by their lot code numbers, which is usually found near the "best by" date. CDC hide caption toggle caption CDC All of the affected Jif peanut butter products can be identified by their lot code numbers, which is usually found near the "best by" date. CDC The Jif peanut butter recall has rapidly expanded in the past week and it now affects at least 69 other products. The cascading effect is due to the many companies who use the peanut butter in their...

As monkeypox panic spreads, doctors in Africa see a double standard

As monkeypox panic spreads, doctors in Africa see a double standard

Placeholder while article actions loadDAKAR, Senegal — In a part of Nigeria that has dealt with monkeypox outbreaks for years, one doctor saw the photos circulating in Western media this week and chuckled.“Those are the very severe cases,” said Oyewale Tomori, a virologist in the nation’s southwest. “Like, ‘Ahh! This is monkeypox!’ ”The virus — discovered five decades ago in the Democratic Republic of Congo — causes mild illness in most people, along with blisters that usually clear up in weeks, he said. It’s much less transmissible than the coronavirus and much less deadly...

Pfizer Says Strong Response From 3 Covid Shots in Young Children

Pfizer Says Strong Response From 3 Covid Shots in Young Children

Cheryl Hillis of High Point, N.C., was so concerned about protecting her 3-year-old daughter that she enrolled her in a Pfizer trial in Atlanta and made the long road trip to that city twice. She will hit the road a third time at the end of the week, for the final dose. Ms. Hillis has been home-schooling her three other children — ages 9, 11 and 14 — until her youngest gets vaccinated.Like some other parents who answered the newspaper’s callout, she does not expect a pediatric vaccine to protect against infection as well...

With food prices continuing to climb, UN warns of crippling global shortages : NPR

With food prices continuing to climb, UN warns of crippling global shortages : NPR

A Combine harvesting machine reaps wheat in a field of the Hula valley near the town of Kiryat Shmona in the north of Israel on May 22, 2022. Wheat prices have soared in recent months, driven by the war in Ukraine and a crippling heat wave in India. Jalaa Marey/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Jalaa Marey/AFP via Getty Images A Combine harvesting machine reaps wheat in a field of the Hula valley near the town of Kiryat Shmona in the north of Israel on May 22, 2022. Wheat prices have soared...