The Covid-19 pandemic killed off one strain of the flu, and that will change the next vaccines

Vaccine experts who advise the FDA will vote on recommendations for this year's flu vaccine. They are expected to change the formula for the shots from four strains to three.

Antidepressant prescribing for youths surged during COVID

AXOIS – Antidepressant prescribing to youths rose 63.5% during the pandemic, with adolescent girls accounting for some of the sharpest increases, according to new research in Pediatrics. It's further evidence of a youth mental health crisis characterized by depression and anxiety brought on by social isolation, concern about the future and financial and other stressors. But a shortage of mental health workers and the shift toward telehealth and remote prescribing may have contributed to a prioritization...

Covid Vaccines Linked To Small Increase In Heart And Brain Disorders, Study Finds—But Risk From Infection Is Far Higher

Forbes – Covid vaccines from companies like Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca were linked to rare occurrences of heart, brain and blood disorders, a recent peer-reviewed study found, though experts say the risks of developing Covid-19 greatly outweigh the risks of getting vaccinated. Researchers from the Global Vaccine Data Network—a research arm of the World Health Organization—looked at expected versus observed rates of 13 medical conditions that were considered “adverse events of special interest” in a...

CDC Brags That COVID Shots Are “54% Effective”

USA TODAY – A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that adults who received the updated COVID-19 vaccine were 54% less likely to get COVID-19. The new shots, that became available last year, were designed to offer better protection against recent variants of the novel coronavirus. "Receipt of updated COVID-19 vaccine provided approximately 54% increased protection against symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection compared with no receipt of updated vaccine," said the CDC...

Trump’s COVID Infection

BEYOND THE NOISE – On September 26, 2020, President Donald Trump, 74 years old and overweight, tested positive for COVID. Seven days later, on October 2, he was flown to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment. Trump’s fever was high, he was short of breath, the level of oxygen in his bloodstream was dangerously low, and a chest X-ray confirmed that he was suffering from severe pneumonia. Before traveling to the hospital, doctors administered...

Having COVID-19 and Long COVID Can Impact Women’s Sex Lives

Study finds long COVID has detrimental effect on sex, is associated with sexual dysfunction in cisgender women

Drug Trump touted as ‘miracle’ COVID treatment linked to 17,000 deaths

French researchers claim the use of hydroxychloroquine from March to July 2020 was associated with an 11% increase in COVID patients' mortality rate and an estimated 16,990 deaths across six countries as a result.

Howie Carr: Masking COVID truth (Biden needs the Panic)

BOSTON HERALD – Have you ever noticed that the lower Joe Biden sinks in the polls, the more the hysteria about COVID is ramped up in state-run media? After all, the Panic worked so well for the Democrats in 2020. The Wuhan flu was, as Jane Fonda candidly put it, “God’s gift to the left.” So now it’s election year again, which means that in three… two… one…. The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Like Freddy...

Yes, a Lot of People Are Getting Sick Right Now

NEW YORK MAGAZINE – Welcome to sick season. According to the CDC, New York City — along with New Jersey and at least 16 other states — is now experiencing “high” to “very high” levels of respiratory-illness activity as measured by the number of weekly visits to health-care providers and emergency rooms by people having symptoms of fever, cough, and sore throat. The culprits are the usual suspects: this year’s strains of influenza, COVID, and RSV. And...

CDC Issues Health Advisory Over ‘Low Vaccination Rates’ Across US

The CDC sent out the alert on Dec. 14 regarding vaccines for COVID-19, RSV, and the flu.

Long COVID rates appear to be decreasing

Here’s why Long COVID may be declining and what we know about the trend so far.

Getting Vaccinated May Be Your Best Protection from Long COVID

A new study offers encouraging evidence that people who get vaccinated before their first COVID-19 case are at significantly lower risk of developing long-term symptoms like brain fog and fatigue, with each additional dose received prior to infection offering extra protection.

Pain, fatigue, fuzzy thinking: How long COVID disrupts the brain

Michelle Wilson got COVID earlier in the pandemic, before vaccines were available.

U.S. men die nearly six years before women, reflecting largest gap since 1996

The pandemic, which took a disproportionate toll on men, was the biggest contributor to the widening gap from 2019-2021, followed by unintentional injuries and poisonings (mostly drug overdoses), accidents, and suicide.
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