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Children are the next frontier for COVID vaccine clinical trials

Twelve-year-olds are tween-agers, staring down puberty and middle school, surprisingly mature one minute and tortured by angst the next. Some also are scientific pioneers, volunteering for clinical trials to test COVID vaccines in children. Slowly and gingerly, researchers are testing COVID-19 vaccines in younger and younger kids — even as millions of doses are pushed into the arms of their parents — with an eye toward FDA approval in the next year or two. Stephanie Chao, director of pharmacy...
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Children the next frontier for COVID vaccine clinical trials

Twelve-year-olds are tween-agers, staring down puberty and middle school, surprisingly mature one minute and tortured by angst the next. Some also are scientific pioneers, volunteering for clinical trials to test COVID vaccines in children. Slowly and gingerly, researchers are testing COVID-19 vaccines in younger and younger kids — even as millions of doses are pushed into the arms of their parents — with an eye toward FDA approval in the next year or two. Stephanie Chao, director of pharmacy...
Tags: Health, News, Medicine, California, Cdc, Stanford, China, India, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Healthcare, Vaccinations, Fda, Berkeley


Americans have turned to melatonin to soothe pandemic-induced stress. Experts worry high demand, little federal oversight, and insufficient data leave the industry ripe for scams.

Hollis Johnson/Insider American consumers spent $825,559,397 on melatonin supplements in 2020, representing a 42.6% year-over-year increase, according to Nielsen. Industry analysts expect the melatonin market to continue to grow, but a lack of federal oversight of supplements and sparse research into melatonin's long-term effects may harm consumers. As more sellers look to cash in on the melatonin hype, doctors ask Americans to use caution when shopping. Visit Business Insider's homepage ...
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Get your COVID-19 vaccine at a New Jersey mall or Disneyland. Here are 15 places across the country that have transformed into mass vaccination sites.

A half-dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine initially could mean we have double the number doses available when it's approved by regulators. Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool via AP Disneyland Resort, a New Jersey mall, convention centers, and sports stadiums are opening their doors to the public as mass vaccination sites. Here are some of the locations across the country that are shifting their focus and opening up for the public-health effort.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for mo...
Tags: Health, Science, California, Washington Post, New York City, Trends, Chicago, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Healthcare, Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, Houston, Syracuse, Disneyland, Detroit


Europe and Canada are facing temporary hits to coronavirus vaccine supply while Pfizer renovates a Belgian plant to eventually produce more doses

Vincent Kalut / Photonews via Getty Images The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is renovating a key manufacturing plant for its coronavirus vaccine in Puurs, Belgium. This will delay shipments to Europe and Canada in late-January and early February. Pfizer is still aiming to produce 2 billion doses in 2021. Mass-production a key challenge facing the world's vaccination campaign. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. European countries and Canada will receive fewer doses of Pfizer...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Canada, Healthcare, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, University of Oxford, Wall Street Journal, Polaroid, Novavax, Eli Lilly, Moderna


Oregon's governor blasts Operation Warp Speed, accusing the Trump administration of 'deception on a national scale' over lack of coronavirus vaccine reserve

President Donald Trump speaks during an "Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit" on the White House complex, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown accused the federal government's coronavirus vaccine rollout of "deception on a national scale."  Trump's health secretary said Tuesday that Operation Warp Speed would start shipping out vaccine doses that were being held in reserve. But there are actually no extra doses in reserve, leaving stat...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Washington Post, Washington, Oregon, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Health And Human Services


Answers to 9 crucial questions about the coronavirus variants spreading around the world

Samantha Lee/Business Insider Experts worldwide are urgently studying three coronavirus variants to understand what risks they pose. One variant first identified in the UK, one in South Africa, and one in Japan are probably more contagious than the original strain. They have caused cases to surge and the three nations to lock down. Here are nine key questions about the variants, answered. Experts are urgently investigating three different coronavirus variants - first identified in the UK,...
Tags: Health, Japan, UK, London, California, Cdc, US, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Brazil, Who, Astrazeneca, Tokyo, Ohio, Pfizer


US could face 'perpetual' coronavirus infections as more contagious variants take hold, ex-FDA chief Scott Gottlieb warns

Former FDA Commissioner-designate Dr. Scott Gottlieb. Zach Gibson/Getty Images The US could face "perpetual" coronavirus infections as variants take hold, Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Thursday on CNBC. Variants first identified in the UK and South Africa are "going to build very quickly if we can't get protective immunity into the population," Gottlieb said. "The vaccine is really our only backstop against these variants taking hold," the former Food and Drug Administration commissioner warned....
Tags: Health, UK, California, Cdc, US, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Brazil, Fda, Cnbc, US Food and Drug Administration, Center for Disease Control, Johns Hopkins University, Gottlieb


Tech and health companies including Microsoft and Salesforce team up on digital COVID-19 vaccination records

A new cross-industry initiative is seeking to establish a standard for digital vaccination records that can be used universally to identify COVID-19 vaccination status for individuals, in a way that can be both secure via encryption and traceable and verifiable for trustworthiness regarding their contents. The so-called ‘Vaccination Credential Initiative’ includes a range of big-name companies from both the healthcare and the tech industry, including Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce and Epic, as we...
Tags: Apple, Health, TC, Microsoft, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Smartphones, Encryption, Regulation, Epic, Healthcare, Vaccination, Salesforce, Standards, Oracle


Catching coronavirus gives 83% protection against reinfection for up to 5 months, a study suggests - but you could still spread the virus

A CVS pharmacist gives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a resident at the Emerald Court senior living community in Anaheim, California. Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images Catching coronavirus gives you about 83% protection from reinfection for up to five months, a large preliminary UK study suggests. This is comparable to the protection offered by vaccines. Work is ongoing to find out how long immunity lasts, whether vaccines work in people previo...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Trends, Healthcare, National Health Service, Pfizer, Public Health England, Young, Cvs, Hopkins, Tang, Eleanor Riley, Warwick Medical School, Moderna, Lawrence Young


Disneyland Resort, closed since March, is being turned into a mass vaccination site for Californians

Disney Parks Disneyland Resort will transform into a mass vaccination site to get thousands of Southern Californians their shots, government officials announced on Monday. The Anaheim theme park usually has an average daily attendance of 50,000, but has been shuttered since mid-March due to coronavirus restrictions. The first people to be offered a vaccine appointment at Disneyland Resort later this week will be essential workers, and those over 70 years-old. Orange County plans to get al...
Tags: Health, California, Disney, US, Trends, Healthcare, Pod, Disneyland Resort, Orange County, Reuters, Anaheim, Third District, Disney Parks, Pamela Hymel, Doug Chaffee, Harry Sidhu


The Trump administration will recommend giving all Americans over 65 a COVID-19 shot as soon as possible, in new guidance reportedly arriving Tuesday

US President Donald Trump. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images The Trump administration will on Tuesday recommend expanding vaccine eligibility to everyone over 65 years old, Axios reported. Currently, only essential workers and those over 75 are getting their COVID-19 shots. Axios cited an unnamed senior administration official. The vaccines available in the US require two doses. The guidelines also prioritize more people getting their first shot, rather than holding back doses to give people th...
Tags: Health, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Healthcare, Pfizer, The New York Times, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trump, University of South Florida, Moderna, Axios, Coronavirus, COVID, Donald Trump Tasos Katopodis Getty


Israel, already leading the world in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccines, aims to immunize entire country by the end of March

Israeli Prime Minister Minister Benjamin Netanyahu receives a coronavirus vaccine at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Amir Cohen/AP Israel expects to have immunized all its citizens who are 16-years-old and up by the end of March.  That timeline would likely make Israel the world's first country to immunize the vast majority of its population from the pandemic.  Israel has far outpaced the rest of the world with its vaccination campaign, already having ...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Israel, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Healthcare, Pfizer, Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Amir Cohen, Ramat Gan Israel, Andrew Dunn, Sheba Medical Center, Susie Neilson


I volunteered to test the Moderna coronavirus vaccine. Here's what the side effects were like, and why I want my experience to give people hope.

Elle Hardy. Elle Hardy Journalist Elle Hardy is taking part in a phase-three trial of Moderna's mRNA-1273 vaccine, which was just approved in the UK and has been shown to be 94.5% effective. The UK government has ordered 17 million doses of Moderna's shot, but it's unlikely to roll out before March. The shot was approved for use in the US in December. After a slight reaction to the two doses, Hardy said she was certain she didn't receive a placebo. "The side effects were a little unpleasan...
Tags: Health, South Korea, UK, England, Science, News, Instagram, Australia, White House, US, Trends, United States, Healthcare, Oxford, MMR, Vaccine


The UK has two new 'life-saving' COVID-19 treatments that cut the death risk by 24% in critically unwell people. Experts say it's not a miracle cure but is 'clearly useful'

A patient on a ventilator at Houston's United Memorial Medical Center. Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Two new "life-saving" treatments can now be used in UK hospitals, because they reduce the risk of death by 24% in people critically unwell with coronavirus – according to a preliminary study. Tocilizumab and sarilumab, anti-inflammatory drugs usually used for arthritis, can reduce the length of time in hospital by 10 days, the UK government announced on Thursday.   The...
Tags: Health, UK, Trends, Treatment, NHS, Healthcare, Evans, Houston, Jacobs, Stephen Evans, London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine, Adam Jacobs, Matt Hancock, Department of Health and Social Care, Jonathan Van Tam, Premier Research


Coronavirus immunity lasts at least 8 months after infection, and perhaps even years, new research shows

A medical staff member grabs the hand of a patient to reposition their bed in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, October 31, 2020. Go Nakamura/Getty Images Immunity to the coronavirus involves more than just antibodies. T cells and B cells protect us long-term, too.  A new study found that these other elements of immunity persist at least eight months in a majority of COVID-19 patients. They could protect most people against coronavir...
Tags: Health, Science, London, News, California, Trends, Healthcare, Vaccines, Antibodies, La Jolla, Houston Texas, NIAID, Immunity, United Memorial Medical Center, Crotty, Shane Crotty


The UK's decision to delay 2nd vaccine doses could cause 'greater risk' from coronavirus variants, South Africa's most senior vaccine expert suggests

People wearing face masks queue at a South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to collect their government grant in Cape Town South Africa, Monday, May 11, 2020. South Africa's Western Cape province, which includes the city of Cape Town, has emerged as the country's coronavirus hotspot, accounting for more than half of the nation's confirmed cases, which have gone above 10,000.(AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht) Associated Press The chair of the South African government's vaccine ...
Tags: Health, UK, US, America, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Ubs, Cape Town, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, University of Oxford, Sky News, Business Insider, Department Of Health, Cape Town South Africa


A top scientist explains why a more infectious coronavirus variant is a bigger problem than a deadlier strain

A nurse puts on her Personal Protective Equipment before tending to a COVID-19 patient on October 21, 2020 in Essen, Germany. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images The deadly coronavirus that's spread across the world has mutated. One variant, called B.1.1.7, is more infectious, and has forced the UK into national lockdown. The variant has also been discovered in multiple US states, and in other countries around the world. The variant does not appear to be more deadly, and experts believe existing va...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, US, Trends, Healthcare, Denmark, Hollywood Florida, Lisa Taylor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, CSB, Kucharski, Joe Raedle Getty, Adam Kucharski, Coronavirus, COVID


The coronavirus variant in South Africa seems to evade antibody drugs, which is 'very concerning,' ex-FDA chief Scott Gottlieb says

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb with Margaret Brennan on "Face the Nation" in Washington, DC, on March 8. Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former Food and Drug Administration commissioner,  said Tuesday that a coronavirus variant identified in South Africa was "very concerning" because it might get around antibody drugs that try to help the body fight infection. Speaking on CNBC, he said evidence from the Seattle-based Bloom Lab, which hasn't been peer-review...
Tags: Health, UK, US, Trends, United States, South Africa, Washington Dc, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Astrazeneca, Fda, Associated Press, University of Oxford, Seattle, Cnbc, Reuters


The South African COVID-19 variant appears to evade antibody drugs, which is 'very concerning,' ex-FDA chief Scott Gottlieb says

Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb talks with Margaret Brennan on "Face the Nation" in Washington DC March 8, 2020 Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Tuesday that the South African COVID-19 variant is "very concerning" because it may get around antibody drugs that try to help the body fight infection. Speaking on CNBC, he said evidence from Seattle-based Bloom Lab, which hasn't been peer-reviewed, suggested that...
Tags: Health, UK, Washington, US, Trends, United States, South Africa, Healthcare, Astrazeneca, Cbs, Fda, Associated Press, University of Oxford, Seattle, John Bell, Cnbc


The Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway-JPMorgan healthcare joint venture is officially ending

A somewhat nebulous, but high-profile and potentially heavily-moneyed joint venture is coming to an end: Haven, the JV created by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, is being “disbanded” according to CNBC, three years after its original formation. One of the main reasons is that each partner in the venture was apparently just pursuing their own very different strategic approach to their respective healthcare challenges, meaning their really wasn’t much joint in the joint venture...
Tags: Health, Amazon, TC, Washington, Finance, Tech, Companies, Healthcare, Berkshire Hathaway, Financial Services, Cnbc, JPMorgan Chase, Amazon Berkshire Hathaway, Meanwhile Amazon, Amazon JPMorgan, Amazon Berkshire Hathaway JPMorgan


Color raises $167 million funding at $1.5 billion valuation to expand ‘last mile’ of US health infrastructure

Healthcare startup Color has raised a sizable $167 million in Series D funding round, at a valuation of $1.5 billion post-money, the company announced today. This brings the total raised by Color to $278 million, with its latest large round intended to help it build on a record year of growth in 2020 with even more expansion to help put in place key health infrastructure systems across the U.S. — including those related to the “last mile” delivery of COVID-19 vaccines. This latest investment ...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Startups, TC, Uber, Business, Funding, US, San Francisco, Tech, Customer Experience, Economy, Companies, United States, Healthcare, Healthcare Industry


Color raises $167 million funding at $1.5 billion valuation to expand ‘last mile’ of U.S. health infrastructure

Healthcare startup Color has raised a sizeable $167 million in Series D funding round, at a valuation of $1.5 billion post-money, the company announced today. This brings the total raised by Color to $278 million, with its latest large round intended to help it build on a record year of growth in 2020 with even more expansion to help put in place key health infrastructure systems across the U.S. – including those related to the “last mile” delivery of COVID-19 vaccines. This latest investment...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Startups, TC, Uber, Business, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Customer Experience, Economy, Companies, United States, Healthcare, Healthcare Industry, Online Sales


UK government says it will give 'tens of millions' AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine doses by end of March - here's how.

Roger Shaw, 87, receives a COVID-19 vaccination record card from a nurse in London, having received a shot of the Pfizer vaccine. December 8, 2020 Jack Hill/Pool via REUTERS The UK has become the first country to approve the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. 83-year-old Brian Pinker —a patient with kidney failure — was the first in the world to get the shot, outside of a trial. The UK government has promised 100 million doses, with 530,000 doses available to give to people on...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, UK, London, US, Trends, Britain, Healthcare, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Oxford University, Department Of Health, Johns Hopkins University, Joint Committee


AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for emergency use in India, along with a local drugmaker's alternative shot

A man applies finishing touches to graffiti representing a vaccine in Kolkata, India. Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters Health officials in India approved two COVID-19 vaccines on Sunday, including one made by AstraZeneca, for emergency use.  While announcing the emergency use, VG Somani, the country's drug's controller general said the vaccines were "110% safe," according to The Times of India. "A decisive turning point to strengthen a spirited fight," India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, said...
Tags: Health, UK, India, Narendra Modi, US, Trends, Healthcare, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccine, Oxford University, Modi, Times of India, Corona, Bharat Biotech, Serum Institute of India


Tencent backs Chinese healthcare portal DXY in $500M round

DXY, a 20-year-old online healthcare community for Chinese consumers and healthcare organizations like Pfizer, announced this week that it has raised $500 million in a new round led by private equity firm Trustbridge Partners. Existing backer Tencent and Hillhouse Capital also participated in the round, which lifted the firm’s total funding to over $660 million to date. DXY’s earlier investors include Xiaomi founder Lei Jun’s Shunwei Capital, Legend Capital and DCM. The company started out as a ...
Tags: Health, Asia, China, Softbank, Tech, Healthcare, Alibaba, Xiaomi, Tencent, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, DCM, Lei Jun, Hillhouse Capital, Eli Lilly Pfizer, DXY


New antidepressants can lift depression and suicidal thoughts fast, but don’t expect magic cures

Depression is the most common cause of disability in the world. Chances are high that you or someone you know will experience a period when depression gets in the way of work, social life or family life. Nearly two in three people with depression will experience severe effects.As a psychiatrist specializing in behavioral neuroscience, I help patients who suffer from mood disorders. Many have “treatment-resistant" depression and are on a nearly constant search for relief. There have been some ex...
Tags: Psychology, Mental Health, Brain, Depression, Healthcare, Innovation, National Institutes of Health, Mind, National Institute on Drug Abuse, SSRI, Nicholas Mischel, Behavioral Neurosciences


Doctors and nurses in California released a harrowing video begging people not to gather for the holidays, saying it will 'cripple our hospital system'

A patient lies on a stretcher in the hallway of an overloaded ER in a hospital in Apple Valley, California, on December 23, 2020. Mario Tama/Getty Images Frontline workers in California filmed a video urging people to stay home and not gather over the upcoming holidays. In the video, doctors said that a lack of social distancing could "cripple" the hospital system and result in more deaths. Nurses also discussed the devastating impact of the latest surge in the state's COVID-19 cases on th...
Tags: New York, News, California, Kaiser Permanente, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Mental Health, Healthcare, News UK, Southern California, Health And Human Services, San Joaquin Valley, Johns Hopkins University, Apple Valley California, California Department of Public Health


Congress to Employers: You Can Go Back to Not Giving Paid Leave to Covid-Positive Staff

Here’s a big fuck you from Congress to everyone else: The coronavirus relief bill passed this week removes a requirement that employers provide at least two weeks of paid sick leave at full salary if their employees contract the coronavirus.Read more...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Medicine, Congress, Healthcare, Pandemic, Paid Sick Leave, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Contagious Presenteeism


COVID-19 vaccines are now being administered in the UK and US, but the rollout may take years in poorer countries. Here are the major challenges they face.

A young girl waits to be tested for COVID-19 in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images In December, the world watched as the UK and the US administered their first doses of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccines. But lower-income countries may have to wait for years before they can vaccinate the majority of their population, researchers have found. Cost and availability, combined with transport, storage, and distribution issues pose serious problems – which c...
Tags: Health, UK, Minnesota, China, India, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Ap, Getty Images, Canada, Healthcare, Who, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Democratic Republic of the Congo



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