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A COVID-19 booster shot that could protect against multiple variants at once is being tested in humans for the first time

A person receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) in Boston, Massachusetts on December 24, 2020. Joseph Prezioso / AFP via Getty Images A COVID-19 booster shot that may protect against multiple variants is being tested in humans. It uses new vaccine technology that self-replicates once injected in the muscle. The vaccine may need a lower dose than existing shots, potentially reducing side effects. See more stories on Insider's busine...
Tags: Health, Science, News, US, Trends, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Pfizer, Booster, Afp, Boston Massachusetts, University of Manchester, Andrew Allen, Andrew Clarke, US National Institute of Health, Moderna


2nd dose of J&J vaccine boosts protection against moderate to severe COVID-19 to 94% in US study, company says

A man receiving a J&J vaccine. KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI / Contributor/Getty Images Johnson & Johnson said a second dose of its COVID-19 vaccine was highly effective in a study. Two doses were 94% effective against moderate to severe COVID-19 in US study, it said. The company cited data from an unpublished study that hasn't been scrutinized by other experts. See more stories on Insider's business page. Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday said a second dose of its COVID-19 vaccine was highly effec...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, US, Trends, News UK, Food And Drug Administration, Pfizer, Vaccine, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Johnson Johnson, J&J, Moderna, Coronavirus, COVID, Marianne Guenot


J&J's vaccine gives 100% protection from severe COVID-19 after a 2nd dose, company says - comparable to the Pfizer or Moderna shots

A man receiving a J&J vaccine. KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI / Contributor/Getty Images A booster dose of J&J vaccine gave comparable protection to other vaccines, the company said. Two doses were 100% against severe disease and 94% effective against symptomatic COVID-19, it said. The company cited an unpublished study that hasn't been scrutinized by other experts. See more stories on Insider's business page. A second dose of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine worked just as well as Mode...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Trends, News UK, Food And Drug Administration, Pfizer, Vaccine, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Johnson Johnson, J&J, Moderna, Coronavirus, COVID, Marianne Guenot


The bias that blinds: why some people get dangerously different medical care

Medical research and practice have long assumed a narrow definition of the ‘default’ human, badly compromising the care of anyone outside that category. How can this be fixed?I met Chris in my first month at a small, hard-partying Catholic high school in north-eastern Wisconsin, where kids jammed cigarettes between the fingers of the school’s lifesize Jesus statue and skipped mass to eat fries at the fast-food joint across the street. Chris and her circle perched somewhere adjacent to the school...
Tags: Health, Gender, Science, Race, Women, Hospitals, Medical Research, Health & wellbeing, Doctors, Wisconsin, Jesus, Gps, Catholic, Chris, Dayton, Adam


Period changes after COVID-19 vaccines were reported 27,000 times in 9 months, but experts say you should still get a shot

A person is given a COVID-19 vaccine by UK NHS staff during the first day of the Cornwall Pride LGBTQ+ festival on August 27, 2021 in Newquay, England. Hugh Hastings/Getty Images The UK's medicines regulatory agency got 27,199 reports of menstrual-cycle changes after COVID-19 shots. An OB-GYN said pandemic-related stress could have caused some of these changes. People trying to get pregnant should get vaccinated or risk getting "seriously ill," another doctor said. See more stories on ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, Trends, NHS, Healthcare, Vaccine, Period, British Medical Journal, University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London, OB GYN, Maybin, Royal College of Obstetricians, MHRA


A doctor from Oregon who said mask-wearing could lead to carbon-dioxide poisoning got his medical license revoked

AP Photo/John Minchillo The Oregon Medical Board has revoked the license of a doctor who refused to wear a mask. Steven Arthur LaTulippe ran a family clinic and was found to give false info about mask-wearing. He told the board he would continue to refuse to follow COVID-19 guidelines like wearing masks. See more stories on Insider's business page. An Oregon doctor who falsely described carbon-dioxide poisoning as a risk of wearing face masks has had his license revoked.As of Septemb...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Oregon, Masks, Trends, Latulippe, Coronavirus, Yelena Dzhanova, COVID-19, Oregon Medical Board, weekend BI US, Steven Arthur LaTulippe, Oregon Medical Board LaTulippe


Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and likely to work in younger children, and it's planning to ask for permission to use it in kids as young as 5

A group of kids elbow-bumping their tennis instructor after practice. Marko Geber/Getty Images Pfizer said its coronavirus vaccine is safe and likely to be effective in younger children. The pharmaceutical giant plans to soon apply for an expanded OK that includes 5- to 11-year-olds. The two-dose shot is already OK'd for people 12 years and older. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine was safe and generated a promising immune response ...
Tags: Health, Science, News, US, Trends, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Biotech, Pharmaceutical, Andrew Dunn, BioNtech, Albert Bourla, Coronavirus, COVID


‘Highly effective’ ovarian cancer treatment could help thousands of women

New drug combination shrunk tumours significantly in 46% of patients with treatment-resistant form of disease Thousands of women with ovarian cancer could benefit from a revolutionary drug combination after it was shown to shrink tumours in half of patients with an advanced form of the disease.The pair of drugs – which work together to block the signals cancer cells need to grow – could offer a new treatment option for women with a type of ovarian cancer that rarely responds to chemotherapy or h...
Tags: Health, Science, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Society, Medical Research, Ovarian Cancer


‘I felt this huge relief’: how antibody injections free the immunosuppressed under Covid

FDA emergency authorizations boost use of periodic antibody injections, or PrEP, to complement vaccinationsA proud sports mom, Shantay Brown longs to pack into a crowded stadium for her son’s Ohio State football games and scream her face off over the action on the field. Related: Doctors treating unvaccinated Covid patients are succumbing to compassion fatigue Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, US healthcare, US domestic policy, Fda, Vaccines and immunisation, Ohio State, Coronavirus, Shantay Brown


Ministers told to bar EU from UK trial data in vaccines row

England’s deputy medical chief asked for data to be withheld unless British vaccine guinea pigs allowed to travel abroad• Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageEngland’s deputy chief medical officer asked ministers to withhold all UK clinical trial data from the EU if European countries continued to deny entry to British vaccine trial volunteers, the Observer can reveal.Jonathan Van-Tam made the extraordinary proposal after months of uncertainty for the 19,000 volunteers ...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, England, Science, Drugs, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Novavax, Jonathan Van Tam


A doctor from Oregon who said mask-wearing can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning got his medical license revoked

A Nepalese health worker in protective gear, ready to collect swab samples to test them for the coronavirus in Singh Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Narayan Maharjan/NurPhoto via Getty Images The Oregon Medical Board has revoked the license of a doctor who refused to wear a mask. Steven Arthur LaTulippe ran a family clinic and falsely told his patients mask-wearing could carbon monoxide poisoning. He told the board he would continue to refuse to follow COVID-19 guide...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Oregon, Masks, Trends, Latulippe, Coronavirus, Yelena Dzhanova, COVID-19, Oregon Medical Board, weekend BI US, Singh Durbar Kathmandu Nepal, Narayan Maharjan NurPhoto, Getty Images The Oregon Medical Board, Steven Arthur LaTulippe


A meteorologist was fired from his TV station after 33 years at the job because he refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images Karl Bohnak, a meteorologist who spent 33 years at NBC affiliate WLUC, has been fired. He said the television station fired him because he refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine. "I have authority over my body," Bohnak wrote in a Facebook post announcing his termination. See more stories on Insider's business page. A meteorologist who spent more than 30 years working at a Michigan TV station has been fired after he refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine. E...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Science, News, Nbc, US, Trends, Atlanta, Healthcare, Michigan, Vaccine, Biden, Gray Television, Frederic J Brown, WLUC, Coronavirus


People with chronic conditions among most at risk from Covid even after jabs

Research finds those with Down’s syndrome, Parkinson’s and other conditions may benefit from booster doseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople living with chronic conditions such as Down’s syndrome and dementia remain among the most vulnerable to Covid-19 even after vaccination, research has found.The study, based on data from more than 6.9 million vaccinated adults, 5.2 million of whom had received both doses, found that being vaccinated offers powerful protection a...
Tags: Health, Science, UK News, Dementia, Vaccines and immunisation, Parkinson's Disease, Down's Syndrome, Coronavirus


The FDA's expert panel backs COVID-19 booster shots for adults 65 and older and those at highest risk of severe disease

The federal government has provided COVID-19 relief in numerous forms, from free vaccines to economic programs. Reuters An expert panel recommended that the FDA authorize booster shots for older and vulnerable adults. The doctors and health experts who advise the FDA say data suggests younger people are still well protected. The panel vote down a proposal to make boosters available to everyone 16 and older. See more stories on Insider's business page. An expert panel advising the Food...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Cdc, Kaiser Permanente, Israel, US, Trends, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Biotech, Biden, Committee


The COVID-19 booster debate is a mess. Here's why we'll probably get extra shots anyway.

President Joe Biden gets a COVID-19 vaccine. Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images The US debate over booster shots has devolved into a confusing and noisy mess. The next week should bring clarity, with FDA and CDC reviews wrapping up. Boosters are justified for older adults, experts told Insider, but there's less data on younger people. See more stories on Insider's business page. The debate over COVID-19 booster shots in the US has devolved into a noisy, confu...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Washington Post, Cdc, Brown University, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Analysis, Healthcare, Delta, Food And Drug Administration, World Health Organization, Fda, Pfizer


Moderna says a study showed falling COVID-19 immunity over time and a need for boosters - even though most 'breakthrough' infections weren't severe

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine lab tech Sendy Puerto processes blood samples from study participants in the specimen processing lab, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 in Miami. The volunteers are taking part in testing the NIH funded Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Taimy Alvarez/AP Moderna said people vaccinated in 2020 caught COVID-19 more often than those vaccinated this year. This suggested immunity from its COVID-19 shot waned over time, and provided evidence for a booster dose, it sai...
Tags: Health, Science, News, US, Trends, Healthcare, Delta, World Health Organization, Miami, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccine, Biden, Nih, Booster, Reuters


A massive study from Israel suggests older adults were far less likely to develop severe COVID-19 after a booster shot, but the finding carries major limitations

An Israeli receives a coronavirus vaccine from medical staff at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Sebastian Scheiner/AP A third dose of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine dramatically reduces the risk of infection and severe illness for older adults, a new study found. A team of researchers in Israel published the findings Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. Still, an expert urged caution on interpreting the findings, saying the study...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Israel, US, Trends, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Biotech, Biden, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Murray, New England Journal of Medicine, Tel Aviv Israel


FDA releases documents outlining Pfizer's case for COVID-19 booster shots

Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Patrick Fallon/AFP via Getty Images The FDA released documents Wednesday giving a look at Pfizer's case for COVID-19 booster shots. The data shows a third dose of Pfizer's shot raised antibody levels with no major safety concerns. An expert panel will make recommendations to the FDA on booster shots on Friday. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US Food and Drug Administration published documents on Wednesday that prov...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, Cdc, Trends, Healthcare, Delta, Fda, Pfizer, Biotech, Biden, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, US Food and Drug Administration, Pharmaceutical, Andrew Dunn


400,000 people are infected each year with coronaviruses carried by bats, an early study suggests. Researchers say the data could help prevent future pandemics.

A team of researchers set up a net to catch bats at the Khao Chong Pran Cave on September 12, 2020 in Ratchaburi, Thailand during a mission to understand the coronavirus's origins. Lauren DeCicca/Getty Coronaviruses from bats could infect 407,422 people each year, a study said. The findings could help target areas for surveillance and stop human virus outbreaks, they said. About 478 million people live in regions where the bats are, the researchers said. See more stories on Insider...
Tags: Health, Science, News, China, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Healthcare, Myanmar, Bat, Holmes, University of Sydney, US National Institutes of Health, Pandemic, Lauren DeCicca Getty, Coronavirus


‘The virus is painfully real’: vaccine hesitant people are dying – and their loved ones want the world to listen

In the UK, the majority of those now in hospital with Covid-19 are unvaccinated. Many face their last days with enormous regret, and their relatives are telling their stories to try to convince others like themMatt Wynter, a 42-year-old music agent from Leek, Staffordshire, was working out in his local gym in mid-August when he saw, to his great surprise, that his best friend, Marcus Birks, was on the television. He jumped off the elliptical trainer and listened carefully.The first thing he noti...
Tags: Psychology, Health, UK, Science, Biology, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Marcus, Birks, Wynter, Coronavirus, COVID


18 leading scientists, including 2 outgoing FDA officials, say COVID-19 booster shots lack evidence and shouldn't yet be given to the general public

A health workers is seen as Israelis receive the third doses of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in West Jerusalem on September 03, 2021. Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Eighteen leading experts said "widespread use" of COVID-19 vaccine boosters isn't backed by evidence. The group included two FDA officials who resigned over the Biden administration's booster shot plan. Current COVID-19 vaccines still protect against severe illness ca...
Tags: Health, Science, News, US, Trends, Colombia, Healthcare, Delta, Food And Drug Administration, Who, World Health Organization, Fda, Pfizer, Biden, Lancet, Booster


Fully vaccinated people account for 1.2% of England’s Covid-19 deaths

ONS figures show 51,281 Covid-19 deaths occurred between January and July, with 458 dying at least 21 days after their second doseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople who were fully vaccinated accounted for just 1.2% of all deaths involving Covid-19 in England in the first seven months of this year.The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), have been seized on as proof of the success of the vaccine rollout. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Office For National Statistics, Ons, Office for National Statistics ONS, Coronavirus, COVID


‘A very cruel exit’: UK’s aid cuts risk rapid return of treatable diseases

£200m project to eliminate avoidable blindness and disfigurement in Africa ends after funding is prematurely axedA chandelier sparkling in the background, the grandeur of Downing Street gleaming behind him, Boris Johnson looks into the camera and speaks with solemnity. He is marking World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day, he says, to raise awareness of these “terrible afflictions … which impose an immense burden of suffering in developing countries”.Huge progress has been made, he says, in the fi...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Africa, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Aid, Global development, World Health Organization, Boris Johnson, Blindness and visual impairment


UK’s ambition to stamp out neglected tropical diseases gets neglected

£200m project to tackle avoidable blindness and disfigurement in Africa is axed with cut to aid budgetA chandelier sparkling in the background, the grandeur of Downing Street gleaming behind him, Boris Johnson looks into the camera and speaks with solemnity. He is marking World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day, he says, to raise awareness of these “terrible afflictions … which impose an immense burden of suffering in developing countries”.Huge progress has been made, he says, in the fight against...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Africa, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Aid, Global development, World Health Organization, Boris Johnson, Blindness and visual impairment


A major healthcare provider is suspending 'almost all surgeries' because nurses are swamped with treating unvaxxed people with COVID

Healthcare workers are seen inside the COVID Intensive Care Unit in North Oaks Hospital in Hammond, Louisiana, on August 13, 2021. Emily Kask/AFP/Getty Images Intermountain Healthcare announced it would postpone "almost all surgeries" across several hospitals due to rising COVID-19 cases. The suspensions will occur for "several weeks" across 13 out of 24 hospitals within the system. "Our teams are overwhelmed and we're running out of staffed beds for patients," a press release from Int...
Tags: Health, Utah, Science, News, US, Trends, Cbs, Harrison, KUTV, Intermountain Healthcare, Emily Kask, Intermountain, Hammond Louisiana, Marc Harrison, Coronavirus, Yelena Dzhanova


A major healthcare provider is suspending 'almost all surgeries' because nurses are swamped while treating unvaxxed people with COVID

Healthcare workers are seen inside the COVID Intensive Care Unit in North Oaks Hospital in Hammond, Louisiana, on August 13, 2021. Emily Kask/AFP/Getty Images Intermountain Healthcare announced it would postpone "almost all surgeries" across several hospitals due to rising COVID-19 cases. The suspensions will occur for "several weeks" across 13 out of 24 hospitals within the system. "Our teams are overwhelmed and we're running out of staffed beds for patients," a press release from Int...
Tags: Health, Utah, Science, News, US, Trends, Cbs, Harrison, KUTV, Intermountain Healthcare, Emily Kask, Intermountain, Hammond Louisiana, Marc Harrison, Coronavirus, Yelena Dzhanova


UK vaccine volunteers to help prepare for next virus at new Pandemic Institute

The Liverpool site will work with other international centres to research the threat of emerging disruptive diseasesA new scientific institute which aims to prevent future pandemics may have been able to save thousands of lives by accelerating vaccine development had it existed before December 2019, its researchers believe.Liverpool’s new Pandemic Institute will include a new human challenge facility, where volunteers will test new vaccines and treatments under controlled conditions. Continue re...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Liverpool, Microbiology, Epidemics, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Pandemic Institute


A year that changed the world – and medical companies’ fortunes

While Covid sent many firms to the wall, others prospered by spotting opportunities, from test kits to mask coatingsThe pandemic has taken a heavy toll on business, gutting high streets as familiar names fell into receivership. But for some less well-known firms, the past 18 months have been transformational. Those that have thrived did so by carving out a new niche – with products as varied as Covid sequencing technology kits and surgical masks with virus-killing coatings. We asked some of them...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Investing, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, COVID


The US ranks second highest among high-income countries in terms of vaccine hesitancy, one chart shows

Anti-vaccination protesters pray and rally near Los Angeles City Hall in California on August 14, 2021. David McNew/AFP via Getty Images About one-quarter of Americans are unwilling to get vaccinated or uncertain if they will do so. The US ranks second, behind Russia, on vaccine hesitancy out of 15 high-income countries. A chart from Morning Consult shows how different countries compare in terms of vaccine hesitancy. See more stories on Insider's business page. Unvaccinated Americans a...
Tags: Health, Science, News, California, France, China, Russia, New York City, US, Trends, New Orleans, Vaccines, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Michael, Malaysia Indonesia, Los Angeles City Hall


COVID-19 rates are soaring in Afghanistan as healthcare facilities collapse, says health minister

A physically disabled girl walks with a walker at the physically disabled center of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Herat, Afghanistan on September 02, 2021. The center is the only disability support center in Afghanistan. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Afghanistan's acting health minister told Insider that 1/3 of the tests are coming back positive. Vaccination and testing rates are dropping. Healthcare facilities are on the verge of collapse, with...
Tags: Health, Science, Trends, Getty Images, Afghanistan, Public Health, Taliban, Healthcare, Kabul, Un, World Bank, Red Cross, International Committee, KABUL Afghanistan, Reuters Major, Herat Afghanistan



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