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The FDA's expert panel just unanimously backed Moderna's booster shot for high-risk groups, paving way for the agency's OK

Moderna stock has soared over the last year on the back of its coronavirus vaccine. Radek Mica/Getty Images On Thursday the FDA's expert panel voted in favor of booster shots of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna is seeking an OK for all older adults (65+) and younger adults at high risk of severe COVID-19. The FDA now has to decide whether or not to OK Moderna's booster shot. Moderna just got a step closer to rolling out a COVID-19 booster shot to the general public. A panel...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Cdc, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccine, Biotech, University of Pittsburgh, Johnson Johnson, Moore


Solving the mystery of the boom that rocked New Hampshire on Sunday morning

On Sunday morning, residents of New Hampshire and parts of Massachusetts were rocked by a massive boom that shook homes in the region and understandably freaked people the hell out. Early theories that it was a supersonic aircraft or earthquake were quickly proven wrong. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Science, News, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Meteors, Kaboom


Strict COVID-19 policies in Democratic-led states worked, new research found. Republican-led states saw more illness.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York issued a mask mandate, social-distancing rules, and gathering limits in 2020. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Democratic-led states had stricter COVID-19 responses and better health outcomes, a new study found. States with stricter COVID-19 rules saw 8% fewer cases, on average, than models would've predicted. The study's researchers said the results showed politics shouldn't influence public-health policy. After nearly two years of politically charged b...
Tags: Health, New York, Science, News, Maryland, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Gop, Republican, Andrew Cuomo, Erin Schumaker, Binghamton University, Little Italy, Vermont Massachusetts, Ron DeSantis


A COVID-19 pill could soon fill a gap in our pandemic response that vaccines can’t overcome

Irene Jiang/Business Insider Companies are racing to develop a pill that can treat COVID-19. Drugmakers like Pfizer and Merck expect results on their oral-antiviral programs before year-end. An effective, easy-to-take treatment could play a big role alongside vaccines. See more stories on Insider's business page. Another COVID-19 breakthrough could be just weeks away, but this time with pills instead of shots. Three of the largest drugmakers - Merck, Pfizer, and Roche - are anticipati...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Boston, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Merck, New Jersey, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Miami, Pfizer, Biotech, Biden, Morgan Stanley


Biden wants 45% of US electricity to come from solar power by 2050. An energy tech expert breaks down what it would take.

President Biden said investing in clean energy will help combat climate change and create new jobs. Brian Snyder/Reuters President Biden announced a new plan to reduce carbon emissions by investing in clean energy. The White House report says solar power could provide almost half of the US electricity supply by 2050. Energy technology expert Joshua D. Rhodes says this goal would require massive changes at US energy companies. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe B...
Tags: Energy, Science, Congress, Climate Change, Opinion, White House, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Sustainability, Joe Biden, Infrastructure, New Jersey, Solar Power, North America, Biden


Biden challenges Republicans who want to sue over his new vaccine mandates to 'have at it'

President Joe Biden speaks at Brookland Middle School, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 in Washington. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta President Biden dared Republicans to "have at it" and sue over his new vaccine requirements. A new federal regulation will mandate vaccines or testing for employers with 100+ workers. Biden announcing the new requirement sparked backlash and threats of lawsuits from GOP figures. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden dared Republican gover...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Texas, Science, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, Cambridge, Vaccines, Biden, Greg Abbott


A majority of US companies say they're planning to require employees to get vaccinated by the end of the year

Apple, Goldman Sachs, and Uber are requiring some or all employees get a COVID-19 vaccine. Dado Ruvic/Reuters Half of US companies are planning to require workers get a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2021. Reuters polled 961 US companies that employ a total of around 9.7 million people. Apple, Goldman Sachs, and Uber are requiring some or all employees get a COVID-19 vaccine. See more stories on Insider's business page. More than half of US companies plan to require some or all of thei...
Tags: Google, Science, News, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Delta, Vaccines, Gallup, Reuters, Alphabet Inc, Apple Goldman Sachs, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Coronavirus Vaccine


Most US companies surveyed said they're planning to require employees to get vaccinated by the end of the year

Apple, Goldman Sachs, and Uber are requiring that some or all employees get a COVID-19 vaccine. Dado Ruvic/Reuters Willis Towers Watson polled 961 US companies that collectively employ about 9.7 million people. Half of the companies surveyed planned to require workers to get a COVID vaccine by the end of 2021. Apple, Goldman Sachs, and Uber are requiring that some or all employees get a COVID vaccine. See more stories on Insider's business page. More than half of US companies plan to r...
Tags: Google, Science, News, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Delta, Vaccines, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Gallup, Reuters, Willis Towers Watson, Apple Goldman Sachs, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


DoorDash Settlement Would Pay a Paltry $130 to Workers Instead of Making Them Employees

DoorDash is clearing a suite of class-action lawsuits from Massachusetts and California off its plate, just as it marches ahead with extended battles in those states against employee classification. The company’s proposed settlement for claimants in 11 cases results in a predictably lousy payout for workers who’ve…Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Science, Labor, California, Massachusetts, Articles, Economy, Overtime, Doordash, Online Food Ordering, DoorDash Inc, Marko, Tony Xu, Gig Worker, Law Crime


5 southern states have seen vaccine uptake more than triple in the past month. It's not just the Delta variant that's making people clamor for first shots.

A sign reading "Get Dat Vax!" in front of a pop-up vaccination clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mario Tama/Getty Images Five states have seen the biggest increase in first-dose uptake since July 6. They are Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Delta fear was a big motivator, but other factors were also at play, experts told Insider. See more stories on Insider's business page. Vaccinations in the US slowed to their lowest levels in the first week of July. Cases we...
Tags: Science, Mississippi, Massachusetts, US, Alabama, America, Trends, Arkansas, News UK, Food And Drug Administration, Columbia University, Pfizer, States, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Vermont


Think the pandemic isn't a big deal? That the government is using it to gain power and control? CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has a message for you, she tells us in The EIC Interview

Protesters in Pontiac, Michigan, on July 24 with placards against mandatory vaccines. Matthew Hatcher/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Some Americans think the pandemic isn't a big deal. They view mask rules and vaccines as ways the government is trying to control their lives. The CDC director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, wants those Americans to have more chats with more people. See more stories on Insider's business page. I live in New York City, where we heard sirens every d...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Science, Cdc, Massachusetts, New York City, Trends, Healthcare, Vaccines, Pontiac Michigan, OB, Nicholas Carlson, Pandemic, Vaccine Hesitancy, EIC interview, Antivax


Obama cancels 60th birthday party with hundreds of guests after concern that it could spread COVID-19

Former US President Barack Obama speaks during a drive-in campaign rally for President Joe Biden at Northwestern High School on October 31, 2020 in Flint, Michigan. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Obama was due to have hundreds of people for an outdoor birthday party at Martha's Vineyard. Citing Delta variant concerns, a spokeswoman said it will now be "only family and close friends." She described it as the Obamas deciding to "significantly scale back the event." See more stories on Insider...
Tags: Politics, Science, Obama, White House, Massachusetts, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Harvard, News UK, Delta, Times, Trump, Flint Michigan, Mrs Obama


24 vaccinated friends had a blowout vacation on Cape Cod. Though their symptoms were mild, 14 of them caught COVID-19, report says.

A man in the seaside town of Provincetown, Massachusetts, on July 10, 2020. Zach D Roberts/NurPhoto/Getty Images 24 fully vaccinated friends had a week-long July 4 getaway in Provincetown, Massachusetts. 14 of those caught COVID-19, in spite of being fully vaccinated. The cases are part of a bigger study that prompted the CDC to change its indoor masking guidance. See more stories on Insider's business page. Fourteen of 24 vaccinated friends who visited the Cape Cod town of Provinceto...
Tags: Science, Cdc, Washington, Massachusetts, Trends, Bloomberg, New York Times, News UK, Delta, Vaccine, Nih, Infection, Cape Cod, The Boston Globe, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Provincetown


Covid-19 Diary : Sunday 1 August, 2021

We are now something like 18 months into this pandemic.  You would think that by this point, and after all the resources, people, and trillions of dollars spent, we would have at least some semblance of order and consistency in terms of what we do and how we respond to something that is sadly an everyday event – someone coming down with the virus.  In the US, this event has now been repeated almost 36 million times. But please read this article and note how even today, there is absolutely no c...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Florida, Usa, UK, Science, Sweden, Cdc, France, Germany, Massachusetts, US, Georgia, Spain, Cyprus


CDC: COVID-19 outbreak among 346 fully vaccinated people shows those 'infected with Delta can transmit the virus'

Foot traffic along Commercial street in Provincetown on July 20, 2021. Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images A CDC study of a COVID outbreak suggests vaccinated people may spread the Delta variant just as easily as unvaccinated. The majority of vaccinated people in the study had mild symptoms like headaches and sore throats. The study was a major factor in the CDC's new mask guidance for vaccinated people. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Centers for Disease...
Tags: Facebook, Science, News, Washington Post, Cdc, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Public Health, Missouri, Delta, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, The Boston Globe, Maxine, Andy Slavitt


Former eBay Manager Caught In Deranged Cyberstalking Scandal Gets 18 Months in Prison

A former eBay security manager has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after helping to orchestrate a batshit insane plot to terrorize a Massachusetts couple who occasionally criticized the company in their newsletter.Read more...
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Galileo Project: scientists to search for signs of extraterrestrial technology

Team will search for evidence of extraterrestrial life by looking for advanced technology it may leave behindA team of scientists will embark on a new international research project led by Harvard University to search for evidence of extraterrestrial life by looking for advanced technology it may leave behind.The Galileo Project is led by the Harvard astronomy professor Avi Loeb. Loeb co-founded the project with Frank Laukien, CEO of Bruker Corporation, a Massachusetts-based manufacturer of scie...
Tags: Space, Science, Massachusetts, US news, Harvard, Harvard University, Bruker Corporation, UFOs, Frank Laukien, Avi Loeb Loeb


Higher levels of omega-3 acids in the blood increases life expectancy by almost five years

Researchers have found that omega-3 levels in blood erythrocytes are very good mortality risk predictors. The study used data from a long-term study group, the Framingham Offspring Cohort, which has been monitoring residents of this Massachusetts town, in the United States, since 1971 and concludes that "Having higher levels of these acids in the blood, as a result of regularly including oily fish in the diet, increases life expectancy by almost five years",
Tags: Science, Massachusetts, United States


Antihypertension drug may help patients with noncancerous brain tumors affecting hearing

New research led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Massachusetts Eye and Ear indicates that the blood pressure drug losartan may benefit patients with neurofibromatosis type 2.
Tags: Science, Massachusetts, Massachusetts General Hospital MGH


Massachusetts startup OPT Industries is perfecting a 3D-printed nasal swab for COVID-19 tests

In 2020 and 2021, we all became well-acquainted with nasal swabs. But small sticks we stuck up our noses, it turns out, were harder to come by than anyone could have predicted. A May 2020 survey of 118 labs in the US found that 60 percent reported limited swab supplies – making lack of swabs the most commonly reported supply-chain problem. One small company that stepped into the fray of swab production was the two year old OPT Industries, a Massachusetts-based company with fifteen ...
Tags: TC, Science, Cdc, Kaiser Permanente, Massachusetts, US, Tech, Delta, Biotech, Wall Street Journal, Henry Schein, OU, Alberta Canada, NDA, Amazon Amazon, Biomedical


Study shows forests play greater role in depositing toxic mercury across the globe

Researchers led by a UMass Lowell environmental science professor say mercury measurements in a Massachusetts forest indicate the toxic element is deposited in forests across the globe in much greater quantities than previously understood.
Tags: Science, Massachusetts, Umass Lowell


Vermont is about to become the first state to reach herd immunity. Massachusetts and Hawaii are close behind.

A National Guard soldier gives a COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccination stand at the Vermont Creamery in Websterville, Vermont, on June 29, 2021. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images Vermont has administered at least one vaccine dose to nearly 75% of its population. That milestone may indicate the state has reached herd immunity, according to one expert. Others think the Delta variant might raise the herd immunity threshold. See more stories on Insider's business page. Vermont is set to become ...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Hawaii, Delta, Public Health England, Vermont, University Of Southampton, National Guard, Gandhi, Burlington Vermont, University of California San Francisco, Ed Jones


New broadly applicable tool provides insight into fungicide resistance

A recent collaboration between scientists in Michigan and Massachusetts as well as South Korea resulted in the development of a novel and broadly applicable molecular assay that used a model fungus to investigate how plant fungal pathogens circumvent the bioactivity of SDHIs. Through this analysis, they were able to successfully validate known mechanisms of fungicide resistance in several agriculturally important fungal pathogens.
Tags: South Korea, Science, Massachusetts, Michigan


A map shows the 13 states most at risk from COVID-19, all with high levels of Delta and below-average vaccination rates

COVID-19 testing. Rick Pescovitz The 13 US states at most risk from COVID-19 include Arkansas, Nevada, and Missouri, according to Covid Act Now. The organization uses CDC data and is partnered with Stanford, Harvard and Georgetown Universities. The highest risk states include those with lower vaccination rates and more cases of the highly infectious Delta variant. See more stories on Insider's business page. most at risk from COVID-19 include those with below-average vaccination rat...
Tags: Health, Florida, Science, News, Maryland, Cdc, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Missouri, Arkansas, Healthcare, Delta, Nevada, Vermont, South Carolina


A map shows the 12 states most at risk from COVID-19, all with high levels of Delta and below-average vaccination rates

COVID-19 testing. Rick Pescovitz The 12 US states at most risk from COVID-19 include Arkansas, Nevada, and Missouri, according to Covid Act Now. The organization uses CDC data and is partnered with Stanford, Harvard and Georgetown Universities. The highest risk states include those with lower vaccination rates and more cases of the highly infectious Delta variant. See more stories on Insider's business page. most at risk from COVID-19 include those with below-average vaccination rat...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Cdc, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Missouri, Arkansas, Healthcare, Delta, Nevada, Vermont, South Carolina, Topol, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC


Study explores how the elderly use smart speaker technology

Researchers from Bentley University, in partnership with Waltham Council on Aging in Massachusetts, and as part of a study funded by the National Science Foundation, have been exploring how the elderly use smart speakers at home.
Tags: Science, Massachusetts, National Science Foundation, Bentley University, Waltham Council


Study finds survival is more important than a chronic medical condition in prioritizing medical care

The concept of rationing medical resources during the height of COVID-19 pandemic created tremendous anxiety in the patient and healthcare communities. In planning for that possibility Massachusetts created a triage scoring system focusing on an acute survival score that considers chronic life-limiting medical conditions of the patient, but it does not provide specifics about how to value those conditions in the equation.
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Wide variation in cost and transparency of payer-negotiated prices for thyroid cancer care

Since Jan. 1, 2021, hospitals in the US have been required by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide pricing information online about items and services. A team of researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear leveraged the newly available data to analyze price transparency and price variation for the treatment of thyroid cancer.
Tags: Science, Massachusetts, US, Brigham, Centers for Medicare, Medicaid Services CMS


Moderna says its coronavirus vaccine is effective in teens, and the biotech plans to apply in early June for an expanded OK

A coronavirus vaccine trial volunteer receives a shot. Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado Moderna's coronavirus vaccine likely works in teens, according to study results that the biotech plans to submit to regulators next month. The vaccine could become the second OK'd for people as young as 12. Teens in Moderna's study had similar immune responses as adults who received the shot. See more stories on Insider's business page. Moderna's coronavirus vaccine appears to be...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Massachusetts, Trends, Healthcare, Pfizer, Biotech, US Food and Drug Administration, Pharmaceutical, Moderna, Andrew Dunn, Coronavirus, COVID, Coronavirus Vaccine, Dispensed


President Joe Biden Approves Nation's First Major Offshore Wind Farm

On Tuesday, the Biden administration officially green-lit the country’s largest offshore wind farm. It’s slated to be installed off the coast of Massachusetts and is the first step in President Joe Biden’s ambitious push to finally get the U.S. in the offshore wind game.Read more...
Tags: Energy, Science, Massachusetts, Environment, Articles, Joe Biden, Wind Power, Wind Farm, Biden, Avangrid, Electrical Engineering, Raúl Grijalva, Wind turbine, Offshore Wind Power, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Deb Haaland



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