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Is the CDC Leading on COVID or Leading From Behind?

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Minutes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its new guidance Thursday that those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can now (mostly) ditch their masks both indoors and out, Twitter and other social media lit up with reaction. Some people posted closeups of their […]

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Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are powerfully effective against Covid-19, a C.D.C. analysis confirmed.

By Emily Anthes The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus vaccines are 94 percent effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19 illness, according to a new study of more than 1,800 health care workers in the United States. The research, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Friday, provides yet more evidence that the vaccines are working well even outside controlled […]

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Indian States Turn to Antiparasitic Drug to Fight COVID-19 Against WHO Advice

BENGALURU (Reuters) – At least two Indian states have said they plan to dose their populations with the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin to protect against severe COVID-19 infections as their hospitals are overrun with patients in critical condition. The move by the coastal state of Goa and northern state of Uttarakhand, come despite the World Health Organization and others warning against […]

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Colorado mask mandate ending as Polis shifts to recommendations, not requirements

Coloradans who are two weeks out from their final COVID-19 shot can take off their masks in nearly all settings, Gov. Jared Polis announced Friday afternoon. And people who aren’t vaccinated no longer must wear masks in public settings — but it’s recommended they still do, the governor said. “We are going from mask-wearing requirements to mask-wearing suggestions and guidance,” […]

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Why moving forward the second dose of Covid vaccines could be dangerous – new study

India variant: Expert discusses vaccines that are 'effective' When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time. The government has been forced […]

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Interim study suggests oral TXA is equally effective in preventing blood loss in joint replacement

Interim results of a study conducted by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) suggest that oral tranexamic acid (TXA) is non-inferior to intravenous (IV) TXA in preventing blood loss in total knee and total hip replacement surgery. These findings were presented at the 2021 Spring American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) Annual Meeting.1 Previously available information […]

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Do naturally high testosterone levels equal stronger female athletic performance?

Over the past few years, controversy has surrounded the World Athletics ruling that female hyperandrogenic athletes—female athletes with naturally high levels of testosterone—are banned from competing in certain track events. The controversy is perhaps best exemplified by the case of South African runner Caster Semenya. This rule is based on the hypothesis that total testosterone levels directly determine athletic performance […]

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In pandemic milestone, US lifts indoor mask guidance for vaccinated people

The top US health agency on Thursday said it was lifting mask-wearing guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a watershed moment that President Joe Biden called “a great day” in the long pandemic fight. The announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) marked an abrupt turnaround after more than a year of urging people […]

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