Why some people don’t experience vaccine side effects, and why it’s not a problem

Most vaccines have side-effects and COVID vaccines are no different. The public are being reassured that if they experience a sore arm where the needle went in, or tiredness, a headache, fever or nausea, these are merely signs that the immune system is working as it should. This has left some people wondering: if that’s the immune system doing what […]

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No, vaccine side effects don’t tell you how well your immune system will protect you from COVID-19

If someone gets a headache or feels a bit under the weather after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s become common to hear them say something like “Oh, it just means my immune system is really working hard.” On the flip side, when people don’t notice any side effects, they sometimes worry the shot isn’t doing its job or their immune […]

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Many summer camps don’t require childhood immunizations, study finds

While most children need to show immunization records to attend school, the same may not be true for camps, a new study suggests. Nearly half of summer camps surveyed by researchers didn’t have official policies requiring campers be vaccinated, according to findings led by Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in JAMA Pediatrics. Of 378 camps represented, just 174 reportedly […]

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Don’t Schedule Your Operation on Your Surgeon’s Birthday

THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2020 — If you have a choice, you might want to avoid having an operation on your surgeon’s birthday. A new study finds that seniors who have emergency surgery on their surgeon’s birthday have a much higher risk of dying in the following weeks. Researchers analyzed data on nearly 981,000 emergency surgeries performed on Medicare beneficiaries by […]

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Are people who vote healthier than those who don’t?

A new policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research shows that California adults who in are good health with little psychological distress are more likely to consistently vote in local, state and national elections than those with physical or psychological health issues. The brief, which uses data from the center’s 2017 and 2018 California Health Interview Survey, […]

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Get a proper chair, don’t eat at your desk, and no phones in the loo: How to keep your home workspace safe and hygienic

The onset of COVID-19 saw a dramatic shift, with many in the workforce suddenly finding themselves working from home. As hashtags sprung up on social media documenting makeshift work-from-home setups, it rapidly became evident that for many workers, their new improvised workspace fell well short of ideal. Far from having a separate home office, it emerged many employees didn’t even […]

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