Delta is now the dominant coronavirus variant in the US, CDC says

A highly contagious variant of the novel coronavirus that was initially identified in India is now the dominant strain in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data updated by the CDC on Tuesday evening shows the so-called delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2, was estimated to account for 51.7% of all new cases of […]

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Statin use is linked to reduced risk of cancer among heart failure patients

Statin use among patients with heart failure is associated with a 16% lower risk of developing cancer compared with non-statin users during an average of four years of follow-up, according to new research published today (Wednesday) in the European Heart Journal. In addition, the study found that statin use was associated with a 26% reduced risk of dying from cancer […]

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A history of blood clots is not usually any reason to avoid the AstraZeneca vaccine

As hematologists, we look after many patients who have had blood clots in the past or take blood thinners. They often ask: “should I have the AstraZeneca vaccine?” The answer is usually a definitive “yes.” The blood clots we’ve seen following the AstraZeneca vaccine are completely different to other types of blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis or a […]

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SARS-CoV-2 is detectable—though likely not transmissible—on hospital surfaces

Watching what was happening around the world in early 2020, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers knew their region would likely soon be hit with a wave of patients with COVID-19, the infection caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. They wondered how the virus persists on surfaces, particularly in hospitals, and they knew they had only a small […]

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COVID-19 is not influenza, but it offers lessons on beating it, say researchers

If you did not catch the flu this year—and there is an overwhelming chance that you did not—you have COVID-19 to thank. It’s a small consolation, given the enormously disruptive scope of the pandemic. But it’s the focus of a new paper published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health by two Concordia researchers and their colleagues that studies the […]

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Is The Fabletics Subscription Box Really Worth The Money?

Buying athletic clothing, especially leggings, can be hit or miss. You never know if the leggings will be see-through, easily damaged during countless washes, or honestly, just bad quality. The supposed answer to this problem: Fabletics. Founded by celebrity Kate Hudson, Fabletics is a lifestyle monthly subscription box that offers customized athletic wear, according to Slickdeals. Each month, you receive […]

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What Is VAERS? Why the CDC Database Is Crucial to Vaccine Safety-And How to Use It Responsibly

There's a lot of information out there about the COVID-19 vaccines. You could spend an entire day reading clinical trial data, catching up on info from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on potential side effects, and cruising social media to learn about your friends' personal experiences. But there's one resource that's been getting a lot of attention lately. […]

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Mass home COVID testing is misguided and unlikely to reduce transmission, warn experts

Encouraging self-testing at home twice a week for all adults in England, and soon Scotland, is a misguided policy, unlikely to reduce transmission, warn public health experts in The BMJ today. “The priority continues to be improvement of the testing programme for everyone with symptoms no matter how minor or non-specific and all their contacts” Encouraging self-testing at home twice […]

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