Vaccinations rise in some states with soaring infections

Vaccinations are beginning to rise in some states where COVID-19 cases are soaring, White House officials said Thursday, and hospitals are running out of space because of the delta variant, which is “spreading with incredible efficiency.” Coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters that several states with the highest proportions of new infections have seen residents get vaccinated at higher rates […]

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Lockdowns in Asia as some nations see 1st major virus surges

Several countries around Asia and the Pacific that are experiencing their first major surges of the coronavirus rushed to implement tough restrictions Friday, a year and a half into a pandemic that many initially weathered well. Faced with rapidly rising numbers of infections in recent months, authorities hope the measures can slow the spread before health care systems are overwhelmed. […]

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Why are some COVID-19 vaccines working better for men than women?

If there’s one take-home message for the general public about the coronavirus vaccines approved in the U.S., it’s that they are remarkably effective. But Michigan State University’s Morteza Mahmoudi is raising awareness about an important subtlety: The vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech appear to work slightly better for men than for women. Both vaccines use tiny orbs, or nanoparticles, […]

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Compound found in some vegetables may reduce diabetes-related kidney damage

New research conducted in rats suggests a compound that gives some cruciferous vegetables their pungent taste could help to reverse kidney problems associated with diabetes. It is estimated that about one-quarter of people with diabetes will eventually develop diabetic nephropathy, a gradual loss of kidney function eventually requiring dialysis. The condition is a leading cause of chronic kidney disease in […]

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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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SABCS: Some Older Women With Breast Cancer May Opt to Skip RT

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2020 — The omission of radiotherapy (RT) does not affect overall survival at 10 years after breast conserving surgery (BCS) for older women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, according to a study presented at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held virtually from Dec. 8 to 11. Ian H. Kunkler, from the University of Edinburgh in […]

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