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A medical technician fills a syringe from a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Bates Memorial Baptist Church February 12

Moderna begins next phase of Omicron-specific booster trial as study finds that antibodies remain durable despite 6-fold drop over 6 months

By Jen Christensen, CNN Moderna announced Wednesday that the first participant has been dosed in the company’s Phase 2 clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine booster shot that is specific to the Omicron variant. Moderna is advancing the trial into its next phase as research published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found… Continue Reading
The American Lung Association's "State of Tobacco Control" report calls for an end to manufacturing flavored tobacco.

US government fails when it comes to tobacco reduction, American Lung Association report says

By Carma Hassan, CNN The federal government gets “mostly failing grades on its efforts to prevent and reduce tobacco,” a new report from the American Lung Association says. The 20th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report calls for an end to manufacturing flavored tobacco, saying flavored tobacco products and e-cigarettes jeopardize progress made by tobacco… Continue Reading
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to send a clear message to pharmacies on a conference call: Stop turning away immune-compromised people when they come seeking fourth doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

Despite CDC directive, many pharmacies refusing to give fourth shots to immune-compromised patients

By Elizabeth Cohen and Danielle Herman, CNN The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to send a clear message to pharmacies on a conference call this week: Stop turning away immune-compromised people when they come seeking fourth doses of Covid-19 vaccines. Although fourth doses are not currently recommended for the vast majority of… Continue Reading
Many of the water-resistant and stain-proof home furnishings and apparel we purchase may contain toxic "forever" chemicals

Water- and stain-resistant products contain toxic plastics, study says. Here’s what to do

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN Many of the water-resistant and stain-proof home furnishings and apparel we purchase may contain toxic “forever” chemicals, called PFAS, that are linked to numerous health concerns, including liver and heart damage, immune disorders, cancer and hormone disruption, a new report found. Independent laboratories commissioned by Toxic-Free Future, an environmental and health… Continue Reading
A healthcare worker puts on PPE on the Covid-19 ICU floor of the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Memorial Hospital in Worcester

During Omicron, disease severity appears to be lower than during other periods of high transmission, according to CDC study

By Deidre McPhillips, CNN During a period when the Omicron coronavirus variant was dominant, severe outcomes for patients hospitalized with Covid-19 — including ICU admission, ventilator use and death — were less common than during Delta or the first winter surge, according to a study published Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and… Continue Reading
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