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U.S. COVID Deaths Hit 1 Million: History Should Judge Us

Amid warnings of a new surge in coronavirus cases, COVID-19 deaths in the United States hit the 1 million mark today, according to Johns Hopkins University, a chilling and tragic milestone for a pandemic still bringing waves of grief and disrupting...
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Study shows Mediterranean Diet Helps Young Men With Depression

Young men with a poor diet reported a decrease in symptoms of depression when they switched to the Mediterranean diet compared to young men who underwent befriending therapy, a new study shows. Researchers at the University of Technology Sydney observed...
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Another COVID Surge is Here, But It May Be Less Severe

Rising COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations likely mean we're in a new phase of the pandemic. And the number of Americans dying from COVID-19 is also anticipated to grow, although the surge in the short term is not expected to look like previous...
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Pick Your Sunscreen Carefully: 75% Don t Pass Muster

Just in time for Memorial Day outings, a new report on sunscreens is out. The news isn’t all sunny. About 75% of more than 1,850 sunscreen products evaluated offer inferior sun protection or have worrisome ingredients, according to the Environmental...
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‘Broken Heart Syndrome’ Also Linked to Happy Hearts

"Broken heart syndrome" may also happen after joyful life events, a new study suggests. Researchers are calling it "happy heart syndrome." Broken heart syndrome, known officially as takotsubo syndrome, is a sudden form of heart failure. It's thought...
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Moderna Seeks OK for Young Kids COVID Vaccine as Parents Wait

Will this coming summer finally be the moment America’s youngest children are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines? Moderna got the ball rolling today when it asked the FDA to authorize use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children under 6. If the emergency...
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Routine Childhood Vaccinations Dropped 1% During Pandemic

The vaccination rate among kindergartners fell to around 94% during the 2020-21 school year, a drop of about 1% from the previous school year, the CDC said Thursday. Nationally, 93.9% of children received two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine...
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COVID Breath Test: Fascinating Technology, Limited Potential?

A first-of-its-kind test that detects coronavirus in the breath can produce results in less than 3 minutes, but the real-world impact could be limited. The test, from InspectIR Systems, produces results faster than the 15 minutes needed for existing...
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Pfizer Findings Support Third Vaccine Dose in 5- to 11-Year-Olds

Pfizer announced today that a third shot of its COVID-19 vaccine boosts immune protection in children ages 5 years to 11 years. Compared to two previous Pfizer vaccine doses, a third dose produced 36 times higher protection against the Omicron strain. The...
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COVID Cases Rising in About Half of States

Though overall COVID-19 case counts continue to drop nationally, that’s not the story in every U.S. state. About half the states have reported increases in COVID cases fueled by the Omicron subvariant, Axios reported. Alaska, Vermont, and Rhode...