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Rate of BMI increase in children nearly doubled during pandemic, study finds
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Rate of BMI increase in children nearly doubled during pandemic, study finds

The rate of body mass index change in children nearly doubled from March to November 2020 compared to the rate of BMI change before the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study published Thursday in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s report on morbidity and mortality. The CDC team used a medical record database…MORE

FDA advisers first rejected Pfizer’s booster application — but then voted to recommend a third shot for certain Americans
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FDA advisers first rejected Pfizer’s booster application — but then voted to recommend a third shot for certain Americans

Advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday voted unanimously to recommend emergency use authorization of Pfizer’s booster shot six months after full vaccination in Americans 65 and older as well as those at high risk of severe Covid-19. That vote came after the group had first voted and rejected a broader application:…MORE

Do Americans need boosters yet? Here are the questions the FDA will be asking
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Do Americans need boosters yet? Here are the questions the FDA will be asking

Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration start meeting early Friday to discuss whether Americans need booster shots yet. It’s a simple question but one that has become bogged down in politics and turf battles. It’s sometimes seemed to put the FDA’s independence at odds with a White House team eager to appear…MORE

Local health departments planning for potential Covid-19 booster rollout, but there is still ‘some confusion’
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Local health departments planning for potential Covid-19 booster rollout, but there is still ‘some confusion’

It’s not clear if or when boosters doses of Covid-19 vaccines will be OK’d for fully vaccinated people in the United States, but state and local health departments across the United States are moving ahead with plans for a potential rollout next week. Last month, US health officials announced plans for booster doses of Covid-19…MORE

Workplace cafes can play a role in your weight loss, study finds
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Workplace cafes can play a role in your weight loss, study finds

As we head back to work, we again come face to face with delicious diet-breaking temptations we were able to avoid at home. Office snack tables are often decorated with sweets from “well-meaning” coworkers. Vending machines are full of cheap, highly processed chips, candies, cookies, ready-made sandwiches and sugar-packed sodas. Even those of us lucky…MORE

There is no question about the effectiveness of vaccines, expert says, as FDA weighs possible booster shot
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There is no question about the effectiveness of vaccines, expert says, as FDA weighs possible booster shot

Weeks of deliberation are coming to a head Friday when the US Food and Drug Administration meets to discuss Covid-19 boosters. But the science of the vaccine’s effectiveness will not be up for debate, one expert said. There is widespread agreement that the vaccines are primarily intended to reduce hospitalizations and deaths — which data…MORE

Doctor argues for more research into effects of Covid-19 vaccines on menstruation
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Doctor argues for more research into effects of Covid-19 vaccines on menstruation

Clinical trials for coronavirus vaccines should include examination of any possible effects on women’s menstrual cycles — if only because so many women are worried about possible problems, a British expert argued Wednesday. But there’s also evidence the immune response prompted by both vaccines and viral infections can temporarily affect menstrual cycles, so studying these…MORE

Three reports support arguments for booster doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine
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Three reports support arguments for booster doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine

Three reports published Wednesday support the argument that people may need a booster dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine over time, and suggest such boosters would be safe. The reports are part of a batch of data that will be discussed Friday by vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is considering…MORE

US launches study of long Covid in tens of thousands of patients
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US launches study of long Covid in tens of thousands of patients

The US National Institutes of Health said Wednesday it’s starting a $470 million study to try to understand what’s become known as long Covid—the long-term, sometimes serious effects of Covid-19. The study will aim to include 30,000-40,000 people and will make use of digital data — including input from wearable devices, the NIH said. “We…MORE

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