Pfizer’s COVID vaccine less effective against Omicron in young children, new study finds

Two injections of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were less effective in reducing the risk posed by the Omicron variant in young children compared to older age groups, according to new data released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Figures released Thursday evening by the CDC from its COVID-NET hospital monitoring show … Read more

The coronavirus pandemic highlights the challenges faced by deaf and hard of hearing patients in the healthcare system

Nearly half of Americans say they have delayed receive medical care since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. But for the 48 million Americans with hearing lossthe pandemic has its own set of challenges. As a deaf man who has had cochlear implants for most … Read more

Maryland man who had first pig heart transplant dies after 2 months

The first person to receive a heart transplant from a pig has died, two months after the groundbreaking experiment, the Maryland hospital that performed the operation announced on Wednesday. David Bennett, 57, died Tuesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Doctors did not give an exact cause of death, saying only that his condition … Read more

Bill banning gender-affirming care for children passes Idaho House

The Idaho House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill that would criminalize sex reassignment surgeries and gender-affirming healthcare for people under 18. Under HB 657, an update to the 2019 state ban on female genital mutilation, medical personnel who provide gender-affirming health care and parents who consent to their child receiving such care risk … Read more

Florida will be ‘the first state to officially advise against COVID-19 vaccines for healthy children’, says state surgeon general

Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo said Monday that the state will formally recommend against COVID-19[feminine vaccinations pour les enfants en bonne santé. Ladapo a fait cette annonce lors d’une table ronde organisée par le gouverneur républicain Ron DeSantis qui mettait en vedette un groupe de médecins qui ont critiqué les blocages des coronavirus et … Read more

COVID-19 associated with ‘significant and deleterious impact’ on the brain, UK study finds

Scans and cognitive tests collected from hundreds of people suggest that coronavirus infection is associated with a “significant and deleterious” change in the brain, according to a study published Monday by scientists in the United Kingdom. The paper, published in the journal Nature, draws on UK Biobank data from 401 people aged 51 to 81 … Read more

Official COVID-19 death toll tops 6 million as pandemic wanes in many places but roars in others

The official global death toll from COVID-19 passed 6 million on Monday – highlighting that the pandemicwhich is now entering its third year, is far from over. The milestone, recorded by Johns Hopkins University, is the latest tragic reminder of the relentless nature of the pandemic even as people shed their masks, travel resumes and … Read more