Sunday, October 17, 2021

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HEALTH
Amid darkest days of coronavirus pandemic, historic vaccine effort enters final stage

The post hit the internet on Jan. 10. Uploaded to an obscure medical website, it was met with little fanfare. But to the world’s scientific community, it was like a gunshot at the starting line.



A member of staff adjusts a vial of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination health centre in Cardiff, South Wales, Dec. 8, 2020.


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A member of staff adjusts a vial of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination health centre in Cardiff, South Wales, Dec. 8, 2020.

The race was on.

For weeks, newscasts had featured increasingly frightening scenes from Wuhan, the central Chinese hub where a mysterious contagion was rapidly spreading.

But just days into the New Year, researchers in China had finally revealed the genetic code of the novel coronavirus, offering Western researchers their first glimpse into the pathogen’s potency – and its simplicity.

Almost immediately, on the other side of the world, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the U.S., scrambled to mobilize his team of

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PREGNANCY
One mom’s stresses of pregnancy, pandemic and racism reflect those of many Black mothers | Momaha

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HEALTH
Italian doctors fighting pandemic in rural areas

CAORSO, Italy (AP) — Wearing full-body protective gear, Dr. Luigi Cavanna visits his patients in their homes in small towns and rural areas in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy.



Doctor Luigi Cavanna, left, visits COVID-19 patient Arnaldo Michelotti in his home in Gossolengo, near Piacenza, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)


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Doctor Luigi Cavanna, left, visits COVID-19 patient Arnaldo Michelotti in his home in Gossolengo, near Piacenza, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)



Doctor Luigi Cavanna, right, walks with his nurse assistant Gabriele Cremona after doing a house call on a COVID-19 patient, in Travo, near Piacenza, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)


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Doctor Luigi Cavanna, right, walks with his nurse assistant Gabriele Cremona after doing a house call on a COVID-19 patient, in Travo, near Piacenza, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

The peaceful countryside setting may be different from the crowded city hospitals, but the disease is the same.



Doctor Luigi Cavanna, center, and his assistant nurse Gabriele Cremona visits COVID-19 patient Giancarlo Salvi as Salvi's wife Luciana Botti looks at them from the background, in their home in San Nicolo, near Piacenza, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)


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Doctor Luigi Cavanna, center, and his assistant nurse Gabriele Cremona visits COVID-19 patient Giancarlo Salvi as Salvi’s wife Luciana Botti looks at them from the background, in their home in San

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HEALTH
Amid Pandemic, Scientists Reassess Routine Medical Care

Now the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium, a federally funded research group, is prospectively collecting data during the pandemic from more than 800,000 women and nearly 100 mammography centers across the country.

Millions of women missed their regular mammograms in the first wave of the pandemic.

Before the pandemic, about 100,000 women had screening mammograms each day in the United States. In the spring, nearly all mammogram centers shut down for three months, and even though they began opening again in the summer, it was not until October that nearly all were operating normally. That may change with the surge of new coronavirus infections, but for now, women who want mammograms can get them.

Clinics had to slow the rate at which they do mammograms because of Covid-19 precaution requirements, including physical distancing and cleaning of equipment between exams. But they are making up for the delays by keeping longer hours

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FDA authorizes the first coronavirus vaccine, a rare moment of hope in the deadly pandemic

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave emergency use authorization to the nation’s first coronavirus vaccine, launching what scientists hope will be a critical counteroffensive against a pathogen that has killed more than 290,000 Americans, shredded the nation’s social and political fabric and devastated the economy.



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The historic authorization of the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech for people age 16 and older, just 336 days after the genetic blueprint of a novel coronavirus was shared online by Chinese scientists, sets in motion a highly choreographed and complex distribution process aimed at speeding vaccines throughout the United States to curb the pandemic.

The FDA action came after White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Friday told FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn to be prepared to submit his resignation if the agency did not clear the vaccine by day’s end, according to people familiar with the

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HEALTH
Employees under 50 working remotely during coronavirus pandemic struggle to stay motivated: study

Money isn’t enough of a motive to keep young adults engaged at work during a global pandemic, a new report claims. 

Forty-two percent of adults aged between 18 and 49 working from home say it’s been somewhat or very difficult to find motivation since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to a survey published recently by the Pew Research Center. That’s significantly more than the 20% of adults 50 and older who said their motivation was lacking during the new normal.

The survey found there were myriad factors for why young people felt less on track at work while remote including distractions from lack of childcare and working in a more confined space.

42% of adults aged 18 to 49 working from home can't stay motivated, new research suggests. (iStock)

42% of adults aged 18 to 49 working from home can’t stay motivated, new research suggests. (iStock)

Indeed, while more companies are allowing employees to work remotely, a number of those younger than 50 have said it’s been

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Left to their Own Devices, People Take On More Risks in Pandemic : Shots

Over the summer in New York City, customers could patronize restaurants by using outdoor sidewalk seating. Physical distancing and masks were encouraged, but at this Brooklyn restaurant in July, few stayed far apart or wore a mask.

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Over the summer in New York City, customers could patronize restaurants by using outdoor sidewalk seating. Physical distancing and masks were encouraged, but at this Brooklyn restaurant in July, few stayed far apart or wore a mask.

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She’s embarrassed to admit it, but there were moments over the summer when Adriana Kaplan almost forgot about the pandemic. In the beginning, the Philadelphia native had taken the coronavirus very seriously: She had all her groceries delivered and worked her software engineering job from her South Philly home. For the first two months of the pandemic, she barely left the house.

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PREGNANCY
Pandemic pregnancy fears may be sparking boom in egg freezing

NYU’s Langone Fertility Center has seen a 32% increase egg freezing since June.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to halt plans for people around the world, women are thinking about their fertility future and taking family planning into their own hands.

“I do want a family, just not right now. I’m very focused on my career and creative pursuits and other things so egg freezing has always been a nice option for me to consider,” said 31-year-old Alison Stuckless, who made the decision to freeze her eggs in September.

When the pandemic hit, Stuckless said she was able to take the time needed for the process.

“It really appealed to me that I would be able to stay at home in my sweatpants and do the injections myself in the comfort of

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