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FDA advisory panel endorses Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

By |2020-12-21T20:29:45+00:00December 21st, 2020|

Apanel of outside experts on Thursday recommended the Food and Drug Administration issue an emergency use authorization to the Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, a vaccine that appeared to be highly efficacious in a Phase 3 clinical trial. The 17-4 vote came after a long day in which members of the Vaccines and [...]

Climate Change and Public Health Challenges in the Horn of Africa: The Need for Sustainable Leadership and Institutions

By |2020-12-21T20:29:44+00:00December 21st, 2020|

Abstract Accumulated indigenous knowledge and scientific data prove that climate change is real. In the Horn of Africa, climate change is unmistakably visible. Instead of rain coming seasonally, it comes more sporadically. Frequently, the region experiences either severe flooding or drought. Lakes, rivers, and ponds are drying out, and forest fires are becoming more prevalent and [...]

What is Christmas tree syndrome?

By |2020-12-21T20:29:39+00:00December 21st, 2020|

Itchy, red bumps when you string lights on your real Christmas tree. A stuffy nose when you bring pine inside your home in December. More frequent use of an asthma inhaler over the holidays. People who notice their allergies worsening this time of year might experience what’s sometimes called Christmas tree syndrome, or Christmas tree dermatitis if you [...]

Christmas Tree Allergies: How to Deal With Them

By |2020-12-21T20:29:36+00:00December 21st, 2020|

The holiday season means family, food and festivities, but it can also bring about some unwelcome guests: allergies. Though known for colds and flu, December is sometimes associated with seasonal symptoms—uncontrollable sneezing fits, itchy watery eyes, sniffly runny noses—that seem to arise around Christmas trees or other greenery arrangements. You may have heard that “Christmas tree [...]

Gas stoves can generate a startling amount of indoor air pollution

By |2020-12-21T20:29:33+00:00December 21st, 2020|

About one-third of U.S. residents are “cooking with gas.”” Natural gas stoves are common, but research shows that they can pose health risks. Brady Seals is with the Rocky Mountain Institute, an environmental think tank. She says natural gas stoves can produce toxic indoor air pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, which can harm people’s lungs, and [...]

FDA panel OKs Pfizer COVID vaccine for emergency use

By |2020-12-20T20:19:35+00:00December 20th, 2020|

Vaccine advisors for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today recommended emergency use authorization [EUA] for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, clearing one of the last hurdles before immunization is set to begin within days for the first groups to receive it—healthcare workers and nursing home residents. The FDA typically follows the recommendations of its independent Vaccines and [...]

On cusp of COVID vaccines, experts discuss rollout challenges

By |2020-12-20T20:19:34+00:00December 20th, 2020|

Although the country is in the midst of the darkest period of the coronavirus pandemic, with emergency authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine imminent and distribution of initial doses expected to start this month, the beginning of the end is starting to come into focus. Today a panel of experts that advises the Food and Drug Administration [...]

COVID-19 overwhelming hospitals, morgues in US, other nations

By |2020-12-20T20:19:33+00:00December 20th, 2020|

With the nation awaiting word on emergency use authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 vaccine and the promise of an eventual end to the pandemic, the current US surge in new infections continues unabated, filling hospitals and pushing the daily death toll to new highs. Globally, COVID-19 cases continue to spike in most regions of the world, [...]

‘Stop Swapping Air’ campaign launched to slow COVID-19 spread

By |2020-12-20T20:19:32+00:00December 20th, 2020|

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) launched the “Stop Swapping Air” public service messaging campaign this week in partnership with Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc., a New York–based national outdoor billboard advertising company. The phrase “Stop Swapping Air” was coined on an episode of the Osterholm Update: COVID-19 podcast, hosted by infectious disease expert [...]

Survey: Most prefer COVID messages that note scientific limits

By |2020-12-20T20:19:31+00:00December 20th, 2020|

Most German residents surveyed as part of a study published today in JAMA Network Open said they prefer COVID-19 public health messaging that acknowledges scientific uncertainty, suggesting that admitting to incomplete knowledge fosters public trust and motivates compliance. Published as a research letter by investigators from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, the study involved [...]