‘We’re done with dead kids’: US bars hand out free fentanyl tests

‘We’re done with dead kids’: US bars hand out free fentanyl tests

OAKLAND, Calif., April 20 (Reuters) – Walking into the Good Hop craft beer bar in Oakland, California, Alison Heller looks like any other patron thirsting for happy hour. But instead of heading to the bar, she goes straight to the bathroom, opens her backpack and pulls out a plastic bag with fentanyl test strips. She … Read more

Omicron infection induces limited immune response in unvaccinated; COVID hospital deaths rise on weekends

Omicron infection induces limited immune response in unvaccinated;  COVID hospital deaths rise on weekends

Test tube labeled “COVID-19 Omicron variant test positive” is seen in this illustration picture taken January 15, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register April 18 (Reuters) – The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings … Read more

The case for testing Pfizer’s Paxlovid for treating long COVID

The case for testing Pfizer’s Paxlovid for treating long COVID

Two long COVID patients recover after Paxlovid treatment Side effects, safety issues need to be studied CHICAGO, April 18 (Reuters) – Reports of two patients who found relief from long COVID after taking Pfizer Inc’s (PFE.N) antiviral Paxlovid, including a researcher who tested it on herself, provide intriguing evidence for clinical trials to help those … Read more

Fourth shot protects against severe Omicron outcomes; COVID may increase risk of rare eye blood cells

Fourth shot protects against severe Omicron outcomes;  COVID may increase risk of rare eye blood cells

A health worker prepares a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as the COVID-19 vaccination campaign continues amid talks of a fourth dose for high-risk groups including those over the age of 60, in Malcha shopping mall, Jerusalem, December 22, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register April 14 … Read more

British defense ministry says Russia targeting civilians

British defense ministry says Russia targeting civilians

Ukraine seeks more weapons, harsher sanctions on Russia US, EU and Britain condemn railway station attack West imposes more trade restrictions on Russia LVIV, Ukraine, April 9 (Reuters) – Britain’s defense ministry said on Saturday that Russian forces were targeting civilians, a day after a missile attack on a train station crowded with women, children … Read more

Bucha shows the ‘cruel face’ of Russian army, says EU’s chief

Bucha shows the ‘cruel face’ of Russian army, says EU’s chief

KYIV, April 8 (Reuters) – European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said the deaths of civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha showed the “cruel face” of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s army, pledging to support Kyiv in its defense of the “border of Europe”. During a visit to Bucha, where forensic investigators started to … Read more

Global stocks rebound goal set for weekly loss

Global stocks rebound goal set for weekly loss

LONDON, April 8 (Reuters) – European shares rebounded on Friday but world stocks were still on track for their first weekly loss in four as the prospect of aggressive global rate hikes and geopolitical risks rattled investors. Global risk appetite declined during the week as minutes from the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank showed … Read more

Crypto and gaming collide in high-risk ‘play-to-earn’ economies

Crypto and gaming collide in high-risk ‘play-to-earn’ economies

April 8 (Reuters) – Jarindr Thitadilaka says he made as much as $2,000 a month last year from his collection of digital pets, which he would breed and send into battle to win cryptocurrencies. The 28-year-old from Bangkok was playing Axie Infinity, one of a new breed of blockchain-based online games, dubbed “play-to-earn”, which blend … Read more

Walmart boosts industry-leading US trucker pay to $110,000, starts retraining program

Walmart boosts industry-leading US trucker pay to 0,000, starts retraining program

LOS ANGELES, April 7 (Reuters) – Walmart (WMT.N) said it is boosting starting pay for its 12,000 long-haul truck drivers who deliver merchandise to its stores and Sam’s Clubs locations amid a US shortage of drivers that threatens to prolong supply chain snarls and merchandise shortages. Qualified drivers — who tend to be in their … Read more

Russia laments ‘tragedy’ of troop deaths as Ukraine braces for major offensive

Russia laments ‘tragedy’ of troop deaths as Ukraine braces for major offensive

Russia cites ‘significant losses’ on battlefield Zelenskiy pressures West to do more, calls for full energy ban Teams scour rubble of destroyed buildings in towns near Kyiv LVIV, Ukraine, April 8 (Reuters) – Russia gave the most sombre assessment so far of its invasion of Ukraine, describing the “tragedy” of mounting troop losses and the … Read more