‘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

Germany’s Scholz says he will not make second push for vaccine mandate

Germany’s Scholz says he will not make second push for vaccine mandate

Bill for mandatory shots fails to get majority Fighting pandemic in autumn more difficult, says minister Failure evokes challenging differences within ruling coalition BERLIN, April 7 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he was disappointed the lower house of parliament on Thursday voted against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for people over 60, but would … Read more

Stocks rally late, 10-yr US Treasury yield hits 3-yr high

Stocks rally late, 10-yr US Treasury yield hits 3-yr high

US stocks end higher 10-year Treasury yield rises Investors still digesting Fed signals NEW YORK, April 7 (Reuters) – Stock indexes mostly rose on Thursday as investors snapped up beaten-down shares, while the US dollar climbed to its highest in nearly two years and the US Treasury 10-year yield touched a three-year high following hawkish … Read more

US authorizes second COVID booster for Americans 50 and older

US authorizes second COVID booster for Americans 50 and older

March 29 (Reuters) – US health officials on Tuesday authorized a second COVID-19 booster dose of the two most commonly used COVID-19 vaccines for people age 50 and older, citing data showing waning immunity and the risks posed by Omicron variants of the virus. The US Food and Drug Administration agency said the new boosters … Read more

Higher estrogen levels linked to lower COVID death risk; antacid shows promise addressing symptoms

Higher estrogen levels linked to lower COVID death risk; antacid shows promise addressing symptoms

Feb 16 (Reuters) – The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Higher estrogen levels tied to lower COVID death risk A new study strengthens suspicions that the female hormone estrogen … Read more

Johnson & Johnson talc bankruptcy attacked by cancer plaintiffs as ‘rotten’

Johnson & Johnson talc bankruptcy attacked by cancer plaintiffs as ‘rotten’

Feb 14 (Reuters) – A Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) subsidiary came under attack in court on Monday for attempting to use the bankruptcy process to resolve tens of thousands of claims that its baby powder and other talc-based products caused cancer. The subsidiary, LTL Management, is fighting to remain in bankruptcy, arguing that is the … Read more

China approves use of Pfizer’s COVID drug Paxlovid

China approves use of Pfizer’s COVID drug Paxlovid

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment pill Paxlovid is seen in a box, at Misericordia hospital in Grosseto, Italy, February 8, 2022. REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING, Feb 12 (Reuters) – China’s medical products regulator said on Saturday it has given conditional approval for Pfizer’s (PFE.N) COVID-19 drug Paxlovid, making … Read more