‘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

Macron faces a tough fight as France votes on Sunday

Macron faces a tough fight as France votes on Sunday

Macron leads in opinion polls but Le Pen closes in Voting starts at 0600 GMT, exit polls due at 1800 GMT PARIS, April 10 (Reuters) – France votes on Sunday in the first round of a presidential election, with far-right candidate Marine Le Pen posing an unexpected threat to President Emmanuel Macron’s re-election hopes. Until … Read more

Zoos are moving their birds indoors to protect them against a deadly strain of the avian flu

Zoos are moving their birds indoors to protect them against a deadly strain of the avian flu

Cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) have been rising in backyard flocks and wild birds across dozens of states in recent months, prompting zoo officials to temporarily shut down bird exhibits. “This strain of the disease is highly contagious and lethal to birds,” the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore said in a statement on its … 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

EU slashes 10% of Russian imports with new sweeping sanctions

EU slashes 10% of Russian imports with new sweeping sanctions

EU bans Russian coal in first hit to energy imports Existing coal contracts must be terminated by start of August EU also bans imports of Russian chemicals, vodka, caviar Exports of technology, jet fuel to Russia banned More oligarchs, Putin’s daughters face asset freezes April 8 (Reuters) – The European Union on Friday formally adopted … 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