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2021

Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Hits Long Island, N.Y.

Legionnaires` Disease Outbreak Hits Long Island, N.Y.MONDAY, Oct. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Health officials say they are trying to track down the source of 10 reported cases of Legionnaires' disease within a one-mile radius in a Long Island, N.Y., neighborhood.The patients range in age from 35 to 96. As of Saturday, one had died, two remained hospitalized and seven had been released from the hospital, CBS News reported.Legionnaires is a rare form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria, sometimes found in fountains, spray parks, hot tubs, showers and faucets. People can contract the disease by breathing in a mist or vapor containing the bacteria. The disease is not spread from person to person, the Nassau County Department of Health said.Contact tracing is being conducted, as well as swabbing and on-site sampling in an effort to...

FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Johnson & Johnson...

15 October 2021
FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Johnson & Johnson Booster ShotFRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- In a unanimous vote, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory panel on Friday recommended that the agency grant emergency use of booster shots of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine.The FDA is expected to make a decision within days that will help guide the 15 million Americans who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, many of whom have felt left out of the booster shot debate. Friday's vote recommends the J&J booster shot for anyone 18 and older, to be given at least two months after the first dose, The New York Times reported.Dr. Peter Marks, head of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said during the meeting that the agency may at some point consider allowing Johnson & Johnson vaccine...

Americans Are Eating More Ultra-Processed Foods

15 October 2021
Americans Are Eating More Ultra-Processed FoodsFRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Americans' increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods is putting their health at risk, researchers warn.Ultra-processed foods are ready-to-eat or heat, include additives, and contain little, if any, whole foods. They include frozen pizza, soda, fast food, sweets, salty snacks, canned soup and most breakfast cereals. Previous research has shown that eating ultra-processed foods is associated with obesity and heart disease.The New York University investigators analyzed U.S. federal government data and found that the proportion of ultra-processed foods in Americans' diets grew from 53.5% of calories in 2001-2002 to 57% in 2017-2018, while consumption of whole foods fell from 32.7% to 27.4% of calories, mostly due to people eating less meat...

FDA Panel Supports Moderna Booster Shot for Older...

14 October 2021
FDA Panel Supports Moderna Booster Shot for Older Adults, People at High RiskTHURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Mirroring a similar recommendation issued last month for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, an expert advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended a half-dose booster shot of the Moderna vaccine be given to certain recipients six months after their second shot.Panelists recommended that everyone aged 65 or older who received the two-dose Moderna regimen get a third dose, as well as any younger adult who might be at high risk for COVID-19 due to a medical condition or a job that increases their exposure to SARS-CoV-2, The New York Times reported.The FDA is not obligated to follow its advisory panels' decisions, but it typically does.The data presented was not particularly decisive, committee members said, but they...

Former FDA Chief Robert Califf a Contender to Head Agency Again

14 October 2021
Former FDA Chief Robert Califf a Contender to Head Agency AgainTHURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Robert Califf is under strong consideration by the White House to once again lead the agency.The FDA hasn't had a permanent head for more than eight months and is being overseen by acting commissioner Janet Woodcock. Under federal law, President Joe Biden has until mid-November to pick a new FDA leader, but three people with inside knowledge of the process told the Washington Post about the rising interest in Califf.Califf is currently a professor of cardiology at Duke University School of Medicine. He served as FDA commissioner for less than a year at the end of Barack Obama's administration, but faced criticism during his confirmation process about his links to drug companies that helped...
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