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U.S. Proposes to Make COVID Shot Annual, Much Like Flu Shot

U.S. Proposes to Make COVID Shot Annual, Much Like Flu ShotMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday asked its vaccine advisory panel to weigh a proposal to turn COVID vaccines into an annual shot for most Americans.Such a move would simplify future vaccination efforts, a critical point given the fact that efforts to get people to get COVID booster shots have fallen far short of expectations. While over 80% of Americans have had at least one dose of the original COVID-19 vaccine, only 16% of those over the age of 5 have gotten the updated booster shots that were approved last August, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The committee will consider the FDA proposal at its Jan. 26 meeting. If it recommends the concept be turned into policy and the agency follows those...

Why Midlife Can Bring Risk of New Eating Disorders

23 January 2023
Why Midlife Can Bring Risk of New Eating DisordersMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Most people think of eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia as afflictions of teenagers, but a new study finds that older women are also vulnerable to developing them, especially around menopause.The main driver of eating disorders in older women? Body dissatisfaction, the researchers found.When researchers looked at eating disorder symptoms among 36 women aged 45 to 61, they found that body dissatisfaction was a key risk factor for eating disorders across the lifespan, especially in midlife. Perimenopausal and early post-menopausal women were more likely to report a fear of gaining weight or losing control of their eating. Perimenopause is the transition before menopause that may be marked by irregular or skipped periods, among other...

Abbott Labs Confirms Justice Department Probe Following...

23 January 2023
Abbott Labs Confirms Justice Department Probe Following Infant Formula CrisisMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Trouble continues for Abbott Laboratories, which shut down an infant formula plant last year amid reported illnesses. The U.S. Department of Justice is now investigating the company, though Abbott did not say specifically what the investigation is covering, NBC News reported. “DOJ has informed us of its investigation and we’re cooperating fully,” an Abbott spokesperson said in a statement. The DOJ has declined to comment, NBC News reported.In February 2022, Abbott's plant in Sturgis, Mich., was shut down after reports that four infants who had consumed formula made at the plant became ill. Two of the infants died. The cause was a rare bacteria, Cronobacter sakazakii. An investigation did not find the source of the bacteria.Abbott has...

Want to Lose Weight? Here Are the Best Exercises to Shed...

23 January 2023
Want to Lose Weight? Here Are the Best Exercises to Shed PoundsMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to picking the best exercise to lose weight, there is no one right answer. That's because the right answer is variety, mixing and matching types of exercise to keep the body guessing and improving. "The body adapts to the demands we put on it," said Dr. Russell Camhi, who works in primary care sports medicine for Northwell Health's Orthopaedic Institute in East Meadow, N.Y. "If we do the same exercise regimen over and over, results are bound to plateau," he explained. "Now this doesn’t mean you have to change exercises every day or every week, but a little variety will help the body change and grow."The key to weight loss is a blend of exercise and nutrition, with the latter responsible for about 80% of the heavy lifting,...

New USDA Rules Ramp Up Oversight of Organic Food

20 January 2023
New USDA Rules Ramp Up Oversight of Organic FoodFRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Organic food will soon have to comply with stricter labeling rules under new requirements announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).In what the Organic Trade Organization (OTA) called the biggest change since the USDA’s organic program was first founded in 1990, the new requirements include that all imported organic food be certified by the USDA National Organic Program. The rule increases certification of more supply chain businesses, and boosts authority for inspections, record-keeping, traceability and fraud prevention. The rule also builds on the USDA’s definitions for organic food, which must use “natural substances and physical, mechanical or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent...
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