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Getting COVID Shot During Pregnancy Helps Protect Newborns, CDC Study Finds

Getting COVID Shot During Pregnancy Helps Protect Newborns, CDC Study FindsFRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) – When pregnant women get a COVID vaccine, it helps protect their newborns from the virus, a new government study shows."These findings indicate that maternal vaccination during pregnancy could help prevent COVID-19–related hospitalization in infants too young to be vaccinated," researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote.Antibodies after COVID vaccination crossed the placenta and were found in the cord blood, according to the study.Babies can’t receive COVID vaccines until they’re 6 months old. In infants younger than 3 months old, a vulnerable stage of life, maternal vaccination was 54% effective against COVID hospitalization, according to the report.In infants 3 to 5 months old, the vaccine was still 35%...

Kids With Eczema May Need Further Allergy Tests

29 September 2023
Kids With Eczema May Need Further Allergy TestsFRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Some children who have a common form of eczema should also be tested for allergic reactions because they may have a second allergic-type eczema, a new study suggests. While atopic dermatitis is common and usually develops by age 5, allergic contact dermatitis has similar symptoms and can be triggered by a range of substances. In general, eczema is a group of medical conditions causing inflamed, irritated and itchy skin.In the study, children with atopic dermatitis were more likely to test positive for allergies in patch testing. The findings were published Sept. 26 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. “When a dermatologist sees a child who looks like they have eczema, we usually think that it’s atopic dermatitis because...

Just 23% of U.S. Adults 'Definitely' Plan to Get New...

27 September 2023
Just 23% of U.S. Adults `Definitely` Plan to Get New COVID ShotWEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Just 23% of American adults say they 'definitely' will get the new COVID-19 vaccine, while another 23% say they will 'probably' get it, according to a new poll, which also finds interest in the shot falls along partisan lines.More people plan to get seasonal flu shots and the new vaccine to help prevent severe symptoms for respiratory syncytial virus or RSV.The poll -- by the nonprofit organization KFF -- breaks down what Americans are thinking about vaccination and their trust in public health agencies.“The poll shows that most of the nation still trusts the [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] on vaccines -- but there is a partisan gap, and most Republicans don’t trust the...

Buying Marijuana Online Easy for Minors, Study Finds

26 September 2023
Buying Marijuana Online Easy for Minors, Study FindsTUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) – The lax enforcement of age limits by many online marijuana dispensaries makes it easier for minors to buy weed, claims new research that looked at online weed sales in 32 states.“It is imperative to require strict age-verification procedures prior to cannabis purchases online and to establish stringent surveillance of online marijuana dispensaries to protect youth,” wrote the authors of the new study, published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.The authors looked at age-verification policies and other practices of 80 online dispensaries. About 18.8% of dispensaries “required no formal age verification at any stage of the purchasing process,” according to the study.Meanwhile, more than 80% accepted “non-traceable” payment...

Pfizer Restarts Production Plant in North Carolina Following Tornado Damage in July

26 September 2023
Pfizer Restarts Production Plant in North Carolina Following Tornado Damage in JulyTUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) – A Pfizer plant that makes vital drugs, anesthesia and hospital supplies has restarted production after a 10-week shutdown.The plant, located in Rocky Mount, N.C., sustained severe tornado damage on July 19, when roofs were ripped off and medications tossed around. "This expedited restart is a proud achievement for the Rocky Mount team; however, it is only the first step toward full recovery for the plant, as Pfizer restarts production through a phased approach, with full production across the site’s three manufacturing suites anticipated by the end of 2023," the company said in a statement issued Monday."Production restart has been prioritized based on patient need and inventory levels. There are approximately 13 medicines in production on...

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