COVID Vaccine Could Be Given Before Tests End

Aug. 31, 2020 — Emergency use authorization or approval for a COVID-19 vaccine before Phase 3 clinical trials are complete could be considered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to the agency’s commissioner, Dr. Stephen Hahn. “It is…

FDA Expands Use of Remdesivir for COVID-19 Treatment

August 31, 2020 — The Federal Drug Administration has broadened its emergency use authorization for the anti-viral drug remdesivir to include all hospitalized coronavirus patients, not just those who are so ill they require ventilators or oxygen therapy. “Today, as…

‘Black Panther’ Star Boseman Dies of Cancer at 43

August 29, 2020 — Chadwick Boseman, the star of the 2018 Marvel Comics megahit Black Panther, died of colon cancer Friday. Boseman, first diagnosed 4 years ago, had kept his diagnosis a secret. He filmed his recent movies ”during and between…

With COVID Vax in Works, 20% Don’t Believe in Shots

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — As many as 20% of Americans don’t believe in vaccines, a new study finds. Misinformed vaccine beliefs drive opposition to public vaccine policies even more than politics, education, religion or other factors,…

COVID Unlikely to Be Transmitted by Breast Milk

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Breastfeeding mothers are unlikely to transmit the new coronavirus to their babies via their milk, researchers say. No cases of an infant contracting COVID-19 from breast milk have…

Nursing Home Staff Must Get COVID Tests

Nursing home staff will have to be tested regularly for COVID-19, and facilities that fail to do so will face fines, the Trump administration said Tuesday. Even though they account for less than 1% of the nation’s population, long-term care…

FDA Warning Issued About Hand Sanitizer Packaging

August 28, 2020 — Alcohol-based hand sanitizers that are packaged in containers that look like food items or drinks could cause injury or death if ingested, according to a new warning the FDA issued Thursday. Hand sanitizers are being packaged…

Will Telehealth Remain After COVID? Should It?

Elizabeth Reiner, certified midwife, Washington, D.C., area. Shifrahssisters.com. Susan R. Bailey, MD, president, American Medical Association. XRHealth.com. CallOnDoc. Hattie Oshun, physician assistant; co-founder, chief operating officer, CallOnDoc. Dr. Steven Lin, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, Stanford Medicine. Statnews.com: “This…

Salmonella in Peaches Has Sickened 78 in 12 States

Aug. 28, 2020 — A salmonella outbreak linked to recalled peaches from Prima Wawona and Wawona Packing Co. LLC has now sickened 78 people in 12 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an update Thursday. …

Some Vegetarian Diets Are Much Healthier Than Others

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — For a host of reasons, millions worldwide are deciding to give up meat and focus on a plant-based diet. But new research out of Greece is a reminder that not all vegetarian diets…