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COVID-19 vaccine: CDC panel backs expanded booster rollout

WASHINGTON (AP) – A government advisory panel has endorsed extra doses of all three of the nation’s vaccines. Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said Thursday that people could choose a different company’s brand for that next shot. Certain people who received Pfizer vaccinations months ago already are eligible for a booster. The advisers said certain…

President Biden Suggests Companies Require Employees To Be Vaccinated

As the FDA gave the Pfizer vaccine it’s full and final approval, President Biden called on many who’ve waited to go get vaccinated. “The moment you’ve been waiting for is here, and it’s time for you to go get your vaccination and get it today,” said Biden in his speech on Monday. The President is not only encouraging all Americans…

Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12

The U.S. is expanding use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children as young as 12. The Food and Drug Administration said Monday the shot is safe and offers strong protection for younger teens based on testing of more than 2,000 U.S. volunteers. Shots could begin soon once a federal vaccine panel issues recommendations for using the vaccine in 12- to…

U.S. Allows Emergency COVID-19 Vaccine in Bid to End Pandemic

The U.S. has given the final go-ahead to the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine, launching emergency vaccinations in a bid to end the pandemic. Shots will begin in a few days after Friday’s decision by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA called the vaccine from Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech safe and strongly protective. But initial doses are scarce…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: FDA investigating talc powder + Lung cancer rising in women + Belly fat linked to cognitive decline

For the first time in 50 years, the food and drug administration has started investigating talc powders. This comes after regulators found asbestos in several talc products, including Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder. The FDA held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss proposed testing standards and to hear from consumer advocates and industry representatives. Plus, the number of young women…

FDA OKs First Drug Made to Reduce Excessive Sweating

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug developed specifically to reduce excessive sweating, a common condition that can cause anxiety. Dermira Inc. said Friday its Qbrexza was approved for excessive underarm sweating. The drug is inside a cloth wiped over the skin daily to block sweat glands from activating. Dermira refused to disclose the price. Qbrexza…

FDA Issues Warning About Risky Vein Opening Procedure

The Food and Drug Administration is warning patients and doctors to avoid a risky, experimental procedure promoted as a treatment for nervous system disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s. The procedure involves threading a balloon into veins in the neck and elsewhere to widen them and improve blood flow. The federal agency said Wednesday it has seen no evidence…

FDA Denies Bid To Drop Some Warnings From Tobacco Pouches

U.S. health officials have rejected an attempt by a Swedish company to remove several health warnings from its smokeless tobacco pouches, though regulators left open the possibility for other labeling changes it seeks. The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that it denied the request by Swedish Match to remove warnings about gum disease and tooth loss from its chewable…