Medicines agency says EU is seeing ‘new wave’ of COVID-19

The Hague the Netherlands — A senior official at the European Union’s medicines agency said on Thursday that many countries in the bloc are seeing a new wave of COVID-19, driven by highly transmissible mutations of the ommicron variant. Marco Cavaleri of the European Medicines Agency told an online briefing that the BA.4 and BA.5 … Read more

Vitamin D ‘overdose’ warning issued after man vomits for months and ends up in hospital

A man who took vitamin D supplements far above the daily requirement had serious health consequences for months. In a case highlighting the dangers of supplement overdose, a middle-aged man in the UK was admitted after three months of repeated vomiting and other serious symptoms. Doctors are now warning that the case was an example … Read more

Violence and mistreatment of health workers on the rise in Ontario, new polls show

A registered nurse in the ICU at Humber River Hospital in Toronto on April 13, 2021. Sixty-two percent of all health professionals surveyed said they suffered from anxiety, and 35 percent reported severe anxiety related to violence and aggression at work.Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press According to a new poll by Canada’s largest labor union, incidents … Read more

Proposed Ohio Amendment Would Limit Vaccine Mandates | Health, medicine and fitness

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution that would limit vaccine mandates imposed by companies, health care providers and governments is one step closer to a statewide vote. The proposal would prohibit those entities from discriminating against people based on vaccination status or from imposing a vaccine, medical procedure, treatment or … Read more

S Korean group drives balloons north amid hostilities | Health, medicine and fitness

By HYUNG-JIN KIM – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean activist said on Thursday that he has launched more massive balloons carrying COVID-19 relief supplies toward North Korea, days after the North vowed to crack down on such activities and a highly questionable claimed they were a source of the virus. … Read more

17 Million Canadians Got Omicron in 5 Months, New Federal Report Says

Some sobering numbers from Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force reveal how quickly the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and its subvariants spread across the country in late 2021 and the early months of this year. The task force illustrates that in just five months, between December 2021 and May 2022, 17 million Canadians were infected, the … Read more

Transgender people report better psychosocial health after facial feminization surgery

Key learning points: A positive step† Gender-affirming surgery is one of the most important procedures for patients with gender dysphoria, researchers say. Quality of life† People who had the surgery reported higher scores in 7 out of 11 measures of psychosocial health than those waiting for the procedure. Expansion of health insurance† … Read more

Merck is in advanced talks to buy Seagen for approximately $40 billion or more

Merck & Co. is in advanced talks to take over seagen and aims to agree on a purchase of the cancer biotech in the coming weeks, according to people familiar with the matter, in a deal that could be worth about $40 billion or more. The companies are discussing a price for Seagen in excess … Read more

Kentucky abortion clinics in court to block new state law | Health, medicine and fitness

By DYLAN LOVAN – Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — Attorneys for Kentucky’s two abortion clinics filed for a court order on Wednesday to block the state’s near-total ban on the procedure, one of several attempts nationwide following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling where Roe v. Waden. Jefferson Circuit Judge Mitch Perry last week issued … Read more