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

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

SINOVAC Joins Hands with HKU-CTC Research Team and Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong to Begin Clinical Trial of Omicron Specific Inactivated Vaccine for Booster Use in Hong Kong, China | News

[From right to left] Professor Ivan Hung Fan-ngai, Ru Chien & Helen Lieh Professor of Educational Health Sciences, Clinical Professor and Chief of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Medicine, Assistant Dean (Admissions), LKS Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong; dr. Kenneth Tsang, CEO of Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong; Ms. Cheryl Law, … Read more

For now, the wary US is catching the water with transformed COVID-19

The rapidly evolving coronavirus has started the summer in the US with many infections but relatively few deaths compared to its previous incarnations. COVID-19 still kills hundreds of Americans every day, but is nowhere near as dangerous as it was last fall and winter. “It’s going to be a good summer and we deserve this … Read more

With rising hospital admissions, France weighs back on masks | Health, medicine and fitness

By BARBARA SURK and JADE LE DELEY – Associated Press NICE, France (AP) — Tourism in France is booming again — and so is COVID-19. French officials have “invited” or “recommended” people to return to using face masks, but have stopped renewing restrictions that would deter visitors or revive anti-government protests. From commuters from Paris … Read more

First case of monkeypox confirmed in state of Iowa

There’s monkey pox in Iowa. The Department of Health and Human Services just confirmed Friday evening. There is a likely case of monkey pox in north central Iowa. The patient was likely infected during international travel and is in isolation and receiving outpatient care. They are in regular contact with the health department. Monkeypox does … Read more

First case of monkeypox confirmed in state of Iowa

There’s monkey pox in Iowa. The Department of Health and Human Services just confirmed Friday evening. There is a likely case of monkey pox in north central Iowa. The patient was likely infected during international travel and is in isolation and receiving outpatient care. They are in regular contact with the health department. Monkeypox does … Read more

Holding your pen may indicate Alzheimer’s risk: researchers

How you hold a pen may indicate your risk of Alzheimer’s disease – the UK’s biggest killer, a study has found. Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, causes a person to slowly lose their memory and ability to perform daily tasks. It progresses over many years and can therefore be difficult to spot. But … Read more