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Since the 1980s, doctors have been prescribing aspirin to help prevent heart attacks and strokes, especially in individuals at high risk. But in recent years, studies have shown that aspirin, which is often prescribed because it helps inhibit blood clot formation that can block your arteries, may… See more
By now you’ve probably heard lots about booster shots for the COVID vaccines. In August, the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorization for third shots for people with compromised immune systems – patients receiving chemotherapy and transplant recipients, among others.  At the same… See more
The federal government is planning to make booster doses of mRNA vaccines available starting the week of Sept. 20. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said Aug. 18 that the move was designed to help boost waning immunity in vaccinated individuals especially to mild and moderate illness caused by… See more
For most of the last year, scientists haven’t just been focused on the main coronavirus but also newer versions of it. You’ve probably heard about a lot of different variants named for the place where they were first detected like the British or South African variants or given a more clinical… See more
Two vaccines used worldwide — only one authorized for emergency use in the U.S.— have come under scrutiny after several cases of rare blood clotting issues. In mid-April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration paused the administration of the Johnson… See more
When it comes to healthcare, women are extremely important. They make 80 percent of household healthcare decisions. Plus, they’re the caretakers of their children, their partners and often their parents.  But what we learned from the MDVIP Women’s Health Survey is that many women are in the dark… See more
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began a year ago, a lot of pundits, experts and epidemiologists have been talking about herd immunity. Herd immunity occurs when a high percentage of a population achieves immunity to a disease, either through exposure or vaccination, making spread of the disease… See more
Now that there are three vaccines approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration, you may be tempted to shop around to find a particular one. Some people may want the convenience of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose shot and its low rate of side effects. Others may be interested… See more
It was March 11 last year when the World Health Organization first announced that the coronavirus had reached pandemic stage. At the time, there were 118,000 cases in 114 countries. A year later and there are more than 114 million cases and 2.5 million deaths worldwide. In the year since the… See more
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