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More raw onions recalled over salmonella: The brand and bags to avoid

More raw onions recalled over salmonella: The brand and bags to avoid

Another raw onion recall has been announced, expanding the number of companies and suppliers alerting their customers to potential Salmonella contamination. The latest advisory comes from Potandon Produce, LLC, which says its Green Giant brand is impacted by the issue. Yellow and white whole onions sold in multiple bag sizes are covered by the recall.

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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine gets FDA panel recommendation for young kids

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine gets FDA panel recommendation for young kids

The US is one step closer to the anticipated authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine for young kids ages five to 11 years. An independent panel of advisers has recommended the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorize the use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in children who fall in this age group, bringing the US closer than ever to a vaccine option that covers the majority of the population.

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Johns Hopkins to lead first federally-funded psychedelic study in decades

Johns Hopkins to lead first federally-funded psychedelic study in decades

For the first time in around five decades, the US government has issued a federal grant for the study of psychedelics. The funds have been granted to three universities: New York University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The grant is intended to study the psychedelic compound psilocybin as a potential therapeutic tool for addressing addiction.

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Hello Fresh and EveryPlate meal delivery services recall onions in kits

Hello Fresh and EveryPlate meal delivery services recall onions in kits

EveryPlate and Hello Fresh, two meal delivery services, have recalled the onions found in their meal kits sold during a specific time period due to potential contamination with Salmonella. The two recalls follow last week's big onion recall announcement, which was made in conjunction with an ongoing investigation into a multi-state Salmonella outbreak across the US.

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Pfizer says its COVID-19 dose for kids 5 – 11 offers substantial protection

Pfizer says its COVID-19 dose for kids 5 – 11 offers substantial protection

The full-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is already authorized for use in kids as young as 12 in the US, but public health officials have been working toward granting similar authorizations for vaccinating younger kids. A new study published today reveals that Pfizer's "kid-dose" COVID-19 vaccine offers youth ages 5 through 11 years around 91-percent protection against symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections.

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Researchers say specific amino acid combo may protect against dementia

Researchers say specific amino acid combo may protect against dementia

A specific combination of essential amino acids may help protect against the development of dementia, according to a new study from Japanese researchers with the National Institute for Quantum Sciences and Technology. Key to the research is protein and the role it plays in brain health, among other things, with the researchers noting that low protein diets sped up the rate of brain degeneration in mice.

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Walmart recalls aromatherapy spray over deadly bacteria contamination

Walmart recalls aromatherapy spray over deadly bacteria contamination

Walmart is recalling thousands of bottles of a Better Homes & Gardens aromatherapy spray over potential contamination with a deadly bacteria called Burkholderia pseudomallei. The recall follows four illnesses in the US earlier this year that resulted in two deaths, according to the US Centers for Disease Control, which found the bacteria in a bottle of the aromatherapy spray sourced from one of the patients' homes.

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Study finds COVID-19 may be a seasonal issue just like the flu

Study finds COVID-19 may be a seasonal issue just like the flu

New research out of Barcelona provides evidence that COVID-19 may be a seasonal illness not unlike the flu, touching on one of the questions that have been around since the start of the pandemic. Among other things, the scientists found that COVID-19 transmission rates were higher in regions that had low humidity and temperatures, as well as consistent patterns from the first through third waves of the pandemic.

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Big onion recall hits US and Canada as salmonella outbreak probe continues

Big onion recall hits US and Canada as salmonella outbreak probe continues

The CDC, FDA, and other public health officials have been investigating a multi-state salmonella outbreak that has resulted in more than 600 known illnesses and 129 hospitalizations. Though the probe continues, an update has been shared with the public: the illnesses may be linked back to onions imported over the summer from Mexico, resulting in a voluntary recall.

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FDA authorizes two more COVID-19 boosters with mix-and-match strategy

FDA authorizes two more COVID-19 boosters with mix-and-match strategy

As expected, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted authorizations for Johnson & Johnson and Moderna's COVID-19 booster shots. In addition, the FDA has also authorized the mix-and-match approach to booster shots, meaning someone who, for example, received the Moderna vaccination initially doesn't necessarily need to get the Moderna booster shot.

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Studies detail which beliefs are fueling the US vaccine problem

Studies detail which beliefs are fueling the US vaccine problem

A pair of studies from sociologists with West Virginia University dive into some of the biggest factors fueling US vaccine problems, including denial of their efficacy and skepticism over their safety. Not surprisingly, one of the studies found that factors driving skepticism related to the COVID-19 virus and pandemic are also linked to wider skepticism toward other aspects of science, including everything from evolution to climate change.

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Scientists use cat bacteria to create powerful antibiotics for skin infection

Scientists use cat bacteria to create powerful antibiotics for skin infection

Healthy cats harbor a bacteria that has been used to develop antibiotics, paving the way for a potential new way to treat severe skin infections. The research comes from the University of California - San Diego, where scientists identified a strain of bacteria found on cats' skin called Staphylococcus felis (S. felis) that naturally produces antibiotics against a different type of staph bacteria.

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