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WHO director blasts rich countries over failure to share vaccine doses

WHO director blasts rich countries over failure to share vaccine doses

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus heavily criticized wealthy nations in a recent statement about the pandemic and other health matters impacting the world. Among other things, the director-general said that wealthier nations are failing to uphold their promises to share vaccine doses with the world's poorest countries.

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Costco recalls thousands of wood shower benches after multiple injuries

Costco recalls thousands of wood shower benches after multiple injuries

Tens of thousands of classy-looking teak wood shower benches have been recalled due to numerous reports of them falling apart, including a few incidents that resulted in injuries. The recall was published by the US Consumer Protection Safety Commission, which reports that there have been 81 reports related to the benches falling apart, breaking, or otherwise collapsing when used.

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Study details whether your old face mask is still effective a year later

Study details whether your old face mask is still effective a year later

If you bought a pack of reusable face masks at the start of the pandemic and find yourself still using them more than a year later, you may be wondering whether they're still effective at helping reduce the spread of the virus. A new peer-reviewed study from the University of Colorado at Boulder confirms they are -- with one big exception.

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Columbia preps clinical trial for opioid vaccine targeting addiction

Columbia preps clinical trial for opioid vaccine targeting addiction

Researchers with Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons will lead a new clinical trial involving a vaccine that may help treat opioid use disorder. Though medications are available to help those with opioid addiction overcome the problem, relapses are very common -- something a long-lasting vaccine may help prevent.

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I tried Impossible Foods’ new chicken nuggets – and was surprised

I tried Impossible Foods’ new chicken nuggets – and was surprised

Impossible Foods is getting into chicken nuggets, and that's a big deal - even if, like me, you're an avowed carnivore. Following the company's burgers and sausage comes its first foray into the henhouse, and with more ambitious goals than simply giving vegetarians a nugget-shaped alternative.

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Oxford prepares human trial for combo cancer vaccine and immunotherapy

Oxford prepares human trial for combo cancer vaccine and immunotherapy

A potentially powerful anti-cancer vaccine combined with immunotherapy is headed to human trials later this year. The work comes from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and the University of Oxford, which reported on Friday that the vaccine showed promise in tests involving mice with tumors. The cancer vaccine shows more promise than cancer immunotherapy on its own.

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Huge study addresses fear of major COVID-19 vaccine health effects

Huge study addresses fear of major COVID-19 vaccine health effects

A huge study, which will continue to look into the matter for the next two years, reports that there are no serious health consequences associated with getting the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. The conclusion is based on an analysis of data on more than 6 million patients who received either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, with researchers calling the data 'reassuring.'

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Eating avocado has a surprising effect on belly fat, but only in women

Eating avocado has a surprising effect on belly fat, but only in women

A newly published study reveals that avocado may be more than a tasty treat on a slice of toast. The researchers found that eating an avocado every day triggered a redistribution in belly fat that reduced one's risk of certain metabolic diseases like type-2 diabetes. The catch? The beneficial changes were only observed in the female participants.

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Pfizer RSV vaccine candidate Phase 3 trial will focus on older adults

Pfizer RSV vaccine candidate Phase 3 trial will focus on older adults

Pfizer has announced the third phase of its RSV vaccine candidate clinical trial for older adults. The company is calling the trial's third phase 'RENOIR,' noting that it involves giving its RSVpreF vaccine candidate to adults ages 60 and older. The company anticipates enrolling around 30,000 participants for Phase 3 RENOIR in order to study the vaccine's efficacy and safety.

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Study finds remote workers can cut fatigue with simple workflow change

Study finds remote workers can cut fatigue with simple workflow change

If you're one of the many people who now work from home rather than at the office, there's a good chance you've gotten into a routine -- and that you may be finding the arrangement unusually exhausting. Another study has found what may be the cause of this fatigue and it involves your webcam. Making a simple change to how you use the device can, the study found, substantially reduce work fatigue.

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NIH kicks off extra COVID-19 vaccine dose trial with autoimmune patients

NIH kicks off extra COVID-19 vaccine dose trial with autoimmune patients

The National Institutes of Health has announced the start of a new trial that involves giving a third COVID-19 vaccine dose to individuals with autoimmune diseases. The trial will also look into the possibility of 'pausing' autoimmune treatments that involve immunosuppressive drugs to see whether doing so will improve antibody response against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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Another study finds good reasons to avoid eating foods high in fructose

Another study finds good reasons to avoid eating foods high in fructose

Another study has shed light on the ways eating fructose, a type of sweetener, can lead to a variety of health complications, including everything from packing on belly fat to developing a painful joint condition called gout. The findings were recently published in the Chinese Medical Journal, joining another recent study that explored how fructose can lead to obesity.

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