Health

Steve January 20, 2021

Jan. 20 (UPI) — The use of fixed-dose combination antibiotics needs to be reconsidered, given questions about their efficacy and safety, as well as their possible role in increasing antibiotic resistance, according to the authors of a study published Wednesday by PLOS One. Fixed-dose drug combinations are defined as “a combination of two or more […]

Steve January 20, 2021

Florida’s surgeon general is urging the federal government to increase allotments of coronavirus vaccine to states like his where large concentrations of seniors face the greatest risk of illness and death from COVID-19 By The Associated Press January 21, 2021, 12:29 AM • 11 min read TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s surgeon general is urging the […]

Steve January 20, 2021

Scientists are reporting troubling signs that some recent mutations of the coronavirus may modestly curb the effectiveness of two current vaccines By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer January 20, 2021, 10:56 PM • 5 min read Scientists are reporting troubling signs that some recent mutations of the virus that causes COVID-19 may modestly curb […]

Steve January 20, 2021

The onset date of the yearly rainy season reliably predicts if seasonal drought will occur in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa that are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity, and could help to mitigate its effects. Shraddhanand Shukla and colleagues at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Climate Hazards Center, present these findings in the open-access journal […]

Steve January 20, 2021

The push to inoculate Americans against the coronavirus is hitting a roadblock: A number of states are reporting they are running out of vaccine By MICHAEL HILL and JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press January 20, 2021, 8:58 PM • 7 min read NEW YORK — The push to inoculate Americans against the coronavirus is hitting a […]

Steve January 20, 2021

Spain’s government is resisting calls by regional health authorities to let them impose earlier curfews amid a sharp rise in coronavirus cases By The Associated Press January 20, 2021, 8:38 PM • 11 min read MADRID — Spain’s government is resisting calls by regional health authorities to let them impose earlier curfews amid a sharp […]

Steve January 20, 2021

Jan. 20 (UPI) — Regions of the United States with greater levels of income inequality have higher rates of COVID-19 infections and deaths, according to an analysis published Wednesday by JAMA Network Open. Based on data from 3,141 of the 3,142 counties across the country, researchers linked income inequality to 2% to 4% higher coronavirus […]

Steve January 20, 2021

Scientists have discovered how bacteria commonly responsible for seafood-related stomach upsets can go dormant and then “wake up.” Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a marine bacterium that can cause gastroenteritis in humans when eaten in raw or undercooked shellfish such as oysters and mussels. Some of these bacteria are able to turn dormant in poor growth conditions […]

Steve January 20, 2021

Jan. 20 (UPI) — Rates of methamphetamine overdose deaths in the United States increased five-fold from 2011 to 2018, according to an analysis published Wednesday by JAMA Psychiatry. Methamphetamine-involved deaths rose, on average, by nearly 30% per year in the general population across the country between 2011 and 2018, the data showed. The highest number […]

Steve January 20, 2021

Portugal has the highest seven-day average rate of new cases per capita and the second-highest rate of new deaths in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University By The Associated Press January 20, 2021, 4:19 PM • 13 min read LISBON, Portugal — Portugal has the highest seven-day average rate of new cases per capita […]

Steve January 20, 2021

Portugal’s new daily COVID-19 cases have jumped to more than 14,600 to set a new national record By BARRY HATTON Associated Press January 20, 2021, 4:08 PM • 3 min read LISBON, Portugal — Portugal’s new daily COVID-19 cases jumped to more than 14,600 to set a new national record Wednesday, as the country weathers […]