Flu vaccine appears to be a very good match for circulating strains, CDC says

CNN — This year’s flu shot appears to be “a very good match” for the circulating strains, said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at a news conference Monday. She does note, however, that flu vaccinations are lagging behind the pace of previous years. Through the end of … Read more

Hearing aids may lower your risk of cognitive decline and dementia, research shows

CNN — Hearing aids may be an important aid in preventing cognitive decline and dementia, according to a new study. Research has shown that hearing loss is a major risk factor in developing dementia, but whether intervening on the hearing loss will also treat the progression of cognitive decline is less clear, said senior study … Read more

According to the study, ultra-processed foods may contribute to dementia

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As respiratory viruses strain America’s health care systems, the Biden administration talks about how it is willing to help

CNN — Nearly 20,000 people in the United States were hospitalized for the flu last week, nearly double the number of admissions from the previous week, according to data updated Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates there have been at least 8.7 million illnesses, 78,000 hospitalizations, and 4,500 … Read more

HIV vaccine candidate induces immune response in early clinical trial

CNN — In a phase 1 trial, an experimental HIV vaccine was found to induce broadly neutralizing antibodies in a small group of volunteers. The findings suggest that a two-dose regimen of the vaccine, eight weeks apart, can elicit immune responses against human immunodeficiency virus. The clinical trial results, published Thursday in the journal Science … Read more

Amazon’s CEO explains rationale behind layoffs as unionized warehouse workers protest outside

CNN affairs — Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said Wednesday that an “uncertain” economy prompted the e-commerce giant to move forward with infrequent and widespread layoffs after experiencing a significant hiring boom during much of the pandemic. “We had the lens of a very uncertain economic environment and we’ve been very aggressively hiring over the last … Read more

Using steroids for knee osteoarthritis may make it worse, studies say

CNN — A common treatment for some arthritis pain could actually make the condition worse, according to two new studies. “Osteoarthritis of the knee is one of the most chronic, degenerative and progressive diseases, with an estimated incidence of 800,000 patients per year in the US alone,” said lead author of one of the studies, … Read more

China’s security apparatus moves to quell Covid protests

CNN — China’s extensive security apparatus moved swiftly to quell the mass protests that swept the country, with police patrolling the streets, checking mobile phones and even calling some protesters to warn them of a repeat. In major cities, police flooded the sites of protests that took place over the weekend on Monday and Tuesday, … Read more

WHO renames monkeypox to ‘mpox’

CNN — The World Health Organization announced Monday that “mpox” is now the preferred name for monkeypox. “Both names will be used simultaneously for a year, while ‘monkey pox’ is phased out,” the organization said. The Biden administration said they “welcome the change” and the US will use the name mpox “from now on”. Monkeypox … Read more

Improve memory as you age by eating more flavonols, study says

CNN — Eating more flavonols, antioxidants found in many vegetables, fruits, teas and wine, may slow your rate of memory loss, a new study finds. The cognitive score of people in the study who ate the most flavonols fell 0.4 units per decade more slowly than those who ate the least flavonols. The results held … Read more