No ‘elevated risk’ of stroke from Pfizer’s bivalent COVID shot, Health Canada says – National

Recent data from one US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) database has detected a potential stroke risk link in older adults who received an updated Pfizer COVID-19 bivalent shot. However, according to Health Canada (HC) there is currently “no indication” connecting mRNA bivalent vaccines with ischemic strokes. Ischemic stroke is the most common … Read more

Memphis disbands police unit after fatal beating as protesters take to streets

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan 28 (Reuters) – The specialized police unit that included the five Memphis officers charged with the fatal beating of Tire Nichols was disbanded on Saturday as more protests took place in US cities a day after harrowing video of the attack was released. The police department said in a statement that it … Read more

Long Covid Might Teach Us How to Prevent Alzheimer’s

Science is starting to uncover an unnerving fact about viruses: Some might affect our brains over the long haul. It came as a shock that SARS-CoV-2 can lead to lingering neurological problems — a post-viral syndrome we long call Covid. But the phenomenon might not be unique to this virus. Scientists are finding links between … Read more

Long Covid might teach us how to prevent Alzheimer’s | Health

Science is starting to uncover an unnerving fact about viruses: Some might affect our brains over the long haul. It came as a shock that SARS-CoV-2 can lead to lingering neurological problems — a post-viral syndrome we long call Covid. But the phenomenon might not be unique to this virus. Scientists are finding links between … Read more

COVID Risk Up to 50% Higher for Nursing Home Residents Behind on Vaccination

Nursing home residents who were not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines had a 30% to 50% higher risk of getting infected compared to those who were up to date, CDC researchers said. From Oct. 10, 2022 to Jan. 8, 2023, weekly COVID incidence rates ranged from 7.2 to 15.6 per 1,000 nursing home … Read more

COVID boosters effective against XBB variants: US CDC study – National

The updated COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer Inc/BioNTech and Moderna helped prevent symptomatic infections against the new XBB-related subvariantsoffering new evidence of how the vaccines perform against these fast-spreading strains, US officials said on Wednesday. Read more: XBB1.5: Here’s what we know about the ‘most transmissible’ COVID strain yet Read next: Feds eye bilateral health deals … Read more

WHO head ‘very concerned’ about COVID deaths as emergency declaration call looms – National

As the World Health Organization prepares to decide whether COVID-19 remains a global emergency, the UN agency’s director-general says key pandemic indicators are going in the wrong direction, including a rising number of deaths. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Tuesday he is “very concerned” about the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the impact it continues to have … Read more

Why Some People Never Become Infected With COVID-19

With the ongoing surge of COVID-19 infections in China, many are shocked by its scale and worried about a potential new wave hitting the rest of the world. How can you better protect yourself if another wave comes to your region? Here, we take a close look into the factors affecting us antiviral immunity. Some … Read more

ArriveCan contracting appears ‘illogical’ and ‘inefficient,’ Trudeau says – National

The contracting process used to build the ArriveCan app seems “illogical” and “inefficient,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. The Globe and Mail first reported on Monday that the Ottawa IT firm GCstrategieswhich the government hired to build the ArriveCan app for $44 million, actually subcontracted the work to build it to six other companies including … Read more

China Is Still The Biggest Driver Of Oil Prices

Oil prices settled on Thursday at their highest level since December 1 as the market is turning bullish on China’s oil demand this year. The Chinese reopening is set to drive oil demand growth and push oil higher if most of the developed economies manage to avoid recessions, analysts say. China likely accelerated the pace … Read more