Experts: COVID Relief Bill Will Aid Children’s Health

March 9, 2021 — President Joe Biden’s pandemic relief bill includes an expanded child tax credit that would give most families $3,600 a year for each child under age 6 and $3,000 a year for each older child, paid monthly. Experts in social services and pediatric health say the benefit will slash the childhood poverty…

COVID an Unwelcome Companion for Spring Break 2021

March 9, 2021 — One year into the pandemic, spring break season is again in full swing. With distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines accelerating, it’s tempting to get away for an long-awaited vacation. You wouldn’t be alone: A recent travel industry survey found 12% of respondents made spring break travel plans by the end of…

Vaginal Ring Could Protect Women From HIV for 3 Months

TUESDAY, March 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A vaginal ring that slowly releases an antiviral medication could protect women against HIV for up to three months, a preliminary trial suggests.It assessed two formulations of a vaginal ring that releases the antiretroviral dapivirine in the vagina over the course of 90 days. One version contained 100…

Wearing a Mask Won’t Ruin Your Workout

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) — You’re about to hop on an exercise bike and peddle your heart out, but will having to wear a face mask make it harder to breathe while you work out? Not according to new research that suggests healthy people can safely wear a…

COVID Lockdowns Got People Smoking More

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The pandemic’s spring lockdowns last year triggered an unwelcome side effect: New research shows more Americans turned to tobacco and nicotine as they struggled with boredom, anxiety and the disruption of regular routines. Between April and May 2020, the study authors conducted telephone…

Supply chain strain threatening COVID vaccine mass scale-up

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The unprecedented scaling-up of vaccine manufacturing to counter COVID-19 has sparked dangerous shortages in the supply chain, global players acknowledged Tuesday after brainstorming how to speed up production of the jabs. Starting at zero when the pandemic began, vaccine manufacturers expect to be able to produce some 10 billion doses of…

Brazil notches new daily COVID death record

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Brazil broke its record for new daily COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday with nearly 2,000 fatalities, as the pandemic overwhelms hospitals and vaccinations progress slowly. The Health Ministry reported a daily total of 1,972 new deaths in the country, which has the world’s second-highest overall toll, exceeded only by the United States.…

Alaska becomes 1st US state to open vaccines to nearly all

In this Sept. 27, 2019, file photo, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Dunleavy on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, announced that the COVID-19 vaccine is available for all individuals who live or work in Alaska and are age 16 and older, making Alaska the first state in the nation…

Volunteers are key at vaccine sites. It pays off with a shot

Volunteer worker Pete Graham, left, helps direct newly arriving volunteers to a health screening station, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at a mass vaccination clinic at Seattle University in Seattle near the end of his shift. After finishing his shift, Graham was able to get the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in return for…

Re-envisioning the nursing PhD degree

The Ph.D. degree prepares nurse scientists to advance knowledge through research that improves health, translates into policy, and enhances education. However, as the role of the nurse has changed, and health care has grown more complex, there is a need to re-envision how Ph.D. programs can attract, retain, and create the nurse-scientists of the future…