Covid-19 vaccinations begin for US children under 5

CNN — Dr. Sarah Schaffer DeRoo described in one word how she felt after getting her 7-month-old son vaccinated against Covid-19: thrilled. Her active baby boy sat in her lap at a vaccine clinic hosted by Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, while receiving his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine. The shot was administered in … Read more

The US is offering vaccines to certain people exposed to monkeypox. Here’s what you should know

CNN — As global health leaders investigate an unusual outbreak of monkeypox across more than a dozen countries, discussions in the United States have turned to vaccination against the disease – and certain people exposed to the virus could be offered a vaccine. Vaccines for monkeypox are now available to some health care workers treating … Read more

Long Covid symptoms in older Americans are often difficult to recognize, experts say

KHN — Nearly 18 months after getting covid-19 and spending weeks in the hospital, Terry Bell struggles with hanging up his shirts and pants after doing the laundry. Lifting his clothes, raising his arms, arranging items in his closet leave Bell short of breath and often trigger severe fatigue. He walks with a cane, only … Read more

The United States is in a maternal health crisis, Goldman Sachs wants to change that

New York CNN Business — The United States is in a maternal health crisis. Maternal mortality and morbidity rates across the country have increased steadily over the past 20 years, even as rates in all other developed countries have decreased significantly. New government data shows that US maternal deaths jumped by 14% during the first … Read more

7 hours may be the ideal amount of sleep starting in middle age

Editor’s Note: Sign up for the Sleep, But Better newsletter series. Our seven-part guide has helpful hints to achieve better sleep. CNN — The optimum amount of sleep is not too little but not too much – at least in middle and old age. New research has found that around seven hours pf sleep is … Read more

‘Perfect storm’ of disease ahead with vaccines delayed and measles cases up, WHO and UNICEF say

CNN — The World Health Organization and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund warned of an increased risk of measles spread, with worldwide cases up nearly 80% so far in 2022 compared with 2021. “Almost 17,338 measles cases were reported worldwide in January and February 2022, compared to 9,665 during the first two months … Read more

Men’s use of diabetes drug just before conception is linked to a 40% increase in birth defects, study finds

CNN — Metformin use by men in the three-month period before they conceived a child was linked to a 40% higher risk of birth defects in the offspring, according to a study published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Metformin is a first-line drug in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The research, … Read more

Infertility treatments raise risk of heart and pregnancy complications, study says

CNN — If you are one of the millions of women who plan to use infertility treatments to have a baby, be aware that new research found women may be at increased risk for vascular and pregnancy-related complications, especially if they are 35 or older. “Advancing maternal age – specifically being age 35 and older … Read more