Breaking News: FDA Urges Pause of J&J COVID Vaccine

April 13, 2021 — The FDA and CDC on Tuesday recommended that use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine be paused after reports of blood clots in patients receiving the shot, the FDA and CDC announced Tuesday. In a statement, FDA said 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered and … Read more

Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine protects younger teens

Pfizer announced Wednesday that its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and strongly protective in kids as young as 12, a step toward possibly beginning shots in this age group before they head back to school in the fall. Most COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out worldwide are for adults, who are at higher risk from the coronavirus. … Read more

How Wrigley’s managed to dominate the chewing gum world despite nearly a decade of declining public interest

Gum lines the pockets of most Americans and has been a staple in American culture for centuries. For some, gum is all about flavor, and for others, it’s about fear of bad breath, curbing hunger, or alleviating anxiety. For nearly 130 years, the brand Wrigley’s has become synonymous with chewing gum. Since its start, the … Read more

Pfizer’s Vaccine Plant Has History of Recalls

By Sarah Jane Tribble, Kaiser Health News Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (Kaiser News) — Pfizer’s management knew last year there was “a mold issue” at the Kansas facility now slated to produce the drugmaker’s urgently needed covid-19 vaccine, according to a Food and Drug Administration inspection report. This story also ran on The Daily Beast. … Read more

Formaldehyde in Hair Straighteners Prompts FDA Warning

FRIDAY, March 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) — You might decide your frizzy locks aren’t so bad after all, given a new warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that most hair straightening/smoothing products release formaldehyde gas, a human carcinogen. Being exposed to formaldehyde for longer periods of time and at higher concentrations increases … Read more

UK Government settles civil servant bullying case against Home Secretary Priti Patel

A former top civil servant at the UK Home Office who had launched a dismissal claim after his resignation amid bullying allegations against Home Secretary Priti Patel has settled his case with the government, the Home Office said on Thursday. Sir Philip Rutnam had resigned as Permanent Secretary in the department last year and was … Read more

J&J Vaccine May Block Spread of Coronavirus, FDA Says

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines were tested before the discovery of variants from the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil, meaning those two vaccines likely benefited from higher efficacy rates and more straightforward results. But once the Johnson & Johnson shot receives emergency use authorization, which could come shortly after a scheduled scientific committee … Read more

J&J Seeks Emergency Approval of COVID Vaccine

Feb. 5, 2021 — The world’s first single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, from Johnson & Johnson, has been submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use approval. Preliminary findings from a large international study suggest the vaccine isn’t quite as strong as the two current FDA-approved vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, which are … Read more

FDA Approves First Once-a-Month HIV Therapy

FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The first monthly shots to treat adults with HIV were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday. “Currently, the standard of care for patients with HIV includes patients taking daily pills to adequately manage their condition. This approval will allow some patients the option … Read more

FDA Authorizes use of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

Dec. 18, 2020 — As expected, the FDA granted Moderna an emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine, doubling the number of vaccine doses expected to be available in the coming days for distribution nationwide. There is one final step — the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will need to recommend its use, … Read more