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First blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer's goes on sale

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A company has started selling the first blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, a leap for the field that could make it much easier for people to learn whether they have dementia. It also raises concern about the accuracy and impact of such life-altering news. Independent experts are leery… Read

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Beware of COVID-19 scams as vaccine approaches FDA approval

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The coronavirus vaccine inching toward approval in the U.S. is desperately anticipated by weary Americans longing for a path back to normal life. But criminals are waiting, too, ready to use that desperation to their advantage, federal investigators say. Homeland Security investigators are working with Pfizer, Moderna and dozens of… Read

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Singapore studies COVID-19 pregnancy puzzle after baby born with antibodies

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Doctors are studying the impact of COVID-19 on pregnant women and their unborn babies in Singapore, where an infant delivered by an infected mother last month had antibodies against the virus but did not carry the disease. The ongoing study among the city-state's public hospitals adds to international efforts to… Read

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Pandemic or not, people must stay active: WHO

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The coronavirus pandemic is no excuse for not getting enough exercise, the World Health Organization says, warning that even before the crisis many were getting too little physical activity. In an update of its physical activity guidelines, the U.N. health agency stressed that exercise was vital to physical and mental… Read

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Wiping down groceries? Experts say keep risk in perspective

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Cleaning wipes are harder to find on store shelves, and businesses are reassuring customers with stepped up sanitation measures. In New York, the subway system is shut down nightly for disinfecting. To avoid any traces of the coronavirus that might be lurking on surfaces, Americans have been wiping down groceries,… Read

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AstraZeneca says its vaccine needs additional study

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The head of British drug manufacturer AstraZeneca said on Thursday further research was needed on its COVID-19 vaccine after questions emerged over the protection it offers, but the additional testing is unlikely to affect regulatory approval in Europe. AstraZeneca and its partner, the University of Oxford, announced last Monday that… Read

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Are dining tents a safe way to eat out during the pandemic?

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Health experts say outdoor dining tents are generally safer than dining inside, but caution that they’re not all equal. Many restaurants are erecting individual tents, igloos and other outdoor structures that let people who are dining together avoid being indoors, where the coronavirus spreads more easily. Experts say the structures… Read

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Coronavirus crippling fight against other pandemic: TB

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The global community is missing the chance to end the "modern tragedy" of tuberculosis, the biggest infectious killer, experts say, warning how the world's other pandemic will worsen during COVID-19. The fight against tuberculosis -- a respiratory disease that is preventable and treatable yet kills more than 1.4 million people… Read

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Curtailed Christmas could be safest bet: WHO

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The World Health Organization says that avoiding family gatherings would be "the safest bet" over Christmas, insisting there is no zero-risk option for traditional holiday merry-making during the coronavirus pandemic. WHO officials said it was down to governments to weigh up the economic and social benefits of loosening pandemic restrictions… Read

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Superspreader events key driver in COVID-19 pandemic

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At churches, on cruise ships and even in the White House, superspreading events that can sicken dozens, even hundreds, of people have illustrated the potential for the coronavirus to infect in dramatic bursts. Experts say these large clusters are more than just extreme outliers, but rather the pandemic's likely main… Read

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