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Virus Outbreak-Viral Questions-Flu Shots

Can I get the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time?

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Can I get the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time? Yes, you can get the shots in the same visit. When COVID-19 vaccines were first rolling out in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended waiting 14 days between the shots and other immunizations as… Read

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Study offers dengue treatment hope

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Dengue affects tens of millions each year, producing the brutal symptoms that earned it the moniker "breakbone fever," but new research may have found the first-ever treatment for the virus. Tests in cell cultures and mice found that a newly identified compound can effectively disarm the virus, stopping it from… Read

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WHO recommends use of first malaria vaccine for children

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The World Health Organization has endorsed the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine, the first against the mosquito-borne disease that kills more than 400,000 people a year, mostly African children. The decision followed a review of a pilot program deployed since 2019 in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi in which more than two million… Read

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Cryoskin uses sub-zero temperatures to improve skin

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Cryoskin is a state-of-the-art treatment that tones fat and skin by using sub-zero temperatures. It’s non-invasive, non-painful, and more reliable than Botox. It can be used to look younger, to improve your skin’s appearance, or to help as a weight loss treatment. It’s an easy way to help you look… Read

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Cures and remedies and the Tokyo temples and shrines that dispense them

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Prudence and caution are highly valued in Japan. Perhaps that's why, despite making up just 1.7% of the world’s population, the Japanese pay 18% of the world’s insurance premiums (according to insurer Manulife).1 In Japan, there is an insurance policy for every imaginable eventuality. Susceptibility to earthquakes only goes some… Read

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Self-screening urine test for depression and other mental illness developed in Japan

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Although progress is being made, mental illness still carries a stigma in Japan, making it harder for many people to seek the help they need. It’s especially a problem among the older generation, but when the bulk of the population is elderly, it becomes everyone’s problem. Luckily, one potential solution has arrived… Read

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Pink Ribbon Design Award raising awareness about breast cancer in Japan

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women, and in Japan it affects more than 90,000 people each year. Currently, 1 in 9 women in Japan are expected to be affected by the cancer during their lifetime, with this statistic and the number of people who die from breast… Read

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If you die from the COVID-19 vaccine in Japan, the government will give your family over ¥44 mil

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Japan began distributing the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb 17. While a little behind other developed countries, they seem to be trying to do it in as organized fashion as possible, staggering vaccinations to medical staff, the elderly, people with health conditions, and everyone else in that order. It’s not without… Read

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Manage your weight and promote health with oolong tea

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Despite all the advertisements for pills and potions in Japan citing strange sounding ingredients for weight loss, it is not often that I am intrigued to delve into these types of products. However when I saw an ad with Miranda Kerr eating a croquette and drinking a Suntory Kuro Oolong… Read

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COVID-19 appears to be suppressing the flu in Japan; number of cases down and decreasing

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As we’ve seen time and time again this year, the COVID-19 pandemic sure has a way of shutting things down. From changes to the Olympics to the Santa Train, it’s been near impossible to sneak a good time in all year. However, recent data from the Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare seems… Read

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