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CDC panel debates COVID booster shots

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory group met Monday to debate whether or not eligible Americans should receive a COVID-19 booster shot.  The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting came as an independent panel of experts advising the CDC recommended the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine …

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Ida slams Louisiana hospitals brimming with virus patients

Southern Louisiana’s hospitals, already packed with coronavirus patients from a fourth surge of the virus, were dealing Sunday with another challenge — the howling Category 4 hurricane pounding the coast. Lady of the Sea General Hospital in Lafourche Parish, near where Ida made landfall, reported extensive roof damage. “All patients …

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Child obesity increased during COVID-19 pandemic: study

A new study found that child obesity significantly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The study, published Friday on the Journal of the America Medical Association (JAMA) Network, found that “youths gained more weight during the COVID-19 pandemic than before it.” The greatest change occurred among children aged 5 through 11 …

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Texas ICUs reach 93% capacity following surge of COVID patients

Texas hospital systems are increasingly closing temporarily their off-site emergency rooms and sending their staff to their hospitals to support staff overstretched by COVID-19. The moves came as the coronavirus continues to rage throughout the state. Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston closed three suburban emergency rooms Monday in Kingwood, …

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