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Howard G. Smith, MD, Pediatric Otolaryngologist and former WBZ Radio medical editor and talk show host tells how to avoid surgery for ear, nose, and throat problems. He also reviews the latest news and views in the world of medicine and health care.

Howard G. Smith MD


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    Mail Order Pharmacy Saves Buck$

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 0:57


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/pKozJBDZ12E   There is so many “middleman” costs in today's US health care system, at least one startup is succeeding by offering consumers FDA-approved generic pharmaceuticals at out-of-pocket prices as low or lower than those offered by their health insurance companies as copays.  The online pharmacy DiRx, based in East Brunswick NJ, buys drugs directly from manufacturers and passes on the savings to the consumer.  Prescriptions from your doctor are needed, but the company accepts payment by credit card and health savings accounts.  DiRx provides timely shipping by first class mail or private parcel companies.   https://www.dirxhealth.com/homepage   #pharmacy #dirx #prescriptions   

    Breathalyzer CoVid Diagnosis

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 0:52


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/r2Op7LBY5h8   An international collaborative research group has demonstrated that a commercially-available breathalyzer, the TERA.Bio system, can diagnose CoVid.  It does so by detecting the spectral signature of CoVid19-specifiic volatile organic compounds in the exhaled breaths of the infected.     Testing a group of 70 CoVid-infected and 700 uninfected persons, the breathalyzer test  achieved 92.6% sensitivity and 96% specificity when compared with the gold standard PCR test.  Additional studies are continuing to study the validity and usefulness of the test for screening the asymptomatic.  Stay tuned.   https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0273506   #CoVid #breathalyzer #diagnosis #vocs #pcr  

    Abbott's Left Ventricular Assist Device Grants 5 More Years To Heart Failure Patients

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 1:00


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/-wEP9j8wqrU   When the heart muscle begins to wear out and lose its life-supporting function but a transplant is not available or appropriate, an assist from a prosthetic pump is the only option to save a patient. Abbott's HeartMate 3 implantable pump has now been shown in the MOMENTUM 3 study of more than 1000 patients to effectively pump blood while not damaging it, a common complication of other models.  The HeartMate's white glove blood handling and avoidance of stroke-producing blood clots is the result of using of magnetic forces to suspend the pump's rotor.  The result: 58% of patients using the pump live 5 years or more.   https://abbott.mediaroom.com/2022-08-29-New-Data-Show-Abbotts-HeartMate-3-TM-Heart-Pump-Extends-Life-Beyond-Five-Years-for-Advanced-Heart-Failure-Patients   #heartfailure #abbott #lvad #stroke #clots  

    Blood Test Predicts Severe CoVid

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 1:09


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/kRgzAcvwbX4   A new gene assay called CovGENE predicts whether a CoVid-infected person will develop a severe, life-threatening case more than 90% of the time.   University of Virginia investigators performed genetic analyses on 39 of their own patients and used analyses carried out on 100 patients at 2 other medical centers.   CoVid patients with severe respiratory failure showed a characteristic genetic immune cell signature that correlated with worse clinical outcomes.  The CovGENE developer, AMPEL Biosolutions, is now seeking to partner with a diagnostic test company to develop their technology into a simple PCR type test.   https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fimmu.2022.989556/full   #CoVid #covgene #ahrf   

    Blood Test Detects Tough To Diagnose Cancers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 1:26


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/AeWBdbS5mgY   The quantitative measurement of cell-free DNA methylation patterns, the so-called Gallieri test, offer real promise as a screen for cancers that currently popup unannounced and kills way too many of us.  These include cancers in the liver, small intestine, uterus, pancreas, bone, bile ducts, lung, ovary, as well as lymphomas and plasma cell myelomas.     The test was evaluated in over 6600 persons and it detected 99.5% of all cancers.  The bad news is that this diagnostic procedure currently has a 30% false positive rate.  It blows the whistle too often and leads to many unnecessary biopsies and tests. Nonetheless, further refinement of the process should improve the test specificity and allow the detection of many now deadly cancers at earlier stages when medical and surgical therapy can effectively eradicate them.   https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/gallieri-blood-test-may-detect-cancers-that-are-hard-to-diagnose#Pros-and-cons-of-the-test   #gallieri #dnamethylation #cancer #pancrea #liver #ovary #uterus  

    Mask Detects Viruses You Might Breathe

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 0:58


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/xkvyybF93Gc   Chinese researchers have developed a wearable in a mask format that detects CoVid and influenza viruses in the air around you.  Ion gel-gated sensors, mounted on the facemark, sensitively measure the presence of viral proteins that they contact.  They produce a signal that is amplified and wirelessly transmitted to a smartphone to warn the mask wearer.  If such detector masks can be commercially produced, you may someday be warned in real time to beat a hasty exit from a space that is polluted with potential disease.   https://www.cell.com/matter/fulltext/S2590-2385(22)00477-5#%20   #virus #wearables #mask #CoVid #influenza  

    Walk Your Baby To Sleep

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 0:42


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/B1fm8Emghm4   Walking with your crying baby will induce calm and promote sleep better than merely sitting and holding the child.  Japanese social scientists report this conclusion after studying the responses of 21 infants as their moms tried to calm them and induce their sleep by either walking them, sitting with them, or placing them in a crib with or without rocking.   Walking the babies calmed them and induced slower heart rates within 30 seconds, and the effects worked best when the holding and walking continued for 5 minutes.  Almost half the babies fell asleep.  Problem is, if the baby is laid down in the crib or bassinet after the 5 minutes, one-third awaken.  By holding the babe for another 8 minutes after the 5 minute walk, they will fall asleep and stay that way.   https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(22)01363-X?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS096098222201363X%3Fshowall%3Dtrue#%20   #infants #sleep #parenting #walking #5to8

    Pomegranates Kill Your Appetite While Saving You

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 1:14


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/7SQvxkPnuZM   You've no doubt heard that pomegranates are chock full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and those cancer-killing antioxidants.  A Scottish study now adds appetite-suppression to the pomegranate's beneficial powers.   Twenty-eight subjects with a mean age of 35 years were randomized to receive a 3 week priming course of pomegranate extract or a placebo. On the test day, the test subjects and controls all consumed a breakfast and lunch also with pom juice.  Those subjects who had the pom prime over the previous 3 weeks, felt fuller, more satiated, and, later, less hungry than the group without a pom prime and only pom juice at the meals.   Regular pomegranate juice will likely keep you healthy, in part, because it may kill your appetite and keep you at a healthy weight.   https://www.mdpi.com/2304-8158/11/17/2639   #pomegranate #satiation #obesity #antioxidant  

    Long CoVid Update

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 1:01


      Vidcast:   https://youtu.be/mlNLAfkg9yQ About 7.3% of all Americans are  suffering from Long CoVid.  This according to a City University of New York-Cornell Medical population-representative study of 2,042 US adults.   A full one-quarter of those who confirmed that they have Long CoVid report the disease is having a significant negative impact on their day-to-day activities and work.  Long CoVid was more prevalent in females than males, in those with comorbidties, and in those who were not vaccinated or boosted.   Take home point: get vaccinated and boosted and do all you can do to avoid contracting CoVid.   https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.09.12.22279862v1.full.pdf   #CoVid #longcovid #women #vaccination #boosting  

    CoVid Infection Bumps Up Alzheimer's Risk

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 1:26


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/zHa_PchIJ7s   Those over age 65 have a 69% higher risk of developing Alzheimer's dementia by one year after a CoVid infection of any severity.  This the conclusion of a Case Western Reserve retrospective cohort study of more than 6.2 million older adults.   The relative risk of an Alzheimer's diagnosis rises with age from 59% for those 65 to 74 to 69% for those 75 to 84 and up to 89% for those 85 years and over.  The over risk is higher for older women at 82% than older men at 50%.  The Alzheimer's risk if higher for both Black and White elders at about 61-62% than for Hispanics at only 25%.   The bottom line: the risk of dementia is yet another reason to avoid EVER contracting CoVid.  You achieve that goal by vaccination, selective masking, and safe dining practices.   https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-alzheimers-disease/jad220717   #CoVid #alzheimers #dementia #vaccination #masking  

    Child Melatonin Poisonings On The Rise

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 1:08


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/0yFhcPGxbJQ   Over the past decade, the numbers of melatonin poisonings in children and adolescents have soared more than 5-fold.  As of 2020, melatonin was the most frequently ingested substance by children.     These are just 2 of the startling findings by a CDC study that reviewed cases between 2012 and 2021.  Also during the same time span, 4,000 children required hospitalizations and 287 landed in the intensive care unit for melatonin overdoses.   The American Academy of Sleep Medicine advises against self-medicating your kids when they won't waft off to dreamland.  More effective is a regular bedtime and waking schedule and the elimination of excess screentime as well as blue light during the evening hours.   https://aasm.org/advocacy/position-statements/melatonin-use-in-children-and-adolescents-health-advisory/   #melatonin #sleep #overdose #insomnia  

    Bad Dreams Linked To Later Dementia

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 0:55


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/fVqQK_LKH1g   If you experience nightmares during middle age, you are about 4 times more likely to develop dementia as you age.  Neurologic researchers from Britain's University of Birmingham studied 605 adults aged 44 to 57 years who were followed up for as long as 13 years with cognitive testing.   The analysis also showed that this tendency toward dementia was more prominent in men than in women.  The men having nightmare-disrupted sleep were nearly 5 times more likely to suffer eventual dementia while women with similar nighttime scares were only 41% more likely.   https://www.thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(22)00370-4/fulltext   #nightmares #dementia   

    ANKUR Golden Raisins Contain Sulfites

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 0:44


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/eayXVTWYRQ8   The FDA and “ANKUR” Muktanand Foods Inc. are recalling ANKUR Golden Raisins in 14 oz. packages.  This product contains undeclared sulfites.  Those with a sensitivity to sulfites could develop a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction after ingesting these raisins.  If you purchased these raisins, return them to the place of purchase for a refund.  If you require additional information, reach Ankur Muktanand Foods at 1-630-595-1118.   https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/muktanand-foods-inc-issues-allergy-alert-ankur-brand-golden-raisin-14-oz-400-gm   #ankur #raisins #sulfites #allergy #recall  

    Family Dollar Health Products Were Improperly Stored

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 1:31


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/g_8AP5QPuyw   The FDA and the Family Dollar company are recalling a large group of multiply-branded Family Dollar over-the-counter health products due to improper storage at temperatures that could negatively affect their accuracy, safety, and utility. The following products are affected: ClearBlue and Veriquick Pregnancy Tests; condoms including Skyn Non-Latex, Trojan, and Lifestyles; First Response Kits; At Home Marijuana Test Strips; Clear Eyes Contact Lens Drops; Biotru Multipurpose Solution; saline including GS and Simply Saline; KY Jelly; Optifree Replenish and Disinfecting solutions; Curad firstaid bandages and kit; and dental products including Colgate, Dentemp, GS, Fixodent, and Polygrip.  This recall involves all Family Dollar stores EXCEPT those in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Alaska, or Hawaii.  Don't use these products and return them to the place of purchase for a refund or replacement.  For more information, contact Family Dollar Customer Service at 1-844-636-7687.   https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/voluntary-recall-certain-over-counter-products-sold-family-dollar-stores-because-they-were-stored https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/voluntary-recall-certain-colgate-products-sold-family-dollar-stores-because-they-were-stored-outside   #familydollar #thermaldamage #pregnancytests #condoms #firstaid #dental #recall  

    Children's HearMuffs Powered Earphones Come with Leaky Batteries

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 1:10


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/YlNJeEBiY8Q   The CPSC and Lucid Audio have recalled Children's HearMuffs sound compression earphones.  The triple-A batteries included with these powered headphones may rupture and create ear, projectile, and/or burn injuries.  About 31,150 of these earphones were sold Sam's Club, Kroger and other stores nationwide and online at www.samsclub.com and www.kroger.com Sam's Club, Kroger and other stores nationwide and online at samsclub.com and kroger.com.  This recall only involves the following models of children's powered HearMuffs: LA-infant-AM-WH; LA-infant-ASM-WH; LA-infant-ASM-WHPlus; and LA-kids-AM-WH.  Stop allowing your child to use these headphones and contact Lucid Technology at 1-833-408-0479 to receive two new, safe triple-A batteries free of charge.   https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/Hearing-Lab-Technology-Lucid-Audio-Recalls-Childrens-HearMuffs-Due-to-Burn-and-Injury-Hazards-from-Rupturing-Alkaline-Batteries   #hearmuffs #batteries #noisecancellation #children #injury #burns #recall  

    Roots & Harvest Wide Mouth Pint Canning Jars Contain Glass Shards

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 0:56


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/BtMeHsErgpQ   The CPSC and the LEM Company have recalled Roots & Harvest Wide Mouth Pint Canning Jars.  Glass fragments have been found in these jars creating laceration hazards to the lips, oral linings, and the linings of of the gastrointestinal and the respiratory systems.  About 15,900 of these jars were sold at Orscheln Farm & Home stores in the Midwest.  Stop using these jars and contact LEM at 1-877-536-7763 for via email at connectwithus@rootsandharvest.com to receive prepaid shipping materials and labels in order to return the jars for replacement or refund.   https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/Roots-and-Harvest-Wide-Mouth-Pint-Canning-Jars-Recalled-by-LEM-Products-Distribution-Due-to-Laceration-Hazard   #rootsandharvest #canningjars #foreignbodies #glass #lacerations #mouth #gastrointestinal #recall  

    Tethrd One Stick GEN 2 Climbing Sticks May Fracture

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 1:07


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/NO3Y35GoOcc   The CPSC and Tethrd have recalled Tethrd One Stick GEN 2 Climbing Sticks.  While in use, these climbing sticks may crack permitting their users to fall and sustain injuries.  The defective sticks have serial numbers ranging from THSP-TONE-010000 to THSP-TONE-017749.  About 7700 of these walking sticks were sold online at www.tethrdnation.com.  Stop relying on these walking sticks and contact Tethrd collect at 1-612-643-9331 or via the email testing@tethrdnation.com for instructions about how to return your stick or sticks for inspection, testing, and possible replacement. https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/Tethrd-Recalls-One-Stick-GEN-2-Climbing-Sticks-Due-to-Fall-and-Injury-Hazards-Recall-Alert   #tethrd #walkingstick #fracture #falls #injuries #recall  

    Multiple Murphy Beds May Detach And Crush The Unsuspecting

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 1:04


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/4vDBh6929Wk   The CPSC and Cyme Tech have recalled Ivy Bronx, Orren Ellis, Stellar Home Furniture, and Wade Logan branded Murphy Beds.  These beds may suddenly detach from the walls to which they are attached and fall onto those near the bed causing serious crush injuries or worse.  About 8200 of these Murphy beds were sold online on the respective websites of  Wayfair, AllModern, Amazon, Cymax, Overstock and Wal-Mart.  Stop using these Murphy beds and do not pass near them.  Contact Cyme Tech at 1-833-408-0501  or via email at murphybed@realtimeresults.net to arrange for a free inspection and repair of the bed.   https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/Murphy-Beds-Recalled-Due-to-Serious-Impact-and-Crush-Hazards-Manufactured-by-Cyme-Tech-Recall-Alert   #murphybed #walldetechment #crush #injuries #recall  

    Thyssenkrupp Residential Elevators Have Entrapment Hazards

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 1:12


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/6WzEbRNZ6tk   The CPSC just settled their lawsuit with the Thyssenkrupp Access Solutions Corp. forcing the company to recall  a series of their residential elevators including Chaparral, Destiny, LEV, LEV II, LEV II Builder, Rise, Volant, Windsor, Independence, and Flexi-Lift models manufactured and sold to dealers for installation in homes between approximately 1996 and 2012.  The space between the exterior shaft doors and the elevator car doors is overly wide permitting entrapment of children with serious injury or death as the elevator moves floor to floor.  About 16,800 elevators are implicated.  If you have one of these elevators in your home, immediately stop using it and contact TKA at 1-800-285-9862 for a free inspection and installation of a space safety guard.   https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/CPSC-thyssenkrupp-Access-Corp-Settle-Lawsuit-Firm-to-Conduct-Recall-to-Inspect-Home-Elevators-Due-to-Entrapment-Hazard-Posing-Risk-of-Serious-Injury-or-Death-to-Children-One-Child-Death-Reported   #thyssenkrup #elevator #entrapment #injury #death #recall  

    Cervélo Bicycles and Replacement Stems Have Dangerous Steering

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 1:08


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/kzHItEJXdis   The CPSC and Cervélo have revealed model Year 2022 Cervélo R5 and Caledonia-5 bicycles and Cervélo ST31 LT replacement stems.  The bicycle handlebars may slip in the stem creating loss of steering control, falls, and injuries to the rider as well as to bystanders.  About 1800 bicycles an 182 stems were sold in the US and about 243 bicycles were sold in Canada.  Stop use of these recalled bicycle models or other bicycles with the replacement stems installed.  Contact your Cervélo dealer for a free repair.  For additional information, call Cervelo at 1-833-416-8605or via the email ST31LTRecallSupport@cervelo.com.   https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/Cervelo-USA-Recalls-R5-and-Caledonia-5-Bicycles-and-Cervelo-Replacement-Stems-Due-to-Fall-Hazard   #Cervélo #handlebars #steering #stems #falls #injuries #recall  

    Cityscape Travel Jogger Strollers Have Faulty Parking Brakes

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 1:17


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/5iI5xYhDPdk   The CPSC and Baby Trend have recalled Cityscape Travel Jogger Strollers, Model TJ75B12A.  The parking brakes on these strollers may fail and create fall and injury hazards for the children riding within.  About 310 of these strollers were sold online at Amazon.com and Babytrend.com.  The affected lot # is 111444 0122 with a date of manufacture of 10/28/2020.  Immediately discontinue use of these recalled strollers.  You should be receiving a communication from Amazon or Baby Trend with instructions about how to return the unit for either a full refund or a $175 e-voucher for use at the BabyTrend online store.  If you do not receive such a communication or if you require additional information, contact Baby Trend at 1-800-328-7363 or via  e-mail at info@babytrend.com.   https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/Baby-Trend-Recalls-Cityscape-Travel-Jogger-Strollers-Due-to-Fall-and-Injury-Hazards-Recall-Alert   #babytrend #stroller #brake fall #injury #recall  

    ReadyMeals Brand Cooked Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce and Snow Crab Legs Imitation Surimi Contain Undeclared Allergens

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 1:02


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/w7oevX3rfmM   The FDA and Albertsons are expanding their recall of ReadyMeals seafood items to Cooked Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce and Snow Crab Legs Imitation Surimi.  These products contain unspecified allergens not listed on the ingredient labels.  These products were sold at Safeway and Albertsons located in Oregon and in select cities in Washington state.   If you bought these shrimp and crab legs, don't consume them and return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.   For additional information, contact Albertsons Customer Service Center at 1-877-723-3929.   https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/albertsons-companies-expands-voluntary-recall-select-readymeals-seafood-products-due-undeclared   #albertsons #safeway #shrimp #crablegs #allergens #recall  

    GreenWise Animal Crackers Have Treenuts

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 1:02


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/bOO9fPApV2I   The FDA and Toufayan Bakery are recalling GreenWise Animal Crackers.  These crackers contain undeclared tree nuts.  Those with an allergy to tree nut could develop a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction should they consume this product.   The affected product has an expiration date of Feb 05, 2023.  These animal crackers were sold by Publix Supermarkets in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.  If you bought these animal crackers, don't consume them and return the package to the place of purchase for a full refund.  For more information, call the Toufayan Bakery at 1-813-754-5565.   https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/food-co-issues-allergy-alert-undeclared-coconut-product   #greenwise #animalcrackers #publix #treenuts #allergy #recall  

    St. James Smokehouse Scottish Salmon Has Listeria Contamination

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 1:19


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/dZLFaKb9GwQ   The FDA and St. James Smokehouse have recalled 93 cases of St. James Smokehouse brand, Scotch Reserve Scottish Smoked Salmon, 4oz Packages lot# 123172.  These fish are contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.  This bacterium causes a severe and sometimes fatal systemic infection in the very young, older frail individuals, and those with weakened immune systems.  Listeria can also trigger miscarriages and stillbirths.  These fish were sold at various retailers in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Washington State, Virginia, and Wisconsin as well as at Safeway stores in Washington State.  Don't consume this product and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.   For more information, contact St. James Smokehouse by phone at 1-305-461-0231.   https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/st-james-smokehouse-voluntary-recalls-scotch-reserve-scottish-smoked-salmon-4oz-lot-123172-because   #stjamesmokehouse #salmon #listeria #infection #recall  

    Market Pantry White Fudge Animal Cookies May Contain Metal Fragments

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 0:58


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/Cec8b7z25ic   The FDA and the D. F. Stauffer Biscuit Co. are recalling Market Pantry White Fudge Animal Cookies.  These cookies may contain metal fragments that could trigger dental injuries and lacerations to the mouth, throat, and other portions of the gastrointestinal tract.  The affected product has a Best By Date of 21FEB2023 and a Lot #Y052722.  If you bought these cookies, don't consume them and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.   If you need more information, contact the D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co. at 1-888-480-1988.   https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/df-stauffer-biscuit-co-inc-issues-voluntary-recall-market-pantry-white-fudge-animal-cookies-best   #MarketPantry #animalcookies #foreignbodies #lacerations #recall  

    Piantedosi Rolls and Buns Have Bacterial Contamination

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 1:04


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/v_WCHpMdxik   The FDA and the Piantedosi Baking Company, Inc. are recalling select dinner rolls, sandwich rolls and bun products.  These baked goods have a glaze that come from the Lyons Magnus company and is contaminated with Cronobacter sakazakii and/or Clostridium botulinum.  These bacteria can cause severe or life-threatening infections and a a particular danger in the very young, older frail individuals, and those with weakened immune systems.  If you bought any of those baked goods, don't consume them and dispose of them.  For more information and to arrange a refund, contact the Piantedosi Baking Company by phone at 1-800-339-0080 x165.   https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/piantedosi-baking-company-inc-issues-voluntary-recall-due-recall-raw-material-lyons-magnus   #piantedosi #rolls #buns #bacteria #infection #recall  

    Whole Foods Market 365 Organic Creamy Caesar Dressing Has Allergens

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 1:26


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/55NOGFlVP5E   The FDA and Van Law Food Products Inc.now recall Whole Foods Market 365 Organic Creamy Caesar Dressing.  This product contains undeclared soy and wheat allergens.  Those with an allergy to soy or wheat or who have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease could develop a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction should they consume this product.  The affected product has a Best By Date of 04/06/2023. This caesar dressing was sold in the produce or dairy department of Whole Foods in the states of Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.  If you bought this caesar dressing, don't consume it and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  For more information, contact Van Law Foods by phone at 1-844-936-8255.   https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/van-law-food-products-issues-allergy-alert-undeclared-soy-and-wheat-product   #wholefoods #caesardressing #soy #wheat #gluten #celiac #allergy #recall  

    Keswick Creamery Cheeses Are Contaminated with Listeria

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 1:37


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/UefGWF66_pQ   The FDA and the Keswick Creamery are recalling the following cheese varieties: Calverley Cheese, Vulkwin's Folly Cheese, Vermeer Cheese, Havarti Cheese, Wallaby Cheese, Cider Washed Tomme Cheese, Feta Cheese, Whole Milk Ricotta, Bovre Cheese (plain, oregano and garlic, herbes de provence, cranberry and honey) and Quark Cheese (plain, dill and onion).  These cheeses are contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.  This bacterium causes a severe and sometimes fatal systemic infection in the very young, older frail individuals, and those with weakened immune systems.  Listeria can also trigger miscarriages and stillbirths.  All of this affected cheese was sold at Dupont Circle Freshfarm Market in Washington, D.C.; Takoma Park Farmers Market in Takoma Park, Maryland; Smith Meadows Farm Store in Berryville, Virginia; Oylers Organic Farms and Market in Biglerville, Pennsylvania; and Talking Breads Farm Store in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.  If you bought this cheese, don't consume it and discard the product.  For more information and to arrange a refund, contact Keswick Creamery by phone at 1-800-946-1631 or via email at keswickrecall@gmail.com.   https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/keswick-creamery-carrock-farm-llc-recalls-cheese-because-possible-health-risk   #keswick #cheese #listeria #infection #recall  

    Three Golden Coins Dried Mushrooms Have Bacterial Contamination

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 1:09


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/wewSaOS_ubc   The FDA and Tai Phat Wholesalers, LLC are recalling Three Golden Coins Dried  Whole or Sliced Mushrooms.  These mushrooms are contaminated with salmonella.  This bacterium causes a severe gastroenteritis that may progress into a life-threatening systemic infection in the very young, older frail individuals, and those with weakened immune systems.  This produce was sold in specialty retail stores in: Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.  If you bought these mushrooms, don't consume them.  Return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.  If you need more information, contact Tai Phat Wholesalers at 1-703-538-8000.   https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/tai-phat-wholesalers-llc-recalls-three-coins-dried-mushrooms-because-possible-health-risk   #threecoins #mushrooms #salmonella #infection #recall  

    Sun Joe Cordless Lawn Mowers Have Loose Blades

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 1:05


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/21MSxxnSMDk   The CPSC and the Snow Joe company are recalling Sun Joe Cordless Lawn Mowers models 24V-X2-17LM and 24V-X2-17LM-CT.  These mowers have loose blades that may fly off and create laceration hazards for the operator or bystanders.  About 26,300 of these mowers were sold in the US and about 350 were sold in Canada.  Do not use these mowers until you have contacted Snow Joe at 1-800-641-2917  or via email at recalls@snowjoe.com to determine if your mower is included in the recall.  If so, you will receive instructions for securing the mower blade.     https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/Snow-Joe-Recalls-Sun-Joe-Cordless-Lawn-Mowers-Due-to-Laceration-Hazard   #sunjoe #mower #blade #lacerations #recall  

    Novogratz Brand Outdoor Metal Hanging Chairs May Tip and Fall

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 1:10


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/6OxBqzmAxwg   The CPSC and HomeGoods are recalling Novogratz brand Outdoor Metal Hanging Chairs.  This chair may tip over or the chair's suspension chain may break leading to the occupant falling and sustain injuries.  About 5,000 chairs were sold in the US and about 194 chairs were sold in Canada at xHomeGoods and Homesense stores and HomeGoods/T.J. Maxx or Marshalls combination stores nationwide.  Immediately discontinue use of these chairs and return them to any HomeGoods, Homesense or HomeGoods/T.J. Maxx or Marshalls combination stores to receive either a full refund or store credit.  For more information, phone HomeGoods at 1-800-888-0776 or Homesense at 1-855-660-4663.   https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/TJX-Recalls-Outdoor-Metal-Hanging-Chairs-Due-to-Fall-Hazard   #novogratz #hangingchair #fall #injury #recall

    UPPAbaby All-Terrain RIDGE Jogging Strollers Could Amputate a Child's Fingers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 1:04


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/35P8OShcV60   The CPSC and UPPAbaby have recalled all UPPAbaby All-Terrain RIDGE Jogging Strollers.  The rear disc brakes on this stroller have openings that can amputate a non-occupant child's fingers should they get caught while the stroller is moving.  About 14,400 strollers were sold at BuyBuyBaby, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Pottery Barn Kids and other children's stores and specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com.  Immediately discontinue use of these strollers and contact UPPAbaby by phone at 1-844-823-3132 for via email at support@uppababy.com to receive free replacement brake discs for both wheels.   https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/UPPAbaby-Recalls-RIDGE-Jogging-Strollers-Due-to-Fingertip-Amputation-Hazard-One-Injury-to-Child-Reported   #uppababy #stroller #brakes #amputation #children #recall  

    Yuboloo Infant Bath Seats Can Drown Your Baby

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 0:54


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/5CkPdPIqDd8   The CPSC and Yuboloo have recalled Yuboloo Infant Bath Seats.  This product fails to meet federal safety standards for infant bath seats as it is unstable, has unsafe leg openings, and is prone to tipping over creating a drowning hazard for babies.  About 1,050 of  these bath seats were sold online at amazon.com.  Do not bathe your infant in these bath seats.  Contact Yubaloo via the email  suiwenlu1009@sina.com to receive a prepaid mailer for return of the product and to register for a refund.   https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/Yuboloo-Recalls-Infant-Bath-Seats-Due-to-Drowning-Hazard-Sold-Exclusively-on-Amazon-com-Recall-Alert   #yubaloo #infantbathseat #unstable #drowning #infants #recall  

    Otter MOMO Children's Sandals Have Lead

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 0:56


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/J5C8UG9ZxzI   The CPSC and Kolan are recalling Otter MOMO Children's Sandals.  The inner layer of these sandals contains lead levels higher than that allowable by federal safety standards.  Lead is a neurotoxin and a danger to the developing brains of children.  About 100 pairs of these sandals were sold online at amazon.com.  Immediately stop your children from wearing these scandals.  Contact Kolan at 1-888-928-5118 or via email at kolanllc@gmail.com to receive safe disposal instructions for the product and a refund.   https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/Kolan-Recalls-Childrens-Sandals-Due-to-Violation-of-Federal-Lead-Content-Ban-Sold-Exclusively-on-Amazon-com-Recall-Alert   #Otter #scandals #lead #poisoning #children #recall  

    Update on The Moderna Vaccine Booster

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 1:32


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/VkvPO5zGP18   Several days ago I reported that the Moderna Omicron Booster slated to be approved by the FDA and then the CDC for distributed was their bivalent mRNA 1273.214 vaccine. This vaccine contains mRNA that would encode for the original CoVid strain and the Omicron B.1 subvariant.  This vaccine had been tested in a human clinical trail.  It turns out that just before the FDA panel was considering their application, Moderna submitted another EUA application for a bivalent vaccine that contained mRNA to encode for spike proteins from the Omicron BA.4./BA.5 subvariants.  This was the one that was approved.   So it turns out that both the Moderna and the Pfizer Omicron Boosters approved by the FDA and CDC both contain mRNAs that encode for both the original CoVid and the Omicron subvariants BA.4/BA.5.  If it is time for your booster, which is the case for most of us, take your choice!   https://investors.modernatx.com/news/news-details/2022/Moderna-Receives-FDA-Authorization-for-Emergency-Use-of-Omicron-Targeting-Bivalent-COVID-19-Booster-Vaccine-for-Adults-18-Years-and-Older/default.aspx   #moderna #omicron #booster #ba5 #pfizer   

    Long CoVid Attacking The Workforce

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 0:42


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/AXWjRYyHl_g   Persistent CoVid symptoms are keeping over 4 million Americans from their jobs.  This according to a Brookings Institution study that finds nearly 16 million persons 18 to 65 years of age have Long CoVid and lose from $170-230 billion in lost wages each year.  This disease takes a big bite out of Americans' discretionary income as well as US economic performance.   https://www.medicaldaily.com/long-covid-keeping-41m-people-out-work-study-shows-466626   #longcovid #CoVid #jobs #income #gdp  

    New Motorcycle Helmet Protects Against More Than Head Injuries

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 0:39


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/bucm185TEvk   The latest helmet from India's Shellios Technolabs filters the air that the wearer breathes via a HEPA filter and battery operated air handling system located at the back of the helmet so as to not obstruct the rider's vision.  It provides clean, pollution-free air just behind the helmet's clear visor and it rids of air of 80% of otherwise inhaled toxins.  The helmet weighs 3.3 pounds and costs $56.   https://medcitynews.com/2022/08/ma-to-become-predominant-form-of-coverage-for-medicare-beneficiaries-report-finds/   #motorcycle #helmet #hepa #pollution #filtration  

    Medicare Advantage Is Growing

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 1:09


        Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/fy0jzs0mCFI   Over the past 15 years, Medicare Advantage membership has increased 2.5 fold.  Now, 48% of Medicare is delivered through the HMO-like Advantage programs vs. traditional fee-for-service Medicare.  The shift from Classic to Advantage Medicare has been escalating in the past 2 years with 8-10% of subscribers shifting per year.   The vast majority of members receive their care through just 2 Advantage programs.  United HealthCare has 28% of Advantage enrollees while Humana services 18%.  After these two, Blue Cross/Blue Shield has 14%, CVS Health 11%, Kaiser 6%, and 23% are spread among other insurers.  All but 1% of these plans require the hated prior authorizations for most except preventive services.   https://medcitynews.com/2022/08/ma-to-become-predominant-form-of-coverage-for-medicare-beneficiaries-report-finds/   #medicare #advantage #hmo #unitedhealthcare #humana #priorauth    

    Google Will Help Women Seeking Reproductive Choice

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 1:01


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/q_phfosci4Q   This tech giant has announced that its Google Maps will now label healthcare facilities that are verified as offering reproductive services to women as “provides abortions” and those so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” that do not as “might not provide abortions.”  A Bloomberg News study showed that online searches by women seeking abortion services often lead them to facilities that not only do not provide pregnancy terminations but also try to dissuade them from doing so.  To preserve privacy, Google is also automatically deleting the searcher's location data when a user launches sensitive searches such as those for abortion services.   https://www.mobihealthnews.com/news/google-label-healthcare-facilities-provide-abortions-search-results   #google #abortion #pregnancy #pregnancycrisiscenter #privacy  

    Nanorobots Might Someday Brush Your Teeth

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 1:00


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/M9RmHgFuiLw   In the future, your electric toothbrushes and waterflossers may be obsolete.  Precision dentistry researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a nano robotic system using iron oxide nanoparticles that can be assembled into bristles and motorized by computer-controlled magnetic fields to roll over your teeth and gums and remove all debris.  Even better, the iron oxide activates hydrogen peroxide that degrades biofilms and kills bacteria before it can trigger gum infections.  Work is now ongoing on a consumer-level prototype that can be commercialized.   https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsnano.2c01950   #nanorobots #dentistry #toothbrushing #flossing #ironoxide #gingivitis  

    Universal Flu Vaccine

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 1:09


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/BuTi67hB7HY   The biomedical researchers at Georgia State University have designed a universal flu vaccine containing less variable proteins from both Influenza A and B virus including the multi-neuraminidase proteins and the universally present M2 ectodomain protein.  This vaccine has, to date, only been tested on mice but it was found to protect them from infection by a slew of diverse influenza viruses that include the influenza A seasonal variants H1N1, H5N1, H3N2, H9N2 and H7N9 as well as the Yamagata and Victoria lineage influenza B viruses.   The next step: testing in ferrets that possess respiratory tracts similar to humans.  Then, no doubt, on to the clinic.   https://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1010755   #influenza #universalvaccine #influenzaA #influenzaB  

    Viruses Can Fight Cancer

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 1:29


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/Q4BqJZxSoQg   We all view most viruses as “bad guys” as we go through our 3rd year trying to avoid and survive CoVid.  Some viruses known as oncolytic viruses are “good guys” that can turbocharge the immune system to more effectively kill cancer cells that spread and threaten to kill us.  Immunologists at North Carolina's Wake Forest School of Medicine and the University of Arizona have harnessed these viruses to do just that.   The technique uses the rabbit poxvirus myxoma that can selectively infect human cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed.  The virus weakens and kills some of the tumor cells directly, but it also puts a target on their heads.    The second part of the treatment involves taking a patient's own T lymphocytes and sensitizing them to myxoma antigens before reinjecting them.  Once back in the body, these modified T cells hone to the viral-infected cancer cells and break them open by immune-mediated autolysis.   This exciting oncolytic viral therapy is now experimental but should be coming soon to the clinic.   https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1535610822003579?via%3Dihub#! https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-08-therapeutic-viruses-turbocharge-immune-cancer.html   #oncolyticvirus #myxoma #immunotherapy #car #tcr  

    E-Cigarette Aerosols Promote CoVid Infection

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 0:51


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/yfZYkQtd1V8   The inhaled vapors from electronic cigarettes significantly increase the numbers of the ACE2 CoVid-binding sites and the TMPRSS2 protease that helps the virus infect human cells.  UC-Riverside molecular biologists report these worrisome findings following their assessment of the effects from genuine JUUL aerosols as well of the individual aerosol components nicotine, propylene glycol, and vegetable glycerin.   Bottom line: puffing on e-cigarettes will make you more susceptible to a severe CoVid infection.   https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.08.23.505031v1.full.pdf   #CoVid #ace2 #tmprss2 #ecigarette #juul #nicotine  

    Monkeypox Presentation and Complications

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 1:08


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/tG60v5wIJk0   To better understand this rapidly spreading disease, French infectious disease researchers reviewed the records of 264 PCR-confirmed monkeypox patients.  99% were men with a median age of 35 years, 29% were HIV-positive, 71% were taking PrEP, and 11% were smallpox-vaccinated.   In 53%, there were no symptoms such as fever or lymph node swelling prior to the appearance of skin lesions.  Complications occurred in 36%.  All but one patient developed a bacterial superinfection requiring antibacterials.  Hospitalization was required in 6% for cellulitis, severe gastrointestinal infection, and other miscellaneous issues.  No mention was made in the study of TPOXX use.   https://www.clinicalmicrobiologyandinfection.com/article/S1198-743X(22)00428-1/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_aip_email   #monkeypox #complications #hospitalization   

    Benefits of High Dose Flu Vaccine

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 1:10


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/6DAezBcY28c   High dose flu vaccine reduces the risk of hospitalization by 64% and the risk of death by 49% for older persons.  From the University of Copenhagen comes this study of 12,477 participants.  Half received the high dose vaccine containing 4 times the dose of each flu antigen.  The other half served as controls and received the standard dose vaccine.   Preventing the flu is critical, particularly for older persons.  Studies have shown a 6 fold increased risk of heart attack during the week following a positive influenza test.     The time for flu vaccination will soon be upon us.  In the US, the high dose flu vaccine is recommended for all those 65 yrs and older as well as for those at higher risk due to medical problems.  Ask for high dose when you book your vaccine appointment.   https://www.escardio.org/The-ESC/Press-Office/Press-releases/Innovative-randomised-trial-hints-at-mortality-benefits-with-high-dose-influenza-vaccines https://mcpress.mayoclinic.org/cold-and-flu/high-dose-flu-vaccines/   #influenza #highdosevaccine #heartattack   

    Poliovirus Is Spreading

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 1:23


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/01gypflxR3M   The reactivated poliovirus that first spread from Israel to upstate New York State's Rockland and then Orange Counties, has now spread to the adjacent Sullivan County.  No surprise, since the virus was already been detected downstate in the New York City's wastewater systems.   Many people contract the poliovirus without becoming symptomatic, but, once infected, they can pass it on to others.  One in every 200 infected persons will become paralyzed, often for life.   What you need to do is make certain that you are protected?  If you live or will be traveling in the areas I mentioned or in any area where the poliovirus is circulating, say overseas, make certain that you are vaccinated and, if necessary boosted.  If you never received the vaccine or aren't certain, check with your medical team about beginning the 3 dose immunization series.  If you were vaccinated years ago and were never boosted, get the one shot booster.  This is particularly important if you are older, weakened by medical problems, or have known immunosuppression.   https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/polio/public/index.html   #polio #vaccination #booster #cdc #travel #immunosuppression  

    Your CoVid Home Test Kit May Have Expired….Or Not

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 1:04


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/-pfL3WYF3cI   When home antigen tests for CoVid were first FDA approved, many of them had expiration dates in 4 to 6 months.  As additional shelf life data has been accumulated, the FDA has extended those expirations dates in some cases to one year or as long as 18 months.   Problem is: the expiration date extension situation is different for each test kit brand and lot number.  How do you find out if the test kits you have been squirreling away for months are still valid and accurate?  Armed with your test kit brand and lot numbers,  check the FDA site using this Bitly link: bit.ly/3PY7L6L.  The site lists each brand and links to a sublist for info on specific lot numbers.   https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/coronavirus-covid-19-and-medical-devices/home-otc-covid-19-diagnostic-tests#list   #CoVid #hometest #expiration #fda  

    The Polypill Keeps Heart Attack Victims Healthy and Alive

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 1:14


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/XVIrDcxqcms   When persons who survived a heart attack take a daily triple agent polypill, their risk of a second heart attack, stent placement or revascularization surgery, or stroke drops by 24% and their risk of death drops by 33%.  Cardiac researchers from New York's Mt. Sinai School of Medicine just reported these results in the New England Journal and presented them to the European Society of Cardiology after studying nearly 2500 patients ins 7 European countries.   This convenience polypill, marketed as Trinomia, contains low-dose aspirin to fight clotting and inflammation, ramipril to control blood pressure, and atorvastatin to normalize blood lipids.  These drugs are often prescribed separately, but other studies reveal fewer than 50% of patients take them faithfully.   That's why the polypill, a convenience med, works so much better.     https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMoa2208275   #polypill #trinomia #heartattsack #mi #stroke #revascularization  

    Another CoVid Variant Waiting In The Wings

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 1:27


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/UcfaUTBHshM   Omicron BA.5 is now beginning to wane, and we're breathing a collective sigh of relief.  Some bad news comes from Japan which is characterizing the next likely variant BA.2.75.   India was the site where BA.2.75 first popped up last spring and quickly eclipsed the BA.5 subvariant there. BA.2.75 is more transmissible than even BA.5 and has been detected in at least 34 countries globally and in at least 7 states in the US.   Japanese studies show that BA.2.75 binds to human cells more firmly, replicates faster, and seems to cause more lung damage than BA.5, our current subvariant.  BA.5 seemes to preferentially infect the bronchial air passages.     It's likely that BA.2.75 will be coming soon to your neighborhood.  It slips by the current protective antibodies we acquired from vaccinations and infections better than BA.5.  Some good news: it is responsive to the latest monoclonal antibody bebtelovimab.   https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.08.26.505450v1.full.pdf   #omicron #CoVid #ba275 #ba5 #bebtelovimab  

    Details About Pfizer's New Omicron Booster

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 1:58


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/874VfupQy_I   Pfizer has developed two Omicron-targeting boosters: one is their Omicron BA.1 adapted vaccine and the other is their Omicron BA.4/BA.5 adapted vaccine.  The former has been tested in humans while the latter has only been tested in mice and human studies are expected to begin soon.   Pfizer has applied to the FDA and the European Medicines Agency for EUAs for both versions.  The BA.1 version contains mRNAs that encode for the antigens associated with both the original CoVid version and the Omicron BA.1 subvariant. The BA.4/BA.5 version contains the same mRNAs that encode for the antigens associated with both the original CoVid version but also mRNAs the encode for  Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariant antigens.   Pfizer has human data only for the BA.1 version and that shows a 9.1 fold rise in protective antibodies against BA.1.  There is no human data regarding this booster's protective antibodies against BA.4/BA.5.  The mouse data shows shows a good protective antibody boost.   The FDA has today approved the BA.4/BA.5 adapted version without human test data.  Scientists there have accepted Pfizer's argument that this booster is fundamentally similar to their original vaccine and BA.1 booster in efficacy and safety.  We'll see tomorrow what the CDC decides before release to the general public.   https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer-and-biontech-announce-omicron-adapted-covid-19   #pfizer #CoVid #vaccine #booster #omicron #ba1 #ba5  

    Details About Moderna's New Omicron Booster-Now FDA-Approved

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 1:24


      Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/5ZPn2thh3yw   The CoVid Omicron booster that Moderna will release in the fall, called mRNA1273.214, is a bivalent shot containing mRNA that triggers production of antigen from the original CoVid and antigen from the B1.1.529 Omicron sub variant.  This from data the company has submitted to the FDA for an EUA to cover use in those 12 years and older.   A 4th dose using this booster led to more than a 6 fold increase in Ba.4/BA.5 neutralizing antibodies in those without a CoVid infection history and more than a 3 fold rise in protective antibodies for those previously infected.   The local and and systemic reactions to the booster were slightly less severe and frequent than those to a 3rd dose of the original Moderna vaccine.   As I'm recording this broadcast today, August 31st, the FDA has just approved this booster.  The CDC will be making a final decision tomorrow.   https://www.fda.gov/media/159492/download   #moderna #CoVid #vaccine #booster #omicron #b5  

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