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'Safety first': UK health regulatory officials approve Oxford vaccine video

The UKs Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has approved the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.The vaccine rollout will begin on 4 January and will aim to reach millions of people in at-risk categories in the UK as quickly as possible read more...

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'Not normal times': health experts on how they are spending Thanksgiving

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines to recommend Americans avoid Thanksgiving travel.The Guardian spoke with five public health experts on how they plan on spending the holiday this year.We will do some virtual Thanksgiving Day exchanges with my two children, their spouses and my five grandchildren.But I have co-workers whose family members wanted to go ahead with Thanksgiving dinners with 30 or 40 people.It would be extremely selfish to try and go about having normal Thanksgiving when these arent normal times. read more...

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'Make small changes': Couple reveals what it took to lose a combined 200 pounds

What started with a simple change to Stephanie Engblom's coffee order has turned into a combined weight loss of nearly 200 pounds for Stephanie and her husband, Brandon.Stephanie and Brandon Engblom each weighed over 300 pounds in January 2020 when they started their weight-loss journey.The couple has lost nearly 200 pounds together through small lifestyle changes."Maybe you have it for a couple of days or a month if youre really dedicated, but that motivation will fade, so you have to ground it in routines."You have to know youre going to alter your life in a way where this is your new normal." read more...

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'It's a lot worse than being in Iraq': Veteran on Covid-19 pandemic

Iraq war veteran, Dr. Cleavon Gilman, speaks to CNN's Kate Bolduan about his experience working on the frontlines during the coronavirus pandemic where he says "it's a lot worse than being in Iraq." read more...

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'I'm the guy who's stealing Christmas': Canadian premier makes urgent holiday plea

As coronavirus cases rise, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister issued an impassioned plea to his constituents, urging them to refrain from gathering over the upcoming Christmas holiday. read more...

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'I'm not an anti-vaxxer, but...' US health workers' vaccine hesitancy raises alarm

But across the country, health workers with the first access to the vaccine are turning it down.And its not exclusive to the US up to 40% of care workers in the UK might refuse to have the vaccine, the National Care Association said in mid-December.Some healthcare workers infected with Covid dont think its necessary while they still have antibodies.Vaccine hesitancy in healthcare workers has also put pressure on health systems intent on getting doses to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.Dr Toomey said that while hundreds of healthcare workers were on waiting lists to get the vaccine in the states urban center, Atlanta, in rural areas the vaccine was literally sitting in freezers because healthcare workers there did not want to take it. read more...

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'Celtic gene' may raise liver cancer risk by 11-fold for 500K US men

Men who have at least two copies of 'the Celtic gene' are 11 times more likely to be diagnosed with liver cancer, a study has found.Warning signs that someone has the Celtic gene include tiredness, muscle weakness and joint pain, and it can be diagnosed through a quick blood test.Twenty-one of these men developed liver cancer over the nine-year period examined, and 14 of them died from the disease.Liver cancer sometimes doesn't cause symptoms until it is in the late stages and difficult to treat, meaning it is difficult to diagnose early on.Each year, about 18,000 men die of liver cancer in the U.S. and another 24,000 are diagnosed, according to the CDC. read more...

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'All my plans were ruined': Covid's economic toll on young Americans

One-third of young Americans in the current labor market are classified as underemployed.Lane Klumb, 24, of Winona, Minnesota, was furloughed from his job in retail in March 2020 and wasnt recalled until October, for a seasonal position.About 6 million young Americans completed a high school, associates, or bachelors degree at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, with many starting careers in a poor job market where recovery could take years.Young Americans were also excluded from federal stimulus relief funds.The economic devastation wrought on the young is also having a severe impact on mental health. read more...

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As the ICU team makes ready, theres a key step we mustnt forget.At first he says No but we encourage him.The nurse brings in the iPad.With the last air in his shattered lungs, he says goodbye to his family.Over an internet connection. read more...

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Something extremely bogus is going on.Was tested for covid four times today.Two tests came back negative, two came back positive.Same machine, same test, same nurse.Rapid antigen test from BD. read more...

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