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Seoul to procure enough COVID-19 vaccines for North, South Korea

Seoul to procure enough COVID-19 vaccines for North, South Korea

×South Korea is securing enough COVID-19 vaccines cover the population and at least 20 million more recipients, according to a local press report  Wednesday. File Photo by Kim Hee-chui/EPA-EFESouth Korea is preparing to secure more vaccines via technology transfer from U.S. manufacturers Novavax Inc. and Moderna, allowing the country to produce local doses and enough potential vaccines for North and South Korea.South Korean President -in said Wednesday during a visit to a SK Bioscience Co. plant in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province, that Novavax vaccines will be produced in Korea and that...

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Education program reduces pregnancy complications in at-risk mothers

Education program reduces pregnancy complications in at-risk mothers

An education and advocacy program started at Ohio State University reduces rates of pregnancy complications among at-risk mothers, a new study has found. File Photo by Praisaeng/ShutterstockA program designed to bring education and care services to communities most at-risk for preterm birth and infant death reduces these complications by nearly 50%, a study published Tuesday by the found.Infant mortality among babies born to mothers who took part in the program, called , was less than 1%, while it was nearly 2% for babies born to women who were not exposed to it, the data showed.About 11%...

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China confirms two COVID-19 variant cases in Beijing

China confirms two COVID-19 variant cases in Beijing

China's capital has ordered a lockdown of a southern district after several cases of COVID-19 were reported in the area on Wednesday. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI |Chinese authorities confirmed two cases of a new British variant in Beijing, ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday when tens of millions of Chinese are expected to travel across the country.Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of the Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control, said Wednesday authorities have found two new cases with zero genetic correlation to previously reported cases, China's Beijing News reported Wednesday.The...

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50-million-year-old assassin bug fossil features near-perfectly preserved genitalia

50-million-year-old assassin bug fossil features near-perfectly preserved genitalia

Recovered in Colorado, this fossil represents a new genus and species of predatory insects known as assassin bugs, which has been named Aphelicophontes danjuddi. Photo by Palaeontological AssociationPaleontologists have recovered a 50-million-year-old assassin bug fossil featuring near-perfectly preserved genitalia, a rarity.Though the ancient insect's pygophore, a genital capsule, is no bigger than a grain of rice, researchers were able to clearly see the genitalia's internal features.The prehistoric assassin bug's unique features, its pygophore and its banded legs, required scientists to...

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Cancer-related suicides in U.S. dropped during last two decades, study finds

Cancer-related suicides in U.S. dropped during last two decades, study finds

Even as shooting- and drug-linked deaths and suicides have risen during the last two decades, suicides among people with cancer have consistently decreased. File Photo by Photographee.eu/ShutterstockSuicide rates among people with cancer declined by nearly 3% per year over the past 20 years, even as the suicide rate in the United States increased, a study published Tuesday by found.Of the nearly 740,000 deaths by suicide recorded in the United States between 1999 and 2018, just under 1% listed cancer as a contributing cause, the data showed.Cancer was listed as a contributing cause in...

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Rudy Giuliani will not represent Trump at Senate impeachment trial

Rudy Giuliani will not represent Trump at Senate impeachment trial

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's campaign legal adviser, says he will not represent Trump at his upcoming impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |White House lawyer said he will not represent President at his upcoming impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate.Giuliani said his participation in Trump's rally just before the Capitol riot prevents him from representing the president."Because I gave an earlier speech, I am a witness and therefore unable to participate in court or in the Senate chamber," Giuliani on Sunday.An unnamed source also told that...

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Saliva-based COVID-19 tests as accurate as those using nose, throat samples

Saliva-based COVID-19 tests as accurate as those using nose, throat samples

Less-invasive saliva testing for COVID-19 may be just as accurate as nasal swab-based tests, a new study has found. File Photo by Thomas Maresca/UPI |tests that use patients' saliva to screen for the virus are just as effective as those that use swabs collected from the nose and throat, an analysis published by found.Saliva-based tests correctly identified those infected with the new coronavirus 83% of the time, while nose-throat swab tests were 85% accurate, the review of data from 16 studies showed.The saliva tests also were 99% accurate at identifying those negative for COVID-19, roughly...

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Regular aspirin use can lower risk for death in bladder, breast cancers

Regular aspirin use can lower risk for death in bladder, breast cancers

Aspirin appears to improve survival in bladder and breast cancer, according to a new study. Photo by Mike Steele/FlickrPeople who take aspirin at least three times per week are more likely to survive bladder cancer, according to an analysis published Friday by .Regular aspirin use also was associated with a reduced risk for death from breast cancer, the data showed.However, taking aspirin had no effect on a person's risk for getting several forms of the disease, including bladder, breast, gastrointestinal or pancreatic cancers, the researchers said.Aspirin also did not reduce a person's...

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COVID-19 reduced U.S. life expectancy, particularly among minorities

COVID-19 reduced U.S. life expectancy, particularly among minorities

Life expectancy in the United States has declined significantly in the last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new analysis. Photo by /PixabayThe pandemic reduced life expectancy in the United States in 2020 by more than a year, from roughly 78.5 years to 77.5 years, an analysis published by the found.Life expectancy for Black people in the United States could fall by more than two years, while it may drop by more than three years for Latino people, the data showed.For White people, it could fall by less than a year, according to the researchers.The virus killed more than...

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CDC: New COVID-19 strain could become 'predominant' in U.S. by March

CDC: New COVID-19 strain could become 'predominant' in U.S. by March

The B.1.1.7 strain of COVID-19 could become the "predominant" one in the United States by March, CDC researchers say. Illustration courtesy of CDCA more contagious strain of could become the "predominant" one in the United States by March, potentially making it even harder to get the pandemic under control, researchers from the predicted Friday.The B.1.1.7 variant is believed to have first emerged in England in September, although it wasn't identified until last month.It has been detected in more than 30 countries, with 76 cases across 10 U.S. states, the CDC researchers said.The variant's...

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Study: Retinal stem cells from cadavers may help restore vision in blind

Study: Retinal stem cells from cadavers may help restore vision in blind

Retinal stems cells could help treat blindness, researchers say. Photo by /PixabayRetinal stem cells collected from human cadavers offer a potential treatment for blindness, according to the authors of an article published Thursday by .Healthy retinal pigment epithelium cells implanted under the macula of blind monkeys used in the study restored at least some vision without serious side effects, researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City said.The retinal pigment epithelium is a layer of pigmented cells in the retina and the macula is the central part of the...

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500K in U.S. diagnosed with Lyme disease annually, but some may not have it

500K in U.S. diagnosed with Lyme disease annually, but some may not have it

As many as 500,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease annually in the United States, the CDC said, even if they may be suffering from another illness. Photo by James Lindsey/Roughly 500,000 people across the United States are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, according to new estimates released Wednesday by the , but researchers raise concern that some people may be misdiagnosed.This figure is more than 10 times the number of cases reported to the agency based on blood test results each year, and a roughly 40% increase over estimates for the years 2005 through 2010, agency...

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College campuses may be COVID-19 'super-spreaders,' study finds

College campuses may be COVID-19 'super-spreaders,' study finds

Researchers say that college and university campuses have been COVID-19 super-spreaders. File photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI |More than half of colleges across the country reported "spikes" in cases, suggesting students and others may be "super-spreaders," according to a study published Wednesday by the journal .The analysis of 30 colleges and universities from across the United States found that more than half, at their peak, had more than 1,000 cases of the virus per 10,000 people on campus, the data showed.The findings add to the fear that students and staff members sickened during these...

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Biden plan for COVID-19 vaccine doses won't cause shortages, official says

Biden plan for COVID-19 vaccine doses won't cause shortages, official says

The incoming Biden administration's plans won't cause vaccine shortages, officials said, as they have been working with manufacturers to speed up distribution while not outpacing production. File photo by Gary I Rothstein /UPI |The incoming Biden administration's plan to release more doses of the vaccine won't cause supply shortages, Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of the newly created COVID-19 advisory board said Thursday.Despite not officially taking charge of the nation's pandemic response until next week, members of Biden's board already have been discussing the inventory with vaccine...

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CDC: Young adults account for most COVID-19 cases among young people

CDC: Young adults account for most COVID-19 cases among young people

Young adults are driving new infections in many parts of the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI |Adults between 18 and 24 years old account for nearly 60% of new cases among young people, according to data released Wednesday by the .Young adults were involved in roughly 1.7 million of the nearly 2.9 million cases of the new coronavirus reported in people under age 24 between March 1 and Dec. 12 of last year, the data showed.Of the documented cases in this age group, 96% experienced symptoms, agency researchers said.Conversely,...

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Alexei Navalny pledges to return to Russia after poisoning

Alexei Navalny pledges to return to Russia after poisoning

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he plans to return to Russia on Sunday after recovering from being poisoned in Germany. Photo handout/EPA-EFERussian opposition leader announced Wednesday he plans to return to Russia from Germany after recovering from being poisoned.In , Navalny said he purchased a plane ticket to Russia as he felt "almost healthy enough to come back home" despite concern he may be arrested upon returning to the country."There was never a question for me whether to return or not, never," he . "I ended up in Germany having arrived there in an intensive care box....

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Cancer deaths in U.S. down by nearly one-third in last 20 years, analysis finds

Cancer deaths in U.S. down by nearly one-third in last 20 years, analysis finds

Improved diagnosis and treatment approaches have helped reduce cancer deaths in the United States, according to a new analysis. Photo by klbz/Deaths from cancer in the United States fell 31% between 1991 and 2018, according to an analysis published Tuesday by the .However, the report estimates that this year, nearly 1.9 million people will be diagnosed cancer and more than 600,000 will die from the disease.The estimates are based on currently available data on cancer incidence and mortality from 2018 and do not account for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the society said."The impact of...

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Many in U.S. nervous about seeking medical care due to COVID-19, survey says

Many in U.S. nervous about seeking medical care due to COVID-19, survey says

Many Americans are delaying medical appointments because of the pandemic, a new survey has confirmed. Photo by John Liston/FlickrNearly 70% of adults in the United States worry about going to medical appointments when rates are high in their area, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Orlando Health Heart and Vascular Institute in Florida.More than half of those surveyed said they are "hesitant" to go to the hospital even for an emergency. In addition, nearly half of respondents indicated they won't reschedule missed in-person medical appointments until COVID-19 concerns are reduced...

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U.S. expands COVID-19 vaccine priority to include all seniors 65 and up

U.S. expands COVID-19 vaccine priority to include all seniors 65 and up

Federal officials on Tuesday announced that COVID-19 vaccine availability includes people aged 65 years and older. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials Tuesday expanded vaccine availability during the initial phase of distribution to include people age 65 years and older.The changes also give priority to those with underlying health conditions that place them at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 infection, officials said.People with conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and respiratory illnesses such as chronic obstructive...

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Capitol riot: Justice Department expects sedition charges, 20-year sentences

Capitol riot: Justice Department expects sedition charges, 20-year sentences

Steven D'Antuono, head of the FBI Washington field office (L) and Michael Sherwin, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, participate in a news conference at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Pool Photo by Sarah Silbiger/UPI |Michael Sherwin said some 70 people have been charged in criminal complaints related to Wednesday's attack on the Capitol. Pool Photo by Sarah Silbiger/UPI |U.S. Justice Department officials on Tuesday said they've opened cases on some 170 people linked to last week's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, with many facing charges...

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Oral sex frequency, number of partners linked to HPV-related cancer risk in study

Oral sex frequency, number of partners linked to HPV-related cancer risk in study

A new study suggests that frequency, number of partners and age of first time engaging in oral sex are linked to significantly increased risk for HPV-related cancers. Photo by /PixabayHaving more than 10 oral sex over a lifetime partners quadruples a person's risk for human papillomavirus-related mouth and throat cancer, a study published Monday by the journal found.In addition, having oral sex at a younger age, and with more partners, also increases the risk for cancers of the mouth and throat caused by human papillomavirus, or HPV, the data showed."Our research helps patients and...

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Xi Jinping endorses revamping China's legal system amid crackdown on Alibaba

Xi Jinping endorses revamping China's legal system amid crackdown on Alibaba

Chinese leader Xi Jinping addressed state goals in planning his country's economy on Monday. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI |Chinese leader could be consolidating power as the Chinese Communist Party reveals a new policy to revamp its legal system amid a crackdown on Alibaba, the country's biggest e-commerce company.According to China's state-owned news agency Xinhua, China's ruling party on Sunday released a 15,000-word document that proposed a "system of distinctively Chinese socialist rule of law."The Chinese government has set a deadline of 2035, the South China Morning Post , when...

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Study: Coffee reduces risk for prostate cancer

Study: Coffee reduces risk for prostate cancer

Coffee consumption may reduce prostate cancer risk, a new analysis has found. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI |Drinking several cups of coffee daily appears to lower risk for developing prostate cancer, according to an analysis published Monday by .Each additional daily cup of coffee reduced the drinker's risk for the cancer, the data showed."This study suggests that increased coffee consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer," researchers from Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University wrote."Further research is still warranted to explore the underlying...

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COVID-19 hospitalization rates for children rise in U.S., study finds

COVID-19 hospitalization rates for children rise in U.S., study finds

Children are being hospitalized with COVID-19 at an increasing rate, a new study has found. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |The hospitalization rate for children across the United States increased by 800% over the course of six months between mid-May and mid-November of last year, according to a study published Monday by .The analysis of data from 22 U.S. states revealed that trends in hospitalization rates for children infected with the new coronavirus nationally typically mirrored those of older adults, the researchers said.However, while children are far less likely to be hospitalized...

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Kim Yo Jong, sister of leader, missing from North Korea Politburo list

Kim Yo Jong, sister of leader, missing from North Korea Politburo list

Kim Jong Un's powerful sister, Kim Yo Jong, was not on a list for Pyongyang's Politburo or a roster for the Workers' Party's Executive Policy Bureau on Monday. File Photo by Jorge Silva/EPA-EFEwas excluded from a North Korean list for the ruling Workers' Party Politburo on Monday, prompting speculation in the South the her brother, , could be preparing an alternative role for her in the regime.Pyongyang's state-controlled news agency KCNA reported Monday a new roster for the Politburo, but Kim Yo Jong's name was missing from the list. South Korean news agency Yonhap described the exclusion...

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