3 cases of Omicron found in Washington state

The Department of Health has confirmed there are three cases of Omicron in Washington state. The cases include two men and one women, ages range from 29-39. –a man in his late thirties from Thurston County,. –a man in his late twenties from Pierce County, and. –a woman in her...
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Omicron variant found in western Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash.– The omicron variant of COVID-19 is in Washington. The Washington Department of Health said it confirmed cases of the variant in Thurston, Pierce and King counties. Health experts said the samples were collected between Nov. 29 and Dec. 1. State health leaders did not say how the people...
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What the Omicron variant means for the holidays

Megan Ranney, MD, MPH, is a professor of Emergency Medicine and associate dean at the School of Public Health at Brown University. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. Read more opinion on CNN. (CNN) — Just when we thought we were heading for a more normalized holiday...
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Omicron COVID-19 variant discovered in Washington state

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with the UW Medicine Virology Lab announced three cases of the Omicron variant found in Washington state. The DOH confirmed a total of three cases of Omicron variant found in Thurston County, Pierce County and King County. The...

Over 129K Washington kids ages 5-11 receive first COVID vaccine dose

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Health officials say more than 129,000 children ages 5 through 11 in Washington state have received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine since eligibility expanded to include them on Nov. 3. State Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, said that while COVID-19...

Immunocompromised Key to Identifying Omicron: IDSA Experts

Dec. 3, 2021 -- Even as officials await more information on the dangers of the Omicron coronavirus variant, one immediate action they recommend is prioritizing the genetic sequencing of positive virus samples, especially from immunocompromised people. Some experts believe an immunocompromised person was infected, which allowed enough time and opportunity...

UGA Public Health selects five 2021-2022 Health Equity Fellows

The UGA College of Public Health has announced its second cohort of Health Equity Fellows who will work directly with local government officials in five Georgia cities to carry out projects to improve community health. The Fellows program, which launched in Spring 2021, is a signature initiative of the College’s...

EPA Confirms Reduction of Animal Testing a Major Priority

On Dec. 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the first update to its New Approach Methods (NAMs) Work Plan for reducing the use of animals in chemical testing through 2024. “We are pleased to see that the plan confirms that the reduction and replacement of animal tests is...

Arterial Stiffness Bidirectionally Associated with General, Central Adiposity in Adolescents

Data show cfPWV at 17.7 years was independently and directly associated with total fat mass and trunk fat mass at 24.5 years. Although the detrimental effects of obesity on arterial function and structure has been established in previous research, there is a lack of data investigating the contribution of arterial health during adolescence to the adiposity of young adults.
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What Makes Refined Carbohydrates So Unhealthy? RDs Explain Why They're Not the Most Nutritious Option

Carbohydrates have received a bad rap over the years, but not all carbohydrates are bad for you. In fact, carbs are one of the key macronutrients your body needs everyday to function properly—you just need to know what kind of carbs to reach for. There are whole, unrefined carbohydrates that come from nutritious foods—whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables. And then there are refined carbohydrates, often called processed carbohydrates. Refined carbs are the ones to watch out for and eat in limited quantities. Why? Because they contain very few nutrients your body can actually use.

Should Women with Mesothelioma Reconsider Immunotherapy Treatment?

For patients diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, immunotherapy represents an exciting and promising treatment option. But a new study published in the December 2nd issue of JAMA Network Open is questioning whether women with various types cancer respond differently to the protocol. The study followed male and female advanced melanoma patients treated with the same combination of checkpoint inhibitors. It revealed that the women in the group experienced substantially different side effects and were twice as likely to die.