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Severely immunocompromised people may require a fourth mRNA coronavirus shot, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The agency didn’t provide an official recommendation about a fourth shot in its updated guidelines, but did say that people should talk to their doctors to determine if one is necessary, CNN reported. In August, the…  read on >  read on >

Routine face mask ventilation during an operation doesn’t increase the surgical team’s risk of coronavirus infection, according to a new study. Face mask ventilation is typically used for surgical patients under general anesthesia. However, its designation as an “aerosol-generating procedure” by the World Health Organization has altered operating room procedures and efficiency during the COVID-19…  read on >  read on >

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27 2021Midlife vision problems could increase women’s risk of depression, new research suggests. Rates of eye problems and depression rise during midlife, but knowledge about how vision affects depression at that time has been limited. The new study identified a significant link between impaired vision and development of depression. “Given that the combination…  read on >  read on >

High-dose radiation therapy may stall tumor growth in patients with advanced lung cancer who are not fully responding to drug therapies, a preliminary study suggests. The study involved patients whose lung cancer was considered “oligoprogressive.” That means the cancer had spread to other sites in the body, and the patients were having a mixed response…  read on >  read on >

One-third of Americans are struggling to make basic decisions due to ongoing stress about the pandemic, and younger adults and parents are having the most difficulty of all, a new survey reveals. “The pandemic has imposed a regimen of constant risk assessment upon many. Each day brings an onslaught of choices with an ever-changing context,…  read on >  read on >

Can offering small cash cards, say for $25, be the difference between someone choosing to get their COVID-19 vaccine or waiting? Yes, according to a study in North Carolina that offered $25 cash cards to people who got vaccines last spring at sites in four participating counties. About 9% of those surveyed after getting their…  read on >  read on >