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WASHINGTON — Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine was cleared for use in children age 12 to 15 in the U.S., paving the way for the mass vaccination of middle- and high-school students before the next school year. The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement Monday that it had expanded the shot’s original emergency use authorization to include adolescents 12 through 15 years ...

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PHILADELPHIA – He found masses of pollen as thick as “oatmeal,” and once discovered that grains from palm trees had ridden the winds for hundreds of miles to reach his front porch. For 17 years, Timothy Craig intercepted the airborne gametes of trees, grasses, and weeds with a whirling trap, assiduously examined the captives with a microscope, and posted his inferred daily pollen counts for ...

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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas lawmakers are one step closer to passing a contentious bill that would ban abortions the moment a fetal heartbeat is detected. One day after passing on second reading, the House granted final approval Thursday to the highly debated bill that is loaded with other hotly contested provisions. It now heads to the state Senate, where it has already passed, for final approval ...

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A study of more than 2,000 pregnant women from dozens of hospitals around the world has found that those with COVID-19 saw a significantly higher risk of death and of complications for themselves or their newborns. The study, published Thursday in JAMA Pediatrics, underscores that pregnancy is a major risk factor for complications involving COVID-19 — one that should be considered alongside ...

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Q: My kids really love playing sports and are worried about more COVID-19 cancellations. How can I help them cope? A: The pandemic continues to affect children and teens. It has interrupted their normal school, social and athletic activities. Many kids are feeling more anxious, depressed and stressed. It is understandable that kids are disappointed if they can't play their favorite sports with ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — The brother of George Floyd testified in court Monday how the two of them were close growing up in Texas, and he then gave in to tears when a photo of their mother holding George as a baby was shown to the jury. At the start of the third and what appears will be the final week of testimony before jury deliberations in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, Philonise Floyd spoke of his ...

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VALRICO, Fla. — At first, the symptoms just seemed like hemorrhoids. Stephanie Luke was a healthy 38-year-old, so she chalked up the blood in her stools to rectal inflammation. But after a month, at the end of November, she underwent a colonoscopy and was diagnosed with stage II colorectal cancer — a progression of the disease into nearby tissues. The Valrico woman went into planning mode, ...

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Orange. Eucalyptus. Lavender. Peppermint. Doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Seattle Children’s Hospital will use scents like these to treat children who lost their sense of smell to COVID-19. Parents will attend clinics and go home with a set of essential oils for their child to sniff twice a day for three months. Clinicians will check their progress monthly. The Smell Disturbance ...