WHO more doubtful about vaccines ending pandemic

The head of the WHO Europe was Friday pessimistic about vaccines’ ability to put an end to the COVID pandemic, as new variants dash hopes of reaching herd immunity. Faced with the possibility that the virus may be around for many years, health officials must now “anticipate how to gradually…

More frequent alcohol consumption ups risk for GI cancers

(HealthDay News)—Frequency of drinking alcohol may be a more important risk factor for incident gastrointestinal (GI) cancers than the amount of alcohol consumed per occasion, according to a study published online Aug. 18 in JAMA Network Open. Jung Eun Yoo, M.D., Ph.D., from the Seoul National University Hospital in South…

Mexico Covid deaths 35% more than reported: statistics agency

Mexico recorded more than 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus in 2020—35 percent more than originally reported by the government, the national statistics institute said Thursday. According to preliminary figures based on administrative records, 201,163 deaths from COVID-19 were registered in Mexico last year, INEGI president Julio Santaella said on Twitter….

Biden orders more intel investigation of COVID-19 origin

President Joe Biden ordered U.S. intelligence officials to “redouble” their efforts to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, including any possibility the trail might lead to a Chinese laboratory. After months of minimizing that possibility as a fringe theory, the Biden administration is joining worldwide pressure for China to…

Thailand wants to buy more vaccines as surge worsens

Thailand’s prime minister said he wants to secure more vaccines for his country and give as many first doses as possible, as it battles a surge of the pandemic with Bangkok reporting a record number of cases. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration announced Friday night it will extend restrictions that were…

More youth report concussions since 2016, study shows

Educating athletes, parents and coaches about concussion treatment and prevention has been a priority during the last decade, but are the intended audiences hearing the message? New research from the University of Michigan found that 1 in 4 adolescents self-reported at least one concussion in 2020, up from about 20%…