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CDC: Few side effects reported with COVID-19 vaccines, and most ‘non-serious’

CDC: Few side effects reported with COVID-19 vaccines, and most ‘non-serious’

Health
Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine report shot-related side effects at a rate of roughly one for every 2,000 doses, with more than 90% classified as "non-serious," according to data released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Headaches were the most common side effect, followed by fatigue and dizziness, the data showed. Advertisement Although 113 deaths were reported following receipt of the vaccine, none were found to be related to the shot, the agency said. About 65% were among residents of nursing homes. The findings are based on the first 13.8 million doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines administered in the United States between Dec. 14 and Jan. 13, according to the CDC. Fewer than 7,000 side effects were reported with b...
The Latest: Europe regulator: No new vaccine side effects

The Latest: Europe regulator: No new vaccine side effects

Health
AMSTERDAM — The European Medicines Agency says no new side effects linked to the coronavirus vaccine made by BioNTech and Pfizer were identified in the regulator’s first safety update on COVID-19 vaccines.In a statement published Friday, the European regulator said its expert committee assessed reports of people who died after getting the vaccine and said their review “did not suggest a safety concern.” Earlier this month, Norwegian officials amended their vaccination advice to say that doctors should assess frail and severely ill elderly people to decide if they should be immunized.The EMA concluded that safety data collected on the Pfizer vaccine are “consistent with the known safety profile of the vaccine” and noted that severe allergic reactions are a known, rare side effect. It said t...
Sentinel-6 satellite to help NASA track climate change’s effects on Earth’s oceans

Sentinel-6 satellite to help NASA track climate change’s effects on Earth’s oceans

Science
Nov. 20 (UPI) -- While NASA has been using satellites to measure the height of the ocean for the last 28 years, the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is slated to offer greater precision than ever before. Sentinel-6, jointly developed by NASA, the European Space Agency, the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites and NOAA, is set to launch Saturday at 12:17p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Advertisement The satellite will use a trio of instruments to calculate its position and distance above the ocean's surface as the satellite follows its polar orbit. "It's going to be a new star in the sky, giving us the best possible measurements of sea level rise, ocean waves and wind," Craig Donlon, Sentinel-6 mis...
Kids’ ‘green’ time reduces adverse effects of ‘screen’ time on behavior, learning

Kids’ ‘green’ time reduces adverse effects of ‘screen’ time on behavior, learning

Health
Sept. 4 (UPI) -- More time spent outdoors -- and less in front of a screen -- leads to improved mental health in children and adolescents, according to an analysis of existing research published Friday by the journal PLOS ONE. Based on data from 186 previously published studies, researchers determined that young people who spent more time on handheld games and devices, television and computers were more likely to have behavior and emotional problems and display symptoms of aggression and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. Advertisement The young people also were more likely to have learning or social difficulties. Conversely, children who spent more time outdoors and who had increased access to "green" spaces for play and learning were less likely to have these undesirable traits. ...
‘Some victims may never recover’: Long-term effects of COVID-19 could be far worse than first thought

‘Some victims may never recover’: Long-term effects of COVID-19 could be far worse than first thought

World
The long-term effects of COVID-19, even on people who suffered a mild infection, could be far worse than was originally anticipated, according to researchers and doctors in northern Italy.Psychosis, insomnia, kidney disease, spinal infections, strokes, chronic tiredness and mobility issues are being identified in former coronavirus patients in Lombardy, the worst-affected region in the country. The doctors warn that some victims may never recover from the illness and that all age groups are vulnerable. Image: Infection rates have lessened but Italy is seeing the long-term effects COVID-19 has on survivors The virus is a systemic infection that affects all the organs of the body, not, as was previously thought, just a respiratory ...