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January 30, 2021
J&J 1-dose shot prevents COVID-19, but less than some others

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and LINDA A. JOHNSONAssociated Press Johnson & Johnson's long-awaited vaccine appears to protect against COVID-19 with just one shot - not as strong as some two-shot rivals but still potentially helpful for a world in dire need of more doses. J&J said Friday that in the U.S. and seven other countries, the […]

January 23, 2021
New studies clarify which genes may raise breast cancer risk

Two large studies give a much sharper picture of which inherited mutations raise the risk of breast cancer for women without a family history of the disease, and how common these flawed genes are in the general population. Doctors say the results published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine can help women make […]

January 16, 2021
What should I know about COVID-19 vaccines if I’m pregnant?

What should I know about COVID-19 vaccines if I’m pregnant? Vaccination is likely the best way to prevent COVID-19 in pregnancy, when risks for severe illness and death from the virus are higher than usual. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says COVID-19 vaccinations should not be withheld from pregnant women, and that women […]

January 9, 2021
Walgreens to sell drug wholesale business for $6.5B

By Tom MurphyAP Health Writer Walgreens Boots Alliance will sell its pharmaceutical wholesale business to AmerisourceBergen in a $6.5 billion cash and stock deal. Pharmaceutical wholesalers essentially act as middlemen, purchasing drugs from manufacturers and then distributing them to customers like drugstore chains, hospitals and doctor’s offices. Walgreens said Wednesday that the deal will allow […]

January 2, 2021
China OKs 1st homegrown vaccine said to be 79.3% effective

BEIJING (AP)  Chinese health regulators said Thursday that they have given conditional approval to a coronavirus vaccine developed by state-owned Sinopharm. The two-dose vaccine is the first approved for general use in China. The go-ahead comes as the country has begun to vaccinate 50 million people before the Lunar New Year holiday in February. Conditional […]

December 26, 2020
Studies find having COVID-19 may protect against reinfection

By Marilynn MarchioneAP Chief Medical Writer Two new studies give encouraging evidence that having COVID-19 may offer some protection against future infections. Researchers found that people who made antibodies to the coronavirus were much less likely to test positive again for up to six months and maybe longer. The results bode well for vaccines, which […]

December 19, 2020
Will children be able to get COVID-19 vaccines?

Will children be able to get COVID-19 vaccines? Not until there’s enough data from studies in different age groups, which will stretch well into next year. The Pfizer vaccine authorized in the U.S. this month is for people 16 and older. Testing began in October in children as young as 12 and is expected to […]

December 12, 2020
Fewer Black kids getting flu shots, worrying CDC officials

NEW YORK (AP) More Americans have been getting flu shots this year, apparently heeding the advice of health officials fearful of a flu and coronavirus double pandemic, public health officials said Wednesday. But the flu vaccination rate for Black children is down, fueling worries that Black Americans may be turning away from shots. “It’s certainly […]

December 12, 2020
Allergic reactions to vaccines rare, short-lived

Vaccines can sometimes cause allergic reactions, but they are usually rare and short-lived. British regulators are looking into reports of allergic reactions in two people who received the new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, the first day of a vaccination program. In the meantime, they’re telling people to skip the vaccine if they’ve had a history […]

December 5, 2020
Stay home for the holidays or get tested twice, CDC urges

By Lindsey TannerAP Medical Writer Don’t travel over the upcoming holidays. But if you must, consider getting coronavirus tests before and after, U.S. health officials urged Wednesday. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the best way to stay safe and protect others is to stay home. The agency also announced new […]

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Recent Obituaries

Schwartz, George

PORT GIBSON: George Schwartz, 77, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021 at his home in Newark surrounded by family. Friends may call on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 6-7 PM at the Paul L. Murphy and Sons Funeral Home, 127 E. Miller St., Newark, NY.  A funeral service will follow at the funeral home.  […]

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Schifano, Peter J.

MARION: Entered into rest on April 17, 2021 at the age of 73.  Predeceased by his parents, Jack and Veronica Schifano; survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Ilse; children, Jennifer (CJ) Cogliadro, Jonathan (Sherry Wickum) Schifano, Christopher (Jocelyn) Schifano and Jeremy (Olivia) Schifano; 9 grandchildren, brother, William (Terry) Schifano; several nieces, nephews, cousins […]

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