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August 29, 2021
Pfizer seeking FDA OK for COVID-19 vaccine booster

Pfizer is seeking U.S. approval of a booster dose of its two-shot COVID-19 vaccine. The drugmaker said Wednesday that it has started the application process for a third dose of its vaccine for everyone ages 16 and older. The company said it will complete the application with the Food and Drug Administration by the end […]

August 14, 2021
Study: Extra COVID shot helps protect transplant patients

A third dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine substantially improved protection for organ transplant recipients whose weak immune systems don’t always rev up enough with the standard two shots, Canadian researchers reported Wednesday. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, was small but it’s the most rigorous type of third-dose testing so far […]

August 10, 2021
Food of the future? EU nations put mealworms on the menu

BRUSSELS (AP) Dried yellow mealworms could soon be hitting supermarket shelves and restaurants across Europe. The European Union’s 27 nations gave the greenlight Tuesday to a proposal to put the Tenebrio molitor beetle’s larvae on the market as a “novel food.” The move came after the EU’s food safety agency published a scientific opinion this […]

July 31, 2021
What is a COVID-19 vaccine ‘breakthrough’ case?

What is a COVID-19 vaccine “breakthrough” case? It’s when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with the coronavirus. In studies, the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna were around 95% effective at preventing illness, while the one-shot Johnson & Johnson shot was 72% effective, though direct comparisons are difficult. So while the vaccines are […]

July 24, 2021
What is a COVID-19 vaccine ‘breakthrough’ case?

What is a COVID-19 vaccine "breakthrough’’ case? It’s when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with the coronavirus. A small number of such cases are expected and health officials say they’re not a cause for alarm. COVID-19 vaccines work by teaching the body to recognize the virus. So if you’re exposed to it after vaccination, […]

July 17, 2021
EU likely to decide on Moderna COVID shot for kids next week

AMSTERDAM (AP) A top official at the European Medicines Agency said a decision on whether to recommend that Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine be authorized for children is expected late next week. At a press briefing on Thursday, Dr. Marco Cavaleri, the EU drug regulator’s head of vaccines strategy, said its expert committee was currently evaluating Moderna’s […]

July 3, 2021
Virus outbreak in Fiji batters economy, tests health system

By Aileen Torres-Bennett and Nick PerryAP Medical Writer SUVA, Fiji (AP) A growing coronavirus outbreak in Fiji is stretching the health system and devastating the economy. It has even prompted the government to offer jobless people tools and cash to become farmers. The Pacific nation got through the first year of the pandemic without any […]

June 26, 2021
Experts: Benefits of COVID vaccine outweigh small heart risk

NEW YORK (AP) Federal officials said Wednesday they plan to strengthen cautions about a rare side effect of some COVID-19 vaccines – chest pain and heart inflammation, mostly among teenagers and young adults. But in an unusual joint statement, top U.S. government health officials, medical organizations, laboratory and hospital associations and others stressed the overriding […]

June 12, 2021
Pill shows benefit in certain hard-to-treat breast cancers

By Carla K. JohnsonAP Medical Writer A pill has been shown to help keep certain early-stage, hard-to-treat breast cancers at bay after initial treatment in findings being reported early because they are so promising. Study results were released Thursday by the American Society of Clinical Oncology ahead of its annual meeting and published in the […]

June 5, 2021
Justices reject Johnson & Johnson appeal of $2B talc verdict

By Mark ShermanAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP)  The Supreme Court is leaving in place a $2 billion verdict in favor of women who claim they developed ovarian cancer from using Johnson & Johnson talc products. The justices did not comment Tuesday in rejecting Johnson & Johnson’s appeal. The company argued that it was not treated fairly […]

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Hopper, Helen (Mehlenbacher) (Rugg) 

FARMINGTON: Helen Hopper passed away at her home on Wednesday, February 1, at the age of 86. Predeceased by husband, Harold Hopper; son, Justian Rugg; and granddaughters, Stephanie Miller and Andrea Rugg. She is survived by her children, Starr (Elwood) Balliet, Ray Rugg, Jr., Miles (Donna) Rugg, Keith (Maria) Rugg, Lennie (Donna Taylor) Rugg, Regina […]

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Ackerman, Marcia K.

 NEWARK: Blazed a new trail, January 30, 2023 at age 79.   Predeceased by her parents: Donald and Isabel Young; mother-in-law: Lillian Ruth Ackerman, and husband of 57 years, David V. Ackerman.   Marcia graduated from Anderson University with a BA in Psychology and Masters in Education and taught special needs children before a long, successful career […]

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