On March 29 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the use of a second COVID-19 booster shot for adults over age 50 and certain immunocompromised individuals, including heart transplant patients. While not issuing a direct recommendation, the agencies instead issued emergency authorization for a fourth shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines to provide additional protection against the coronavirus and its variants for certain people. The American Heart Association continues to align with guidance from the CDC, the nation’s pandemic control experts, and supports the use of this fourth shot, as indicated.
Study Identifies Factors That Shape Vaccine Preferences
A study involving hypothetical COVID-19 vaccines suggests that vaccine effectiveness and risk of side effects significantly influence people’s preferences for one vaccine over another, and that differences between vaccines may matter less to those who are vaccine hesitant. Sabrina Stöckli of the University of Bern and the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on May 4, 2022.
Genetic Breakthrough Creates New Ear Cells Which Can Cure Age-related Deafness
CHICAGO, Ill. — Thanks to the discovery of a “master gene,” scientists can now create new hearing cells that can overcome age-related deafness. The genetic discovery allows for the production of new inner or outer ear hair cells. Until now, hearing loss due to aging, noise, and certain cancer therapies or antibiotics has been irreversible…
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