FDA proposal would allow gay men in monogamous relationships to donate blood

A nurse fills test tubes with blood to be tested during an American Red Cross bloodmobile in Fullerton, CA on Thursday, January 20, 2022. Paul Bersebach | Medianews Group | Getty Images PUBLISHED FRI, JAN 27 202311:19 AM EST Spencer Kimball @SPENCEKIMBALL KEY POINTS The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed new guidelines that […]

FDA’s advisers back plan to simplify COVID-19 vaccinations

Unlike flu which in the US circulates mostly during late fall and winter, COVID-19 waves have occurred year-round. MARK J. TERRILL/ASSOCIATED PRESS By LAURAN NEERGAARD The Associated Press, Updated January 26, 2023, 10:47 p.m. The US is poised to make COVID-19 vaccinations more like a yearly flu shot, a major shift in strategy despite a long […]

Boston Students Return to School Amid District’s Plea to Mask Up

Other districts that are requesting students and staff wear masks include Arlington, Newton and Watertown By Lauren Melendez • Published January 4, 2023 • Updated on January 4, 2023 at 12:12 pm Students at Boston Public Schools went back to the classroom for the first time in the new year on Wednesday as district officials urged caution amid renewed concerns about COVID-19 following […]

How to protect your kids when they play sports, according to doctors

Some sports are riskier than others, getting active is important for kids, experts said. By Madeline Holcombe, CNN Published 10:17 AM EST, Thu January 5, 2023 CNN —  Every time there is a head trauma, cardiac arrest, or other major injury among professional sports, parents take a deep breath. “That athlete is someone’s child. Could that be […]

Tree lightings, holiday markets, and more family-friendly events for 2022

As the holiday season officially winds up, here are some of the can’t-miss tree lightings, menorah lightings, events, and more to kick off the most wonderful time of the year. We’re eyeing free, fun, and festive celebrations for the whole family. Sowa Winter Festival Weekends through Dec. 11: Handmade holiday gifts abound at the seventh […]

Youth and Hispanic and Black people were more often infected without COVID shots, study says

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a resident at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Springfield, Missouri, U.S.LIZ SANDERS/BLOOMBERG By Immanual John Milton Bloomberg,Updated December 1, 2022, 3:28 p.m. (Bloomberg) — Younger, less-educated, Hispanic, and Black people were most likely to have been infected with Covid-19 without having been […]

Meet the COVID-19 variants that experts say could fuel a surge this winter

A nurse prepared a COVID-19 booster shot at a vaccination site in Maywood, Ill., on Sept. 13.JAMIE KELTER DAVIS/NYT By Martin Finucane Globe Staff, Updated October 26, 2022, 3:52 p.m. Multiple variants are vying to succeed Omicron BA.5 as the leading cause of COVID-19 cases in the United States and the world, and experts are worried […]

RSV cases are surging this fall. Here’s what you need to know.

By Martin Finucane Globe Staff,Updated October 24, 2022, 5:14 p.m. This 1981 photo shows an electron micrograph of respiratory syncytial virus, also known as RSV. Children’s hospitals in parts of the country are seeing a distressing surge in RSV, a common respiratory illness that can cause severe breathing problems for babies. ASSOCIATED PRESS Respiratory syncytial virus, […]

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

This month, we look at resources and draw attention to local events to support the fight against breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and responsible for tens of thousands of deaths a year in the united states.   Once diagnosed, coping with this condition can be overwhelming and frightening for […]

Monkeypox cases decline, but ethnic and racial disparities persist

Among those who have received the monkeypox vaccine in Massachusetts, the state’s analysis shows, 11 percent were Hispanic and 5 percent were Black.NELL REDMOND/AP/FILE By Felice J. Freyer Globe Staff,Updated September 10, 2022, 4:21 p.m. The monkeypox outbreak appears to be waning in Massachusetts, as in the rest of the country, but new data reveal stark […]