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Study: Childhood obesity in U.S. accelerated during pandemic

Sep. 16, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new study ties the COVID-19 pandemic to an “alarming” increase in obesity in U.S. children and teenagers. Childhood obesity has been increasing for decades, but the new work suggests an acceleration last year — especially in those who already...

Britain ends contract with French startup for vaccines

Sep. 13, 2021 08:20 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government has canceled an agreement to buy at least 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the French pharmaceutical startup Valneva after alleging that the company breached its contract obligations. Valneva shares plummeted Monday on the...

South Africa jabs 2,000 children in test of Chinese vaccine

Sep. 10, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa on Friday started vaccinating some children and adolescents as part of the global Phase 3 clinical trials of China’s Sinovac Biotech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged between 6 months and 17 years. The global study will enroll 2,000...

Can kids get ‘long COVID' after coronavirus infections?

Sep. 09, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

Can kids get “long COVID" after coronavirus infections? Yes, but studies indicate they're less likely than adults to be affected by symptoms that persist, recur or begin a month or more after infection. Estimates vary on how often the symptoms known...

Study calls for strict limits on oil, coal to curb warming

Sep. 08, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

Researchers who estimate how much of the world’s coal, oil and natural gas reserves should be left unburned to slow the increase in climate-changing gases in the atmosphere say even more of these fossil fuels should be left in the ground. The researchers, from...

Research group to pay $1.1M to settle probe of ties to China

Sep. 02, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A biomedical research center in Grand Rapids has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a federal investigation that began when authorities in 2020 discovered research samples in the luggage of a Chinese scientist arriving at the Detroit airport. ...

Study: Dust near Dutch steel plant 'undesirable' for youths

Sep. 02, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The future of steel production at a sprawling plant west of Amsterdam was called into question Thursday after an investigation found elevated levels of lead and other deposits in dust falling in nearby residential areas. The investigation...

Mystic Aquarium requests to resume research; whale improving

Aug. 31, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

Officials at Mystic Aquarium are asking that they be allowed to resume research on four beluga whales, which was halted following the death of the fifth whale imported this spring from Canada. The request is part of a three-page report made public Monday by the...

Anti-parasite drug's use at Arkansas jail sparks probe

Aug. 26, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Medical Board is investigating reports that inmates at a county jail were prescribed the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin to combat COVID-19 even though it hasn't been approved to treat the coronavirus. Board Director Amy Embry on...

Earlier diabetes tests recommended for overweight US adults

Aug. 24, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

Overweight and obese Americans should start getting screened for diabetes earlier, at age 35 instead of 40, according to updated national guidelines published Tuesday. The new advice stems from rising rates of both obesity and Type 2 diabetes, and research showing health...